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Shukhrat Nasirov

MSc in Money, Banking and Finance (Birmingham); BSc in Economics (Moscow); BEng/MEng in Computer Science (Moscow)

Room: A2 (South Building)
Tel: +44 (0) 115 8467995

Current Status: Submitted
Year of Registration: 2013
Expected Completion Date: /09/2016

Primary Funding Source:
Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship for Research Excellence (International) + Nottingham University Business School Scholarship

Research Topic:
Essays on corporate governance and product differentiation

Research Details:
Arguments based on the upper echelons theory suggest that managerial background characteristics may be decisive in determining organisational outcomes. Based on that general premise, we examine the extent to which managerial ability affects a company's decision to differentiate its products. Focusing on trademarks as a means of product differentiation, we show that trademark registrations can be partially explained by the heterogeneity in CEO ability levels. More specifically, we find that CEOs with prevailing general skills are positively associated with trademark registrations, and the effect is reinforced by longer company tenure; in turn, recruiting executives from the outside of a company has a significant negative impact on the acquisition of new trademarks. Furthermore, CEOs with degrees in sciences or business studies tend to favour trademark registrations, unlike those who majored in arts or legal studies. Finally, executives who joined their companies or obtained their college degrees during an economic recession are associated with fewer trademark registrations. These results reinforce the discussion on the necessity to account for the managerial ability factor when considering the strategic decision processes.
CurrentTeaching: Tutorials in Economics of Innovation, Macroeconomics for Business, and International Firms

Research Supervisor/s: Cher Li and Stephen Thompson

Division: Industrial Economics and Finance

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