University of Southern California

Philip Birnbaum-More
Professor Emeritus of Management and Organization

USC Marshall School of Business
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0808

Phone: 
213-740-0744
Education: 
PhD, University of Washington; BA, UC-Berkeley

Overview

Phil Birnbaum-More specializes in competitive strategy formulation and implementation, especially in high technology firms in global markets. He has published three books on R&D management and organization design and more than 100 articles in scholarly and practitioner journals. He served as associate editor of the IEEE Transactions in Engineering Management and on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Review, Human Relations, and the Journal of High Technology Management. Business Week twice named Professor Birnbaum-More as one of the top faculty members at Marshall. Before joining USC, he was on the faculty at Indiana University.

Research

Birnbaum More, P. H., and Majchrzak, A. (2014) "Ideation in Emergent Teams: A Laboratory Study,".
Park, M. H., Lim, W. J., and Birnbaum More, P. H. (2012) "Reprint of: The effect of multi-knowledge individuals on performance in cross-functional new product development teams," Engineering Management Review, IEEE, 40 (4), 42-54.
Majchrzak, A., Birnbaum More, P. H., and Faraj, S. (2012) "Transcending Knowledge Differences in Cross-Functional Teams," Organization Science, 23 (July/August 2012), 951-970.
Majchrzak, A., and Birnbaum More, P. H. (2011) "Emergency! Web 2.0 to the Rescue!," Communications of the ACM, 54 (4), 125-132.
Majchrzak, A., Birnbaum More, P. H., and Johnson, J. (2011) "Clarifying the Role of Job Resources in Reducing Economic Job Strain,".
Majchrzak, A., Birnbaum More, P. H., and Johnson, J. (2011) "Practices to Improve Group Creativity: a Longitudinal Field Investigation," Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 45.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (2010) "Final Report: Reciprocal Learning in Problem-Solving Teams: A Multi-method Investigation of Knowledge Bridging in Emergent Groups," National Technical Information Service (NTIS), 2010.
Park, M. H., Lim, W. J., and Birnbaum More, P. H. (2009) "The effect of multi-knowledge individuals on performance in cross-functional new product development teams," Journal of Product Innovation Management, 26 (1), 86-96.
Birnbaum More, P. H., and Majchrzak, A. (2009) "BUILDING DYNAMIC CAPABILITIES THROUGH EMERGENT GROUPS IN AN UNCERTAIN WORLD," Strategic Management Society Annual Conference.
Majchrzak, A., Birnbaum More, P. H., Johnson, J., Sengupta, K., and Wagner, C. (2008) "Using wikis to generate learning at ICIS 2007," ICIS 2008 Proceedings.
Majchrzak, A., and Birnbaum More, P. H. (2008) "The Use of Transformative Devices to Facilitate the Emergence of Knowledge Collaboration in Cross-Boundary Temporary Groups. Workshop on Digital Innovation," NSF Workshop on Digital Innovation .
Park, H., and Birnbaum More, P. H. (2002) "Knowledge Configuration in New Product Development Team and Performance," Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) Research Conference, Orlando Florida.
Goren, R., and Birnbaum More, P. H. (2002) "Case: Sharp-Xerox Stratgic Alliance in Personal Copiers (A): Forming the Business Alliance, (B): The Golden Years, (C): The Digital Transition, and (D): Postscript,".
Chung, I. K., Kwak, S., and Birnbaum More, P. H. (2001) "Factors Influencing New Product Development in High-Tec Industry: A Cross-National Study," Management Information Research (in Korean), 11, 63-89.
Birnbaum More, P. H., and Wong, G.Y. Y., "Organization structure of multinational banks in Hong Kong from a culture-free perspective," in Pugh, D., eds., Classic Research in Management Series: The Aston Programme Volume II, Aldershot 1998.
Wong, G. Y. Y., and Birnbaum More, P. H., "Culture context, and structure: A test on multinational banks in Hong Kong," in Pugh, D., eds., Classic Research in Management Series: The Aston Programme - Volume II, Aldershot 1998.
Jaussi, K., Gosain, S., Birnbaum More, P. H., and Doshi, A. (1997) "The Current State of Organization Theory: Weed Patch or Well Tended Garden?," Western Academy of Management Meeting.
George, D., and Birnbaum More, P. H. (1997) "Time to Market in OA Industries.," 17th Annual Strategic Management Society International Conference..
Gilbert, J. T., and Birnbaum More, P. H. (1996) "Innovation timing advantages: From Economic Theory to Strategic Application," Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, 12, 245-266.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1996) "Case: Competitive Strategy in Deregulated Telecommunications,".
Emmanuelides, P. A., and Birnbaum More, P. H. (1995) "Effective Structuring of Product Development Projects in U.S. High Technology Firms.," 2nd International Product Development Management Conference on New Approaches to Development Engineering, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1995) "Comment on C. Antonelli. Generic Versus Localized Knowledge: A Model of Technical Choice," Technology Management and Corporate Strategy: a Tricontinental Handbook.( Amsterdam) 146-147.
