Innovation

How Do Managers’ Beliefs about New Technologies Evolve? Informational Interventions and the Adoption of Energy-Efficient Stitching Motors in Bangladesh

This project will examine how managers respond to information about new technologies and how successful they are in updating their beliefs.

Research Project
1 Feb 2021

The Light and the Heat: Productivity Co-Benefits of Energy-Saving Technology

Adhvaryu, Kala and Nyshadham (2020) study the adoption of energy-efficient LED lighting in garment factories around Bangalore, India.

Journal Article
1 Oct 2020

Industrialization without Innovation

The introduction of labor-saving technologies in agriculture can release workers who find occupation in the manufacturing sector. The traditional view is that this structural transformation process leads to economic growth.

Working Paper
1 Aug 2020

Firm-Level Upgrading in Developing Countries

In principle, firms in developing countries benefit from the fact that advanced technologies and products have already been developed in industrialized countries and can simply be adopted, a process often referred to as industrial upgrading.

Synthesis Paper
10 Mar 2020

Bottom-Up Idea Generation: Evidence from the Bangladeshi Garment Industry

In this project, Schreiber sets up suggestion boxes for 1,600 workers in a Bangladeshi garment factory and tests the efficacy of two cross-randomized voice-enhancing managerial interventions through an RCT.

Research Project
1 Dec 2019

Developing a “Product-Market Experimentation & Fit” Measurement Tool and Testing its Effectiveness via an RCT with Lean Start-up Entrepreneurs in Kenya and Uganda

This project aims to improve our understanding of ‘demand-side factors’ related to why some small firms succeed and scale-up, while others do not.

Research Project
1 Aug 2019

Facilitating Innovative Growth of Low-Cost Private Schools: Experimental Evidence from Pakistan

The primary objective of this project, by Khwaja, Das and Andrabi (2019) is to understand what factors constrain growth and innovation in Low-Cost Private Schools (LCPS) with an emphasis on alleviating financial and educational quality in enhancing constraints.

Research Note
24 Jun 2019

The Role of Industry and Economic Context in Open Innovation: Evidence from Nigeria

Using innovation survey data on a sample of UK manufacturing firms, Laursen and Salter (2006) documented a non-monotonous relationship between external search strategies and firm-level innovative performance.

Book Chapter
1 Jan 2019

The Impact of Monitoring Technologies on Contracts and Employee Behavior: Experimental Evidence from Kenya's Transit Industry

Agency theory suggests that moral hazard in employer-employee contracting constrains firm profits. Kelley et al.

Working Paper
6 Nov 2018

Mitigating Market Frictions by Monitoring Employees in SMEs: A Field Experiment in Kenya’s Public Transport Sector

Schoenholzer, Kelley, Lane and Wagacha (2018) provide firms a new technology that delivers real-time information to the owner of the vehicle about the driver’s productivity and safety.

Research Note
7 Sep 2018

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