retrun to topNomination for 2018 Peter B. Vaill Award

posted on Mar 02 2018


I'm honored and thankful to our PhD students for being nominated again for this year's Peter B. Vaill Outstanding Doctoral Educator Award!

retrun to topNew Commentary Forthcoming in the Academy of Management Discoveries

posted on Jan 20 2018

My co-author Daniel Levin (Rutgers) and I just published a commentary titled "Is tie maintenance necessary?" in the Academy of Management Discoveries.

In this commentary, we build on our research on dormant ties to contrast what we would call the activity-based perspective of tie maintenance—i.e., the premise underlying the vast majority of social networks research that ties to individuals who are associated with one’s past are important to maintain—with we would call the memory-based perspective on tie maintenance, i.e., that the memory of a prior relationship is often sufficient and that past relationships can retain considerable value, without the need for active maintenance.

retrun to topOutstanding World Executive MBA Faculty Award

posted on Dec 30 2017


I am honored to receive this year's "Outstanding World Executive MBA Faculty Award," especially since it was my first time teaching in the GW WEMBA program. Thanks so much to the WEMBA students--I really enjoyed meeting all of you and the great discussions we had in- and outside the classroom!

retrun to topMerry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

posted on Dec 25 2017


From the Walter Family

retrun to topSkiing in Flims/Laax

posted on Dec 16 2017


Thanks to Opa & Oma's generosity, the Walter Family enjoyed a fantastic week of skiing in Flims/Laax, Switzerland

retrun to topMultilevel Modeling Workshop in Philadelphia

posted on Nov 03 2017

Big shout out to Kristopher Preacher for a very insightful workshop on advanced multilevel modeling!


Highly recommend it to anyone who wants to stay up-to-date on current methods...

retrun to top2017 SMS Annual International Conference

posted on Oct 31 2017

Congratulations to to the organizers Laura Cardinal, Chet Miller, and Anthea Zhang for a great Strategic Management Society conference in Houston, TX!


As Associate Program Chair for the Strategy Process IG, I co-organized two workshops:

  • "New frontiers in strategy process & practice research," with Rich Bettis (UNC Chapel Hill), Cynthia Devers (Texas A&M University), Steven Floyd (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Tomi Laamanen (University of St. Gallen), Phil Bromiley (University of California, Irvine), Paula Jarzabkowski (Cass Business School, City University of London), Shenghui Ma (University of Zurich), & Libby Weber (University of California, Irvine); co-chaired with Krsto Pandza (Leeds University Business School).
  • "The process of publishing process research: Journeying along the (sometimes bumpy but ultimately successful) paths to publication," with Steven Floyd (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Tomi Laamanen (University of St. Gallen), Henry Mintzberg (McGill University), and Sotirios Paroutis (University of Warwick) ; co-chaired with John Joseph (University of California, Irvine).
  • Thanks to all panelists and participants for making this happen!

    retrun to topFall Soccer Season

    posted on Oct 27 2017


    Congratulations to the "Cheetahs" for a successful Fall soccer season! Jonathan and I are so proud of the team, which just won their end-of-the-season game at Loudoun Soccer Park 6-5!

    retrun to top2017 Academy of Management Annual Meeting

    posted on Aug 07 2017

    Just returned from this year's Academy of Management Annual Meeting, which took place from August 4-8 in Atlanta, GA. Excited to start my term as member of the Research Committee of the Business Policy and Strategy Division!


    For more information, check the AOM Website.

    retrun to topSMS Conference in Banff

    posted on Jun 04 2017

    SMS Banff 2017

    Just came back from the SMS Special Conference in Banff where I represented the Strategy Process Interest Group. It was a great experience to meet the other IG leaders and the SMS Board and jointly plan the SMS International Conference later this year in Houston.

    retrun to topAppointed to the Academy of Management BPS Research Committee

    posted on May 31 2017

    Just accepted the invitation of the Business Policy & Strategy (BPS) Division of the Academy of Management (AOM) to join the BPS Research Committee. This two-year appointment entails reviewing and nominating the papers for the various BPS Best Paper Awards at the Annual Meeting each year and selecting the winner of the Annual Dissertation Award.

