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Jorge Walter

Associate Professor of Strategic Management & Public Policy

  • Department: Strategic Management & Public Policy
  • Email: jorgew@gwu.edu
  • Phone: (202) 994-7908
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  • Office: Funger Hall, Suite 606 • 2201 G St. NW • Washington, DC 20052
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Education:
  • DBA, University of St. Gallen, 2005
  • MS in Business Administration, University of St. Gallen, 2001
  • BS in Business Administration, University of St. Gallen, 1999

Biography


Jorge Walter is an Associate Professor and Ave Tucker Fellow at the School of Business, George Washington University, where he teaches the strategic management capstone courses in both the undergraduate and MBA program, the MBA-level strategy fundamentals course, as well as PhD seminars on strategic management and social networks.

Dr. Walter received his doctorate in strategic management from the University of St. Gallen and was a visiting researcher at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and at the Stern School of Business, New York University. His research interests include strategy formation and implementation processes, knowledge/technology transfer, social networks, and social capital. He has published 20 refereed articles, among others in the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Management, and the Strategic Management Journal.

He currently serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Management and Journal of Management Studies, has been elected Associate Program Chair of the Strategy Process Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society (three-year rotation leading to Chair of the Strategy Process Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society in 2018), and appointed co-chair of the Executive Discoveries Series of the Strategic Management Society Annual International Conference (in 2016). Prior to entering academia, he worked in corporate finance and strategic management consulting.


Research Summary


My research interest is focused on two main areas of the broader field of strategic management. First, I study strategy formation and implementation processes, or how these processes can be designed to support managers in their quest to successfully formulate and implement strategies under environmental uncertainty. My research extends behavioral decision theory and strategy process research by studying the effects of rationality/comprehensiveness, micro-politics, strategic consensus, decision-making speed, organizational control, and organizational learning on organizational performance as well as the influence of decision makers’ cognitions and judgments in these processes.

Second, as the effectiveness of strategy formation and implementation processes critically depends on decision makers having access to the right information, in the right place, and at the right point in time, I am interested in knowledge transfer, social networks, and social capital and their influence on individual, team, and firm performance. This part of my research builds on and extends information processing, social networks, and social capital theories and examines the performance effects of knowledge exchanges between individuals, across strategic business units, and across organizations.

Within these two areas, I conduct quantitative as well as qualitative data collections and analyses. I further strive to maintain a balance of macro-level studies (e.g., interfirm collaborations and networks) and micro-level studies (e.g., decision-making processes; interpersonal knowledge-transfer processes), with the latter aimed at understanding the micro-level mechanisms underlying macro-level relationships, and both with the ultimate goal of explaining performance differences at the individual, group, and organizational level. A number of my research projects also allow me to extend theories from both research areas, such as my studies of decision-making processes in interfirm alliances and of people’s decision processes guiding their choices of knowledge-exchange partners.


Refereed Journal Publications


Strategy Formation & Implementation Processes

  1. Khoury, T. A., Pleggenkuhle-Miles, E. G., & Walter, J. (in press). Experiential learning, bargaining power, and exclusivity in technology licensing. Journal of Management, DOI: 10.1177/0149206317693084.
  2. Kreutzer, M., Cardinal, L. B., Walter, J., & Lechner, C. (2016). Formal and informal controls as complements or substitutes? The role of the task environment. Strategy Science, 1(4): 235-255.
  3. Walter, J., Lechner, C., & Kellermanns, F. W. (2016). Learning activities, exploration, and the performance of strategic initiatives. Journal of Management, 42(3): 769-802.
  4. Kreutzer, M., Walter, J., & Cardinal, L. B. (2015). Organizational control as antidote to politics in the pursuit of strategic initiatives. Strategic Management Journal, 36: 1317-1337.
  5. Kownatzki, M., Walter, J., Floyd, S. W., & Lechner, C. (2013). Corporate control and the speed of SBU-level decision making. Academy of Management Journal: 56(5): 1295-1324.
    [The first two authors contributed equally and are listed alphabetically.]
  6. Walter, J., Kellermanns, F. W., Floyd, S. W., Veiga, J. F., & Matherne, C. (2013). Strategic alignment: A missing link in the relationship between strategic consensus and organizational performance. Strategic Organization: 11(3): 304-328.
    [Reproduced in: Heath, R. L. & Gregory, A. (eds.) (2014). Strategic Communication, London, United Kingdom: SAGE Publications.]
  7. Walter, J., Kellermanns, F. W., & Lechner, C. (2012). Decision making within and between organizations: Rationality, politics, and alliance performance. Journal of Management: 38(5): 1582-1610.
  8. Kellermanns, F. W., Walter, J., Floyd, S. W., Lechner, C. & Shaw, J. C. (2011). To agree or not to agree? A meta-analytical review of strategic consensus and organizational performance. Journal of Business Research, 64(2): 126-133.
  9. Walter, J., Lechner, C., & Kellermanns, F. W. (2008). Disentangling alliance management processes: Decision making, politicality, and alliance performance. Journal of Management Studies, 45(3): 530-560.
  10. Kellermanns, F. W., Walter, J., Lechner, C., & Floyd, S. W. (2005). The lack of consensus about strategic consensus: Advancing theory and research. Journal of Management, 31(5): 719-737.

