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2013 Seminars

20th Feb 2013 - 12:00 pm

Venue: Room 214/215, H69 - Economics and Business Building

Speaker: Dr Daniele Mascia, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore ALTEMS - Graduate School of Health Economics and Management

Title: Network forms of organizing in healthcare: evidence from the Italian NHS


In healthcare, more than in other industries, the enhancement of individual, organizational and system-level outcomes is strongly related to how and the extent to which a wide range of specialized actors communicate, share knowledge and continuously coordinate their activities. Exploring the structure and dynamics of such interdependences is of quintessential importance for a more nuanced understanding of healthcare behaviors and outcomes. The adoption of a relational framework and the use of social network analysis enable researchers to expand their analytical perspective, investigating relationships among actors other than actors themselves. To discuss how promising the application of the relational perspective in this sector could be, a number of empirical studies conducted in the Italian NHS will be presented. A first study is intended to show how inter-physician networks across levels of care relate to the frequency with which clinicians use Evidence-Based Medicine in clinical practice. A second study focuses on patient sharing networks among hospitals, exploring how patterns of coordination evolve over time as well as the effect they produce on organizational performance. A third study provides evidence of the role that professional, organizational and institutional factors play in defining patterns of adoption of a medical technology within hospitals. How social network analysis tools and techniques may inform future research directions in professional-based fields will be discussed.


Daniele Mascia is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Theory and Management in the Department of Public Health and Healthcare Management at the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome (Italy). In 1999 he received a BA degree in economics (cum laude) from LUISS University (Rome, Italy). In 2004 he obtained a PhD in Health Care Policy and Management from the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome (Italy). His publications focus on how, at different levels of analysis, networks forms of organizing influence a number of behaviors and innovation outcomes in the biomedical sector and healthcare. He received a number of awards and distinctions from, among others, the Health Care Management Division of Academy of Management. He is responsible for the "Strategy and innovation" area of the Catholic University Graduate School of Health Economics and Management (ALTEMS).


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28th Feb 2013 - 12:00 pm

Venue: Meeting Room 7, Darlington Centre

Speaker: Dr David Bardolet, Dept. of Management and Technology, Bocconi University

Title: From Big to Small: the relative size effect on corporate capital allocations


Building on previous studies of corporate capital allocations, we investigate the effect of the relative size of a business unit with respect to the size of the rest of the corporation on internal investment behaviour. Using field data from a large set of firms we find that business unit capital expenditures normalized by assets are higher when a business unit is smaller relative to the rest of its firm, holding other relevant variables (growth, profitability, etc.) constant. Our analysis extends findings of inefficiencies in capital allocation decisions in a novel direction by suggesting that corporate cross-subsidization is 1) mostly centred around reallocation of capital from large to small business units rather than from high to low performing business units as predicted by the agency-based accounts and 2) due to a simple heuristics that leads managers to naively diversify their allocations in favour of small units. Furthermore, we find no moderating effect of increased managerial ownership on the observed cross-subsidization from bigger to smaller units which leads us to the claim that existing agency-based explanations of cross-subsidization in the finance literature cannot readily explain the relative size effect. We also find a negative effect on performance in firms with larger dispersion of size among their units.


David Bardolet is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management and Technology at Bocconi University in Milano, Italy. He has a Ph.D. in Management from the University of California Los Angeles. Recently, he has been developing the basic elements of a comprehensive theory of the micro-foundations of firm resource allocation, with a particular focus on capital investment. In his papers, he explores how managing the capital allocation process can become a key dynamic capability for firms. Furthermore, he investigates how simple heuristics and biases influence investment decisions as well as the measures that can be taken to moderate those biases. In essence, his work aims at further developing a theory of firm dynamic capabilities that is grounded on managerial cognition and its interaction with organizational structure.


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11th Mar 2013 - 12:00 pm

Venue: Darlington Centre Boardroom

Speaker: Prof Ravi Sarathy, International Business & Strategy at Northeastern University's D'Amore-McKim School of Business

Title: Culture, Gender, Family Firm and Entrepreneur Characteristics, and Firm Performance and Work-Life Balance in India and Brazil


This study integrates individual entrepreneur characteristics, such as control over the family firm, and socio-emotional attachment to the firm, and gender of the entrepreneur, with family variables -family to business enrichment, family-to-business conflict and family support, and with aspects of family firm characteristics, such as entrepreneurial orientation, professionalization - the extent of decentralization/delegation, and ambidexterity - the balance struck between exploration and exploitation. The study is based on survey data from  family firm entrepreneurs in?? India and Brazil, introducing cultural differences, in examining how  family firm performance and work life balance are influenced by entrepreneur characteristics,  family firm aspects, and gender.


Ravi Sarathy is Professor of International Business & Strategy at Northeastern University's D'Amore-McKim School of Business. He teaches in MBA and undergraduate programs, and conducts executive education for clients that include EMC, The Mathworks, BAE Systems, LG Electronics (S. Korea), Masa Shipyards (Finland), and EG&G . His main areas of teaching interest are Corporate and Global Strategy, International Business, Emerging Markets, and International Marketing.

He has published in journals such as California Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Management International Review, Small Business Economics, Long Range Planning, Journal of Business Ethics, Business Horizons, International Trade Journal, International Executive, Transportation Journal, and the International Marketing Review. Professor Sarathy is the coauthor of International Marketing ( 8th edition Dryden Press/Harcourt Publishers, 2000, and subsequent editions).

