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Webinar – Future Prospects for the World Economy

13:00 - 14:00 |

(Further details sent upon registration)

Michael Kitson, Cambridge Judge Business School

What will the world economy look like in 2050? This talk considers the opportunities and challenges facing the world economy. It will consider: the rise of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa); the challenges facing Europe and the euro; and the outlook for Africa. It will analyse the evolution of structural trade imbalances and high levels of private and public sector debt. Despite these challenges, there are reasons to remain optimistic about the long-term prospects for the world economy which will look very different in 2050 to what it does today. (more…)


BioBeat14: 50 Movers and Shakers

17:30 - 20:00 |

Trumpington St, Cambridge, Cambs, VS, CB2 1RL

The Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning in partnership with Miranda Weston-Smith and the Innovation Forum is hosting a special evening event on 23 October 2014 in Cambridge celebrating experienced female leaders and rising stars working in biobusiness who are challenging norms, delivering success and bringing better health to people around the world. This event follows on from our highly successful conference ‘Beating the Odds: Growing Biobusinesses Today’ last year which explored new approaches and strategies for enterprise, funding and growth in the sector with an all-female speaker line-up. (more…)


Seminar – Getting Inside the Entrepreneur’s Head: Why Observing Negative Affect in Creative Idea Pitches Elicits Positive Evaluations

09:00 - 10:45 |

Trumpington St, Cambridge, CAMBRI, GB, CB2 1QA

Ms Melanie Milovac, Cambridge Judge Business School

How do observed affective cues influence the evaluation of creative ideas pitched by entrepreneurs? In contrast to conventional wisdom about the benefits of displaying positive affect when pitching a creative idea, our findings suggest that negative affective cues elicit more favourable evaluations. Furthermore, we demonstrate that an underlying psychological process of this effect is a lay belief that negative affect is associated with more analytical, detail-oriented thinking. Three experiments presented participants with video segments of actual entrepreneurial pitches showing positive or negative affective cues. Controlling for idea content and entrepreneur gender, the studies show that individuals form more positive evaluations and contribute more to an idea when negative affective cues are present in the pitch. Trust in the entrepreneur’s competency and dedication, as well as inferences about entrepreneurs’ analytical scrutiny, mediated the positive effect of negative affect.



Seminar – Do Corporate Taxes Hinder Innovation?

12:45 - 14:00 |

Trumpington St, CambridgeCB2 1AG

Dr Alminas Zaldokas, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

We examine staggered changes in state-level corporate tax rates to show that an increase in taxes reduces future innovation. To sharpen our analysis, we exploit a novel dataset containing information on the geography of firms’ operations, and document that the effect is stronger among firms that have a higher proportion of operations in states that pass tax changes, and those that are located in states with laws that make shifting profits out of the state for tax reasons more difficult. Finally, we address concerns regarding endogeneity of tax changes by using instruments based on state-specific legislative rules; and accounting for local economic conditions by exploring how tax changes affect firms located in counties bordering other states.