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Sirkka Jarvenpaa holds a dual appointment with McCombs and the Center for Women's and Gender Studies at UT Austin. Her work explores online communities (such as music remix sites like NIN.com), corporate social media platforms, and off-shoring and outsourcing within tech and engineering. She has written for the IBM Center for The Business of Government and has held visiting scholar appointments at Harvard and MIT, among many others.
She is the Director of the Center for Business, Technology, and Law and holds the Bayless/Rauscher Pierce Refsnes Chair in Business Administration. Her research and teaching interests include online activism, open innovation, and the strategic use of information technology.
University of Minnesota: Ph.D., Management Information Systems 1986
University of Minnesota: MBA., Management Information Systems 1982
Bowling Green State University: B.Sc., Business Administration 1981
Media Appearances (4)
Learning to Innovate
Texas Enterprise | Big Ideas in Business online
Innovation is everywhere at the McCombs School of Business... Professor Sirkka Jarvenpaa teaches "Managing Innovation in a Global Company," an MIS course that teaches graduate students how to manage open innovation in large, established organizations as well as in small start-ups operating in and leveraging global distributed environments for greater organizational effectiveness.
Virginia Tech Engineer Defines the Globalization Rubric for Construction
Virginia Tech News online
Imagine going in for a performance evaluation and the only object in the room is a report saying your work is not up to par. No explanations are provided, and no one is available to you to ask how to improve your efforts.
This feeling of frustration is one many construction companies face in their efforts to go global.
Digital Tech Pioneer Andrew Whinston Ranked Most Influential MIS Researcher
McCombs TODAY online
Sirkka Jarvenpaa and three other faculty members at the school are also identified in a group of 130 top-tier researchers exemplifying quality and sustainability of scientific output and diversity of research.
Jarvenpaa Receives Honorary Doctorate in Finland
McCombs TODAY online
Professor Sirkka Jarvenpaa returned to her native Finland to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Jyvaskyla May 23, 2009.
“As a researcher of electronic commerce, virtual organizations, and team work, in particular, she represents the absolute peak of international academic research,” the citation read.
Sharing members with other online communities can be problematic for community responsiveness, as less member time and attention become available for the focal community. However, member time and attention spent externally have the potential to generate knowledge that bolsters the focal community’s responsiveness. Little is known about when member time and attention spent externally become such generative resources. ...The study has important implications for advancing the boundary conditions regarding generative resources and online knowledge collaboration.
Our motivation for this special issue was to shine new light on the challenges and opportunities posed by increasing complexity in the practice and context of organizing. Specifically, we encouraged papers that examine the nature, dynamics, processes, cycles, and management of such paradoxical tensions. The notion that innovation and change involve an intricate set of tensions, competing demands, conflicts, contradictions and dilemmas is well established in the organizational literature
An emerging research agenda focuses on social media’s influence on political activism. Specific attention has recently been paid to digital social movement organizing and action repertoire development. The literature acknowledges the changing face of activism at the movement level, but little is known about the relationship between social movement organizations (SMOs) and digital action repertoires. ...The empirical findings and the model build new theory on social media and digital activism at the organizational level, complementing the predominant movement level research in the extant literature.
We find six distinct patterns of interorganizational collaboration (IOC) dynamics varying in complexity from a simple binary loop to multiloop recursive flows. We also find that the more complex dynamic patterns are associated with successful outcomes.
This article focuses on how company participants in heterogeneous industry networks share private knowledge while protecting firm-specific appropriation. We go beyond the prevailing strategic choice perspectives to discuss interactive revealing practices that sustain joint opportunity creation in the fragile phase of early network formation.
This multiple case study examined five pairs of relationships between Chinese vendors and their Japanese clients, drawing on resource dependence theory, which considers two response strategies: bridging and buffering. Our findings suggest that both bridging and buffering should be specified further on the basis of their explorative and exploitative dimensions, and that the choice of a particular strategy depended on the power relation between the vendor and client.
Firms are increasingly using social media to establish online communities where customers and other community members co-create new solutions. We describe how Finland's national airline, Finnair, succeeded in co-creating service ideas by using a variety of social media technologies and "socialization tactics" to help ensure that community members identified with the company's image and engaged in dialogs that were aligned with both company and customer needs.
Online communities foster unprecedented creativity, but at the same time they challenge the contemporary organisational boundary literature... Our empirical study involves an exploratory case research design of two established music remix sites: nin.com and ccMixter.org. We report on the community boundaries and their interdependencies, as well as on how the interdependencies are related to the goals and creative content production of online communities. The paper offers new insight into the role of integrative boundary management.
Many have speculated that trust plays a critical role in stimulating consumer
purchases over the Internet. Most of the speculations have rallied around US consumers purchasing from US–based online merchants. The global nature of the Internet raises ...
This paper explores the challenges of creating and maintaining trust in a global virtual team whose members transcend time, space, and culture. The challenges are highlighted by integrating recent literature on work teams, computer-mediated ...