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March 2013
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Reading list

 

Books and articles that matter

 

A study featured in the February 7 journal Nature Biotechnology shows what happened when researchers from the Harvard Medical School, Harvard Business School, and London Business School reached out to TopCoder, the open innovation platform and crowdsourcing firm founded 13 years ago by Carroll School alumnus Jack Hughes ’84, to help resolve enormously complex scientific research problems. Tapping its global community of 450,000 software developers and algorithm specialists, TopCoder identified a program that can analyze mind-boggling amounts of data from genes and gene mutations that build antibodies and T cell receptors—and do it more quickly than conventional approaches, at a fraction of the cost. More »

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Top stories

  • Logging onto Facebook or shopping on Amazon at work might violate federal law, Stephanie Greene and Christine Neylon O’Brien (l–r) report in a paper due out this summer in the American Business Law Journal. The 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is ambiguous. But it does make it illegal to knowingly exceed any authorized use of a workplace computer, according to the Carroll School professors. MSNBC, TechNewsDaily, and the ABA Journal, among other media outlets, featured the findings. More »
  • Robert Bach, past president of Microsoft’s entertainment and devices division—and the man who oversaw the 2001 launch of Xbox—spoke with Carroll School students about business and marketing strategy and “life lessons” as part of the “Lunch with a Leader” series presented by the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics. Boston College Magazine reports »
  • Students were advised to dress casually and bring a resume to the University’s first Startup Fair. The Boston College Venture Competition hosted the event to bring together entrepreneurs—including Carroll School alumni—and enterprising students. The Office of News and Public Affairs interviewed fair coordinator Sofia Papastamelos ’13.
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Faculty research

  • Erkut Sonmez (pictured) and three coauthors examined key issues in technology and capacity investments in the liquefied natural gas industry in the April 1 issue of the European Journal of Operational Research. More »
  • Hassan Tehranian was one of three researchers who investigated how financial performance ratios affected small and large banks’ probability of receiving TARP funds in “The performance of banks around the receipt and repayment of TARP funds: Over-achievers versus under-achievers” in the Journal of Banking & Finance. More »
  • Tieying Yu and a coauthor surveyed the current thinking on an emerging field of research in “A Comprehensive Review of Multimarket Competition Research,” published in the Journal of ManagementMore »

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In the news

  • Time, Bloomberg, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Forbes were among media outlets that sought comment from Brad Harrington of the Center for Work and Family (pictured) about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s decision to eliminate telecommuting for her employees.
  • The New York Times interviewed sports law expert Warren Zola for an article on an N.C.A.A. insurance policy that offers protection only against career-ending injury. More »
  • The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s handling of the financial crisis—as illustrated by its recent release of the Bank of America from all fraud claims on mortgage securities the Fed bought as part of the government’s rescue of the American International Group in 2008—was a “slippery slope,” Edward Kane warned in the New York Times. More »

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Program rankings

  • The Carroll School moved up three spots to number six in Bloomberg Businessweek’s “Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2013.” More »
  • The annual Financial Times’  “Global MBA Ranking 2013” placed the MBA program in the top 100 full-time programs at number 93. The program also ranked number one for accountancy. More »
  • U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Business Schools 2014” ranked the Carroll School MBA program number 40 among full-time programs; the evening MBA placed 38th among part-time programs. More »

Awards and recognition

  • Michael G. Pratt
 was named an associate editor, specializing in qualitative research, at Administrative Science Quarterly.  
  • The Associated Alumnae/i of the [Society of the] Sacred Heart named Jean Bartunek the inaugural recipient of its Janet Erskine Stuart Spirit Award.
  • BostInno called John Gallaugher the “driving force behind entrepreneurial education at Boston College.” Gallaugher was a finalist in the education category of the website’s  “50 on Fire.”
  • Anthony Salomone ’12 and Mark Stankevitz, M.S.A. ’12, were two winners of the American Institute of CPAs’ 2012 Elijah Watt Sells Award for outstanding performance on the CPA exam.

Competitions

  • Inbo (Jamie) Shim, M.B.A. ’14, Lu (Lucy) Cheng, M.S.A./M.S.F. ’14, and Yonghoon (Jeff) Song, M.B.A. ’14, finished second in the ninth annual Minority MBA Student Case Competition. KeyBank and Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University hosted the event. More »

Save the date

  • June 5–6: Center for Asset Management annual finance conference. More »