Dr Andrew Parker will present a research seminar on 28 September

7 September 2016

Dr Andrew Parker will present a research seminar on 28 September

The first seminar in the series of IBS lunch-time seminars will be given by Dr Andrew Parker on 28 September at 13.30-15.00. 

The seminar title is: Obtaining Novel Knowledge for Problem Solving in the MNC: A Network Mobilization Perspective.

Abstract: 
The fundamental challenge of problem solving is obtaining and using diverse knowledge for solution development. This paper thus addresses the question of how managers in subsidiaries of multinational corporations (MNCs) obtain novel knowledge and navigate the challenges in their search while ensuring that they can actually use this diverse knowledge to solve problems. We use a network mobilization perspective and test our hypotheses on a dataset of 838 ties from 120 managers leading the problem-solving project. We find support for our hypotheses: mobilizing same-function ties across MNC units and external ties, as well as having a dense collaboration network are associated with obtaining novel knowledge. In addition, we find that across the 120 problem solving managers, there is a positive association between obtaining novel knowledge and dense collaboration networks on the development of MNC competences. We discuss implications for the problem solving perspective in global strategy and the knowledge-based view of the MNC. 

 Biography of the speaker: 
Andrew Parker has conducted social network analysis research in a wide range of Fortune 500 organizations and government agencies. His research has covered top-level executive teams, functional departments, communities of practice, and recently merged companies. Andrew has co-authored more than 10 articles on social network analysis. His articles have appeared in Social Networks, Sloan Management Review, Organizational Dynamics and California Management Review. He is also the co-author of The Hidden Power of Social Networks and co-editor of Networks in the Knowledge Economy. Andrew recently completed his Sociology PhD at Stanford University and also holds graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and North-eastern University. He joined the faculty of Grenoble Ecole de Management in autumn 2010. His academic interests include social networks, organizational theory, careers and labor markets.

 

The first seminar of the Autumn term  in the series of IBS lunch-time seminars will be given by Dr Andrew Parker on 28 September at 13.30-15.00. 

The seminar will focus on: Obtaining Novel Knowledge for Problem Solving in the MNC: A Network Mobilization Perspective.

Abstract: 
The fundamental challenge of problem solving is obtaining and using diverse knowledge for solution development. This paper thus addresses the question of how managers in subsidiaries of multinational corporations (MNCs) obtain novel knowledge and navigate the challenges in their search while ensuring that they can actually use this diverse knowledge to solve problems. We use a network mobilization perspective and test our hypotheses on a dataset of 838 ties from 120 managers leading the problem-solving project. We find support for our hypotheses: mobilizing same-function ties across MNC units and external ties, as well as having a dense collaboration network are associated with obtaining novel knowledge. In addition, we find that across the 120 problem solving managers, there is a positive association between obtaining novel knowledge and dense collaboration networks on the development of MNC competences. We discuss implications for the problem solving perspective in global strategy and the knowledge-based view of the MNC. 

 Biography of the speaker: 
Andrew Parker has conducted social network analysis research in a wide range of Fortune 500 organizations and government agencies. His research has covered top-level executive teams, functional departments, communities of practice, and recently merged companies. Andrew has co-authored more than 10 articles on social network analysis. His articles have appeared in Social Networks, Sloan Management Review, Organizational Dynamics and California Management Review. He is also the co-author of The Hidden Power of Social Networks and co-editor of Networks in the Knowledge Economy. Andrew recently completed his Sociology PhD at Stanford University and also holds graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and North-eastern University. He joined the faculty of Grenoble Ecole de Management in autumn 2010. His academic interests include social networks, organizational theory, careers and labor markets.

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