Lyda  Bigelow
  • David Eccles Scholar and Associate Professor, Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy
  • Associate Professor, Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy
  • David Eccles Faculty Fellow, School Of Business

Research Statement

My research examines how a firm’s strategic choices affect its ability to survive, expand, and adapt to changes in the technological and competitive environment. My particular focus is on firm boundaries, particularly the choice between in-house and external procurement. Further, I’m interested in how trade-offs between organizational and technological decisions impact firm performance, and how firms adjust their technological and organizational choices over time. The primary empirical setting in which I’ve explored these questions has been the early U.S. automobile manufacturing industry. Currently, I am collecting data on specialized medical clinics in the U.S. with Washington University colleagues Barton Hamilton and Brian McManus and plan to extend my research on the impact of firm boundary decisions on firm entry and exit rates, as well as on technology diffusion rates and the effect of individual agents on both technological and organizational choices over time. This work will contrast entrepreneurial ventures with incumbents. My most recent project, in conjunction with Robert Wuebker, University of Utah, examines the use of contracts and capbilities in the VC industry.

Presentations

  • LYDA BIGELOW, & Jackson Nickerson and Woo-Yong Park. (2020) Stuck in the Middle of Time: Comparative adjustment costs and firm performance. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/19/2020.
  • Lyda Bigelow, & Ryan Angus, Amit Pazgal. (2019) Transaction Cost Uncertainty and the Entrepreneurial Firm. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 09/23/2019.
  • LYDA BIGELOW, & Nicholas Argyres, Jackson Nickerson, Hakan Ozalp. (2019) Adjustment costs in the video game industry. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 08/12/2019.
  • LYDA BIGELOW, & Nicholas Argyres, Jackson Nickerson, and Hakan Ozalp. (2018) Responding to an Innovation Shock: Platform Markets, Human Capital, and Comparative Adjustment Costs. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 09/2018.
  • LYDA BIGELOW, & Jackson Nickerson, Woo-Yong Park. (2017) When and how to shift gears: Dynamic trade-offs between adjustment costs and transaction costs in response to an innovation shock. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/24/2017.
  • LYDA BIGELOW, & Ryan Angus, Amit Pazgal. (2017) Early stage entrepreneurs and governance decisions. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 08/10/2017.
  • LYDA BIGELOW (2016) The ties that bind: does incubator affiliation stifle growth. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 09/12/2016.

Publications

  • Bigelow, Lyda & Jay Barney (2020). What can strategy learn from business models?. Journal of Management Studies. Discipline based - refereed, Accepted, 01/27/2020.
  • Bigelow, Lyda & Jackson Nickerson and Woo-Yong Park (2019). When and how to shift gears: Dynamic trade-offs among adjustment, opportunity, and transaction costs in response to an innovation shock. Strategic Management Journal. Discipline based - refereed, Accepted, 02/2019.
  • Bigelow, Lyda, Jennifer Kuan & Kyle Mayer (2017). Collaboration among Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists. Oxford University Press. Discipline based - refereed, Accepted, 12/2017.
  • Verhaal, Cameron & Dobrev, Stanislav (2016). When Incremental is Imperative: Tactical innovation in the in-vitro fertilization industry. Industrial and Corporate Change. Discipline based - refereed, Accepted, 12/2016.
  • Lyda Bigelow & Nicholas Argyres and Jackson Nickerson (2014). Dominant Designs, Innovation Shocks, and the Follower’s Dilemma. Strategic Management Journal. Discipline based - refereed, Accepted, 01/2014.
  • Lyda Bigelow, Leif Lundmark, Judi McLean Parks & Robert Wuebker (2012). Skirting the Issues: Experimental Evidence of Gener Bias in IPO Prospectus Evaluations. Journal of Management. Discipline based - refereed, Accepted, 02/2012.
  • Lyda Bigelow, & Nicholas Argyres. (2010) Innovation, Modularity and Vertical De-Integration: Evidence from the Early U.S. Auto Industry. Organization Science. Accepted, 09/2010.
  • Lyda Bigelow (2010) Beyond Make-or- Buy: Advances in Transaction Cost Economics. Sage Publications. Accepted, 06/2010.
  • Bigelow, L., & Jackson A. Nickerson. (2008). New Institutional Economics, Organization, and Strategy. (pp. 183-208). Cambridge University Press. Discipline based - other, Published, 2008.
  • Bigelow, L., & Nicholas Argyres. (2008). Make-or-Buy Revisited: A Population-Wide Test of Transaction Cost Alignment. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 66, 791-807. Discipline based - refereed, Published, 2008.
  • Bigelow, L., & Nicholas Argyres. (2007). Do Transaction Costs Matter for Survival at All Stages of the Industry Lifecycle?. Management Science. 53, 1332-1344. Discipline based - refereed, Published, 2007.
  • Bigelow, L.(2006). Technology Choice, Transaction Alignment and Survival: The Impact of Sub-Population Governance Structure. (pp. 301-334). Advances in Strategic Management. Discipline based - other, Published, 2006.
  • Bigelow, L., & Glenn R. Carroll, Marc-David Seidel, Lucia Tsai. (1997). Legitimation, Geographical Scale, and Organizational Density: Regional Patterns of Foundings of American Automobile Producers, 1885-1981. Social Science Research. 26, 377-398. Discipline based - refereed, Published, 1997.
  • Bigelow, L., & Glenn R. Carroll, Marc-David Seidel, Lucia Tsai. (1996). The Fates of De Novo and De Alio Producers in the American Automobile Industry 1885-1981.. Strategic Management Journal. 17, 117-137. Discipline based - refereed, Published, 1996.