Articles

Evaluative Infrastructures: Accounting for distributed network production

Martin KORNBERGER, D. PFLUEGER, Jan MOURITSEN

Accounting Organizations and Society

juillet 2017, vol. 60, n°7, pp.79-95

Départements : Comptabilité et Contrôle de Gestion

Mots clés : AccountingHierarchical consciousnessEvaluationInfrastructurePlatform organization

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0361368217300351#!


Platform organizations such as Uber, eBay and Airbnb represent a growing disruptive phenomenon in contemporary capitalism, transforming economic organization, the nature of work, and the distribution of wealth. This paper investigates the accounting practices that underpin this new form of organizing, and in doing so confronts a significant challenge within the accounting literature: the need to escape what Hopwood (1996) describes as its “hierarchical consciousness”. In order to do so, this paper develops the concept of evaluative infrastructure which describes accounting practices that enable platform based organization. They are evaluative because they deploy a plethora of interacting devices, including rankings, ratings, reviews, and audits to establish orders of worth. They are infrastructures because they provide the invisible yet essential mechanisms for the flow of economic activity and exchange on platforms. Illustrating the concept of evaluative infrastructure with the example of eBay, the paper's contribution is to (1) provide an analytical vocabulary to capture the accounting practices underpinning platforms as new organizational forms, and in so doing (2) extend accounting scholars' analytical focus from hierarchical settings towards heterarchies. Conceptually, this shift from management accounting to evaluative infrastructures entails a focus on relationality (evaluative infrastructures do not represent or reference but relate things, people and ideas with each other); generativity (evaluative infrastructures do not territorialize objects but disclose new worlds); and new forms of control (evaluative infrastructures are not centres of calculation; rather, control is radically distributed, whilst power remains centralized).

Fair and Equitable Treatment in Investor-State Dispute Settlement: A New Interpretative Framework

D. RESTREPO AMARILES, A. VAN WAEYENBERGE

Journal of Business Law

2017, vol. 8, pp.632-650

Départements : Droit et fiscalité, GREGHEC (CNRS)


The fair and equitable treatment (FET) standard has become the cornerstone of investor-state dispute settlement, and one of the most disputed notions in international business law. With investors facing increasing uncertainty, and states moving closer to denouncing treaties they see as limiting their sovereign right to regulate, FET has come to pose a significant risk to the entire investor-state dispute resolution system. This paper outlines an alternative way to consider FET, by acknowledging its thick and indeterminate character as a legal standard. It argues that previous traditional taxonomies have inherent limitations, and that practitioners should instead seek to understand the FET standard through the lens of the rule of law. The paper offers an analysis of the jurisprudence of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) to show that three principles of the rule of law – due process, legal certainty, and the prohibition of arbitrariness – constitute an operational and certain, yet flexible framework of interpretation for the application of the FET standard

France’s Commercial courts: a good example of the administration of justice by ordinary citizens

N. STOLOWY, M. BROCHIER

Journal of Business Law

2017, vol. 1, pp.1-22

Départements : Droit et fiscalité, GREGHEC (CNRS)

Mots clés : Accessto justice; Commercial law; Courts' powers and duties;France; Judges; Legal history

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Commercial courts occupy a highly specific position in the French judiciary landscape, since their judges are elected.French commercial court judges are not members of the legal professions but business executives and tradespeoplechosen by their peers. This encourages a pragmatic view that takes into account the economic constraints faced by companies. InFrance, certain courts of first instance,such asthe commercial courts, delegate the function of judgment to ordinary citizens, whereas in most courts of first instance, and the appeal courts Cour d’appel and Cour de cassation, only full-time professional magistrates can rule on the cases brought before the court

Heterogeneous social motives and interactions: The three predictable paths of capability development: Heterogeneity in capability development paths

F. BRIDOUX, R. COEURDEROY, R. DURAND

Strategic Management Journal

septembre 2017, vol. 38, n°9, pp.1755-1773

Départements : Stratégie et Politique d’Entreprise, GREGHEC (CNRS)

Mots clés : deliberate capability development; motiva-tional microfoundations; social interactions; businessprocess performance; multilevel


Research summary: Limited attention has been paid to the crucial role of individuals' motivation and social interactions in capability development. Building on literature in social psychology and behavioral economics that links heterogeneity in individual social motives to social interactions, we explain how the variation, selection, and retention processes underlying a group's deliberate capability development are affected by the composition of the group in terms of individuals' social motives in interplay with the organizational-level motivational levers designed by managers. Our multilevel theoretical model suggests that individual-level heterogeneity leads to the development of capabilities along different paths. For practice, this implies that, according to the composition of the group in terms of social motives, capabilities are more or less technically and evolutionary adequate and a source of business process performance.Managerial summary:We propose that when a group of employees engages in developing one of the firm's capabilities, capability development will follow a different path according to what motivates most of the employees composing the group. We identify and discuss three paths. Two of these paths (convergence and congruence) can help improve business process performance in a stable environment, the third one (open-ended) in a dynamic environment. Our work invites managers to not only think in terms of more or less capability development, but also in terms of capability development path(s): the path(s) in which groups in the firm are currently engaged and the one(s) that are desirable given the firm's objectives and the nature of the environment(s) the firm faces in deploying its business processes

