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Oratie “Innovation despite Reorganization”

In my inaugural lecture earlier this year, I demonstrated how companies rearranged themselves in times both good and bad. I discussed how they aligned their organizational structures with their strategies and changing external conditions, intervened to boost specific activities, and downsized during difficult periods. I touched on the tension between innovation and reorganization, and I …

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Repair as an Imperative

Corporate restructuring – there is more than one way As part of a research project on the disruptive effect of employee downsizing, Jasper van Boven and Wilfred Dolfsma of Wageningen University, and I are working on corporate restructuring in a digital context. We therefore are certainly looking forward to the coming EGOS conference in Italy …

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How Many M&A Advisors Do You Really Need? our recent publication in Harvard Business Review holds the answer

1, 2, 10? Or better not at all? In M&A it’s sort of a gamble. A gamble whether to hire advisors, because the payoff is uncertain. A gamble in terms of sharing proprietary knowledge as advisors are commonly viewed upon as hired gun, and that comes with trust issues if you are not careful. But …

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The Roles of Supply Networks and Board Interlocks for Corporate Technological Entry and Exit

In the automotive industry supply networks and board interlocks are interlinked. Through stochastic actor-based modelling analysis for the longitudinal and multilevel networks of 86 firms active in the Chinese automotive, Rongkang Ma (Dalian University) and I looked into how these layered relationships jointly influence firms’ entry into new technology domains and exit from old technology …

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Dancing Dynamics

Under the title ’Dancing to the Rhythm: the Dynamics of Acquisition Motive on Acquisition Programmes’, my esteemed phd student Jonas Geisen has been working hard on on a paper that adresses  corporate portfolio thinking. Zooming in one specific aspect of corporate development, the project investigates firms’ acquisitive behaviour, a mean to pair firms of selected high-tech …

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Reflections on the 2022 Strategic Management Society pre conference on Behavioral Biases in Strategic Decision making

This fall prof. dr. Koen Heimeriks of Warwick Business School and I organized a well received Extension Conference on ‘Behavioral Biases and Corporate Transformation Strategies’ for the Strategic Management Society in London. Hosted by Atos London, we discussed the intriguing theme of ‘Behavioral Biases and Corporate Transformation Strategies’. With keynote speakers from Warton BusinessSchool and Pennsylvania …

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2022 Strategic Management Society fall session

As co-organizer of the 2022 sms preconference on Behavioral Biases in strategic tasks- together with Koen Heimeriks of Warwick – we recenty had the pleasure to put together the following excellent lineup for our London event at Atos this fall. Thank you to all contributors, including: speakers:

Bringing work on M&A behavioral antecedents to the Academy of Management in Seattle

It now is a wrap at the Academy of Management Conference in Seattle, were we presented some ongoing work as part of the Behavioral Antecedents of Mergers and Acquisitions research line that I have going on recently.The working paper is driven by my phd student Jonas Roettger who has been mobilizing the full promotor team …

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The strategy behind serial acquisitions

Recently, Killian McCarthy, Jonas Röttger, Menno Huisman and I joined forces to explore the strategies backing serial acquisitions. These efforts resulted no into: “Moving motives: How past and present strategy influence the market” In the article that feautres in PLOSONE we discuss how research often only considers the performance of a single acquisition, or the effects …

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Digitally Enabled Collaborative Innovation: A Case Study of the German Automotive Industry

Need cars do not come about by themselves. They are invented, engineered. This creative process is more and more becoming a true collaborative endeavor within the automotive industry. but what makes for succesfull collaborative Innovation? In this Case Study of the German Automotive Industry, Eoin Whelan (NUI Galway) and I- with massive help by Miriam …

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