This week, the country we randomly picked was Samoa. I found this website SamoaFood.com listing some recipes from this island nation. Some of the prominent recipes required taro leaves which we didn’t know how to source in Barcelona. There was also a dish similar to ceviche but Miriam’s family were not really accustomed to raw fish. In the end, we settled on these two dishes using coconut milk:
Kale moa – Basically, chicken curry. The recipe is very similar to the curry version we have in the Philippines. It’s light and not spicy. 7/10. Recipe here.
Suafa’i – It’s a dessert banana soup containing tapioca balls. 8/10. Recipe here. We enjoyed it but the problem was we bought the wrong type of tapioca balls so it took a long time to cook. It’s also very similar to a dish in the Philippines called ginataan. The main difference is that the banana pieces are typically still whole and we typically add jackfruit.
On democracy – The current issue of Science has a special section dedicated to democracy Articles cover a wide range of topics including immigration, inequality and activism. Just last week, Economist also had a plot showing the increasing support towards autocrats by people in weaker democracies. In the plot, my country the Philippines has increased support for “Having the army rule is good.” Scary times ahead. It’s difficult to not feel powerless in this situation. Yet, I’m hopeful that the brilliant social scientists working on this topic could come up with ways to better support democracy.
Is disruptive innovation in emerging economies different? Evidence from China – When we think of disruptive innovation, it is natural to think of the Ubers and the Netflixes of the world. However, disruptive innovation can manifest differently in emerging economies. The authors argue that, in China, disruptive innovations emerge by improving value propositions through cost innovation, quickly iterating to improve the quality of their offerings, launching directly to mass-market and placing efficient production processes.
Confidential Gossip and Organization Studies – It still fascinates me how researchers can study phenomena of all kinds. This one is interesting considering how prevalent gossip can be yet how understudied they are in general.
Optimal distinctiveness in platform markets: Leveraging complementors as legitimacy buffers – This studied optimal distinctiveness by comparing MOOC platforms. They found that “a standard deviation increase in distinctiveness (from low to moderate) increases the expected number of platform users by 1.7 million (+55.1%) for platforms with an above-average share of high-status complementors, but decreases the number of users by 2.9 million (-53.5%) for platforms without high-status complementors in their ecosystem.”
This week we randomly chose Sao Tome and Principe. The only thing I knew about this country before was that it’s the least known country in Africa. People normally confuse that it’s from the Caribbean because of its name. We cooked two recipes here:
Calulu de Peixe – It’s a fish stew with okra. 9/10. Recipe here.
Sonhos de Banana – Basically beignets made with banana. 8/10. Recipe here. This didn’t really turn out like balls in the photos but it tasted wonderful.
Organizational Resilience: A Valuable Construct for Management Research? – Resilience has become a buzzword during the pandemic. The paper clarifies a lot of things about what it really is about and how to measure it. They identify behavior, resources and capabilities as relevant components which aid to have a resilient response which then leads to organizational growth.
I wanted to get updated with the latest trends in the technology management literature. To do this, I conducted a bibliometric review of the publications in the top innovation and general management journals.
I searched the Web of Science for articles published from 2019 in the top technology journals (Research Policy, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Technovation, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, R & D Management, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, Journal of Engineering And Technology Management, Industry and Innovation, Research-Technology Management, Scientometrics and Journal of Technology Transfer). I then added articles in the top general management journals as long as they contain the terms science, technology or innovation. These journals include Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Perspectives, Journal of Business Research, British Journal of Management, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management Studies, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Management and Organization Science.
Using these data collection steps, I had 2,561 articles. I used python to analyze the articles in bulk. Visualizations were carried out using VosViewer.
Top Cited Works
Self-citations as strategic response to the use of metrics for career decisions
Can big data and predictive analytics improve social and environmental sustainability?
Social media and innovation: A systematic literature review and future research directions
How crowdfunding platforms change the nature of user innovation – from problem solving to entrepreneurship
Green innovation and organizational performance: The influence of big data and the moderating role of management commitment and HR practices
Understanding Smart Cities: Innovation ecosystems, technological advancements, and societal challenges
Servitization and Industry 4.0 convergence in the digital transformation of product firms: A business model innovation perspective
Technology Reemergence: Creating New Value for Old Technologies in Swiss Mechanical Watchmaking, 1970-2008
Innovation policy for system-wide transformation: The case of strategic innovation programmes (sips) in Sweden
Collaborative modes with Cultural and Creative Industries and innovation performance: The moderating role of heterogeneous sources of knowledge and absorptive capacity
Implementing citizen centric technology in developing smart cities: A model for predicting the acceptance of urban technologies
Scale quickly or fail fast: An inductive study of acceleration – accelerators have three main characteristics: investment on ventures that already reached product-market fit, focus on growth (through revenue, number of customers and even team maturity) in a short amount of time and an emphasis on aggressively testing whether the venture can succeed or fail.
Crossing the valley of death: Five underlying innovation processes – They describe five processes to cross the so-called valley of death, hindering early-stage ventures from succeeding. These include: refining the narrative for the technology concept, evaluating the technical aspects of the lab-scale models, refining how the technology will be used, assessing the comparative value and integrating the inputs of innovator actors.
The creative cliff illusion – people assume that their creativity will drop over time. This study however demonstrates that this is not the case and that having such negative assumptions can be detrimental to performance.
The authors introduced their article with 4 quotes, which then anchored the different perspectives to explore immigration.
Self-selection among immigrants and role in the diffusion of innovation
“Migration has one characteristic that should make it very effective as a diffusion method. The hardships occasioned with [it] will usually discourage all but the most resourceful, energetic, and courageous. Those who have the hardihood to venture in this way hence are likely to have exactly those human qualities which are most essential to innovating and diffusing”
-Warren C. Scoville (“Spread of Techniques: Minority Migrations and the Diffusion of Technology”, Journal of Economic History 1951: 11/4, p.349)
Arguments against brain-drain and for the value of choice
“… even were it possible to force the professionals to stay at home, it would be a foolish policy. Lack of congenial working conditions, absence of peer professionals to interact with, and resentment at being deprived of the chance to emigrate can lead to a wholly unproductive situation in which one has the body but not the brain. The brain is not a static thing: it can drain away faster sitting in the wrong place than when travelling to Cambridge or Paris!”
Jagdish Bhagwati (In Defense of Globalisation, Oxford University Press: 2007; p.214)
Struggles in assimilating and in being away
“Le véritable lieu de naissance est celui où l’on a porté pour la première fois un coup d’oeil intelligent sur soi-même: mes premières patries ont été des livres, à un moindre degré, des écoles.” (The real birthplace is where you first took an intelligent look at yourself: my first countries were books, to a lesser extent, schools.)
“We hire from the best schools. All the people who go to those schools […] we offer jobs to American, non-American, that’s who we build these product teams around. And so, because we’re in a very competitive business, we don’t compromise on that. Wherever we can get those people, that’s where we create the jobs.”
Bill Gates (National Public Radio interview, March 12, 2008; https://www.npr.org/transcripts/88154016– last visit May 2020)