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Structural differentiation and corporate venturing: The moderating role of formal and informal integration mechanisms

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  • Burgers, J. Henri
  • Jansen, Justin J.P.
  • Van den Bosch, Frans A.J.
  • Volberda, Henk W.

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Research has suggested that corporate venturing is crucial to strategic renewal and firm performance, yet scholars still debate the appropriate organizational configurations to facilitate the creation of new businesses in existing organizations. Our study investigates the effectiveness of combining structural differentiation with formal and informal organizational as well as top management team integration mechanisms in establishing an appropriate context for venturing activities. Our findings suggest that structural differentiation has a positive effect on corporate venturing. In addition, our study indicates that a shared vision has a positive effect on venturing in a structurally differentiated context. Socially integrated senior teams and cross-functional interfaces, however, are ineffective integration mechanisms for establishing linkages across differentiated units and for successfully pursuing corporate venturing.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Business Venturing.

Volume (Year): 24 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 (May)
Pages: 206-220

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jbvent:v:24:y:2009:i:3:p:206-220

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Keywords: Corporate venturing Structural differentiation Formal and informal integration mechanisms;

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  1. Lau, Chung Ming & Bruton, Garry D., 2011. "Strategic orientations and strategies of high technology ventures in two transition economies," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 46(3), pages 371-380, July.
  2. O'Reilly, Charles A., III & Tushman, Michael L., 2013. "Organizational Ambidexterity: Past, Present and Future," Research Papers, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business 2130, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business.
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  5. Mayer-Haug, Katrin & Read, Stuart & Brinckmann, Jan & Dew, Nicholas & Grichnik, Dietmar, 2013. "Entrepreneurial talent and venture performance: A meta-analytic investigation of SMEs," Research Policy, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 42(6), pages 1251-1273.

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