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Can Mutual Fund Competition Drive Returns?

Based on the research of Gerard Hoberg, Nitin Kumar and Nagpurnanand Prabhala. Though mutual funds are increasingly popular as investment vehicles, the factors that drive their returns are not fully understood. How can investors better understand how well a fund has done relative to its competition? Research by Professors Nitin Kumar, Gerard Hoberg and Nagpurnanand Prabhala answers these questions. The Indian mutual …

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Ranking Indian Cities: The Smart Cities Index

The newly developed Smart Cities Index provides a comprehensive framework for assessing the quality of city services for the 53 million plus cities in India across a variety of characteristics. Analysts at the ISB Punj Lloyd Institute of Infrastructure Management, Ashish Mohan and Tryambakesh Kumar Shukla reveal the journey behind the development of the Index and highlight the glaring data …

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Can Trade Save Forests?

Based on the research of Lingchao Li, Jinlong Liu, Baodong Cheng, Ashwini Chhatre, Jiayun Dong, and Wenyuan Liang Export-oriented manufacturing and service activity as well as foreign direct investment: these are the surprising ingredients of an economic trajectory that promotes forest growth in developing economies, find Professor Ashwini Chhatre and his colleagues. They also caution, however, that forest quality measures such …

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How To Prevent Your Inventor From Exiting The Firm

Will the inventor leave the firm? Professor Daniel Tzabbar argues that an inventor’s position within a firm’s social and knowledge networks affects the likelihood of an exit. Inventors who are integrated into the company’s social network may move to a new employer but are less likely to join or form a spinout. And those patent holders on whom others depend …

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Access versus Innovation in Global Healthcare Markets

Access to affordable medicines and healthcare today comes with a dynamic trade-off in terms of potential disincentives for innovation tomorrow. Using theory and techniques from applied microeconomics, Professor Chirantan Chatterjee examines these trade-offs and their welfare implications in research set in United States and Indian healthcare and pharmaceutical markets. Chirantan Chatterjee is Assistant Professor in the Economics and Public Policy area …

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Offline choice, online sale: Consumer pseudo-showrooming

Brick and mortar stores face the issue of consumer showrooming i.e., consumers inspect a product at a physical store, but buy it from a different seller online. Combining online and offline sales channels can encourage consumer pseudo-showrooming, i.e., consumers can check out some products offline, but buy the same or a related product from the same seller͛s online store, argue …

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Developing the Next Generation Leadership for Family Business

Smooth inter-generational leadership transition is critical for the long-term survival of business organisations. In the family business context, passing on the baton to effective next-generation leaders is crucial for the continuity of family legacy. For this transition to happen effectively, it is important that family businesses develop their next generation members in a systematic manner that prudently builds their capabilities …

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How to Prevent Soft-targeting in Government Performance Management Systems

We do not have to be a trained psychoanalyst to know this much — we humans are wired to seek pleasure and avoid pain. Referred to as the “pleasure principle” it was made famous by Sigmund Freud in German as “lustprinzip.” It is, therefore, hardly surprising that the preference for “soft-targets” is a near universal phenomenon. Anyone designing a government performance …

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