As part of induction, students across our MSc and MBA programmes heard from expert faculty at Imperial Business Insights 3:20 showcasing the cutting edge and prestigious research thinking students are exposed to on our programmes.
The event was opened by Professor Francisco Veloso, Dean of Imperial College Business School, who said, “Intellectual leadership is something that the School and College prides itself on. We make sure that we have faculty and researchers that are at the cutting edge of knowledge in their disciplines, but also that what they do is relevant for society and impactful in addressing problems in today’s society.”
Say it with feeling! The influence of emotional language on investors’ and analysts’ firm evaluations
Dr Yuri Mishina, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Strategy, shared his latest research which proposes that the use of emotional language in a firm’s communications influences how individuals evaluate firms.
Describing his series of experimental studies and archival research, Yuri revealed to students how the emotional language used in a firm’s communications affected how influencers and stakeholders interpreted and responded to the financial information.
How managers select R&D projects?
Dr Paola Criscuolo, Deputy Head of the Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Deputy Head of the Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Dr Paola Criscuolo’s research looks at the selection process for funding innovative projects within organisations. Her research found that, despite that the process should be an objective assessment of a project’s cost and returns, and a measure of its innovation, funding decisions were more influenced by the make-up of the managers assessing the projects.
Sharing her findings with our MBA and MSc students, she found that funding decisions were influenced by three characteristics of the managers involved in the selection process: their workload, their diversity, and their location.
The findings mean, she explains, that innovation projects are not assessed on merit alone, and outside contextual factors have a direct effect on a firm’s ability to be innovative.
Capitalism without Capital
Professor Jonathan Haskel, Professor of Economics and Director of the Doctoral Programme.
Professor of Economics and Director of the Doctoral Programme at Imperial College Business School, Jonathan Haskel shared a decade of research which shows that the impact of intangible assets has had on some of the big economic changes in the past 10 years, including economic inequality. Slowly, Jonathan explained to students, major companies began to invest more in intangible assets, like design, branding, R&D over tangible assets like machinery, buildings and computers – a trend that can be seen across sectors.
Co-authored with Stian Westlake, the pioneering research shows how to measure intangible investment, and its impact on national accounts and what the future intangible economic world might be like, and how managers, investors and policymakers can exploit the intangible age.
New students at the induction event.
Full-Time MBA student Shirlyn Yen says,
From the first day of my induction week, I knew that the one year MBA experience would be colourful and inspiring.