Research

My research focus: Resource allocation

My research focuses on the topic of how firms allocate resources among their different areas of business

    • Within the field of strategy, resource allocation is an important area of research. This is because the way how a firm allocates resources has a strong influence on whether the company manages to renew itself, innovates successfully, and survives in the long run -- or whether the firm ends up failing to achieve these goals. In other words, decisions about resource allocations can make or break a firm. I thus believe that it is crucial for us as academic researchers to understand these allocations in more depth.

    • Gaining a deeper understanding of resource allocation also appears to have crucial implications for wealth creation at the societal level. That is because in society more resources are allocated within firms than through markets. In other words, the 'visible hand' of managers appears to be more active in allocating resources than the 'invisible hand' of markets. Poor resource allocation within firms causes not only waste of financial resources, but also physical and intellectual resources, resulting in a system-wide loss of wealth.

In order to answer my research questions, I primarily use a variety of econometric methods, analyzing large quantitative datasets of corporate investment and resource allocation decisions. Besides, I am also trained to use interpretative qualitative approaches.

Paper under review and working papers:

Lindlbauer, N. & Kor Y. 'Dynamism versus persistence in the resource allocation of multi-business firms', Revise & resubmit at the Strategic Management Journal

    • Annual Conference of the Strategic Management Society (SMS), 2019, Minneapolis

    • Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AoM), 2019, Boston

    • Annual Conference of the Strategic Management Society (SMS), 2018, Paris

Lindlbauer, N. & Kor Y. 'The role of corporate diversification in resource allocation adjustments of multi-business firms', In preparation for submission

    • Annual Conference of the Strategic Management Society (SMS), 2020, London

    • Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AoM), 2020, Vancouver

Lindlbauer, N. & Kor Y. 'The microfoundations of the corporate-level resource allocation process', In preparation for submission

    • Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AoM), 2018, Chicago

    • Annual Conference of the Strategic Management Society (SMS), 2017, Houston

Niklas Lindlbauer and Jennifer Howard-Grenville (Cambridge University)
Niklas Lindlbauer (Cambridge University)
Niklas Lindlbauer (Cambridge University)