Event transcripts on Thomson Reuters databases

EventTranscriptsThe vast majority of listed companies host earning calls to discuss their financial results. Thomson Reuters databases provide verbatim reports (transcripts) of conference calls for earnings, Guidance, M&A, and more.


You can access Events transcripts provided by a large panel of contributors via Thomson One Analysis. Just select the Event Transcripts item on the News&Corporate Events menu (after having searched for a specific company):



ThomsonCorporate1You can also access the collection of “Thomson Reuters Streetevents” via Thomson One Corporate Insight, using the reports searching interface:


Select “Thomson Reuters Streetevents” in the Contributor menu:


Please note that all Thomson databases can only be accessed via Internet Explorer and that Corporate Insight is for on-site consultation only. Ask for the login codes at the research help desk.

November news

NewsPaper of the month

…and the Cross-Section of Expected Returns
written by Campbell R. Harvey (Duke University – Fuqua School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), Yan Liu (Duke University) and Heqing Zhu (Duke University – Fuqua School of Business). Posted on SSRN on October 4th.

“Hundreds of papers and hundreds of factors attempt to explain the cross-section of expected returns. Given this extensive data mining, it does not make any economic or statistical sense to use the usual significance criteria for a newly discovered factor, e.g., a t-ratio greater than 2.0. However, what hurdle should be used for current research? Our paper introduces a multiple testing framework and provides a time series of historical significance cut-offs from the first empirical tests in 1967 to today. Our new method allows correlation among the tests as well as publication bias. We also project forward 20 years assuming the rate of factor production remains similar to the experience of the last few years. The estimation of our model suggests that today a newly discovered factor needs to clear a much higher hurdle, with a t-ratio greater than 3.0. Echoing a recent disturbing conclusion in the medical literature, we argue that most claimed research findings in financial economics are likely false.”

Twitter profile of the month

Professor Patrick Dunleavy of LSE tweets and retweets daily on his account “Writing for research“: many relevant resources and thoughts!

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See also his account on Medium:


SSRN Updates

Capture d’écran 2014-11-14 à 11.22.57Here are some key numbers on the HEC Paris Research Paper Series on SSRN:

87 papers have been submitted within the last 12 months, bringing the number of papers published under the name of HEC Paris to 630 for the last 10 years, contributions from 110 authors who are (or have been) affiliated with HEC Paris. There are 491 papers in the collection HEC Paris Research Paper Series on SSRN.

The papers in the HEC collection have been downloaded 34 388 times over the last 12 months, an average of 54 downloads per paper. HEC ranks 8 out of 1 000 international business schools on this statistic.

Every month, a new issue of the eJournal of the collection is published with the last papers submitted. Click here to subscribe.

For all questions concerning the submission of papers, pre-prints, forthcoming or published articles, do not hesitate to contact the library.

Wiley survey: How and why researchers share data

DataEarlier this year, Wiley conducted a survey on researchers views of data sharing.  The publisher contacted 90,000 researchers across a wide array of disciplines and received more than 2,250 responses from individuals engaged in active research programs.

“First, of the 52% of respondents who said they had made their data publicly available, the largest proportion (67%) did so via supplementary material in journals.  That subset more or less tallies with the average take-up we see at Wiley of the supporting information facility (c. 30%), but this varies considerably by discipline, and of course not everything in supporting information is data. Other ways in which researchers reported making data publicly available, such as in repositories (which are better suited to long term data management and preservation), are dwarfed by this proportion.”

See more on the Wiley Blog


Have you already tried to use ImpactStory?

ImpactStoryImpactStory is an open source, web-based tool that provides altmetrics to help researchers measure and share the impacts of all their research outputs—from traditional ones such as journal articles, to alternative research outputs such as blog posts, datasets, and software.

Altmetrics cover not just citation counts, but also other aspects of the impact of a work, such as how many data and knowledge bases refer to it, article views, downloads, or mentions in social media and news media.

The metrics provided by ImpactStory can be used by researchers who want to know how many times their work has been downloaded and shared beyond only considering citations to journal articles.

Below is an example of a researcher profile on ImpactStory:


You can have a free trial of the service, upload some works (it is better if you have an ORCID number or a Google Scholar profile so that you can upload all your publications at once) and see how people have already engaged with your research.

Also note that ImpactStory is a nonprofit organisation funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the National Science Foundation.

