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Seminar – More Than Just (A) Number: Causes and Consequences of Different Conceptualisation of Multiple Team Membership

09:30 - 11:30

Professor Gerben van der Vegt, University of Groningen

Many employees are members of multiple teams, and research suggests that this may profoundly affect their stress experiences and work outcomes. We argue that progress in this research area has been hampered by a lack of clarity about what multiple team membership (MTM) is and how to conceptualise it. Prevailing conceptualisations of MTM have focused on the total number of teams an individual is a member of (MTM number). We identify how frequently employees shift their attention between different team contexts (MTM switching) and the extent to which they prioritise one membership over all others (MTM coreness) as alternative conceptualisations that better capture MTM’s consequences for individuals. We analysed the MTM characteristics of 1,345 knowledge workers involved in 4,329 project teams and examined the antecedents and consequences of the different MTM characteristics. The findings of our study help to clarify the potential benefits and detriments of MTM and advance the growing literature in this area.



Seminar – Bayesian demand learning and revenue management under limited capacity

12:30 - 14:00

Mihalis Markakis, Associate Professor of Operations, Information and Technology, IESE Business School

A light lunch will be served beforehand from 12:00.

Marketplace platforms provide a convenient meeting point between customers and suppliers, and have become an important element of e-commerce. This sales channel is particularly interesting to suppliers that wish to learn quickly the popularity of new products, because a platform provides expanded reach to potential clientele. On the other hand, the associated lower margins (due to the platform’s cut) constitute a disincentive for suppliers to stay with the platform after learning enough about the demand for their products. In this paper, we show that, under limited capacity, the optimal price/quantity decision is primarily driven by the total demand rate during the sales season. When the latter is unknown, the seller may need to adjust its revenue management tactics over time as it learns the demand rate. We formulate the dynamic optimisation problem under Bayesian learning. We solve it analytically when there is one unit of capacity for sale, and develop effective heuristics for the multi-unit case. Surprisingly, we find that lack of information pushes the seller to opt for a low-volume, high-margin position for a longer time, and only reduce margins close to the end of the selling season, as opposed to earlier, which would accelerate learning. (more…)


MBA open day – Cambridge, UK

10:30 - 14:00

Learn more about the Cambridge MBA – a rigorous, one-year masters with a distinctive learning style, developing innovative and impactful global leaders. This is your opportunity to discuss the features and value of a Cambridge MBA, and how the MBA will contribute to your personal and professional development.



Coller Startup Competition: Securing our future with animal-free alternatives

26 Apr 17:00 - 19:00 | 17 May 17:00 - 19:00 | 20 Jun 17:00 - 19:00

In partnership with the CPT Capital and the Creator Fund. Launching 26 April 2023 and running throughout May and June 2023.

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, industrial animal agriculture sits at the intersection of the most pressing issues we face today: climate change, global food insecurity, food safety, public health, antibiotic resistance and animal welfare.

Providing animal-free alternatives requires us to rethink how we produce our food from the ground up and innovations providing new technological solutions that aim to create meat, eggs, dairy and seafood more sustainably and without animals. These animal product alternatives can be made directly from plant sources, through fermentation technology or by cultivating cells in bioreactors.

We also need a radical rethink about the need for alternative proteins that can create new materials and resources for companies wanting to have the option of transitioning to using sustainable animal-free products in their manufacturing processes.