Research Seminars

Madison Avenue Meets Wall Street: Mutual Fund Families, Advertising, and Competition

Speaker: Laura STARKS

15 December 2005 - From 14h30 to 16h00


From Arms Length to Bear Hug: Theoretical Clarification and Test of the Value-Conversion Assumption

Speaker: Stoyan SGOUREV
Stanford University

14 December 2005 - From 10h30 to 12h00


Sustained Competitive Advantage -- Traits of Persistent

Speaker: Alfred MARCUS
Carlson School of Management - Minnesota

13 December 2005 - From 16h30 to 18h00

How common is sustained competitive advantage and disadvantage? What are the traits that distinguish between firms that achieve sutained competitive advantage and sustained competitive disadvantage? I report on research I have done on 9 pairs of companies half of which were consistent winners between 1992-2002 and half of which were consistent losers. I argue that what distinguished the winners from the losers is that they achieved a balance among traits -- they were in a sweet spot and showed agility, discipline, and focus. In contrast the losing firms were in a sour spot and showed rigidity, ineptness, and diffuseness. I provide detail about how the companies exhibited these contrasting sets of characteristics and speculate on what the findings may mean for a theory of competitive advantage. I also discuss the connnection between this research and work I have on corporate social responsibility.

Speaker: Andrea PRAT

8 December 2005 - From 14H30 to 16H00


"Product innovations, advertising spending and stock returns"

Speaker: Shuba Srinivasan
University of California, USA

8 December 2005 - From 16h00 to 17h30

Individuals as Institutional Entrepreneurs: the Enabling Role of Individuals'social position

Speaker: Julie BATTILANA

6 December 2005 - From 16h10 to 17h30


The Re-invention and Extinction of Tradition

Speaker: Tina DACIN
Queen's University-Canada

30 November 2005 - From 14h30 to 16h00

"The concept of tradition has been studied in sociology, anthropology, and cultural geography. Much of the work that examines traditions has tended to view them as being rather invariant in nature. In this historical case study, we draw upon ideas from work on culture, identity and institutional change to understand the evolving nature of traditions. More generally, we ask the following questions: How and why are traditions created? How are traditions re-invented? What is the process of extinction?

In order to answer these questions we focus on the changing character and potency of a single tradition over time and study the Texas A & M University tradition of Bonfire from 1909-2002. Our study of this tradition specifically examines the co-evolution of the university and the tradition over time by focusing on changes in identity, resource mobilization, custodians, contests and strategies. Our findings illuminate a number of important themes that provide an understanding of the boundaries and changing nature of traditions".

"The influence of causal conditional reasoning on the acceptance of product claims"

Speaker: Elise CHANDON
University of Florida, USA

29 November 2005 - From 16h15 to 17h30

"An integrative Perspective of Companies Complaint Mamangement and Resulting Customers Reactions"

Speaker: Nicole KOSCHATE
University of Manheim

24 November 2005 - From 16h00 to 17h30

“2-way Kidney Exchange and Beyond”

Speaker: Utku ÜNVER

22 November 2005 - From 14h30 to 16h00