Strategic Management Society 29th Annual Conference at Washington DC

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Isabel Gutiérrez and Maud Pindard, both from INNOMARK, will present the paper "Is He The One? Partner Selection and Tie Formation" in Session 128 of the 29th SMS Annual International Conference.

In this paper, they study the effect of cooperative networks within an organizational population on mortality rates. They use data on Spanish railway companies and find that cooperative ties are beneficial when they link organizations of the same form – two generalists or two specialists – but that a liability of connectedness exists for ties across forms: cooperative ties with specialists increase the mortality chances of generalists. They also find that there are asymmetries in the effect of ties, since ties between generalists and specialists do not increase the mortality of specialists. These results have important implications for theorists and managers, as they show the potential risks associated with engaging in an external relationship, and that such relationships do not always act as buffers from environmental uncertainty.

Gutiérrez and Pindard's communication will take place on Tuesday, October 13, at 14:30 in the Meeting Room 14 of the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C., USA. This table will be conducted by Rafael Corredoira, from the University of Maryland.

Next day, Wednesday October 14th, Camino José Lejarraga and Ester Martínez Ros, both from INNOMARK as well, will present to the public their paper "Exploring the Mediating Role of Decision Style on the Scale and Quality of Innovative Output". This article extends the longstanding “size-R&D productivity” dilemma by exploring how firms change internally as they evolve from small to large firms, and how this evolutio- nary change affects R&D outcomes. More precisely, Lejarraga and Ros focus on how firm’s decision-making capabilities are affected by firms’ size evolution, and how different decision styles arise as a consequence of this evolution and ultimately affect different dimensions of firms’ innovative output. Since most research has looked at how size affects the number of innovations, they question whether variations in the scale of new product’s portfolio hold at the expense of the quality of their innovative output. To address these concerns they propose a mediation model and test it empirically using longitudinal data from Spanish manufacturing firms.

This session will be held at 11.30 a.m. at the Meeting Room 16, and will be conducted by Véronique Ambrosini, from Cardiff University. For more information about other sessions and schedules, CLICK HERE.