Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Reporting Organization Science publication

Title: Nearly Decomposable Systems and Organizational Structure: The Adaptive Properties of the Multi-Authority Form
(with Daniel A. Levinthal, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)


Organizations, as is true with social systems more generally, tend to be nearly, not fully, decomposable. However, analyses of nearly decomposable systems have tended to be at a single level of analysis and have generally neglected the vertical element of nearly decomposable systems. Critical to Simon’s notion of nearly decomposable systems is the property that the details of a particular sub-problem may be encapsulated and captured by more aggregate parameters and that those sub-problems interact in an aggregate way. We explore these issues in reference to the role of three canonical organizational structures in facilitating adaptation in the presence of near decomposability: a traditional hierarchy in which a subordinate reports to a single boss, an autonomous form in which the subordinate does not have a direct reporting relationship, and a multi-authority structure in which the subordinate reports to multiple bosses. Despite the ubiquity and potential benefits of multi-authority structures in coordinating highly interdependent tasks, our understanding of the mechanisms that determine the performance of those structures is still relatively modest. Scholars have noted conflicting empirical findings and have called for a more rigorous approach to study these organizational forms. To help address these issues, we develop an agent-based computational model that compares the performance of these three canonical types of organizational forms in settings characterized by different degrees of complexity and near decomposability.

Maciej Workiewicz
Assistant Professor
Management Department
ESSEC Business School

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Department Seminar Series JOSHUA SKEWES AARHUS UNIVERSITY - September 26th 2017

The Management Department
Department Seminar Series


 Tuesday, September 26th 2017
   Room LE CLUB  at 10:00 am (4.00 p.m in Singapore)

Theme“Informational Openness Enhances Collaborative Decision-Making 
in Groups of Autonomous Agents: A Cognitive Agent-Based Study”

    Abstract: "Collaborative decision making is central to the organization of society. Juries decide cases; boards and executive teams make strategic decisions; and voters elect government officials. It is common to think of such groups as decision making entities. We say that juries deliberate; that boards rule; and that electorates decide. But this language is imprecise. Real decision processes do not occur within any group as an abstract entity. Collaborative decision making always happens within and between individual group members. There is a rich body of research focused on how individuals decide together in groups. Most of this research assumes that individuals are already committed to the group they are in. This leaves open the question of how individuals decide to join decision making groups in the first place. We present an agent-based model of collaborative decision making designed to address this question. We develop this model in the context of existing research on task learning and intra-group communication. We demonstrate that collaborative decision making is done best when it is done by groups that are informationally, as well as structurally, open."

The Management Department SEMINAR SERIES 2017-2018

     The Management Department SEMINAR SERIES 

Tue., Sept. 26th
Joshua Skewes, Aarhus University
Tue., Oct. 17th
Leslie DeChurch, Northwestern University
Tue., Nov. 14th
Nishani Bourmault
Tue., Dec. 12th
Gerben van der Vegt
Tue., Jan. 16th
Tue., Feb. 13th
    Tue., March 13th 
Hila Lifshitz-Assaf, NYU
Tue., April 10th
Tue., May 22nd
Tue., June 12th
Tue., June 26th

Thursday, July 6, 2017

2° Forum Régional Agroalimentaire ARIA Ile de France

C'est avec plaisir que j'ai représenté hier l'ESSEC (mercredi 5 juillet 2017) au 2° forum Régional Agroalimentaire organisé par l'Association Régionale des Industries Agroalimentaires de l'ile de France. 

Avec Sandrine Cayeux de Kantar World Panel, Nicolas Marchard de Pourdebon, Eric Chemouny de Mirakl et Guillaume Caffin, ESSEC Alumni, et fondateur de Les Deux Gourmands, nous avons tenté d'éclairer les PME et TPE sur les challenges du Cross-Canal et les moyens de les surmonter.

Introduction de L'atelier Cross-Canal
(c) AlimAvenir
Au programme 4 ateliers (Aborder le défi du cross-canal, dépoussiérer ses pratiques pour gagner en performance, anticiper les tendances en agroalimentaire, piloter l'information) et une table ronde sur l'agroalimentaire de demain.

