Session 270

Innovation in MNCs and Global Networks

Track I

Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014

Track G

Time: 15:45 – 17:00

Paper

Room: Estocolmo


Session Chair:

  • Lucia Piscitello, Polytechnic University of Milan

Title: Fueling Innovation Performance through Diversely Distributed Networks at International Level

Authors

  • Blanca L. Delgado-Márquez, University of Granada
  • Eulogio Cordon Pozo, University of Granada
  • Nuria Esther Hurtado Torres, University of Granada

Abstract: MNCs have a unique position to access diverse sets of knowledge across their intra- and inter-organizational networks in order to generate innovations and combinations of existing knowledge. This paper aims to analyse whether the diversity of inter- and intra-organizational networks contribute to the enhancement of subsidiaries’ innovation performance. The analysis is based on panel data of 1100 subsidiaries of MNCs operating in Spain for 2008-2011. The empirical findings allow confirming the importance of network diversity. Our results show that intra-organizational network diversity has a significant impact on innovation performance. Therefore, our results lead us to conclude that innovation is largely induced by opportunities for collaboration with partners of inter- organizational network from different backgrounds and knowledge bases, as well as with different geographical locations.

Title: Overcoming the Liability of Peripherality in Multinational Subsidiary Networks

Authors

  • Lisa Gaerber, Stanford University
  • Anil Gupta, University of Maryland
  • Riitta Katila, Stanford University

Abstract: We follow a network-based approach to examine the conditions under which peripherality is conducive to the generation of subsidiary innovations. Using data on three MNE intrafirm networks, we find that peripherality promotes innovation if two other aspects of a subsidiary’s ego network, alters network position and network cohesion, are included as moderators of the relationship between peripherality and innovation. Our results highlight that peripheral subsidiary innovation is greater if alters peripherality is high, and if the peripheral subsidiary is embedded in a cohesive network. Further, our results show that peripheral subsidiary innovation is highest if both alters peripherality and network cohesion are high.

Title: Solution’s Modularity as Antecedent to Distributed Work Arrangements: The Mirroring Hypothesis and its Relationship to Firm Performance

Authors

  • Juan Madiedo, IE Business School
  • Fabrizio Salvador, IE Business School

Abstract: Multinationals have relied on product modularity as means for easing responsibility allocation and work coordination among the members of their global network of facilities. Despite the widespread adoption of both, product modularity and distributed work arrangements, little is known about the way they relate to each other and how they interact to affect firm performance. Drawing on the modularity literature and specifically on what researchers refer to as the mirroring-hypothesis; we argue that the degree of modularity of the solution used for the company in a project is related to the extent it distributes work among different facilities. We also contend that such relationship is contingent on the level of experience of the project’s manager and that the three factors combine to affect firm performance.

Title: Utilizing Internal and External Resources: Does Firm Scope Matter?

Authors

  • Nandini Lahiri, American University
  • Sriram Narayanan, Michigan State University

Abstract: Firms are increasingly pursuing multiple approaches in search of superior innovations. These include bolstering internal technological and geographical resources; and gaining external resources through the pursuit of partner alliances. However, less is known about how a firm’s vertical scope plays a role in leveraging internal and external resources for superior innovation performance. We examine the critical issue of how vertically integrated firms differ from their vertically specialized counterparts in leveraging internal and external resources using a novel dataset of 282 semiconductor firms over the years 1991-2002 collated from multiple sources. Overall, our analyses unearths trade-offs for vertically integrated vs vertically specialized firms in leveraging both the internal and external resources for superior innovation.

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

All Sessions in Track G...

Sun: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 389: Managing the Multinational Organization in an Increasingly Complex World
Sun: 09:30 – 10:45
Session 221: Global Stakeholder Networks
Session 390: Local Determinants of Competitive Advantage and Disadvantage
Sun: 11:15 – 12:30
Session 2: Offshore Outsourcing, Dynamic Capabilities, and the Changing Nature of Firm Boundaries
Sun: 15:45 – 17:00
Session 270: Innovation in MNCs and Global Networks
Session 371: Inter and Intra Organizational Learning Across Borders: A Knowledge Management Perspective
Session 380: Small, Young and Entrepreneurial Firms: A Unique Perspective in Globalization
Sun: 17:15 – 18:30
Session 603: Global Strategy IG Business Meeting
Mon: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 335: Internationalization and Strategic Decisions
Session 379: Emerging Markets: Understanding the Importance of Context
Mon: 11:00 – 12:15
Session 372: The Challenges of Global Operations: Managing R&D and Complexity
Session 373: Global Diversification: Governance and Performance Implications
Mon: 14:45 – 16:00
Session 375: Changing External Environments: How do Multinationals Respond?
Session 381: Firm boundaries in Multinational Organizations: Antecedents and Consequences
Session 414: Global Networks and Business Groups
Mon: 16:30 – 17:45
Session 226: Culture, Norms and Institutions: The contextual influences on Entrepreneurship
Session 374: Antecedents and Consequences of Multinational Location Decisions
Session 382: Drivers of Multinational Performance:What, Where and When?
Tue: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 383: Globalization of R&D: Implications for Learning and Innovation
Tue: 11:00 – 12:15
Session 376: Headquarters Subsidiary Relationship: New Approaches to an Old Question
Session 384: Multinational Location Decisions: New Approaches Across Different Perspective
Tue: 15:30 – 16:45
Session 263: Innovation Models in Emerging Economies
Session 377: Organizing Assets Across Borders: Drivers and Consequences
Session 385: Multinational firms and the External Environment: The Role of Institutions
Tue: 17:15 – 18:30
Session 378: Global Outsourcing & Offshoring: Implications for Multinational Decisions


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