retrun to top2007 Society of Entrepreneurship Scholars Conference

posted on May 24 2007

My co-authors and I have received an invitation to the 2007 Society of Entrepreneurship Scholars Conference.

Included in the conference program is a Manuscript Boot-Camp, where we will present the paper:

  • "Empirical validation of resource-evaluation frameworks: A judgment analysis perspective," with Benedict Kemmerer (BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH), Franz W. Kellermanns (Mississippi State University), and V.K. Narayanan (Drexel University).

  • The conference will take place August 16-19 at Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, and Franz will present the paper on our behalf.

    retrun to topJBR Article Published

    posted on May 21 2007

    New Article Published in the Journal of Business Research 60: 698-710

    Knowledge Transfer Between and Within Alliance Partners: Private Versus Collective Benefits of Social Capital

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

    * Portland State University, ** University of St. Gallen, *** Mississippi State University

    This article examines the process through which multilevel network structures translate into knowledge acquisition from alliance partners. The degree of knowledge transfer a multidivisional company achieves from its network of alliance partners is determined not only by the organization's external network structure, but also by the structure of relationships among its business units. By distinguishing two perspectives on the distribution of social capital's benefits - private versus collective - this article's approach reconciles the competing views on what types of network structures create social capital, that is, the brokerage and closure views of the social network literature. Private benefits of brokerage and centrality are more beneficial in interfirm networks, whereas collective benefits provided by network closure and low levels of centralization are more beneficial in intrafirm networks.

    Keywords: Inter- and intrafirm networks; knowledge transfer; social capital; strategic alliances

    For a copy of this paper, see here.

    retrun to topThe Tipping Point (2000)

    posted on May 09 2007

    The Tipping Point (2000) by Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay Books.

    "The best way to understand the dramatic transformation of unknown books into bestsellers, or the rise of teenage smoking, or the phenomena of word of mouth or any number of the other mysterious changes that mark everyday life," writes Malcolm Gladwell, "is to think of them as epidemics. Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread just like viruses do." Although anyone familiar with the theory of memetics will recognize this concept, Gladwell's The Tipping Point has quite a few interesting twists on the subject."