ABRI seminar Murat Tarakci


12:00 - 13:00


The race to cure Ebola: Do innovation races help or hurt innovation performance of alliances?

Professor Murat Tarakci (Erasmus University, Rotterdam School of Management)

Amsterdam Business Research Institute

Business and Organisation

Conference / Symposium / Seminar

ABRI would like to invite you to an ABRI lunch seminar given by Professor Murat Tarakci (Erasmus University, Rotterdam School of Management) about “The race to cure Ebola: Do innovation races help or hurt innovation performance of alliances?” You will find more information in the abstract below.

The lunch seminar will take place on Friday, December 14, from 12:00 – 13:00 in room HG-05A37.

To register for this event, please send an e-mail to Mariana Stori (m.t.stori@vu.nl), latest on Wednesday, December 12.
ABRI is looking forward to seeing you there!
Organizations form alliances to tackle innovation challenges as alliances allow tapping into partners’ resources and capabilities. While prior research advocated the benefits of alliances, less is known about alliances’ innovation performance when there is a sudden shock in the industry that creates a race among organizations to be the first to bring an innovation to the market. Drawing on the attention-based view, we argue that sudden shocks increase alliances’ innovation performance, but at the expense of the performance of alliances in related industry segments not experiencing the shock. To test our hypotheses, we use the 2014 Ebola outbreak as our empirical setting, which resulted in 8,386 deaths just in one year and threatened the entire world. We find that while the innovation performance of alliances on Ebola increased after the outbreak, the performance of Influenza alliances, a virus genetically most similar to Ebola, decreased. Thereby, we advance research on inter-organizational collaborations by unearthing negative spillover effects of industry shocks among different industry segments.
This paper is co-authored by Birgul Arslan (Koc University)

Murat Tarakci is an Associate Professor of Innovation Management at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Murat's research aims at creating innovative organizations, and takes a behavioral approach. In particular, he examines what motivates managers’ search for new strategic initiatives, and how managerial power and leadership affect generating novel ideas. His research has been published or accepted for publication in Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, and Journal of Operations Management. Murat's research has also been featured in popular media outlets including Financial Times and Harvard Business Review. He is currently serving as the academic director of MSc in Management of Innovation.