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Are outside CEOs detrimental to innovation?

The slow down in investment in innovation in large corporation is obviously concerning but it is also puzzling. In a recent SMJ paper, Trey Cummings and Anne Marie Knott argue that some of that decline may be the unintended consequence of corporations relying on outside CEOs. According to the authors, the emphasis on general managerial […]

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How Do Investors React to Covert Political Activity of Corporations?

Corporate political activity in the United States has been a growing and increasingly controversial phenomenon following the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizen’s United case (2010). In Citizen’s United, the Supreme Court stated that because of freedom of speech considerations, the government cannot restrict political expenditures of corporations. Corporations may have many reasons to contribute […]

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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? https://soundcloud.com/researchchatter/rc-2-new-economics-of-management Research cited in the discussion: 1) “New Empirical Economics of Management” Bloom, Lemos, Sadun, Scur, and Van Reenen. Centre for […]

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Research Chatter 1: Venture Accelerators

We discuss the latest research on seed accelerators for new founding teams. What are they? Do they actually accelerate new ventures? What are researchers finding about how accelerators impact founders, firms, cities, and regions?