Out of Whack: The Birth of Disruptive Innovation Theory

[Editor’s Note: Happy Saturday! We’re pleased to reproduce “Out of Whack: The Birth of Disruptive Innovation Theory” by Charles M. Vance from Journal of Management Inquiry.]

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Out of Whack: On the Strength of Weak Ties

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Out of Whack: AQ, PQ, Miscue?

[We’re pleased to reproduce Journal of Management Inquiry‘s “Out of Whack” by Charles M. Vance.]

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Are Awards a Double-Edged Sword?

success-way-1095615-mThe Oscars have been awarded! But just how does winning an award affect the prizewinner? Not the way you would think according to Balázs Kovács and Amanda J. Sharkey’s article “The Paradox of Publicity: How Awards Can Negatively Affect the Evaluation of Quality” published in the March issue of Administrative Science Quarterly.

The abstract:
Although increases in status often lead to more favorable inferences about quality in subsequentASQ_v59n1_Mar2014_cover.indd evaluations, in this paper, we examine a setting in which an increase to an actor’s status results in less favorable quality evaluations, contrary to what much of sociological and management theory would predict. Comparing thousands of reader reviews on Goodreads.com of 64 English-language books that either won or were short-listed for prestigious book awards between 2007 and 2011, we find that prizewinning books tend to attract more readers following the announcement of an award and that readers’ ratings of award-winning books tend to decline more precipitously following the announcement of an award relative to books that were named as finalists but did not win. We explain this surprising result, focusing on two mechanisms whereby signals of quality that tend to promote adoption can subsequently have a negative impact on evaluation. First, we propose that the audience evaluating a high-status actor or object tends to shift as a result of a public status shock, like an award, increasing in number but also in diverse tastes. We outline how this shift might translate into less favorable evaluations of quality. Second, we show that the increase in popularity that tends to follow a status shock is off-putting to some, also resulting in more negative evaluations. We show that our proposed mechanisms together explain the negative effect of status on evaluations in the context of the literary world.

Behind the Scenes: Management Research on Film

Talk about films is in the air today as the Oscars/Academy Awards are telecast to a worldwide audience. This means it’s that time of the year again when those of us at Management INK not only pause to enjoy films as entertainment, but also to explore what top research has to say about the creative arts. It was a good year for films and a good year for research pertaining to films. Enjoy!

We offer the following recent articles for your consideration, free to access through March 31st.

Balázs Kovács  and Amanda J. Sharkey
The Paradox of Publicity: How Awards Can Negatively Affect the Evaluation of Quality(Administrative Science Quarterly: March 2014) More ASQ

Irene E. De Pater, Timothy A. Judge  and Brent A. Scott
Age, Gender, and Compensation: A Study of Hollywood Movie Stars (Journal of Management Inquiry: January 2014) More JMI

Eric Yanfei Zhao, Masakazu Ishihara and Michael Lounsbury
Overcoming the Illegitimacy Discount: Cultural Entrepreneurship in the US Feature Film Industry (Organization Studies: December 2013) More OS

Eun-Kyoung Othelia Lee and Mary Ann Priester
Who is The Help? Use of Film to Explore Diversity (Affilia: February 2014) More Affilia

Mary J. Waller, Golchehreh Sohrab and Bernard W. Ma
Beyond 12 Angry Men: Thin-Slicing Film to Illustrate Group Dynamics (Small Group Research: August 2013) More SGR

Steve Pan and Chris Ryan
Film-Induced Heritage Site Conservation: The Case of Echoes of the Rainbow (Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research: February 2013 More JHTR

Mark Tadajewski and Kathy Hamilton
Waste, Art, and Social Change: Transformative Consumer Research Outside of the Academy?  (Journal of Macromarketing: March 2014) More JMK

Patrice M. Buzzanell and Suzy D’Enbeau
Intimate, ambivalent and erotic mentoring: Popular culture and mentor-mentee relational processes in Mad Men (Human Relations: November 2013) More HR

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Increasing Creativity in the Business Classroom



We’re all familiar with the old saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” But what if this tired phrase could be applied in a new direction? In Journal of Management Education, contributors Laura T. Madden and Anne D. Smith discuss the benefits of incorporating photography into business and management classes in their article, “Using Photographs to Integrate Liberal Arts Learning in Business Education.” The abstract:

The inclusion of photographic approaches in the business classroom can incorporate missing elements of liberal education into business education, which were highlighted in a recent Carnegie study of jme coverundergraduate business education. Building on photographic methods in social science research, we identify three categories of photographic approaches that can enhance undergraduate liberal arts modes of thinking: (a) archival or researchercreated images translated into in-class activities, (b) photo-elicitation course projects in which students envision future careers and step into the shoes of another, and (c) photovoice courses built around semester-long projects to generate student self-reflection. These in-class, grassroots efforts allow professors to provide undergraduate business students the opportunities to learn through multiple framing and reflective exploration of meaning.

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The Oscars: Shining a Light on the Best in Film

Today the Oscars, or Academy Awards, program for excellence in cinematic achievement will be telecast worldwide.

What does academic research have to say about global films and the industries surrounding them? Plenty, it appears. We’ve pulled together a collection of articles spanning film and television and covering such issues as: using films to teach organizational behavior; examining ethical leadership through images of Italian-American immigrant leaders; discovering the advantages and disadvantages of social capital in film and TV work; promoting destinations via film tourism, and much more. Read the articles free through March 10th.


leadershipNicholas O. Warner and Ronald E. Riggio
Italian-American leadership in Hollywood films: Images and realities
Leadership (August 2012)


organization_studiesIrena Grugulis and Dimitrinka Stoyanova
Social Capital and Networks in Film and TV: Jobs for the Boys?
Organization Studies (October 2012)


journal_of_management_educationGerald W. Smith
Using Feature Films as the Primary Instructional Medium to Teach Organizational Behavior
Journal of Management Education (August 2009)


human_relationsLorraine Rowlands and Jocelyn Handy
An addictive environment: New Zealand film production workers’ subjective experiences of project-based labour
Human Relations (May 2012)


icgDal Yong Jin
Transforming the global film industries: Horizontal integration and vertical concentration amid neoliberal globalization
International Communication Gazette (August 2012)


jtrSimon Hudson and J.R. Brent Ritchie
Promoting Destinations via Film Tourism: An Empirical Identification of Supporting Marketing Initiatives
Journal of Travel Research (January 2010)


rmeJean-Marc Lehu and Étienne Bressoud
Recall of Brand Placement in Movies: Interactions between Prominence and Plot Connection in Real Conditions of Exposure
Recherche et Applications en Marketing (English Edition) (March 2009)