Featured Panelists

picture of Harry Barkema Harry Barkema Erasmus University-Rotterdam

picture of Keith Brouthers Keith Brouthers King's College London

picture of Andrew Delios Andrew Delios National University of Singapore

picture of Igor Filatotchev Igor Filatotchev City University London

picture of Tatiana Kostova Tatiana Kostova University of South Carolina

picture of Alan Muller Alan Muller none known

picture of Arjen van Witteloostuijn Arjen van Witteloostuijn University of Antwerp

Extension 3: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Friday, October 5, 2012




picture of Pursey Heugens Pursey Heugens Erasmus University-Rotterdam

picture of Justin Jansen Justin Jansen Erasmus University Rotterdam

picture of Taco Reus Taco Reus Erasmus University-Rotterdam

picture of Arjen Slangen Arjen Slangen RSM Erasmus University

This year's conference theme “Strategy in Transition” places institutions central to the theories and practices of strategic management.  The Rotterdam School of Management would like to offer an extension to this theme by focusing on how institutions influence strategy formation and implementation processes in domestic and international contexts.  Regulatory, normative and cognitive institutions may constrain strategic decision-makers because of rationalized myths, isomorphism, and legitimacy or legal demands.  They may also be helpful in facilitating the formation and implementation of certain strategies, improving the functioning of markets, and shaping business practices. Strategies may or may not be aligned with institutions, and this may be strategically savvy, sinful or silly.  With this extension we aim to reflect, debate and learn about how strategies and institutions relate to each other.

We will have panels and paper presentations to discuss and explore research on the key questions in the area of Strategy & Institutions. Moreover, we have a methods workshop to help facilitate research in this area.

The extension will be held at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Being near Schiphol airport, a central hub to other destinations including Prague, our school could be a perfect first stop for strategy scholars on their way to Prague by plane or train.  We will ask ERIM, our research institute, to sponsor part of the day, so that we can also organize a joint dinner the night before on Thursday October 4.

CALL FOR PAPERS: We welcome contributions to the Extension with paper presentations on “Strategy & Institutions”. This will be an opportunity to present your work and receive constructive feedback from key contributors of the field. Please submit your papers to Taco Reus at treus@rsm.nl by August 31st.

Workshop Program

October 4
Joint Dinner for International Guests
October 5
8:30 – 9:00
Coffee & Welcome
9:00 – 9:10
Opening Word – RSM's Dean of Research, Marno Verbeek
9:10 – 9:30
Opening Keynote – Tatiana Kostova
9:30 – 10:30
Panel I – Institutions and Strategy Formation
  • Chair: Pursey Heugens
  • Keith Brouthers, Igor Filatotchev, Arjen Slangen, Arjen van Witteloostuijn

Over the last decade, the rise of emerging markets, financial and sovereign debt crises, climate change often brought established and changing institutions to the forefront in popular and academic debates. In this context, it becomes increasingly clear that strategists have to consider how institutions influence the formation of strategies, and how strategies can influence the role of institutions. In this panel, we focus on how institutions influence strategic choices at various levels of analyses.

10:30 – 10:45
Coffee Break
10:45 – 12:15
Paper Presentations – Strategy & Institutions
  • Discussants: Sjoerd Beugelsdijk & Taco Reus
  • Nathan Betancourt, University of Lugano – “Not all institutions are created equal: Institutional stages of private actor international business regulations”
  • Marie-Ann Betschinger, Higher School of Economics, Moscow – “Political geography and FDI performance: Is spatial proximity to central government politicians and bureaucrats of capital value?”
  • Cyndi Man Zhang, Singapore Management University – “Decision-making with competing logics: Evidence from mergers and acquisitions by partially-privatized Chinese firms”
  • Claudia Doblinger, University of Regensburg – “Analyzing the impact of institutional influences in the German renewable energy industry: Real entrepreneurs or conservative rent-seekers?”
  • Shlomo Tarba, The Open University, Israel – “Creative dynamic capability and institutional entrepreneurship: A process approach”
12:15 – 13:30
13:30 – 14:30
Panel II – Institutions & Strategy Implementation
  • Chair: Tatiana Kostova
  • Harry Barkema, Andrew Delios, Alan Muller, Hans van Oosterhout

MNCs face a widely diverse institutional context in which they have to implement smart strategies. It becomes very important to understand, describe, and clarify this institutional context, and how this context affects the actions and activities to implement strategies. In this session we reflect on how institutions influence the organization and governance of firms across markets, and how this affects strategy implementation.

14:30 – 14:45
Coffee Break
14:45 – 16:00
Methods Workshop: Multi-level issues in the study of strategy and institutions
  • Justin Jansen & René Olie
  • Paul Gooderham, NHH Norwegian School of Economics & Michael Brookes, Middlesex University – “The deployment of strategic individualized compensation systems: A multi-level approach”
Closing & Drinks

Travel and Hotel Information

Travel to Rotterdam by Plane:

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

  • Direct flights from many airports around the world
  • From Amsterdam Schiphol Airport it is a 27 minute train-ride (FYRA) to Rotterdam Central Station

Rotterdam-The Hague Airport

  • Direct flights from more than 30 airports in Europe
  • From Rotterdam-The Hague Airport it is a 10 minute taxi ride or 20 minute bus ride to the city center

Travel to Rotterdam by Train

  • Rotterdam is major train stations with quick connections to Amsterdam (42 minutes), Schiphol Airport (27 minutes), Antwerp (30 minutes), Brussels (1,5 hours), Paris (2,5 hours), Cologne (3 hours), and many other train stations in Europe
  • For fast train rides (including from Schiphol Airport)

Travel to the Rotterdam School of Management

Hotel Accommodations:

There is a room block at the following hotels for conference extension attendees. This special rate is available until August 25, 2012 and you must reference the Rotterdam School of Management room block when making your reservation.

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