Business and Management

Strategy, International Business and Entrepreneurship research seminars

Business and Enterprise research seminars take place on the following Thursdays. The time and location of the seminar may change over the course of the term so please check this site for updates. Click on the seminar title for more information about each seminar and the speaker(s).

Upcoming seminars

Multinational firms and the extractive sectors in the 21st century: can they drive development?

Thursday 19 October from 12:00 until 14:00
Jubilee G30
Strategy, International Business and Entrepreneurship Research Seminars
Rajneesh Narula

Abstract and bio available. Click on the seminar title for more information.


The Organisational Model of Negotiation (OMoN): how firms could negotiate more strategically

Thursday 16 November from 12:30 until 14:00
Jubilee G32
Strategy, International Business and Entrepreneurship Research Seminars
Andrea Caputo (University of Lincoln)

Abstract and bio available. Click on the seminar title for more information.


Past seminars

Spring term 2017
16 February
Measuring the Shadow Economy
Arnis Sauka - Centre for Sustainable Business, SSE Riga

Abstract

This presentation will discuss paper by Putnins and Sauka (2015) as well as its application the Shadow Economy Index for the Baltic countries that has been run since 2009. Study develops a novel method that combines estimates of misreported business income, unregistered or hidden employees, and unreported wages, to arrive at an estimate of the size of a shadow economy as a percentage of GDP. Method is based on the premise that company managers are the most likely to know how much business income and wages go unreported due to their unique position in dealing with both of these types of income. This approach differs from most other studies of shadow economies, which largely focus on using macro indicators. We also analyze the factors that influence companies’ participation in the shadow economy.

Shadow economy index will be present in the context of discussing interaction with academia, policy makers and industry thus, by academic research making contribution to policy debate and vice versa. Some spillovers from this research, at least partly originated from work with industry and policy makers, will also be briefly presented. This includes discussing recent research on tax morale, research on shadow economy in construction industry and informality from the viewpoint of foreign direct investors, apart from other.

Bio

Arnis Sauka is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Business at SSE Riga. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Siegen (Germany) and has been a Visiting Scholar at Jönköping International Business School (Sweden) and University College London (U.K.).Arnis main research interests include the shadow economy, productive and unproductive entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship policy making and competitiveness, and entrepreneurship development in a transition context. Drawing on his academic work that have been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and books and presented at numerous European and North American conferences, he has also been extensively involved in applied research. This has included contracted reports for the OECD and Eurofound as well as for various industry associations and NGOs in Latvia and other countries. Arnis Sauka is co- author of the annual Shadow Economy Index for the Baltic Countries (with Prof. Tālis J. Putniņš, since 2009) and he has participated in and managed various EU-funded international projects.

Arnis has also been involved in management and consultancy activities, including working as Vice Rector for Studies and Research at Ventspils University College (2011-2013), a board member of the NGO BASE (Business Against the Shadow Economy) (since 2015), and a senior consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers (2008). From 2011-2014 he was Advisor to the Minister of Health on Financial and Economic Issues. Arnis is also an Expert in Management Science and an Expert in Economics at the Latvian Council for Science (2011-2014; 2014-2017) as well as a member of the promotion committee of the doctoral programme implemented by the BA School of Business and Finance and RISEBA University.

23 March
Contract Research Today: Challenges and Opportunities
Stefanos Mouzas - Lancaster University Management School

Abstract

Contracts play a significant role in the way that businesses operate. The 2016 Nobel Prize in economic science was awarded to Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmstrom for their contribution to our understanding of how contracts work and how contracts can be improved to provide incentives and enhance performance. Much of the research into the nature and the form of contracts has been of a theoretical nature and it is often referred in management and business studies as relational contract or in economics as incomplete contract theory. In comparison, a limited number of empirical studies have been undertaken to address the problems that actors face in an inter-connected business landscape. This seminar will set out the findings of these two major streams of theoretical analysis of contracts, will contrast them with recent empirical research, and will discuss current challenges and opportunities in contract scholarship.

Bio

Stefanos Mouzas is Professor of Marketing and Strategy at Lancaster University Management School. He received the B.Sc. (Economics) from the University of Athens, the LL.M. (Law) from the University of Bristol, and the Ph.D. (Marketing) from Lancaster University. In 2013 2014 he was Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School at the Program on Negotiation. His research examines how companies negotiate with each other in networks of business relationships. This work is policy-relevant and cuts across the fields of Management (Business to-Business Marketing), Economics (Behavioral Economics) and Law (Contract Law); and includes environmental negotiations, manufacturer-retailer relationships, service providers and corporate deal-making between financial institutions. His work highlights significant discrepancies between the way that contracts are conceptualised and the way that contracts are actually made; and reveals a range of inter-firm arrangements manifested by ‘umbrella agreements’ (framework contracts) that optimize performance in business networks, see papers published in Harvard Business Review, Cambridge Law Journal, Journal of Contract Law, Journal of Business Research, Industrial Marketing Management.

6 April
Platform Architecture, Multihoming and Complement Quality: Evidence from the US Video Game Industry
Carmelo Cennamo - Bocconi University, Milan

Abstract

Multihoming – the decision to design a complement to operate on multiple platforms – is becoming increasingly common in many platform markets. Perceived wisdom suggests that multihoming is beneficial for complement providers as they expand their market reach, but it reduces differentiation among competing platforms as the same complements become available on different platforms. In a study of the US video game industry, we find that multihoming is not as simple as commonly assumed and that platforms, i.e. game consoles, differ in their attractiveness for multihoming complements, i.e. games. Specifically, we find that the complexity of a console reduces the quality performance of multihoming games so that the same game receives a lower quality score on a more complex platform than on a less complex one. However, games that are released on the complex platform with a delay or developed and marketed by a vertically integrated firm suffer a smaller drop in quality on complex platforms, while the use of standardized technological tools – middleware – does not help to attenuate the performance drop on complex platforms. This has important implications for managers considering expanding their reach through multihoming.

