B-Schools Pursue New Research Projects

Food as culture, cybersecurity, and government partnerships are subjects of study.


KEDGE Business School in Marseilles, France, and a host of European partners have launched the AlpFoodWay project to study the dietary cultural heritage of the Alps with the hopes of promoting sustain¬≠ able economic development in the Alpine regions. The project will receive total funding of €2.8 million (about US$2.98 million) over three years from the European Union.

"Foodways" are socioeconomic and cultural practices related to the production of food and its consumption, from traditional knowledge of production techniques and consumption customs to the transmission of know-how from generation to generation. Depopulation, aging, and globalization are endangering the Alpine dietary heritage. Thirteen partner s and 39 observers from six Alpine countries will join with KEDGE to create a sustainable economic, social, and cultural model for the Alps. The group ultimately will prepare a report on best practices to protect and promote the Alps' dietary cultural heritage.

For more details, www.alpine-space.eu/projectsaIpfoodways/home.


 Nanyang Technology University's Business School in Singapore is partnering with Verizon Enterprise Solutions to research the kinds of economic and insurance losses global insurers suffer from cybersecurity incidents and recommend protection and prevention policies. The project will leverage the VER IS Community Database, which includes information about more than 7,000 security incidents gleaned from real-life breaches over 12 years.

The research program is part of NTU's Cyber Risk Management Project, a public-private partnership involving industry, academic, and government. "Getting access to real cybercrime data is a huge boon to the insurance industry," notes Shaun Wang, director of NTU's Insurance Risk and Finance-Research Centre.


Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, are leading a five-year research study that aims to improve partnership programs between nongovernment organizations and local governments in developing nations. Researchers will conduct randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of different policy approaches within these nations as part of the Economic Development and Institutions (ED I) initiative. The EDI is being implemented in the university's Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) in partnership with the University of Namur in Belgium and the Paris School of Economics in France. Other partners include Oxford Policy Management in the U.K. and Aide a la Decision Economique in Belgium.

Leading the study are Ernesto Dal 86, the Phillips Girgich  Professor of Business at the Haas School  of Business and Travers Department of Political Science; Frederico Finan, an associate professor of economics; and Edward Miguel, an economist and CEGA faculty director.

Through partnerships with governments and local leaders, the researchers will run experiments within local institutional channels "to create a more cohesive and reliable body of knowledge" about what successful, scalable policy looks like, says Dal Bo.

In August, DalBo and Finan published a white paper calling for the greater use of RCTs in public policy research "not only to show that some specific intervention produces a particular change, but also to understand how this change takes place, what other interventions could have the same effect, and to what extent the interventions can be scaled up." Their paper "At the Intersection: A Review of Institutions of Economic Development" is available for download at escholarship.org.

Over the next three years, EDI will make public calls for proposals for pilot studies and full RCTs designed to test government programs in developing countries. Most accepted proposals will be awarded £600,000 (approximately $US730,000) for implementation.

For information about the next call for proposals, contact [email protected]