© 2016 by Maciej Workiewicz

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October 25, 2019

Europe is becoming a great place to do management research. More and more schools are investing in research and hiring top research faculty. As it often happens, however, perceptions lag reality and I thought that perhaps, as the current graduates look for jobs in research-based business schools around the world, I may share some of my analysis to aid their job search efforts.

Methodology

I used The UTD T...

October 8, 2019

Dear fellow intellectual traveler,

Over the years many students asked me to suggest some interesting books to expand their knowledge on subjects of management and strategy. I would normally send a few titles at a time, but after having replied to too many of such emails, I decided to finally compile a more complete list and post it on this blog.

My general approach when it comes to reading is that to be g...

October 4, 2019

In the first year of my PhD course I recreated the March 1991 model in Excel. It wasn't required, but isn't academic career about doing what you want and being paid for it? Well, I digress. I wrote a lot of bad code at that time, but the model worked and produced some results that corresponded to March’s figures (like Figure 1.). However, there were some small discrepancies, which back then I took for a...

December 4, 2017

 

GitHub, a software company from San Francisco has been known for years for its unorthodox approach to managing. The company eschewed formal hierarchy and instead allowed its employees to work on projects that they deemed interesting and important. Many of the employees, including the founders, have for a long timed praised the boss-less structure as a source of company’s success in numerous blogs, pres...

September 20, 2017

Recently a paper I wrote with Vikas A. Aggarwal (INSEAD) and Hart Posen (University of Wisconsin) on adaptive capacity to technological change has been published at Strategic Management Journal (SMJ). In that paper we claim that dynamic capabilities may not be the only rescue for incumbent organizations when technological change renders their products and services obsolete. The very processes of learnin...

August 24, 2016

Prodded by Phanish Puranam, together with my fellow INSEAD PhD colleagues (Julien Clement, Sunkee Lee, and Daniel Mack) we have developed and launched a new website for the behavioral strategy community – the Behavioral Strategy Wiki. The website’s main purpose is to provide a quick overview and introduction to the subject of behavioral strategy, which we define as “approach to studying traditional stra...

April 18, 2016

Making sense of a vast set of literature is always a challenging, but ultimately rewarding experience. It helps to put often disjoint work into perspective and find hidden connections and tensions that normally escape our attention. It is an especially illuminating exercise when the subject of an analysis is someone life's work and few scholars can be so engaging in their work as James G. March. In prep...

March 1, 2016

My INSEAD colleagues Amy Ding Zhao and Leena Kinger Hans recently interviewed Dan Levinthal (Wharton) at the Strategic Management Society’s Annual Conference in Denver. The conversation is another installment in the Foundations Session series, where PhD students interview accomplished scholars who shaped the field of knowledge and innovation research. They have done a wonderful job summarizing Dan’s wor...

October 28, 2015

One of my most favorite courses in the first year as a doctoral student was the Foundations of Strategy and Organizations. Created and taught by Professor Gabriel Szulanski, this course was an introduction to over a century of research in management, economics and sociology. Its aim was to give a solid foundation and provide a context necessary to fully understand the immense body of research that follo...

July 3, 2015

It is hard to imagine a multinational and a multi-product company nowadays that wouldn't employ some kind of a two-boss structure. The matrix organizations, as such structures are called, have been credited with allowing companies to pursue multiple goals and better able to adapt to challenges in the local markets, while maintaining effective coordination on the global level. But it is not easy to make...

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October 8, 2019