Birnbaum More, P. H., "Technology Awareness and Competitive Advantage. (Chapter 2)," in Allouche, J., and Pogorel, G., eds., Technology Management and Corporate Strategy: A Tricontinental Handbook, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 1995.
Gilbert, J. T., and Birnbaum More, P. H. (1995) "Innovation timing advantages: Sources and applications.," 55th National Meeting of the Academy of Management.
Han, S., and Birnbaum More, P. H. (1995) "Case: AT&T's Acquisition of McCaw Cellular,".
Birnbaum More, P. H., Wong, G.Y. Y., and Nils-Goran, O. (1995) "Managerial Values in the People's Republic of China and Hong Kong," Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 26 (2), 255-273.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1995) "Case: Competitive Dynamics in Laser Printers 1984-93,".
Wright, R. W., Wright, L. C., and Birnbaum More, P. H. (1995) "New Product Development Throughput Time: the Japanese Portion of a Cross-National Study.," 2nd International Product Development Management Conference on New Approaches to Development Engineering, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1994) "Managing the Globalization of Industrial Research: Observation from japanese and U.S. automotive and Electronic Industries.," 2nd International Product Development Management Conference on New Approaches to Development Engineerings. Gothenburg, Sweden.
Birnbaum More, P. H., Weiss, A. R., and Wright, R. (1994) "How do Rivals Compete: Strategy, Technology and Tactics," Research Policy, 23, 249-265.
Wright, R. W., Wright, L. C., and Birnbaum More, P. H. (1994) "New Product Development: A Multinational Comparison and Perspective," 54th National Meeting of the Academy of Management Meeting.
Gilbert, J. T., and Birnbaum More, P. H. (1994) "Understanding the Sources of Innovation Timing: An Empirical Test of Three Theories," 54th National Meeting of the Academy of Management.
Wong, G. Y. Y., and Birnbaum More, P. H. (1994) "Culture Context, and Structure: A Test on Multimational banks in Hong Kong," Organization Studies, 15 (1), 99-123.
Emmanuelides, P., and Birnbaum More, P. H. (1993) "Achieving High Performance Through Interfunctional Knowledge Creation and Synthesis: The case of product development," 13th International Conferences of the Strategic Management Society..
Emmanuelides, P., and Birnbaum More, P. H. (1993) "Effective Structuring of Product Development Groups in U.S. Firms: An Information Processing Perspective," 53rd National Meeting of the Academy of Management.
Birnbaum More, P. H., Hirasawa, R., and Wright, R. R. (1992) "Competitive Timing and Cycle Time in New Product Development," IBEAR Conference, Strategies for Innovation and Change.
Birnbaum More, P. H., and Avila, T. S. (1992) "Case: The Spreadsheet Software Sector and Microsoft's Excel,".
Stupin, G., and Birnbaum More, P. H. (1991) "Case: The Computer Graphics Sector and Intergraph,".
Birnbaum More, P. H., "Competitive Advantage and the Basis of Competition," in Sai, F., eds., Comparative Advantage Studies Under Economic Openness, Beijing 1991.
Birnbaum More, P. H., and Weiss, A., "Discovering the Basis of Competition in Thirteen Industries," in Huff, A., eds., Mapping Strategic Thought, New York 1990.
Birnbaum More, P. H., Rossini, F. A., and Baldwin, D. A., International Research Management: Studies in Interdisciplinary Methods from Business, Government, and Academia, Oxford Univesity Press 1990.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1990) "Competing with Cycle Time in the Worldwide DRAM Market," Proceedings of the 2nd National Meeting at the University of Colorado Graduate School of Business Conference on Managing the High Technology Firm.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1990) "Competing with Technology in 8-Bit Microprocessors," Journal of High Technology Management Research, 1 (1), 1-13.
Birnbaum More, P. H., Finkelstein, S., Kernochan, R. D., and Wright, R. (1989) "Competing with Technology in Ethical Pharmaceuticals," National Meeting of the Strategic Management Society, San Francisco.
Weiss, A. R., and Birnbaum More, P. H. (1989) "The Strategic Management of Industrial Technology," Management Science, 35 (8), 1014-1026.
Birnbaum More, P. H., and Wong, G.Y. Y. (1989) "Management Values in Hong Kong and The People's Republic of China," Invited paper to the U.S.C. Conference, "Influence of Japanese Industrial Growth on World Economic Institutions..
Birnbaum More, P. H., and Gilbert, J. (1988) "Competitive Strategy in the Plain Paper Copier Industry," Strategic Management Society Meeting, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1988) "Competitive Advantage and the Basis of Competition: Semiconductors, Specialty, Chemicals, and Diesel Engines," Invited Paper to University of Korea Conference "Opportunities and Risks in the Internationalization of Korean Firms, Seoul, Korea.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1988) "Coping with Environmental and Market Forces Impacting High Technology Industry in the 1990's," Invited Plenary Address to the University of Colorado Graduate School of Business Conference of Managing the High Technology Firm.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1988) "The Behavioral Science of Leadership: An Interdisciplinary Japanese Research Program," Administrative Science Quarterly.
