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retrun to topMerry Christmas and Happy Holidays...

posted on Dec 15 2014

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...from the Walter family!


retrun to topNYC Networking Trek

posted on Oct 24 2014

ncycareertrekJust returned from this year's GWSB New York City Networking Trek with our undergraduate students. It was a great experience for both students and faculty, so thanks to Associate Dean Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou for her kind invitation!


retrun to top2014 SMS Annual International Conference

posted on Sep 20 2014

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This year's Strategic Management Society's Annual International Conference took place in Madrid, Spain, and we presented our paper


"Formal and informal controls as complements or substitutes? The role of the task environment" with Markus Kreutzer (University of St. Gallen),


which was also nominated for the Strategic Management Society Best Conference Paper Price Award, the Strategic Management Society Best Conference Paper for Practice Implications Award, and was a Finalist for the Strategic Management Society Best Conference Paper of the Strategy Process Interest Group. For more information, check the SMS Website.



retrun to topFirst Day of School

posted on Sep 02 2014

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Note Max's future plans ;-)


retrun to top2014 Academy of Management Annual Meeting

posted on Aug 06 2014

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This year's Academy of Management Annual Meeting took place from August 1-5 in Philadelphia, PA. Under the conference theme "The Power of Words," my colleagues and I presented our paper (which was also included in the BPS Best Paper Proceedings):

  • "Formal and informal controls as complements or substitutes? The role of the task environment," with Markus Kreutzer (University of St. Gallen) & Laura Cardinal (University of Houston).
  • Moreover, I received the Outstanding Reviewer Award for the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management.

    For more information, check the AOM Website.


    retrun to topWeltmeister!

    posted on Jul 13 2014

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    It's been 24 years since Germany last won the soccer world championship. The year was 1990, only months after the Berlin Wall came down, and I was in 8th grade. It was about time our boys won the title again. And they did in a truly amazing tournament!


    retrun to topNew Article Forthcoming in the Strategic Management Journal

    posted on Jun 14 2014

    New Article Forthcoming in the Strategic Management Journal:


    Organizational control as antidote to politics in the pursuit of strategic initiatives


    Markus Kreutzer*, Jorge Walter**, & Laura B. Cardinal***

    * University of St. Gallen, ** The George Washington University, *** University of Houston


    In contrast to the contingency approach advanced by most prior work, we suggest a complementary perspective on organizational control and its relationship with performance. We argue that the simultaneous use of behavior and outcome control capitalizes on their respective advantages, and is therefore more effective than a sole reliance on either control. Moreover, with organizational control seeking alignment between individual and organizational goals, the benefits of such a complementary approach may be more pronounced in a context characterized by high levels of organizational politics, or the pursuit of individual at the expense of organizational goals. Our analysis of strategic initiatives pursued by 184 European corporations provides support for both a complementary approach to organizational control and a contingency effect of organizational politics.


    Keywords: Control theory, organizational control, organizational politics, strategic initiatives, strategy process


    For a copy of this article, please see here or contact me directly.



    retrun to topEaster Greetings

    posted on Apr 20 2014

    Easter 2014

    From the Walter family!


    retrun to topPeter B. Vaill Outstanding Doctoral Educator Award

    posted on Apr 08 2014 vaill2014
    I just received notice that, after being nominated twice (in 2011 and 2013), I was awarded the 2014 Peter B. Vaill Outstanding Doctoral Educator Award by the Doctoral Student Association of the School of Business of The George Washington University.


    A sincere thanks to the doctoral students for this honor. I look forward to many more opportunities to engage with the GWSB doctoral program...


    retrun to topPaper included in AOM Best Paper Proceedings

    posted on Mar 28 2014

    A new research project I'm involved in will be included in the Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management Meeting, this time for the 2014 Meeting in my wife's hometown Philadelphia, PA:


    Formal and informal controls as complements or substitutes? The role of the task environment


    Markus Kreutzer*, Laura Cardinal**, Jorge Walter***, & Christoph Lechner*

    * University of St. Gallen, ** University of Houston, *** The George Washington University


    This study contrasts the substitution logic advanced by the traditional organizational control view with the complementarity logic inherent in the more recent, holistic organizational control view. In particular, we examine whether formal and informal behavior and outcome controls act as complements or substitutes for each other in their influence on performance outcomes, and whether any such interaction will be stable across different organizational contexts or subject to contextual contingencies. Our empirical findings from an analysis of 184 strategic initiatives conducted by firms across a variety of industries provide broad support for the holistic view and the positive impact of a complementary use of formal and informal behavior control as well as formal and informal outcome control on initiative performance. While the former is stable for all degrees of exploration, the latter is more pronounced in the context of lower degrees of exploration. Our study thus contributes to a more nuanced understanding of organizational control.


