Four Essays on Capability Investment Decision-Making

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Susanne Koster recently defended her dissertation titled “Four Essays on Capability Investment Decision-Making”. She investigated the important decisions that large firms face when deciding which new technologies to invest in to respond to the technological challenges shaking the industry. She collected a detailed dataset on the corporate venture capital investments and the technology licensing deals of firms in the chemical and the pharmaceutical industry. The dissertation provides insights into how firms can make these investment decisions under high levels of uncertainty.

The IESE Library has played an important role in her dissertation thanks to the access it has granted her to on-site financial databases as well as the training and technical support it gave her on using those databases. In addition, the IESE Library provided her access to an extensive collection of articles and books. Congratulations to her on her Ph.D. and we wish her success in all her future endeavors!