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(Oct. 18) Lingnan Academic Forum-Business Management Series Seminar

Last updated :2013-10-17

Topic: Flawed System/Flawed Self: Job Searching and Unemployment Experiences
Speaker: Prof. Ofer Sharone
(MIT Sloan School of Management)
Time: 9:00-10:30, Friday, October 18, 2013
Venue: Room 701, MBA Building

Today 4.7 million Americans have been unemployed for more than six months. In France more than ten percent of the working population is without work. In Israel it’s above seven percent. And in Greece and Spain, that number approaches thirty percent. Across the developed world, the experience of unemployment has become frighteningly common—and so are the seemingly endless tactics that job seekers employ in their quest for new work. Flawed System/Flawed Self delves beneath these staggering numbers to explore the world of job searching and unemployment across class and nation. Through in-depth interviews and observations at job-search support organizations, Ofer Sharone reveals how different labor-market institutions give rise to job-search games like Israel’s résumé-based “spec games”—which are focused on presenting one’s skills to fit the job—and the “chemistry games” more common in the United States in which job seekers concentrate on presenting the person behind the résumé. By closely examining the specific day-to-day activities and strategies of searching for a job, Sharone develops a theory of the mechanisms that connect objective social structures and subjective experiences in this challenging environment—and how these different structures can lead to very different experiences of unemployment.

Brief introduction to the speaker:
Prof. Ofer Sharone is the Mitsubishi Career Development Professor and an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Work and Employment Research (IWER) at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prof. Sharone’s research examines the interplay between varied labor market and workplace institutions, on the one hand, and workers’ practices and experiences, on the other hand. His studies are primarily cross-national comparisons and utilize in-depth interviews and participant observations. His current research compares the effects of different labor market institutions on the experiences of unemployed white-collar job seekers in Israel and the United States. Prof. Sharone holds a BA in economics from the University of Illinois; a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley; and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Topic: Compensation Strategy and Innovation in the R&D context
Speaker: Prof. Victor Cui
(University of Manitoba)
Time: 10:40-12:10, Friday, October 18, 2013
Venue: Room 701, MBA Building

Innovation is a critical organizational outcome for its potential to generate competitive advantage. While the contribution of knowledge workers to the generation of innovation is widely recognized, little is known about how organizational incentive mechanisms stimulate or inhibit these workers’behaviors that promote innovation. This study examines the relationship between pay dispersion in R&D groups and firm innovation using employee-level compensation data in US high-technology firms. The results show that (1) pay dispersion in R&D groups is negatively related to firm innovation and (2) this negative relationship is alleviated in firms with greater financial slack. This study contributes to the innovation literature by illuminating the implications of organizational incentive systems for successful innovation.

Brief introduction to the speaker:
Dr. Cui is an Assistant Professor in Business Strategy at the Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba. He obtained his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. His current research focuses on internal and external factors that affect firms’ innovation. In particular, he studies how innovation is influenced by the incentive systems and the change of inter-firm relationships (such as from collaboration to competition). His research appears in top tier journals such as Strategic Management Journal.