Wilfred Dolfsma

Wilfred Dolfsma
Wageningen University & Research | WUR · Business Management & Organization (MST)

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Recent scholarship has started to recognize the need to understand the role of contracts in processes of circular business model innovation, particularly in Product Service Systems (PSS) business models. Ownership, usage right and risk allocation are key aspects of contract design, all influencing circular business model innovation. However, curren...
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p>Actors, including economists, carry a responsibility for their actions and the consequences thereof seems obvious. In economics and among large numbers of economists this notion that economists should be responsible for their actions and the consequences thereof is not shared widely, as the financial crisis of 2007–8 and its aftermath indicated....
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This Special Issue presents the seven best papers from the 30 th IFAMA 2020 World Congress, reflecting the richness and quality of the agri-food business and management scholarship that IFAMA facilitates and promotes. They reveal the diversity of research topics and current practices related to the most pressing agri-food business and management is...
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This chapter investigates the process of institutional field formation of circular economy (CE), by looking at how rulemaking and taking emerge in ‘contracts’ necessarily for supporting circular business. In this process, it focuses on the role of institutional intermediaries and thus use the literature on institutional field formation and the role...
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Growing migration between countries and the sustained trend of globalization are changing business dynamics and creating conditions for increased workforce birthplace diversity within firms. However, few studies investigate the relationships between workforce birthplace diversity and firm performance. We address this, and also study how the impact...
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When seeking advice online about health concerns, forums dedicated to medical themes are increasingly becoming an appreciated source of information for many individuals. In online health communities, patients can ask questions or otherwise seek advice that is particularly relevant to them. While they may find some of the advice useful, other advice...
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In this article we suggest an institutional economic approach to classifying government policies, thus offering suggestions to improve the expected outcomes of government policy as well. We elaborate the argument for industrial policy-government policy to directly influence investment and resource allocation decisions by private companies. By adopt...
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This paper identifies practices that can facilitate knowledge transfer in university–industry (U–I) research partnerships by systematically reviewing extant literature. We aim to contribute to the theoretical development in the field of academic engagement and propose that knowledge transfer provides a valuable perspective. We started our review wi...
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Based on a unique before-and-after research design for a study of a large financial services provider, this paper demonstrates how a sudden and substantial reduction in the number of formal positions affects an organization's voluntary ideation network in unexpected ways. The network of relations maintained to voluntarily (informally) exchange new...
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Even when the neoliberal ideology of the free market was more dominant than it now is, the state was involved in economic activities that could be undertaken by private firms. State capitalism takes increasingly diverse forms, including beyond direct, partial or even indirect ownership. This paper briefly reviews some of these forms without claimin...
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In a competitive business environment at the Bottom of the Pyramid smallholders supplying global value chains may be thought to be at the whims of downstream large-scale players and local market forces, leaving no room for strategic entrepreneurial behavior. In such a context we test the relationship between the use of strategic resources and firm...
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Chinese acquirers spent $38 million on mergers and acquisitions in 1990, and $666.1 billion on mergers and acquisitions in 2016. As the Chinese merger market has grown, so too has the literature on its performance. Little is known, however, about with whom Chinese firms can best do business. We aim to fill this gap. We suggest that because the liab...
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Purpose The rising need to innovate and obtain knowledge from more distant knowledge sources calls for new innovation strategies and a better integration of other external actors who lie outside the traditional automotive supply chain. Such an open innovation strategy challenges organizational boundaries both on the firm and supply chain level, ye...
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Firm survival or reproduction does not occur as a matter of course. Especially under circumstances in which uncertainty and equivocality prevail is firm reproduction potentially problematic. Uncertainty prevails when there is insufficient or inadequate information to assess a situation, equivocality when the information available is multiinterpreta...
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This book is devoted to government failures, which imply that the government cannot fulfil its key obligations related to formulating rules. Representing the interests of society, the government establishes rules as frameworks within which market actors should act. However, while market failures have been discussed intensively in the economic liter...
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Disruptieve innovaties ontwrichten bestaande sectoren en industrieën. Om de gevolgen van zulke veranderingen op te kunnen vangen spelen bedrijfsreacties een belangrijke rol. Dit onderzoek toont dat de reacties van bedrijven binnen de Nederlandse muziekindustrie op de disruptieve werking van digitalisering drastisch verschillen, en dat hun uitgangss...
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This paper studies individual Market Orientation (MO): still considered inadequately addressed in the literature. Based on earlier arguments in MO theory, we propose that networked interactions are critical drivers of individual MO development. Since currently there is no literature in MO available for this genre of studies, our research contributi...
