Here you can find a short digest containing the key findings, insights, and takeaways from our top-quality research papers published in some of the best journals in the professional community. Feel free to reach out to our faculty members in case you are interested in these thought-provoking research!

The Capacity to Care: Step-down or Intensive Units?
CHAN, Carri W. | GREEN, Linda V. | LEKWIJIT, Suparerk | LU, Lijian | ESCOBAR, Gabriel

Step-down care units (SDUs) are a cost-effective way to treat patients referred from intensive care units (ICUs), but they could be failing patients admitted from emergency departments (EDs). In an important new study, HKUST&rsquo ...

Abating Double-Blind Effect in Opaque Selling
LI, Qing | TANG, Christopher | XU, He

Opaque selling is a marketing strategy adopted by industries such as retailing and travel under which firms sell end-of-the-season inventory of different products as a single opaque good and customers find out the specific product ...

When Immorality Benefits the Organisation, What Are the Consequences?
FEHR, Ryan | WELSH, David | YAM, Kai Chi | BAER, Michael | WU, Wei | VAULONT, Manuel

Employees who act unethically are punished, ostracized, and even fired. But are these penalties applied when immoral behaviours contribute to the “greater good” of an organisation? In important new work, Manuel Vaulont ...

Customer Purchase Dynamics and Competing Loyalty Programs
JIA, Jia | ANSARI, Asim

To defeat others in the battle for market share, firms routinely launch different loyalty programs, deeply influencing customer purchasing decisions. The widespread availability of such programs imply competing firms face the chal ...

Collusion and Disclosure
BOURVEAU, Thomas | ZALDOKAS , Alminas | SHE, Guoman

It is well known that financial market regulation has grown stronger over the years. For example, legislation has mandated that publicly-listed firms increase their transparency by disclosing more information in their financial st ...

Fair Value Accounting Impedes Performance Evaluation
DEFOND, Mark | HU, Jinshuai | HUNG, Mingyi | LI, Siqi

“Fair value” is a gold standard in valuation, but there is no consensus on its usefulness in other areas, such as evaluating management performance. HKUST’s Mingyi Hung and her colleagues settle this dispute in i ...

Bridging the Information Gap
LI, J. T. | HUANG, Kenneth G

For Chinese firms, gaining patents for innovations may be a promising way to gain influence in the international arena, according to HKUST’s Jiatao Li and a co-researcher. Such patents act as a powerful signal of technologic ...

Seeking Advice from Technology

An algorithm can be simply defined as a set of instructions for solving a problem or accomplishing a task. Within many business domains, algorithms are rapidly taking over the decision-making abilities of humans. However, full aut ...

International Digital Platforms and Ecosystem-specific Advantages
LI, J. T. | CHEN, Liang | YI, Jingtao | MAO, Jiye | LIAO, Jianwen

We have entered a new phase of business dominated by digital platforms, i.e.  platforms that have a modular architecture and provide interface that facilitates multilateral transactions and exchanges among users and providers ...

Impact of Employee Well-being Human Resource Attribution on External and Internal Job Changes
LEE, Byron Y. | KIM, Tae-Yeol | GONG, Yaping | ZHENG, Xiaoming | LIU, Xin

Employees may advance their career by achieving internal job changes (i.e., changes in jobs within an organization) and external job changes (i.e., changes in jobs across organizational boundaries), and both changes may render dif ...