Bio

Carmelo Cennamo is assistant professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Bocconi University, where is a collaborator of the AIdAF-EY Chair in Strategic Management of Family Business, and of the university’s startup incubator SpeedMIup, and a fellow of the CRIOS research center. Prof. Cennamo’s current research focuses on competitive and innovation dynamics in platform ecosystems, with an emphasis on the strategic tradeoffs and potential pitfalls that firms and startups alike confront while building and competing through platform-based business models. His has also contributed to research on family business by examining how firm-stakeholder relationships affect performance in family firms.

4 May
Community Consumed
Olivier Sibai - Birkbeck, University of London

Abstract

Communities of Consumption continue to thrive, bringing together consumers with a shared interest for a product category, a brand or a consumption ideology. While communities are typically assumed to attract participants oriented toward creating value for the group, in effect, participants are often more interested in exploiting the community to create value for themselves. We call this common phenomenon community consumed. This research conceptualizes community consumed, using role theory to distinguish community members from community consumers. Based on a netnography of a clubbing forum, we characterize the two roles of community member and community consumer, identify three constellations in which the roles can interact (conflict, alliance, symbiosis), with different implications for the community (demoralization, protection, augmentation), and explain how conversations shift from one role constellation to the other. This research questions our understanding of communities, indicating that community members are only one type of participants among others. It also indicates that consumerist expansion is not always a negative process of colonialization but can also happen in synergy, further developing communities.

Bio

Dr. Olivier Sibai is a Lecturer in Marketing at Birkbeck, University of London. Olivier’s general research interests hover between Social Media Marketing and Consumer Culture Theory research. He is particularly interested in communities of consumption, conflict in the market place and embodied consumption.

Methodologically, Olivier enjoys using ethnography, netnography, text mining and social network analysis. His research was published in Psychology and Marketing, Journal of Public Policy & Marketing and Advances in Consumer Research. Olivier was a visiting scholar at HEC Paris, France and Cass Business School, UK. Prior to academia, Olivier was a market analyst conducting user-oriented prospective market research on digital markets.

9 May
Evasive Maneuvers: The Effect of Industry Switching and Industry Diversity on Regional New Venture Exit Rates
Larry Plummer - Ivey Business School, Canada

Abstract

Economically challenged new firms can forestall exit by leveraging new knowledge to improve products and processes; exploiting industry diversity to change market positioning; and switching industries by changing the goods they produce. We hypothesize that new firm exit rates are lower in regions rich in new knowledge, with greater industry diversity, and greater rates of industry switching. We then consider the extent to which new firm exit is influenced by the interplay of regional knowledge spillovers, industry diversity, and industry switching. We test our hypotheses using data from 355 MSA’s covering the period of the Great Recession.

Bio

www.ivey.uwo.ca/faculty/directory/lawrence-plummer

25 May
Organizational Capabilities and Export Plans: The Contingent Role of SMEs’ External Financing Intention
Gordon Liu - University of Bath

Abstract

We investigate the differential effects of new market entry capability and new product development capability on small- and medium-sized firms’ (SMEs’) export plans. Furthermore, we offer a contingent view of SMEs’ external financing intention on the relationship between organizational capabilities and SMEs’ export plan. The findings from analyzing samples derived from the 2012 (N = 4742) UK Annual Small Business Survey indicates that new product development capability has a positive effect on export plans, and its influence depends on SMEs’ intention to pursue external finance. We also find that new market entry capability has an inverted U-shaped effect on export plans. Moreover, this inverted U-shaped relationship between new market entry capability and export plan will flip to a U-shaped curvilinear relationship when SMEs have external finance intention.

Bio

Dr. Gordon Liu is an Associate Professor of Strategic Marketing at the School of Management at the University of Bath. He received his PhD from the Royal Holloway, University London. His current research interests include strategic marketing, entrepreneurship, SME strategy, and networks. He has published in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Small Business Management, European Journal of Marketing, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Group and Organization Management, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Business Strategy and The Environment, and others.

Autumn term 2016
20 October
Brand Value Co-Creation: The Internal Perspective
Khanyapuss Punjaisri - Brunel University

Abstract

A growing interest in co-creation has gained momentum. Most studies focus on the customers’ perspective to understand their perception and role in the co-creation process. However, customers are not alone in co-creation. Most often, employees contribute to their experience and relationship with the brand, facilitating customers’ realisation of brand value proposition. The study of Gambetti and Graffigna (2015) highlights that internal brand understanding is a precondition for customer value co-creation process. The lack of internal brand understanding results in weak brand presence and contradictory representation of values, which jeopardise the company’s attempt to co-create with customers. Yet, little has been done to provide insights into employees’ perception of their role in the brand value co-creation. Furthermore, since trusting environment is prerequisite to co-creation (Ind et al., 2013), this study will also seek to investigate the role of leadership in facilitating the trusting work environment, which then influence employees’ brand value co-creation behaviours.

Bio

Khanyapuss Punjaisri (Pash) is a lecturer in Marketing & Branding at Brunel Business School, Brunel University London. Her research interest has been in internal branding, corporate branding, and services branding. In particular, the nature of most of her research enables a cross-disciplinary research, linking the management literature (e.g. leadership theories) with branding. She is now also interested in food branding and health implications. Her publication has appeared in journals such as European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Marketing Management and Journal of Service Management.

17 November
The influence of embeddedness on expatriate work attitudes and knowledge acquisition
Prof Fabian Froese - Chair of Human Resources Management & Asian Business, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Abstract

Expatriates play an important role in the internationalization of multinational enterprises. This study investigates the role of embeddedness in predicting work attitudes and knowledge acquisition of expatriates. Moreover, we investigate the1 moderating role of host country context. Survey data from a large-scale, multi-wave survey of expatriates located in different countries were analyzed. Results from multi-level analyses show that embeddedness has positive effects on work attitudes and knowledge acquisition and that cultural values prevalent in the host country moderate these relationships. Theoretical and practical implications will be discussed.

