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I am delighted to announce that the President has approved the promotion of Nan Jia to Associate Professor of Management and Organization, with tenure, effective immediately.
Professor Jia joined the Marshall School of Business in the fall of 2009 as an Assistant Professor of Management and Organization after graduating with a PhD in Management from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. She has established herself as an expert on non-market strategy and international business, focusing especially on China. Her insightful research questions and skillful empirical execution have earned her an international reputation as an expert on the role of formal and informal institutions in markets, especially in emerging economies where informal institutions are being replaced with more formal institutional arrangements. She has been approaching these issues in multiple settings and using multiple theoretical lenses along with innovative research designs and cutting edge econometric methods. Her findings have repeatedly challenged conventional wisdom about the replacement of informal with formal institutions and that convergence towards markets shaped by formal institutions will be a benefit for firms and national economies. Working across disciplinary boundaries, her work connects to institutional economics, political science, and organization theory and has been published in a broad variety of top journals in management and related fields, including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Politics, Management Science, Organization Science, and the Strategic Management Journal.
Since joining Marshall, Professor Jia has taught in the undergraduate, MBA Core, and PhD program, with strong performance across the board. Her teaching approach centers on developing critical thinking and she has been lauded for her passion, energy, and evident commitment to student learning. In recognition of her excellence in the classroom and beyond, in 2017 she was awarded the MOR Department’s Top Gun Award for Excellence in Research, Teaching and Service. She has also won the Marshall School’s Dean’s Award for Research Excellence in 2016. Professor Jia serves on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Review and the Strategic Management Journal, two of the highest profile journals in the field of management and strategy, and the Journal of International Business Studies, a reputed journal in the international business field. She has served on two review panels for the National Science Foundation, along with serving on the Executive Committee of the Strategic Management Division of the Academy of Management. She is an active contributor to doctoral education and is valued by doctoral students and her colleagues alike for her theoretical insights, methodological expertise, and her generous and positive nature.
Professor Jia’s promotion is a well-deserved recognition of her outstanding contributions in research, teaching, and service over the years. Please join me in congratulating her and welcoming her to the ranks of tenured associate professors.
Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs
Joseph A. DeBell Chair in Business Administration
Professor of Management and Organization
Marshall School of Business
University of Southern California
Mark Young along with several of his former doctoral students won the Impact on Management Accounting Practice Award from the Management Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association, 2017. The award is cosponsored by CGMA, the joint venture between the AICPA and CIMA. They won it for the following paper: S. Mark Young, Fei Du, Kelsey Kay Dworkis, and Kari Joseph Olsen, "It's All about All of Us: The Rise of Narcissism and Its Implications for Management Control System Research.” Published in the Journal of Management Accounting Research: Spring 2016, Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 39-55.
Also, Sarah Bonner won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Accounting, Behavior and Organizations of the American Accounting Association for 2017.
Congratulations Mark, Fei, Kelsey, Kari, and Sarah! (01-31-18)
Gerry Tellis just had a paper accepted by the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS). The title and abstract are below. Congratulations, Gerry.
Silicon Envy: How Global Innovation Clusters Hurt or Help Each Other Across Developed and Emerging Markets
Prevalent thinking in academia and practice is that the flourishing “Silicon Clusters” around the world compete with and take away from Silicon Valley. In contrast to the theory of indigenous local factors but consistent with the coopetition view, the authors argue for mutually beneficial growth across all clusters rather than zero sum gains. Based on monthly counts of patents, startups and commercializations on ten global clusters over 1999-2014, results show that rival clusters stimulate (rather than suppress) each other’s growth due to resources complementarities. Reverse fertilization occurs from emerging to developed clusters, as nascent firms seek market opportunities at a global scale. (01-22-18)
Cheryl Wakslak (along with USC Psychology colleagues -- Ben Smith, John Monterosso, Antoine Bechara, and Stephen Read) just published an article in a neuroscience journal. The title and abstract are below. Congratulations, Cheryl!