Professor Sarathy was awarded a Fulbright grant in the spring of 1996 as the Fulbright-Flad Chair in Strategic Management at the Technical University of Lisbon. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan, the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, at HEC, Jouy-en-Josas (Paris, France), at Bocconi University (Milan, Italy), at Monash Mt. Eliza Business School (Melbourne) and at EIASM, UNSW, Australia, and at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India,

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15th Aug 2013 - 12:00 pm

Venue: Darlington Centre School Building Meeting Room 6

Speaker: A/Prof Mona Makhija, The Ohio State University

Title: Going the Distance: Expanding Employees' Knowledge Reach Within the Mine


This paper examines the knowledge-based view of the MNE, and considers what it takes for MNE employees to draw upon knowledge from distant locations within the MNE for solving problems. While some scholars have suggested MNEs to be superior to markets for managing knowledge across geographical boundaries, how they actually accomplish this has not been considered. We address this void by developing a model that highlights the critical role of controls in enhancing employees' internal search and use of knowledge. Data from 166 knowledge-intensive projects indicate that, in contrast to process-based controls that influence more local search, those that are outcome-based influence employee teams to reach well beyond their immediate location, which in turn enhances project performance. Nonetheless, the likelihood of accessing more codified knowledge through knowledge reach hurts performance.


Professor Makhija has published research in such journals as Journal of International Business Studies, Organization Science and Advances in International and Comparative Management. She has presented her research at top academic and professional meetings, conferences and universities, and teaches on the topics of competing in the global environment and strategic management.One important line of her research centers on the institutional features of national environments that affect the structure of firms, the nature of competition and, ultimately, the behavior of managers. Another line of research examines the global structure of different industries, and the strategies and organization of multinational firms competing in these industries. In all, this research focuses on firms and managers in many different parts of the world, including Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Asia.

Thursday 15th August 12pm-1:30pm, Darlington Centre School Building Meeting Room 6



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30th Oct 2013 - 12:00 pm

Venue: The Darlington Centre Room #7

Speaker: Prof Gary Oddou, California State University San Marcos; Prof Joyce Osland, Executive Director of the Global Leadership Advancement Center,

Title: Improving Global Leadership Competencies among Students

Abstract: The presentation will consist of an explanation of what San Jose State University is trying to accomplish through its Global Leadership Assessment Center (GLAC) with respect to students developing global leadership competencies. Assessment instruments used in GLAC will be presented with the focus being on the Global Competency Inventory (GCI). The methodology being used to develop and measure the competencies will be explained and some preliminary results, both anecdotal and empirical, will be shared.

Speaker: Gary Oddou, Ph.D., is professor emeritus from California State University San Marcos. He has taught at institutions in Europe and Asia and has worked and lived in several foreign countries. His primary research is in repatriate knowledge transfer, global leadership, and cross-cultural competencies. He has published widely in these areas and has co-authored several related books or chapters related to global leadership andinternational HR.

Dr. Osland, the Lucas Endowed Professor of Global Leadership and Executive Director of the Global Leadership Advancement Center (GLAC), is a specialist in international management with a focus on global leadership, Latin American management, and experiential learning. She has worked and taught extensively in several countries. Current research interests include expert cognition in global leaders, cultural sense making, intercultural competence, and repatriate knowledge transfer. Dr. Osland has over ninety publications and has received both teaching and research awards. She is a former president of the Western Academy of Management.

1st Nov 2013 - 09:30 am

Venue: CBD Campus Level 17, 133 Castlereagh Street, Sydney 2000

Speaker: Associate Professor Vikas Kumar; Professor Hans Hendrischke, The University of Sydney Business School

Title: Emerging Market Turbulence: Implications for Australian Organisations

Asian economic growth has been the driving force behind Australia's resources boom and its positive ripple effects on the economy. However, in recent years their growth rate has been slowing down, and their reliance on Australia's resource sector is expected to subside, Asia's economic growth and recent turbulence constitutes both an opportunity and a threat for Australian companies. Australian companies need to innovate and develop new strategies to grow and compete in the Asian century. We invite both industry and academic speakers to a half-day seminar addressing the opportunities and threats ahead for Australian companies.

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The University of Sydney Business School
CBD Campus
Level 17, 133 Castlereagh Street,
Sydney 2000

Associate Professor Vikas Kumar
The University of Sydney Business School
Professor Hans Hendrischke
The University of Sydney Business School


T +61 2 9351 6438F +61 2 9036 5378

25th Nov 2013 - 12:00 pm

Venue: The Darlington Centre Room 6

Speaker: A/Prof Ted Tschang, Singapore Management University

Title: Game Design and Design Studies as a Means for Understanding (Design-related) Organizational Work


This talk will begin with a brief review of some design literature that pertains to a particular framework I propose for analysing design work. I will also draw on my own work on studies of the videogame design process over the last decade in order to flesh out the framework. I parse design work into four aspects and selected instances of those aspects: the domain knowledge, observed practices, cognitive acts involved, and structure of knowledge within the evolving artifact. I illustrate how this pertains to four design traditions in Buchanan (1992) (material objects; communications; complex systems for life, work and play; and services), and describe in more detail the equivalents for game design. Amongst other things, this provides a rational means for understanding how artifacts evolve, and why they evolve in particular, path-dependent yet itinerant ways. Implications for studies of organizations are drawn, including the idea that these seemingly messy systems actually have structure, that routines rather than being the end-all for a description of organizational work, can be seen as guidance systems for these "messy" processes, and that what seem to be some organizations' garbage can processes, are fact, structures for "making meaning" out of early stages of incoherence.


Ted Tschang is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management at Singapore Management University. His research areas are in innovation management and industrial development, in particular, at the industrial and firm level. His recent research interest involves examining how the video game industry has been structured and how creativity enters the product development process (mostly based on qualitative research in the United States, and to a limited extent, in China). From this, he is developing theories of creative organization. He has a Ph.D. in public policy analysis and management from Carnegie Mellon, and earlier degrees in economics and engineering. Prior to SMU, he worked at think tanks for the United Nations University and Asian Development Bank in Tokyo.


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