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Research today: Prof Marcel Ausloos discusses best investment strategies for SMEs

Date: 15 March 2018
Time: 12:00 - 13:00

LSBU Southwark Campus - London Road building, LR391

Organiser: Karin Moser
Contact details: 020 7815 7701,
Price: Free
Research today

We are proud to welcome Prof Marcel Ausloos, University of Leicester and GRAPES, Belgium, to our 'research today' seminar series to discuss investment strategies

Any research on strategies for business excellence aims to find the appropriate course of actions for executives. Thus, discussions take place on how effective a performance measurement system can be estimated and/or be validated. It is argued that extreme value statistics provide the answer. It is demonstrated that the level and timing of investments allow to be forecasting small and medium size enterprises (SME) performance at financial crisis times. The "investment level" is taken as the yearly total tangible asset (TTA). The financial/economic performance indicators defining "growth" are the sales or total assets variations; "profitability" is defined from returns on investments or returns on sales. Companies on the Italian Stock Exchange STAR Market serve as example. It is found from the distributions’ extreme values that outlier companies (with positive performance) are those with the lowest but growing TTA. In contrast, the SME with low TTA, but which did not increase its TTA before the crisis, became a "negative outlier". The outcome of these statistical findings suggests the best strategies to SME board members.

Marcel Ausloos is a Belgian engineer who teaches and researches statistical physics at the University of Liege. He holds a part-time chair at the School of Management, and School of Business, College of Social Sciences, at the University of Leicester. A member of numerous editorial boards of various journals, Marcel has also authored 600 publications, in peer review journals and as peer review published communications at scientific meetings, with more than 300 different co-authors, he has also edited 9 books.

The new season of “research today!” seminars opens on Thursday, 15 February 2018!

Season Four of our “research today!” seminars opens on 15 February 2018. If you haven’t been to one before, these are short presentations of emerging or new research in the Business School, followed by an informal discussion. They last an hour, they are happening every week from now until the end of term, and this season again has great talks with some exciting guests.

Who can attend? Anyone interested can attend, no registration is needed. Just join us!

Who can present? Researchers and doctoral students from the Business School and associated guests, visitors and collaborators. This is a research forum to exchange ideas, get to know each other's research and foster collaboration in a collegial and friendly environment. The Season Four programme is full, but you can still book a spot for Season Five in the summer if you contact Fabian Scholda.

What’s in it for me if I come along?

How long do you have? Find out about sexual citizenship, corporate disclosure and corporate governance in the Pakistani banking sector, the future of collective bargaining in Nigeria or all you need to know about publishing in high level journals and more. 

See new ways of presenting persuasively. Meet new colleagues. Discover things you have in common. Test new ideas and bring your best arguments. It could even lead to new research collaborations.

Great! Just remind me where and when?

LR391, every Thursday from 12-1pm. You don’t have to book, just roll up. We continue informally until 2pm for those who want to and have the time. Bring your lunch or coffee, and a sharp mind.

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