Books and articles that matter
The still-burgeoning literature on leadership offers reams of advice on the essentials of managing people and steering projects in the right direction. What’s not always appreciated is something equally important: an effective leader knows when to get out of the way.
This thought came to mind as I read historian Paul Kennedy’s latest book Engineers of Victory: The Problem Solvers Who Turned the Tide in the Second World War (Random House, 2013). Kennedy celebrates the ordinary people who tackled seemingly insurmountable challenges during the war. But he also spotlights the leaders who gave them the freedom and encouragement to do so. More »
- “Do we really believe that another 1,000 pages of regulations will prevent the next crisis?” demanded Charles I. Plosser (pictured), president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, at the Carroll School’s eighth annual Finance Conference. Plosser’s speech and industry experts’ comments were covered in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, the Boston Globe, Fox Business, and other outlets. Video »
- “When the world turned their eyes to Boston,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino, “they saw greatness.” The mayor discussed the marathon bombings as well as his priorities in his fifth and final term in office at the May Boston College Citizen Seminar. The Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal, and New England Cable News had the story. Video »
- Why do some self-service options, such as ATMs, work better than others, such as self-service retail checkouts? BC Bookmarks spoke with Joy Field, associate professor of operations management, about her new book Designing Service Processes to Unlock Value, which explores how technology is changing the service dynamic. Video »
- Declining bank health will change the way institutional borrowers disclose information, argued Alvis Lo (pictured) at the Journal of Accounting Research Conference, held at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. More »
- Jeffrey Cohen and collaborators interviewed 22 corporate directors about the effectiveness of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the 2002 law intended to strengthen financial reporting and corporate governance in the wake of the Enron and other scandals. Their findings are published in the latest Behavioral Research in Accounting. More »
- Jonathan Reuter and a coauthor concluded that broker clients’ investment portfolios are significantly riskier than those of self-directed investors. The researchers presented their findings at two major conferences in April. More »
In the news
- KUTV-Salt Lake City spotlighted EagleEyes assistive technology, co-created by Egan Professor of Computer Science James Gips (pictured), which allows severely disabled children to communicate using their eyes.
- In Ghana, Techy Africa and The Chronicle followed John Gallaugher, Elizabeth Strock Bagnani, and students in Gallaugher's Technology and Economic Development course as they visited homegrown startups and multinational branches, and attended lectures and panel discussions on technology and entrepreneurship in the region.
- The Christian Science Monitor sought Gerald Kane’s take on Facebook’s targeting of hate speech. On other social media matters, Kane wrote a piece for MIT’s Sloan Review, weighed in during a VoiceAmerica podcast, and was quoted in the Washington Post.
Awards and recognition
- Judith Clair (pictured), Tim Gray, Sam Ransbotham, and Mary Tripsas won the Carroll School’s 2013 Teaching Awards, which were presented at the May 21 commencement ceremonies.
- Brad Harrington was among the 10 2013 Work Life Legacy Award Honorees at the Families and Work Institute’s 10th annual awards celebration in New York City.
- The University of Montreal awarded Arch G. Woodside an honorary doctorate at its May 31 convocation.
- Mark Stankevitz, M.S.A. ’12, tied for first and Eben John Hutchison, M.S.A. ’12, tied for second highest score among all 2012 master’s exam candidates on the Massachusetts certified public accountancy exam.
- Three computer science majors shared the $20,000 top prize at the seventh annual Boston College Venture Competition for creating a portable device that delivers presentations to a screen wirelessly.
- Carroll School freshmen Nick Cote and Monica Rangel-Calderas and Kevin Brogan, A&S ’16, won the First Boston College Portfolio Challenge for a stock portfolio that returned more than 9 percent over the course of 52 trading days.
- Graduating seniors surveyed for Bloomberg Businessweek’s “Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2013” ranking placed the Carroll School in the nation’s top 10 business schools for finance. More »
- The Carroll School placed in the top 25 graduate business schools nationwide for its programs in finance, accounting, and management as part of U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 specialty rankings. More »