    I look forward to serving the BPS in this capacity!

    retrun to topArticle Recognized as 2016 Outstanding Group & Organization Management Paper

    posted on May 25 2017


    Our article "Relational enhancement: How the relational dimension of social capital unlocks the value of network-bridging ties" co-authored with Daniel Levin (Rutgers University), Melissa Appleyard (Portland State University), & Rob Cross (University of Virginia) has been recognized as a 2016 Outstanding Group & Organization Management (GOM) Paper and nominated for a "Best GOM Paper" Award by the GOM Editorial Team.

    According to the editor, our paper "exemplifies high quality research that is both informative and engaging and hence makes important contributions to the study and practice of management."

    Click here to access our paper.

    retrun to topIncoming Associate Editor at Journal of Management

    posted on Feb 14 2017


    Just accepted the incoming Editor David Allen's invitation to join his team as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Management!

    Coming full circle more than a decade after having my very first paper published in that journal...

    retrun to topNew Article Forthcoming in Journal of Management

    posted on Jan 03 2017

    New article forthcoming in Journal of Management:

    Experiential Learning, Bargaining Power, and Exclusivity in Technology Licensing

    Theodore A. Khoury*, Erin G. Pleggenkuhle-Miles**, Jorge Walter***

    * Portland State University, **University of Nebraska Omaha, ***The George Washington University

    Licensing has become the central form of interfirm technology transfer and commercialization in the market for inventions. However, despite the large representation and growth of this business model, the resolution of key contractual provisions is still regarded as idiosyncratic, and little is known about how experience with prior relationships or bargaining power position affects contract outcomes. In an attempt to further understand how these transactions unfold, we present and test a theoretical framework disentangling experience benefits and transaction costs associated with licensors’ prior involvement in out- versus in-licensing deals and how they affect the important, yet contentious, contractual provision of nonexclusivity. Drawing on transaction cost, experiential learning, and bargaining power theories, we develop new insights explaining when licensors are likely to realize nonexclusive contracts as a function of their prior licensing deals, and when bargaining power moderates the relationships between prior deals and nonexclusivity. Leveraging a 27-year sample of bioscience licensing transactions, this study reveals the dynamic tension between the benefits and transaction costs arising from prior interfirm collaborations, and how a firm’s history of collaborations, alongside its bargaining power position, influences contractual outcomes.

    Keywords: transaction costs; bargaining power; technology licensing; interfirm alliances; experiential learning; nonexclusivity; bioscience industry; perspective-taking

    For a copy of this article, please contact me directly.

    retrun to topMerry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

    posted on Dec 21 2016


    ...from the Walter family!

    retrun to topElected to Leadership Position at SMS Strategy Process IG

    posted on Dec 05 2016

    Thanks to the members of the Strategy Process Interest Group (IG) of the Strategic Management Society (SMS) for electing me as the incoming Associate Program Chair! This is a three-year rotation leading to Program Chair (in 2018) and IG Chair (in 2019). I look forward to working in this capacity with Nacho & Dries and the other SMS Officers.

    For more information on the Strategy Process IG, click here.

    retrun to topJoined the Journal of Management Studies Editorial Board

    posted on Oct 27 2016

    I gladly accepted an invitation by the editor of the Journal of Management Studies, Prof. Dries Faems, to join the editorial board of the journal.

    Please check JOM's website for more information.

    retrun to topBack to School 2016!

    posted on Sep 05 2016


    So proud of you guys and all the best for your new school year!

    retrun to top2016 Academy of Management Annual Meeting

    posted on Aug 09 2016


    This year's Academy of Management Annual Meeting took place from August 5-9 in Anaheim, CA, where we presented our paper:

  • "Before they were ties: Predicting the value of brand–new connections," co-authored with Daniel Levin (Rutgers University) & J. Keith Murnighan (Northwestern University),
  • which was also included in the MOC Best Paper Proceedings.