Bio

Fabian Jintae Froese is Professor and Chair of Human Resource Management and Asian Business at the University of Goettingen. Born and raised in Germany, he has extensively lived and worked in China, Japan and South Korea. He obtained a doctorate in international management from the University of St. Gallen and another doctorate in sociology from Waseda University. His research interests lie in cross-cultural management and international human resource management.

1 December
The Role of Structural Embeddedness in Responding to Supply Chain Disruptions
Dr Canan Kocabasoglu-Hillmer and Dr Byung-Gak Son - Cass Business School

Abstract

While the concept of embeddedness is increasingly recognized in supply chain risk management literature, more weight has been given to understanding relational embeddedness rather than structural embeddedness. Even when structural embeddedness is the focus, the practice has been to measure structural embeddedness by use of surveys. Our goal is to understand the role of structural embeddedness in responding to disruption and the organizational factors that enable better use of the network structure. To that end, we map out the actual supply chain structure and discuss its role in recovering from disruptions.

Bio

Dr Canan Kocabasoglu-Hillmer joined the Operations and Supply Chain Management group at Cass Business School in 2008. Her research focuses on the drivers of effective collaboration between supply chain partners, particularly in buyer-supplier relationships. Her work also encompasses developing measures for assessing supply chain partnerships and closed-loop (reverse) supply chains. Funded by Institute of Supply Management (ISM), her Ph.D. thesis at University at Buffalo investigated strategic sourcing and e-procurement practices in companies and their effect on supply chain performance. She was a board member for the Heartland Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) during her tenure at University of Kansas. More recently she wrote a blog on the role of procurement in creating supply chain agility for Procurement Leaders and led a session on ‘Managing More with Less’ for the Bitesize MBA program designed by Cass for parliamentary staff. Dr Kocabasoglu-Hillmer regularly runs the operations management courses for the Full-time and Executive MBA programs. She is currently the course director for the MSc Global Supply Chain Management. 

Her publications include articles in Journal of Operations Management, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Industrial Marketing Management, International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Production Research and Quality Management. 

Dr Byung-Gak Son is a senior lecturer in supply chain management at Cass Business School, City University London. His research interests are supply chain partnership, supply chain risk management, and offshoring and outsourcing.

Spring term 2016
11 February
Entrepreneurial Fear of Failure: Scale Development and Validation
Gabriella Cacciotti - Aalto University School of Business

Please note: This session will start at 12pm in Jubilee 144.

Abstract

An examination of the existing entrepreneurship literature shows serious conceptual and operational limitations in studying the fear of failure phenomenon within the entrepreneurial process. These limitations hinder understanding of the complexities of fear of failure and its implications for entrepreneurs, their behaviors and entrepreneurial outcomes. We argue that a psychometrically sound, multidimensional measure of fear of failure that is specific the entrepreneurial context is an essential first step in overcoming these limitations. We report the results of four studies in which a new measure is developed and its psychometric properties are tested.The findings are discussed in terms of the importance of having a valid multidimensional measure of entrepreneurial fear of failure to assess the impact of this important phenomenon on entrepreneurship.

Bio

Gabriella Cacciotti is a postdoctoral researcher at Aalto University in Helsinki. She got her PhD from Warwick Business School focusing on the conceptualisation and operationalisation of fear of failure in entrepreneurship. Her research focuses on the impact of dispositions, motives, and cognition on entrepreneurial action.

7 April
Strategic Acquisitions by Corporate Venture Capital Investors.
Dr Lora Dimitrova - Xfi Centre for Finance & Investment, University of Exeter 

Please note: This seminar will start at 12pm.

Dr Lora Dimitrova - Paper 

Abstract

Using a large dataset of corporate venture capital (CVC) investments in young ventures from1987 to 2010, I examine external knowledge acquisitions by corporate investors. I find that CVCs are more likely to acquire portfolio ventures when the level of ventures' innovation is high andwhen CVCs' own innovation is relatively low. However, the acquisition announcements signal acquirers' desperation and poor prospects for future innovation, which explains the negative market reaction to such deals. I also show that CVCs are learning through active management of their portfolios and acquire ventures backed by other CVCs when their own portfolio performs poorly.

Bio

http://www.loradimitrova.com/ 

21 April
Adaptation through Sustainability in Times of Crisis: The Role of Competitiveness and Managerial Stakeholder Orientation - (The paper is a joint work with E. Bettinazzi, L. Massa, and M. Zollo)
Dr Kerstin Neumann - Bocconi University

Please note: This seminar will start at 12pm and it will take place in Jubilee 144.

Abstract 

How does a macro-economic crisis affect firms’ capacity to adapt through investments in sustainability? To address this question, we propose a model where firms’ responses to such a crisis depend, ceteris paribus, on two main factors: the quality of their pre-crisis economic performance vis-à-vis that of their competitors (i.e., their competitiveness) and the managerial orientation towards stakeholders. We test our theory using a sample of 1,211 North American public companies in the period from 2007 to 2011. We find evidence that (a) economic competitiveness reduces the likelihood of firms investing in sustainability, and (b) this direct effect becomes even stronger, the higher the level of managerial orientation towards stakeholders. This evidence implies that sustainability-related adaptations during macro-economic crisis periods are to be viewed as strategic levers primarily used by laggards in an attempt to leapfrog more competitive rivals, especially if laggards are pre-adapted with managerial commitment to serve the interests of a plurality of stakeholders.

