Innovation

Working Paper

Bringing the AGM to the 21st Century: Blockchain and Smart Contracting Tech for Shareholder Involvement

The AGM is often considered to play an important role in direct shareholder monitoring of directors and corporate blockholders. However, its practical functioning suffers from large obstacles.

In this research we outline the AGM’s flaws...Read more

Christoph Van Der Elst
28 June 2017

The Promise and Perils of Crowdfunding: Between Corporate Finance and Consumer Contracts

‘Crowdfunding’ — raising capital through large numbers of small contributions — is a burgeoning phenomenon, spurred by the internet’s capacity to reduce communication costs. Its still-evolving status is reflected in diversity of contracting...Read more

John Armour
Luca Enriques
18 September 2017

Fintech and the Financing of Entrepreneurs: From Crowdfunding to Marketplace Lending

For the last decade economists have been preoccupied with the decline in bank financing to small businesses and entrepreneurs. This effort has produced a better understanding of the obstacles to external financing. We examine the market and ...Read more

Joseph McCahery
Erik Vermeulen
25 September 2017

Creative Corporate Culture and Innovation

We define creative companies by means of the Competing Value Framework, and we identify them by means of textual analysis. We show that a creative corporate culture is an important driver of innovation, as measured by the number of patents a firm...Read more

Franco Fiordelisi
Luc Renneboog
Ornella Ricci
Saverio Stentella Lopes
06 November 2018

ICO Investors

We conduct a detailed analysis of investors in successful initial coin offerings (ICOs). The average ICO has 4,700 contributors. The median participant contributes small amounts and many investors sell their tokens before the underlying product...Read more

Ruediger Fahlenbrach
Marc Frattaroli
05 August 2019

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