Paper of the month on SSRN

ChristmasChristmas Economics – A Sleigh Ride by Laura Birg (University of Goettingen) and Anna Goeddeke (Reutlingen University – ESB Business School) – November 17, 2014.

“Do you believe that at Christmas time the gas prices, the economy and the number of suicides peak? Do you think that the value of presents you are giving to your beloved is of importance? We show in this paper that conventional wisdom about Christmas is often doubtful. Furthermore, we give an idea of how Santa Claus — and maybe you — is able to finance Christmas celebrations, why emergency departments are a place to especially avoid during this time of the year and why Christmas tree growers might care to explain the differences across species to you this year. We cannot clearly establish whether Christmas entails a welfare loss or gain, however, we give you an idea as to which institutional settings might reduce a potential welfare loss. Also, we give advice about which behaviours might get you more Christmas presents from Santa this year. Finally, we find that more research is needed to give conclusive reasons why Santa Claus actually brings presents to (nearly) everyone.”

Insight into Eikon Design Lab

EikonDiscover how the Eikon Design Lab is helping drive innovation in the financial markets.

Jesse Lewis, Head of User Experience for the Financial & Risk business at Thomson Reuters further explains how the Eikon Design Lab works: “The lab uses a lot of technology including an eye-tracking kit that allows us to see exactly where on the screen someone is looking. The lab provides a lot of detailed information about the customers’ experience of using our product and the insights we capture are then used to evolve the product further.”

SSRN Integrates ORCID

OrcidSSRN has just integrated ORCID IDs into its database.

To be recognized by SSRN with your ORCID number, you simply need to log in your account and edit your personal information. You will be able to connect or create your ID on the same page.

If you want to know more about ORCID IDs, please read our last year blog post: “Have you got your ORCID numbet yet?

As of December 12, there were 1,051,707 live ORCID IDs and 196,344 ORCID IDs with at least one work.

Web of Science Web Services

Web of ScienceA Web Service is a program that allows two computer systems to interact over a network. The Web of Science Web Services allows a customer’s system to request information from the Web of Science and returns a limited set of data to the requesting system.

As a subscriber to the Web of Science® the library can now access to source data for Web of Science records such as topic, title and author information with Web of Science Web Services. Web Services allows for a real-time lookup of Web of Science source record information against Web of Science, using HEC Paris library subscription entitlements. If a match is found, Web Services will return Web of Science article information such as: article title, authors, source data, author supplied keywords, and more.

Among the services provided, the possibility of automatic, real time querying of multiple records eliminating the need for manual searches, and the deliverability of real-time Web of Science information into multiple institutional applications such as department web pages.

If you want to know more about the Web of Science Web Services, please contact the library or see the FAQ on Thomson web site.

EndNote Web goes social

EndNote WebIf you already subscribe to EndNote Web (see below how to benefit from the library subscription), you may have access to a new network for researchers called EndNote Community. This network has been created for the specific needs of the academic and research community, with subject groups, polls and the ability to search for people by name or discipline.

Just like the other networks, you can search and add connections, post to your wall or the wall of your connections and view your latest news on your wall. You can also post polls, invite people to events and uploads files.

The EndNote community is based on subject areas and the groups include areas for discussion as well as lists of members. Anyone can create a new group for subjects or a sub-subject group of an existing one.

Also note that you can access EndNote training, tutorials and discussions groups within the network. This enables you to have your questions answered by other EndNote users.

You can create your personal profile on EndNote Web using this link. Please note that the initial sign-up must be done on campus. Once signed up, you will be able to log into EndNote on and off campus.

Ethics in research

ethicsA post written by Sarah Tanksalvala on Thomson Reuters EndNote blog deals with the concept of ethical research. Here are a few insights.

Everyone knows plagiarism is wrong, but whatever your academic discipline, the concept of “ethical research” roams into a lot of gray areas.

For example, did you know that the number of participants, or the way you ask someone for an interview, can determine whether your research is ethical or not? Or that the scientific method is an ethical issue?

Dubious research practices can be damaging to both participants and academia, and it’s also one of the fastest ways possible to damage your reputation. When planning any research study, there are a number of things you’ll need to take into account.

Method matters

Regardless of the study, the most fundamental aspect of ethical research – unless there’s a technology failure – is sticking to the scientific method.

“If you don’t like the data, you may change your hypothesis or better yet, design a better experiment,” says Richard Hichwa (professor and senior associate vice president for research, the University of Iowa). “The thought process of ‘the hypothesis and data don’t match, so I can tweak it to make it match,’ that’s a shady perspective.”

This is important for more than reasons of academic honesty, though. If the next steps of your research involve human participants, you need to know exactly what value you’ll get from the experiment and if it warrants the risks to your participants. If your original studies were flawed or tweaked, you won’t know this.

Use your subjects wisely

If there’s no risk to a participant (such as with a survey), you have more flexibility in the number of people you choose to participate.

