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Learning, Creativity and Collaboration in Organisations

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A strategy for corporate project ‘buy-in’

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Making use of the latest advances in the understanding of neuroscience can help make us better leaders and project managers. (Proceedings Projekte & Emotional Intelligenz conference Vienna also Principles of Project Management series, APM)

Project Leader: Graham Collins

The Effect of Customer Feedback and Organizational Learning on Product Innovation

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What is the role of customer feedback and organizational learning in the design of new generation of products?

Project Leader: Bilal Gokpinar

Collaboration Networks and Academic Performance

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What is the impact of awareness, discussion and collaboration networks on scholarly productivity and impact? A study of interdisciplinary and intradisciplinary academic collaboration in a top USA engineering school. (paper under review)

Project Leader: Bilal Gokpinar

Bottlenecks and Productivity in White-Collar (Knowledge-intensive) Work

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How to improve the efficiency of information flow in knowledge-intensive complex organisations? How to identify bottleneck work units and individuals? Which metrics can be used to...more

Project Leader: Bilal Gokpinar

Creativity in Cross-Functional and Interdisciplinary Teams

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How do differences in the underlying perspectives and assumptions of group members shape the nature and ultimate creativity of small groups? How does the creative process differ in such diverse teams from more homogeneous teams?

Project Leader: Sarah Harvey

Exploring the Creative Process in Healthcare Policy Teams

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This project explores the creative processes that occur naturally in interdisciplinary teams developing healthcare IT policy. How does engagement with different types of processes influence the generation and selection of new....more

Project Leader: Sarah Harvey

Interpersonal Dynamics and Decision Making in a Corporate Boardroom

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How do influence attempts by members of a corporate board of a large manufacturing company lead to counter-influence strategies, interpersonal dynamics, and decisions? This....More

Project Leader: Sarah Harvey

Pathways to Innovation in Knowledge Transfer Teams

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This research investigates innovation in academic knowledge transfer teams. Through what path do cross-organizational teams develop over time? How does this path influence the ability of the team to gain...more

Project Leader: Sarah Harvey

Intellectual Game Play in Knowledge Work

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What is the relationship between play and creativity? How can play support or hinder creativity in organizations? What are the organizational structures and processes that support intellectual play at work? This research explores the value of play to knowledge work.

Project Leader: Sarah Harvey

Mutually Reinforcing Dynamics of Idea Generation and Idea Evaluation in Groups

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This research challenges the conventional wisdom that the brainstorming approach of separating idea generation and idea evaluation are optimal for promoting creativity in groups. It ...more

Project Leader: Sarah Harvey

Universities as engines for industrial growth

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How has the rise of new science-based industries altered the organization of universities? A study of the development of university-industry relationships in Silicon Valley details the critical role of universities in the region’s success and outlines ...more

Project Leader: Simcha Jong

Assessing the performance of Silicon Valley spin-off firms

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Study on Silicon Valley firms and the academic laboratories these firms were spun off from. Findings highlight a significant impact of various organizational features of “founding laboratories” on the performance of firms in...more

Project Leader: Simcha Jong

Enhancing R&D productivity through academic collaborations

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The study’s database comprises detailed information on activities in the academic community of 4,780 American and British science-based firms and the impact of these activities on R&D productivity. Findings outline strategic...more

Project Leader: Simcha Jong

Managing science-led innovation in high-tech firms

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Which organizational levers do managers have at their disposal in organizing science-led R&D? Case studies highlight formal structures, routines, and cultures that distinguish successful science-based ventures (International workshop planned at ...more

Project Leader: Simcha Jong

Business and Human Rights

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What is the role of companies in the international regime of human rights? Companies have mainly taken action by implementing measures in the work place and the vicinity of their operations. Such action has enabled people to enjoy their ...more

Project Leader: Nina Seppala

What organizational designs shape learning outcomes in the long run?

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Some organizational arrangements enable better coordination across interdependent contributors than others. Beyond coordination, elements of formal structure may also enable ...more

Project Leader: Mihaela Stan

Treating poor prognosis patients leads to higher learning rates in fertility care

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Difficult undertakings offer valuable opportunities for learning because knowledge and practices developed as a consequence of dealing with difficult cases spill over and have positive ...more

Project Leader: Mihaela Stan

Managing creativity by design: Coordinating creative inputs in comic strip production

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Can task design stand as a recipe for creativity? Or is it that due process and accountability doesn’t agree with designer stubble and artistic panache? This study investigates the...more

Project Leader: Mihaela Stan

Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship

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What are the defining characteristics of knowledge intensive entrepreneurship? (funded by EU)
Project Leader: Mila Striukova

Patent value

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What value can be created from patents and where does it reside? (published in International Journal of Intellectual Property Management, Journal of Intellectual Capital, International Journal of Intellectual Property ...more 

Project Leader: Mila Striukova

All inclusive business model

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How can you offer everything and yet remain competitive?(Service Business) ....more
Project Leader: Mila Striukova

Public Venture Capital

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Do Venture Capital trust solve the problem of underinvestment in young companies? (published in International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management

Project Leader: Mila Striukova

Vision vs. Execution: A Construal Level Perspective on Contextual Ambidexterity

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Pressures for strategic renewal and adaptation lead managers to engage in paradoxical thinking for trying to reconcile trade-offs between continuity and change. We explore the relation...more

