PhD Candidate 2012
Wei (Vivian) Guo
Wei (Vivian) Guo is a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) in Strategy and Entrepreneurship. Vivian’s research centers on the psychological processes that influence strategic decision-making and resource management in both established and entrepreneurial firms. She focuses on research questions, such as how do personalities of top executives influence their allocation of attention and thus firm innovation, how would the attention limits of organizational decision makers impact the firm’s competition and performance, and how different linguistic styles used by top executives influence investor reactions. The first essay in her dissertation has been nominated for
Best Conference Paper and Best Conference Paper for Practice Implications
Prize at the Strategic Management Society 31st Annual International Conference in Miami, Florida.
Dissertation titleThe Power of Words: Three Essays on the Relationship between Linguistic Features of Managerial Statements and Investors’ Responses
Wei Guo’s dissertation explores the influence of linguistic styles used by top executives in presentations on investor evaluation and stock market reactions. In particular, she combine computational content analysis and event study methodology to explore whether the use of different linguistic styles would help top executives project the impression of competence, transparency, and authenticity to investors, thus generating favorable stock market reactions. To address these research questions, she has built a novel database with 8,990 verbatim transcripts of presentations by executives of 632 organizations at investor conferences between 2003 and 2010.
Dissertation Chair: Brent Goldfarb
David Kirsch (co-chair)
Dissertation Committee Members
Primary Research Areas
Primary Teaching Interests
Selected Publications, Conference Presentations, and Work- in-Progress