Archive for December 2nd, 2011

Redesigning kidney transplant exchanges..

December 2, 2011

Nikolaos Trichakis of HBS  and Dimitris Bertsimas & Vivek  Farias of  Sloan School have written a paper called: Fairness, Efficiency and Flexibility in Organ Allocation for Kidney Transplantation.

In this they propose to increase the efficiency in the process of Kidney Transplantation. Here is a summary of their proposal.

The kidney transplant process has moved over the years thanks to superb work of Al Roth.

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Publishing Construction Contracts as a Tool for Efficiency and Good Governance

December 2, 2011

Charles Kenny of Center for Global Development gives a solution to lower corruption in construction industry. He says the industry is large with rampant corruption. The solutions to monitor etc are costly and difficult to implement. He says a cheaper way is to publish all the contracts related to construction and implentation publicly:

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How KFC localised itself to be a success in China (but why not as much in India)?

December 2, 2011

A nice case study by HBS professor David E. Bell and senior researcher Mary Shelman.

The case explains how KFC made itself more Chinese and become a big success. Its China CEO did a fab job making it a fun place to work (against the Chinese stubborn hierarchy culture) and designed menus to suit the local public tastes. The menus were structured later to suit the changes in demand for more healthy junk-free food.

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Why websites / retail stores are designed to increase confusion?

December 2, 2011

Andrei Hagiu of HBS and Bruno Jullien of  Toulouse School of Economics wrote a paper in 2007 on this issue. They summarise the findings here.

They say some websites (and shopping experiences in malls) are designed for confusion as it leads to marketing and in some cases sales of items which may not be on the shopper’s list:

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