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Ethics and law of investment banking conflicts of interest

Rita Mota, Alan Morrison and William J. Wilhelm
Ethics
Investment banking is an inherently conflicted business. For example, investment bankers sit between share issuers and share purchasers and have obligations to both parties. Furthermore, investment bankers have incentives to abuse their superior information to steer clients into profitable deals that may not represent the best possible value.
Hedge Fund Activism
This paper uses a social network framework to study interactions between hedge fund activists and institutional investors. An actively managed fund is more likely to increase its ownership in the target stock during the period of an activist campaign if the management of the fund is socially connected with that of the activist hedge fund.
Hedge Fund Activism
This paper utilises a rich literature on the roles institutional investors play in corporate governance, and develops simple measures of institutional discontent expressed through trading and voting behaviours.
Narratives & Celebrity Entrepreneurs
In this paper, we examine how the popular press constructed four entrepreneurs – Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, and Mark Zuckerberg – as societal-level celebrities. We compare their press coverage in prominent magazines and newspapers with the coverage of four highly successful, but less popular entrepreneurs in equivalent industries.

Simply the best: organisational hubris and decision-making biases

Kevin Curran, Daniel Gamache and Michael Pfarrer
Organisation theory
In this paper, we conceptualise the development and consequences of organisational hubris, which we define as an attitude marked by an extreme and inflated sense of pride, certainty, and confidence in the organisation that becomes a characteristic of a bulk of organisational members.

A rising tide lifts all boats? Examining the celebrity spillover effect

Kevin Curran, Michael Pfarrer and Scott Graffin
Celebrity spillover
Social approval assets have a variety of effects on relationships and behaviours in a business context for a focal actor, yet past research is unclear on whether mere competition with an actor high in a particular social approval asset can have benefits for others.
Rankings
As third-party evaluations like the Fortune 500 or USNWR rankings have become widespread, they have been shown to affect different aspects of organisations.

Old dogs learning new tricks: initiating the process of hybridization in established organisations

Kevin Curran, Pinar Ozcan and James Knuckles
Organisation theory
Through an in-depth case study of the emergent use of social finance by UK charities, this paper describes a process of hybridization—where executives introduce a conflicting logic to the core of an organisation that is imbedded in one dominant logic in pursuit of perceived market opportunities.
Signals
A study bridging the corporate reputation literature on definitions, social networks, signals and stakeholders.

Market volatility

Basak Yakis-Douglas, Kwangwon Ahn
Communications
We propose a two-part research project targeted at uncovering the significance of strategic reputation. In doing so, we argue that companies that engage in external strategy communications will recover faster, or suffer less from drops of share prices or stock market crashes due to financial and corporate crises.

Firm reputation, formation and redemption; theory and experiment

Thomas H Noe, Michael J Rebello and Thomas A Rietz
Redemption
An investigation into the most efficient means of redeeming a lost reputation.