WTO colloquia bring in outside speakers to present recent research of interest to the greater Stanford community engaged in organizational research. Talks are held on Mondays from 12:00-1:15pm and lunch is served. Further details about each colloquium, including the title of the talk, an abstract and the colloquium’s location are distributed via email prior to each event.

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We are honored to host these speakers during the 2016-2017 academic year:

Fall 2016

October 24, 2016

Andrew Knight, Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis
Title: Whose idea is it anyway? How lead entrepreneurs foster collective ownership in provisional founding teams
Time & Location: 12-1:15 in Spilker 232

Abstract: We develop and test a model of how the behaviors of a lead entrepreneur influence the dynamics and initial viability of provisional founding teams—teams that precede the formal founding of new ventures and that are often critical for new venture development. We propose that two interpersonal behaviors—territorial marking and help-seeking—flow from a lead entrepreneur’s initial psychological attachment to a venture idea. These behaviors shape the emergence of collective ownership among new team members by inhibiting or enabling conflict over control of the venture idea. Collective ownership, we suggest, is positively related to early provisional team success and viability. We quantitatively tested our model in a survey-based study of 79 provisional founding teams participating in an entrepreneurship competition and found general support for our predictions. We further elaborated upon our model, exploring intervening mechanisms and dynamic feedback loops, through observations of and interviews with the members of 27 provisional founding teams involved in a university startup launch course. This qualitative investigation validated central tenets of our model and offered extensions and refinements. Our research sheds new light on the dynamics of provisional founding teams and offers insights into how lead entrepreneurs can successfully build early stage founding teams.

November 7, 2016

Jennifer Petriglieri, INSEAD
Secure Base Relationships as Drivers of Professional Identity Co-construction in Dual Career Couples
Time & Location: 12-1:15 in Spilker 232

Abstract: Through a qualitative study of 50 dual-career couples, we examine whether and how partners in such couples shape each other’s professional identities and how they experience and interpret the interactions between those identities, their relationship, and their careers. We found that the extent to and way in which partners shaped each other’s professional identities depended on the nature of a couple’s attachment, in particular whether one partner—or both—experienced the other as a secure base. At the individual level, people who experienced their partner as a secure base engaged in professional identity exploration, endeavoring to actualize desired professional identities, even when doing so was risky, and expanded their professional identity to incorporate attributes of their partner’s identity. At the dyadic level, couples who had a unidirectional secure-base structure experienced their professional identities as being in conflict, whereas couples who had a bidirectional secure-base structure experienced their professional identities as enhancing each other. Building on these findings, we develop a model of professional identity co-construction within secure base relationships that breaks new theoretical ground by exploring interpersonal identity relationships and the nature of the secure-base structure between two people as underpinning these dynamics.

Winter 2017

January 30, 2017

Paul Leonardi, Technology and Management at University of California-Santa Barbara

February 13, 2017

Noshir Contractor, Northwestern University

Spring 2017

April 10, 2017

John King, School of Information at University of Michigan

May 8, 2017

Julia DiBenigno, Yale School of Management in Organizational Behavior

Past Speakers

For information on colloquia from prior academic years, click here.