The technological niche and organizational growth and survival: a logical formalization and empirical analysis in the biopharmaceutical industry

Ad van den Oord, Eindhoven Technical Universtity

This work uses logic to formally relate an organization's technological niche to organizational survival. By subsequently relaxing the assumptions of actor and domain homogeneity, we are able to further integrate the role of technology. In doing so, we demonstrate that crowding should not only be equated with competition and that status is a domain specific characteristic. Furthermore, an additional dimension that becomes apparent is that of technological diversity. This dimension relates to niche width and the distinction between generalists and specialists and, depending on the level of absorptive capacity, can have a positive or negative effect on organizational survival.

About the speaker
Ad van den Oord obtained a masters' degree in international business from the Universiteit Maastricht. Subsequently, he worked as a researcher at Technische Universiteit Eindhoven before he ventured online and was involved in several internet start-ups as an advisor and/or director, under the wings of Innovation Lab Eindhoven. Even though some of these initiatives were rather successful, Ad felt drawn to academic work. So, after working again as a researcher at Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, he decided to do a PhD study into technological change within biotechnology and biopharmaceuticals. His academic interests mainly concern technology, strategic alliances and networks, organizational ecology, innovation management, and logic.

Date: 13 March 2008

Time: 16:00 - 17:00  CET