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 see here or contact me.

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.


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


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.