Bio

Kerstin Neumann is a Senior Researcher in Strategy and Organization at the Center for Research on Innovation, Organization and Strategy (CRIOS) of Bocconi University. Before joining Bocconi, she was Assistant Professor of Strategy at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business. She spent some time as a visiting researcher at the management schools of University of Urbana-Champaign, University of Surrey and Purdue University.

Within the area of strategy, her research focuses on strategic and organizational questions of external corporate development, particularly alliances. Her research work aims to understand how managers can design and manage firms’ alliance and M&A activities to guide firms’ evolution towards innovative and sustainable enterprise models.

She holds a doctoral degree in business and social science from WU Vienna, Austria.

5 May
Market Driving Strategies and Sustainable Performance: Results from a Survey of European Multinationals.
Prof. Pervez Ghauri - Professor of International Business, Birmingham Business School

Abstract

Adaptation to local customer preferences may result in a more rapid market acceptance and market orientation studies often propound that firms need to closely monitor changes in the marketplace and adapt to customer needs in order to enhance firm performance (Slater and Narver, 1995). However, firms operating in multiple markets may choose minimal adaptation to local market trends in favor of introducing proprietary value propositions that satisfy customers’ latent needs (Ghauri, Elg, Tarnovskaya, & Wang, 2011; Harris & Cai, 2002). Scholars have suggested that such firms are “market driving” (Jaworski, Kohli, & Sahay, 2000). In this paper, we look at how firms can be market driving in foreign markets. We suggest that market driving firms tend to possess certain capabilities in order to reconcile conflicting demands in the local markets and company strategies at the global level. Using network, knowledge transfer, branding and market orientation literature, we provide evidence on the capabilities that global firms possess in order to drive markets. Based on a survey of 143 international companies, we find that the firms that are more market driving tend to have strong capabilities in configuration, networking, knowledge transfer and internal branding. Our study is the first to carry out a systematic investigation of market driving behavior in international firms.

Bio

Professor Ghauri completed his PhD at Uppsala University in Sweden where he also taught for several years. He has also worked in Norwegian School of Management, Norway, University of Groningen, Netherlands as Professor and Dean for the Faculty of Management and at King’s College London, UK. At present he is Professor of International Business at University of Birmingham, UK. He is a Fellow of Academy of International Business (AIB), European International Business Academy (EIBA) and has served as Vice President for AIB (2008 – 2010). Recently, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate by Turku School of Economics and Management, Finland. Pervez has authored / edited 30 books and has published in journals such as; Journal of International Business Studies, British Journal of Management, Journal of Business Research., Journal of World Business, International Marketing Review and Industrial Marketing Management. He is Editor in Chief for International Business Review.

17 June 
Crafting Articles for Publication and Research Priorities (for the Journal of Product Innovation Management)
Prof. Gloria Barczak - D'Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University, Boston, MA.

Abstract

Abstract: This presentation has 2 foci. First, it will cover the latest news and updates regarding the Journal of Product Innovation Management and also some guidelines for getting papers through the review process. Second, a number of research priorities for JPIM will be discussed and suggestions of possible research questions will be presented.

Bio

Professor Gloria Barczak (Ph.D., Syracuse University) is Professor of Marketing in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She is the current Editor of the Journal of Product Innovation Management. She is the 2010 Robert D. Klein University Lecturer, a Senior Advisor to Creativity and Innovation Management, and a member of the Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. She is a current member of the Product Development & Management Association (PDMA) Board and Academic Committee and of the IPDMC Scientific Committee. She recently was a member of the Organizing Committee for the first ISPIM conference (2016 ISPIM Boston Innovation Forum) in the United States. She has published over 35 articles, one book, and several book chapters/edited proceedings. Her current research examines the use and role of information technology tools, including social networking, during the NPD process.

Autumn term 2015
24 September
The Duration of the Venture Development Process: Comparing Intrapreneurs and Entrepreneurs
Prof. Simon Parker - Director, Entrepreneurship Cross-Enterprise Leadership Centre

Please note: this seminar will begin at 12.30pm in Jubilee 144 and end at approximately 2pm.

Abstract

Drawing on theories of organisational inertia, absorptive capacity and entrepreneurial processes, we advance a comparative theoretical framework of the venture development process for incumbent and entrepreneurial organisations. This framework clarifies several iterative parts of the process, namely initial developmental exploration, resource acquisition, and implementation, concluding either in launch or abandonment. Through our framework we generate several testable hypotheses which we confront with data drawn from a large scale representative dataset of US entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs who are directly engaged in the venture development process. We use event history analysis to generate empirical results, which inform our discussion of implications for managers of existing originations, entrepreneurs, and the scholarly community.

Bio

Originally from the UK, Dr. Parker is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Ivey Business School, and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labour, IZA, in Bonn, Germany. He is a Field Editor at the Journal of Business Venturing and a Co-Editor at the Journal of Economics & Management Strategy. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles in economics, entrepreneurship and management journals, and is the author of The Economics of Entrepreneurship (Cambridge University Press, 2009). He was as advisor to the OECD on entrepreneurship and SME public policy in Italy in 2013 and Canada in 2015, and is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences and workshops. He also regularly leads doctoral training seminars at universities in the US, UK and Europe.
Dr. Parker writes cases on entrepreneurship, with a particular interest in the challenges and strategies associated with Internet-based start-ups, including their use of social media. His recent cases include a crowdfunded venture, Devium's Dash; a corporate venture, Luminar; intrapreneurship at Alcatel-Lucent; and a new sustainable environmental start-up, Ten Tree International.

22 October
‘Ιs entrepreneurship a response to, or a cause of, economic change? Self-Employment in England and Wales 1921-2011’
Georgios Fotopoulos & David Storey (Sheffield University Management School & University of Sussex)

Please note: The seminar will begin at 12.30pm in Jubilee 144 and end at approximately 2pm. Sandwiches will be available beforehand from 12:25pm. 

