Imperial College London

Dr Ying-Ying Hsieh

Business School

Assistant Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship



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Publication Type

6 results found

Hsieh Y-Y, Wadhwa A, 2022, Designing a glass organization: Boundary decisions for coordination and control based on generalized trust, Academy of Management 2022, Publisher: Academy of Management, ISSN: 2151-6561

Conference paper

Hsieh Y-Y, Vergne J-P, Anderson P, Lakhani K, Reitzig Met al., 2019, Correction to: Bitcoin and the rise of decentralized autonomous organizations, Journal of Organization Design, Vol: 8, ISSN: 2245-408X

Journal article

Hsieh Y, Vergne J-P, 2018, Bitcoin and the rise of decentralized autonomous organizations, Journal of Organization Design, Vol: 7, Pages: 1-16, ISSN: 2245-408X

Bitcoin represents the first real-world implementation of a “decentralized autonomous organization” (DAO) and offers a new paradigm for organization design. Imagine working for a global business organization whose routine tasks are powered by a software protocol instead of being governed by managers and employees. Task assignments and rewards are randomized by the algorithm. Information is not channelled through a hierarchy but recorded transparently and securely on an immutable public ledger called “blockchain”. Further, the organization decides on design and strategy changes through a democratic voting process involving a previously unseen class of stakeholders called “miners”. Agreements need to be reached at the organizational level for any proposed protocol changes to be approved and activated.How do DAOs solve the universal problem of organizing with such novel solutions? What are the implications? We use Bitcoin as an example to shed light on how a DAO works in the cryptocurrency industry, where it provides a peer-to-peer, decentralized and disintermediated payment system that can compete against traditional financial institutions. We also invitedcommentaries from renowned organization scholars to share their views on this intriguing phenomenon.

Journal article

Hsieh Y-Y, vergne J-P, Wang S, 2017, The internal and external governance of blockchain-based organizations: evidence from cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin and beyond. Cryptocurrencies, blockchains, and global governance, Editors: Campbell-Verduyn, Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group, Pages: 48-68, ISBN: 9781315211909

Blockchain technology proposes to create value by decentralizing the creation, verification, validation, and secure storage of economic transactions, both within and between organizations. The chapter provides deeper understanding of how these blockchain solutions would be operated and by whom. It focuses on decentralization as the key dimension by which organizational governance forms vary. The chapter utilizes theory on organizational and corporate governance to unpack how blockchain-based organizations operate. It examines the relationship between internal and external governance design features and cryptocurrency returns. Blockchain-based organizations such as cryptocurrencies compete with traditional economic institutions by proposing alternative forms of organizational governance. Demand for cryptocurrencies mainly stems from two sources: first, consumers and merchants using cryptocurrencies as a means of payment; and second, investors holding a cryptocurrency as an investment, hoping that the price will rise. Many cryptocurrencies were created from the open-source Bitcoin software code, and follow the same open-source development model.

Book chapter

Chakravarty D, Hsieh Y-Y, Schotter APJ, Beamish PWet al., 2017, Multinational enterprise regional management centres: characteristics and performance, Journal of World Business, Vol: 52, Pages: 296-311, ISSN: 1090-9516

In multinational enterprises (MNEs), regional management centres (RMCs) most frequently take the form of either dedicated regional headquarters (RHQs) or regional management mandates (RMMs) assigned to operating subsidiaries. We identify a series of critical differences in characteristics and performance between RHQs and RMMs, using a longitudinal sample of 855 Japanese RMCs across 41 countries. We also investigate parent-level differences between MNEs with distinct RMC configurations. We propose a structural complement to regional strategy extensions of the integration-responsiveness framework, and provide an important large sample baseline, aiding new theoretical and empirical research into MNE regional management strategy and structure.

Journal article

Arjali├Ęs D-L, Hsieh Y-Y, Vergne J-P, 2017, A reply to Cohen’s “The Rise of Alternative Cryptocurrencies in Post-Capitalism.”, Journal of Management Studies, ISSN: 0022-2380

Journal article

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