Research Seminar

Professor Chris Forman - Georgia Tech

 IT Knowledge Spillovers, Absorptive Capacity, and Productivity: Evidence from Enterprise Software

Abstract: We evaluate the value to firms of IT knowledge obtained from external sources in the form of spillovers. We measure the acquisition of external IT knowledge through an Internet-enabled network of practice in which IT professionals exchange ideas and help each other resolve problems related to the implementation and use of enterprise software. We show that IT spillovers that take place in these online community networks contribute positively and significantly to firm productivity: by our estimates, a one percent increase in inward IT knowledge spillovers translates to a $0.48 million increase in added value for an average firm in our sample. Even after we account for unobserved change in IT human capital, these knowledge spillovers still contribute positively to firm productivity. In addition, we show that there is a high degree of variation in the value of these spillovers to the recipient firms, and the values are most likely to accrue to firms with a high level of IT capabilities, such as the use of advanced software applications or advanced enterprise software modules. We further examine how, why and when such knowledge spillovers influence firm productivity. For example, analyses suggest that while spillovers related to technical IT knowledge is uniformly valuable, the average return of business functional knowledge spillovers is not statistically different from zero. This finding is consistent with the theory that business knowledge is tacit and “sticky”, and therefore is difficult to transfer across firm boundaries (von Hippel 1994). However, the ability to derive the value of IT spillovers related to business knowledge depends on complementary investments in business processes of the knowledge recipient, or the skill specialization of the source of the knowledge spillovers, a finding consistent with the theory on absorptive capacity (Grant 1996).

Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 02:00 PM - Location : R42.2.113

Professor Maria Elo - Turku University school of Economics

What attracts diasporas to regions? Location decisions of Jewish Diaspora Entrepreneurs


This study inquires into the way location choices of Jewish diasporas and the respective entrepreneurial development go hand-in-hand. Jewish diaspora entrepreneurs are theoretically interesting, as they are globally dispersed with historical linkages to particular host countries, they present global business operations, and have stimulated the development of the theory on transnational entrepreneurship. The role of religion is relevant from internal and external perspectives since many Jewish diaspora entrepreneurs practise their religion and need freedom to do so, and because in many areas the latent or less latent indications of anti- Semitism and discrimination from the country context create a hostile environment. 
There is a vast research literature on Jewish history and culture, but very little research attention focuses on the question how Jewish diasporans actually decide to migrate and how they select their host country, and what is the relation of the host country location on their entrepreneurial activity. This study fills the above gap by asking what kind of influence host country characteristics have on the decision and choice of host country and (sub-national) location (by Jewish diaspora entrepreneurs or would-be entrepreneurs). This qualitative study interviews Jewish diaspora entrepreneurs and explores their narratives in these different settings. It aims to identify important country and location characteristics and the nature of the influence that these characteristics possess. 
The findings illustrate several aspects that influence their diasporanness, location choices, and entrepreneurship in different host country contexts and places. It also questions the rigid ideas of dyadic country setting, monolithic diasporas, and single venture-focus, and contributes to the multifocality of doing business and understanding multiple entrepreneurship in circular and cosmopolitan diaspora. The study of these Jewish diaspora entrepreneurs provide implications for theory development, management of international new ventures, management and organization of social networks in diaspora for business and entrepreneurship and it offers implications for research approach and design, and finally, it presents suggestions for betterment of policy making.

Tuesday, 07 June 2016, 02:00 PM - Location : R42.4.118

I3U 2nd Project Meeting

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Research Seminar

Professor Franck Lichtenberg - Columbia University (New York, USA) - National Bureau of Economic Resaerch (Cambridge, USA) - CESifo (Munich, Germany)

The impact of pharmaceutical innovation on cancer mortality in Belgium, 1998 - 2010

Thursday, 22 October 2015, 02:00 PM - Seminar room Baugniet S.S.01.326

2nd International Workshop on Innovation & Technology Management (IWITM)

30-31 October 2014

Summer School

Competition and Innovation Summer School

Turunç / Marmaris (Yurkey), May 26 - May 31, 2014

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Research Seminar

Rahul Kapoor - Lappeenranta Univertity of Technology

Patent portfolios of European wind industry : New insights using citation categories