Abstract

This research explores time-persistence, as well as change, in self-employment rates in England and Wales in the 1921-2011 period by using census data. The results obtained suggest a strong path-dependence in regional entrepreneurship as past self-employment rates have a strong bearing on futures ones. In addition, there seems to be a strong time-persistence in interregional differences in key explanatory variables as their lagged values strongly affect most recent self-employment rates. However, there is also some rank mobility reflected in the upward movement of most London boroughs and a downward movement of primarily coastal areas. Rank mobility in regional entrepreneurship was found to be positively affected by increases in human capital, immigration, small firm presence, homeownership, and population of the 55-64 age bracket. Rank mobility is also higher in regions with higher initial wages. It is argued that it is these influences that merit further attention rather than the use of public subsidies to promote additional entrepreneurship.

Bio

Georgios Fotopoulos is a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the Management School of the University of Sheffield. He holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science (1998) and an M.Sc. in Regional Science from the University of Reading (1993). He is an Economics graduate of the University of Athens (1991). He has held tenured academic positions at various Greek universities and was an external research fellow at the Max-Planck Institute of Economics (Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy Group, Jena, Germany). He is currently the programme director of the M.Sc. in Entrepreneurship and Management at the University of Sheffield where he also teaches Managerial Economics to M.Sc. and MBA students. His research has been published in international peer reviewed academic journals, including: Journal of Economic Geography, Environment and Planning A, Small Business Economics, Journal of Regional Science, Regional Studies, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Economics Letters, Papers in Regional Science, Annals of Regional Science, Growth and Change, Review of Industrial Organization, Journal of Industry Competition and Trade, and Applied Economics.

26 November
“From shadow to light: The impact of informal economy on the export propensity of Mexican manufacturing firms”. The paper is co-authored by the two speakers, Octavio Escobar (Paris School of Business) and Pierre-Xavier Meschi (IAE d’Aix, University of Aix-Marseille).
Ana Colovic & Olivier Lamotte

Abstract

In this study we investigate the impact of the use of inputs from the informal sector on the exports of Mexican manufacturing firms. Adopting the institution-based view, we study how firms take advantage of weak institutions and exploit institutional voids by procuring inputs from the informal sector in order to gain competitive advantage when entering foreign markets and how this relationship is moderated by corruption. The empirical study is based on a panel data of manufacturing firms compiled by Mexico’s authorities between 2005 and 2012. Results indicate that using inputs from the informal sector positively affects the probability that a firm will export. However, this effect is weaker when the level of local government corruption is high.

Bio

Ana Colovic is an Associate Professor of Strategy and International Business at NEOMA Business School, France. She holds a PhD from the University Paris Dauphine and an HDR (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches) from University Lyon 3. Her research interests include Japanese firms and their strategies, industrial clusters, inter-firm networks, international new ventures and internationalization of emerging market firms. She is currently a visiting fellow at the University of Sussex.
Olivier Lamotte is an Associate Professor of International Economics and International Business at Paris School of Business (France). He holds a PhD from the University of Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne. His research interests include internationalization and innovation of firms, in particular in emerging and transition economies. He is currently a visiting fellow at the University of Sussex.

10 December
The Dark Side of Collaborative Innovation: Establishing Product Architecture in Turbulent Environments
Richard Tee - Luiss Business School

Abstract

This paper examines how product architecture and collaborative ventures co-evolve in dynamic environments. Drawing on a longitudinal study, the paper highlights how the scope and nature of the collaboration evolves, focusing on changes in technological module boundaries. Based on a case from the mobile telephony industry, the study tracks the antecedents to these changes and shows the challenges rival firms face when collaborating in rapidly changing settings.

Bio

Richard Tee’s work focuses on strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship. He is particularly interested in technological change and industry emergence, and how organizations try to strategically influence this. His doctoral thesis on this topic was a finalist for the EGOS/Grigor McClelland Doctoral Dissertation Award, which recognizes innovative scholarship in management and organization theory. Using qualitative and quantitative data, he has examined a variety of settings including telecoms, IT and large scale infrastructure projects. He has presented his work and organized events at a variety of conferences including AoM, DRUID, Schumpeter, and SMS. Richard received his PhD from Imperial College London. He worked as a Research Fellow at EPFL in Switzerland, before joining LUISS University in Rome as an Assistant Professor at the Management Department. Prior to joining academia Richard worked at a telecoms/IT research and consulting institute.

Summer term 2015
21 May 
Two Faces of Complexity: Organizational Complexity, Internal Inefficiencies and Innovation Performance
Maya Cara (University of Sussex)

Maya Cara paper [DOCX 173.59KB]

Abstract

In a complex organization, parts interact in non-linear ways creating outcomes that are hard to predict. Many studies have examined the positive consequences that arise from non-linear interactions between agents in a system, such as innovation and collaboration. However, it is also possible that such interactions have negative consequences, because the costs of coordination compound in a way that makes highly-complex organizations hard to manage. In this paper we consider these two faces of complexity at the same time, arguing that organizational complexity facilitates emergent order in the form of innovation outputs, and also disorder in the form of internal inefficiencies, which in turn dampens the organization’s innovation outputs. Using a new database that combines internal survey findings for 211 large firms with objective measures of their innovation outputs, we find strong empirical support for our arguments. Our empirical findings are a useful complement to the largely modelling-oriented literature on organizational complexity that has emerged over the last fifteen years.

Bio

Maya Cara joined the University of Sussex in March 2015 as Lecturer in Strategy at the Department of Business and Management.

She earned her Ph.D. in Strategy and Entrepreneurship in December 2014 from London Business School. She also holds an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Prior to joining academia she worked as supply chain manager for Schnedier Electric (France) and plant manager for Siemens (US, Germany).

Spring term 2015
21 January
 
Holier than thou? A natural field experiment on social information in charitable giving
Marta Maras (Bocconi University) 

Please note: This seminar will take place on Wednesday 21 January and will be in G30.

