Found 349 article(s) in category 'Innovation'

How Does Product Liability Risk Affect Innovation? Evidence from Medical Implants

How Does Product Liability Risk Affect Innovation? Evidence from Medical Implants. Hong Luo, July 2, 2018, Paper, “Liability laws designed to compensate for harms caused by defective products may also affect innovation incentives. This paper examines this issue, exploiting a major quasi-exogenous increase in liability risk faced by US suppliers of polymers used to manufacture medical devices implanted in human bodies. Difference-in-differences analyses suggest that the surge in liability risk had a large and negative impact on downstream innovation in medical implants but no significant effect on upstream polymer patenting. These findings show how tort laws may affect the development of new technologies and how liability risk may percolate through an industry’s vertical chain.Link

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Does the West Want What Technology Wants?

Does the West Want What Technology Wants? Ricardo Hausmann, June 27 2018, Opinion, “In a world where technological progress promises large benefits, the capacity to supply the necessary conditions may determine which economies are positioned for success, and which are bound to go the way of the Spanish, Portuguese, or Ottoman Empires. That should worry today’s West more than it worries China.Link

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Innovation contest: Effect of perceived support for learning on participation

Innovation contest: Effect of perceived support for learning on participation. Karim Lakhani, June 27, 2018, Paper, “Frontline staff are well positioned to conceive improvement opportunities based on first-hand knowledge of what works and does not work. The innovation contest may be a relevant and useful vehicle to elicit staff ideas. However, the success of the contest likely depends on perceived organizational support for learning; when staff believe that support for learning-oriented culture, practices, and leadership is low, they may be less willing or able to share ideas.We examined how staff perception of organizational support for learning affected contest participation, which comprised ideation and evaluation of submitted ideas.Link

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Disruptive Innovation: An Intellectual History and Directions for Future Research

Disruptive Innovation: An Intellectual History and Directions for Future Research. Clayton Christensen, Rory MacDonald, June 16, 2018, “The concept of disruptive innovation has gained considerable currency among practitioners despite widespread misunderstanding of its core principles. Similarly, foundational research on disruption has elicited frequent citation and vibrant debate in academic circles, but subsequent empirical research has rarely engaged with its key theoretical arguments. This inconsistent reception warrants a thoughtful evaluation of research on disruptive innovation within management and strategy. We trace the theory’s intellectual history, noting how its core principles have been clarified by anomaly‐seeking research.Link

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Tyler Cowen and Amitabh Chandra on economics of health care

Tyler Cowen and Amitabh Chandra on economics of health care. Amitabh Chandra, June 12, 2018, Audio, “Two prominent economists share their views on the politics, economics and ethics of health care reform. Tyler Cowen is professor of economics at George Mason University and the Center for the Study of Public Choice and has earned numerous accolades, including being named a Top 100 Global Thinker by Foreign Policy. He is also one of The Economist’s most influential economists of the decade.Link

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Jonathan Zittrain on Information Privacy, the Future of Jobs, and the Changing Role of Technology Companies

Jonathan Zittrain on Information Privacy, the Future of Jobs, and the Changing Role of Technology Companies June 2018. GrowthPolicy’s Devjani Roy interviewed Jonathan Zittrain, the George Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School, Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Director of the […]

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Political, Social, and Environmental Shareholder Resolutions:

Political, Social, and Environmental Shareholder Resolutions. Joseph Kalt, June 2018, Paper, “The increased use of politically-charged shareholder resolutions has garnered considerable attention in recent years, as shareholder meetings have become venues for discussion and debate regarding corporate positions and actions on issues of the day. Recent proxy seasons have seen corporate management being asked to address issues as diverse as deforestation, corporate clean energy goals, climate change, the uses of antibiotics and pesticides, political contributions, human rights risks through the supply chain, indigenous rights and human trafficking, cybersecurity, the development and reporting of sustainability metrics, and tax fairness.Link

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Cumulative Impacts of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs: Experimental Evidence from Indonesia

Cumulative Impacts of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs: Experimental Evidence from Indonesia. Rema Hanna, May 2018, Paper, “Conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs have spread worldwide, and are designed to promote comprehensive human capital investments in children, starting from encouraging pre-natal and maternal care and early childhood health interventions and continuing through incentivizing school attendance. Yet evaluating these claims over more than a few years is hard, as most CCT experiments extend the program to the control group after a short experimental period. This paper experimentally estimates the impacts of Indonesia’s cash transfer program (PKH) six years after the program launched, using data from about 14,000 households in 360 sub-districts across Indonesia, taking advantage of the fact that treatment and control locations remained largely intact throughout the period.Link

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Shane Greenstein on Jobs, Inequality, Financial Crises, and the Future of the Internet

Shane Greenstein on Jobs, Inequality, Financial Crises, and the Future of the Internet May 2018. GrowthPolicy’s Devjani Roy interviewed Shane Greenstein, the Martin Marshall Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and co-chair of the Harvard Business School Digital Initiative, on jobs, inequality, financial crises, and the future of the Internet. | Click […]

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