A meta-analytical review of brain activity associated with intertemporal decisions: Evidence for an anterior-posterior tangibility axis (in press, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews)
In temporal discounting experiments, subjects are repeatedly presented with option sets in which they must choose between receiving a small amount of money sooner (SmallerSooner) or a larger amount of money at a more distant point in time (LargerLater). Although over 50 temporal discounting experiments using fMRI are described in literature, there has not been a meta-analysis identifying regions activated when subjects choose SmallerSooner versus LargerLater alternatives. Evidence suggests a prefrontal cortex ‘abstraction hierarchy’, from abstract planning in more anterior regions to concrete processing in posterior regions. Because abstraction has been linked with making LargerLater choices, we hypothesized an association between LargerLater choices and more anterior prefrontal cortex activity, and an association between SmallerSooner choices and more posterior activity. Across thirteen fMRI temporal discounting studies including 436 subjects, we observed LargerLater activity anterior of SmallerSooner activity, both in the left inferior frontal gyrus pars triangularis, consistent with our pre-registered hypothesis. We call for further work linking temporal discounting and hierarchical processing of abstract and concrete information in the prefrontal cortex. (01-22-18)
Lori Yue was just appointed Associate Editor for Management Science. As we all know, this is a terrific honor and very important service for our professional field that brings great visibility to MOR and Marshall. Congratulations, Lori! (01-17-18)
Our own Christine El Haddad has some terrific news to share. Her strategy course GSBA529 is the subject of a USC news story (and a Marshall news story) after two of her former graduate students turned an idea developed in her class (as part of their final project) into a company: Gifts for Good https://www.giftsforgood.com
“Gifts for Good connects corporate professionals to a marketplace of socially responsible premium gifts that support the work of social enterprises in 65 countries around the globe.
Gifts for Good has been featured in Inc. Magazine, US News and World Report, Sports Illustrated and countless other publications in the US and Canada.”
Since its launch in November, the company has achieved impressive sales and brought on two of the most valuable global brands as clients.
You can read more about the course and Gifts for Good in the following USC and Marshall news stories:
Congratulations, Christine! (01/12/18)
Lori Yue, Jue (Kate) Wang, and Botao Yang just had a paper accepted by the Administrative Science Quarterly. Congratulations to the three of them!
CONTESTING COMMERCIALIZATION: POLITICAL INFLUENCE, RESPONSIVE AUTHORITARIANISM, AND CULTURAL RESISTANCE
In this paper, we develop a contentious view of the moral market. While past research on moral markets has focused on legitimation to explain market expansion, we argue that individuals and organizations may choose to resist marketization. In particular, resistance can be enabled in a factional political structure, as cultural preservationists may leverage the influence of one political clique that has more concerns about the public appearances of social justice to resist the request of another. The mechanism of publicity is a way for resisters to exploit the factional structure and make resistance effective, and the push and pull of different social forces generate substantial heterogeneities in the moral market. We find broad support for the contentious view in a study of 141 Buddhist temples in China from 2006 to 2016. The contentious view not only provides a new perspective on heterogeneities in the moral market but also enhances our understanding of how resistance can be possible and effective, especially in an authoritarian regime. (01/03/2018)
Our own Lori Yue has been selected as a 2018 recipient of the Western Academy of Management’s Ascendant Scholar Award. The award honors scholars who have demonstrated a great research, teaching, and service record and show a professional trajectory that looks very promising for the future. Congratulations on this terrific achievement, Lori! (12/18/17)
Violina Rindova has two forthcoming papers, one in Strategy Science and one in JoM. Titles and abstracts are below. Congratulations, Violina!
Rindova, V. and Martins, L. (Forthcoming) From Values to Value: Value Rationality and the Creation of Great Strategies, Strategy Science.
This paper proposes that strategies with superior value-creation and value-capture potential—that is, great strategies—can originate in the personal values of strategists. We root our argument in Max Weber’s idea of value-rational action as an innate human capacity expressed in value rationality, which refers to actions that derive their logic with reference to a value system. We build on psychological research on personal values to propose that values are complex cognitive resources, distinct from mental representations, beliefs, ideologies, identities, and emotions, that, when deployed in strategy making, affect the attributes of the strategies created. We specify how values affect the value-creation and value-capture potential of firms’ strategies by theorizing four distinct functions of values in strategy making: as attentional structures, as valuation lenses, as design principles, and as identity markers. As attentional structures, values direct strategists’ attention to specific issues and often unconventional solutions; as valuation lenses, they change the evaluation of relevant markets and resources; as design principles, they influence the prioritization and integration of activities; and as identity markers, they facilitate audience engagement and mobilization. Our theory offers a new basis for under-standing the sources of novel strategies and pathways to superior value creation by firms.
Rindova, V. P., Martins, L. L., Srinivas, S. B., Chandler, D. (Forthcoming) The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Organizational Rankings: A Multi-Disciplinary Review of the Literature and Directions for Future Research, Journal of Management.
