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June 2012
Dean Andy Boynton


Reading list


Books and articles that matter


Jay R. Galbraith’s Designing Organizations: An Executive Guide to Strategy, Structure, and Process (Jossey-Bass, 2002) should be of great interest to any manager who wants to create a high-performing organization. More »

Jerome Taillard

Top stories

  • Jerome Taillard (pictured), Edward Taylor, Gerald Smith, and Kate Marshall Hall, winners of the 2012 Teaching Awards, were recognized at the Carroll School’s May 21 commencement ceremonies. View slideshow »
  • The Carroll School’s innovative “Teaching Reports” give faculty members graphic illustrations of student course assessments, comparing individual teacher scores against departmental and school-wide averages. Boston College Magazine reports »
  • “Business, social, and economic environments will continue to present opportunities for rethinking the role of business in society,” Center for Corporate Citizenship Executive Director Katherine V. Smith told the more than 500 business professionals in attendance at the center’s 2012 international conference, “Corporate Citizenship: Managing Many Environments.” More »
Gergana Y. Nenkov

Faculty research

  • Gergana Y. Nenkov (pictured), whose research focuses on factors that influence consumer behavior and self-awareness, is one of 15 authors of “Embodiment in Judgment and Choice,” published in the Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics. The article discusses the role of embodiment in judgment and choice and suggests ways in which emotional processes may guide or influence behavior, particularly decision-making. More »
  • Jun Qian’s article, “The IPO of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and the ‘Chinese Model’ of Privatizing Large Financial Institutions” (with F. Allen, C. Shan, and M. Zhao), was published in the European Journal of Finance. The article examines the privatization of the world’s largest bank, and explores its 2006 IPOs in the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock exchanges. More »
  • The Journal of Accounting Research published Amy Hutton’s “Detecting Earnings Management: A New Approach” (with P. Dechow, J.H. Kim, and R. Sloan). The paper offers a new approach to testing for accrual-based earnings management. More »

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Gerald C. Kane

In the news

  • “We're really entering a whole new phase of analysis based on the data that we can collect,” Gerald C. Kane (pictured) told the Associated Press in an article on Great Britain’s proposed new surveillance program, which would put revealing, wide-ranging personal data about Britons at the government’s disposal. “The bottom line is that we’re all leaving digital trails, everywhere, all the time. The whole concept of privacy is shifting daily,” Kane said. More »
  • MIT Sloan Management Review interviewed Samuel Ransbotham about why detailed data is as important as big data. The increasing ability for companies to get transaction-level, detail-level data—clickstream data versus summary data—presents huge opportunity, Ransbotham said. More »
  • Both the My Money and Freakonomics blogs cited a recent paper by Jonathan Reuter and Pierluigi Balduzzi, “Heterogeneity in Target-Date Funds and the Pension Protection Act of 2006,” on the performance of mutual funds whose allocation automatically changes as the account holder approaches retirement age.

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Students presenting

On campus

  • BC SEED (Social Entrepreneurs Envisioning Development), a new spinoff of the Boston College Venture Competition, offers student teams the chance to compete for $1,000 in startup money for a company that makes a positive social impact. More »

Awards and recognition

  • The Manufacturing & Service Operations Management journal gave Jiri Chod a 2011 Meritorious Service Award.
  • Jeffrey R. Cohen received the American Accounting Association’s Auditing Section’s 2012 Notable Contribution to the Auditing Literature Award for his article “Corporate Governance and the Audit Process” (with A. Wright and G. Krishnamoorthy).
  • Jeffrey Pontiff’s paper “Does Academic Research Destroy Stock Return Predictability?” received the Bob Officer Best Paper Award from the organizing committee of the 2012 Finance Down Under Conference.

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