• Understanding envy through narrative fiction

      Patient, David; Lawrence, Thomas; Maitlis, Sally (Organization Studies, 2003)
      In this article, we explore the social construction of workplace envy through an analysis of its portrayal in a fictional narrative. Based on our examination of three excerpts from Richard Russo's novel Straight Man, we argue that envy is socially constructed in prominent and revealing episodes within broader organizational narratives. We further show that envy both serves as a catalytic emotion that engenders action and sensemaking, and at the same time, acts as a mechanism that reproduces the moral and cultural order within which it occurs.
    • Understanding IT governance success and its impact: Results from an interview study.

      Urbach, Nils; Buchwald, Arne; Ahlemann, Frederik (2013)
      Owing to the increasing regulatory pressure and the need for aligned IT decisions, governance of IT has become important for both academia and practice. However, knowledge that integrates the determinants and consequences of IT governance success remains scarce. Although some studies investigate single aspects of IT governance success and its impact, none of these combine these factors into a comprehensive and integrated model. To address this gap, our research aims at understanding what factors influence and result from successful IT governance, and at determining how they can be translated into a model to explain IT governance success and its impact. Therefore, we conducted 28 interviews in 19 companies across different industries. Based on the analysis, we present a model that helps understanding what factors make IT governance successful and how IT governance contributes to an IT …
    • Understanding the advantages of open innovation practices in corporate venturing in terms of real options

      Vanhaverbeke, Wim; Van de Vrande, Vareska J.A.; Chesbrough, Henry (Creativity and Innovation Management, 2008)
    • Understanding the co-creation of value emerging from the collaboration between IT consulting firms and their customers

      Oesterle, Severin; Buchwald, Arne; Urbach, Nils (2016)
      Recent market developments such as increasing digitalization of services, professionalization of customers, and transparency about the specific value of IT services, are putting IT consulting firms as well as their customers under pressure. Thus, it is of high importance that IT consultancies and their customers are jointly working together to innovate new services and solve specific tasks which come along with the digitization of services. Although previous literature offers valuable starting points for explaining such collaborative value creation, we do not see specific approaches that comprehensively address this challenge. By drawing upon the service-dominant logic as the theoretical frame, we deductively develop a conceptual model that explains the emergence of cocreated value within IT consulting relationships. After a thorough empirical validation of our model, our ultimate contribution will be a theory that equips IT consulting firms and their customers with information to better understand the drivers of co-created value.
    • Understanding the continuation of firm activities when entrepreneurs exit their firms: Using theory of planned behavior

      Leroy, Hannes; Manigart, Sophie; Meuleman, Miguel; Collewaert, Veroniek (Journal of Small Business Management, 2015)
      Up to now, little attention has been paid to the continuity of a firm when entrepreneurs exit. Survey data from 175 entrepreneurs confirm the theory of planned behavior as an appropriate framework to understand whether entrepreneurs, when leaving, sell or liquidate their firm. Entrepreneurs' sale attitudes are related to sale intentions, which are associated with firm sale. Further, sale attitudes are positively related to whether entrepreneurs perceive firm continuation to be out of free will, their experience, the number of employees, and whether the firm is a multigeneration family business.
    • Understanding the CSR landscape in Belgium

      Louche, Céline; Van Liedekerke, Luc; Everaert, Patricia; Leroy, D.; Rossy, A.; D'Huart, M. (2008)
    • Understanding the organizational antecedents of bottom-up un-enacted projects - Towards a conceptual model based on deviance theory

      Buchwald, Arne; Urbach, Nils; Ahlemann, Frederik (2014)
      Un-enacted projects are those projects that have not been officially evaluated by the project portfolio management but do exist although they are not known to a company's project portfolio. As a consequence, resources thought to be available often prove to be actually unavailable and that unofficial initiatives eventually compete for scarce resources. One particular type of these un-enacted projects are bottom-up initiatives. Bottom-up un-enacted projects are unofficial initiatives on which employees spend time without order but with which they intend to benefit their organizations. While previous research highlights the great potential of bottom-up un-enacted projects, they only focus on the individual level but leave the organizational level for further research. To address this research gap, this study aims at gaining a deeper understanding of the organizational drivers of bottom-up un-enacted projects. We draw on deviance theory to develop a conceptual model for explaining the occurrence of these projects. In order to triangulate the emerging model with insights from practice, we use interview data to cross-check and refine the theory-driven model. Our results advance the theoretical discourse on the concept of un-enacted projects and enable practitioners to understand the levers with which to steer respective activities in the intended direction.
    • Understanding the patenting behavior of firms

      Peeters, Carine; Van Pottelsberghe, B. (2006)
    • Understanding the salespeople's "feedback-satisfaction" linkage: What role does job perceptions play?

