Research Interests

My research examines the interdependence of designing effective organizations and determining courses of competitive action in multiunit firms.  How firms address these challenges affects not only firm-level outcomes but also how competition unfolds within and across markets.  I study those managerial choices that structure the organization, define the nature of power and influence, and shape the firm’s competitive stance.  In doing so, I focus on delegation and control mechanisms that address complex and consequential organizational problems, such as competitive spillovers across units of multiunit firms or negative externalities across different types of firm activities.  I have pursued four central and interrelated questions in my research:



1.  How do firms use delegation and control mechanisms to manage intrafirm competitive spillovers across their subsidiaries? 

ˇ Sengul, M. & Gimeno, J. 2013. Constrained delegation: Limiting subsidiariesEdecision rights and resources in firms that compete across multiple industries. Administrative Science Quarterly, 58(3): 420-471.

ˇ Sengul, M., Gimeno, J., & Dial, J. 2012. Strategic delegation: A review, theoretical integration, and research agenda. Journal of Management, 38(1): 375-414. "An earlier version received: Honorable Mention, McKinsey/SMS Best Conference PrizeE/span>

ˇ Battilana, J., Gilmartin, M., Sengul, M., Pache, A.-C., & Alexander, J.  2010. Leadership competences for implementing planned organizational change. Leadership Quarterly, 21(3): 422-438.

ˇ Sengul, M. 2008. Essays on Delegation and Control in Multi-Unit Firms. Doctoral Dissertation, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.  "Wiley-Blackwell Outstanding Dissertation Award in Business Policy and Strategy, Finalist"

ˇ Work in Progress: Sengul, M. Structural cannibalization.


2.  How do firms use delegation and control mechanisms to manage negative externalities among their different activities, particularly when activities that help one organizational objective come at a cost to another?

ˇ Battilana, J. & Sengul, M. 2006. Interorganizational cooperation between not-for-profit organizations: A relational analysis. In O. Kyriakidou & M. Ozbilgin (Eds.), Relational Perspectives in Organizational Studies: A Research Companion: 197-220.  Edward Elgar.

ˇ Work in Progress: Battilana, J., Sengul, M., Pache, A.-C., & Model, J. Keeping a foot in both camps: Understanding the drivers of social performance in hybrid organizations.


3.  How do firms use delegation and control mechanisms to manage cognitive processes and mitigate potential biases in making organizational choices?

ˇ Obloj, T. & Sengul, M. 2012. Incentive life-cycles: Learning and the division of value in firms. Administrative Science Quarterly, 57(2): 305-347. "AOM HR Division’s Scholarly Achievement Award, Finalist"

ˇ Yu, T., Sengul, M., & Lester, R.H. 2008. Misery loves company: The spread of negative impacts resulting from an organizational crisis. Academy of Management Review, 33(2): 452-472.

ˇ Work in Progress: Sengul, M. & Obloj, T. A behavioral theory of multiunit firms.


4.  How do contingencies arising from firmsEembeddedness in broader competitive, socio-political, technological contexts influence their ability to deploy delegation and control mechanisms?

ˇ Rangan, S. & Sengul, M. 2009. The influence of macro structure in the international realm: IGO interconnectedness, export dependence, and immigration links in the foreign market performance of transnational firmsAdministrative Science Quarterly, 54(2): 229-267.  "An earlier version was nominated for: Carolyn Dexter Best International Paper Award"

ˇ Rangan, S. & Sengul, M. 2009. Information technology and transnational integration: Theory & evidence on the evolution of modern multinational enterprise. Journal of International Business Studies, 40 (9, JIBS40/AIB50 Anniversary Issue: Innovations in International Business Theory): 1496-1514. "Winner of Emerald Citation of Excellence Award for one of the top 50 management articles published in 2009 in the field of business and management"



ˇ Battilana, J., Anteby, M., & Sengul, M. 2010. The circulation of ideas across academic communities: When locals re-import exported ideas. Organization Studies, 31(6): 695-713.


Refereed Conference Proceedings

ˇ Rangan, S. & Sengul, M. 2006.  ICT influence on the internationalization-internalization coupling.  Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, Atlanta, GA.

ˇ Rangan, S. & Sengul, M. 2005. Institutional influences in multinational competitiveness: An empirical exploration. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, Honolulu, HI.

ˇ Yu, T., Lester, R.H., & Sengul, M. 2002. Reputation spillovers: How changes in corporate reputation affect competitive action.  Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, Denver, CO.





Teaching Interests

My teaching interests are in the areas of strategic management, competitive analysis, and research methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  I currently teach the capstone undergraduate strategy course, Strategic Management, and an MBA elective, Industry and Competitive Analysis




ˇ IMAX (A): The Introduction of Digital Media Re-Mastering Technology (ECCH 312-265-1)

ˇ IMAX (B): Ten Years with DMR (ECCH 312-266-1)

ˇ IMAX (A) and IMAX (B) Teaching Note (ECCH 312-265-8)

ˇ Garmin: Follow the Leader













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Metin Sengul
Carroll School of Management, Boston College

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Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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