Anne S. Miner

Anne S. Miner
University of Wisconsin–Madison | UW · School of Business

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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore how a number of processes joined to create the microlevel strategies and procedures that resulted in the most lethal and tragic forest fire in Portugal's history, recalled as the EN236-1 road tragedy in the fire of Pedrógão Grande. Design/methodology/approach Using an inductive theory development app...
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Over the past 25 years, scholars have produced a wide variety of organizational improvisation (OI) scholarship from multiple fields that has improved our understanding of the OI phenomenon. However, because of its complexity and the heterogeneity of approaches used to study it, OI remains challenging to grasp. This makes it difficult for scholars t...
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This study seeks to advance the literatures on organizational improvisation and unexpected events. It tackles the question of whether the relative presence of improvisation during a startup’s response to an ordinary, unexpected event affects the value of that response, an issue of clear importance given the ubiquity of unexpected events in startups...
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Organizational learning and organizational improvisation are distinct constructs, but the two processes intertwine in important ways. First, improvisational episodes can lead to long-term group/organizational learning when organizations selectively retain improvised action patterns, or when they learn the process of improvisation itself. Such post...
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Considerable research has demonstrated that small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who obtain institutionalized third-party endorsements experience higher performance. In this study, we develop an important boundary condition around this process. Drawing on institutional logics, we introduce the novel concept of founding logics. We then develop...
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In this paper, we employ a genealogical imprinting approach to theorize that experiences incurred during the founding of a first-generation university spin-off will influence future spin-off activity from the focal firm. We propose that firms that secure equity investment during their founding process will have a higher likelihood of generating sub...
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Idiosyncratic jobs occur when formal job duties match the abilities or interests of a specific person. New duties can accrue or be negotiated to match an existing employee or a potential hire. Idiosyncratic jobs can help organizations deal with changing contexts, and influence organizational goals and structure. They can affect job holders' careers...
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A Behavioral Theory of the Firm (Cyert & March, 1963) laid a conceptual foundation for the application of the “Carnegie School” approach to studying and understanding organization- level behavior and outcomes. The book has exerted enormous influence across fields such as organization theory, business strategy, economics, and organizational sociolog...
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This study proposes that individual failure experience in organizations induces useful learning at the individual and group levels because it reveals valuable information and spurs actions. However, the value of individual failure experience depends on the level of group success experience. Specifically, group contemporary success experience and gr...
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Project ventures are an increasingly prevalent organizational form in many industries. The management literature has stressed their flexibility and adaptability advantages. This chapter focuses on the learning implications of the source of flexibility most essential to project ventures: the ability to switch partners during project formation and ex...
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Family business shows the promise of becoming a respected scholarly field in research universities. However, success is not a given. We inquire about its prospects, with reference to the sociology of science. A key requirement for success that has been met is identification with an important and distinctive domain of inquiry. This domain is at the...
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Anecdotal evidence indicates universities around the world fashion programs to permit or encourage university-linked start ups, in pursuit of improved regional wealth and job creation, often influenced by the iconic vision of Silicon Valley. This paper explores whether these programs are leading to a pattern of similar startups across the world, an...
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What is it that makes something become an academic field in a research university? To answer this, it helps to think of three kinds of knowledge. From a common sense point of view, there are three main types of knowledge: “Know how,” “know what,” and “know why.” “Know how” refers to when we can actually do something in practice. “Know what” refers...
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Organizational routines and capabilities play a key role in organizational survival and prosperity. This inductive paper explores the interplay between the development of routines and capabilities in new firms. The rich field data revealed a surprising variety of processes through which new ventures develop routines and these routines intertwine wi...
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This paper argues that two different types of a firm’s own extreme performance experiences—success and recovery—and their interactions can generate survival-enhancing learning. Although these types of experience often represent valuable sources of useful learning, several important learning challenges arise when a firm has extremely limited prior e...
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Entrepreneurial learning can occur when young firms learn from social networks, from failure events, and from real-time improvisation. This inductive paper explores three learning challenges young firms face in effective entrepreneurial learning. We draw on data from in-depth interviews in sixty young knowledge based firms. The data revealed striki...
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This study advances contingency theories of performance-outcome learning in hybrid-project systems, in which both project participants and superordinate organizations influence the formation of project ventures. We propose that performance-outcome learning depends on the perceived relevance of prior performance and on organizational control over pr...