A review of the literature on organizational rankings across management, sociology, education, and law reveals three perspectives on these complex evaluations—rankings are seen as a form of information intermediation, as comparative orderings, or as a means for surveillance and control. The information intermediation perspective views rankings as information products that address information asymmetries between the ranked organizations and their stakeholders; the comparative orderings perspective views them as representations of organizational status and reputation; and the surveillance and control perspective emphasizes their disciplining power that subjects ranked organizations to political and economic interests. For each perspective, we identify core contributions as well as additional questions that extend the current body of research. We also identify a new perspective— rankings entrepreneurship—which has been overlooked to date but presents significant opportunities to extend our understanding of the production and consumption of rankings. (12/4/17)
Beverly and George just welcomed Simon Rich Ingersoll into this world. He arrived yesterday, 11/17/17, at 1pm, weighing 9 lbs, 14 ounces and measuring 23 inches. Beverly and her son are doing well.
Congratulations, Beverly, George, and Simon! It will be a special Thanksgiving. (11-18-17)
Leigh Tost just had a paper accepted for publication in PSPB. She shares first authorship with Michael Schaerer, the other coauthors are Li Huang, Francesca Gino, and Rick Larrick. The title and abstract are below. Congratulations, Leigh!
Advice giving: A subtle pathway to power
We propose that interpersonal behaviors can activate feelings of power, and we examine this idea in the context of advice giving. Specifically, we show a) that advice giving is an interpersonal behavior that enhances individuals’ sense of power and b) that those who seek power are motivated to engage in advice giving. Four studies, including two experiments (n=290, n=188), an organization-based field study (n=94), and a negotiation simulation (n=124) demonstrate that giving advice enhances the advisor’s sense of power because it gives the advisor perceived influence over others’ actions. Two of our studies further demonstrate that people with a high tendency to seek power are more likely to give advice than those with a low tendency. This research establishes advice giving as a subtle route to a sense of power, shows that the desire to feel powerful motivates advice giving, and highlights the dynamic interplay between power and advice. (11-17-17)
At the SMS this week, Frank Nagle won the Conference Best Paper Award for the Knowledge & Innovation Interest Group for his paper entitled “Learning By Contributing: Gaining Competitive Advantage Through Contribution to Crowdsourced Public Goods.” Also, Joe Raffie won honorable mention for the best paper prize. Congratulations to both of you, Frank and Joe. (11-03-17)
Gerry Tellis was just elected as President of Informs Society of Marketing Science (ISMS). The term lasts for six years involving 2 years each of president-elect, president, and past-president. That’s a terrific honor. Congratulations, Gerry. (10-31-17)
Frank Nagle just had a manuscript accepted by Management Science. The title and abstract are below. Congratulations, Frank!
Open Source Software and Firm Productivity
As open source software (OSS) is increasingly used as a key input by firms, understanding its impact on productivity becomes critical. This study measures the firm-level productivity impact of non-pecuniary (free) OSS and finds a positive and significant value-added return for firms that have an ecosystem of complementary capabilities. There is no such impact for firms without this ecosystem of complements. Dynamic panel analysis, instrumental variables, and a variety of robustness checks are used to address measurement error concerns and to add support for a more causal interpretation of the results. For firms with an ecosystem of complements, a 1% increase in the use of non-pecuniary OSS leads to an increase in value-added productivity of between 0.002% and 0.008%. This effect is smaller for larger firms and the results indicate that prior research underestimates the amount of IT firms use. (10-04-17)
Leigh Tost just had a paper accepted at Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. The study is titled “When corporate social responsibility motivates employee citizenship behavior: The sensitizing role of task significance” and is co-authored with Madeline Ong, Dave Mayer, and Ned Wellman. Of particular note: this is based on the first author’s second year paper as a doctoral student at Michigan, which Leigh supervised. Congratulations, Leigh!
Scholars have proposed that organizations’ corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts are often positively associated with employees’ organizational citizenship behaviors (OCB) and have invoked identity-based mechanisms to explain this relationship. Complementing these perspectives, we develop a CSR sensitivity framework that explains how task significance, a micro-level job characteristic, can sensitize employees to their organizations’ macro-level CSR efforts, thereby strengthening the association between CSR and OCB. Across three field studies, we find that CSR and task significance interact to predict OCB, such that an organization’s CSR is more positively associated with OCB among employees who report higher task significance than among those who report lower task significance. Furthermore, we find support for prosocial motivation as a mediator of this interactive effect, but we do not find evidence for several alternative mediators. We discuss the implications of our findings for the literatures on CSR, job design, and other-oriented approaches to organizational behavior. (9-18-17)
Roshni Raveendhran’s dissertation proposal was named as a finalist for the INFORMS Dissertation Proposal Competition in Houston. Dissertation proposals are judged based on soundness of theory, methodological rigor, boldness and innovation, and potential contribution to the field of organization science. This is a highly prestigious and competitive contest and to be named as a finalist is quite an achievement.
