Session Details: Session 1031

Organizational Structure and Performance

Track D

Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Time: 14:30 – 15:45


Room: Salon 24

Session Chair:
Anna Nadolska, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Title: Alliance Management Capability and Alliance Performance


  • Oliver Schilke, Stanford University
  • Anthony Goerzen, Queen's University

Abstract: Prior research has indicated that experience and dedicated organizational structures are important organizational factors in alliance management. Yet, empirical findings in this stream have been mixed suggesting that our current conceptual understanding of alliance management is incomplete. We develop a model of dynamic organizational routines that constitute “alliance management capability,” an important new element that mediates the relationships between experience, organizational structures, and alliance performance. Based on our sample of 302 firms that have R&D alliances, we find support for our hypotheses that alliance management capability (i.e., coordination, learning, sensing, and adaptation routines) has a positive effect on alliance performance and mediates the performance impact of alliance experience and structures.

Title: Good Learners: How Top Management Teams Affect Acquisition Behavior and Performance


  • Anna Nadolska, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Harry Barkema, Erasmus University-Rotterdam

Abstract: This study examines how top management teams (TMTs) influence the efficacy of organizational learning from acquisition experience. We argue that TMTs with moderate levels of demographic heterogeneity favor learning more than teams at either end of the heterogeneity spectrum. We tested our predictions on acquisition behavior and performance using longitudinal data on more than 1,000 international acquisitions by 25 Dutch companies over four decades (1966-2006).

Title: Hybrid Competitive Strategies, Organizational Structure, And Firm Performance


  • Eva M. Pertusa-Ortega, University of Alicante

Abstract: This paper analyzes the internal characteristics of organizational structure which have an influence on the development of hybrid competitive strategies and their link to firm performance. The study examines a sample of large Spanish firms belonging to different sectors by means of the Partial Least Squares (PLS) technique, using formative dimensions for competitive strategy and organizational structure. The results reveal that the strategies which simultaneously emphasize high differentiation and low cost levels influence firm performance positively, and that the possible organizational support needed to reach an appropriate hybrid strategy may be the design of organic, flexible organizations with mechanical components. Likewise, it has been checked that the competitive strategy acts as a factor mediating the influence exerted by organizational structure on firm performance

Title: The Nature of Business Cluster


  • Chih-Ning Chu, Chung Yuan Christian University
  • Grace C. Su, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

Abstract: What is a cluster? We proposed that both market and management provide coordination resources to cluster activities, and defined clusters by the trade-off between the combination of transaction costs and managerial costs within a cluster, and the market transaction costs. This definition provides the sufficient condition for the existence of a cluster and its boundary, and imply: (1) A strategic action for managing a cluster focuses on building its capability to measure the productivity of production factors and to facilitate market competition within a cluster; (2) Managerial action should target on reducing transaction costs within a cluster; (3) The more the internal market works, the less the managerial resources/cost takes. Via Hsinchu Science Park’s IC cluster in Taiwan, we examine how management creates the internal market and enhances the cluster performance.

All Sessions in Track D...

Mon: 11:15 – 12:30
Session 1027: Knowledge Proximity and Knowledge Diffusion
Session 1029: Strategy Tools in the Knowledge-Based Economy
Mon: 15:30 – 16:45
Session 1030: The Emerging Strands of Research in Strategic Cognition
Mon: 17:00 – 18:15
Session 1028: Social and Institutional Issues in Strategic Management
Tue: 11:15 – 12:30
Session 1034: The Role of Decision-Making for Knowledge Management
Session 1117: SMS Emerging Scholar Award Recipient 2008 - Riitta Katila
Tue: 14:30 – 15:45
Session 1031: Organizational Structure and Performance
Wed: 11:30 – 12:45
Session 1026: Learning Within and Across Organizational Boundaries

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