Entrepreneurship and Strategy IG

Entrepreneurship & Strategy Leadership


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Aseem Kaul
University of Minnesota

Program Chair

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Pinar Ozcan
University of Oxford

Associate Program Chair

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Mahka Moeen
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Engagement Officers

This Interest Group focuses on entrepreneurial behavior both in new ventures and established organizations. Its purpose is to help create useful knowledge on effective entrepreneurial strategies. Some of the important questions that it seeks to address include: How can we strengthen the theorizing on entrepreneurial activity? How does a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship differ from other theories on competitive advantage? What are the appropriate research methods for a scientific study of the entrepreneurial process? What is the role of strategy in a new venture firm and how does it differ from that in an established firm?

Hierarchy in Organizations: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

E&S Insights Series

The E&S Insights Series seeks to bring together entrepreneurship scholars who can share teaching or research advice and experiences with our members.

The first webinar took place on November 13, 2019. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 

Hierarchies of authority - typically pyramid-shaped structures of delegated formal authority - have become the default template for organizations of any scale today, in any sector. Why have they become so prevalent? The simplest and probably most uncontroversial answer is that they are the best-known organization design we have to manage complex interdependence among a large number of individuals. It is hard to find examples of large collaboration systems featuring significant interdependence that do not rely on hierarchy. Examining the few instances we know of is helpful in this regard to point out how “special” these special cases are. Why think of alternatives? Culturally, it may have become possible for more people than ever to declare their dislike for hierarchies. This may not be universal, but there is no reason why as organization designers we should not place the satisfaction of fundamental human preferences onto our list of design criteria. Technologically, the fourth industrial revolution, with its advances in intelligent algorithms may be challenging one of the core functions of authority hierarchies through the possibility of algorithmic management. 

In this webinar, Phanish Puranam(author of The Microstructure of Organizations, Oxford University Press, 2018) overviews some of his past and ongoing research on organizational hierarchies, and summarizes what we know and what remains to be learned.

Live webinar participation is a benefit of membership in the Strategic Management Society. You can learn more and join by clicking here


November 13, 2019 

In our first webinar, Marc Gruber of EPFL, presents "Where to play - market opportunity navigator".

One of the most pressing challenges for both start-ups as well as established firms is to identify and exploit valuable market opportunities. In the start-up world, statistics show that a large number of ventures need to perform a painful pivot to a better market opportunity, as they had jumped too quickly into the first opportunity they identified. And in the corporate world, managers are challenged to understand how they can identify new growth and value creation opportunities for their firms in a more systematic manner – and not simply rely on serendipitous discoveries. In this webinar, Marc Gruber will discuss his award-winning research on market opportunity identification and introduce a practical business tool that is derived from it – “The Market Opportunity Navigator” – which has recently been added to the “Lean Startup” toolset by Steve Blank. Using examples from both start-up as well as corporate settings, the webinar will illustrate the three step process of the Market Opportunity Navigator, show how the tool can be applied to entrepreneurs and managers, explain how it can be used in a variety of teaching formats for different audiences, and show how it complements existing tools such as the Business Model Canvas.


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Elisa Alvarez-Garrido
University of South Carolina
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Susan Cohen
University of Georgia
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Sam Garg
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
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Elizabeth Lyons
UC San Diego