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We examine whether organizations vicariously learn from near-failures and failures of others. We propose that the impact of such failure-related experience depends on the geographic market and industry origin of the experience. Our findings indicate that the local failure-related experience of both banks and thrifts have higher survival-enhancing l...
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We present a single-phase liquid cooling technology that exploits the highly conducting nature and superior thermophysical properties of liquid metals to cool high density power sources (>200 Wcm<sup>-2</sup>) with very high heat transfer coefficients (∼20 Wcm<sup>-2</sup>K<sup>-1</sup>), and pump the liquid metals using power-efficient, non-moving...
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High electrically conducting fluids such as liquid metals offer a unique solution to the current and future cooling needs of high power density heat sources. The two principal advantages of developing single phase cooling systems based on liquid metals lie in their superior thermophysical properties and in the ability to pump these liquids efficien...
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We present simple electrical measurement methods for extracting the figure-of-merit of thermoelectric coolers. These methods rely on accurate measurement of the differential resistance of thermoelements as a function of frequency and operating currents, and on inferring the thermoelectric cooling performance from the electrical signatures. We have...
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Many theoretical frameworks assume that increasing organizational experience will produce convergence in problems, outcomes and activities. In this paper, we present three curiosities from field research in which increasing experience apparently generated more, not less, variability. We suggest that under plausible and even mundane conditions, expe...
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According to the advocates of a "Generalized Darwinism" (GD), the three core Darwinian principles of variation, selection and retention (or inheritance) can be used as a general framework for the development of theories explaining evolutionary processes in the socio­economic domain. Even though these are originally biological terms, GD argues that...
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1. Introduction. 2. Understanding How Decisions Happen in Organizations. 3. Continuity and Change in Theories of Organizational Action. 4. Institutional Perspectives on Political Institutions (with Johan P. Olsen). 5. Organizational Learning (with Barbara Levitt). 6. The Evolution of Evolution. 7. Exploration and Exploitation in Organizational Lear...
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This work brings together aspects of scanning thermal microscopy (SThM) and scanning spreading resistance microscopy (SRM) into a single tool for thermoelectric measurement. The measurement tool presented here allows simultaneous electrical and thermal measurement of samples using a probe tip of radius on the order of 50 nm. Thermal and mechanical...
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Recent interest in thermal, electrical and thermoelectric properties of thin films and nano-structures has driven the development of measurement tools. One promising technique integrates sensors into Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) probes to investigate thermal, electrical, and thermoelectric properties on nanometer scales. Our group has successfully...
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Ever increasing importance of cooling and precise temperature control in microelectronics and optoelectronics has driven recent development of integrated thermoelectric and thermionic cooling structures. Previous studies have investigated SiGe/Si superlattice thermionic coolers experimentally using thermocouples that were 50 μm in diameter. However...
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A batch fabrication process has been developed for making cantilever probes for scanning thermal microscopy (SThM) with spatial resolution in the sub-100 nm range. A heat transfer model was developed to optimize the thermal design of the probes. Low thermal conductivity silicon dioxide and silicon nitride were chosen for fabricating the probe tips...
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An inductive study of improvisation in new product development activities in two firms uncovered a variety of improvisational forms and the factors that shaped them. Embedded in the observations were two important linkages between organizational improvisation and learning. First, site observations led us to refine prior definitions of improvisation...
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This paper introduces the concept of a thermo-electro-mechanical cooler (TEMC), which modifies a traditional thermoelectric cooler (TEC) by using intermittent contact of a mechanical element synchronized with an applied pulsed current. Using Bi2Te3 as the thermoelectric material, it is predicted that the maximum temperature drop across a TEMC may b...
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This letter introduces the concept of a thermoelectromechanical cooler (TEMC), which modifies a traditional thermoelectric cooler (TEC) by using intermittent contact of a mechanical element synchronized with an applied pulsed current. Using Bi2Te3 as the thermoelectric material, it is predicted that the maximum temperature drop across a TEMC operat...
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This paper introduces the concept of a thermo-electromechanical cooler (TEMC), which modifies a traditional thermoelectric cooler (TEC) by using intermittent contact of a mechanical element synchronized with an applied pulsed current. Using Bi<sub>2</sub>Te<sub>3</sub> as the thermoelectric material, it is predicted that the maximum temperature dro...
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We discuss the design issues in the development of thermoelectric microcoolers for sub-200 K spot cooling applications. We start with the scaling theory for conventional microcooler configurations, and describe the practical constraints placed by contact resistances, heat rejection methods, and entropy gradients at the interfaces. We also introduce...
