MIT SMR Strategy Forum

Strategy Forum  

Questions of strategy are universal, and managers tackle a range of topics that are central to how their organizations can compete in today’s fast-moving business landscape. The MIT SMR Strategy Forum offers a monthly glimpse into the minds of academic experts on pressing strategy issues related to business, management, technology, and public policy.

Disagree

“Easy to say companies shouldn't pay as a matter of principle, but much harder to do if your company is the one that's been hit. Such a critical reminder to companies that cybersecurity requires proactivity rather than reactivity.”

Lori Rosenkopf

Wharton School

University of Pennsylvania

Neither Agree nor Disagree

“Society might like companies to pay less often for the deterrence effect of not paying. Individuals might prefer their ransom be paid to protect their data. Many companies should probably invest more in protection than they do to have a better alternative if they refuse to pay the ransom.”

Preston McAfee

Economist

Agree

“OK, clearly if paying the ransom won't release the bits held hostage, they shouldn't pay. But if it will solve the problem, it makes sense for them to do it, get over the immediate crisis, and then invest heavily to stop it [from] happening again.”

Joshua Gans

Rotman School of Management

University of Toronto

Meet the panelists

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Annamaria Conti

Annamaria Conti

University of Lausanne
Cochair
Raffaella Sadun

Raffaella Sadun

Harvard University
Cochair
Timothy Simcoe

Timothy Simcoe

Boston University
Cochair
Rajshree Agarwal

Rajshree Agarwal

University of Maryland
Juan Alcacer

Juan Alcacer

Harvard University
Ashish Arora

Ashish Arora

Duke University
Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

University of Utah
Erik Brynjolfsson

Erik Brynjolfsson

Stanford University
Meghan Busse

Meghan Busse

Northwestern University
Bruno Cassiman

Bruno Cassiman

Harvard University
Kathleen Eisenhardt

Kathleen Eisenhardt

Stanford University
Maryann Feldman

Maryann Feldman

University of North Carolina
Caroline Flammer

Caroline Flammer

Boston University
Richard Florida

Richard Florida

University of Toronto
Andrea Fosfuri

Andrea Fosfuri

Bocconi University
Nicolai J. Foss

Nicolai J. Foss

Copenhagen Business School
Alfonso Gambardella

Alfonso Gambardella

Bocconi University
Joshua Gans

Joshua Gans

University of Toronto
Shane Greenstein

Shane Greenstein

Harvard University
Maria Guadalupe

Maria Guadalupe

INSEAD
Yael Hochberg

Yael Hochberg

Rice University
Richard Holden

Richard Holden

University of New South Wales
Aleksandra (Olenka) Kacperczyk

Aleksandra (Olenka) Kacperczyk

London Business School
Tobias Kretschmer

Tobias Kretschmer

LMU Munich
Daniel Levinthal

Daniel Levinthal

University of Pennsylvania
Jin Li

Jin Li

Hong Kong University
Tom Lyon

Tom Lyon

University of Michigan
R. Preston McAfee

R. Preston McAfee

Economist
Anita McGahan

Anita McGahan

University of Toronto
Petra Moser

Petra Moser

New York University
Ramana Nanda

Ramana Nanda

Imperial College London
Ivan Png

Ivan Png

National University of Singapore
John Roberts

John Roberts

Stanford University
Lori Rosenkopf

Lori Rosenkopf

University of Pennsylvania
Melissa Schilling

Melissa Schilling

New York University
Monika Schnitzer

Monika Schnitzer

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Olav Sorenson

Olav Sorenson

University of California, Los Angeles
Scott Stern

Scott Stern

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Steve Tadelis

Steve Tadelis

University of California, Berkeley
John Van Reenen

John Van Reenen

London School of Economics and Political Science
Joel Waldfogel

Joel Waldfogel

University of Minnesota

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