Featured Panelists

picture of Ulf Andersson Ulf Andersson Mälardalen University

picture of Aya Chacar Aya Chacar Florida International University

picture of Giovanni Battista Dagnino Giovanni Battista Dagnino University of Catania

picture of Yves Doz Yves Doz INSEAD

picture of Joerg Freiling Joerg Freiling University of Bremen

picture of Martin Ihrig Martin Ihrig University of Pennsylvania

picture of Felipe Monteiro Felipe Monteiro INSEAD

picture of Ram Mudambi Ram Mudambi Temple University

picture of James Robins James Robins WU-Vienna

picture of Gabriel Szulanski Gabriel Szulanski INSEAD

picture of Stephen B Tallman Stephen B Tallman University of Richmond

Extension 2: Linz, Austria
Thursday, October 4 and Friday, October 5, 2012




picture of Tina Ambos Tina Ambos University of Geneva

picture of Wolfgang H Guettel Wolfgang H Guettel Johannes Kepler University Linz

The scenic region of Upper Austria with its clusters in the chemical, metal and creative industry is the perfect spot to experience and discuss the theme “Tapping into pockets of knowledge”. The question how to acquire locally embedded knowledge and then leverage corporate exploration and exploitation has increasingly attracted scholarly attention over the last years. The Danube extension is framed around the logical chain from knowledge acquisition, to the challenge of establishing ambidextrous organizations and corporate change. It seeks to integrate perspectives on these topics from corporate strategy, international management, organizational theory, and technology management.

We are able to accept up to 50 participants for this workshop and their acceptance will be based on a first come, first serve basis. We will have two time slots in the workshop program for paper presentations and we invite participants to submit a paper for presentation in one of these sessions; the top nine papers submitted will be accepted. All papers must follow the SMS style guidelines and be submitted by July 31, 2012 to Tina Ambos at: tina.ambos@jku.at

Linz Workshop Program

Thursday, October 4th, 2012
Optional Program
16:00 - 18:30
Short City Tour and Visit of voestalpine Stahlwelt
Linz on the Danube is an innovative, contemporary city where culture, architecture, nature and science coexist. Modern cultural buildings sit harmoniously with baroque facades, and there is ground-breaking industrial architecture with energy efficient facades and interior design. The city is and has always been a nurturing place for inventors, scientists, designers and manufacturers. Its vibrant industrial clusters provide a location advantage for many multinational corporations. The voestalpine Stahlwelt is an adventure: Your journey of discovery will take you to the realms of steel production, processing, products and triumphs, culminating in the uppermost level dedicated to the voestalpine Group. The concept behind the exhibition offers a unique interplay between hands-on experience and the acquisition of factual knowledge. Individuals interested in participating in this tour should meet at the Hotel am Domplatz at 16:00.
18:30 - 21:00
Dinner with Practitioners at voestalpine Stahlwelt
A panel of three top managers will report on the organizational changes during their global quest for knowledge. Each “corporate story” is reflected on and commented by an academic expert.
Friday, October 5th, 2012
Danube Cruise through the Austrian Wine Region
9:00 - 9:30
9:30 - 10:30
Panel: Global Knowledge Acquisition: How to Source, Scout, Locate
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:00
Paper Sessions: Knowledge Acquisition
12:00 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:00
Panel: Ambidexterity - How to Manage Exploration and Exploitation in Turbulent Times
14:00 - 15:00
Paper Sessions: Ambidexterity
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:00
Panel: Organization Transition - How to Support Organizational Change
Arrival in Dürnstein
The Wachau is one of the most beautiful and famous regions in Austria. Visitors from all over the world come here to enjoy the picturesque landscape, the cultural heritage and the superb wines that grow in this area. Situated in the heart of the magnificent Wachau Valley, on the banks of the mighty River Danube, the charming town of Dürnstein offers the unique combination of a breathtaking scenery, traditional architecture, and places of historic interest. It was in the Kuenringer Castle, whose ruins still overlook Dürnstein, that the English King Richard Lionheart was held prisoner.
18:00 - 20:00
Wine Tasting and Dinner at one of the famous vineyards
Bus Transfer to SMS conference hotel in Prague optional
We will provide bus transport to the SMS conference hotel in Prague for an additional fee. Please let us know whether you would like to take advantage of this transport. The bus far will be payable on October 4th and we will provide a receipt for payment.

Travel and Hotel Information

  • Travel to Linz by Plane:

    Arrival to Linz/Hörsching Airport by plane

    • Vienna: daily
    • Frankfurt: daily
    • Düsseldorf: 4x/week
    • Berlin: 5x/week
    • London 4x/week
  • Travel to Linz by Train:

    daily connections (www.oebb.at) from

    • Vienna (1.5 hrs)
    • Prague (4.5 hrs)
    • Frankfurt (5.5hrs)
    • Zurich (7 hrs)
    • Munich (2.5 hrs)
    • Budapest (4.5 hrs)
    • Milan (9 hrs)
  • Travel to Linz by Bus:

    daily connections (www.westbus.at)

    • Prague – Linz (4 hrs)

Hotel Accommodations:

There is a room block at the following hotels for conference extension attendees. This special rate is available until July 25, 2012 and you must reference the Johannes Kepler University room block when making your reservation.

Hotel am Domplatz special rate single room (including breakfast): €99 /night

Hotel Landgraf special rate single room (including breakfast): €82 /night

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