Project Leader: Enrico Forti

Reputation in Open Source Communities

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What determines the reputation and competence in open source communities? (forthcoming in Organization Science)

Project Leader: Soong Moon Kang

Institutional Logic of Open Source Projects

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Why and how do companies compete with or participate in voluntary open source software projects?
Project Leader: Soong Moon Kang

Reputations and Perceptions in Organizations

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How biased are our perceptions of individual reputations in organizations and how they affect performance?
Project Leader: Soong Moon Kang


Centrality and Charisma: Comparing How Leader Networks and Attributions Affect Team Performance

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For team leaders, is one of the benefits of being central in the team advice network a more favorable assessment of personality – being seen by your subordinates as charismatic? (Published in Journal of Applied Psychology in 2011)

Project Leader: Martin Kilduff

Organizational Network Perceptions Versus Reality: A Small World after All?

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How do people keep track of and make sense of social network connections in organizational settings? (Published in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes in 2008)
Project Leader: Martin Kilduff

Emotion helpers: The Role of High Positive Affectivity and High Self-Monitoring Managers

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Every organizational system depends on protective and creative behavior to counter potentially damaging developments such as the occurrence and potential spread of negative emotions.  But from where are these protective behaviors likely to spring?  (Published in Personnel Psychology in 2007)

Project Leader: Martin Kilduff

The Social Networks of High and Low Self Monitors: Implications for Workplace Performance

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Is it personality or social network connections that help people do well in their work, or is it some combination? (Published in Administrative Science Quarterly in 2001)

Project Leader: Martin Kilduff

Do Chameleons Get Ahead? The Effects of Self-Monitoring on Managerial Careers

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Who gets ahead in managerial careers, the true-to-themselves who are consistent in their attitudes and behaviors, or the chameleons who adjust their expressions and behaviors depending on the situation? (Published in Academy of Management Journal in 1994)
Project Leader: Martin Kilduff

The Ripple Effect of Personality on Social Structure: Self-Monitoring Origins of Network Brokerage

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Individuals differ in the extent to which they occupy social network brokerage positions, connecting people who are themselves unconnected. But do these brokers tend to be defined in terms of a chameleon-like personality? (Published in Journal of Applied Psychology in 2008)

Project Leader: Martin Kilduff

Bringing the Individual Back in: a Structural Analysis of the Internal Market for Reputation in Organizations

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Can your reputation as a good worker be boosted by people's erroneous impression that you have a high-status friend? (Published in Academy of Management Journal in 1994)
Project Leader: Martin Kilduff

Social Network Analysis: Foundations and Frontiers on Advantage

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We provide an overview of social network analysis and discuss frontiers of advantage contingent on personality, cognition, embeddedness, and dynamics.  (Forthcoming in Annual Review of Psychology)
Project Leader: Martin Kilduff

Organizational Social Network Research: Core Ideas and Key Debates

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What are the leading ideas at the heart of social network research, and how do they inform current debates and research prospects? (Published in Academy of Management Annals in 2010)

Project Leader: Martin Kilduff

From Blue Sky Research to Problem Solving: a Philosophy of Science Theory of New Knowledge Production

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What are the different kinds of knowledge that are produced, the indicators of progress, the characteristic methods, and the exemplar organizations? (Published in Academy of Management Review in 2011
Project Leader: Martin Kilduff

Strategic Use of Emotional Intelligence in Organizational Settings: Exploring the Dark Side

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Can emotionally intelligent people use their skills to advance their own interests, even at the expense of others? (Published in Research in Organizational Behavior in 2010)
Project Leader: Martin Kilduff

A Paradigm Too Far? A Dynamic Stability Reconsideration of the Social Network Research Program

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What are the implications of viewing organizational networks as complex adaptive systems that exhibit both persistence and change? (Published in Academy of Management Review in 2006)
Project Leader: Martin Kilduff

Zooming in and out: Connecting Individuals and Collectivities at the Frontiers of Organizational Network Research

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If both individuals and organizations are considered simultaneously in terms of social networks, what kinds of new research are possible? (Published in Organization Science in 2005)
Project Leader: Martin Kilduff

Necessity of Others  – Mother of Invention

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It has long been considered as fact that creativity is most evident when people are self-motivated (intrinsically) in their work. Looking at data from two organizations and supported by a laboratory study, we found that intrinsic motivation was much more effective when linked with a focus on others...more

Project Leader: James Berry

Idea Flows – Mapping Innovation Identification

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Do the CEO and the hourly employee judge creativity the same way? If not, corporate innovation programs asking employees to be creative may be doomed to failure. This research attempts to map how employees evaluate potentially creative new ideas within existing companies....more

Project Leader: James Berry

Identifying Creativity at a Distance Contract Design for R&D Licensing

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Creativity is a balance of novelty and usefulness. Yet how we evaluate ideas changes depending on how near or far we feel from the particular context. When people are close to a problem both novelty and usefulness of the solution are relevant....more

Project Leader: James Berry

Maximizing Employee Creativity

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How can we encourage employees to maximize their effort and creativity in working on problems? Perspective-taking is one way to encourage employees to focus on end users in solving problems...more

Project Leader: James Berry