Abstract

We study a six-year fundraising campaign by a Catholic parish to build a new church. Every Sunday, the priest announced donations, names, and addresses of donors, with surprise changes in the presentation of this social information. This unique data allows tests of hypotheses on how social information affects giving. We examine “fitting in” (neighbourhood effects, norm conformance) and “standing out” (social-image, information signalling, conspicuous giving). Early in the campaign, we observe significant fitting-in. Over six years, however, the dominant effect of social information is to encourage standing-out. Moreover, information affects how social comparisons are formed, sometimes with unintended consequences.

Bio


Marta Maras is currently an Assistant Professor of Management at the Department of Management and Technology at Bocconi University. Her primary research interests include strategic decision making, pro-social behaviour, altruism, behavioural and experimental economics. She holds a doctoral degree in Management from Pompeu Fabra University. By conducting laboratory, field and natural experiments, she explores factors in the environment of individuals that make them more prone to certain biases, act irrationally or in contrast, act more pro-socially and generously. Recently, she has focused on the strategic decision making and peer effects in various charitable organizations and pay-what-you-want settings.

5 March
Understanding the concept of brand forgiveness
Nikolette Siamagka (Kings College) 

Abstract

The concept of forgiveness has been in the centre of research within the psychology domain for a number of years. In marketing, consumer forgiveness has been conceptualised mainly within the context of services and relevant studies have focused mostly on ‘organisational violations’. This is however highly problematic, as consumers often tend to evaluate and build relationships at the brand level rather than the firm level. This study addresses this gap by exploring the concept of forgiveness in the context of consumer brand relationships.

Bio

Dr Nikoletta-Theofania Siamagka is a Lecturer in Marketing at King’s College London. Nikoletta’s research interests lie in the areas of international consumer behaviour, consumer emotions and e-marketing. Her research has appeared in various academic journals, such as the European Journal of Marketing, Industrial Marketing Management, and Journal of Travel Research.

17 March
Reflecting on internationalisation experience: The missing link in the development of leaders' cognitive capabilities 
Lucrezia Casulli (Strathclyde University)

Abstract

The internationalisation of firms can be viewed as the behavioural manifestation of firm leaders cognitive capabilities. The emerging literature on cognitive capabilities in internationalisation sheds light on how firms develop systematic rules of thumb leading to formalized, firm level processes to promote the transference of expertise from one context to a novel one, ultimately leading to strategic decision making.
In this paper, we argue that the development of such cognitive capabilities is a process that starts at the level of the individual. The firm leader develops internationalisation related strategic reasoning over time and with experience.
We purposefully select leaders of internationalising firms that differ in terms of their depth and breath of experiences and elicit their reflections on externally verified internationalisation events. Our intent is to distil different reflection processes at play for different depths and breaths of experience, so we interrogate the data accordingly.
In our findings and discussion sections we outline each of the 4 emerging reflection processes and discuss the implications of those in relation to the development of the cognitive capabilities of the firm leader in firm internationalisation.

26 March
The Team Unbound: Rethinking Teams in today’s global work environment
Luigi De Luca (Cardiff Business School)

Abstract

Team-based organizational design has become a structural imperative. However, this convention presupposes effective customer orientation at the team level. Using the Input-Mediator-Output framework, this study develops and tests a theoretical model of the dissipative processes through which leaders leverage their customer orientation to enhance team performance and satisfaction.The study's results have significant theoretical and managerial implications.

Bio

Dr Luigi M. De Luca is Reader in Marketing and Senior Research Coordinator of the Marketing & Strategy Section, Cardiff Business Schools. He is also Deputy Director of Research for Cardiff Business School. Luigi holds a Master in Marketing & Innovation Management and a Ph.D. in Business Administration & Management from Bocconi University (Italy). Luigi joined Cardiff Business School in 2009, and his previous work experiences include Aston Business School (UK), Bocconi University (Italy), Hong Kong City University (HK) and CEIBS (China). Luigi has taught undergraduate, master, doctoral and executive courses in marketing and innovation in UK and abroad. His key research interests are marketing strategy, product innovation, market knowledge processes, and the interface between marketing and other departments in the firm. Luigi’s research is published in the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Research Policy, Industrial Marketing Management, and Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management. He is an active member of the American Marketing Association (AMA) and the European Marketing Academy (EMAC). Since joining Cardiff Business School Luigi has served for five years as track-chair for Innovation and New Product Development at EMAC’s annual conference and has been Editorial Board Member of Journal of Product Innovation Management, Industrial Marketing Management and Journal of Global Scholars of Marketing Science

Autumn term 2014
9 October
Technological distance and the structure of MNC subunit knowledge sourcing
Prof John Cantwell (Rutgers Business School)

Abstract

The foreign subunits of multinational corporations (MNCs) have an important role to play in the search for relevant knowledge which is technologically distant from the traditional core domains of the firm.

When MNC subunits create new knowledge that relies upon novel combinations of technologically more distant and core knowledge, this affects their relative reliance on internal and external sources of knowledge across geographic space. Focusing on the pharmaceutical industry in Germany, we find that as technological distance rises, firms rely more on both internal and external sources of knowledge accumulation. However, international internal sources are used for a more intensive cross-border exploitation of knowledge within a field, while local external sources are used more for the exploration of new knowledge combinations across distinct and more distant fields.

Moreover, as international integration efforts rise, subunits rely more on intra-firm knowledge sources, but when international integration is combined with local responsiveness efforts, knowledge accumulation relies more on inter-organizational sources. These findings suggest that when subunits play a more creative role in knowledge generation within their corporate group, international knowledge exchanges in MNCs are enhanced (not reduced) and complement external sources.