      Srivastava, Rajesh; Rangarajan, Deva (Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, 2008)
    • Understanding today's music acquisition mix: a latent class analysis of consumers' combined use of music platforms

      Weijters, Bert; Goedertier, Frank (Marketing Letters, 2016)
      In response to diversifying music delivery modes, consumers increasingly combine various music platforms, both online and offline, legal and illegal, and free or paying. Based on survey data (N?=?685), the current study segments consumers in terms of the combination of music delivery modes they use. We identify four latent classes based on their usage frequency of purchasing CDs, copying CDs, streaming music, streaming music videos, peer-to-peer file sharing, and purchased downloading. All-round users (9.9 %) use most or all acquisition modes, but at a low frequency. Traditionalist (33.7 %) typically makes no use of any of the acquisition modes except buying CDs. Streamers-downloaders (20.7 %) use several acquisition modes intensively, especially streaming (video and/or music only) and downloading (legal and illegal). Light users (35.6 %) also use multiple acquisition modes, but less frequently. We draw theoretical and practical implications, discuss limitations, and suggest ideas for future research.
    • Understanding web site effectiveness

      De Wulf, Kristof; Schillewaert, Niels; Muylle, Steve (2002)
    • Unfolding the concept of a TMT-Diversification strategy fit

      Weiss, Martin; Schneider, D.; Lebid, J. (Team Performance Management: An International Journal, 2015)
      This paper aims to develop a conceptual foundation of a fit between top management teams (TMTs) and their company's corporate strategy. The authors fortify the importance of the concept of fit if the impact of upper echelons on organizational performance is trying to be explained. Yet, a constitutive concept of fit for the corporate strategy, a particularly important dimension of strategy, was previously neglected.
    • The unhealthy = tasty belief is associated with BMI through reduced consumption of vegetables: A cross-national and mediational analysis

      Briers, Barbara; Huh, Young Eun; Chan, Elaine; Mukhopadhyay, Anirban (Appetite, 2020)
      Obesity is one of the greatest public health challenges of modern times and its prevalence is increasing worldwide. With food so abundant in developed countries, many people face a conflict between desires for short-term taste and the goal of long-term health, multiple times a day. Recent research suggests that consumers often resolve these conflicts based on their lay beliefs about the healthiness and tastiness of food. Consequently, such lay beliefs can play critical roles not just in food choice but also weight gain. In this research, we show, across six countries and through mediation analysis, that adults who believe that tasty food is unhealthy (the Unhealthy = Tasty Intuition, or “UTI”; Raghunathan, Naylor, & Hoyer 2006) are less likely to consume healthy food, and thereby have a higher body mass index (BMI). In Study 1, we conducted a cross-sectional survey in five countries (Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, India, and the UK), and found that greater strength of belief in UTI was associated with higher BMI, and this relationship was mediated by lower consumption of fruits and vegetables. The observed patterns largely converged across the sampled Western and Asian-Pacific countries. In Study 2, we teased apart the mediating role of vegetable versus fruit consumption and also addressed the issue of reversed causality by predicting BMI with a measure of UTI belief taken 30 months previously. We found that vegetable consumption, but not fruit consumption, mediated the association between UTI belief and BMI. Our findings contribute to the literature by showing how lay beliefs about food can have pervasive and long-lasting effects on dietary practices and health worldwide. Implications for public policy and health practitioners are discussed.
    • University spin-out companies and venture capital

      Wright, Mike; Lockett, Andy; Clarysse, Bart; Binks, Martin (Research Policy, 2006)