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Factors affecting price setting in online auctions

Tue, 2012-05-22 12:00

This article studies the effects of product class and seller reputation on price-setting in online auctions. Sellers may offer price information to potential bidders through buy-now prices (BNPs) and starting prices (SPs). In two experiments, the authors show that for products with values that are difficult to assess, such price information affects bidders perception and willingness to pay.

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The use of favors by emerging market managers: Facilitator or inhibitor of international expansion?

Tue, 2012-05-22 12:00

This article explores the use of favors by emerging market managers, the impact of using favors on their firms' growth, legitimacy, and reputation in a variety of business environments, and how the use of favors affects firms' paths to international expansion.

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Robust Allocation of a Defensive Budget Considering an Attacker's Private Information

Tue, 2012-05-22 12:00

Attackers' private information is one of the main issues in defensive resource allocation games in homeland security. The outcome of a defense resource allocation decision critically depends on the accuracy of estimations about the attacker's attributes. However, terrorists' goals may be unknown to the defender, necessitating robust decisions by the defender.

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Professor Mary Dean Lee releases Executive Report on Change vs. Status Quo in Organizational Retirement Regimes

Mon, 2012-05-07 12:00

The study, based on interviews with Human Resource executives in twenty-four companies in Canada and Australia, explores how firms are responding to the retirement of large numbers of Baby Boomer professionals and managers.

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IT and Firm Agility: An Electronic Integration Perspective

Wed, 2012-05-02 12:00

Firms evolving in increasingly turbulent environments need to respond to market threats and opportunities with speed. At the same time, firms implement numerous information technologies (IT) in the hope of streamlining processes and providing managers with unfettered access to information from both within and outside the firm.

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Anthropologist Silbey receives award for research on forging safety in science labs

Wed, 2012-04-25 12:00

Susan S. Silbey, head of MIT SHASS Anthropology, and Ruthanne Huising PhD ’08 have been awarded the 2011 best publication prize from Regulation & Governance for their article, “Governing the Gap: Forging Safe Science Through Relational Regulation.”

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Intellectual property and the professionals

Tue, 2012-04-24 12:00

Intellectual property and the professionals Authors: Graham, Margaret B.W. Publication: History and Technology, March 2012

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Mixing emotions: The use of humor in fear advertising

Mon, 2012-04-16 12:00

Authors: Mukherjee, Ashesh; Dube, Laurette

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Assembling jobs: a model of how tasks are bundled into and across jobs

Thu, 2012-04-12 12:00

How are tasks bundled into and across jobs within organizations? In this paper, I develop a model of this process of job design by drawing on a multisite qualitative study of task allocation following the installation of a DNA sequencer. The model that emerges is one of the assembly of tasks through multiple subassembly processes with multiple assemblers.

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Professor Henry Mintzberg wins 2012 BPS Irwin Outstanding Educator Award

Thu, 2012-04-12 12:00

Professor Henry Mintzberg has been chosen to receive the 2012 BPS Irwin Outstanding Educator Award by the Business Policy and Strategy (BPS) division of the Academy of Management.

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