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Faculty’s Award-winning Research

Volume 4, 2013

Efforts to boost CEIBS’ research capabilities are bearing fruit, as evidenced by the many prestigious international awards recently earned by faculty for their work on a variety of subjects including financial markets, consumer behaviour, supply chain management, and HR management. There were four award wins announced this June and one in July.

Research by Cathay Capital Chair in Accounting Ding Yuan and Assistant Professor of Finance Zhang Hua received the Chinese Management Research Fund Award from Emerald and the International Association for Chinese Management Research (IACMR). Their project, entitled “Managerial Perks: Are They Costs or Incentives”, is co-authored with Yuanyang Song of the School of Business at East China University of Science and Technology and it is one of two award runners up. The IACMR is a scholarly association, with over 6,000 members from almost 100 countries around the world, dedicated to the creation and dissemination of management knowledge with a focus on China. It aims to provide a forum for Chinese management researchers to exchange ideas and experiences, and to facilitate international collaboration between management researchers in and outside of China. Their award was announced in June.

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A research paper co-authored by CEIBS Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management Zhao Xiande won the Chris Voss Best Paper Award, which is granted to the best paper presented at the EurOMA Conference. EurOMA is a European-based international network of academics and practitioners dedicated to the continued development of Operations Management best practices. The paper, entitled “Absorptive Capacity and Mass Customization Capability: The role of customers and suppliers as sources of knowledge”, investigates how learning from customers and suppliers influences the mass customization capabilities of manufacturers, as well as the ability of manufacturers to internalize knowledge from outside sources. Prof Zhao’s co-authors are Dr Min Zhang of Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia and Prof Marjorie A Lyles of Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

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CEIBS Professor of Marketing Chiang Jeongwen’s co-authored paper “Determining Consumers’ Discount Rates with Field Studies” was selected as the recipient of the 2012 Paul E Green Award. The annual award recognizes the best article in the Journal of Marketing Research that demonstrates the greatest potential to contribute significantly to the practice of marketing research. Professor Chiang’s paper was published in the December 2012 (Volume 48, Number 1) issue of the journal. The co-authors are Prof Chen Yuxin and Prof Yao Song – both from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University – as well as Prof Carl F Mela of Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. 

In their research study Prof Chiang and his co-authors used real phone usage data to assess consumption patterns, and their research made a breakthrough in overcoming one of the major challenges in studying consumers’ behaviour decisions – discount rates. They analysed the linkages between the usage patterns of mobile phone calls and the tariff plans. Their findings: the real discount rate is actually less than what researchers had assumed it would be. This overestimation in the discount rate has implications for consumers’ sensitivity to price (an underestimation of 16%) and service providers’ bottom line (up to 76% incremental loss in revenue).

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Also in June, CEIBS Professor of Operations Management Thomas E Callarman and his co-authors won the Best Paper Award sponsored by the National University of Public Service, Budapest, at the 4th Annual Conference of the European Decision Science Institute (EDSI). It was for their paper, “Industry Intelligence Activities in China”.

The paper provides the results of a study done by Prof Callarman and his co-authors that explores the ways in which firms can organize their information processing to respond to the changes in dynamic business environments such as emerging markets, and how this alignment impacts long-term performance. The results of the study indicate that business environments in rapidly developing emerging markets such as China differ substantially in their degree of dynamics. Strategic business units, therefore, achieve a better long-term organizational performance when their intelligence processes were aligned with their local environment. The paper’s co-authors are Christian P. J. W. Kuklinski, a PhD student at the European Business School, and Roger Moser, a Professor at St. Gallen University.

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Then in July, CEIBS Assistant Professor of Finance Frank Yu and his co-authors won the CICF Best Paper Award given by the 2013 China International Conference in Finance for their paper entitled “Cultural Proximity and the Processing of Financial Information”. They examined how a shared cultural background between analysts and firms under coverage affects information asymmetry in financial markets. The results highlight the importance of culture as a component of human capital. The study shows that cultural proximity mitigates information asymmetry that adversely affects foreign firms, especially those from emerging markets.

The co-authors of the paper are Qianqian Du from Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF) and Xiaoyun Yu from Indiana University. The award was presented to the author team during the 11th China International Conference in Finance held in Shanghai July 10 to 13. This year more than 1,200 papers were submitted to the CICF for Best Paper consideration, including papers from top research institutions such as Stanford University, University of Chicago, MIT, Princeton University, and Wharton.