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

Plant Operations and Product Recalls in the Automotive Industry: An Empirical Investigation

Published Research

While there is overwhelming support for the negative consequences of product recalls, empirical evidence of operational drivers of recalls is almost nonexistent. In this study, we identify product variety, plant variety, and capacity utilization as drivers of subsequent manufacturing-related recalls.Read More

Is Tom Cruise Threatened? An Empirical Study of the Impact of Product Variety on Demand Concentration

Published Research

We empirically examine the impact of expanded product variety on demand concentration using large data sets from the movie rental industry as our test bed. We find that product variety is likely to increase demand concentration.Read More

The Impact of New Product Introduction on Plant Productivity in the North American Automotive Industry

Published Research

Product launch—an event when a new product debuts for production in a plant—is an important phase in product development. But launches disrupt manufacturing operations, resulting in productivity losses. Using data from North American automotive plants from years 1999–2007, we estimate that a product launch entails an average productivity loss of 12%–15% at the plant level.Read More

Capacity Investment Timing by Start-ups and Established Firms in New Markets

Published Research

We analyze the competitive capacity investment timing decisions of both established firms and start-ups entering new markets which are characterized by a high degree of demand uncertainty. Firms may invest in capacity early (when the market is highly uncertain) or late (when market uncertainty has been resolved), possibly at different costs.Read More

Revenue Management with Strategic Customers: Last-Minute Selling and Opaque Selling

Published Research

Companies in a variety of industries (e.g., airlines, hotels, theaters) often use last-minute sales to dispose of unsold capacity. Although this may generate incremental revenues in the short term, the long-term consequences of such a strategy are not immediately obvious.Read More