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IIM Udaipur continues to be a thought-leader in the field of management research


IIM Udaipur continues to be a thought-leader in the field of management research

IIMU's objective is to establish itself as a leader in management research in India that builds theory and inspires practice. The research encompasses both theoretical scholarship that will be of significance to the field in question and also research that will be relevant and useful to practitioners, policy-makers, NGOs and other users.

IIMU has developed a list of journals categorized as A and B based on rankings used by well- respected B-schools such as UT Dallas and IIM Bangalore as well as the FT 45 list and the Businessweek Top 20 list. At present, the list includes 37 category A journals and 139 category B journals.

As the Institute continues to make strong strides in this direction recently four research papers of IIMU's faculty members have been selected in prestigious international journals. You can find the details of the papers below. We will soon be updating more details about the papers once published.

Understanding the structural characteristics of a firm's whole buyer-supplier network and its impact on international business performance

Published by: Prof. Anirban Adhikary, Faculty, Operations Management, Quantitative Methods and Information Systems

Journal: Journal of International Business Studies(JIBS)

Introduction to the paper: The research paper builds on the network theory and the concept of organisational ambidexterity and investigates the impact of structural characteristics of a firm's whole buyer-supplier network: network density, betweenness centralisation, and average clustering coefficients on its international business performance. The paper also explores the moderating roles of average path length and PageRank centrality. Using a manually-collected dataset and a robust empirical methodology, it was found that while the network density is negatively related, betweenness centralisation and average clustering coefficients have an inverted U-shape and a U-shaped relationship with IB performance, respectively. Significant moderation effects were found, and in the process, the economic importance of firms' whole buyer-supplier network to their IB performance was demonstrated.Read more-https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057/s41267-019-00215-x

Hybrid Cloud Computing Investment Strategies

Published by: Prof. Tarun Jain, Faculty, Operations Management, Quantitative Methods and Information Systems

Journal: Production and Operations Management (POM)

Introduction to the paper: Cloud providers such as Amazon, IBM and Microsoft are leasing their computing resources to various businesses providing them with an alternative to investing in expensive hardware. Although recent information systems research has examined pricing-related issues in cloud computing, several important questions still remain. For example, how should buyers decide on the capacity portfolio of private and public clouds? What is the impact of the buyer's demand uncertainty on the capacity portfolio decision? We address these questions in this paper through a stylized model. Our analysis reveals that the investment in cloud infrastructure (private, public or hybrid) is based on the profile of the buyer's demand. When a buyer faces demand with a low mean, she relies on public cloud solutions. If the demand has a high mean, then the buyer firm hosts applications on a private cloud. Implementing a hybrid cloud is the optimal strategy when the mean demand is in mid-range. We find that high demand variability makes businesses to move towards public cloud solutions. We support these insights through examples from practice in the cloud computing industry. Read more- https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/poms.12991

International Research Collaboration: Novelty, Conventionality, and Atypicality in Knowledge Recombination

Published by: Prof. Satyam Mukherjee, Faculty, Operations Management, Quantitative Methods and Information Systems

Journal: Research Policy

Introduction to the paper: Research articles produced through international collaboration are more highly cited than other work, but are they also more novel? Using measures developed by Uzzi et al. (2013), and replicated by Boyack and Klavans (2014), this paper tests for novelty and conventionality in international research collaboration. Scholars have found that coauthored articles are more novel and have suggested that diverse groups have a greater chance of producing creative work. As such, we expected to find that international collaboration tends to produce more novel research. Using data from Web of Science and Scopus in 2005, we failed to show that international collaboration tends to produce more novel articles. In fact, international collaboration appears to produce less novel and more conventional knowledge combinations. Transaction costs and communication barriers to international collaboration may suppress novelty. Higher citations to international work may be explained by an audience effect, where more authors from more countries result in greater access to a larger citing community. The findings are consistent with explanations of growth in international collaboration that posit a social dynamic of preferential attachment based upon reputation. Read more- https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048733319300046?via%3Dihub

Improving portfolio diversification: Identifying the right baskets for putting your eggs

Published by: Prof. Prateek Sharma, Faculty, Finance and Accounting

Journal: Managerial & Decision Economics

Introduction to the paper: We measure the economic value of diversification for international multiasset investment strategies. This paper implements five existing diversification measures and proposes a novel measure of diversification, the unsystematic risk ratio (URR). Only the URR and the effective number of bets measures predict the future risk‐adjusted performance. These relations are robust to the choice of investment horizon and degree of relative risk aversion. The diversification benefits are larger for the frontier and emerging markets than for the developed markets, for multiasset strategies than for single asset class strategies, and for the pre‐crisis and post‐crisis periods than for the financial crisis period. Read more- https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/mde.2939

Service Quality versus Service Experience: An Empirical Examination of the Consequential Effects in B2B Services

Published by: Prof. Sandhya Bhatia, Faculty, Finance and Accounting

Journal: Industrial Marketing Management (accepted on 21 February 2019)

The present study investigates the role of service experience in B2B services vis a vis service quality. In particular, the study addresses the question: how do the relative effects of service quality versus service experience in a B2B setting influence the immediate (satisfaction and perceived value) and subsequent customer outcomes (loyalty and word of mouth)? In addition, the present study also addresses the question of whether service quality and experience would have differential effects on different types of perceived value (utilitarian and hedonic). To this end, three surveys are conducted (with a combined sample size of 626 of customers of financial consultancy services. The collected data is subjected to factor analysis and structural equation modelling to test the study hypotheses. Major findings indicate a stronger influence of service experience on satisfaction and perceived value as compared to service quality. Results also show a stronger indirect effect of service experience on loyalty and word of mouth (via satisfaction) compared to service quality. In addition, service experience was found to influence both perceived utilitarian and hedonic value derived from service while service quality was found to influence only utilitarian value. The findings underline the importance of service experience in a B2B setup.

Evolutionary Implementation in a Public Goods Game

Published by: Prof. Ratul Lahkar, Faculty, Economics

Journal: Economic Theory (accepted on 25 March 2019)

We consider the implementation of the efficient state in a large population public goods game. Due to positive externalities, the efficient state is different from the Nash equilibrium of the game. We apply a transfer scheme equal to the externality in the game. The externality adjusted public goods game is a potential game with a unique Nash equilibrium, which is the efficient state of the original game. It is also a continuous–strategy aggregative game. We introduce the best response dynamic for such aggregative potential games to show evolutionary implementation. Agents converge to the efficient state under this dynamic in the externality adjusted game. We extend this result to other prominent evolutionary dynamics. The pure externality price scheme, however, causes a budget deficit. A modification of this scheme solves this problem while evolutionarily implementing efficiency. Read more- https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022053118303181?via%3Dihub