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Creative Impulses
WU, Junfeng | GONG, Yaping | SONG, Lynda Jiwen | ZHANG, Zhen

Dr Samuel Johnson, the celebrated 18th century British writer, is famously quoted as saying, "No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money." While the seriousness of his words has been the subject of some debate down the ce ...

The Carrot and Stick Effect of Accounting Errors
FANG, Vivian W. | HUANG, Allen | WANG, Wenyu

Accounting errors are a commonly acknowledged phenomenon. A 2007 Wall Street Journal report found about 10 per cent of public companies in the US issued financial restatements to address errors, and it is likely many more errors d ...

The Influence of Lucky Numbers on Investment Decisions
BHATTACHARYA, Utpal | KUO, Wei-Yu | LIN, Tse-Chun | ZHAO, Jing

Whether it is believing in something lucky, like a four-leaf clover, or in bad omens such as breaking a mirror or walking under a ladder, superstition exists around the world. In Chinese culture, for example, the number ‘8&r ...

Talking up a brand
SHEN, Hao | SENGUPTA, Jaideep

Marketers are not only keen to get consumers discussing the brands they're promoting, ideally they’d like them to connect and identify with the products on a personal level. But does the mode – written or spoken &ndash ...

Supply and Demand – When Should Retailers Clear Their Stock?
YU, Peiwen | LI, Qing | WU, Xiaoli

Retail products such as food items and pharmaceuticals are perishable. For them, matching supply with uncertain demand is a challenge. Retailers sometimes run out of stock, which leads to revenue loss, and they sometimes have to t ...

Poor Timing and A Heavy Hand Undermine Benefits of ETFs
MEYER, Steffen | LOOS, Benjamin | HACKETHAL, Andreas | BHATTACHARYA, Utpal

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have been one of the most successful product innovations in the finance industry. Among their attractions is the potential to help individual investors attain theoretically-sound portfolios – tho ...

When is Bigger Better?
WANG, Qiu-Hong | HUI, Kai Lung

When a big fish in the IT sector swallows a relative minnow, it can often seem that too much has been paid and too little gained by the buyer. But, given the major players didn’t become major players by making economically d ...

The Value of Analyst Reports
ZANG, Amy | LEHAVY, Reuven | HUANG, Allen | ZHENG, Rong

When a firm discloses important corporate information, analysts are usually right on their tail with reports about what was said. A new study has confirmed that these reports serve a valuable function for investors because they in ...

Try Not to Dwell on It
BARANIK, Lisa E. | WANG, Mo | GONG, Yaping | SHI, Junqi

Customer mistreatment towards customer service employees is a problem both for the employee and the organisation. There is substantial evidence that it leads to employee burn-out, emotional distress and absenteeism. Changing such ...

Explaining the Share Repurchase Puzzle
JACOBSEN, Stacey | BHATTACHARYA, Utpal

When firms announce they will repurchase shares, the market tends to see this as good news and responds positively – even though there is no requirement on the firm to actually repurchase. In fact, a number of firms never do ...