TODD R. ZENGER

 

zenger@wustl.edu

Robert and Barbara Frick Professor of Business Strategy
(theories of the firm, corporate strategy, compensation, organizational design, strategy and finance)

Curriculum Vitae

 

 

RECENT PAPERS

 

Capabilities, Transaction Costs, and the Firm Boundaries: A Dynamic Perspective and Integration (with Nick Argyres), Organization Science, (forthcoming).

 

“Corporate Strategy, Analyst Coverage, and the Uniqueness Paradox” (with Lubo Litov and Patrick Moreton), Management Science, (forthcoming).

 

The Organizational Economics of Organizational Capability and Heterogeneity: a research agenda (Nick Argyres, Teppo Felin, and Nicolai Foss), Organization Science, (forthcoming).

 

“Sailing into the Wind: Exploring the Relationships among Ambidexterity, Vacillation and Organizational Performance” (with Peter Boumgarden and Jackson Nickerson), Strategic Management Journal, (forthcoming).

 

The Small Firm Effect and the Entrepreneurial Spawning of Scientists and Engineers (with Dan Elfenbein and Bart Hamilton), Management Science, 2010, 56(4): 659-681.

 

“Theories of the Firm-Market Boundary” (with Teppo Felin and Lyda Bigelow), The Academy of Management Annals, 2011, 5 (1): 89-133.

 

The Economics of Relational (Social) Capital in Industrial Procurement (with Dan Elfenbein), Olin School Working Paper.

 

PUBLISHED AND WORKING PAPERS BY TOPIC

 

Small Firms, Entrepreneurship, and Diseconomies of Scale:

 

The Small Firm Effect and the Entrepreneurial Spawning of Scientists and Engineers (with Dan Elfenbein and Bart Hamilton), Management Science, 2010, 56(4): 659-681.

 

“Limits to the Scale and Scope of the Firm” (with Jeffrey Xiaofei Huang), The Economic Institutions of Strategy, Advances in Strategic Management, Volume 26, 2009.

 

“Compensating for Innovation: Do Small Firms Offer High-powered Incentives that Lure Talent and Motivate Effort?” (with Sergio Lazzarini), Managerial and Decision Economics, (forthcoming 2004).

 

“The Determinants of Incentive Intensity in Group-Based Rewards” (with C.R. Marshall), Academy of Management Journal, 2000, 43(2): 149-163.

 

“The Disaggregation of Corporations: Selective Intervention, High-Powered Incentives, and Molecular Units,” (with William Hesterly), Organization Science, 1997, 8 (3): 209-222.

 

“Crafting Internal Hybrids: Complementarities, Common Change Initiatives, and the Team-based Corporation,” International Journal of Economics and Business, 2002, 9(1): 79-95. 

 

“Explaining Organizational Diseconomies of Scale in R&D: The Allocation of Engineering Talent, Ideas, and Effort by Firm Size.”  Management Science, 1994, 40(6): 708-729.

 

“Why Do Employers Only Reward Extreme Performance?  Examining the Relationships Among Performance, Pay, and Turnover.”  Administrative Science Quarterly, 37 (1992): 198-219.

 

“Diseconomies of Scale in Employment Contracts” (with Eric Rasmusen), Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, 1990, 6(1):  65-92.

 

 

Theory of the Firm:

 

“Theories of the Firm-Market Boundary” (with Teppo Felin and Lyda Bigelow), The Academy of Management Annals, 2011, 5 (1): 89-133.

 

Capabilities, Transaction Costs, and the Firm Boundaries: A Dynamic Perspective and Integration (with Nick Argyres), Organization Science, (forthcoming).

 

The Organizational Economics of Organizational Capability and Heterogeneity: a research agenda (Nick Argyres, Teppo Felin, and Nicolai Foss), Organization Science, (forthcoming).

 

“Information Aggregation, Matching, and Radical Market-Hierarchy Hybrids: Implications for the Theory of the Firm” (with Teppo Felin), Strategic Organization, 2011, 9(2): 163-173.

 

Envy, Comparison Costs, and the Economic Theory of the Firm” (with Jackson Nickerson), Strategic Management Journal, 2008, 29 (13): 1371-1394.

 

“Testing Alternative Theories of the Firm: Transaction Cost, Knowledge-Based, and Measurement Explanations for Make-or-Buy Decisions in Information Services”  (with Laura Poppo), Strategic Management Journal. 1998, 19: 853-877.

 

 

Knowledge-based Theory of the Firm:

 

“Entrepreneurs as Theorists: On the Origins of Beliefs and Novel Strategies” (with Teppo Felin), Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 2009 3(2): 127-146.

 

“The ‘ Problem’ of Creating and Capturing Value” (with Jackson Nickerson and Brian Silverman), Strategic Organization, 2007, 5 (3): 211-226.

 

Opportunity Discovery, Problem Solving, and a Theory of the Entrepreneurial Firm” (with Chihmao Hsieh and Jackson Nickerson), Journal of Management Studies, November, 2007.

 

“A Knowledge-based Theory of the Firm: The Problem-Solving Perspective”  (with Jackson Nickerson), Organization Science, 2004, 15: 617-632.

 

“Governing Knowledge Creation: A Problem Finding and Problem Solving Perspective” (with Bruce Heiman and Jack Nickerson), Knowledge Governance (Nicolai Foss, editor), Oxford University Press, 2008.

 

 

 

Dynamics and the Theory of the Firm (Vacillation):

 

“Being Efficiently Fickle: A Dynamic Theory of Organizational Choice” (with Jack Nickerson) Organization Science, 2002, 13(5): 547-566.

 

“Sailing toward Exploration and Exploitation: Achieving Ambidexterity through Organizational Vacillation” (with Peter Boumgarden and Jackson Nickerson), Strategic Management Journal, (forthcoming).

 

Trust, Contracts, and Social Capital:

 

The Economics of Relational (Social) Capital in Industrial Procurement (with Dan Elfenbein), Olin School Working Paper.  

 

“Dealing with the Paradox of Embeddedness: The Role of Contracts and Trust in Facilitating Movement out of Committed Relationships,” (with Sergio Lazzarini and Gary Miller), Organization Science, 2008, 19(5): 709-728.

 

“Order with a Some Law: Complementarity vs. Substitution of Formal and Informal Arrangements (with Sergio Lazzarini and Gary Miller), Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, 2004, 20 (2): 261-298.    

 

“Informal and Formal Organization in New Institutional Economics” (with Sergio Lazzarini and Laura Poppo)  Advances in Strategic Management, 2002, 19:277-306.

 

“Substitutes or Complements?  Exploring the Relationship between Relational Governance and Formal Contracts” (with Laura Poppo), Strategic Management Journal, 2002, 23(8): 707-725. 

 

“Examining the Conditional Limits of Relational Governance: Specialized Assets, Performance Ambiguity, and Long-standing Ties” (with Laura Poppo and Zheng Zhou), Journal of Management Studies, 2008, 45(7): 1195-1216.

 

 

 

Uniqueness Paradox in Strategy Choice:

 

“Corporate Strategy, Analyst Coverage, and the Uniqueness Paradox” (with Lubo Litov and Patrick Moreton), Management Science, (forthcoming).

 

 

“Information Intermediaries Incentives and Corporate Strategy Choices in the US” (with Patrick Moreton), Corporate Governance and Firm Organization.  Oxford University Press (Anna Grandori, editor), 2004, pp. 113-140.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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