Faculty Research Talks


Date: Monday, March 28th
Time: 2:00pm – 3:15pm
Where: UNI 267

Erim Ergene, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Management


Managing Multi-level Goal Heterogeneity in Strategic Initiatives


Strategic initiatives are temporary group undertakings intending to add or renew organizational capabilities and include projects focused on new product development, capital investment, operational efficiency, or market growth. As they are developed within the intraorganizational ecology, strategic initiatives are impacted by a variety of goals at the individual, departmental, organizational, and initiative levels. Despite these multi-level goals, research on strategic initiatives does not take a holistic perspective and either assumes the initiative team to be a cohesive whole or focuses on the team itself and ignores the presence of multi-level goals acting on the team altogether. In this paper, our objective is to understand the impact of multi-level goals for the development of strategic initiatives within the intraorganizational context. We take a configurational approach to classify goals at different levels and argue that advancing the initiative in the resource allocation process requires specific team processes to manage different multi-level goal configurations. We also argue that such advancement can in turn influence both the variety and diversity of goal differences in the team. Our theory building contributes to research on strategic initiatives and goals, and more broadly to behavioral theory. 

Past Talks

Yasamin Salmani

Assistant Professor of Project and Operations Management, Department of Management

Topic: Channel-level Resource Allocation Decision in Multichannel Retailing

Kristin Scaplen

Department of Psychology

Topic: Neural Circuitry Mechanisms Underlying Alcohol Addiction: Contributions from Drosophila

Link to recording can be found here.

Xiaofei (Sophie) Pan

Department of Economics

Topic: The Effect of Task Choice and Task Assignment on the Gender Earnings Gap: An Experimental Study

Professor Cedric Joseph Oliva

Department of Modern Languages

Topic: (Not so) Foreign Languages: Plurilinguistic Acquisition and Development Through Language Proximities and Intercomprehension

Ganga Urumutta Hewage

Department of Marketing 

Topic: Preference for Experiences: Regulatory Focus and the Tradesoffs between Experiential and Material Purchase 

Kathryn Ostermeier

Department of Management  

Topic: Some Rules are Meant to be Broken: Individual Differences and Rule-Breaking Behavior

Xiaofei (Sophie) Pan

Department of Economics 

Topic: Team incentives, productivity and choices: a real-time real effort experiment

Steven Weicksel

Department of Science & Technology

Topic: In (or out) of the Loop: Understanding Chromatin Organization and Gene Expression in Vertebrate Development. 

Rick Gorvett

Professor and Chair, Department of Mathematics 

Topic: Automated Vehicles: Assessing the Risks

Nicole Freiner

Associate Professor, History and Social Sciences

Topic: Rice and Agricultural Policies in Japan

Gerald John

Science and Technology

Topic: Microplastics – the plastics we don’t know about 

Son Nguyen

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Topic: Bankruptcy Prediction Using Multiple Under-Sampling: A Study of North American Companies

Alicia Lamere

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Topic: Robust Comparison of Expression Levels on RNA-Seq Data with Large Sample Sizes

Gao Niu

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Topic: A financial protection strategy for families that have a child with Down Syndrome.

Consolata Mutua

Lecturer, Communications

Topic: African women refugees: An analysis of oppression, resistance, and resilience post-resettlement.​

Katayoun Alidadi

Assistant Professor of Legal Studies

Topic: Gauging progress towards equality? Challenges and best practices of equality data collection in the EU.

Cathy Zheng

Assistant Professor of Finance

Topic: Does social trust affect international contracting? Evidence from foreign bond covenants.

Dirk Primus

Assistant Professor of Management

Topic: Crafting better teams: The effort of creative methods during team initiation on team climate.

Julie Volkman

Assistant Professor Communication

Topic: Discussing Next Steps in Health Messages and Emotion and Athletic Expenditure and Performance. (CO-Presenter)

Laura Beaudin

Assistant Professor Economics

Topic: Discussing Next Steps in Health Messages and Emotion and Athletic Expenditure and Performance. (CO-Presenter)

The Faculty Research Talks series is a colloquium that provides Bryant faculty an opportunity to present their current scholarly activities to their colleagues, in a stimulating, collegial, and informal environment. The research can be at any stage or level, including ideas and concepts for projects, updates on work and analyses in progress, or a conference presentation. We expect the colloquium will provide a networking venue for research collaborations. The presentations are open to all Bryant faculty, and members from all disciplines are encouraged to attend to encourage interdisciplinary interchange of ideas and collaboration.