Session 5

Corporate Governance

Track A

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2012


Time: 17:00 – 18:15


Room: Meeting Room 230A

Session Chair:

  • Robert Hoskisson, Rice University

Title: Effective Knowledge Flow in Multiunit Firms: A Contingency Framework for Sub-Unit Structure


  • Xujing Qiu, University of New South Wales
  • Steven Lui, University of New South Wales

Abstract: Effective knowledge transfer within organization is an important concern in multiunit and multinational firms. In what ways does the structure of a subunit vary to facilitate effective knowledge transfer? Based on information possessing theory, we propose in this paper that subunit structure is partly a response to information possessing requirement for specific knowledge role. A new framework is developed to explain the alignment between subunit structure and knowledge role. We test this framework with a case study of eight subunits of a Chinese multiunit firm. Results reveal that subunits adopt different structures to fulfil their specific knowledge role requirements. We also attempt to explain some unexpected findings by specifying the situations when knowledge role is less important as a structural contingency. Finally, we discuss how this study contributes to research on knowledge transfer, organizational design, and Chinese management.

Title: How Effective Are The Japanese Typical Management Approaches Towards Their Subsidiaries in China


  • Xinjian Li, Toyo Gakuen University

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to examine the effectiveness of the typical Japanese international management approaches towards their subsidiaries in China, based on a sample of 102 Japanese subsidiaries in the non-manufacturing industries. The major findings are as follows. First, from the headquarters’ standpoint, expatriating more Japanese managers to the subsidiaries, more career-related incentive towards them and closer personal-based communications with them are positively related to the subsidiaries’ performance achievements. Second, trust relationship with Chinese managers/employees has been confirmed to be a very significant factor to subsidiaries performance achievements in China.

Title: Organization Forms and Absorptive Capacity in Fast-paced Knowledge Environments: The Role of Organization Forms in Absorptive Capacity


  • Dong Bian, EMLYON Business School
  • Christiane Prange, Tongji University

Abstract: This research advances absorptive capacity studies by examining how firms manage organization forms to improve corporate absorptive capacity. I investigated 40 Chinese household appliance companies in the last two decades and interviewed 50 field experts. Results show that successful companies temporally project feedback-looped resources into its contexts to get access to various knowledge along time; they made the temporally projected contextual feedback-looped resources crossly enriched to root themselves into their contexts over time; and they set contextual and temporal embeddedness as the goal of corporate development to guide their organizations’ transformation. Ceteris paribus, these three interdependent forces jointly determine a firm’s absorptive capacity.

All Sessions in Track A...

Sat: 09:00 – 09:30
Session 35: Conference Welcome
Sat: 09:30 – 10:45
Session 30: Keynote Plenary Panel: Competing and Cooperating in and for China
Sat: 11:15 – 12:30
Session 4: Competition and Adaptation
Session 11: Firm Boundaries and Growth
Session 19: Global Strategy
Session 26: Entrepreneurship in China
Sat: 13:45 – 15:00
Session 31: Plenary Panel II: Collaborative Strategies in and for China
Sat: 15:30 – 16:45
Session 6: CSR and Sustainable Development
Session 7: Entrepreneurship
Session 9: Executives and Incentives
Session 22: Panel: Innovation
Session 24: Managing Innovation Strategies
Sat: 17:00 – 18:15
Session 5: Corporate Governance
Session 8: Evolution and Ecosystems
Session 10: FDI
Session 12: Innovation Strategy
Session 27: FDI and Institutions
Sun: 09:00 – 10:15
Session 32: Plenary Panel III: Corporate Governance and Executive Leadership in the Age of Globalization
Sun: 10:45 – 12:00
Session 13: Institutions
Session 15: Internationalization II
Session 16: Networks
Session 29: Resources and Capabilities
Sun: 13:45 – 15:00
Session 33: Plenary Panel IV: Strategic Management Research in China - What is Next?
Sun: 15:30 – 16:45
Session 3: Alliances and Cooperation
Session 14: Internationalization I
Session 17: Social Capital
Session 28: Governance, Knowledge, and Cooperation
Sun: 17:00 – 18:00
Session 34: Executives Plenary Panel: Innovation Strategy in China

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