https://hdbresearch.com/hdbr/issue/feed Harvard Deusto Business Research 2020-12-24T02:01:15+00:00 Josep Maria Altarriba editor@hdbresearch.com Open Journal Systems <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Harvard Deusto Business Research</strong> is an open-access scientific journal that publishes articles of both a theoretical and empirical nature with the intention of contributing to the advancement in the understanding of the phenomena related to business management from any perspective.</p> https://hdbresearch.com/hdbr/article/view/308 Letter from the Managing Editor 2020-12-23T16:34:19+00:00 Josep Maria Altarriba editor@hdbresearch.com 2020-12-01T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 https://hdbresearch.com/hdbr/article/view/298 Passive, non-systematic search as an alternative to systematic search in opportunity discovery 2020-12-24T02:01:15+00:00 Antoni Olivé-Tomás antoni.olive@iqs.url.edu <p>This paper summarizes the results of a multiple-case study conducted to shed light into the question of how business opportunities are recognized by examining two theoretical propositions related to two topics: 1) the role of prior knowledge in the discovery of opportunities, and 2) whether opportunities are noticed without deliberate search or can be the object of a constrained, systematic search. We studied five Spanish companies and eight business opportunities. All the opportunities of the multiple-case study were recognized thanks to the prior knowledge of the entrepreneurs. In addition, the entrepreneurs only discovered opportunities related to their prior knowledge. None of the opportunities was discovered by noticing without search, as the alertness perspective contends. Some of them were the result of a systematic search constrained to the entrepreneur’s prior knowledge, but most of them were discovered by searching passively and non-systematically within the knowledge domain of the entrepreneur. This result suggests the passive, non-systematic search as an alternative to the systematic search.</p> 2020-12-01T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 https://hdbresearch.com/hdbr/article/view/299 Influencers’ recommendations on the Internet: effects of codes of conduct 2020-12-24T02:00:45+00:00 Patricia Vargas Portillo jennypatricia.vargas@esic.edu <p>Recommendations of goods and/or services on social networks are an increasingly widespread advertising tactic. Brands are aware of the power of persuasion that influencers in the digital world have on their followers. In this article, we analyze the particularities of this phenomenon and then focus on its regulation. Specifically, we refer to the suggestive role that self-regulation plays in this area. By virtue of the latter, codes of conduct in the influencer market are possible.</p> 2020-12-01T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 https://hdbresearch.com/hdbr/article/view/300 Broadening the purpose of the corporation requires purposeful implementation 2020-12-24T02:00:17+00:00 Antonio Vives antoniov@cumpetere.com <p>The notion that the purpose of the corporation is to maximize profits to be distributed to its shareholders has been the guiding light of management for many decades. Nevertheless, in the last few decades many corporations, on their own, and in response to pressures from society, have realized that their operations, and hence profits, impact and are impacted by a broader set of entities: employees, clients, community, suppliers of goods and services and the environment, among others, besides the providers of capital. Corporations are recognizing that they have a responsibility towards society, that their purpose is broader that maximization of profits. This realization has been intensified with recent crises, where corporations have realized that they can and must also contribute to alleviate some societal needs. But the discussion has been so concentrated on the redefinition of this purpose and on the actions on the ground, beginning and end of a process, but the difficult task in the middle, the implementation of a broader purpose, has been neglected or underestimated, relying on the status quo or on small changes to the business as usual. But the redefinition of purpose, to be effective, to have impact, requires not only changes in strategy but also changes in culture, structure, governance and management processes among others, whose analysis is the purpose of this paper.</p> 2020-12-01T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 https://hdbresearch.com/hdbr/article/view/301 Engie: Business Model Transformation 2020-12-24T01:59:48+00:00 Jorge Hernando Cuñado jhernanc@nebrija.es Jorge Colvin Díez jcolvin@eae.es Javier Antonio Enríquez Román jenrique@nebrija.es <p>This article reviews the business model transformation of a French energy company, Engie. The company is adapting to a new energy business environment characterized by three trends: decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitalization. In order to achieve this objective Engie has carried out a three-year plan (2016-2019) focusing on renewable energy sources, local energy generation and new technologies. The company has developed a new strategy for the period 2019-2021, the aim is to become the world leader in zero-carbon transition “as a service” assisting business and local authorities to reduce their carbon footprint in their operations. This implies an asset light strategy, Engie provides tailor-made solutions and expertise to their customers while partnering with the owners of renewable power sources. The company is in line with the environmental concerns of all its stakeholders and believes in the profitability of this new strategy, centred on renewable energy sources.</p> 2020-12-01T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 https://hdbresearch.com/hdbr/article/view/302 Consumers and enterprises as actors on the market 2020-12-24T01:59:19+00:00 Sarah Philipson sarah.philipason@hig.se <p>This conceptual paper discusses the phenomenon of differentiation made possible through branding or innovation or a combination of the two. Differentiation is eventually the driving force for the development of its own negation, commoditization. When customers have endured a commoditized market long enough the opportunities open up for creative destruction, this concept of Schumpeter (1942), means that an entrepreneur invents a completely new way of satisfying the customers’ unsatisfied needs, making the industry that no longer bothered about their customers. Many researchers have tried to re/brand destructive innovation as their own, with concepts, such as of ”transilience”, and “blue ocean strategy’, as opposed to ‘red ocean strategy’.