Birnbaum More, P. H., and Weiss, A. R. (1987) "Competitive Advantage and the Basis of Competition," 7th International Meeting of the Strategic Management Society Meeting, Boston.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1987) "Interdisciplinary Analysis and Research: Theory and Practice of Problem-Focused Research and Development," IEEE Transactions in Engineering Management.
Birnbaum More, P. H., Farh, J. L., and Wong, G.Y. Y. (1986) "The Job Characteristics Model in Hong Kong," Journal of Applied Psychology, 71 (4), 598-605.
Birnbaum More, P. H., and Wong, G.Y. Y. (1985) "Cultural Values of Managers in the People's Republic of China and Hong Kong," 45th National Meeting of the Academy of Management, SD.
Wong, G. Y., and Birnbaum More, P. H. (1985) "Impact of Culture on organizational Structure of Banks in Hong Kong," Conference on Asia-Pacific Perspective in International Business Jointly Organized by the Academy of International Business and the Department of Marketing and International Business, Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1985) "Political Strategies of Regulated Organizations: As Functions of Context and fear," Strategic Management Journal, 6 (2), 135-150.
Birnbaum More, P. H., and Wong, G.Y. Y. (1985) "Organization Structure of Multinational Banks in Hong Kong from a Culture-Free Perspective," Administrative Science Quarterly, 30 (2), 262-277.
Birnbaum More, P. H., Farh, J. L., and Wong, G.Y. Y. (1984) "A Reexamination of the Relationships Among Supervisory Ratings of Job Characteristics, Job Incumbents' Task Perceptions, and Work Satisfaction: Evidence from Hong Kong," National Meeting of the American Institute of Decision Sciences, Toronto.
Birnbaum More, P. H., Weiss, A. R., Ottensmeyer, E. J., and Stearns, T. M. (1984) "Strategic Management of Technology," XXVI International Meeting of The Institute of Management Sciences, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1984) "Organization Structure: Culture Free or Culture Bound," Pan-Pacific Conference, Honolulu.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1984) "The Choice of Strategic Alternatives Under Increasing Regulation in High Technology Companies," Academy of Management Journal, 27, 489-510.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1984) "Strategic Management of Industrial Technology: A Review of the Issues," IEEE Transaction in Engineering Management, EM11 (07), 186-191.
Spanhel, C. L., and Birnbaum More, P. H. (1983) "Firm Attributes Associated with Inward Foreign Licensing by U.S. Firms," Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business, SF.
Wong, G.Y. Y., and Birnbaum More, P. H. (1983) "Methods Used in a Cross-Cultural Study of Multinational Banks in Hong Kong," National Meeting of the American Institute of Decision Sciences, San Antonio.
Ottensmeyer, E. J., and Birnbaum More, P. H. (1983) "Interconnecting Cycles, Intertwining Uncertainties: A General Management Perspective on Technology Strategy," 43rd Annual National Meeting, Academy of Management, Dallas.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1983) "Strategic Management of Technology: A Review of the Issues," Invited Paper to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Conference,"Management of Technological Innovations: Facing the Challenge of the 1980's, Washington.
Balderston, J., Birnbaum More, P. H., Goodman, R., and Stahl, M. (1983) "Modern Management Techniques for Engineers and Scientists,".
Birnbaum More, P. H., "Predictors of Long-Term Research Performance," in Epton, S.R., Payne, R.L., and Pearson, A.W., eds., Managing Interdisciplinary Research, Chichester/Wiley 1983.
Birnbaum More, P. H., and Ottensmeyer, E. J. (1982) "Organizational Responses to Regulation: A Comparison of High Technology Industrial and Research University Response," 42nd Annual National Meeting, Academy of Management, New York.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1982) "The Organization and Management of Interdisciplinary Research: A Progress Report," Journal of the Society of Research Administrators, XIII (4), 11-23.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1981) "Industrial Response Patterns to Health and Safety Regulation: A Resource Dependence Approach," 41st Annual National Meeting, Academy of Management, SD.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1981) "Predictors of Long-Term Research Performance," Invited Paper Presented at the Second International Conference on Interdisciplinary Research Groups, Manchester Business School, England.
Birnbaum More, P. H., and Ottensmeyer, E. J. (1981) "Organizational Response to Regulation: The Case of Research Universities and the Regulation of Research Funds," Invited Paper to the Sixth Annual Hendricks Symposium," The Impact of Regulatory Policy: Theory and Substance" at The University of Nebraska.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1981) "Integration and Specialization in Academic Research," Academy of Management Journal, 24 (3), 487-503.
Scott, W. G., Mitchell, T. R., and Birnbaum More, P. H. (1981) "Organization Theory: A Structural and Behavioral Analysis 4th Edition,".
