Thumbnail Leadership and Innovation at Goizueta
At Goizueta Business School, the roles of leadership and research are exemplified not only in the classroom but also through conferences and intellectual endeavors held throughout the school year. From world-class faculty who embrace courageous inquiry to students who eagerly apply newly acquired leadership and organizational skills, the Goizueta community is abuzz with innovative projects and offerings. We hope you enjoy these highlights from the Diversity Leadership Conference, the Emerging India Summit, and the Knowledge Futures: The Agility Imperative Symposium, which showcase the range of depth of learning and innovation available at Goizueta.
Knowledge@Emory Sep 08 - Sep 08
Thumbnail If AT&T Wins Battle for T-Mobile, Will More Consolidation Follow?
On August 30, the U.S. Department of Justice filed suit to block telecommunications giant AT&T's proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc. Opponents of the plan warn the merger would "substantially" reduce competition, while proponents see consolidation in the industry as vital and inevitable. Faculty at Emory University's Goizueta Business School weigh in on the debate.
Thumbnail Volatile Oil Prices a Byproduct of Demand or Lack of Alternative Sources?
The recent dip in gas prices in the U.S. may have made the Labor Day weekend celebration a little brighter, but analysts warn the price break is not likely to last. Faculty at Emory University's Goizueta Business School agree, noting that even after the unrest in several oil producing nations abates, gas prices are likely to stay high.
Thumbnail Former Burger King CEO John Chidsey on Change and Why Results Trump the “Beauty of Strategy”
 During his nearly seven years at Burger King Corporation, John Chidsey moved from CFO to CEO and headed a team that took the struggling company from a seven-year slide in sales to its current position as a top-100 global brand. The company's rebound to health helped lure investors, and late last year 3G Capital, a Brazilian-backed private equity firm, purchased the company for $4.2 billion. Before the end of his tenure in May, Chidsey visited Emory University, where he delivered the keynote address at Goizueta’s 12th annual Undergraduate Business School Leadership Conference. In a subsequent conversation with Knowledge@Emory, Chidsey discussed his tenure as Burger King’s CEO, the power of social media, and what it’s like to manage a multinational corporation in globally turbulent times.
Thumbnail The World Is Not Always Flat
In the newly published paper “The Impact of Local Demand on Innovation,” L.G. Thomas, professor of organization and management at Emory University's Goizueta Business School, and Kira Fabrizio of Duke University examine the global pharmaceutical industry and find that superior knowledge of demand can explain why certain countries tend to dominate in innovation in different categories of medicines. The duo say this clustering phenomenon is global and note, "knowledge about market size and valued product characteristics can be tacit in much the same way that technical knowledge can be tacit. The result is a competitive advantage associated with location that is separable from the benefits associated with geographically mediated technology spillovers.”
Thumbnail Analysts Might Herd, But They Don’t Trample Investors
Stock analysts—especially those at large brokerage firms—are known for their herding tendencies, but stock buyers need not be overly concerned at the possible destabilizing effects on stock prices, argue Narasimhan Jegadeesh, Dean’s Distinguished Chair of Finance at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, and colleague Woojin Kim of Korea University. Their research, presented in a paper titled “Do Analysts Herd? An Analysis of Recommendations and Market Reactions,” shows that the market anticipates analysts’ herding proclivities and “responds appropriately.” Analyzing data from over two decades of stock price movements and analyst recommendations, the researchers found that investors seem to pay more attention to recommendations that go against the grain, compensating in part for any herding that pushes investors away from a true valuation of a stock based on company fundamentals. Their research suggests that market commentators should be wary of overstating the importance of herding as a major cause of market ills.

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