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retrun to top2015 Academy of Management Annual Meeting

posted on Aug 11 2015

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This year's Academy of Management Annual Meeting took place from August 7-11 in Vancouver, BC, where I presented our paper:

  • "Antecedents and outcomes of peer control: A multi-level analysis," co-authored with Markus Kreutzer (University of St. Gallen and EBS Business School) & Karin Kreutzer (EBS Business School).
  • For the second year in a row, I also 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 topResearch Talk at City University London

    posted on Jun 04 2015

    This week, I also accepted an invitation to present our paper "Antecedents and outcomes of peer control: A multi-level analysis" (co-authored with Markus & Karin Kreutzer) at Cass Business School, City University London.

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    Thanks to Stefan Haefliger for his kind invitation and for hosting me in this fantastic city, and to the Cass faculty members and doctoral students for their helpful comments on our paper.



    retrun to topEBS Offsite Doctoral Workshop

    posted on Jun 01 2015

    This week, I accepted Markus Kreutzer's kind invitation to join him and his colleagues for the European Business School's Annual Off-Site Doctoral Workshop at Kloster Johannisberg in the beautiful Rhine Valley.

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    Besides the inevitable sightseeing and wine tasting, I learned a lot about the impressive research the EBS doctoral students are conducting. So thanks for having me!


    retrun to topSMS Special Conference in St. Gallen

    posted on May 28 2015

    The back end of my sabbatical in Europe is getting busier: I just spent the last two days in St. Gallen to attend a Special Conference of the Strategic Management Society on the topic "Rethinking Corporate Headquarters: Innovative Approaches for Managing the Multi-Divisional Firm." I also served as a panel member for the doctoral/junior faculty workshop organized by Matthias Brauer & Tina Ambos.

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    retrun to topNew Article Forthcoming in Organization Science

    posted on Apr 30 2015

    New Article provisionally accepted in Organization Science:


    Reconnection choices: Selecting the most valuable (versus most preferred) dormant ties


    Jorge Walter*, Daniel Z. Levin**, & J. Keith Murnighan***

    * The George Washington University, ** Rutgers University, *** Northwestern University


    Recent research has shown that reconnecting long-lost, dormant ties can yield tremendous value, often more than active ties. Yet two key research questions remain unanswered: which of a person’s many dormant ties provide the most value, and which are advice seekers most inclined to choose as reconnection targets? In the current study, we asked executives to seek advice on an important work project from two dormant ties (their first, most preferred choice plus one selected randomly from their next nine most preferred choices) and to respond to surveys before and after their reconnections. This two-stage design allowed us to make causal inferences about the executives’ advice-seeking preferences and the value of reconnecting certain types of dormant ties. Our results show that the most valuable reconnections are to people who provide novelty (by not having spent much time together in the past and being higher status) as well as engagement (by being trustworthy and willing to help). Our executive participants, however, preferred neither novelty nor engagement. Rather, the prospect of reconnecting can make people feel anxious. To avoid this discomfort, executives preferred contacts with whom they had spent a lot of time together in the past, thereby actually reducing novelty. Thus, our findings identify critical biases in executives’ reconnection preferences as well as insights into how to make more effective reconnections. Our discussion presents broader implications of these findings for advice seeking and social networks.


    Keywords: Knowledge transfer, interpersonal ties, social exchange


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


    retrun to topResearch Talk at Tilburg University

    posted on Apr 17 2015

    This week, I also visited Tilburg University to present our paper "Prior experience, bargaining power, and exclusivity in technology licensing agreements" (co-authored with Ted Khoury & Erin Pleggenkuhle-Miles).

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    My gratitude to Nufer Ates for kindly hosting me during my visit and to all faculty members and doctoral students for their insightful feedback on our study!


    retrun to topResearch Talk at Erasmus University Rotterdam

    posted on Apr 16 2015

    Just came back from a visit to Rotterdam, where I presented our new working paper on "Antecedents and outcomes of peer control: A multi-level analysis" (co-authored with Markus & Karin Kreutzer) at the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University.

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    Thanks to my host, Murat Tarakci, for making this happen and to all the brown bag participants for their great feedback on our study!


    retrun to topExecutive MBA in St. Gallen

    posted on Mar 10 2015

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    Just returned from teaching my first Executive MBA seminar at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Besides feeling nostalgic about returning to my Alma Mater after more than 10 years, I was very impressed with the university's executive education program as well as with the qualifications, experience, and interest of the attending executives.

    Many thanks to my former doctoral adviser, Günter Müller-Stewens, for inviting me and to the executives for having me. I look forward to coming back next week for my second seminar.



    retrun to topResearch Talk at University of Lausanne

    posted on Mar 04 2015

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    Today, I gave an invited research talk on our paper "Prior experience, bargaining power, and exclusivity in technology licensing agreements" (with Ted Khoury and Erin Pleggenkuhle-Miles) to the Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC) at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland.

    I had a great time in this beautiful part of Switzerland and also received some very insightful feedback on our paper.

    Thanks to Xavier Castañer for his kind invitation and to Déborah Philippe who kindly hosted me during my visit!


    retrun to topSkiing in the Swiss Alps

    posted on Feb 22 2015

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    My family, parents, and I just spent three nights in the Swiss Alps, in the same village I spent my Easter and Christmas holidays as a child. Sophia and Max loved it--and became quite impressive skiers, as did Erin...



    retrun to topSabbatical Abroad

    posted on Feb 01 2015

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    Very excited to start my six-months sabbatical, particularly since it brings me and my family to Europe. For the next four months, we will be based in Munich, Germany, from where I will travel throughout Europe to visit universities, meet with colleagues, and present my current and develop new research projects, while the kids learn German and get immersed in the local culture and lifestyle...


    retrun to topNew Article Forthcoming in Group & Organization Management

    posted on Jan 26 2015

    New Article Forthcoming in Group & Organization Management:


    Relational enhancement: How the relational dimension of social capital unlocks the value of network-bridging ties


    Daniel Z. Levin*, Jorge Walter**, Melissa M. Appleyard***, & Rob Cross****

    * Rutgers University, ** The George Washington University, *** Portland State University, **** University of Virginia


    We propose and test a novel approach to the dilemma that the very network-bridging structure most likely to provide access to novel knowledge may be ill-suited for the cooperation needed to successfully transfer that knowledge. We theorize that the relational dimension of social capital (e.g., tie strength) can act as a substitute for the structural benefits of network closure, and so a network-bridging tie yields more value when it is also strong. We further investigate if it is emotional closeness, interaction frequency, or trust that underlies this “relational enhancement” effect; our results identify the key mechanism as trust.


    Keywords: Knowledge transfer, social capital, structural holes, tie strength, trust


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



    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

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    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, see here or contact me.