Roshni’s dissertation title is: “The changing nature of workplace monitoring: Technology-driven monitoring and its consequences”. Her description of it is as follows:
"My dissertation examines how novel technologies, such as behavior-tracking and virtual reality tools, influence the decisions and perceptions of managers and their subordinates. I develop and test a theoretical model suggesting that interacting with technology changes people’s focus from perceiving a situation as controlling to perceiving it as informational. I posit that interacting with technology reduces the salience of social evaluation, and as a result, attenuates the extent to which people feel controlled in a given situation. In doing so, technology enables people to perceive a situation as informational – one where they can gather information about their behaviors without feeling controlled. I examine this in the context of behavior-tracking technologies. I use a combination of field studies and laboratory experiments to develop insights about when and why employees submit to extreme monitoring. In particular, I argue that as behavior-tracking technologies change people’s focus from evaluation, leading to a greater willingness to be monitored. My dissertation is currently invited for a revision at the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology." (9-13-17)
Shon Hiatt (with Chad Carlos and Wesley Sine) just had the article, “Manu Militari: Institutional Contingencies of Stakeholder Relationships on New Venture Survival,” accepted for publication in Organization Science. Prior version of this paper won the 2014 Greif Research Grant Award and the 2013 Best Paper Award at the Leadership for Peace and Prosperity Conference. Congratulations, Shon.
This study examines how ventures can leverage relationships with heterogeneous government stakeholders to enhance survival in different institutional environments. We consider how the distinct resources provided from venture ties to military and political actors represent complementary strategic assets that differentially influence performance in varying political and economic environments as well as under conditions of violence and conflict. Empirically, we examine the effect of these respective stakeholder relationships on new venture survival across 10 countries over a 65-year period. By distinguishing between the resources obtained through relationships with different types of government stakeholders and showing how the value of these resources varies in different contexts, this study contributes to nonmarket strategy and stakeholder management research and highlights the need for studies to take a pluralistic view of government stakeholders. The paper also presents managerial insights to firms seeking to address the prevalent challenges associated with political, economic, and physical security issues in developing and underdeveloped economies. (9-09-17)
Leigh Tost received a best reviewer award from AMR at the Academy Meetings this year. (8/15/2017)
Shon Hiatt and Kyle Mayer were among the winners of the 2017 Organization Service Awards. This award honors referees who did an exceptional job by submitting timely, unbiased, and thoughtful reviews. (8/12/2017)
As the last hours of June 30 wind down, I want you to know what an honor and privilege it has been serving as your department chair the past 21 years. Our journey together has been full of joy, frustration, and surprise, all the emotions that made the adventure so interesting and worthwhile.
Next year, I will be on sabbatical, spending the first six months in Lyon, France. I will return to the MOR faculty in August, 2018, doing pretty much the research, teaching, and service I’ve been doing since becoming an assistant professor in 1970.
I believe I hand the reigns over to Peer with MOR in good shape. He will do a wonderful job leading us on a new adventure. I look forward to joining you on the journey. – Tom Cummings (6/30/2017)
Beverly Rich was just awarded the USC Gould School of Law 2017 Linnie and Michael Endowed Research Katz Fellowship for her research (with Florenta Teodoridis) on using machine learning to analyze federal and state judicial opinions to identify a role for law in explaining regional differences in innovation in the US. Gould received a record number of applications for the Fellowship this year and Beverly’s submission was especially interesting and meritorious. (6/28/2017)
Frank Nagle just received a research grant from the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Digitization Group for his study on Source Software Regulations on Productivity, Entrepreneurship, and Social Welfare. (6/21/2017)
Nan Jia just has a paper accepted for publication in the Academy of Management Review: “Make and/or Buy” Decisions of Corporate Political Lobbying: Integrating the Economic Efficiency and Legitimacy Perspectives. (6/16/2017)
This paper examines political lobbying and investigates firms’ decisions regarding whether to employ internal functionalities (i.e., to “make” or insource), to contract with external professionals (i.e., to “buy” or outsource), or to do both (i.e., to “make and buy” or plural source). I first develop an integrated framework based on the twin perspectives of economic efficiency and legitimacy. When the political audience faces little uncertainty about lobbying content, firms make sourcing decisions to maximize economic efficiency in producing such content in line with transaction cost economics and the capabilities view. However, when the political audience faces substantial uncertainty about lobbying content, it relies on the perceived legitimacy of the lobbying entity to draw inferences about the quality of the such content; therefore, the legitimacy of a potential lobbying entity matters to firms making sourcing decisions related to lobbying. Then, I connect firms’ sourcing decisions with several concrete characteristics of lobbying entities that can affect political audiences’ judgment regarding their legitimacy. Finally, I examine the tension that develops when legitimacy and economic efficiency considerations call for different forms of sourcing, and I examine how complementarities in plural sourcing help resolve this tension in certain situations.