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1981) "Contingencies for Academic Research Performance," Invited Paper Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Toronto.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1981) "Academic Interdisciplinary Research: Characteristics of Successful Projects," Journal of the Society of Research Administrators, XIII (1), 5-16.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1981) "Contingencies for Interdisciplinary Research: Matching Research Questions with Research Organizations," Management Science, 27 (11), 1279-93.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1980) "Problems and Interdisciplinary Research Approaches: Appropriate Matching of Research Questions and Research Organizations," Invited Paper Presented at the IV International Conference on Management of Research, Development and Education, Technical University of Wroclaw, Poland.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1980) "Research on Research Effectiveness: Where Do We Stand in 1980," Invited paper presented at the Manchester Business School Conference.
Gillespie, D. F., and Birnbaum More, P. H. (1980) "Status Concordance, Coordination and Success in Interdisciplinary Research Teams," Human Relations, 33 (1), 41-56.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1980) "Population Ecology: Old Wine in New Bottles?," Contemporary Psychology, 25 (11), 910-11.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1979) "Integration and Specialization in Research Teams," Annual Meeting of the American Institute for Decision Sciences. New Orleans.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1979) "Organizational Effectiveness Under Increasing Regulation in High Technology Companies: The Choice of Strategic Alternatives," Joint National Meeting of the Operations Research Society of America and the Institute of Management Science, Milwaukee.
Birnbaum More, P. H., Cook, J. W., Eckherdt, H., and Judy, R. B. (1979) "Integrating Technology in Strategic Planning of Technically Oriented Corporations," 39th Annual National Meeting Academy of Management, Atlanta.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1979) "Research Team Composition and Performance," Invited Paper Presented at the First International Conference on Interdisciplinary Research Groups, International Institute for Scientific Cooperation, Schloss Reisenburg, Federal Republic of Germany.
Birnbaum More, P. H., "Research Team Composition and Performance," in Barth, R.T., eds., Interdisciplinary Research Groups: Their Management and Organization, Vancouver, B.C. 1979.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1979) "Academic Interdisciplinary Research: Problems and Practice," R & D Management, 10 (1), 17-22.
Birnbaum More, P. H., and Gillespie, D. F. (1979) "Status and Performance in Small Professional Organizations: The Case of Scientific Research Projects," Social Science Quarterly, 60 (1), 105-12.
Birnbaum More, P. H., Newell, W. T., and Saxberg, B. O. (1979) "Managing Academic Interdisciplinary Research Projects," Decision Sciences, 10 (4), 645-665.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1979) "Politics and Markets: The World's Political Economic System," Business Horizons.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1979) "A Theory of Academic Interdisciplinary Research Performance: A Contingency and Path Analysis Approach," Management Science, 25 (3), 231-244.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1978) "In-Process Predictors of Research Performance," Joint National Meeting of the Operations Research Society of America and the Instiute of Management Sciences, Los Angeles.
Birnbaum More, P. H., and Gillespie, D. F. (1978) "Status and Performance in Interdisciplinary Research Projects," 38th Annual National Meeting, Academy of Management, SF .
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1978) "An Assessment of Studies in Interdisciplinary Research," Social Studies of Science, 3 (3), 4-5.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1978) "Safety Training (A) & (B),".
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1978) "Will the Corporation Survive?," Business Horizons.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1978) "Academic Contexts of Interdisciplinary Research," Educational Administration Quarterly, 14 (2), 80-97.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1977) "Literature Issues and Research Findings for Academic Interdisciplinary Reseach Projects," Joint National Meeting of the Operations Research Society of America and The Institute of Management Science, Atlanta.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1977) "Assessment of Alternative Management Forms in Academic Interdisciplinary research projects," Management Science, 24 (3), 272-284.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1976) "Managing Alternative Forms of Academic Interdisciplinary Research Projects," Joint National Meeting of the Operations Research Society of America and The Institute of Management Science, Miami Beach.
Birnbaum More, P. H. (1976) "Case: Safety Training (A) and (B)," Harvard Case Clearning House.
Birnbaum More, P. H., Park, M. H., and Im, I. "Categories, Counts, and Proportions: Alternative Results in Measuring Team Functional Diversity,".