</p> <p>The paper focuses on innovation as a differentiation strategy and on temporary monopoly rent as a driver of innovation. Increased competition and shortening and life cycles makes capitalism more volatile and the strategies to reduce the risks involved are discussed. These strategies lead to the real-world implementation of the concentration of capital forecasted by Marx and feared by Schumpeter.</p> <p>The paper identifies the need to continuously monitor the concentration of capital and to understand individual markets by studying the firm’s profit.</p> 2020-12-01T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 https://hdbresearch.com/hdbr/article/view/303 From internationalization to local markets poverty alleviation and competitiveness in the agro-industrial sector of Latin America 2020-12-24T01:58:49+00:00 Tania Elena González Alvarado tania.gonzalez@cucea.udg.mx Renata Kubus rkubus@ucm.es José Sánchez-Gutiérrez jsanchez@cucea.udg.mx <p>The objective of this paper is to analyse the proposal that the production units of the Latin American agribusiness sector evolve from internationalization to their products offers aimed at “the local”, in response to changes in the world scenario. To achieve the objective, a documentary and secondary source analysis were carried out, regarding the impact of COVID19 on the Latin American economy at the world stage. The main result points to the transversality of the creative industries with the agro-industrial sector to encourage creativity within the local business networks that were originally oriented at indirect internationalization. Value enhancement (revaluation) through creativity of orange economy and recognition of peoples' cultural assets, diversity and intangible heritage generates wealth. This transversality contributes to the alleviation of poverty, sustainability and competitiveness of agro-industrial companies.</p> 2020-12-01T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 https://hdbresearch.com/hdbr/article/view/304 Voluntary flexible working arrangements and their effects on managers and employees 2020-12-24T01:58:21+00:00 Stuart Sanders stuart.sanders@rolandberger.com Joanna Karmowska jkarmowska@brookes.ac.uk <p>This paper explores the effects of flexible working arrangements on employees and their managers in a service sector. Analyzing a case study of a global management consultancy, the study concerns the impact of flexible working arrangements on job satisfaction, commitment and performance as well as well-being. While it is generally accepted that flexible working arrangements have a positive impact on employees, there has been only limited theorizing and research explaining how and why such impact is generated and which contextual organizational factors might be significant in shaping the outcome. The study provides mixed evidence for benefits from flexible working arrangements where potential for increased employee performance, well-being and job satisfaction is offset by work intensification, blurred work/home boundaries, professional isolation and perceived organizational injustice. Practical implications of the study results have been intensified by accelerated organizational transition into flexible working arrangements caused by restrictions imposed as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.</p> 2020-12-01T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 https://hdbresearch.com/hdbr/article/view/305 The antecedents of University Students' Entrepreneurship Intention. The Theory of Planned Behaviour Viewpoint 2020-12-24T01:57:52+00:00 Chux Gervase Iwu iwuc@cput.ac.za Abdullah Promise Opute promise.opute@gpromsolutions.org Rylyne Nchu rylelangwe@yahoo.com Abiola Abimbola Babatunde abiola100417@gmail.com Charmaine Helena Iwu charmaine.iwu@gmail.com Ikenna Franklin Eze ikerossenerri@yahoo.com <p>Finding out whether university students will take up entrepreneurship on graduation bodes well for any economy especially the developing ones. This is because it will help governments, and other stakeholders to plan better. Importantly, if university students embrace an entrepreneurial career, it will reduce unemployment and subsequently mitigate the scourge of poverty and inequality. This study was quantitative targeting university students to understand how they perceive entrepreneurship, what they think entrepreneurship is, what they consider as the factors that may discourage them from considering an entrepreneurial career, and also whether they think of themselves as capable of venturing into entrepreneurship. Using SPSS, we analyzed the data which affirmed the three hypotheses that student’s entrepreneurship intention can be positively and significantly motivated and persuaded. Also, the result confirmed that student’s entrepreneurship intention could be positively influenced by their perception of what entrepreneurship is and the perceived characteristics of an entrepreneur. Some further research directions as well as implications are flagged.</p> 2020-12-01T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 https://hdbresearch.com/hdbr/article/view/306 Promoting Pharmaceutical Companies’ Reputation through Facebook: the case of Spain 2020-12-24T01:57:19+00:00 Pablo Medina Aguerreber pablo.medina@cud.ac.ae Toni González Pacanowski toni.gonzalez@ua.es Eva Medina ec90@alu.ua.es <p>This paper aims to analyse how the 100 most reputed pharmaceutical companies in Spain use Facebook for improving their corporate reputation. To do that, on the one hand, we carried out a literature review about corporate communication, health organizations and social media; and on the other hand, we analysed their Facebook corporate profiles by using ten indicators related to corporate communication. This paper concludes that pharmaceutical companies in Spain does not consider Facebook any more like a strategic tool for their corporate communication strategies because only 18 companies manage actively a Facebook corporate profile from their headquarters in Spain.</p> 2020-12-01T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 https://hdbresearch.com/hdbr/article/view/307 Cyberdiplomacy: Managing Security and Governance Online 2020-12-24T01:56:49+00:00 Patricia Vargas Portillo jennypatricia.vargas@esic.edu 2020-12-01T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 https://hdbresearch.com/hdbr/article/view/309 Full Issue Vol 9 No 2 (2020) 2020-12-24T01:56:20+00:00 Harvard Deusto Business Research editor@hdbresearch.com 2020-12-01T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020