Une journée riche de débats, découvertes et rencontres. Merci A Catherine Le Dantec (Déléguée Générale) et à son équipe pour l'organisation de ce 2° Forum Régional Alimentaire, un événement qui attire chaque de plus en plus d'entreprises.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Schedule Seminar Series 2016-2017

Schedule MOS Workshop 2016-2017

2017 Recruitment announcement -MGT 2017-2018 3 positions

Subject: Tenure-track faculty positions at ESSEC Business School's Paris Campus

Job Positions



The Department of Management of ESSEC Business School seeks to fill three positions effective September 2018 or before. All positions are offered at the Assistant/Associate Professor level, for our Paris campus in Cergy-Pontoise, France.
1.      International Management / Strategy (IM/S)
2.      Organizational Behavior (OB)
3.      Entrepreneurship (ENT)

Applicants must demonstrate ability to conduct high quality research and the potential to teach in an international environment. Teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate and graduate courses in International Management, OB/OT, strategy or entrepreneurship, depending on the position. Knowledge of French is not required for these positions.

The application deadline is September 15th, 2017. Interested candidates should send their application file consisting of (a) CV (b) research statement (c) a sample of publications and/or working papers, and (d) three letters of recommendation electronically to essec.mgt.fr@essec.edu. Please indicate which one of the three areas (IM/S, OB, ENT) you are applying for in your cover letter.  
We will also be conducting initial informal interviews at the Academy of Management (AOM) meeting in Atlanta in August 2017. Interested candidates who wishes to meet us should submit a letter of interest along with a curriculum vitae and a sample of scholarly work by July 21st, 2017. All application materials should be sent electronically to essec.mgt.fr@essec.edu.

The Management department at ESSEC Business School consists of 31 full time faculty with expertise in entrepreneurship, human resources, organizational behavior, organizational theory, and strategy. Members of the Management department have published in all the leading journals and are highly involved in the excellent ESSEC PhD program. A list of our members can be found here

The department also has strong links with departments of economics and public and private policy, where complementary research and teaching activities on labor markets, philanthropy and social entrepreneurship are undertaken in close collaboration with corporate partners. This includes Chairs in Diversity and Leadership, Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship and a research Center on Capitalism, Globalization and Governance.

ESSEC offers a dynamic and stimulating research and teaching environment in Paris, one of the most exciting places in the world. Founded in 1907, ESSEC (Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiqueset Commerciales) is one of the Grandes Ecoles in France with an outstanding international reputation. ESSEC Business School has campuses in Paris, Singapore & Rabat, offering mostly graduate level training in business administration (Masters in Management, MBA, Executive MBA, Specialized Masters, PhD) and Executive Education. ESSEC is reputed for its international orientation and has partnerships with prominent institutions worldwide. The Asia Pacific campus was established in Singapore in 2006 and the African campus was established in Rabat in 2017. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Atelier "Robomobile" : explorer, imaginer, appréhender l'impact de la robomobilité

Olivier Fourcadet, Professeur au département Management de l'ESSEC Business School, participe à l'Atelier Robomobile.

Atelier Robomobile
Présentation de Monsieur Louis FERNIQUE,
Chef de la mission - DGITM/SAGS/MTI

Explorer, imaginer, appréhender l'impact de la "robomobilité" qui s'annonce dans toutes les dimensions de nos sociétés, à toutes les échelles. Par "robomobilité", on entend ici la mobilité sans conducteur (les "véhicules autonomes"), fret et voyageur, généralisée ou largement dominante à un horizon indéfini. On pressent là une disruption au moins comparable à l'apparition du smartphone, qui a bouleversé les usages, les business models et les relations sociales, bien au-delà du produit et de sa fonctionnalité initiale. On l'imagine vectrice de nombreux faisceaux d’innovations radicales, qui vont transformer en profondeur nos sociétés, les systèmes productifs, les systèmes de transports, l’organisation sociale, les modes de vie, le rapport au temps et à l’espace, l’aménagement du territoire, etc.

Bien au-delà des problématiques de trajectoires technologiques et industrielles ou de géomarketing, on entend élaborer, explorer, instrumenter, questionner et mettre en doute un flux de visions élaborées de cette "vie robomobile". Visions qui cristalliseront et s'infléchiront au cours de nos travaux et, sur la durée, à l'épreuve du réel.

Les concepteurs de l'Atelier (autour de la DGITM et de la DRI de ce Ministère : la DGALN à travers le PUCA, ainsi que l'IFSTTAR et le LAET) espèrent y embarquer et mettre en résonance, sur la durée, une large communauté multidisciplinaire mixant chercheurs et praticiens, industries et territoires, ouverte sur la coopération internationale.  Et initier des processus de collaboration cycliques, productifs, qui alimenteront des rendez-vous périodiques en vue d'éclairer nos stratégies et politiques publiques.  Ainsi l'Atelier entretiendra des interfaces avec la décision publique, via les instances de "Mobilité 3.0" et le support interministériel aux travaux de la NFI sur le véhicule autonome ; les ministères en charge de l'industrie, de la recherche  et de la sécurité routière ont été associés à la délimitation du projet. Le tout moyennant une gouvernance légère, agile et évolutive, ainsi que des méthodes de production et de diffusion adaptées, certaines à inventer.

