Online Learning with Randomized Neural Networks

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Arielle Anderer, PhD Candidate, The Wharton School; Hamsa Bastani, Operations, Information and Decisions, The Wharton School; Divya Singhvi, NYU Stern Abstract: This project adapts online learning techniques to unstructured data, focusing on neural networks. We posit a non-parametric multi-armed bandit algorithm with context that uses a neural network for itsRead More

Implications of Revenue Models and Technology for Content Moderation Strategies

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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

The Peril of Pay Variability: Determinants of Worker Aversion to Variable Compensation in Lower-Wage Jobs

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Uber. Upwork. TaskRabbit. The world of work is transforming and my research agenda attempts to identify and explain 1) how work is changing and 2) how these changes affect workers, especially those who are marginalized or vulnerable.Read More

Towards a Causal Theory and Test of Network Effects: Structural Holes, Alliance-Network Externalities, and Organizational Innovation

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We investigate whether the effect of network position on innovation is causal or spurious. Although empirical evidence demonstrates that certain structural positions in alliance networks (e.g. structural holes) affect firm innovation, it is hard to disentangle the factors allowing a firm to put itself in a certain position from the innovation outcomes that stem from being in that position.Read More

When Should the Off-grid Sun Shine at Night? Optimum Renewable Generation and Energy Storage Investments.

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Globally, 1.5 billion people live off the grid, their only access to electricity often limited to operationally-expensive fossil fuel generators. Solar power has risen as a sustainable and less expensive option, but its generation is variable during the day and non-existent at night.Read More

Pricing in Service Platforms: Who Should Set the Prices?

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Tolga Dizdarer, PhD Candidate, The Wharton School, Gerry Tsoukalas, Operations, Information & Decisions, The Wharton School, and Gérard Cachon, Operations, Information & Decisions, The Wharton School Abstract: Service platforms like Uber and AirBnb create markets that connect customers with service providers. Platforms provide the medium of interaction and receive commissions fromRead More

Privately Owned Battery Storage: Re-Shaping the Utility Business Case

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How can rooftop solar owners capture economic value from investing in battery technologies? Storage adds at least three strategic options for homeowners that previously could only directly consume solar generation and sell any excess instantaneously, thus they traditionally relied on feed-in tariffs or other subsidies.Read More

Friend or Foe: How Social Movements Impact Firm Innovation

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We investigate the impact social movements have on firm-level innovation through private politics. We distinguish between contentious private politics, or contentious targeting of firms by activists, and cooperative private politics, when activists engage firms in formal collaborations.Read More

The Effects of Content Ephemerality on Information Processing

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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

Consumer Preferences and Firm Technology Choice

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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

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

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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

Understanding the Relationship between Divestitures and Innovation

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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