Research Chatter 6: Experimental Capitalism

In this episode we discuss Steven Klepper’s new book, Experimental Capitalism. The book synthesizes Klepper’s wide-ranging industry studies to examine the origins and impact of US high tech industries. Where did some of America’s greatest industries come from and why did they falter? What was the role of government in fostering them? We talk about… More Research Chatter 6: Experimental Capitalism

Research Chatter 5: Is Corporate Social Responsibility for Real?

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is one of the hottest topics in classrooms and boardrooms around the world. But do we really know that companies that “do good” also “do well”? And are companies actually making real social impact with all of these heavily-publicized initiatives? In this episode of Research Chatter, we review cutting edge work on CSR that… More Research Chatter 5: Is Corporate Social Responsibility for Real?

Research Chatter 4: Is disruptive innovation still a useful theory?

Disruptive innovation is an idea that leapt from the pages of Strategic Management Journal to the lips of business people and entrepreneurs around the world. But its widespread, sometimes indiscriminate, application has lead to a backlash against the very concept. In this episode of the research chatter we discuss what the theory actually says; what the research… More Research Chatter 4: Is disruptive innovation still a useful theory?

Research Chatter 3: Can Big Companies Succeed as Venture Capitalists?

This month we meet up in person at the SMS conference in Denver. In our free-wheeling, face to face discussion we talk about research on corporate venture capital. When big companies invest in speculative ventures, like Google’s billion dollar investment in Space X, does it payoff? Can companies learn from their investments? How? Research cited in… More Research Chatter 3: Can Big Companies Succeed as Venture Capitalists?

Research Chatter 2: (How) Do Managers Add Value?

In this episode we discuss recent research on the economics of management. How do managers add value to companies… and to economies? Given their value, why are good management practices so slow to spread? Research cited in the discussion: 1) “New Empirical Economics of Management” Bloom, Lemos, Sadun, Scur, and Van Reenen. Centre for Economic… More Research Chatter 2: (How) Do Managers Add Value?