Mid-Atlantic Strategy Colloquium Virginia Tech 2013

7th Annual Mid-Atlantic Strategy Colloquium and Doctoral Workshop

Hosted by
Department of Management
Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech
The Inn at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
February 15-16 2013

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The Department of Management at Virginia Tech is pleased to host the annual Mid-Atlantic Strategy Colloquium (MASC) in Blacksburg, Virginia. MASC is an exciting conference dedicated to furthering research in the field of strategic management and is hosted by different universities in the Mid-Atlantic region. The concept is simple and compelling: a casual, low-key yet energizing, research-focused, developmentally-oriented meeting of strategy scholars to advance our collective scholarship and to build a stronger community of strategy scholars in the region.

PRESENTATION 1 – Friday, February 15, 2013

Roundtable Discussion Sessions: 3:15-4:45pm

Table 2: Knowledge and Capabilities, Room: Latham C

Rhonda Reger, University of Tennessee
Jerry Flynn, Virginia Tech

Absorptive Capacity and Performance: The Effect of Diversified Business Group Affiliation
Pasquale Massimo Picone, University of Catania
Naga Lakshmi Damaraju, Indian School of Business
Giovanni Battista Dagnino, University of Catania

Absorptive capacity develops progressively and accumulatively over time by means of the interaction with a variety of interorganizational elements. This study explores to what extend the diversity and overlap of knowledge among affiliated firms generated by the business group’s diversification strategy impact on the firm’s absorptive capacity. Furthermore, we aim to test whether absorptive capacity represents a generative mechanism through which the diversified business group affiliation is able to influence affiliated firms’ performance.

PRESENTATION 2 – Saturday, February 16, 2013

Parallel Paper Sessions: 8:00-9:30

Session 1: Competition and Coopetition, Room: Latham C

Shihao Zhou, Virginia Tech

Coopetition as an Emergent Construct: Identifying a Reification Process Through a Bibliometric Analysis
Anna Minà, University of Catania
Giovanni Battista Dagnino, University of Catania
Roger L.M. Dunbar, New York University

Moving from the budding interest in coopetition and the associated intellectual ferment, one might suppose that a common understanding of coopetition is actually developing. In fact, a shared conceptualization of coopetition is not yet in sight. For this reason, in this paper we explore two research questions. First, what are the meanings of coopetition that have affirmed in the literature so far? Second, to what extent is in this process the coopetition construct reified and to what extent is it allowed to remain open to further reconstruction and interpretation? Through the use of bibliographic coupling analysis, we identify the theoretical roots and orientations of management studies that have focused on coopetition, and suggest a few relevant directions for future developments.

PRESENTATION 3 – Saturday, February 16, 2013

Doctoral Workshop Panel: 12:30-5:00

Anju Seth, Virginia Tech
Nandini Lahiri, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Giovanni Battista Dagnino, University of Catania
Rond Table on Stategic Alliances