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What Are You Looking At? A Rivalry Network Extension to Competitive Dynamics

Interdepartmental Research Seminar by Riitta Katila, PhD


We examine how a firm's positioning in rivalry networks relates to the firm's awareness of opportunities and is moderated by the firm's motivation and capability to act on those opportunities. Using a data set on 121 enterprise infrastructure product firms over an 18-year period, we find that monitoring from positions that span structural holes is positively associated, and monitoring of peripheral competitors is negatively associated with a significant competitive action: a firm's product introductions. We also find that firms that are motivated to compete - that are themselves targets of intense monitoring - can amplify the benefits of structural holes spanning. More competitively capable firms, meanwhile, can more effectively thwart the risks of peripheral competitor monitoring and turn the risks into an asset. Overall, our findings contribute to competitive dynamics research by incorporating a networks perspective. We also add to increasing evidence that strategies that isolate organizations from competition can backfire, especially in innovative industries.



Riitta Katila is Professor of Management Science & Engineering and W.M. Keck Foundation Faculty Scholar at Stanford University, and an incoming research director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. Her research is in the intersection of technology strategy and organizational learning, and she specializes on innovation, competition, and entrepreneurship in large firms. Katila is Alfred P. Sloan Industry Studies Fellow and winner of the Schendel Prize by the Strategic Management Society. She was also recognized as the Top Young Strategy Scholar by the Strategic Management Society. Katila has served on the editorial review boards of Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Strategic Organization and the Strategic Management Journal, is the Program Director for Strategic Management Society's Research in Organizations RiO program, and was recently the Chair of the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Peter B. Lewis Building, 124
11119 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, OH 44106-7235
United States
Speaker(s): Dr. Riita Katila, Stanford University
Sponsored by: Design & Innovation and Organizational Behavior
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