Lunch Seminar Andreas Koenig

05/24/2018

12:30 – 13:30

HG 7A-37

Why do incumbents respond heterogeneously to disruptive innovations? The interplay of domain identity and role identity

Prof. Dr. Andreas Koenig (University of Passau)

Amsterdam Business Research Institute

Business and Organisation

Seminar

ABRI would like to invite you to an ABRI lunch seminar given by Prof. Dr. Andreas Koenig (University of Passau) on “Why do incumbents respond heterogeneously to disruptive innovations? The interplay of domain identity and role identity”.
 
The seminar will take place on Thursday, May 24, between 12:30 – 13:30 in room HG 7A-37 and will include lunch.

To register for this event, please send an e-mail to Niki Konijn (n.m.konijn@vu.nl) latest on Tuesday, May 22.
 
ABRI is looking forward to seeing you there!
 
Abstract
We adopt a multifaceted view of organizational identity to contribute to research on organizational identity and incumbent adaptations to disruptive innovations. Based on a qualitative, multi-case study on the responses of German publishing houses to the emergence of digitalization, we distill a novel and thus far disregarded facet of organizational identity: organizational role identity. We show how organizational role identity and organizational domain identity—the facet that has so far dominated research on identity and innovation—interactively determine how organizations interpret and respond to a disruptive innovation. In contrast to previous studies, we show that incumbents experience dysfunctional identity-driven struggles when one of the two identity facets is challenged by the disruptive innovation while the other is enhanced. We also induce that domain and role identities can jointly determine how quickly incumbents react to a disruption, whether they adopt that disruption, and the innovativeness of their responses.

Short Biography

Prof. Dr. Andreas Koenig
Professor of Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
University of Passau

Co-director of the Cyber<>Spaces research cluster

Research published in: Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Research Policy and other journals.

Andreas Koenig (andreas.koenig@uni-passau.de) is Professor of Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship and Co-director of the Cyber<>Spaces research cluster at the University of Passau. His research focuses on radical strategic transformation in the era of digitalization, executive communication, and strategic leadership. Currently, for instance, he studies the role of organizational identity in incumbents’ adaptation to discontinuous technologies, the rhetorical paradoxes faced by executives in times of radical technological change, and the institutional challenges of incumbents that pursue discontinuous technologies. His research has appeared, for example, in Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and Research Policy. In 2011 and 2013 he received The Glueck Best Paper Award from the Strategic Management Division of the Academy of Management, and in 2017 he won the Best Paper Award by the Strategic Management Interest Group of the European Academy of Management. He is a Fellow of the Schöller Research Center for Business and Society, member of the visiting faculties at IMD Lausanne and the Vienna University of Economics and Business, member of the Editorial Board of the Academy of Management Review, and ad-hoc reviewer for many of the top journals in the field of organization and management science.