Turning ambiguity into findings
Research doesn’t fit into a neat category. Management challenges deal with real people working in complex, rapidly changing economies and communities. At SMG faculty are teacher-scholars who work with you across disciplines to seek answers to management problems—problems that solve relevant organizational issues and take into account the larger effects on our communities.That’s what sets Boston University School of Management apart—an open atmosphere where we tackle the big questions, together.
- PhD in Management, Accounting
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- PhD in Management, Operations & Technology Management
- PhD in Management, Organizational Behavior
- PhD in Management, Strategy & Innovation
- PhD in Mathematical Finance
No matter the program, you’ll learn multiple inquiry methods and how to craft your questions, structure your inquiry process, and analyze the date. With 7 PhD specialty areas and hundreds of ways to break out of that area you’ll be prepared to tackle the most challenging questions that matter most to you and our society.
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Research Projects & Opportunities:
Designing and analyzing large-scale randomized experiments in digital, platform and online social network environments to understanding economic and behavioral processes, such as measuring social influence and estimating the dynamics of contagious phenomena. Contact – Dylan Walker
What are the factors that are responsible for a purchase being returned? How do we uncover different paths the customers take to a purchase? These are some of the questions we are seeking to answer in this project using large customer activity datasets. The insights and methods developed in this... [ More ]
For much of its existence, humanity operated with a shared economy model. The lack of resources and the daily fight for survival required that early hunter gathers and agricultural communities pool resources in a manner that reduced waste and extracted the maximum value from a limited pool of resources. With... [ More ]
What Does Reputation Buy in the Options Market? The Effect of Reporting Consistency on Ex Ante Uncertainty.
We show that firms, which deliver continuous strings of meeting or beating earnings expectations, experience reduced uncertainty in the marketplace. This suggests that managerial reputation for repeatedly hitting such earnings targets is priced by the options markets. This paper is targeted for publication in a top accounting research... [ More ]
We show that boards of directors use their discretion to minimize compensation given to senior executives for unrealized gains – that is, gains reported by the firm but not yet realized in cash. This is important, as boards wish to avoid paying executives for gains that fail to materialize, [ More ]
This research stream examines the rising development of platform firms and business ecosystems such as Android, Airbnb, Kickstarter, and Pinterest. How is innovation different in this context? Should crowds displace experts? Can we measure the health of an ecosystem and determine where to intervene? Should governments adopt platform strategies to... [ More ]
In a Remix economy, how should we allocate credit and $$ to the people who create a composite good? How can we rethink intellectual property to permit more “permissionless innovation” and allow more great software, music, art, and writing to be produced? This project explores several analytic models of credit... [ More ]
We are focused on leveraging recent advances in Machine Learning to improve both the administration and delivery of healthcare. Examples of ongoing projects include: The inference of physician social networks from administrative data, and its use in understanding the impact of insurance structure and coverage restrictions The prediction of patient re-admissions... [ More ]
Executive-in-Residence Mark Williams presented his top-10 risks associated with Bitcoin during the Virtual Currencies: Regulatory and Legal Challenges of New Peer-to-Peer Technologies in Financial Services panel at the 2014 World Bank Conference. His top-10 risks include: Bitcoin is not legal tender Extreme Price Risk Extreme Price Risk Can Quickly Erase Company Profit Margins Bitcoin... [ More ]
Assistant Professor Kira Fabrizio has been recognized for her article “Absorptive Capacity and the Search for Innovation," which examines the link between a firm’s absorptive capacity-building activities and the search process for innovation. [ More ]
The image of a male-dominated academy persists, but references to gender discrimination are no longer a valid cause of women's underrepresentation in math-intensive fields. [ More ]
Co-written with Dimitri Vayanos and Paul Woolley of the London School of Economics, Buffa's new paper sheds light on an anomaly The Economist believes is a result of how investors choose fund managers. [ More ]
After more than 40 days of protests, the parties finally reached “yes.” Boston Globe columnist Shirley Leung hailed it as “People Win Over Profit. For Once.” I say, not so fast. [ More ]
To succeed in a world that is constantly transforming, we must form relationships through which we can learn new skills, develop new opportunities, and build effective collaborations, according to Kathy Kram, Richard C. Shipley Professor in Management at Boston University School of Management. [ More ]