Implementing strategy by finding the non-fit: The cognition of bid opportunity screening

Verena Stingl, Maximilian Schriewersmann, Joana Geraldi

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    While the screening and selection of business opportunities is critical to any venture, we know only little of the cognitive processes that guide this screening step. Through a novel approach, applying a qualitative methodology against the theoretical framework of simple heuristics, we explore the cognitive strategies of senior managers when screening opportunities to participate in competitive biddings. Our findings illustrate the adaptive selection of individual cognitive
    strategies, corroborating previous propositions from laboratory studies on the relationship between decision context and selection of cognitive strategies. The observed preference for cognitive strategies that relied on abstract, non-compensatory and risk-oriented cues contrasts prior findings on holistic, benefit-oriented opportunity screening in entrepreneurial settings. These differences trace back to the particular context of our case, concerning feedback modes and decision criteria, which are shaped by organizational behaviour and sensemaking.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Proceedings
    Publication date2018
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    Event78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - Chicago, United States
    Duration: 10 Aug 201814 Aug 2018
    Conference number: 78


    Conference78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
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