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We define organizational improvisation as the degree to which the composition and execution of an action converge in time, and we examine the theoretical potential of this definition. We then propose that both organizational procedural memory (skill knowledge) and declarative memory (fact knowledge) moderate improvisation's impact on organizational...
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The field of marketing strategy often makes the important assumption that marketing strategy should occur by first composing a plan on the basis of a careful review of environmental and firm information and then executing that plan. However, there are cases when the composition and execution of an action converge in time so that, in the limit, they...
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The field of marketing strategy often makes the important assumption that marketing strategy should occur by first composing a plan on the basis of a careful review of environmental and firm information and then executing that plan. However, there are cases when the composition and execution of an action converge in time so that, in the limit, they...
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Drawing on neoinstitutional and learning theories, we distinguish three distinct modes of selective interorganizational imitation: frequency imitation (copying very common practices), trait imitation (copying practices of other organizations with certain features), and outcome imitation (imitation based on a practice's apparent impact on others). W...
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Arguing that organizational memory affects key new product development processes by influencing the (1) interpretation of incoming information and (2) the performance of new product action routines, the authors introduce four dimensions of organizational memory, including the amount and dispersion of memory. Data from 92 new product development pro...
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Arguing that organizational memory affects key new product development processes by influencing the (1) interpretation of incoming information and (2) the performance of new product action routines, the authors introduce four dimensions of organizational memory, including the amount and dispersion of memory. Data from 92 new product development pro...
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In this qualitative and inductive study, we examine population-level learning by addressing the effects of failure events on the nature and mix of routines in a population. We reviewed approximately 50 failures and near-failures in 33 industry histories to assess how they affected other organizations in the industry and practices in the industry as...
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This article addresses theoretical and research frontiers for learning research, a second theme of Professor Argyris essay---the lead article in the “Crossroads” section. We outline three key theoretical questions for further work. We call for more systematic empirical learning research, suggesting that the paucity of such research may have resulte...
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Building inductively on twenty-four in depth interviews, the authors argue that boundaryless organizations will alter both career theories and actual career mobility patterns. The paper illustrates how both organizational and population level learning can affect individual job transitions within and cross organizations. The three evolutionary learn...
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This paper defines and examines three types of strategic momentum. Repetitive momentum occurs when organizations repeat previous strategic actions. Postitional momentum occurs when organizations take actions that sustain or extend existing strategic positions. Contextual momentum occurs when general traits, such as organizational structure, shape s...
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Organizations often hire workers whom they will not promote, a practice we believe triggers career interdependence, where hiring nonpromotable workers sometimes harms but in some cases helps the mobility chances of other employees. We identify conditions that should shape such interdependence and test our ideas by analyzing how the hiring of tempor...
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The persistence of organizational routines is studied by examining the survival of formalized jobs. Basic models of evolutionary change predict that organizational context, job-founding processes, and whether a job is novel affect job survival. Negotiated order and social interaction theories predict, however, that the relationship of the jobholder...
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This paper examines evidence concerning the existence of organizational buffers, which insulate an organization from environmental disturbances, and transformational shields, which insulate an organization from the risk of failure due to transformation. It proposes that interorganizational linkages in particular can (1) buffer organizations from fa...
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This paper describes an evolutionary model of organizational change through the selective retention of jobs. This type of change can operate in addition to top-down planned organizational change, providing “another engine” of organizational transformation over time. All evolutionary change processes require that there be a system for replicating ac...
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A study of approximately 1,600 job transitions is used to test the assumption made in several organizational literatures that the mix of activities in a job is established in advance of and independent of the characteristics of any particular individual. Based on alternative theories and prior research, the paper defines and measures the occurrence...
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Accrual mobility occurs through evolved jobs in which an employee accrues responsibility beyond normal growth in the job and develops a new position. This article presents individual, organizational, and environmental factors associated with evolved jobs and discusses the theoretical implications of accrual mobility for administrators.
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Thesis (Ph. D.)--Stanford University, 1985. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 149-155). Photocopy.
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Surprise events are an indispensable part of the entrepreneurial process. They may even serve as an important source of learning and capability development (Levinthal & Rerup, 2006). A surprise can reveal that the prior expectations were not accurate, and can help the organization generate more accurate or complete models to inform new expectations...
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Typescript. "January, 1985." Thesis (Ph.D.)--Stanford University, 1985. Bibliography: leaves 149-155. Microfilm.

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