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Research Seminar with Assistant Professor Ben Campbell (HOPE-SMG Seminar)

October 24, 2014 @ 12:00 am - 1:15 pm

Title: What Do I Take With Me?: The Mediating Effect of Spin-out Team Size and Tenure on the Founder-Firm Performance Relationship



In order to reconcile literatures that treat distributed knowledge within teams as either limiting knowledge transfer through employee mobility, or facilitating knowledge transfer to ventures created by employees, we highlight the catalyst role of founders in team formation.  Arguing that higher performing founders are better able to take with them larger and more experienced teams, we develop a theory of the mediating effect of team size and tenure on the effect of founder performance on parent firm and spin-out performance. The support for our hypotheses, through use of linked employee-employer US Census data from the legal services industry, has theoretical and practical implications for the knowledge-based view and human resource strategies for both existing and entrepreneurial firms.


Benjamin A. Campbell’s bio in brief

Benjamin A. Campbell is an Assistant Professor of Management at the Max M. Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University. His research explores the boundary conditions of mechanisms that limit the mobility of human capital to established and entrepreneurial firms and thus adds to the understanding of the role of human capital in creating and sustaining competitive advantage in dynamic environments. He received his Ph.D. from UC-Berkeley and his research has appeared in outlets including Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, Journal of Management Studies, Industrial Relations, and Industrial and Labor Relations Review. He has served the community of scholars as co-organizer of multiple conferences, including the Strategic Human Capital Interest Group’s mini-conference on the Value Proposition of Human Capital, as a member of the Research Committee of the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management, and as a member of the editorial board of Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.


October 24, 2014
12:00 am - 1:15 pm
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