R&D Production Team Composition and Firm-Level Innovation

Working Papers

How should a firm organize the diversity of technical experience contained within its pool of inventive human capital when firm-level innovation is a desired performance outcome? Using a sample of biotechnology start-ups observed from their founding onwards we examine the implications of alternate firm-level design regimes.Read More

Organizational Constraints to Adaptation: Intra-Firm Asymmetry in the Locus of Coordination

Working Papers

We investigate the role of internal interdependence in influencing the ability of firms to adapt following an industry-wide shock. Focusing on the organizational drivers of heterogeneity in post-shock adaptation ability, we propose that variance in the pre-shock nature of interdependence between a firm’s upstream production and downstream commercialization activities can explain how and why the firm is more or less successful in adapting to sudden external change.Read More

Resource Congestion and the Impact of Incumbent Affiliation on New Ventures

Working Papers

This paper examines the impact of incumbent firm affiliations on the performance of new start-up ventures, focusing specifically on the configuration of the start-up’s incumbent partners’ alliance portfolios. While start-ups often engage in alliance relationships with established firms in order to access resources and capabilities necessary to navigate the early stages of development, there is mixed evidence on whether such relationships are ultimately beneficial for the start-up.Read More

Governing Collaborative Activity: Interdependence and the Impact of Coordination and Exploration

Published Research

We examine the performance implications of selecting alternate modes of governance in interorganizational alliance relationships. While managers can choose from a range of modes to govern alliances, prior empirical evidence offers limited guidance on the performance impact of this choice.Read More