Research Papers

The Working Papers Series is produced by IFMR- Graduate School of Business, Krea university . They are published to facilitate discussions and contribute to the advancement of knowledge. 
The  Research Papers section represents work from Faculty and Research Scholars across a wide range of areas, demonstrating both the depth and breadth of research being undertaken at IFMR, GSB.

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IFMR GSB Working Paper WP21-017

Simultaneity Between Mobile Penetration and Economic Growth: A Panel Data Analysis of Indian States

July 2021

The growth in mobile telephony has added further momentum to the process of financial inclusion, rural development, and economic growth in general. However, despite the substantial growth, there exists a disparity in mobile penetration across states. The relationship between mobile telephony diffusion and economic growth has been well documented. While earlier studies have analyzed the relationship between economic growth, mobile technology diffusion, and inequality in different contexts and times, these relationships have been analyzed in isolation. The current study has used data on the Indian States for 2002-2012. It employs the Three-Stage Least Squares (3-SLS) technique to estimate a simultaneous system of equations to analyze bi-directional causality between economic growth and mobile penetration and feedback of one variable into another. The study also extends the analysis to 2016 using an alternative measure of inequality. The results confirm the positive feedback of growth to mobile penetration and find a positive impact of urban inequality on mobile penetration.

Key Words: Telecommunication, Inequality, Economic growth, Panel Data, 3SLS

IFMR GSB Working Paper WP21-016

Credit Risk Premium of Corporate Bonds: Return vs Yield

June 2021

This paper studies credit risk premium (CRP) of corporate bonds and compares with the yield to maturity of the bond and shows that the yield of a bond is not the correct measure of its return.


Key Words: expected bond returns, corporate bonds, credit risk premium, yield to maturity

IFMR GSB Working Paper WP21-015

Digitization of Legal Services

June 2021

The Paper focuses on studying the impact of new technology development and their adoption in legal services. It examines how efficiencies are being created using new technologies, specially AI , and through digitalization of legal services.

Key Words: Digital India, LawTech, Legal Services, Empowerment

IFMR GSB Working Paper WP21-014

The Determinants of Firm’s Growth in the Telecommunication Services 

June 2021

The study of firm growth literature provides valuable insights into firm behavior, the evolution of the industry over time, and the overall growth process. The topic becomes even more relevant in the context of the high growth of this sector and the importance of ICT firms in bridging the information asymmetry and overall process of economic growth. This study investigates the factors determining the firm’s growth in the Indian telecom services sector using an unbalanced panel of 204 firms from 2000 to 2019. Dynamic Panel estimation technique System GMM is used to take care of endogeneity issues caused by the dynamic nature of firm growth models. Results indicate that the growth of firms in the Indian telecom services industry is explained by systematic factors like size, R & D intensity, asset turnover, import, and age of
the firm and is not random.

Key Words: Firm Growth, ICT, Telecommunication, System GMM, Dynamic Panel

IFMR GSB Working Paper WP20-012

Defining Dignity at Workplace

August 2020

Waldron (2012) calls dignity as ‘‘a principle of the highest importance” even though business research has paid “scant attention” to the notion of dignity. Dignity is an essential requirement for meaningful work, and contemporary society has evolved as such that work and workplace have become paramount. Focusing on dignity will allow companies to be organised more humanely and to be able to create a space where individuals flourish and will work in an intense and soulful way. Purpose of the study is to understand how managers define dignity at the workplace. The study tries to bring a conceptual framework for an otherwise vague construct of dignity at the workplace. While available literature defines dignity at the workplace as an individual phenomenon, current study approaches it as a combination of the individual and organisational phenomenon by adding a component contextual dignity.

IFMR GSB Working Paper WP20-010

Impact of Peers and Incentives on Lying Across Age and Gender: A School-Based Experiment from India

February 2020

We evaluate lying in school children across age groups with different gender compositions in the presence and absence of peers and incentives.