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Unrealized potential of entrepreneurial activities in developing countries has often been attributed to missing formal market-based institutions. In new institutional economics, the concept of ‘voids’ is suggested to describe the absence of market-based institutions. In reality, however, ‘institutional fabrics’ are always and necessarily complex an...
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In some societies, entrepreneurs coming from outside of a community (i.e., outside entrepreneurs) are more active than entrepreneurs from within the community (i.e., inside entrepreneurs). Institutions and relationships that entrepreneurs entertain may hamper insiders from starting or succeeding. Institutional economics and anthropology suggest tha...
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This highly unique book takes a fundamental look at when and how a government can fail at its core responsibility of formulating rules. Government, representing society, relates to the economy by formulating the rules within which (market) players should operate. Although market and business failure are much discussed in the economics literature, g...
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The first volume to explore mergers and acquisitions in the 21st century. The authors systematically introduce, characterize and evaluate these mergers, and discuss the methodologies that can be employed to measure them. They also consider a number of factors relevant to the performance of mergers and acquisitions. © Killian J. McCarthy and Wilfred...
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“The Carthaginians say also this that there is a place in Libya, and People living in it, beyond the Pillars of Heracles. When they, the Carthaginians, come there and disembark their cargo, they range it along the seashore and go back again to their boats and light a smoke signal. The natives, as soon as they see the smoke, come down to the shor...
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Dit artikel analyseert de bijdrage aan innovativiteit van onderzoekers in de context van een onderzoekslaboratorium door twee theoretische perspectieven met elkaar te combineren. Enerzijds is wel gesteld dat de structuur van relaties en de positie die iemand daarbinnen inneemt, bepalend zijn voor de mate waarin een onderzoeker innovatief is. Anderz...
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The global economy is changing rapidly and multinational corporations (MNCs) are at the forefront of this transformation. This book provides novel and profound analyses of how MNCs and emerging economies are related, and how this relationship affects the dynamics of the global economy. In particular, the authors deal with the nexus between multinat...
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Knowledge exchange between individuals working in a firm, across and even within divisions, does not occur automatically (Szulanski 1996). It is not obvious that people exchange ideas, point one another towards useful information or give feedback, even in the absence of any motives for not cooperating in such a manner. However, as a firm’s competit...
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Original institutional economics (OIE) and new institutional economics (NIE) have differing positions on a number of issues. There is an ongoing discussion about the question of whether these categorically different positions (Hodgson 1988) are part of the same continuum (Rutherford 1994, 1995) or may even be reconciled (Groenewegen et al. 1995; Sc...
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Research on institutional change has flourished ever since the debate on agency and structure moved away from the previously uncompromising positions which emphasized either agency or structure. A conceptual compromise is sought here in a focus on the processes of institutionalization, which enables us to move beyond the idea that institutions are...
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It is often lamented by academics and others that contemporary patterns of consumption are ‘post-modern’ (see, for example, Van Raaij 1993). Some perceive of consumption in general as post-modern (Jameson 1988). Its volatility and fickleness is such that it is beyond understanding. I argue that the characterization of contemporary consumption patte...
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From hunter-gatherer societies onwards people living in communities have understood the need to cooperate. This need, wherein individuals become dependent on one another, has grown over time as a result of continually increasing division of labour and growing specialization. Indeed, as Adam Smith (1981 [1776]) claims, division of labour and special...
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As we observed in the introductory chapter, the relationship between market and society is a hotly debated issue in the social sciences. The ideological overtones of the debate concern the contribution of the market to welfare—usually conceptualized in material terms—and to well-being. I surmise that both market and society can contribute to welfar...
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By developing Searle’s (1995, 2005) argument that language is the fundamental institution, this chapter contributes to the growing institutionalist literature on the conception of the institution and the understanding of institutional change. Language is ambiguous, however, and so institutional reproduction, mediated by language, is a deeply conten...
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The notion of path dependence was first explicitly used to explain prevailing technical standards (David 1985; Arthur 1989). It has also been discussed in recent decades as a useful way of analysing the development of a range of other subjects, including national innovation systems (Iammarino 2005), industrial districts (Kenney and von Burg 1999) a...
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From an evolutionary economics perspective bankruptcies may be seen as an important selection mechanism. Bankruptcy has, however, not received much attention in the economics literature. As the quotation from Smith, above, intimates, bankruptcy is an unpleasant process for individuals, their families and for wider society. Bankruptcy laws differ wi...
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Institutions are man-made entities and their workings, as well as the changes they may undergo, is fundamentally imbued in language and communication. In analysing the role of socio-cultural values, this book argues that communication and language is inseparable from both the economy and a meaningful understanding of insitutions.
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Kennis wordt algemeen gezien een belangrijke productiefactor. Ook bedrijven onderkennen dat in toenemende mate. Het zijn slechts professionele voetbalorganisaties die ook daadwerkelijk overgaan tot activering van het immateriële activum kennis & kunde van een deel van hun medewerkers. In dit artikel beargumenteer ik dat er geen principiële, theoret...

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PhD research on disruptive innovations Focus: digitization in the music industry