Nan thanks her colleagues in the O&S group for their helpful feedback on this paper.(6/16/2017)
Florenta Teodoridis was appointed to serve a two-year term on the Research Committee of the Business Policy & Strategy Division of the Academy of Management. (6/4/2017)
I am pleased to introduce you to newest member of the MOR family, Kia Townsend Cavagnolo who joined us last Sunday morning (pic attached). Kia is looking forward to meeting all of this coming fall.
Sarah, Marc, and little brother Nico all doing fine, at least for now. (6/1/2017)
Lori Yue (with Henrich Greve) just had a paper accepted for publication in Organization Science: Hereafter: How Crises Shape Communities through Learning and Institutional Legacies.
Community differences in organizing capacity have been attributed to cohesion and trust among population members and from population members to organizations, and have been seen as an enduring feature of communities. The experience of a crisis, and the handling of the crisis, can be seen as a test of cohesion that verifies community support of organizations or proves its absence. Using data on two bank panics 14 years apart, we explore whether a crisis event affects whether banks in a community handle the subsequent crisis through community collective action or through executing inter-organizational solutions. We find that banks are less likely to seek community support when a prior financial crisis exposes the lack of trust from community members but are more likely to do so when having the experience of successfully avoiding a looming crisis. Organizational memory carries past experience into the future, and the banks that have directly experienced the absence of community trust prefer an inter-organizational solution for the next financial crisis. (5/24/2017)
Sarah Townsend and Mindy Truong just had a paper accepted for publication in Current Opinion in Psychology: Cultural models of self and social class disparities at organizational gateways and pathways.
Attaining a college degree has traditionally been assumed to be key to upward social and professional mobility. However, college graduates from working-class backgrounds achieve less career success in professional, white-collar workplaces compared to those from middle-class backgrounds. Using a cultural models approach, we examine how the independent cultural beliefs and practices promoted by professional organizations disadvantage people from working-class backgrounds, who espouse interdependent beliefs and practices. Our review illustrates how this disadvantage can manifest in two ways. First, it can occur at organizational gateways (e.g., interview and hiring decisions) despite relative equality in objective qualifications. Second, even after people from working-class backgrounds gain access to an organization, it can occur along organizational pathways (e.g., performance evaluations, assignment to high-profile tasks). (5/23/2017)
Sarah Townsend (with Nicole Stephens, Northwestern) just had an article published in Harvard Business Review: “How You Feel About Individualism is Influenced by Your Social Class” (https://hbr.org/2017/05/research-how-you-feel-about-individualism-is-influenced-by-your-social-class). (5/22/2017)
Yongzhi (Alex) Wang successfully defended his dissertation today: Competing Across and Within Platforms: Antecedents and Consequences of Market Entries by Mobile App Developers.
Alex's dissertation committee members are: Nandini Rajagopalan (Committee Chair-MOR), Lori Yue (MOR), Florenta Teodoridis (MOR), Cheng Hsiao (USC Economics Department) and Brian Wu (University of Michigan-Ross School of Business).
Alex has accepted a job at Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business as a tenure-track Assistant Professor starting in Fall 2017. (5/17/2017)
Nan Jia was just awarded a research grant from the Zumberge Fund Individual Grant program for her proposed research: A Study of the Clustering of Political and Economic Power.
This is a highly competitive award and only 10 researchers across all of USC received grants this year. (5/4/2017)
A big shout out to our MOR Award winners yesterday:
- Excellence in Service: Carl Voigt & Peter Carnevale
- Excellence in Teaching: Scott Wiltermuth & Shon Hiatt
- Excellence in Research: Ed Lawler
- Top Gun: Excellence in Research, Teaching, & Service: Nan Jia
At the Marshall Awards ceremony, Christine El Haddad received an Undergraduate Golden Apple Teaching Award.
Congratulations to all our award winners, well deserved. (5/03/2017)
I know that I speak for all of you when I express my deep appreciation and pride in Nandini becoming Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs and Peer the Chair of the Management and Organization Department. These appointments highlight their recognized leadership skills and commitment to service and attest to the growing stature of MOR in the Marshall School.
Nandini and Peer will thrive and excel in leading Marshall and MOR. They will take us on new and exciting journeys to even higher levels of scholarly and educational achievement. We offer them our full support, confidence, and good will.
Congratulations Nandini and Peer, you do us proud. Very proud.
Thomas G. Cummings
Professor & Department Chair
USC Marshall School of Business
Department of Management & Organization