Professor Cristina Gibson

Lecture title:

The Science and Art of Global Collaboration: Investigating Antecedents and Consequences of External Adjustment


Professor Cristina Gibson, Organization and Strategy, Paul Merage School of Business, University of California-Irvine

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Semester: Winter 2008

Date: Friday, April 4, 2008

Time: 1:30 - 3:00 PM

Venue: Room 4212, School of Education

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Introducer: Chak Fu Lam, Ph.D. student, Management & Organizations


Focusing on collaborations -- time-limited, multi-party efforts to produce a product or service with cooperative action, under conditions of environmental complexity, novelty, dynamism and uncertainty, we investigate the capability to adapt to challenges in the environment by modifying interaction with external constituents. In 109 collaborations rated by collaborators and 4000 external constituents, we find that institutional relationships, cross-functionality, local responsiveness, value chain representation, and IT access are positively associated with collaboration external adjustment, while group efficacy is negatively associated with it; and that relationships with local responsiveness, IT access and group efficacy are stronger when the collaboration is reliant on electronic communication. Further, the relationship between collaboration external adjustment and effectiveness is curvilinear (inverted U-shape); moderate adjustment is associated with the highlight level of effectiveness. Findings extend theories of team effectiveness, international strategic management and institutional theory, and have practical implications for collaborators in dynamic environments facing challenges associated with remote collaboration.

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  • "When Complex Change is Status Quo: Investigating Antecedents and Consequences to Collaboration External Adjustment" (paper available upon request)

Lecture recording: Flash video | iPod video

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