Bio

John Cantwell is Distinguished Professor of International Business at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA. He was previously Professor of International Economics at the University of Reading in the UK, until 2002. His research is focused especially on technological innovation and multinational corporations. His earliest work helped to launch a new literature on multinational companies and international networks for technology creation, beyond merely international technology transfer. Altogether, Professor Cantwell has published thirteen books, over 70 articles in refereed academic journals, and over 80 chapters in edited collections. His published research spans the fields of International Business and Management, Economics, Economic History, Economic Geography, and Innovation Studies. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Business Studies from 2011-16. He is an elected Fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB), since 2005, and a Founding Fellow of the European International Business Academy (EIBA), since 2001.

30 October
Does natural resource abundance deter non-resource FDI? Evidence from the United States
Dr Jing-Lin Duanmu (Surrey Business School)

Abstract

Using inward FDI data from 1977 to 2007 into forty eight states in the United States, I analyse two causal mechanises through which natural resource abundance influences non-resource FDI in manufacturing and service sector. I find that (1) natural resource production significantly reduces manufacturing FDI but increases service FDI through its inflationary impact on labour cost; (2) capital intensity mitigates the negative impact of inflated wage on manufacturing FDI, and enhances its positive effect on service FDI; (3) natural resource attracts manufacturing FDI through its tax reduction function, but its impact on service FDI is not significant.

Bio

Jing-Lin Duanmu is a Senior Lecturer at Surrey Business School. She obtained her PhD degree at the University of Bath, UK. Currently, she conducts research on location determinants foreign direct investment from emerging markets, cultural aspects of international trade, the impact of multinational banks on host country, and corruption. She welcomes potential collaborations with scholars in International Business, Organizational Behaviour, and Finance areas.

20 November
Why and how are retailers influencing sustrainability behaviours of households?
Prof William Young (University of Leeds)

Abstract

Brand companies are increasingly shifting their Corporate Sustainability focus onto changing the sustainability behaviour of their customers in their homes. This is a response to the results of environmental analysis of their products (through life cycle assessment) that shows the use phase of products and services can contribute to a large proportion of the environmental resource use and emissions. This presentation will report on a research project helping Asda to influence the reduction of food waste of its 18 million customers. Behaviour change inventions have been designed and implemented along with monitoring of any change in household behaviour. The theory, methods, impact and ethics of this project will be discussed.

Bio

William Young is Professor of Sustainability and Business and Co-Director of the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds. His research focuses is on developing methods and tools for pro-environmental behaviour change for organisations and consumers. Current projects include a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Asda and Co-Investigator for the ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre. William helps run the Corporate Responsibility Research Conference and organise part of the ‘Leeds Curriculum’ that gives students the opportunity of studying from 110 sustainability modules and work on campus sustainability projects.

Summer term 2014
DateSpeakerSeminar title

7 May

Professor Mikki Hebl (Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA)

Subtle but serious discrimination

14 May

Professor David Bardolet (Bocconi University, Milan, Italy)

Please note that this seminar will take place from 1pm-2pm in Jubilee 118 rather than the usual time and venue

Resource allocation, dynamic capabilities and strategy

27 May Marina Biniari (Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland)

 

Please note that this seminar will take place from 1pm-2pm in Jubilee 117 rather than the usual time and venue.

The configuration of corporate venturing logic through a resource dependence institutional lens

4 June Yong Yang (Sussex)

How does the labour quality in overseas affiliates affect the productivity of parent companies? A global value chain perspective

Spring term 2014
DateSpeakerSeminar Title
9 April

Grazia D. Santangelo, University of Catania (co-authored with Larissa Rabbiosi, Copenhagen Business School)

When in Rome, do as the Romans do, but cum judicio: Dealing with corruption after entry

2 April

Prof Giambattista Dagnino (University of Catania)

Please note: this seminar will take place in Jubilee 117 at 3pm rather than the usual venue and time

Keep Fit to Fit: An Analysis of the Microfoundations of Strategic Alliance Evolution Capabilities

26 March Prof Steven McGuire (Prifysgol Aberystwyth University)

Multilateral Agreements and Global Governance of International Trade and Financial Regimes

19 March

Bart Clarysse (Imperial College London)

Understanding the Process of New Venture Evolution in Nascent Markets

5 March

Professor Joachim Stoeber (University of Kent)

Perfectionism at work: Does it pay?

26 February

Yong Yang (University of Sussex)

Please note that this seminar will begin at 12pm rather than the usual time 

How does the labour quality in overseas affiliates affect the productivity of parent companies? A global value chain perspective

5 February 

Professor Paul Sparrow (Lancaster University)

Please note that this seminar will take place in Jubilee 144 rather than the usual venue 

Strategic talent management; the outlines of a new bridge mechanism

Autumn term 2013
DateSpeakerSeminar Title
11 December Ruth Yeoman, University of Oxford

Please note that this seminar will begin at 3pm rather than the usual time 

Meaningful work and workplace democracy: a philosophy of work and a politics of meaningfulness

4 December Marion Garaus, University of Vienna

Consumers' reactions to confusing store environments.

26 November Bernardo Bátiz-LazoBangor University

Please note that this seminar will take place in Jubilee G31 between 1-2pm

Origins of Cashless Payments: Direct to Account Payments, Cash Machines and Online Technology in the UK and Sweden

13 November Rebecca Liu, University of Sussex

Absorptive Capacity and Dynamic Capabilities:  A Best Practice study from a market knowledge-based view

6 November Chia-Jung Tsay, University College London

The impact of visual cues on the judgement of performance 

30 October Phillip Nell, Copenhagen Business School

Please note that this seminar will take place in Jubilee G31 rather than the usual venue

Strictly Limited Choice or Agency?Institutional Duality, Legitimacy, and Subsidiaries’ Political Strategies.

