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Management and Organization Review: New Issue Available Now!

  • 1.  Management and Organization Review: New Issue Available Now!

    Posted 01-27-2024 01:17

    It is with great excitement that I present this new issue of MOR. First is a theoretical paper on the process of leadership (Yue, Persson, & Wasieleski, 2023), which integrates the Chinese notion of Shi (propensity of things) as a leading force encompassing human agency to achieve organizational goals. This paper challenges the worldview of Western tradition and opens a new avenue of research on leadership.
    Second, there are a few papers reporting new findings that illustrate how Chinese firms make decisions in investment and innovation, and how Chinese workers respond to environmental changes.  Specifically, Shi, Cai, Wajda, and Jiang (2023) examined Chinese non-real-estate firms' diversification investment in real estate and found that such investment decisions were more likely to occur when the firm engaged in opportunistic diversification, that is, compared with peer firms based on business segment performance when the performance of a firm's main business relative to its peer firms' high-profitability business segment falls short of their aspirations. Sullivan, Mao, and Wang (2023) studied how firm-specific knowledge affected a firm's exploratory innovation and the role of government support in this process. The authors found that paying narrow attention to firm-specific knowledge explained why it was negatively associated with innovation output, and how firm state ownership and state financial support mitigated the negative association. Moreover, Li, Zhang, and Mao (2023) reported that the on-set of COVID-19 created an immediate decrease in job knowledge characteristics, which gradually increased over time in the post-onset period because of employees' coping with the pandemic via a 6-month, 6-wave longitudinal survey of 235 employees in Macau. They also showed that the changes in job knowledge characteristics produced changes in job stress, but job security weakened its effect.
    More excitingly, this issue also includes a set of provocative Dialogue, Discussion, and Debate papers on the institutional logics, focusing on how the institutional logics that guide Chinese firms have been transformed in the wake of the economic transition. Haveman, Joseph-Goteiner, and Li (2023) discussed the state logic – emphasizing equality, national community and political stability, and the Chinese version of the market logic – valorizing the central role that the state and the Communist Party continue to play in economic life. The authors argue that such market logic tempers efficiency, competition, and property rights by a continued concern for political stability. Three commentaries follow this perspective paper (Raynard & Greenwood, 2023; Lounsbury & Wang, 2023; Redding, 2023), providing intriguing alternative views to explain the changes in Chinese society and economy over the past four decades.

    As 2023 is coming to an end, I am hopeful that more exciting papers with ground-breaking insights about Chinese organization and management will appear in 2024 – the year of dragon – when we celebrate the 20th anniversary of MOR!

    With gratitude,

    Professor Xiao-Ping Chen
    Philip Condit Endowed Chair Professor of Management
    Foster School of Business
    University of Washington
    Editor, Management and Organization Review

    Email: xpchen@uw.edu