In cities around the globe, bicycle and electric scooter rentals seem to be everywhere. And in a way, they almost have to be. If the bicycle or scooter isn’t right where users need it, right when they need it, they won’t go out of their way to find one, says new research from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.
To get more participants in online auctions and drive up the winning bid prices, two things matter: how long an auction is active and the day of the week it closes, finds new research from Maryland Smith’s Wedad Elmaghraby.
Elmaghraby’s research, forthcoming in Management Science, focuses on online business-to-business (B2B) auction platforms, which retailers use to sell their unsold or returned inventory to discount stores and wholesale liquidators.
Competition produces winners and losers. But game theory analysis shows how everyone comes out ahead when retailers and bankers cooperate to reduce finance costs for suppliers in China and other emerging markets. Consumers ultimately score when the savings get passed down the line.
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Enforceability of Agreements Creates Screening Effect
U.S. companies worried about knowledge leakage should be careful what they wish for when they lobby state lawmakers to strengthen the enforceability of noncompete clauses. New research from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business shows unintended consequences when the contract addendums are given teeth.
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