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    It's the Environment, Stupid: Accumulated Advantage vs Rapid Attentional Shift on the Quest for Growth
    This paper investigates two questions. First, I test whether the inclusion of environmental, social and governance (ESG) values in corporate communication influences firm growth. Then, I examine which form of value signaling is more efficient: the accumulation of advantage through consistent communication over long time periods, or rapidly changing value signaling that follows external trends? The results suggest that not all ESG-commitment affects firm growth in the same way. In fact, it is firms’ commitment to environmental-related values that truly makes the difference. Furthermore, rapid attention shifts to newly emerging values seem to pay off: firms that signaled their commitment to environment-related values after 2015, have higher predicted growth margins than firms that did not commit to these values.
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    Post-Pandemic Firm Performance: Narrowing Pathways to Success? Configurational Evidence from the Swiss Private Banking Industry
    How can companies stay ahead of their competitors in turbulent market environments? Using fuzzy-set QCA, we seek answers to this question by comparing performance antecedents in the Swiss private banking industry in 2019 and 2020. We adapt the novel neo-configurational theorizing approach (Fiss, 2007, 2011), to identify a unique combination of theoretical explanations. Our results highlight that factors of corporate demographics (e.g., large firm size) and strategic actions (e.g., cost cutting) which are traditionally associated with high performance are not sufficient to produce high performance in 2020 without strategic focus on digital capabilities (e.g., in-house IT department). Our study contributes to research on non-linear theorizing in general and competitive dynamics in particular.
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    Four Decades of Population Ecology - Historical Review and Future Research Agenda
    (Academy of Management, 2021-07-26)
    Based on our review of the past 40 years of population ecology and 15 years of categories research, we find that the population ecology perspective has been updated with new angles and components stemming from categories research. Our chronological process tracing of proliferating category-related themes in population ecology publications reveals that such successful update would not have been possible, had categories research not built on the theoretical foundations of population ecology in the first place. However, despite this shared intellectual ancestry, there is little reflection in current categories research on these roots in general, or the theory fragments and concepts of population ecology in particular. Currently, the “categorical imperative” literature is in a fragmented state, scattered with inconsistent findings and overly diversified theorizing language. We call for closer attention to classical population ecology in current industry-level categories research, as we believe that the challenges categories research faces today have already been partially addressed in population ecology. Specifically, we put forward a number of recommendations which would enable theorists to address the current challenges in the categorical imperative tradition, and thus bringing us closer to a future integrative framework.