Research Seminar 2010-2011

Titles, abstracts and documents :

  • March 2010, thursday 25: Monocultural vs. Intercultural Negotiations: What is the difference? by Pr. S. Paul Verluyten (University of Antwerp), (17:00)

    Abstract : This lecture first offers a presentation of modern negotiation techniques and how they are different from the traditional view on negotiations. This will be followed by a discussion about the “exportability” of Western negotiation style to other cultures in the world.

    Please notice that this seminar will be given in Dutch.

  • December 2009, thursday 17: La contribution de la théorie de la régulation sociale à l’analyse de la responsabilité sociale des entreprises, par Mr André Sobczack (Audencia Nantes École de Management), (12:00-13:00)
  • December 2009, monday 07: On the use of the error distribution for testing model features in nonparametric regression by Pr Juan Carlos Pablo Fernández (University of Vigo, Spain), (Salle du Conseil, B31, 11:00-12:00)

    Abstract : Testing procedures based on the estimation of the error distribution in nonparametric regression models have been proposed in the recent literature. In the first part of the talk, we will revise the general idea of those testing procedures and present some examples (tests for the parametric form of the regression function, comparison of regression curves, tests about the equality of error distributions, and tests for the parametric form of the variance function). In the second part of the talk we will present some extensions and new perspectives of this kind of tests. Firstly, we will show how censored data can be incorporated to these models. Secondly, we will briefly present an estimator of the error distribution with multiple covariates, and show how it can be employed to test for additivity. Finally, we will discuss a test for a multiplicative structure in a dependent data setup.

  • October 2009, thursday 17: Financial and Economic Determinants of Firm Default, by Pr Marco Grazzi (LEM, Assistant Professor at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa – Italy)(Room:315-N1, 11:00-12:30)

    Abstract : This paper investigates the relevance of financial and economic variables as determinants of firm defaults. Our analysis is not limited to publicly traded companies but extends to a large sample of limited liability firms. We consider size, growth, profitability and productivity together with a standard set of financial indicators. Non parametric tests allow to asses to what extent defaulting firms differ from the non-defaulting group. Bootstrap probit regressions confirm that economic variables play both a long and short term effect. Our findings are robust with respect to the inclusion of Distance to Default and risk ratings among the regressors.


  • October 2009, friday 09: Current Researches in Management Control and Performance Measurements: Experience from Finland, by Pr Erkki Laitinen from the University of Vaasa (Room:035-N1, 10:30-12:00)

    Abstract : The purpose of the presentation is to give a rough and selective description of Management Accounting (MA) research from the perspective of Finnish research. The focus of the presentation is on performance measurement (PM) systems. First, a classification of MA research on the basis of methodology applied is presented. Then, a short description of MA research activities in Finland is followed. The main research methodologies of a few researchers are briefly outlined. The rest of presentation time is taken to present examples of Finnish MA studies.These exemplary studies are based on different methodologies but are all focused on performance measurement (PM).

  • September 2009, tuesday 29: Complementary comptences and inter-firm ambidexterity, by Despoina Filiou, senior lecturer in Strategic Management at the Manchester Metropolitan University Business School. (Lentic (B51), 09:30-11:00)

    Abstract : We address an under researched issue; the importance of complementary inter-firm competences in ambidextrous cooperation agreements. New biotech start-ups and established pharma firms have an incentive to cooperate in order to explore each other’s scientific and demand orientated competences. Long term competitiveness requires both types of competences. Principal components analysis of 2,024 cooperative agreements shows firms develop ambidextrous portfolios which interrelate exploration agreements and exploitation agreements across demand-orientated domains and scientific domains. The findings have important implications for ambidexterity in other sectors with high rates of scientific/technological change.