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 12:15 PM - Location R.42.2.113

Solvay - Une multinationale familiale face à l'histoire


A l'occasion du 150ème anniversaire de l'entreprise Solvay, iCite, le centre de recherche en innovation et entrepreneuriat de la Solvay Brussels School (ULB), a le plaisir de vous inviter à un événement unique. Kenneth Bertrams (ULB, FNRS, et iCite), Nicolas Coupain (Solvay S.A.) et Ernst Homburg(Maastricht University), co-auteurs d'un remarquable ouvrage paru aux Cambridge University Press (Solvay: History of a multinational firm, 2013) y présenteront le résultat de leurs 5 années de travail sur l'histoire fascinante de ce qui fut l'une des premières multinationales au monde, et le leader mondial de la chimie à la fin du 19ème siècle. Jean-Marie Solvay, arrière-arrière-petit-fils d'Ernest Solvay, Membre du Conseil d'Administration et de l'Innovation Board du groupe Solvay, et Président du Conseil d'Administration des Instituts de Physique et de Chimie Solvay, conclura l'événement en apportant son regard sur l'histoire de l'entreprise et sur le travail des historiens.

Un événement exclusif réservé à tous les personnels de l'ULB, ainsi qu'aux étudiants de la SBS-EM.

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International Workshop

International Workshop on Innovation & Technology Management (IWITM) - Beijing China, October 2013 

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Belgian Entrepreneurship Research Day 2013

The Fourth Belgian Entrepreneurship Research Day (BERD) took place this year in Brussels on Monday the 6th of May 2013 at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management

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Past Seminars

Fabiana Visentin - Ecole polytechnique de Lausanne

PhD Students' Revealed Preferences Over Employment Outcomes and Their Job Mobility

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 12:15 PM - Location R.42.2.113

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Malgorzata Runiewicz - University of Warsaw

The Knowledge Flows, Dynamic Externalities and Technological Change in the EU Regions

Wednesday, 2 April 2014, 12:15 PM - Location R.42.4.118

Ashish Arora - Duke University

Back to the future ? The private value of scientific research

Wednesday, 12 March 2014, 12:15 PM - Location R.42.2.113 - Seminar co-organized with ECARES

Grazia Santangelo - IT, University of Catania

Why do MNE Subsidies Outsource R&D in Countries with Weaker National IRP Regimes ? The role of local institutions -

Thursday, 20 February 2014, 12:15 PM - Seminar co-organized with CEB - location : R.42.2.110

Pierre Mohnen - Université UNU-MERIT

Sunk costs, extensive R&D subsidies and permanent inducement effects

Wednesday, 5 February 2014, 12:15 PM - location R.42.2.113

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Cindy Lopes Bento - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Quantity or Quality ? Knowledge Alliances and their Effects on Patenting

Wednesday, 6 November 2013, 12:15 PM - Location R.42.2.113


Keld Laursen - Copenhague Business School

Exploring the Boomerang Effect : The Role of Core Technnologies and Uncertainty in Explaining the Use of the Grant-Back Clause in Technology Licensing

Monday, 27 May 2013, 12:15 PM - Location R.42.2.113

Markus Simeth - Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne

Corporate Science, innovation and Firm Value

Monday, 29 April 2013, 12:15 PM - Location : R42.2.113

Chris Forman

The Trillion Dollar Conundrum : Complementarities and Health Information Technology (joint Ecares-iCite Seminar)

Tuesday, 26 February 2013, 14:00 - 15:15 Location R42.2.113

Carine Peeters

The Role of Absorptive Capacity Routines and Attention directing Mechanisms in the Adoption of a Management Innovation

Wednesday, 16 January 2013, 12:30 - 13:30 Location : R42.2.113

Roberto Venturini

Cross-Functional Knowledge Integration, Patenting and Firm's Performance

Wednesday, 21 November 2012, 12:30 - 13:30 Location: R42.2.113

Marco Ceccagnoli (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Patent Pools, Thickets, and Open Source Software Entry by Start-Up Firms (Joint ECARES-iCite Seminar)

Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 14:00 - 15:15 Location: R42.2.113

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