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Luis Ballesteros

PhD Candidate

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

Contact Information

Address: 3112 SH-DH, 3620 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Email: luisf@wharton.upenn.edu
Office: (215) 746-7954
Mobile: 617-599-9046
Office Fax: (215) 898-0401

Overview

The cornerstone of my research interests is global strategy. I explore the drivers and consequences of organizational decision-making under risk and uncertainty by focusing on non-market strategy, and particularly strategic philanthropy.
I have analyzed these topics under the conditions of systemic shocks, such as natural disasters. I believe that non-routine high-stake choices that affect significantly the availability of rents and business performance are often made during these time intervals. Likewise, the implications of organizational choices on society at large may be exacerbated.
Currently, I am focused on three lines of research that analyze multinational enterprises' choices at the international level: how firm-market linkages affect decision-making in the aftermath of disasters, how organizations overcome information scarcity during such time spans, and how the characteristics of the organizational choice, external stakeholders' needs, and the institutional context drive firm performance and social welfare. More information on these studies can be found in my Research.

 

 

Dissertation Committee:

Mauro Guillen

Witold Henisz (Chair)

Exequiel Hernandez

Uri Simonsohn (OPIM)

Michael Useem

 

DISSERTATION

(SRF Dissertation Scholar)

 

Drivers and Consequences of Organizational Decision-making under Uncertainty:

Evidence from Global Corporate Disaster Giving

Research


  • Luis Ballesteros, Michael Useem, "Corporate Activity for Dealing with Societal Risks ". In Rethinking Catastrophic Risk: How Corporate America Copes with Disruption, edited by Howard Kunreuther, Erwann Michel-Kerjan, Michael Useem, (2016).
  • Howard Kunreuther, Luis Ballesteros, "Deciding in the Context of Low-Probability Shocks: Biases, Heuristics, and Uncertainty". In Rethinking Catastrophic Risk: How Corporate America Copes with Disruption, edited by Howard Kunreuther, Erwann Michel-Kerjan, Michael Useem, (2016).
  • Luis Ballesteros, Howard Kunreuther, "Organizational Learning from Catastrophes". In Rethinking Catastrophic Risk: How Corporate America Copes with Disruption, edited by Howard Kunreuther, Erwann Michel-Kerjan, Michael Useem, (2016).
  • 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, Michael Useem, Tyler Wry (Under Revision), Black Swans and Private Intervention: An Empirical Evaluation of the Social Implications of Corporate Disaster Giving.  Abstract
  • 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 (Under Review), Markets as Clubs: A Study of the Role of Firm-Market Economic Reliance in the Corporate Provision of Collective Goods (ACAD MANAGE PROC 2015 2015:1 19077; doi:10.5465/Best PhD Paper, SMS 2015).  Abstract  Related Materials
  • Luis Ballesteros (Working), Lead, Follow, or Abstain? Timing Advantages under High Uncertainty and Time Constraints (Best Paper SMS 2016, Nomination).  Abstract
  • Luis Ballesteros, Michael Useem (Working), Local versus Global Institutional Pressures: Organizational Imitation and Multinationality.  Abstract
  • 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

In The News

  • "Leveraging Formal and Informal Business Partnerships for Disaster Relief", (UNOCHA; DHL) How Public Private Partnerships are Making a Difference in Humanitarian Action  -  05/30/2016   Description Related Materials
  • It’s bad business not to donate to Nepal, The Washington Post  -  05/20/2015 Description