Stephan Manning
University of Massachusetts Boston
BusinessEconomicsMarketingIndustrial organizationOutsourcing
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This chapter examines key drivers of variation in adaptive capacity of project network organizations (PNOs). PNOs are defined as strategically coordinated sets of longer-term, yet project-based relationships, which provide for both stability and change in volatile project businesses. While prior research has emphasized the adaptive role of flexible structures and agency, the author focuses on the role of project variety and contextual embedding and disembedding in building adaptive capacity. Com...
#1Stanislav VavilovH-Index: 2
#2Stephan ManningH-Index: 22
#1Stephan ManningH-Index: 22
#2Stanislav VavilovH-Index: 2
This research uses the organizational field perspective to explore institutional structures that enable and promote social entrepreneurship in the presence of resource constraints and institutional...
#1Monica Ren (Macquarie University)H-Index: 3
#2Stephan Manning (University of Massachusetts Boston)H-Index: 22
Last. Stanislav Vavilov (University of Massachusetts Boston)H-Index: 2
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Abstract Recent research suggests that unequal access to home country institutional resources affects firm internationalization strategies. We add to this debate, based on an analysis of state-owned (SOEs) and non-state-owned (NSOEs) Chinese mining firms, by developing a more dynamic and multi-layered understanding of this interplay. We find that home institutional support can be ownership-based or performance-based, whereby the former benefits SOEs and the latter favors high-performing NSOEs. C...
6 CitationsSource
#1Stephan Manning (University of Massachusetts Boston)H-Index: 22
#2Silvia Massini (Manchester Institute of Innovation Research)H-Index: 17
Last. Arie Y. Lewin (Duke University)H-Index: 40
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Research Summary: This article studies how the logic of firm governance choices varies as a function of the time of adoption of particular sourcing practices. Using data on the diffusion of global business services sourcing as a management practice from early experiments in the 1980s through 2011, we show that the extent to which governance choices are affected by process commoditization, availability of external service capabilities, and past governance choices depends on whether firms are earl...
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#1Stanislav VavilovH-Index: 2
#2Stephan ManningH-Index: 22
International social ventures become important sources of innovations and social change in the developing and least developed countries. Building on literature on entrepreneurial ecosystems, institutional theory, and international business theory, this study explores the enabling conditions for social entrepreneurial activity in the international domain. Using Spigel (2017) relational framework of a regional entrepreneurial ecosystem, on the example of Boston, we identify that research networks ...
#1Andrew Davies (UCL: University College London)H-Index: 32
#1Andrew Davies (UCL: University College London)H-Index: 65
Last. Jonas Söderlund (BI Norwegian Business School)H-Index: 30
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As knowledge production becomes more specialized, studying complex and multi-faceted empirical realities becomes more difficult. This has created a growing need for cross-fertilization and collaboration between research disciplines. According to prior studies, the sharing of concepts, ideas and empirical domains with other disciplines may promote cross-fertilization. We challenge this one-sided view. Based on an analysis of the parallel development of the neighboring disciplines of innovation st...
20 CitationsSource
#1Chacko George Kannothra (University of Massachusetts Boston)H-Index: 3
#2Stephan Manning (University of Massachusetts Boston)H-Index: 22
Last. Nardia Haigh (University of Massachusetts Boston)H-Index: 13
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Abstract This study contributes to the growing interest in how hybrid organizations manage paradoxical social–business tensions. Our empirical case is “impact sourcing”—hybrids in global supply chains that hire staff from disadvantaged communities to provide services to business clients. We identify two major growth orientations—“community-focused” and “client-focused” growth—their inherent tensions and ways that hybrids manage them. The former favors slow growth and manages tensions through hig...
14 CitationsSource
#1Marcus Møller Larsen (CBS: Copenhagen Business School)H-Index: 10
#2Stephan Manning (University of Massachusetts Boston)H-Index: 22
Last. Torben Pedersen (Bocconi University)H-Index: 49
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Abstract Prior literature is ambivalent about whether organizational complexity has positive or negative effects on firm performance. Using rich data on global service providers, we explore this ambivalence by disentangling performance consequences of different types of organizational complexity. We show that complexity arising from the coordination of different services and operations negatively influences profit margins through increased coordination costs, whereas complexity coming from the s...
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#1Stephan Manning (UMass: University of Massachusetts Amherst)H-Index: 22
#2Marcus Møller Larsen (CBS: Copenhagen Business School)H-Index: 10
Last. Chacko George Kannothra (UMass: University of Massachusetts Amherst)H-Index: 3
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We review key drivers, trends and consequences of global sourcing of business processes – the sourcing of administrative and more knowledge-intensive processes from globally dispersed locations. We argue that global sourcing, which is also associated with ‘offshoring’ and ‘offshore outsourcing’, has co-evolved over the past three decades with the advancement of information and communication technology (ICT), a growing pool of low-cost, yet often qualified labor and expertise in developing countr...
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