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Article: Does the learning value of individual failure experience depend on group-level success? Insights from a University Technology Transfer Office

TitleDoes the learning value of individual failure experience depend on group-level success? Insights from a University Technology Transfer Office
Authors
KeywordsD83
Issue Date2013
PublisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://icc.oxfordjournals.org/
Citation
Industrial and Corporate Change, 2013 How to Cite?
AbstractThis study proposes that individual failure experience in organizations induces useful learning at the individual and group levels because it reveals valuable information and spurs actions. However, the value of individual failure experience depends on the level of group success experience. Specifically, group contemporary success experience and group congenital success experience will enhance the learning value of individual failure experience. Each type of higher level of group success experience provides useful experience pools (library effect), offers contrasts that are crucial for causal inferences (contrast effect), and motivates the focal individuals and the group to learn (motivation effect), albeit through distinct microprocesses. We test our theory with an event history analysis of the first licensing agreements for 778 lead patents granted to a major university technology transfer organization between 1971 and 1999, and find support for our theory. Our study presents an integrated model for organizational learning that involves internal failure and success across levels, and offers a framework for multilevel internal learning from experience.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/188219
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.327
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.370
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dc.contributor.authorZheng, Y-
dc.contributor.authorMiner, A-
dc.contributor.authorGeorge, G-
dc.date.accessioned2013-08-22T06:48:48Z-
dc.date.available2013-08-22T06:48:48Z-
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.identifier.citationIndustrial and Corporate Change, 2013-
dc.identifier.issn0960-6491-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/188219-
dc.description.abstractThis study proposes that individual failure experience in organizations induces useful learning at the individual and group levels because it reveals valuable information and spurs actions. However, the value of individual failure experience depends on the level of group success experience. Specifically, group contemporary success experience and group congenital success experience will enhance the learning value of individual failure experience. Each type of higher level of group success experience provides useful experience pools (library effect), offers contrasts that are crucial for causal inferences (contrast effect), and motivates the focal individuals and the group to learn (motivation effect), albeit through distinct microprocesses. We test our theory with an event history analysis of the first licensing agreements for 778 lead patents granted to a major university technology transfer organization between 1971 and 1999, and find support for our theory. Our study presents an integrated model for organizational learning that involves internal failure and success across levels, and offers a framework for multilevel internal learning from experience.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://icc.oxfordjournals.org/-
dc.relation.ispartofIndustrial and Corporate Change-
dc.rightsPre-print: Journal Title] ©: [year] [owner as specified on the article] Published by Oxford University Press [on behalf of xxxxxx]. All rights reserved. Pre-print (Once an article is published, preprint notice should be amended to): This is an electronic version of an article published in [include the complete citation information for the final version of the Article as published in the print edition of the Journal.] Post-print: This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in [insert journal title] following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version [insert complete citation information here] is available online at: xxxxxxx [insert URL that the author will receive upon publication here].-
dc.subjectD83-
dc.titleDoes the learning value of individual failure experience depend on group-level success? Insights from a University Technology Transfer Officeen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailZheng, Y: yzheng@business.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/icc/dtt003-
dc.identifier.hkuros217660-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000327797300005-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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