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Research projects

Managing R&D in science-based industries

Corporate R&D organizations and their relationships with academic laboratories

Universities as engines of technological change

An examination of academic organisations at the forefront of the biotechnology revolution

Drivers of organisational learning and adaptation

How organisations learn and adapt to significant changes in their environment

Open-ended organization

Describes and theorises about how open-ended organizational structure and processes support adaptation to uncertain environments.

Entrepreneurial operations management

Prescriptive models accompanied by stylized insights to aid operations of high-growth entrepreneurial firms.

A model of workplace discrimination

How and why do organizational decision makers, in personnel decisions, differently evaluate candidates from different social groups?

Personalised medicine

Assessing and implementing new diagnostics strategies for stratifying patients

Cell therapy

Decision support tools for cell therapy commercialisation and business development

Status in complex organizations

How people use social references to evaluate an actor’s reputation and performance in complex organizations and communities.

Managing the product innovation and sales process

The role of customers and competitors in optimizing product innovation and sales efforts.

Coordination in complex product development

How product architecture, organizational communication, and globalization influence product development performance.

Innovation investment decision making

How do risk, competition and operational flexibility influence optimal innovation investment decisions?

Cognition and social networks

People's perceptions of their organizationa social networks are systematically biased, and the bias affects their own and others'' outcomes.

Tracking clicks to drive operational value

How firms can use click tracking technology to improve its operations management?

Consumer behavior in operations and marketing

What is the role of consumer behavior, for example, bounded rationality, in important operations and marketing settings?

Delay announcements in service systems

This project studies effective ways of announcing delays to incoming customers, as is commonly done in call centers or hospitals.

Data analytics in service systems

We analyse call center data from a major telecom company and propose new call arrival models which improve the management of the system.

Personality and social networks

How different personality types create and benefit from social networks in organizations.

Improving the quality of management research

This project is focused on improving the quality of management research by strengthening the link between theory to empirical data.

Topology and evolution of networks

How to capture the topological characteristics of networks and their evolution.

The psychology of negotiations and public policy

Cognitive and affective barriers to creating value in negotiations and public policy.

Understanding group diversity over time

Exploring dynamic processes in diverse groups and how the effects of diversity change over time

Continuity, change and new product success

How to manage changes in product attributes and team composition in sequences of products

The social networks of academic inventors

Comparing the social networks of academic inventors and non-inventors to study the impact of patenting on scientific communities.

Perception and judgment of performance

The role of expertise and nonconscious biases in judgments of performance.

Managing production/inventory in supply chains

What is the optimal strategy managing production and inventory systems?

Inefficiency in the flu vaccine supply chain

This project aims to understand the sources of inefficiency in the flu vaccine supply chain and eliminate them.

Emotion management in organizations

How do managers monitor and control emotions in organizations, and how do employees respond?

Motivation and Creativity

This project is about explorations of why and how people are motivated to be creative at work.

Diversity and performance

A focus on how different types of people combine to produce differential outputs in organizations

Philosophy of science in new knowledge production

Different scientific frameworks engender different kinds of organizational innovations.

Decision support systems

Optimizing strategic and operational decisions through advanced decision support.

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