    I further received the Above and Beyond the Call of Duty (ABCD) Award of the Organization and Management Theory Division.

    For more information, check the AOM Website.

    retrun to topEnd of Swim Season 2016

    posted on Aug 01 2016


    So proud of our two swimmers who just finished their 2016 season--Max as the youngest Stingray and Sophia as a 2016 Colonial Swimming League All Star (for Breast Stroke and Individual Medley)!

    retrun to topNew Article Forthcoming in Strategy Science

    posted on Jun 07 2016

    New article conditionally accepted in Strategy Science:

    Formal and informal controls as complements or substitutes? The role of the task environment

    Markus Kreutzer*, Laura B. Cardinal**, Jorge Walter***, & Christoph Lechner****

    * European Business School, **University of South Carolina, ***The George Washington University, **** University of St. Gallen

    The traditional view of control in organizations largely implies an “either-or” substitution logic, as opposed to the complementarity logic implied in the more recent view of control. This study examines whether formal and informal controls complement or substitute each other in their influence on performance outcomes, and whether such an interaction differs for more or less exploratory tasks. Our findings from an analysis of 184 strategic initiative teams in a cross-industry multi-country sample of firms support the complementary view. More specifically, we find support for our hypotheses that the combined use of formal and informal control has a positive impact on the performance of initiative teams, and that this complementary effect is more pronounced when the degree of exploration is lower. Accordingly, our study contributes to the organizational control literature both theoretically—by providing an explicit theoretical rationale for the complementary view—and empirically—by virtue of providing an empirical test of the interactive effects of formal and informal control.

    Keywords: Control theory, informal organizational control, complementarity, strategic initiative teams, degree of exploration

    For a copy of this article, please contact me directly.

    retrun to topSMS Meeting in Rome

    posted on Jun 07 2016


    Just attended the Strategic Management Society Meeting in Rome to plan the upcoming conference in Berlin as an Executive Discoveries Series Coordinator. Thanks to Niko Pelka from SMS for this great opportunity to be involved in putting together the program for an SMS Annual International Conference!

    retrun to topPaper included in AOM Best Paper Proceedings

    posted on Mar 27 2016

    A new research project I'm involved in will be included in the Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management Meeting, this time for the 2016 Meeting in Anaheim, CA:

    Before they were ties: Predicting the value of brand-new connections

    Daniel Z. Levin*, Jorge Walter**, & J. Keith Murnighan***

    * Rutgers University, ** The George Washington University, *** Northwestern University

    The vast majority of research on the value of social or professional relationships has focused on ties that already exist. We ask if it is possible to predict in advance—before people ever meet—which brand-new ties will yield more value in the form of useful work-related knowledge. We examine this question using three perspectives: the resource (actor) perspective, the relational (tie) perspective, and the network (structure) perspective. To test our predictions, we asked 150 executives to reach out for work-related advice from someone they had never met, and to complete a survey of their thoughts and judgments of the other person both before and after making a connection. Controlling for the effects of homophily, we find support for all three perspectives after a connection has been made, i.e., once there is already an existing tie. However, before tie formation—our focus in this paper—we find evidence only for the network perspective, in the form of either bonding or bridging. Our results suggest that the lack of reliable information about strangers—especially their likely relational or resource qualities—makes it difficult to predict which ties will turn out to be more valuable, but that an existing network structure remains a reliable predictor of value, even for brand-new ties.

    Keywords: Social networks, social capital, new ties, tie formation, knowledge transfer, advice seeking

    For a copy of this paper, please contact me directly.

    retrun to topHappy Easter!

    posted on Mar 25 2016


    ...from the Walter family!

    retrun to topOdyssey of the Mind

    posted on Mar 14 2016

    Our team scored 3rd place in their division in this year's Odyssey of the Mind tournament!


    Congratulations to our team! All your hard work over the last few months really paid off!