We find

(i) significant peer and incentive effects on younger children

(ii) lesser lying tendencies in an all-girl’s group at a younger age

(iii) Effect of incentives independent of gender composition

Keywords: unethical behavior, lying, incentives, gender differences, peer effects, field experiments

IFMR GSB Working Paper WP19-008

Impact of Ownership Structure and Board Characteristics on Firm Value: Evidence from China and India

November 2019

Corporate governance plays a decisive role in the financial performance of a firm. While majority of the firms in China and India are owned and managed by its promoters, the present study attempts to examine the impact of ownership structure and board characteristics on firm value for these two economies. The study employs panel data methodology with industry and time fixed effects on a sample of 1042 firms listed in NSE of India and 450 firms listed in SSE of China. We find promoter ownerships to positively impact a firm’s value creation process, while institutional investors exert a negative influence. Although CEO duality enhances firm value in China, the results show otherwise for Indian firms. Additionally, while board independence is positively correlated to firm value in India, it has a negative effect on firms in China. Lastly, we find that larger board size contributes favorably towards better decision making. 

Key Words: Corporate governance; Board characteristics; Ownership structure; Agency theory

IFMR GSB Working Paper WP19-007

Volatility Contagion and Market Integration across major Coal Markets: A Diagonal BEKK GARCH approach

November 2019

The present study attempts to meaningfully add to the existing strand of literature on coal market predictability by examining the level of market integration across three major coal export markets. Using a tri-variate diagonal BEKK GARCH framework, the study investigates the own-volatility persistence and cross-volatility contagion effects among European, Australian, and South African coal markets. The results validate the presence of strong volatility contagion among the three markets, indicating a high level of market integration. The contagion effect is observed to be heterogeneous across market pairs. Further, while the study finds convincing evidence for volatility clustering, the EGARCH results fail to affirm the presence of leverage effect among the returns series. In short, the study unveiled complex dynamics in the coal markets’ price generation mechanism that necessitates active portfolio management. As such, besides having significant policy implications, the study’s findings would be of pertinent interest to financial practitioners and investors who seek to diversify their portfolio through investments in global commodity markets.

Key Words: Coal Market; Volatility Contagion; Diagonal BEKK GARCH; Leverage Effect

IFMR GSB Working Paper WP19-006

Community as a Critical Component: People Management Model in Not-for-Profit Healthcare Organizations

October 2019

Attracting and retaining employees is crucial for success of any organization. Competitive compensation system, challenging assignments and rapid career progression are offered as carrots to retain employees in for profit corporate entities. However, small organizations working in not for profit sector lack such resources and hence would have to improvise or innovate ways of attracting and retaining employees. ASHWINI, a hospital run for and by tribal communities in a remote location in India, has tentatively but consciously embarked on a process that emphasizes more on retention of knowledge, skills and abilities than the more difficult task of retaining people. The key feature of talent management at ASHWINI includes creation of a permanent core team of people from the tribal community, who excelled in critical competencies needed to run the community health initiatives and the hospital. To support and sustain the permanent core, ASHWINI has developed a participative culture marked by democratic processes.

Key Words: HR practices, Employee retention, talent management, tribal communities, India

IFMR GSB Working Paper WP19-005

The Macro-economic impact of financial crisis on private R&D effort in Indian Manufacturing sector: a sectoral analysis

October 2019

The effect of business cycles on long run economic growth and innovative activity has been a central question in macro-economic theory and empirical research. While studies in developed country contexts show R&D to be countercyclical with economic crisis and highly responsive to subsidy programs, in India, not much research has been done to understand the nature of R&D during economic shocks. This study aims to analyze the R&D behavior of firms during economic crisis and the impact of macro-economic policy variables on R&D intensity of manufacturing firms in India during 2000-2015. Among the South East Asian economies, although India is a $trillion economy, it ranks well behind China, Brazil, South Korea in terms of per capital real GDP, R&D intensity, patent applications and high technology exports. Consequently, Indian manufacturing activity is concentrated in low value-added segment in the global production networks. Using Prowess data set on R&D expenditure the study analyzes R&D behavior in Indian firms and attempts to draw policy implications for developing incentives to encourage R&D behavior in a more effective and sustainable manner