Housing Collateral and Entrepreneurship

Martin SCHMALZ, David SRAER, D. THESMAR

The Journal of Finance

février 2017, vol. 72, n°1, pp.99-132

Départements : Finance


We show that collateral constraints restrict firm entry and postentry growth, using French administrative data and cross-sectional variation in local house-price appreciation as shocks to collateral values. We control for local demand shocks by comparing treated homeowners to controls in the same region that do not experience collateral shocks: renters and homeowners with an outstanding mortgage, who (in France) cannot take out a second mortgage. In both comparisons, an increase in collateral value leads to a higher probability of becoming an entrepreneur. Conditional on entry, treated entrepreneurs use more debt, start larger firms, and remain larger in the long run.

Incorporating hidden costs of annoying ads in display auctions

V. STOURM, Eric BAX

International Journal of Research in Marketing

septembre 2017, vol. 34, n°3, pp.622-640

Départements : Marketing, GREGHEC (CNRS)

Mots clés : Online advertising, Pricing, Mechanism design

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Media publisher platforms often face an effectiveness-nuisance tradeoff: more annoying ads can be more effective for some advertisers because of their ability to attract attention, but after attracting viewers’ attention, their nuisance to viewers can decrease engagement with the platform over time. With the rise of mobile technology and ad blockers, many platforms are becoming increasingly concerned about how to improve monetization through digital ads while improving viewer experience.We study an online ad auction mechanism that incorporates a charge for ad impact on user experience as a criterion for ad selection and pricing. Like a Pigovian tax, the charge causes advertisers to internalize the hidden cost of foregone future platform revenue due to ad impact on user experience. Over time, the mechanism provides an incentive for advertisers to develop ads that are effective while offering viewers a more pleasant experience. We show that adopting the mechanism can simultaneously benefit the publisher, advertisers, and viewers, even in the short term.Incorporating a charge for ad impact can increase expected advertiser profits if enough advertisers compete. A stronger effectiveness-nuisance tradeoff, meaning that ad effectiveness is more strongly associated with negative impact on user experience, increases the amount of competition required for the mechanism to benefit advertisers. The findings suggest that the mechanism can benefit the marketplace for ad slots that consistently attract many advertisers

Investor Horizon and the Life Cycle of Innovative Firms: Evidence from Venture Capital

J.-N. BARROT

Management Science

septembre 2017, vol. 63, n°9, pp.3021-3043

Départements : Finance

Mots clés : finance; innovation; venture capital; entrepreneurship; investor horizon

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This paper studies whether and how the contractual horizon of venture capital funds affects their investments in innovative firms. I find that funds with a longer remaining horizon select younger companies at an earlier stage of their development, which grow their patent stock significantly more than companies financed by funds with a shorter horizon. The sensitivity of investment decisions to horizon is stronger among experienced venture capital firms, who allocate investments across a larger number of fund vintages. Finally, I find that the interaction of funds’ fixed horizon with their option-like compensation structure affects their investment decisions: when early performance has been high, fund managers target less innovative companies. These findings shed light on the drivers of venture capital investment decisions and on their implications for the type of companies that receive venture capital financing

Italy’s Gentle Revolution: The New Law on Same-Sex Partnerships

M. M. WINKLER

The Digest - National Italian American Bar Association (NIABA) Law Journal

2017, vol. 25, pp.1-31

Départements : Droit et fiscalité, GREGHEC (CNRS)

Mots clés : Italy; Constitutional Law; Human Rights; LGBT Rights

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This Article comments the genesis and the content of the Italian law on civil partnerships between people of the same sex, enacted in May, 2016, and eventually entered into operation, together with a bunch of administrative regulations, in early 2017. As the last country of Western Europe to adopt such a law, the Italian law recognises civil partnerships for same-sex couples but presents several flaws in terms of equality and nondiscrimination based on sexual orientation

James Elliott Construction (C-613/14) : A "New(ish) Approach" to judicial review of standardization

A. VAN WAEYENBERGE, D. RESTREPO AMARILES

European Law Review

décembre 2017, vol. 42, n°6, pp.882-893

Départements : Droit et fiscalité, GREGHEC (CNRS)

Mots clés : Construction materials; EU law; Justiciability; Technical standards

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This article analyses the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the James Elliot Construction case delivered on 27 October 2016. In its decision, the Court has for the first time affirmed its jurisdiction to interpret harmonised technical standards on a preliminary reference. In this contribution, we argue that the decision marks an important breakthrough in the evolution of EU law by recognising harmonised technical standards as part of Union law. This opening offers new possibilities for litigating technical standards and assuring the centrality of the rule of law in the achievement of the internal market. The article concludes by analysing the implications of the decision in relation to the Meroni doctrine, the potential conflicts between the principle of free access to the acts of the Union and the protection of intellectual property, and the impact that greater litigation over harmonised technical standards may have on the caseload of the Court

L'Europe doit s'attaquer de front au défi anthro-politique

P. LAMY

Revue d'Économie Financière

2017, vol. 1, n°125, pp.39-52

https://www.cairn.info/revue-d-economie-financiere-2017-1-page-39.htm



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