Research

Here you can learn about my published and in-progress research. Feel free to reach out to me with any comments or feedback. I’d love to connect on research.

Published Research

Market Frictions and the Competitive Advantage of Internal Labor Markets

We show that frictions in labor and capital markets can be a source of competitive advantage for affiliates of corporate groups over stand-alone firms in environments where benefits from internal markets’ flexibility are high. We argue that the advantage of flexibility in changing labor inputs is related to how difficult it is to change capital inputs. We predict that if substituting labor with capital is difficult, the group advantage of flexibly changing labor would be stronger in countries with high levels of financial development. Consistent with this prediction, we find a stronger competitive advantage for group affiliates in countries with rigid labor markets but flexible capital markets. In these environments, group affiliates are more prevalent and outperform stand-alone firms in terms of growth and profitability.

An Empirical Examination of the Procyclicality of R&D Investment and Innovation

The Schumpeterian opportunity cost hypothesis predicts that firms concentrate innovative activities in recessions. However, empirical evidence suggests that innovative activities are procyclical. Theory proposes that firms shift R&D investments and innovation from recessions to booms to maximize returns by capturing high-demand periods before imitators compete away rents. 

Working Papers

The role of firm openness in the markets for managers (solo-authored)

This paper examines the role of financial disclosure of performance by firms on top manager mobility into and out of firms and identifies tradeoffs associated with firm openness to factor markets.

Managers as skill-based and trust-based resources: Evidence from internal mobility in corporate groups (with Andrea Patacconi)

This paper examines within-firm factors affecting internal redeployment of managerial resources in a multi-unit firm by exploring how structural features and the nature of managerial resources interact to influence top managerial mobility in corporate groups.

Provision of Health Insurance Benefits and Human Capital in Small Firms (with Dan Ariely)

This paper investigates strategic use of voluntary health insurance benefits by small and emergent firms for reducing labor adjustment costs in industries with higher firm-specific human capital and turnover.

Being good is not enough: Overcoming bias in mobility and advancement of women top managers through organizational performance (solo-authored)

This study examines the role of organizational performance information in bridging the gender gap in mobility and advancement of top managers and finds that the gender gap in mobility between male and female top managers does not close unless the firms female managers work at perform exceptionally well.

How the Timing of CEO Movements Affects Corporate Strategy: The January Effect on CEO Acquisitiveness (with Hengchen Dai)

This study examines whether the timing of new CEO starting date influences firms’ acquisition strategy. Assuming office in January (vs. other months) triggers a promotion mindset that makes new CEOs seek more opportunities for growth and partake in more acquisitions.

Why wait? Technological rivalry and the strategic delay of innovation (with Kira Fabrizio)

This paper examines innovation pro-cyclicality at the firm level and how incentives for strategic delay of innovations vary across firms.

The organization of innovation across countries and industries (with Sharon Belenzon and Patrick Bolton)

This paper examines the relationship between ownership, corporate form, and innovation for a cross-section of private and publicly traded innovating firms in the US and 15 European countries.

Projects In-Progress

Project #1: Information Asymmetry and Segmented Managerial Labor Market (with Iva Rashkova)

This study uses simulations to determine the role of firm performance disclosure on managerial movements in the labor market. If some firms systematically provide information to the labor market, then these firms should have higher rate of transactions with the external labor market. Over time, these labor market transactions should concentrate among firms that provide information, thus resulting in a segmented labor market. Managerial labor market segmentation has important implications for managerial careers and appropriation of economic rents from managerial human capital by firms. 

Project #2: Role of Language-Based Diversity in Top Management: Evidence from Earnings calls (with Christy Koval)

This study examines how markets react asymmetrically to display of emotions by male and female executives during earnings calls.

Project #3: Private and Public Sector Managerial Markets

Details coming soon.

Project #4: Minority Entrepreneurs

Details coming soon.

Assistant Professor of Strategy

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