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Seminar - Scenario-Free Stochastic Programming: Methodology and Applications

14:00 - 15:00 | Room W2.02 (Cambridge Judge Business School)

Dr Wolfram Wiesemann, Imperial College Business School

Traditional optimisation models only involve deterministic parameters whose values are assumed to be known precisely. However, many practical decision problems involve uncertain parameters such as future prices and resource availabilities. It has been shown that treating these parameters as deterministic quantities can lead to severely suboptimal or even infeasible decisions. Stochastic programming overcomes this deficiency by faithfully treating the uncertain parameters as random variables.


Seminar - Quantifying Cross-network Effects in Online C2C Platforms

10:45 - 12:00 | Room W2.01 (Cambridge Judge Business School)

Professor Puneet Manchanda, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

Consumer-to-consumer (C2C) platforms have become a major engine of growth in Internet commerce. This is especially true in countries such as China, which are experiencing a big rush towards electronic commerce. The emergence of such platforms gives us the unique opportunity to investigate the evolution of such platforms by focusing on the growth of both buyers and sellers. In this research, we build a structural model to quantify two-way cross-network effects (buyers on sellers and sellers on buyers) in one of the world's largest online C2C platforms (based in China). Specifically, we investigate the relative contributions of different factors that affect the growth of buyers and sellers on the platform.


Seminar - Who Are You Promoting? Positive Voluntary Public Disclosure & Executive Turnover

11:00 - 12:00 | Room W2.01 (Cambridge Judge Business School)

Dr Ithai Stern, Kellogg School of Management

This paper brings together two complementary research streams that have largely ignored each other: strategic human resource management and media relations management. We argue that when publicly traded firms voluntarily and publicly disclose positive information about their value creation and appropriation activities, they also send positive signals to managerial labour markets regarding executives' opportunity recognition and exploitation capabilities. Accordingly, we hypothesise a positive association between public disclosures and voluntary executive turnover. An analysis of a sample of pharmaceutical and communications equipment firms from 1990 to 2004 strongly supports this prediction, underscoring the need to better understand the effects of voluntary public disclosures on a firm's ability to isolate its human capital and protect it from expropriation by rivals. More generally, our results show how a firm's efforts to create value may ironically diminish its ability to realise that value later on.


Challenges & Opportunities for Business Leaders in the Middle East

09:00 - 14:30 | Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

On 14 May 2014 we will be launching in Dubai the University of Cambridge's new Middle East Leadership Research Centre. This event will bring together Cambridge faculty and senior business leaders from the region for a stimulating exchange of ideas and discussion about both the challenges and opportunities for leadership in the Middle East.

With keynote speaker Mr Tirad Mahmoud, CEO of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB).

This event is being recorded and live-streamed, making it available to an international audience.


Cambridge EdTech Startup Weekend

08:00 - 18:00 | Cambridge Judge Business School

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success? At this Startup Weekend, taking place 23-25 May, anyone is welcome to pitch their start-up idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it's a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.


Alumni Reunion 2014

09:00 - 21:00 | Cambridge Judge Business School

During the day the School will host a CJBS Insights panel discussion on the theme of Business and Society, followed in the evening by drinks and a three-course gala dinner at King's College.