Session 267

The Role of Individuals in Innovation

Track I

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Time: 11:00 – 12:15


Room: Monaco

Session Chair:

  • Bruno Cirillo, SKEMA Business School

Title: Boundary Spanners, Collective Bridges, and Integrative Interpreters


  • Yeongsu Kim, Isenberg school of managment
  • Felipe Monteiro, INSEAD

Abstract: Transferring external knowledge across boundary has been viewed as one of the biggest challenges in the knowledge management field. Given the importance of sourcing external knowledge sourcing, it is surprising that less scholarly attention has been devoted to the intra-organization structure studies that considers knowledge as a contingent variable. This paper, therefore, focuses on knowledge complexity to see which intra-organizational structure better suits if the collective knowledge becomes highly unorganized and complex. In doing so, we suggest an alternative intra-organization structure that is, the ‘integrative interpreter.’ We propose that our ‘integrative interpreter’ differs from the ‘boundary spanners,’ and ‘collective bridge’ as it not just a man that transfers knowledge but a central interpreter who interprets, codifies the complicated patterns of unorganized-complex collective knowledge.

Title: Employee Mobility and Entrepreneurship Patterns: A Comparison across Patent and Census Data


  • Justin Frake, University of Maryland
  • Brent Goldfarb, University of Maryland

Abstract: Inventor mobility and entrepreneurship, as measured through name matching on patents assigned to different firms, has been used extensively by scholars interested in diffusion of knowledge across firm boundaries. In this study, we compare the mobility and entrepreneurship patterns observed through patent data with those observed in the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) program at the US Census Bureau. Our study aims to understand whether and when patent based measures of mobility and entrepreneurship may result in a biased measure of the phenomenon. Specifically, we seek to examine the sources of potential biases emanating from selection of (a) firms within the focal industry vs. across all industries; (b) patenting firms vs. the universe of all firms in the industry, and (c) patent inventors vs. all employees within the firm.

Title: Should I Stay or Should I Go? How Mobility Explains Individual Scientific Performance


  • Francesco Di Lorenzo, Copenhagen Business School
  • Valentina Tartari, Copenhagen Business School

Abstract: Hiring from other firms is a mean for acquiring knowledge or learning that generate spillovers and effects for the firm’s performance. While the relationship between inter-organisational mobility and organisational performance has been extensively studied, significantly less work has been done on the implications of such relationship at the level of the single moving individual. In addition to this theoretical gap, this research area presents also an interesting empirical gap related the simultaneous nature of the individual mobility-performance relationship. In this paper we analyse the relationship between mobility and individual performance using an instrumental variable approach and dynamic panel data modelling.

Title: The Impact of Pay Dispersion on Technological Innovation


  • Victor Cui, University of Manitoba

Abstract: Approximately 67% of the investment in R&D was allocated to compensating R&D personnel. Despite the large expenditures in personnel, the extent to which the compensation resulted in innovation is not well understood. Recent research started to address this issue by focusing on the influence of pay dispersion (i.e., variations in pay) among R&D employees on innovation quantity (Yanadori & Cui, 2013). We still know little, however, about whether pay dispersion influences other important aspects of innovation, such as quality and criticalness. In addition, what are the boundary conditions, under which the effects of pay dispersion on these important aspects of innovation vary? This research seeks to address these questions, by examining a longitudinal data of employee-level compensation in the IT industry.

All Sessions in Track I...

Sun: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 278: Routines: Theoretical and Empirical Advancements and Avenues for Future Research
Sun: 09:30 – 10:45
Session 463: Big Data: Revolutionizing Innovation and Competition
Sun: 11:15 – 12:30
Session 464: Foundations Session: A conversation with Michael Tushman on Leadership, Innovation and Strategic Change
Sun: 15:45 – 17:00
Session 270: Innovation in MNCs and Global Networks
Session 275: Open Innovation: Outcomes and antecedents
Sun: 17:15 – 18:30
Session 605: Knowledge and Innovation IG Business Meeting
Mon: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 260: IPRs, Appropriability and Innovation
Session 274: Incumbents, Radical Innovations and Disruptive Technologies
Mon: 11:00 – 12:15
Session 276: Organizational Learning
Session 277: Learning From Others
Session 372: The Challenges of Global Operations: Managing R&D and Complexity
Session 423: Alliances and Innovation Performance
Mon: 14:45 – 16:00
Session 265: Learning, Search, Slack: The behavioral theory revisited
Session 269: Knowledge Flows: Transfer, sharing and replication
Mon: 16:30 – 17:45
Session 254: Conversations about Knowledge
Session 257: Spin offs, Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship
Tue: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 259: Institutionalizing Innovation: Norms, status and legitimacy issues
Session 273: From Internal Resources to Customer Needs
Session 383: Globalization of R&D: Implications for Learning and Innovation
Tue: 11:00 – 12:15
Session 267: The Role of Individuals in Innovation
Session 272: Research and Development: Antecedents and outcomes
Session 361: Creativity and Innovation
Session 469: M&As and Innovation
Tue: 15:30 – 16:45
Session 262: Networks of Innovators
Session 263: Innovation Models in Emerging Economies
Tue: 17:15 – 18:30
Session 255: Exploration and Exploitation
Session 256: Organizing for Open Innovation
Session 261: Practices and Processes for Innovation

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