Monthly Archives: September 2015

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    Hollywood studios appear to plan sequels before they produce the original movie

Hollywood studios appear to plan sequels before they produce the original movie

The recent box office success of Jurassic World, the latest Jurassic Park sequel, reminded me of my study about the use of real options in the motion picture industry*, which examined the application of this accounting tool to movie sequels.

A real option is the right, but not the obligation, to undertake a business decision. More importantly, a real-options approach to […]

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    Women CEOs in social enterprises earn 29% less than their male counterparts

Women CEOs in social enterprises earn 29% less than their male counterparts

Gender differences in pay are ubiquitous at all organisational levels including at the top. Entrepreneurship is hailed as one way for women to circumvent organizational norms and discrimination, because as CEOs of their own organizations, entrepreneurs largely determine their own pay. Moreover, social entrepreneurship may be a particularly gender-blind occupational choice; evidence indicates that women are more likely to start a social […]

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    How can businesses measure social media influence to create value?

How can businesses measure social media influence to create value?

In the incredibly fast-paced digital world it is easy to get distracted by the variety of tools that promise businesses success through novel peer-to-peer advertising strategies. Business executives are constantly approached by self-proclaimed social media experts peddling different forms of influencer marketing. However, it is difficult to test the claims marketers make, leaving executives to wonder: which of the […]

The top ten ways in which firms and universities interact

When working on a recent book, charting The Impact of the Social Sciences, my co-authors Simon Bastow and Jane Tinkler and I talked with dozens of corporate executives, scientists and academics about business-university linkages in the UK. In those conversations we found that many people on both sides of the fence tended to not see or minimize linkages at […]

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    Uncertainty, not ideology, makes U.S. citizens averse to paying taxes

Uncertainty, not ideology, makes U.S. citizens averse to paying taxes

Why are citizens in the United States so averse to paying taxes to fund the basic functions of government? Why are Americans reluctant to foot the bill for public goods – like high-quality roads, good schools, and a clean environment – on which most citizens place a high value?

It could be that people are short-sighted: while taxes must be […]

Why we should get three-day weekends – all the time

What if weekends lasted three or even four days? What if the majority of the week could be given over to activities other than work? To even pose these questions is to invite the label of utopian thinking. While a fine idea in principle, working fewer hours is not feasible in practice. Indeed, its achievement would come at the […]