    Keywords: Control theory, organizational control, informal control, complementarity, strategic initiatives, degree of exploration


    For a copy of this paper, please contact me directly.


    retrun to topOdyssey of the Mind Tournament

    posted on Mar 15 2014

    Odyssey of the Mind 2014Like all good things, this year's Odyssey of the Mind has come to an end. But what an end it was! Our team gave an awesome performance at today's tournament! The kids were truly at their best and they simply blew the judges away. As their coaches, Sam and I are really proud of our team and all that the kids have accomplished..


    retrun to topMerry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

    posted on Dec 25 2013

    christmas2013achristmas2013bFrom the Walter Family


    retrun to topNew Article Forthcoming in Personnel Psychology

    posted on Dec 12 2013

    New Article Forthcoming in Personnel Psychology:


    Deeds that help and words that hurt: Helping and gossip as moderators of the relationship between leader-member exchange and advice network centrality


    Berrin Erdogan*, Talya Bauer*, & Jorge Walter**

    * Portland State University, ** The George Washington University


    We examine the relationship between leader-member exchange (LMX) quality and advice network centrality using multi-source data from a sample of 250 retail employees and their respective managers in Turkey to test our hypothesized model of value and costs of being sought out for advice. Drawing upon the tenets of Network Generation Theory (Nebus, 2006), we predict that the tendency of focal actors to help others and their own tendency to gossip would be behavioral moderators of the relationship between LMX quality and their advice network centrality. Consistent with Network Generation Theory, our results reveal that LMX quality is positively related to centrality only for those actors with a high tendency to help coworkers and a low tendency to gossip about coworkers, suggesting that behaviors indicating helpfulness and discretion are necessary for high LMX members to maintain a central position in their work group’s advice network. Implications and future research directions are discussed.


    Keywords: Leader-member exchange (LMX), advice network centrality, helping behaviors, gossip


    For a copy of this article, please contact me directly.


    retrun to topSeason's Greetings

    posted on Dec 06 2013

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    From the Walter family...



    retrun to top2013 SMS Annual International Conference

    posted on Oct 01 2013

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    This year's Strategic Management Society's Annual International Conference took place in Atlanta, GA, and my colleagues and I presented our paper


    "Experience, negotiation leverage, and their effects on exclusivity in technology licensing agreements" with Ted Khoury (Portland State University) & Erin Pleggenkuhle-Miles (University of Nebraska at Omaha),


    which was also nominated for the Strategic Management Society Best Conference Paper Price. For more information, check the SMS Website.


    retrun to topAnniversary

    posted on Sep 05 2013

    10 years ago today, a boy met a girl in a bar...

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    ...and the rest is history.

    Happy Anniversary, Baby!


    retrun to topFirst Day of School

    posted on Sep 03 2013

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    Have a fantastic year at school, guys--we're so proud of you!


    retrun to topNew Article Forthcoming in the Journal of Management

    posted on Aug 31 2013

    New Article Forthcoming in the Journal of Management:


    Learning activities, exploration, and the performance of strategic initiatives


    Jorge Walter*, Christoph Lechner**, Franz W. Kellermanns***

    * The George Washington University, ** University of St. Gallen, *** University of North Carolina at Charlotte


    This study examines the contingent effect of the degree of exploration characterizing strategic initiatives on the relationship between group-level organizational learning activities (i.e., searching, processing, codifying, and practicing) and the performance of strategic initiatives. Results from a sample of 96 strategic initiatives conducted by three large European insurance corporations provide broad, albeit not unanimous, support for our prediction that the four learning activities are more beneficial when the degree of exploration is high. Moreover, for initiatives with lower degrees of exploration, we found no significant association of searching, processing, codifying, or practicing with initiative performance. These findings suggest that effective organizational learning depends not only on investments in learning activities, but also on the alignment between these investments and the degree of exploration inherent in the learning task.


