When Time Away Sparks Time at Work: Time-Off as a Source of Competitive Advantage for Innovation

Working Papers

The management view of human capital as a source of sustained competitive advantage
has driven research on how strategic human resource practices affect organizational performance. This paper focuses on how a firm’s time-off policy can be a source of competitive advantage in entrepreneurial settings, particularly for innovation.Read More

Predicting Startup Survival Using the Normalized Burn Rate

Working Papers

How much to spend is a key managerial decision for entrepreneurs. Arguments favoring lean startups rely on the burden of rapid growth, reduced monitoring costs or the ineffcient use of cash. Arguments favoring high “burn rates” rely on the early creation of economies of scale and complementary assets; and the motivation benefits of efficiency wages and experimentation.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

Strategy, Human Capital Investments, Business-Domain Capabilities, and Performance: A Study in the Global Software Services Industry

Published Research

In knowledge-based industries, continuous human-capital investments are essential for firms to enhance capabilities and sustain competitive advantage. However, such investments present a dilemma for firms, because human resources are mobile.Read More

Can Employee Training Lead to Higher Profits?

Does intensive internal training of employees lead to higher profits? In knowledge-based industries where the main asset is skilled professionals such as software engineers, the answer is yes, according to Senior Fellow Joydeep Chatterjee. But not all training yields equal benefits.Read More

How individuals shape the capabilities of firms: Evidence from corporate acquisitions and entrepreneurial spawning

Working Papers

Acquisitions are an attractive means of exploration (sourcing innovation and new technologies externally) as well as exploitation (capturing economic value from existing resources through economies of scale); they shape the capabilities of firms and critically impact the longevity of firms and their competitive advantage.Read More