Research seminar

  • May 7th, 2018

l May 24, from 12.00 to 13.30 the prf. Bo B. Nielsen performs a research process on organizational learning in the P06 classroom of our department. The title and content of the book as well as the CV of prof. Nielsen are detailed below:

Much progress has been made with respect to improving our understanding of organizational learning. However, important gaps remain with respect to understanding barriers to learning flows that are rooted in bounded rationality and how such barriers can be reduced. Based on the 4I framework developed by Crossan, Lane, and White (1999), we show how manifestations of bounded rationality in the form of framing effects and cognitive biases can act as barriers to intuiting, interpreting, integrating, and institutionalizing processes, thereby potentially keeping learning from moving among the individual, group, and organizational levels. We theorize that organizations can cope with these barriers to learning by deploying managerial practices that function as organizational repairs. More specifically, we add 3Is to the 4I framework by showing how intervening, inducing, and inquiring practices can attenuate these cognitive barriers to organizational learning. The three kinds of organizational repairs differ in terms of how directly they engage with the learning behaviors of organizational members. They range from direct managerial interventions (intervening) to incentivizing or nudging organizational members to engage in learning behaviors (inducing) to building a culture of reflexivity (inquiring).  


Bo Bernhard Nielsen holds a PhD in international business from Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Denmark and is Professor of Business Strategy at the International Business Discipline at University of Sydney. His research is at the intersection of strategy and international business with a specific focus on multilevel issues pertaining to strategic collaboration, firm internationalization, and strategic decision-making across borders. Professor Nielsen has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and his work appears in Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, International Business Review, Journal of International Management, Journal of Business Research, and Long Range Planning, among others. Professor Nielsen serves as Consulting Editor, JIBS and is on the Editorial Board of Journal of Management, Journal of World Business, Cross Cultural &Strategic Management, and Journal of Trust Research. Professor Nielsen is the co-founder of the Research Methods Special Interest Group under the auspices of the Academy of International Business (AIB).

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