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Best Paper Award for Newcastle Business School Academics

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Associate Professor Rebecca Mitchell and Dr Brendan Boyle were awarded Best Paper at the British Academy of Management conference

Newcastle Business School academics Associate Professor Rebecca Mitchell and Dr Brendan Boyle have won the Best Paper Award (Strategy) at the British Academy of Management conference for their paper "Top Management Team Dynamics as a Microfoundation of Adaptive Capability". The paper was co-authored with Dr Elizabeth Maitland from the University of New South Wales and Professor Stephen Nicholas who is a conjoint at UoN.

The paper contributes to current literature by identifying functional diversity as an important driver of adaptive capability, which addresses a significant research gap pertaining to how TMT characteristics potentially contribute to the development of a core dynamic capability (Lavie, 2006). The integration of upper echelons and dynamic capability perspectives illustrates how a TMTs attributes affect its internal resource assortment and reconfiguration. Findings suggest that, as long as the benefits of functional diversity (greater capacity to identify pressures towards environmental change, 'broader-minded' approach to opportunities and complex problems, greater ability to exploit existing competencies) outweigh the potential costs of conflict and information-withholding, functional diversity has a positive and significant impact on adaptive capability.

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Associate Professor Rebecca Mitchell
Dr Brendan Boyle

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