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MBR: Portable Human and Social Capital: Implications for Firm Strategy and Organization

Archive StampPh.D. Workshop

Dr. Gina Dokko

Course Overview

The movement of people across organizational contexts has been receiving increasing attention from researchers and practitioners. As individuals move more freely across organizational boundaries, questions about what they carry with them and the consequences for themselves and their employers become increasingly important. Moreover, as job mobility carries implications for both individuals and organizations, the study of job mobility spans disciplinary boundaries and touches a wide variety of theory in Strategy, Organization Theory and Organizational Behavior.

In this workshop, Gina Dokko will lead discussion about how the movement of individuals affects important firm outcomes. Her objective is to provide an overview of the growing research in this area, focusing on selected topics, and with the workshop participants, come to an understanding about the state of the literature and opportunities for further research.

Course Structure

The course will meet in 3 hour sessions over three days. In each session, several papers that focus on a particular topic related to job mobility will be discussed. Though students will be expected to read all assigned papers, each student will be assigned one or more papers to present to the class, articulating the paper’s research design, theoretical contribution and methodological issues. When reading these papers, students should start building a mental map of how these papers relate to each other and the topics covered in the workshop.

Session 1: Knowledge flows and innovation. In this session, we will discuss how the movement of individuals provides opportunities for inter-organizational knowledge flows and innovation through the transfer of human capital and the creation of social capital.

Session 2: Spinouts and entrepreneurship. Individuals also leave employers to start new ventures. This session focuses on competitive and performance implications when employees become entrepreneurs.

Session 3: Job mobility and identity. The last session speaks to the micro-foundations of strategic choice by exploring how the backgrounds of individuals condition their values and attention processes.


As a prerequisite for participation in the workshop, each student must be able to commit to attending all three class days. To apply, please send a copy of your working paper to Pascal Kober (



  • The course is held as a block seminar in English
  • The course is limited to Ph.D. students
  • The number of participants is limited to 10
Dates Monday, 30.11.2015, 09:00-12:00, Kaulbachstr. 45, Room 202
Wednesday, 02.12.2015, 09:00-12:00, Kaulbachstr. 45, Room 202
Thursday, 03.12.2015, 09:00-12:00, Kaulbachstr. 45, Room 202
Credits 2 SWS in module B/I (MBR)
Examination tba

Further Information

Pascal Kober, Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 5696,