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RSM Seminar | Prof Shige Makino

RSM Seminar | Prof Shige Makino

Performance and Age distributions Around the World


Traditional strategic management studies adopt an average-centered view that uses the central tendency to explain between-group variation in performance (i.e., performance differences between business units, firms, industries, and countries). Recently, I proposed a variance-centered view that focuses on the outliers to explain within-group variation in performance (Makino & Chan, 2017). In this seminar, I report the progress of two ongoing research projects that use the variance-centered approach. The first project is an empirical study of cross-county data that examines how shapes of the performance distribution of the firms vary across countries and change over time. The second project examines how shapes of the age distribution of the firms vary across countries and affect productivity of economies over time.


Prof. Shige Makino is Professor of Management at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His current research focuses on strategy and performance of multinational corporations. He is especially interested in exploring non-economic based motivations on economic activities and their performance consequences in international business. His research has appeared in a number of leading journals, including AMJ, JIBS, JMS, Org Sci, and SMJ. He is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB) and served as a Secretary-Treasurer of the AIB Fellows in 2014-2017, a Vice President of the AIB in 2010-2012, and a President of the Association of Japanese Business Studies in 2007-2009. He has been serving as an associate editor of Global Strategy Journal and Oxford Research Review and as an editorial and advisory board member of multiple international journals. He has received many research awards and recognition, most recently, the JIBS Gold Medal from the AIB. He was the founding co-director of the Master in Management program at CUHK. He has also won many teaching awards at CUHK, including a Vice Chancellor’s exemplary teaching award.


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