Research and publications

Applied research underlines the ethos of the Gandhi Centre

The Centre tests prevailing global technological and business ideas.

The idea is to use this research to provide strategic business insight for companies around the world and to help companies better understand best practice and trends.

The Centre offers a host of research / internship / scholarship opportunities to interested candidates, with the aim of creating a community to drive our work forward. 

Please click on the links below to find out more about our work at the Centre and featured case studies.

Research papers from the Gandhi Centre team

Authors: Maziar Nekovee, Jonathan Pinto

Title and JournalModeling the impact of organization structure and whistle-blowers on intra-organizational corruption contagionPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications

In this article, we complement the rich conceptual work on organisational corruption by quantitatively modeling the spread of corruption within organisations. We systematically vary four organisational culture-related parameters, i.e., organisation structure, location of bad apples, employees’ propensity to become corrupted (“corruption probability”), and number of whistle-blowers.

Authors: K.R.Ward, R.Green, I.Staffell

Title and JournalGetting prices right in structural electricity market modelsEnergy Policy

Electricity market models are widely employed to study the role, impacts and economic viability of new technologies. Sources of arbitrage, such as storage and transmission, are increasingly seen as essential for integrating higher shares of variable renewables. 

Authors: Lasandahasi Ranmuthumalie De Silva, Jonathan Pinto

Title and JournalThe motivation and decision making approaches of resource-constrained entrepreneurial academicsAcademy of Management Proceedings

We conducted a qualitative, inductive study to investigate the interplay and dynamics of entrepreneurial academics’ motivations (push and pull motives) and decision making approaches (effectuation and causation) over time in a resource- constrained environment. Based on 115 in-depth interviews we found that both motivation and decision-making approaches varied over time. 

Authors: Joachim Geske, Richard Green and Iain Staffell

Title: Elecxit: The Cost of Bilaterally Uncoupling British-EU Electricity TradeEnergy Economics

The UK’s withdrawal from the European Union could mean that it leaves the EU Single Market for electricity (Elecxit). This paper develops methods to study the longer-term consequences of this electricity market disintegration, and in particular the end of market coupling. Before European electricity markets were coupled, different market closing times forced traders to commit to cross-border trading volumes based on anticipated market prices.

Authors: Jochen Reb, Sankalp Chaturvedi, Jayanth Narayanan, Ravi S. Kudesia

Title and JournalLeader mindfulness and employee performance: A sequential mediation model of LMX quality, interpersonal justice, and employee stress, Journal of Business Ethics 

In the present research, we examine the relation between leader mindfulness and employee performance through the lenses of organizational justice and leader-member relations. We hypothesize that employees of more mindful leaders view their relations as being of higher leader-member exchange (LMX) quality. We further hypothesize two mediating mechanisms of this relation: increased interpersonal justice and reduced employee stress. In other words, we posit that employees of more mindful leaders feel treated with greater respect and experience less stress.

Authors: Jochen Reb,Jayanth Narayanan, Sankalp Chaturvedi, Srinivas Ekkirala

Title and JournalThe Mediating Role of Emotional Exhaustion in the Relationship of Mindfulness with Turnover Intentions and Job Performance, Mindfulness

Mindfulness in the workplace has emerged as a legitimate and growing area of organisational scholarship. The present research examined the role of employee emotional exhaustion in mediating the relationship of mindfulness with turnover intentions and task performance. Drawing on theory and empirical research on both organisational behaviour and mindfulness, we predicted that more mindful employees would show lower turnover intentions and higher task performance and that these relationships would be mediated by emotional exhaustion. 

Authors: Richard Green and Iain Staffell

Title and Journal"Prosumage" and the British Electricity Market, Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy 

Domestic electricity consumers with PV panels have become known as “prosumers”; some of them also have energy storage and we have named the combination “prosumage”. The challenges of renewable intermittency could be offset by storing power, and many engineering studies consider the role and value of storage which is properly integrated into the ‘smart grid’. 

Authors: Matteo M Galizzi, Marisa Miraldo

Title and JournalAre You What You Eat? Healthy Behaviour and Risk Preferences, The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy

We elicit and estimate risk preferences for a pool of young adults in the UK, and explore their links with healthy eating and risky health behaviours. We construct the Healthy Eating Index (HEI) as an overall indicator of nutritional quality, and we use it to complement the body mass index BMI. While for females we find no significant association between the BMI and risk preferences, males with high BMI appear more risk-seeking.

Authors: Anu Wadhwaa, Corey Phelps, Suresh Kothac

Title and Journal: Corporate Venture Capital Portfolios and Firm Innovation, Journal of Business Venturing

This study examines the conditions under which portfolios of corporate venture capital (CVC) relationships influence corporate investor innovation performance. We investigate this question using longitudinal data on CVC investment portfolios of 40 telecommunications equipment manufacturers. We find an inverted U-shaped effect of portfolio diversity on corporate investor innovation performance.

Authors: Simon J. D. Schillebeeckx, Sankalp Chaturvedi, Gerard George, Zella King

Title and JournalWhat do I want? The effects of individual aspiration and relational capability on collaboration preferences, Strategic Management Journal

We examine individuals' collaboration preferences in the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) for the UK plastics electronics sector. Using conjoint analysis, we investigate how aspiration gaps and relational capability affect the value placed on potential organisational collaborations. Aspiration gaps reflect individuals' perception of whether they are ahead of or behind peers on their career trajectory, and relational capability captures three distinct dimensions: networking skills, openness to collaborate, and network awareness.