“Mobility Becomes Electric”: New White Paper With Engine No. 1

We’re proud to announce the publication of a new white paper written by John Paul MacDuffie, Director of the Program on Vehicle and Mobility Innovation, and published by investment firm Engine No. 1. Entitled “Mobility Becomes Electric: The Role of Automotive OEMs in Speeding the Battery Electric Vehicle Future,” theRead More

Doing Good for (Maybe) Nothing: How Reward Uncertainty Shapes Observer Responses to Prosocial Behavior

Working Papers

Consumers are often skeptical of social innovation (e.g., CSR), thinking that firms undertake such innovations to increase profit rather than to “do the right thing.” How can firms convey the social and monetary benefits of investing in social innovations to consumers and stakeholders to best improve their brand image?Read More

The Effects of Content Ephemerality on Information Processing

Working Papers

Most digital communication platforms store content and allow users to see it multiple times. Despite the benefits that recording content holds for both users and companies, many applications delete it after it was seen by the receiver (i.e., ephemeral communication channels). Read More

Clicks Bias in Editorial Decisions: How Does Popularity Shape Online News Coverage?

Published Research

Identifying whether newspaper editors focus on what is newsworthy or what is trendy when choosing stories is important for the design of media regulation. This column shows how the popularity of an article, reflected by online clicks, influences the coverage of the story.Read More

Social Media, Content Moderation, and Technology

Working Papers

This paper develops a theoretical model to study the economic incentives for a social media platform to moderate user-generated content. We show that a self-interested platform can use content moderation as an effective marketing tool to expand its installed user base, to increase the utility of its users, and to achieve its positioning as a moderate or extreme content platform. Read More

Collaborative Experience, Collaborative Performance and Subsequent Independent Operations: Evidence From the Global Aircraft Manufacturing Industry

Working Papers

This study examines the extent to which firms that are collaborating with other firms in a particular area of business subsequently change modes of governance and undertake independent activities in the same area of business. Read More

Consumer Preferences and Firm Technology Choice

Working Papers

Advances in intelligent technologies change the way consumers search and shop for products. Emerging is the trend of home-shopping devices such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home, which allow consumers to search or order products using voice commands.Read More

Understanding the Relationship between Divestitures and Innovation

Working Papers

Few studies have examined the impact of divestitures on the innovation performance of firms. In particular, little attention has been paid into how the divestiture of firms’ non-core businesses could influence the innovation outcomes of their core businesses. Read More