The Dark Side of Outsourcing: Task Scope, Vendor Relationships, and Value Creation in IT Services

Funded Research Proposal

As outsourcing expands in scope to increasingly higher-end tasks, the tension between value creation and appropriation in such inter-firm relationships raises important questions regarding the extent to which a firm should outsource activities in the value-chain and engage with its suppliers.Read More

Changing Demand of Skills in the U.S. Labor Market: Evidence Based on the Text Analysis of Online Job Postings

Funded Research Proposal

The labor market in the United States is undergoing substantial changes. Demand for traditional skills is declining. A large fraction of old manufacturing jobs were outsourced; and the new ones that have returned to the U.S. are often heavily automated with industrial robots and demand a new set of skills from the workers. Read More

Forecasting of Emerging Technologies Using Crowdsourced Tournaments

Funded Research Proposal

We are working with Philip Tetlock and his team at Good Judgment Inc. (GJ) under the auspices of the Program on Vehicle and Mobility Innovation (PVMI), to design and host a pilot technology forecasting tournament focusing on emerging technologies in vehicles. Read More

Commercializing University Technology

Funded Research Proposal

University-based research is an important generator of fundamental scientific knowledge in society, and may also be the basis for valuable commercial activity. We aim to update and extend our knowledge of the processes of translating academic discoveries and inventions by studying the administrative data from Penn Center for Innovation (PCI). Read More

Patent Litigation Risk and VC Investments

Funded Research Proposal

As VC firms have an acute interest in high-tech companies, they potentially bear substantial risk of patent litigation. In this project, we aim at looking into the following questions: how do ex-ante and ex-post patent litigation risks affect VC firms’ investment strategies and how those risks is propagated among all portfolio companies they have invested?Read More

Confrontation or Collaboration: The Role of Social Movements in Innovation Outcomes

Funded Research Proposal

The past decade has witnessed an explosion in research at the intersection of markets and social movements, with an increasing acknowledgment of social movements as key drivers of change in organizations and markets. Social movements create new products and markets, change practices in existing organizations, and can have profound impacts on the commercialization of innovation. Read More

Organizational Matching

Funded Research Proposal

For relatively large firms, especially multinationals, it is often a difficult human resource task to assign employees to different country offices, departments, divisions, or teams in the best possible way. This task can be extremely delicate and complex, especially when a company has many employees to go through the (re)assignment process. Read More

Cascading Effects of Corporate Taxation in the Firm Network: Bonus Depreciation and Dividend Tax Cut Cases

Funded Research Proposal

Under the Trump administration, corporate tax policies have been recently attracting more and more attention. While there are papers studying direct effects of corporate tax, there is no research on indirect effects of corporate tax through the firm network. Read More

Man vs. the Machine: How Automation can Reduce Team Productivity

Funded Research Proposal

In this study we are concerned with the rational reasons for why in human-machine systems, the productivity of the man can be lower compared to the productivity of the man in the human-human systems. We explain the observation by the distortion of incentives which is required to motivate the remaining men in workplace. Read More

Managing the Threat of Disruption Due to Technological Innovation

Funded Research Proposal

This proposal is to fund a first study as part of a longer-term initiative to better understand the threat of disruption from technological innovation. Disruption as a term has come to be used so frequently that it has lost specific meaning. In the larger project, I aim to bring precision to the term and focus on two specific questions. Read More

Organizational Learning and Integration Capabilities: A Study of Corporate Development Professionals in the S&P 500

Funded Research Proposal

In this project, I plan to study the questions of how firms learn and why they fail to learn in the context of post-merger integration. Existing works on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) argue that M&A is an important source of innovation and growth for firms. Read More

Vigilant Leadership and Disruptive Innovations

Funded Research Proposal

In 2004 the Mack Institute sponsored a conference on “Peripheral Vision: Detecting the Weak Signals that can Make or Break Your Company,” that led to a book of the same title with Paul Schoemaker, and seven further articles. During the past decade our approach has been applied to dozens of companies and spawned two major research initiatives. Read More