Somendra's doctoral research is a series of essays on the nuances of the relationship between diversity in decision-making teams and organizational outcomes, such as business model innovation. The first of the four studies in the anthology, employs longitudinal data from the North American printing and publishing industry, to investigate the effect of cognitive diversity and diversity of political ideology on the scope of managerial attention to as well as the intensity of business model innovation. The second study explores the opposing effects of top management team cognitive diversity on technology-focused versus marketplace-focused business model innovation. Further, a positive moderation effect of structural interdependence among the teams on this relationship enriches the tested conceptual model. In the third study, a cognitive perspective is adopted in an exploratory analysis of the complexity and focus in the managers’ cognitive schemas of their business models. Combined, these three studies result in a nuanced conceptual model of the dual nature of diversity among western professionals and corporations. However, the effects of diversity vary across national, cultural and socio-political contexts. To further explore this, the fourth study investigates the effects of socio-economic and sub-cultural diversity on the success of initiatives for profitable social impact in the context of participatory forest management in India.
In addition to this PhD track Somendra is active in research in the field of Bottom of Pyramid markets as well as valorization efforts.
Erasmus University Rotterdam RSM - Rotterdam School of Management Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship
Scholarly Publications (4)
S. Narayan, H.W. Volberda & J.S. Sidhu (2017). Understanding Managerial Antecedents of Business Model Innovation. In Academy of Management Annual Conference . Academy of Management
S. Narayan, J. Sidhu & H.W. Volberda (2016, juli 7). Interdependent Top Managers and Business Model Innovation: The moderating effect of structural interdependence on upper echelon predictions. Napels, EGOS Conference.
S. Narayan, J. Sidhu & H.W. Volberda (2016). Interdependent Top Managers and Business Model Innovation: The moderating effect of structural interdependence on upper echelon predictions. EGOS Conference, Subtheme 46: Napels, Italy (2016, juli 7 - 2016, juli 9).
S. Narayan, H.W. Volberda & J.S. Sidhu (2016, september 17). Understanding Managerial Antecedents of Business Model Innovation: Structural Interdependence Moderating Upper Echelon Predictions. Berlin, Strategic Management Society Annual Conference 2016.