On the Double Importance of Time in IT-Related Event Studies

27 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2007 Last revised: 1 Sep 2014

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Oliver Alexy

Technische Universität München (TUM), TUM School of Management

Date Written: April 28, 2008

Abstract

Until now, time has been mainly used as a variable in IT-related event studies to explain the delayed impact of strategic IT decisions on firm value and productivity. Yet, the timing of the decision itself, due to investor sentiment, may have an effect on its valuation by the capital market. Using the example of product source code releases as open source, I find that market valuation takes a curvilinear shape over time due to investor sentiment caused by the rise and fall of the dot.com bubble. Future IT-related event studies will need to take this potentially interfering effect into account.

Keywords: event study, investor sentiment, dot.com bubble, open source software

JEL Classification: O33, O30, G30

Suggested Citation

Alexy, Oliver, On the Double Importance of Time in IT-Related Event Studies (April 28, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1029592 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1029592

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