Knowledge Transfer, Social Networks, & Social Capital

  1. Walter, J., Levin, D. Z., & Murnighan, J. K. (2016). How to reconnect for maximum impact. MIT Sloan Management Review, 57(3): 18-20.
  2. Levin, D. Z., Walter, J., Appleyard, M. M., & Cross, R. (2016). Relational enhancement: How the relational dimension of social capital unlocks the value of network-bridging ties. Group & Organization Management, 41(4): 415-457.
  3. Walter, J., Levin, D. Z., & Murnighan, J. K. (2016). Reconnection choices: Selecting the most valuable (vs. most preferred) dormant ties. Organization Science, 26(5): 1447-1465.
  4. Erdogan, B., Bauer, T. N., & Walter, J. (2015). Deeds that help and words that hurt: Helping and gossip as moderators of the relationship between leader-member exchange and advice network centrality. Personnel Psychology, 68(1): 185-214.
  5. Levin, D. Z., Walter, J., & Murnighan, J. K. (2011). Dormant ties: The value of reconnecting. Organization Science, 22(4): 923-939.
  6. Levin, D. Z., Walter, J., & Murnighan, J. K. (2011). The power of reconnection-How dormant ties can surprise you. MIT Sloan Management Review, 52(3): 45-50.
  7. Walter, J., Lechner, C., & Kellermanns, F. W. (2007). Knowledge transfer between and within alliance partners: Private versus collective benefits of social capital. Journal of Business Research, 60(7): 698-710.

Other Refereed Journal Publications

  1. Kellermanns, F. W., Walter, J., Crook, T. R., Kemmerer, B., & Narayanan, V. K. (2016). The resource-based view in entrepreneurship: A content-analytical comparison of researchers’ and entrepreneurs’ views. Journal of Small Business Management, 54(1): 26-48.
  2. Kemmerer, B., Walter, J., Kellermanns, F. W., & Narayana, V. K. (2012). A judgment-analysis perspective on entrepreneurs’ resource evaluations. Journal of Business Research, 65(8): 1102-1108.
  3. Walter, J. (2012). The influence of firm and industry characteristics on returns from technology licensing deals: Evidence from the U.S. computer and pharmaceutical sectors. R&D Management: 42(5): 435-454.

Awards


  • Recognized as Ave Tucker Fellow at the George Washington University’s School of Business (two-year competitive fellowship), 2016-2018
  • Above and Beyond the Call of Duty (ABCD) Reviewing Award for the Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management for the 2016 Meeting
  • Nominated for the 2016 Peter B. Vaill Outstanding Doctoral Educator Award, the Doctoral Program of the School of Business, The George Washington University
  • Recognized as being among the Top 10% of George Washington University’s School of Business full-time faculty based on course and instructor ratings, 2015
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award for the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management for the 2015 Meeting
  • Nominated for the 2015 Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Faculty Scholarship (Research), The George Washington University
  • Finalist for the 2014 Strategic Management Society Best Conference Paper of the Strategy Process Interest Group
  • Nominated for the 2014 Strategic Management Society Best Conference Paper Prize Award
  • Nominated for the 2014 Strategic Management Society Best Conference Paper for Practice Implications Award
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award for the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management for the 2014 Meeting
  • Awarded the 2014 Peter B. Vaill Outstanding Doctoral Educator Award, the Doctoral Program of the School of Business, The George Washington University
  • Nominated for the 2013 Strategic Management Society Best Conference Paper Prize
  • Nominated for the Peter B. Vaill Outstanding Doctoral Educator Award, the Doctoral Program of the School of Business, The George Washington University, 2013
  • Recognized as one of the Top 10 George Washington University’s School of Business faculty members with the highest course and instructor ratings, 2012
  • MIT Sloane Management Review article on dormant ties recognized as “Editor’s Picks: Top Ten Articles from 2011”
  • Nominated for the Peter B. Vaill Outstanding Doctoral Educator Award, the Doctoral Program of the School of Business, The George Washington University, 2011
  • Exceptional Performance Recognition Award (competitive award and salary increase granted to the top 10% of faculty of the School of Business Administration, Portland State University), 2009
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award, Eastern Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2005
  • Fellowship from the German Research Foundation (competitive fellowship, $43,300), 2005
  • Nominated for the 2004 Strategic Management Society Best Conference Paper Prize
  • Fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation (competitive fellowship, $35,100), 2003-2004
  • Nominated for the Rehau Prize for an outstanding master thesis, 2000

 

Professional Activities


Academic Positions

  • Associate Professor of Business Administration, Department of Strategic Management & Public Policy, School of Business, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 2014-present
  • Visiting Professor, Institute of Management, University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland, 2015
  • Visiting Professor, Institute of Strategic Management, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Munich, Germany, 2015
  • Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Department of Strategic Management & Public Policy, School of Business, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 2010-2014
  • Assistant Professor of Business Administration, School of Business Administration, Portland State University, Portland, Ore., 2006-2010
  • Assistant Professor in Residence, Management Department, School of Business, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn., 2005-2006
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Management and Organizations, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University, New York, 2004-2005
  • Research Associate, Institute of Management, University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland, 2001-2003

Elected Positions in Professional Societies

  • Associate Program Chair of the Strategy Process Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society, 2017
  • Representative at Large at the Strategy Process Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society, 2014-2016

Appointed Positions in Professional Societies

  • Co-chair of the Executive Discoveries Series of the Strategic Management Society Annual International Conference, 2016-present

Editorial Board Membership

  • Journal of Management Studies, 2017-present
  • Journal of Management, 2009-present