Sustainability indices: do investors actually care?
In the face of social, environmental, and financial disruptions, more attention is being paid to corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies, and sustainability benchmarks have multiplied. But does a firm's listing in a CSR index really matter to investors? HEC researchers investigated how important inclusion in the leading global CSR benchmark, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World, is to investors.
Using mini cases to facilitate the learning in Management Accounting
In this mini article, Véronique Malleret, HEC Emeritus Professor of Accounting and Management Control, talks about business case study “5 short cases in Management Accounting - Full Cost Methods”, top case in Accounting & Control (CCMP 2017), for which she received the prize for the best mini cases in 2017. Professor Malleret was also the winner of the HEC Foundation best article Prize in 1995 and of the David Solomon Prize for her article in Management Accounting Research in 2004. Interview below.
Why "doing well by doing good" is not as simple as they say
“Socially responsible behavior leads to increased financial performance over time”, or at least this is the mantra that has come to dominate business doctrine. Studies into whether this claim is true in practice have had mixed results, and, in their new research, Professors Afshin Mehrpouya and Imran Chowdhury explore why.
How storytelling can increase support for whistleblowers
Whistleblowers are often condemned by society, but they can be key to uncovering scandal. Hervé Stolowy, Luc Paugam and co-researchers Yves Gendron and Jodie Moll uncover how whistleblowers can tell their stories to better promote the positive aspects of their role for society and increase their legitimacy.
How to fix the regulation of 'too big to fail' banks
Some banks are too big to fail, meaning they'll likely be bailed out by the government if facing bankruptcy. To avoid such banks behaving recklessly at the expense of the taxpayer, banking regulators have imposed safety nets, based on risk calculation. A trio of researchers uncovers flaws in the risk-scoring system and proposes simple improvements – but will they be heard?
Thinking through cannabis markets
The relationship between cannabis and society is a long and deeply contested one. Throughout history, cannabis has been associated with everything from health, leisure, and pop culture to criminal and immoral behavior. But beyond the simple debate about whether cannabis is good or bad, the study of cannabis markets needs interdisciplinarity, to know what is required to construct an effective and fair contested market.
Analytics in the Era of Big Data: Opportunities and Challenges
This special issue of Knowledge@HEC highlights several research projects and teaching initiatives at HEC Paris in the context of big data and business analytics. Nowadays it does not take much to convince students or managers alike of the importance of data for businesses. As Wedel and Kannan (2016) put it, “data is the oil of the digital economy”. Indeed, data is completely transforming organizations, and data-driven decision making is becoming more and more a part of a company’s core. In an increasing digital world, all of us are walking data generators, leaving long data trails: we have more data on everything.
Colorado: when cannabis has created its own market
One is reminded of just how much has changed since the decades-long "War on Drugs" when walking past the brightly colored marijuana dispensaries in downtown Denver, each filled with a dizzying array of products—not just the flower or bud that one typically expects, but oils, resins, infused drinks and candies, as well as patches and creams. This is only made possible because residents in the state of Colorado, as in other states, have voted in favor of legalizing the cultivation and sale of cannabis for medical and recreational uses in 2000 and 2012 respectively. These ballot measures have set off what is often described as Colorado’s “green rush”: a wave of entrepreneurial activity to transform and to bring to market those practices of cannabis cultivation, sale, and consumption that have for decades operated in the shadows of illegality. Tommaso Palermo, Daniel Martinez and Dane Pflueger have been studying the emergence of this new market.