Public-Private Collaboration, Hybridity and Social Value: Towards New Theoretical Perspectives


Journal of Management Studies

septembre 2017, vol. 54, n°6, pp.763-792

Départements : Stratégie et Politique d’Entreprise, GREGHEC (CNRS)

Mots clés : cross-sector collaboration, hybrid arrangements, interorganizational governance,organizational design, public-private partnerships, social value

Focusing on the collaboration intersecting public, non-profit and private spheres ofeconomic activity, we analyse the conceptual forms of hybridity embedded in these novel inter-organizational arrangements, and link them to different mechanisms of creating social value. Wefirst disentangle alternative notions of hybrid arrangements in existing literature by proposing aconceptual typology on two theoretically complementary yet distinct dimensions: hybridity ingovernance and hybridity in organizational logics. We show how both forms of hybridity canjointly occur in complex public-private and cross-sector collaborations, and propose the notion ofvalue as a crucial bridging point between these perspectives. Crucially, we develop a conceptualframework on key theoretical mechanisms leading to economic and social value in these inter-organizational collaborations. Our work deepens the understanding of how diverse, hybrid formsof collaboration can create value and builds critical links between previously disparate streams ofliterature on public-private interaction, cross-sect or collaboration and social enterprises

The expanding domain of strategic management research and the quest for integration


Strategic Management Journal

janvier 2017, vol. 38, n°1, pp.4-16

Départements : Stratégie et Politique d’Entreprise, GREGHEC (CNRS)

Mots clés : literature reviews; paradigm; scholarly field; fragmentation, integration

This special issue of Strategic Management Journal was motivated by concern that the growing scope and diversity of the strategic management field creates the risk of incoherence and fragmentation and the belief that research reviews could contribute to synthesis and integration. In this introductory essay, we address the expanding domain of strategic management, consider where its boundaries lie, identify the forces engendering fragmentation, and discuss how this special issue—and research reviews in general—can assist convergence within the field of strategy. We conclude by addressing the potential for integration more broadly in relation to the theories we deploy, the phenomena we investigate, and cohesiveness of our scholarly community

The Price of Admission: Organizational Deference as Strategic Behavior


American Journal of Sociology

juillet 2017, vol. 123, n°1, pp.232-275

Départements : Stratégie et Politique d’Entreprise, GREGHEC (CNRS)

Mots clés : deference, symbolic boundaries, strategic management, organizations

Why would market organizations engage in symbolic and material acts conveying appreciation and respect to other organizations that confirm their inferior position in an established hierarchy? Deference, we argue, is the price outsider organizations pay to pass categorical and symbolic boundaries, and gain acceptance in contexts where insiders regard them as impure. Because not all organizations can or are willing to pay the price, deference varies according to positional, dispositional, and interactional characteristics. We examine and find support for the view of organizational deference as strategic behavior using empirical evidence on market finance organizations investing in film production in France over two decades. Our analysis expands research on non-conflictual interactions and symbolic boundaries in market setting

The Recursive Nature of Institutional Change: An Annales School Perspective


Journal of Management Inquiry

janvier 2017, vol. 26, n°1, pp.17 - 31

Départements : Stratégie et Politique d’Entreprise, GREGHEC (CNRS)

Mots clés : Annales School, Institutional change, Institutional logics, Events

In this essay, we propose a recursive model of institutional change building on the Annales School, one of the 20th century’s most influential streams of historical research. Our model builds upon three concepts from the Annales—mentalities, levels of time, and critical events—to explore how critical events affect different dimensions of institutional logics and exert short- or long-range influences. On these bases, organizations make choices, from decoupling to radical shifts in logics, leading to severe institutional changes that become the matter of history. As much as organizations are influenced by events and the prevalent institutional logics, their choices trigger macro-level changes in a recursive manner. More broadly, we comment on how fruitful is our approach to historicize organization studies

Too any Cooks Spoil the Broth? Geographic Concentration, Social Norms, and Knowledge Transfer


Advances in Strategic Management

2017, vol. 36, pp.267-308

Départements : Stratégie et Politique d’Entreprise, GREGHEC (CNRS)

Mots clés : Geographic concentration, density, knowledge transfer, social norms, field experiment, hospitality industry

A long tradition in social science research emphasizes the potential for knowledge to flow among firms co-located in dense areas. Scholars have suggested numerous modes for these flows, including the voluntary transfer of private knowledge from one firm to another. Why would the holder of valuable private knowledge willingly transfer it to a potential and closely proximate competitor? In this paper, we argue that geographic concentration has an effect on the expected compliance with norms governing the use of transferred knowledge. The increased expected compliance favors trust and initiates a process of reciprocal exchange. To test our theory, we use a scenario-based field experiment in gourmet cuisine, an industry in which property rights do not effectively protect knowledge and geographic concentration is common. Our results confirm our conjecture by showing that the expectation that a potential co-located firm will abide by norms mediates the relationship between geographic concentration and the willingness to transfer private knowledge