16 October

Joaquin Alegre, University of Valencia

Joint seminar with SPRU; Please note that this seminar will begin at 1pm and take place in Jubilee G22 rather than the usual time and venue

Entrepreneurial orientation, Innovative Capabilities and Export Performance

Summer term 2013

 

DateSpeakerSeminar TitleDiscussant
12 June Monica Masucci
Sussex

Please note that this is ajoint seminar with SPRU

Uncovering the determinants of initiative survival in corporate venture units: a multistage selection perspective

David Storey
22 May Franco Fiordelisi
University of Rome III

Pricing operational risk in commercial banking

Roman Matousek
15 May Laura Frigotto
University of Trento

Please note that this seminar will take place in Jubilee G31 rather than the usual venue

A view from the height: The contribution of Nobel laureate Paul Lauterbur to the evolution of MRI research area

Piera Morlacchi
8 May Piera Morlacchi
Sussex

This is a joint seminar with SPRU

From ‘built to grow’ to ‘built to sell’: The evolution of new venture creation in the US pacemaker field (1949-2012)


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Spring term 2013
DateSpeakerSeminar TitleDiscussant
30 January Shova Thapa Karki 
University of Sussex

Please note that this seminar will take place in Arts A103 rather than the usual venue

Good intention – ‘bad’ behaviour: Investigating attitudes, intentions and illegal resource extraction at Bardia National Park, Nepal

Michelle Luke
6 February David StoreyandAlex Coad
University of Sussex

Julian Frankish
Barclays

Is enterprise a route out of deprivation?

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13 February Prof Bill Ziemba
Sauder School of Business,University of British Columbia

When to sell Apple and the NASDAQ? Trading bubbles with a stochastic disorder model

Carol Alexander
27 February  Antonio Majocchi 
University of Pavia

Please note that this seminar will take place in Arts A103 rather than the usual venue

Are family firms more internationally involved than non-family firms? The case of Italy

Norifumi Kawai
13 March  Alfred Yawson
University of Adelaide Business School

Extraordinary acquirers

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20 March  Vikrant Shirodhkar
University of Sussex

MNE-subsidiaries’ approaches to non-market strategy in emerging economies

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10 April Giovanni Valentini
Bocconi University

Joint seminar with SPRU; please note that this seminar will take place in Jubilee G22 rather than the normal venue

What is open innovation, really? 

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17 April Mike Osborne
University of Sussex

Please note that this seminar starts at the earlier than usual time of 12.30pm

Is APR a Robust Measure of the Cost of Consumer Credit?

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Autumn term 2012
DateSpeakerSeminar TitleDiscussant

12 December

Efthymios G Tsionas 
Athens University of Economics and Business

Revisiting herding behaviour: likelihood evidence

Emmanuel Mamatzakis

5 December

Mirela Xheneti 
University of Sussex

Please note: this seminar will begin at 12.30pm

Strategizing the border location: a bricolage perspective on informal entrepreneurial activities

David Storey
21 November  Kevin Grant and Martin Meyer 
University of Sussex

Addicted to IT: lessons for responsible management

None
14 November  Glenn Morgan 
Cardiff Business School

Into the greater Asian economic expansion: competition and cooperation between the Korean and Japanese electronics industries

Ödül Bozkurt
31 October  Surendranath Jory 
University of Sussex

A comparison of bidders of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) with bidders of non-SOEs: Deal Structure Decisions and Wealth Effects

Bruce Hearn
3 October Kostas Nikolopoulos
Bangor Business School

Please note: this seminar will take place in Fulton Building room 203

The relative performance of methods for forecasting Special Events: predicting the success of Policy Implementation

None
Summer term 2012
DateSpeakerSeminar Title
20 June Barbara Larson
University of Sussex

The strategic participation decisions of social movement organizations 
Please note: This is a joint seminar with SPRU and will take place in the social space of the Freeman Centre from 1.00pm-2.00pm

13 June Bruce Hearn
University of Sussex

Time varying liquidity effects in Japanese and Pacific Basin equity markets: An industrial sector analysis 
Please note: this BaM seminar will take place in Shawcross Building room AS02 (rather than in Friston) from 1.15-2.15pm

6 June Maria Savona
University of Sussex

Public R&D strategic interactions across EU-15 countries: A spatial econometric analysis.
Please note:
 This is a joint seminar with SPRU and will take place in the social space of the Freeman Centre from 1.00pm-2.00pm

30 May Caetano Penna
University of Sussex

The co-evolution of societal problems, innovation and incumbent industries: Ups and downs in the issue lifecycle trajectory of American auto-safety (1900-2000)
Please note: This is a joint seminar with SPRU and will take place in the social space of the Freeman Centre from 1.00pm-2.00pm

23 May Professor Ulf Andersson
Copenhagen Business School 

Balancing the Trade-Off between Learning Prospects and Spillover Risks: MNC Subsidiaries’ Vertical Linkage Patterns in Developed Countries (Joint seminar with SPRU) 
Please note: This is a joint seminar with SPRU and will take place in the social space of the Freeman Centre from 1.00pm-2.00pm

16 May No seminar

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9 May Werner Holzl
Austrian Institute of Economics Research (WIFO) 

Innovation Barriers across Firms and Countries 
Please note: This is a joint seminar with SPRU and will take place in the social space of the Freeman Centre from 1.00pm-2.00pm

2 May George Saridakis
Loughborough University 

The relationship between self-employment and unempployment in the long run: a panel cointegration approach 
Please note: This is a joint seminar with SPRU and will take place in the social space of the Freeman Centre from 1.00pm-2.00pm

25 April Emmanuel Mamatzakis
University of Sussex 

What do market expectations reveal about the euro area sovereign debt crisis? 
Please note: This is a joint seminar with SPRU and will take place in the social space of the Freeman Centre from 1.00pm-2.00pm

18 April

Iftikhar Hussain 
University of Sussex 

Subjective Performance Evaluation in the Public Sector: Evidence From School Inspect