Can Telematics Technology Help Improve Driving Behavior?

Funded Research Proposal

Technological innovation is changing the landscape of many industries, and automotive telematics devices are perhaps the most disruptive technology for the auto insurance industry and most automotive manufacturers have plans to develop telematics. Moreover, a number of startup companies use telematics devices in various applications. Read More

Stuck in the Middle: Decomposing the Status-Innovation Nexus

Funded Research Proposal

This study explores the link between status and innovation. While extant studies have tended to treat status as uni-dimensional and static, evidence suggests that it may be multifaceted and dynamic. Taking individual inventors as the primary level of analysis, the project decomposes status into different associative (e.g. where the inventor was trained) and achieved dimensions (e.g. her professional standing in the field).Read More

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

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 Firm-Level Innovation

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

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

Alpha Assets: Building and Sustaining Competitive Advantage Through 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

Revisiting the Locus of Experience: A Study on Corporate Development Executives, Organizational Learning and M&A Performance

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

Bilateral Rating Systems in Online Marketplaces: Design and Impact

Funded Research Proposal

In recent years, digital innovations have fundamentally changed how many services and resources are put together and deployed. These include marketplaces like Uber and Airbnb that help match decentralized supply with demand. Read More

From Invention to Innovation: A Multi-Study Investigation of Firm Strategy and Outcomes in Clinical Trials

Funded Research Proposal

The translation of invention to innovation is a topic that has received significant research attention in recent times. Scholars have recognized that our understanding of the factors that shape whether and when innovative technologies arise and transform industries cannot be complete without comprehending how scientific or technological discovery evolves into commercial adoption. Read More

The Gig Economy and Postsecondary Schooling: The Interaction between Technological Innovation and Skill Investment

Funded Research Proposal

The flexible work arrangements offered by online peer-to-peer platforms allow individuals new opportunities to generate income and alleviate credit constraints. Because workers make their own decisions regarding when and how long to work on the “gig jobs” offered by peer-to-peer platforms, peer-to-peer platforms offer workers the opportunity to work multiple jobs or engage in multiple long-term commitments while making money on the side.Read More