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Updated: 2017-12-17T17:21:19Z


Personality Traits of Entrepreneurs: A Review of Recent Literature


This paper by Sari Pekkala Kerr, William R. Kerr, and Tina Xu brings together recent findings in the academic literature on the prevalence of various personality traits among entrepreneurs and their impact on venture performance.

The Real Exchange Rate, Innovation and Productivity


Addressing debates on the effects of real exchange rate (RER) movements on the economy,Laura Alfaro and colleagues examine manufacturing firm-level effects of medium-term fluctuations, in particular firm-level productivity across a wide range of countries.

New Research and Ideas, December 12, 2017


When Donald Trump comes knocking ... How important to success is an entrepreneur's personality? ... A new theory on what motivates us at work.

The Use and Misuse of Patent Data: Issues for Corporate Finance and Beyond


Corporate finance researchers who analyze patent data are at risk of making highly predictable errors. The problem arises from dramatic changes in the direction and location of technological innovation (and patenting practice) over recent decades. This paper by Josh Lerner and Amit Seruexplains the pitfalls and suggests practical steps for avoiding them.

'Don’t Show Up Empty-handed' and Other Tips for Finding the Right Job at a Startup


Jeffrey Bussgang's new book, "StartUpLand," is an essential guide for finding work at a startup.

Is It Time To Break Up Amazon, Apple, Facebook, or Google?


The US government has in recent years been reluctant to pursue antitrust measures against dominant competitors, but that could change in 2018. James Heskett asks: Are tech's Big 4 killing the competition unfairly?

Does Financial Misconduct Affect the Future Compensation of Alumni Managers?


Analyzing data from an executive search firm, this paper explains how former employees who are free from wrongdoing still pay a price in stigma after incidents of corporate financial misconduct. The finding is potentially disquieting for all managers, because it suggests that one’s human capital can be impaired even long after one moves on and suggests the need for developing a human capital strategy for reacting to misconduct of past employers.

Trials and Terminations: Learning from Competitors' R&D Failures


When companies terminate R&D projects, it has ripple effects on the project selection decisions of rival firms and the broader competitive environment. Examining firm responses to others’ failures, this paper introduces a new model of R&D investment decisions, and empirically investigates when knowledge generated by rivals directly enters specific project investment decisions.

What We've Learned from 101 Entrepreneurs in Emerging Markets


Harvard Business School’s project exploring the evolution of business leadership in emerging economies has reached an important milestone. Project leaders Geoffrey Jones and Tarun Khanna discuss what's been learned from the Creating Emerging Markets project so far.