Key Words: R&D, Fiscal Incentives, Business cycle, Manufacturing, India

IFMR GSB Working Paper WP19-004

Investigation on factors influencing online information search: Behaviour of doctors with reference to medical equipment

October 2019

Using the first ever available information in Census of India 2011, covering 640 sub-national units (districts) in India, we analyze the correlates of modes of transport used by non-agricultural workers at the regional level covering both rural and urban areas. Providing a holistic picture from the perspective policy and academic perspective, we bring out some key stylized facts. Further, using the Seemingly Unrelated Regression (SUR) estimation, we model the transport mode choice for commuting by the workers in the context of rural and urban India, and further extend it based on distinction in motorized and non-motorized transport modes. We find that urbanization level, population size and density along with education attainment and worker’s sex ratio (gender ratio among workers), age (elderly) and land use mix play very important role in regional pattern in transport mode choice for commuting. These results highlight the dire need for proper development of transport infrastructure and understanding its various dimensions from socioeconomic, demographic and spatial point of view in the context of developing countries.

Key Words: Transportation, Commuting, Motorized, Non-Motorized Transport, India

IFMR GSB Working Paper WP19-003

Product Recalls in India and the Impact on Stock Prices

October 2019

In recent times, product recalls are receiving greater attention in India among policy makers, consumers and regulators after major recalls by firms such as Nestle (Maggi) and Johnson and Johnson. Product recalls are also crucial events for investors as they could cause unexpected changes in corresponding stock prices. This paper aims to find if product recall events have a significant impact on stock prices in the Indian context. We examine this using an event study methodology for three sectors: automobiles, food, and drugs. We also check whether the impact is different for voluntary firm led recalls as compared to involuntary government-imposed recalls. The results show that all the three sectors are impacted but differently. We observe a minimal impact on the stock prices of automobile sector while food and drugs are the most impacted sectors. Government initiated recalls show a higher impact than firm led recalls in case of both food and drug sectors.

Key Words: Product Recall, India Stock market , Event study

IFMR GSB Working Paper WP19-002

 Transport Mode Choice for Commuting: Evidence from India

October 2019

Using the first ever available information in Census of India 2011, covering 640 sub-national units (districts) in India, we analyze the correlates of modes of transport used by non-agricultural workers at the regional level covering both rural and urban areas. Providing a holistic picture from the perspective policy and academic perspective, we bring out some key stylized facts. Further, using the Seemingly Unrelated Regression (SUR) estimation, we model the transport mode choice for commuting by the workers in the context of rural and urban India, and further extend it based on distinction in motorized and non-motorized transport modes. We find that urbanization level, population size and density along with education attainment and worker’s sex ratio (gender ratio among workers), age (elderly) and land use mix play very important role in regional pattern in transport mode choice for commuting. These results highlight the dire need for proper development of transport infrastructure and understanding its various dimensions from socioeconomic, demographic and spatial point of view in the context of developing countries.

Key Words: Transportation, Commuting, Motorized, Non-Motorized Transport, India

IFMR GSB Working Paper WP19-001

HR Practices, Middle Managers and Organizational Change

October 2019

The importance of Middle Managers (MMs) to organizational change initiatives is well-entrenched in the literature. However, little is known about the contingencies, in particular the role of HR practices, which impact on MMs’ contributions to change. This study, with India as the backdrop, examines the role of HRM and its impact on MMs involved in change initiatives. Findings are based on two in-depth case studies of organizations in India. The paper concludes that importance accorded to the HR function, the coherence of HR practices with change objectives and devolution of HR responsibilities to MMs have a significant influence on MMs involved in change. In addition, the study also argues that MMs are better supported if HR practices are tempered to suit
the Indian context.

Key Words: HR practices, India, Middle Managers, Organizational Change