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Luis Ballesteros

Doctoral Student

Research Interests: decision making under uncertainty, organizational learning and knowledge management, business responses to natural disasters, competitive advantages and non-market responses, systemic risk and market strategy, private provision of collective goods

I am interested in organizational decision-making under high uncertainty. And I mean the contexts of high-magnitude, low-probability shocks that disrupt the status quo in market systems, such as natural disasters. I argue that high-stake decisions that affect significantly the availability of rents and market competition often occur during these time intervals. I am also fascinated by the role of business organizations' responses in contributing to collective goods and their impact in economic redistribution.

Currently, I am focused on three lines of research: how firm-market linkages affect decision-making under high uncertainty, how organizations overcome information scarcity during such time spans, and how the characteristics of the organizational decision and the institutional context drive firm performance.

The studies associated with such lines of research investigate the role of the degree of dependency of the firm in a specific market to predict provision of collective goods (or pro-social behavior); the drivers of organizational imitation during high uncertainty; and the economic efficiency of leading versus imitating in the contexts of systemic shocks. More information on these studies can be found in Research.