    Keywords: Strategic initiatives; group-level organizational learning; degree of exploration


    For a copy of this article, please contact me directly.


    retrun to topDoctoral Seminar at Kennesaw State University

    posted on Aug 18 2013

    Just returned from teaching a session on "Social Network/Social Capital Theory" in Kennesaw State University's DBA program.

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    Thanks to Torsten Pieper for inviting me and to the KSU doctoral students for having such an engaged conversation with me on social networks/social capital and research in general.


    retrun to top2013 Academy of Management Annual Meeting

    posted on Aug 12 2013

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    This year's Academy of Management Annual Meeting took place from August 8-13 in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Under the conference theme "Capitalism in Question," my colleagues and I presented in the following sessions:

  • "Organizational control as an antidote to politics in the pursuit of strategic initiative performance?" with Markus Kreutzer (University of St. Gallen) & Laura Cardinal (University of Houston) and
  • "Entrepreneurship Division Early Career Development Consortium." Professional Development Workshop organized by Donna DeCarolis (Rutgers University) & Kim Eddleston (Northeastern University).
  • For more information, check the AOM Website.


    retrun to topDan Pink's Blog Discusses Dormant Ties Research

    posted on Jun 13 2013

    Happy to see that our research on Dormant Ties (see posts from March 29, 2011, and August 4, 2010, for details) keeps getting attention from some of the most innovative thinkers in business...

    See a recent interview of Adam Grant (Wharton) in Daniel Pink's blog for details.


    retrun to topPresentation at 2013 IRI Diamond Jubilee Meeting

    posted on May 21 2013

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    Today, I had the opportunity to serve as a subject matter expert on the topic "Weak ties and innovation" at the Industrial Research Institute’s Diamond Jubilee Meeting here in Washington, DC. It was a great experience interacting with this audience of high-caliber R&D managers from a wide variety of industry and government, and I hope to continue this dialogue, perhaps in the form of a joint research project, in the future.

    Thanks to Natalie Schoch (Kellogg Company), Leonard Huskey (US Army Research Laboratory), and Robert McNamee (Temple University) for their generous invitation!

    For more information, check the IRI Website.

    retrun to topGWSB Commencement 2013

    posted on May 17 2013

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    Congratulations to our students and good luck for all your future endeavors!



    retrun to top"Sweet" Thank You

    posted on Apr 24 2013

    cupcakeThanks to my students from Delta Sigma Pi for nominating me!


    retrun to topPaper nominated for SMS Best Conference Paper Award

    posted on Apr 15 2013

    Just received notice that one of our submissions to this year's SMS Conference has received a nomination for the SMS Best Conference Paper Award:


    Experience, negotiation leverage, and their effects on exclusivity in technology licensing agreements


    Theodore A. Khoury*, Jorge Walter**, & Erin G. Pleggenkuhle-Miles***

    * Portland State University, ** The George Washington University, *** University of Nebraska at Omaha


    Technology licensing represents a complex area of interfirm contracting due to the highly idiosyncratic nature of these transactions. Focusing on the most valuable, yet often contentious, contractual feature in technology licensing transactions—exclusivity—we examine the differential influence of licensors’ prior experience with out-licensing versus in-licensing technologies. Our study builds on foundational transaction-cost research and develops a theoretical framework explaining whether or not licensors are likely to realize non-exclusive deal outcomes as a function of accumulated licensing experience, and when partner- or market-specific conditions dampen or accentuate the effects of such experience. Leveraging a 26-year sample of 2,664 bioscience-licensing transactions and a novel theoretical framework that accounts for the conditions of negotiation leverage within these unique transactions, we examine how exclusivity provisions vary across technology licenses.


    Keywords: Technology licensing; licensing experience; exclusivity; transaction costs; partner prominence; strategic alliances; bioscience industry


    For a copy of this article, please contact me directly.