Premier Atelier - Le mardi 2 mai 2017

Monday, May 1, 2017

AgroAlia - Booster les jeunes pousses de la filière agroalimentaire

La CCI Paris Ile-de-France lance AgroAlia, le premier club régional dédié aux jeunes entreprises de la filière agroalimentaire en Île-de-France.

Le premier Atelier d'AgroAlia s'est tenu le 27 avril 2017 à l'ANIA

Ce premier Atelier a été présidé par Shaoul ABRAMCZYK,
Président du Groupe Mandar et Membre du CA de l'ARIA IdF
«La plupart des jeunes dirigeants sont confrontés à des choix stratégiques de développement et se posent souvent des questions sur la façon de faire grandir leur entreprise tout en sécurisant leur activité. L’objectif du Club AgroAlia vise précisément à accompagner ces entrepreneurs dans la durée. Nous les aidons à gagner en compétences et à les conforter dans leurs choix», 

précise Elodie BEINER, responsable de la filière agroalimentaire à la CCI Paris Ile-de-France et animatrice du Club AgroAlia.

Le programme proposé dans le cadre de ce club associe des ateliers thématiques mensuels animés par des experts réservés aux membres, des échanges privilégiés entre entreprises et des évènements semestriels conviviaux ouverts à tous les acteurs de la filière. Les rencontres se déroulent en divers lieux de la capitale.

Pour accompagner ces entreprises, la CCI s’est entourée d’un réseau de partenaires institutionnels et d’experts spécialisés dans le domaine de l’agro-alimentaire : 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

MOS Workshop: Identity asymmetries: An experimental investigation of social identity and information exchange in multiteam systems.

Identity asymmetries: An experimental investigation of social identity and information exchange in multiteam systems. 

Essec Business School

Tuesday May 16th - 10:00 -11:30 
ESSEC Room 516-517

The abstract: Teams tackle many complex organizational tasks and are often interdependent with other teams, as components of a multiteam system. A critical challenge in multiteam systems is how to promote information exchange across teams. By virtue of their specialization, teams possess unique knowledge needed by other teams, and likewise, are reliant on receiving the unique knowledge held by other teams. We experimentally investigate the role of social identity in interteam information sharing. The focus of identification (team- or MTS-focused) was manipulated in a sample of 84, 5-member teams working in one of 21, 4-team MTSs (N = 420 individuals). Findings show that proactive information sharing is an intergroup phenomenon - the identity foci of the teams on both sides of the exchange affect the process. Team-focused sources are less proactive in sharing information with MTS-focused teams, than with other team-focused teams. MTS-focused sources were slightly more likely to reactively share information with other teams. Furthermore, interteam information sharing predicts collaboration effectiveness - the more intelligence that crossed the team boundary, the higher the proportion of threats that teams successfully neutralized. Finally, we find that interteam information exchange mediates the effect of team identity.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Management Department Seminar Series - Emre Soyer (Ozyegin University) : The Wicked Learning Environment of Regression toward the Mean ?

MOS Workshop : “Fool, Founder or Family Members ?" The Role of Social Identity in Explaining the Social Meaning and Allocation of Financial Resources.

MOS Workshop

Tuesday, April 18th 2017 (Room N231 – 10:00 a.m in Cergy - 4:00 p.m in Singapore)

Professor Jan Lepoutre
ESSEC Management Department

will present his paper:


Abstract: We conducted a field study of 7 small, founder-run firms in a poverty setting to build an understanding of how and why entrepreneurs vary in the allocation of microfinance loans to business and non-business related applications. We discovered that founders developed different interpretations of the firm financial resources to be able to achieve what was important to them in running their firms. Bridging two formerly disparate psychological and sociological theories of resource allocation, we find that resource allocation is driven by patterned differences in how social identity translated ambiguous resource allocation templates into the construction of social cognitive resource allocation schemata and firms’ resource allocation. The paths we describe help explain responses to financial resource constraints in poverty settings and also provide a platform for research that may generate new insights into the role of founder characteristics in the social construction of resources.