Research Interests: global strategy, organizational decision-making under uncertainty, organizational responses to systemic risks, strategic csr, non-market strategy, firm-performance implications of corporate philanthropy, social-welfare implications of business strategy, business provision of collective goods
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The cornerstone of my research interests is strategy. I seek to understand whether, how, and the extent to which corporate engagement in the strategic provision of public goods, or CSR, explains variance in firm performance across national markets.
In my dissertation, I examine the drivers and consequences of strategic philanthropy in the aftermath of natural disasters with three lines of research:
- How the strength of a firm’s economic connection with a national market affects its decision to help such market in the context of disasters;
- How first movers’ public image, not associated with disaster giving, in combination with high uncertainty, affects stakeholder preferences of a contextually appropriate donation, creates strategic isomorphism among followers, and explains first-mover and follower advantages;
- How firms’ dynamic capabilities in disaster response help countries recover faster and greater than through aid from foreign national and multilateral agencies. (A study forthcoming in AMJ).
My professional endeavors prior to Wharton–at JP Morgan, the United Nations Development Program, and the World Bank–inspired and fueled this interest and my understanding of business responses to systemic risk.
Witold Henisz (Chair)
Uri Simonsohn (OPIM)
Drivers and Consequences of Non-Market Decision-making under Uncertainty:
Evidence from Global Corporate Disaster Giving
Luis Ballesteros (Work In Progress), An Adaptation of the Herfindahl-Hirschman index (HHI) to Study Market Concentration at the National and International Levels.
Luis Ballesteros (Work In Progress), Innovation and Systemic Risk: Can Exposure to Large Shocks Affect Risk Taking?.
Luis Ballesteros (Work In Progress), Using a Polynomial Expansion of Subsidiaries, Sales, and Employees as a Measure of Firm-Market Economic Linkages.
Luis Ballesteros, Michael Useem, "How They Did It (Private Giving, Insurance Payouts for Recovery, Execution and Expectations". In Leadership Dispatches: Chile's Extraordinary Comeback from Disaster, edited by Michael Useem, Howard Kunreuther, (2015), 47 - 165.
Ballesteros, Luis, “Financing Catastrophe Relief and Recovery in Developing Countries. Are Global Financial Markets the Answer? The Case of Haiti,” The World Bank, 2010. Description
Awards And Honors
- Penn Lauder CIBER Grant, 2013
In The News
- Corporate First Responders, Strategy+Business - 03/21/2016
Information on my teaching experience can be found here.