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Top 10 articles
Corporate Strategy Analysis: General Electric Co. (1981-2008) - A Case Study
The Private Equity Buyout of Alliance Boots (Case Study with Teaching Notes)
Consumer Behaviour Analysis and The Behavioural Perspective Model
Successful Organizational Development and Growing Pains
SME Survival Clusters in Developing Countries (With Case Studies)
Virgin Galactic: Crafting a Blue Ocean Strategy in Space
The Power Regime Perspective: Power and Business Choices in Food and Farming Supply Chains
Business and Cimate Change: Key Challenges in the Face of Policy Uncertainty and Economic Recession
Competitive Advantage and Cultural Research
Learning Leadership from Barack Obama - a Short Case Study
 Featured Article 
Economists' Hubris - The Case of Equity Asset Management

In this, the fourth article in the economists’ hubris paper series we look at the contributions of academic thought to the field of asset management. We find that while the theoretical aspects of the modern portfolio theory are valuable they offer little insight into how the asset management industry actually operates, how its executives are compensated, and how their performances are measured.


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Fairness Norms and Self-interest in Venture Capital/Entrepreneur Contracting and Performance

We consider the combined impact of agency problems and behavioural factors on venture capital/entrepreneur contracting and performance. Particularly, we develop a behavioural game-theoretic model in which a venture capitalist and an entrepreneur negotiate over their respective equity shares, and then exert value-adding efforts in running the business


The Biotechnology Cluster in San Diego: An Analysis of IPO Activity and Probability of Success for Firms

The biotech cluster in San Diego is dominated by small firms, with approximately 73% of the firms employing between 1 to 49 employees. Among the main important sources of financing for the biotech companies are venture capital and initial public offerings


Reconciling Managerial and Economic Views in Competitive Advantage Research

Competitive advantage is a seemingly ubiquitous concept in business research. Its association with extraordinary firm performance results in interest from managerial audiences, as well as from economists, who hope to explain extraordinary value creation and appropriation


Economists' Hubris - The Case of Risk Management

In this, the third paper in the Economists’ Hubris series; we highlight the shortcomings of academic thought in developing models that can be used by financial institutions to institute effective enterprise-wide risk management systems and policies. We find that pretty much all of the models fail when put under intense scientific examinations and that we still have a long way to go before we can develop models that can indeed be effective


"There is no Spoon": Towards a Framework for the Classification of Virtual Brands and Management of Brand Precession

This paper considers the case of two fictional brands (‘Duff Beer’ and ‘Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans’) and one computer-synthesized brand (‘Aimee Weber’) and the attachment of these brands to physical products in the real and virtual worlds. The authors contend these cases are not merely manifestations of the \"reverse product placement\" process but are representative of a wider phenomenon, labelled “brand precession”


Non-executive Directors in the Profit and Non-profit Sector: A Different Approach Towards Governance?

After the recent scandals and the introduction of new corporate governance codes, non-executive directors (NED\'s) and supervisors have started playing an increasingly important role in providing the ‘checks and balances’ of organizations. Little is known about the way in which NED\'s fulfill their supervisory role


From Behavioural to Emotional Corporate Finance: A New Research Direction

This paper extends the work of Taffler and Tuckett (2005) on Emotional Finance by proposing a new development, namely Emotional Corporate Finance. We argue that managers view their projects as phantastic objects and develop a formal approach that considers the effects of managerial phantasy on the investment appraisal decision, project performance and managerial entrapment in a losing project


The Click Chain

This article analyses the methods of attracting customers to retail websites and then satisfying their needs. Porter’s value chain is adapted to the online retail environment to create a model termed “the click chain”, which analyses how users, termed “clicks”, come to a website identifying a variety of sources


Hiring Chances Are Bad For Older Workers

It is often claimed that work opportunities decline with age,‭ ‬that hiring chances of older persons are poor. We investigate this by collecting questionnaire responses from personnel managers of German manufacturing firms, eliciting a hypothetical hiring decision based on three fictitious candidates


Female Directors on Corporate Boards Provide Legitimacy to a Company - A Resource Dependency Perspective

This study addresses the research question why some companies do and others do not have women on their boards. This study provides evidence on the organizational characteristics that affect the likelihood of women being appointed


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