Where Do Market Categories Come From and How? Distinguishing Category Creation from Category Emergence


Journal of Management

janvier 2017, vol. 43, n°1, pp.87-110

Départements : Stratégie et Politique d’Entreprise, GREGHEC (CNRS)

Mots clés : market category, category formation, strategic agency

This paper reviews several streams of research on market category formation. Most past research has largely focused on established category systems and the antecedents and consequences of categorical positioning (i.e. categorical purity vs. spanning; combination vs. replacement) but relatively ignored the formative processes leading to new categories. In this review, we address this lacuna to posit that scholarship would benefit from clearly disentangling category emergence from category creation. We analytically describe the differences between the two and elaborate the boundary conditions that guide and define which process is more likely to occur in a given market. Our review contributes to illuminating the role of organizational agency and strategic actions in market categories and their formation, which deserve greater attention due to their theoretical and practical implications

A Two-sided Matching Approach for Partner Selection and Assessing Complementarities in Partners’ Attributes in Inter-firm Alliances


Strategic Management Journal

janvier 2016, vol. 37, n°1, pp.206-231

Départements : Stratégie et Politique d’Entreprise, GREGHEC (CNRS)

Mots clés : Alliance formation, Partner selection, Matching models, Complementarities, Empirical methods

Strategic alliances are undertaken to create value through complementarities of resources and capabilities of the partner firms. We develop a matching framework to study strategic alliances, taking a market perspective that explicitly incorporates key features of transactions in strategic alliances: two sided decision making in voluntary collaboration; quest for complementarities between indivisible and heterogeneous partner attributes; and competition on each side for partners on the other side. We assess the relative performance of matching models and binary choice models when estimating parameters within simulations based on a known functional relationship. Within the context of research alliances in the bio-pharmaceutical industry, we hypothesize and find support using the matching model framework for complementarity in partner size, and in upstream research capabilities

Category Spanning, Evaluation, and Performance: Revised Theory and Test on the Corporate Law Market


Academy of Management Journal

février 2016, vol. 59, n°1, pp.330-351

Départements : Stratégie et Politique d’Entreprise, GREGHEC (CNRS)

Mots clés : Categoryn Evaluation, Law firms, Mediation, Performance

Studies suggest that category-spanning organizations receive lower evaluation and perform worse than organizations focused on a single category. We propose that (1) these effects are contingent on clients' theory of value and that as clients expect more sophisticated services, they tend to value category spanners more positively and (2) the evaluation of producers mediates the relationship between category spanning and performance. We test our hypotheses using original data on corporate legal services in three markets (London, New York City, and Paris) over the decade 2000-2010. We find that (1) category spanners receive a better evaluation, and more so when their categorical combination is more inclusive and (2) evaluation mediates significantly the relationship between category spanning and performance. This study enriches our understanding of how audiences apprehend a whole market category system and why organizations span categories

Classical Deviation: Organizational and Individual Status as Antecedents of Conformity


Academy of Management Journal

février 2016, vol. 59, n°1, pp.65-89

Départements : Stratégie et Politique d’Entreprise, GREGHEC (CNRS)

Mots clés : Conformity, Deviance, Institutional theory, Status

Beside making organizations look like their peers through the adoption of similar attributes (which we call alignment), this paper highlights the fact that conformity also enables organizations to stand out by exhibiting highly salient attributes key to their field or industry (which we call conventionality). Building on the conformity and status literatures, and using the case of major U.S. symphony orchestras and the changes in their concert programing between 1879 and 1969, we hypothesize and find that middle-status organizations are more aligned, and middle-status individual leaders make more conventional choices than their low- and high-status peers. In addition, the extent to which middle-status leaders adopt conventional programming is moderated by the status of the organization and by its level of alignment. This paper offers a novel theory and operationalization of organizational conformity, and contributes to the literature on status effects, and more broadly to the understanding of the key issues of distinctiveness and conformity

Do Ratings of Firms Converge? Implications for Managers, Investors and Strategy Researchers


Strategic Management Journal

aout 2016, vol. 37, n°8, pp.1597–1614

Départements : Stratégie et Politique d’Entreprise, GREGHEC (CNRS)

Mots clés : Corporate social responsibility, Ratings, Corporate governance, Socially responsible investing, Performance measurement

Raters of firms play an important role in assessing domains ranging from sustainability to corporate governance to best places to work. Managers, investors, and scholars increasingly rely on these ratings to make strategic decisions, invest trillions of dollars in capital and study corporate social responsibility (CSR), guided by the implicit assumption that the ratings are valid. We document the surprising lack of agreement across social ratings from six well-established raters. These differences remain even when we adjust for explicit differences in the definition of CSR held by different raters, implying the ratings have low validity. Our results suggest that users of social ratings should exercise caution in interpreting their connection to actual CSR and that raters should conduct regular evaluations of their ratings