Friede Springer Scholarship Holders: Academic Growth through Conference Participation

Linh Nguyen, Anirban Ash (HHL)

As part of their doctoral training at HHL, both Friede Springer scholarship holders from the Center for Advanced Studies in Management (CASiM), Anirban Ash and Linh Nguyen, have lately enjoyed the opportunities to introduce their work to the wider research community in prominent international conferences worldwide.

Anirban AshAnirban Ash (right) reckons that bringing his papers on the evolution of trust in client-banker relationships to the BMM Conference in London and the IMP Conference in Kolding has helped him to receive valuable, specific feedback from veteran academics. The doctoral research project “The evolution of trust in the relationship between investment bankers and their clients” by Anirban Ash addresses some of the agency problems in the relationship between investment bankers and their clients and by doing so attempts to capture the evolution trust from a feeling of indifference in the minds of the clients. The thesis proposes a model of trust evolution and attempts to capture the evolution of trust as the investment banker-client relationship progresses with time. The validity of this model will be tested during the tenure of the doctoral thesis with a blend of methodological tools like qualitative and case study research methods.

Linh NguyenOn the other hand, Linh Nguyen (left), whose papers on the dynamics of trust in strategic alliances were admitted to the AIB annual meeting in Bangalore and the EGOS colloquium in Athens, stresses that through these conferences, she has gained a broader understanding of the contemporary trends in academia, particularly in the trust research.

The research of Linh Nguyen aims to examine the development of trust at two different hierarchical levels, namely corporate level and operating level, and the varying effects of these two types of trust on alliance performance. The goal of her doctoral project is to advance the theoretical knowledge base of trust and to inform firms of their roles in aligning trust and expectations between corporate-level managers and operating-level employees toward the partner organization for effective implementation of a cooperative relationship.

The young researcher says, “Strategic alliances constitute a very specific context where those who frame the strategic intentions of collaborating organizations are often distinct from those who actually implement them.Yet, the vast majority of the existing trust literature rests on an implicit assumption of within-organization homogeneity, which is manifest in trust researchers’ equation of the chief executive and the organization, without regard to the other organizational members who may participate in the alliance and who may differ from the chief executive in their trusting perceptions, experiences, and behaviours.”

Both young researchers converge in the view that attending academic conferences is a truly rewarding experience, which makes positive, long-lasting impacts on their personal and professional development.