Tallinn University of Technology

Department of Business Administration invites to a research seminar.

Wednesday, 25 May 2022 at 16:00 MS Teams

A presentation by Heesang Ryu (Research Fellow at the Department of Management and Technology at Bocconi University).

This presentation examines the relationship between CEO ability and FDI spillovers in Vietnam during the period 2004--2013 after WTO accession. Using firm-level panel data, I investigate the importance of CEO ability, proxied by educational attainment, in dealing with external FDI shocks and in managing internal resources, including the adoption of IT systems and the hiring of skilled workers. First, I find that better-educated CEOs in sectors with a higher share of foreign firms take advantage of the increasing FDI in their industry which results in higher productivity growth. Second, I also find that CEO ability is positively associated with the use of both IT technologies and skilled workers. Third, firms with highly educated CEOs utilize digital resources better than other firms, and thus show higher productivity growth than firms with CEOs with lower education levels.

Heesang Ryu is a Research Fellow at the Department of Management and Technology at Bocconi University. The main focus of her research is on innovation, knowledge spillovers and productivity. She studied Economics at ESSEC Business School in France and received her bachelor's degree from Yonsei University in Korea. Before starting her graduate studies, she was a policy analyst at the OECD.

This workshop is organised by TalTech Industrial project. TalTech Industrial has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 952410.

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The seminar is in English.