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

Burgers, Henri, Jansen, Justin, Van den Bosch, Frans, & Volberda, Henk (2009) Structural differentiation and corporate venturing : the moderating role of formal and informal integration mechanisms. Journal of Business Venturing, 24(3), pp. 206-220.

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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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ID Code: 26560
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Corporate Venturing, Structural Differentiation, Formal and Informal Integration Mechanisms
DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2009.01.006
ISSN: 0883-9026
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Entrepreneurship (150304)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 30 Jul 2009 01:52
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:54

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