When you are conducting research that involves human subjects, participation must be purely voluntary, and you must avoid using language which pushes the participant to do things they might not want to do.

Even asking for an interview can be problematic if you phrase your request in a way that makes them feel obligated or pressured, such as, “I’d really appreciate it if I could interview you.”, especially when dealing with vulnerable populations. Even after they accept, you must maintain this standard of voluntary participation, so subjects know they are not obligated to go any further.

It is also crucial that you maintain the privacy and confidentiality of your subjects unless they voluntarily – and without any pressure – give you permission to record or identify them in some way.

Read more here

The agile organization: recommended resources

AgileAn Agile Organization can respond very quickly to changes in its marketplace and environment.

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



Adding agile capabilities to organizations

The 90% success recipe: Commercial transformations that beat the odds and the market / Homayoun Hatami, Candace Lun Plotkin, Kevin McLellan, Patrick Schulze. McKinsey report, september 2014 – Report
“What that means in practice is having an agile organization that is constantly innovating, constantly spotting and reacting to new opportunities, and constantly evolving with the customer. Erwin van Laethem, CEO for Dutch energy company Essent, puts it succinctly: “Every success we’ve had in the market has been copied by our competitors,” he says. “What you can’t copy is how people work together in an organization.” ”

Case Study of an Agile Transformation in a Large Organization / Justin Marks. TechEd Europe 2014 – Video
“Microsoft’s Developer Division, (…), has been on a multi-year journey to transform itself from a waterfallian box product into an agile online service and regular client updates. In this session, we review the process and practices used by this division to deliver faster, react to feedback, plan and learn, stay connected to customers, continually improve quality, and measure success. We discuss the organizational issues experienced during the transformation and give examples of key practices and metrics used to improve the organization sprint over sprint. Hear about lessons learned in moving from a traditional software delivery team to a modern DevOps team.”

Lean and agile: an epistemological reflection / Marie-Joëlle Browaeys and Sandra Fisser. The Learning Organization, 2012 19:3 , 207-218. (HEC Paris authentification needed) – Article
The novelty of this paper is the presentation of an alternative approach to the concepts of lean and agile, using an epistemological point‐of‐view. The paper deepens the understanding of the lean and agile concepts by applying the complexity paradigm as proposed by Edgar Morin. Furthermore, it proposes self‐organizing teams for possible unification of both concepts.

Why business simulations work and how they are building more agile organizations / Dan Parisi. People & Strategy. June, 2011, Vol. 34 Issue 2, p4, 2 p. – Article
How Peak Performers Develop Hindsight in Advance Before taking action, real-world peak performers like pilots, military personnel and disaster response teams use simulations to develop the skills to respond to high-impact challenges.

Need for Speed: Ramping up the Velocity of Big Data / William Weaver. Scientific Computing, 03/03/2014 – Article
Big Data tools such as Grok and IBM Watson are enabling large organizations to behave more like agile startups.


Managing the agile workforce

Building the Agile Workforce / Harvard Business Review – Podcast (16mn07)-
Interview of Jeffrey Joerres, CEO of ManpowerGroup, on finding the talent you need in an unpredictable world.
“In today’s world in order to create this agile workforce, you really have to work on two things. One is the actual structure of how work gets done, and the other, of course, is the behavior of people, because in an agile workforce, you have less rules so you have to really be working much more with a positive intent, if you will, particularly if you’re in a large organization.”

Winning Practices of Adaptive Leadership Teams / Roselinde Torres and Nneka Rimmer. BCG report, April 3, 2012.- Report
“Top teams must be more than just high performing. They also need to adapt and thrive, regardless of the turbulence they face.” BCG expores “how adaptive teams remain nimble in the face of rapid change. This Focus report explores our findings in more detail and digs deeper into the practices and philosophies behind the five traits to learn what differentiates the adaptive leadership teams that win consistently in the marketplace from their average-performing counterparts.”

Taking The Leap To Agile Manufacturing: From Intention To A. Successful Paradigm Shift / A. Canda and L. Gogan. Managerial Challenges of the Contemporary Society. 2012, Issue 3, p77-80. 4p. (HEC Paris authentification needed) – Article
The paper presents the agile principles with the needs origin analysis for the definition and design of a new business management paradigm (that is associated to a proposed business model) combining two dimensions: (1) organizational behaviour related to competitiveness and (2) the internal environment characteristics focused on human resources management and change management. In addition, there are presented the implementation phases of the proposed business model (as strategic options at the organizational level) and challenges for the organization`s project team, by underlining the leadership aspects as key issues in a successful implementation of agile principles.

Integrating formal and informal learning in an agile organisation / Paul Rasmussen. Training & Development, Jun2012, Vol. 39 Issue 3, p6-8. 3p. (HEC Paris authentification needed) – Article
Delivering integrated workforce training, which is able to quickly meet organizational requirements with minimal interruption to the workplace, is a challenge faced by most organisations – in particular those organisations with highly geographically and culturally diverse workforces.


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