To know more about altmetrics and how they correlate with citations, see: “From Attention to Citation: What are altmetrics and how do they work?“, a blog post from Xianwen Wang, Associate Professor at WISE Lab, Dalian University of Technology in China, on LSE “Impact blog“.

Impact factors of journals in economics

EconomicsThomson Reuters, in their blog Science Watch, offers a visualisation of the impact factors of journals in economics , as a result of a request made on the database JCR (Journal Citation Reports) to which the library subscribes.

The result allows us to compare the most active journals in terms of the number of publications and citations, as calculated by JCR Impact Factor and the Eigenfactor Score. This request can be replicated on the JCR database for other disciplines or to compare specific titles between them.

The library is at your disposal to help you make these requests.

Digitization of the economy: Library recommended resources


The digitization of the economy has introduced new business and marketing models.

Below are some valuable resources on this new topic selected by the HEC Paris librarians. Hope you find it useful!



How do big consulting firms address the digitization of the economy?

How to Choose the Right Digital Marketing Model / Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company) – article
“Strategy& has identified four equally successful digital marketing models: Digital Branders, Customer Experience Designers, Demand Generators, and Product Innovators. A company’s focus for marketing investment might have elements of each, but odds are that one of these models represents the right marketing organization for your company.”

Winning in the digital age / pwc – video
“The video shows the importance of embedding digital across your business. Those who adapt their business model around the customer will reap the rewards. Businesses need to become more innovative and agile to be able to adapt to customer demands and market changes. This will enable them to increase customer engagement, empower employees and become more profitable. Ultimately, you don’t need a digital strategy, you need a business strategy for the digital age.

Strategic principles for competing in the digital age / McKinsey Company – article
“Digitization is rewriting the rules of competition, with incumbent companies most at risk of being left behind. Here are six critical decisions CEOs must make to address the strategic challenge posed by the digital revolution.”

Accenture Technology Vision 2014 Report / Accenture – report
“This year, we see a marked uptick in digital. The Accenture Technology Vision 2014 lays out bold trends that are becoming characteristic of larger enterprises, which have been perceived by some as lagging in converting to digital businesses. While social, mobile, analytics, and cloud still drive these trends, the focus now is on new ways that these technologies are being woven into the next generation of business strategies across every industry.”

The Most Innovative Companies 2014: Breaking Through Is Hard to Do / BCG – report
“While innovation continues to be a top-three priority for three-quarters of the companies in BCG’s 2014 global innovation survey, fewer executives are confident in their organizations’ innovation skills. Innovation is hard. Breakthrough innovation is harder. What sets breakthrough innovators apart? And who are the most innovative companies of 2014? The following articles tell the story.”

Four steps to a data business / Deloitte – report
“Whatever business or industry you think you are in, you are increasingly in the data business. We’re entering the data economy, where firms make money from offering data- and analytics-based products and services to their customers.”

What business models for the digital company / Cigref – video and report
“The framework to define business models needs a brand new design within the digital space, because the impact of cloud computing, smartphones, the Internet of Things and other digital tools is changing the rules. ”


What about the business technology (BT) capabilities ?

ForresterFor students and staff: see the Forrester research & data ressource.

Among the available reports :

Next-Generation Services Offer A New Path To Digital Transformation
Digital Transformation Needs Analytics-Empowered, Business-Driven Service Providers

Architect For Extreme Uncertainty
Enterprise architecture is now at a critical tipping point. New digital business models and an unrelenting focus on customer engagement are unlocking new exciting initiatives and projects for architects.

Increase Flexibility By Embracing Future Business And Technology Trends
This report outlines Forrester’s vision for the future of business applications. It summarizes the key business drivers and trends that are reshaping the value proposition of business applications.


Business is digital. Read the best books on this issue at the Library!

For students and staff: Use this link to display the bibliography of the 15 recommended books to borrow or read online via the Library subscriptions.

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20 alternatives to Power Point to create and share presentations

From school classrooms to Apple product launches, slideshow presentations have quickly become the standard accompaniment to lectures. You can’t give a speech without a slideshow

Everyone knows Microsoft PowerPoint and Apple Keynote , the 2 main presentations softwares, full of valuable features, such as slide templates and transitions.

But they are also quite complex and it is sometimes difficult to use them to their full potential.

This article from Andrew Kunesh offers an interesting alternative  : “Beyond PowerPoint & Keynote: The 20 Best Apps to Create and Share Presentations

The tools presented in the article are easier to use, give you the ability to collaborate with others—sometimes in real-time—and allow you to edit your presentation on any internet-connected computer.

It’s worth trying!