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?
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
11:00pm SGT/ 5:00pm CET/ 4:00pm GMT/ 11:00am EST/ 8:00am PST
Registration details to come
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 overviews some of his past and ongoing research on organizational hierarchies and summarizes what we know and what remains to be learned.
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.
Our IG has sponsored three workshops on “Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies and the Role of Indigenous Theory,” “Junior Faculty Professional Development Workshop,” and “The Process of Publishing Strategy Research” on Saturday, Oct 19. If you have already registered for these workshops, we look forward to seeing you there. Please note that the Junior Faculty Professional Development Workshop required an application and it is now closed. The other two workshops requested pre-registration, and if you did not register, walk-ins are welcome as space is available.
IG&C Sunday Session Panels
Mark your calendars for three exciting panel discussions on the morning of Sunday, Oct 20:
Entrepreneurial Strategy and Industry Emergence: 08:00-09:15 in Conrad A; with Shahzad Ansari, JP Eggers, Rahul Kapoor, Mahka Moeen, Pinar Ozcan
Resource Attraction in New Ventures: 09:30-10:45 in Conrad A; with Gary Dushnitsky, Melissa Graebner, Ha Hoang, Suresh Kotha
Organizational Learning in Entrepreneurial Ventures: 11:15-12:30 in Conrad A; with Chris Bingham, Arnaldo Camuffo, Riitta Katila, Hart Posen
Sunday Networking Lunch
Join us for a networking lunch on Sunday. Please look for signs for the Entrepreneurship & Strategy IG at designated tables. Our IG leadership and representatives are very excited to have the opportunity to engage in conversations with our members. We’ll also have panelists from earlier morning sessions to continue the research conversations.
Attend the Entrepreneurship & Strategy Business Meeting from 18:15-19:15 in Conrad B. Learn what the IG has been up to for the past year, join the conversation about the new initiatives we have planned, and enjoy a refreshment before you head out on the town Sunday night!
Don't miss our social from 19:15-21:15 on Sunday at Local, generously supported by the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Minnesota. The event is 0.1 miles away from the conference venue. Please remember to bring your conference name badge!
Address: 931 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402; Directions
Human Capital & Entrepreneurship Extension
The University of Wisconsin Madison has organized an amazing conference extension on Wednesday, Oct 23 about Strategic Human Capital & Entrepreneurship, which is also co-sponsored by our IG. Learn more about the extension agenda and registration here.
Entreprenurship & Strategy IG Sessions
Don't miss out on the fascinating program of paper sessions and common ground sessionss we have planned for the competitive program on (conference schedule for Track K)!