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BDBA8210 Current Topics Research Seminar

 

Designing a Convergence Research in Business: Knowledge Synthesis for Impactful Innovations

  

Instructor: Dr. Victor Zitian Chen (Email: zchen23@uncc.edu)

Time: 8am-5pm, September 13th, 2020

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

This seminar is designed for DBA students to learn how to design a convergence research concerning enterprise-level performance. A convergence research is defined as knowledge synthesis of fragmented sources of theoretical perspectives, evidence, and literatures into a comprehensive explanatory and/or predictive framework. It is typically centered around predefined performance outcomes and then used for conceptual, empirical, as well as translational innovations ready for prescribing managerial interventions.

 

Upon the completion of this seminar, students should be able to:

·         Identify an impactful convergence research question

·         Define and measure enterprise performance from any stakeholder’s perspective

·         Develop a three-page proposal for a convergence research with commercial applications (or broad impacts)

 

STRUCTURE OF THE SEMINAR

The seminar combines three topical lectures/roundtable discussions, three group practices, and a take-home assignment. In each section of lecture/roundtable discussion, two to three students are assigned roles as leading discussants on a certain paper, who will be responsible for leading a roundtable discussion on the implications for conducting rigorous business research with a broad impact.

 


 

 

08:00 to 09:30

Lecture and roundtable discussion #1: Convergence research in business

 

08:00 to 08:05 Greetings

 

08:05 to 08:45 Lecture

 

08:45 to 09:30 Breakout roundtables

 

15 minutes breakout session 1:

  • Simon, H. A. (1967). The business school a problem in organizational design. Journal of Management Studies, 4(1), 1-16.

Leading discussants for this work: Chad A. Lovett and Derrick N. Magee, each of whom will lead a roundtable in a breakout room.

 

15 minutes breakout session 2:

  • Chen, V.Z., & Hitt, M.A. (2020). Knowledge synthesis for scientific management: Practical integration for complexity versus scientific fragmentation for simplicity. Journal of Management Inquiry, In-Press.

Leading discussants for this work: Craig Cardella, Kim Harris, and Tanisha Walls, each of whom will lead a roundtable in a breakout room.

 

15 minutes breakout session 3:

  • Rousseau, D. M., Manning, J., & Denyer, D. (2008). Evidence in management and organizational science: assembling the field’s full weight of scientific knowledge through syntheses. Academy of Management Annals, 2(1), 475-515.

Leading discussants for this work: Octavia Marie Meredith and Lashana Wiggs, each of whom will lead a roundtable in a breakout room.

 

 

Break (10 minutes)

09:40 to 10:40

Group practice #1: Defining a broadly impactful research question

 

09:45 – 10:00 Instructions

 

10:00 – 10:30 Breakout room 1-on-1 practice

 

10:30 –10:45 Summary presentation

 

 

Break (10 minutes)

10:50 to 12:00

Lecture and roundtable discussion #2: Enterprise performance and stakeholder values

 

10:50-11:30 Lecture

 

11:30 – 12:00 Breakout roundtables

 

15 minutes breakout session 1:

  • Harrison, J. S., Phillips, R. A., & Freeman, R. E. (2019). On the 2019 Business Roundtable “Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation”. Journal of Management, In-Press.
  • Paine, L. S. (2019). CEOs say their aim is inclusive prosperity. Do they mean it? Harvard Business Review Online.

Leading discussants for the above two works: Mark Holoman and Mikayla Raines, each of whom will lead a roundtable in a breakout room.

 

15 minutes breakout session 2:

  • Chen, V.Z., Meng, Z., Duran, P., & Sauerwald, S. (2020). Organizational performance: A meta-analysis and future agenda towards multi-stakeholder value framework. Working paper.

Leading discussants for this work: Kevin Claiborne, Lindamarie Werntz Coatman, and Robert Cooney, each of whom will lead a roundtable in a breakout room.

 

 

 

Lunch Break (60 minutes)

13:00 to 14:00

Group practice #2: Defining and measuring performance

 

13:00-13:15 Instructions

 

13:15-13:45 Breakout room 1-on-1 practice

 

13:45-14:00 Summary presentation

 

 

Break (10 minutes)

14:10 to 14:45

A mock “research impact discovery” interview with

 

Dr. Liran Edelist (President of Jedox, Inc.)

 

 

 

Break (10 minutes)

14:55 to 15:45

Lecture and roundtable discussion #3: Developing a research proposal

 

14:55-15:15 Lecture

 

15:15 – 15:45 Breakout roundtables

 

10 minutes breakout session 1:

  • Bridoux, F., & Stoelhorst, J.W. (2020). Stakeholder governance: Solving the collective action problems in joint value creation. Academy of Management Review, In-Press.

Leading discussants for this work: James Gerdts and Michael Kelly, each of whom will lead a roundtable in a breakout room.

 

10 minutes breakout session 2:

  • Chen, V.Z., Duran, P., Sauerwald, S., van Essen, M., Hitt, M.A. (2020). Multi-stakeholder agency: National institutions and stakeholder value synergy. Working paper.

Leading discussants for this work: Oscar Barzuna and Xiaowen He, each of whom will lead a roundtable in a breakout room.

 

10 minutes breakout session 3:

  • Lins, K. V., Servaes, H., & Tamayo, A. (2017). Social capital, trust, and firm performance: The value of corporate social responsibility during the financial crisis. Journal of Finance, 72(4), 1785-1824.

Leading discussants for this work: Joseph Mulla and Michael Hook, each of whom will lead a roundtable in a breakout room.

 

 

Break (10 minutes)

15:55 to 16:15

Group practice #3: Research proposal development

 

Breakout room 1-on-1 practice

 

16:15 to 16:45

A mock “research impact discovery” interview with

 

Mike McGuire (CEO Emeritus, Grant Thornton LLP)

 

 

16:45 to 17:00

Summary and wrap-up

 

REQUIRED READING

Please download all the required readings from Canvas or the link below, and read them before the class: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xro4408tc09hm4l/AAArE2eeUr6r51pg6y9JlWgOa?dl=0

  

RECOMMENDED/OPTIONAL READING:

 

ASSIGNMENT

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