Research Seminar “SYNERGIZE! AMBIDEXTROUS LEARNERS, INCOMPETENCE TRAPS, LEARNER TYPES AND DIALECTICAL TECHNIQUES” by Dmitry Khanin
WHEN: Friday, November 24, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE: Block C3 (GSB/GSPP Building), 3rd floor, Room 3038
We approach exploration and exploitation as two dialectically interrelated, complementary activities that must create synergies, i.e., synergize to attain superior performance in any activity, education included. Hence, we assert that incompetence traps (ICs) arise when exploration and exploitation are not sufficiently developed, balanced or synergized leading to faulty perceptions, reflections, conceptions or actions. We show that ICs exhibit insensitivities to certain areas of experience and can be triggered by various individual and group biases. Fortunately, some learner types, as we argue here, may be more resistant to specific ICs than other learner types. Therefore, individuals identified as such learner types should be urged to act as Dialectical Advocates (DAs) helping the student team to unravel its ICs. The rest of the team should act as Dialectical Inquirers (DIs) critiquing DAs and collaborating with them to continually revise team’s perceptions, reflections, conceptions, and actions, and thus, synergize exploration and exploitation.
Dr. Dmitry Khanin’s research is located at the intersection of organizational behavior and entrepreneurship as well as organizational behavior and family business. Specifically, Dmitry has researched venture capitalists’ and entrepreneurs’ decision making (especially decision making biases), conflicts between venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, entrepreneur regret, entrepreneurs’ intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation, social entrepreneurship, family’s commitment to family business, turnover in family business, barriers to entrepreneurship, incompetence traps that undermine individual learning, etc. In addition, Dmitry has done research in the areas of strategic management and international business, specifically on corporate restatements and boards of directors, venture capitalists’ networks and international alliances. Dmitry Khanin’s recent paper with Atanu Rakshit on CEOs of family businesses has won the first prize at the Family Enterprise Research Conference (FERC) in Asheville, NC (US). Dmitry Khanin is also the host of a weekly television show “Business School” on Atameken Business Channel. He is the Captain of the National Team of Kazakhstan, a member of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) since 2014, and the lead author of the Kazakhstan GEM Report (2016).