Investors in the stock market are in a perpetual state of needing information about the firms in which they invest. Value-relevant information about firms is often geographically dispersed. Finance professor Johan Sulaeman of SMU Cox and co-authors parse the impact of geography on information and performance in their new research. The authors suggest that local information advantages do matter, and institutional investors that play the local advantage angle realize higher returns on their stock portfolio holdings.
In new research, ITOM Professor Sreekumar Bhaskaran of SMU Cox School of Business and co-authors analyze the operational tradeoffs for entrepreneurial, start-up firms launching a first product that lays the foundation for success or failure. Biotech firms, for example, face tradeoffs about when to launch a first breakthrough product or when to wait for the best available version. The threat of bankruptcy often puts pressure about the decision to launch or not. "The conventional wisdom of 'failing forward' is not the best strategy for start ups," says Bhaskaran.
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