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March 2014
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Reading list

 

Books and articles that matter

 

How does an organization think? My quick answer: It doesn’t. People think, and the organization, at best, gives them the space to learn new things and explore fresh ideas.

My longer answer is teased out from two thought-provoking books, Rendezvous with Destiny: How Franklin D. Roosevelt and Five Extraordinary Men Took America into the War and into the World (Penguin, 2013), by Michael Fullilove, and Jon Gertner’s The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great American Innovation (Penguin, 2012). More »

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Top stories

  • Associate Professor of Finance Jonathan Reuter and collaborator John Chalmers won the 18th annual TIAA-CREF Paul A. Samuelson Award for outstanding scholarly writing on lifelong financial security. Pensions & Investments and BusinessWire detail how the researchers shed new light on the perceived low demand for life annuities in their paper “How Do Retirees Value Life Annuities? Evidence from Public Employees.” More »
  • Sam Ransbotham, associate professor of information systems, won a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his work using big data analysis to understand—and predict—how cyber attackers share techniques that exploit security vulnerabilities. The award came with $402,000 in grant funding for Ransbotham’s project “Using Analytics on Security Data to Understand Negative Innovations.” More »
  • Associate Professor of Management and Organization Metin Sengul and co-author Javier Gimeno show how large multi-unit firms manage competition across markets in “Constrained Delegation: Limiting Subsidiaries’ Decision Rights and Resources in Firms That Compete across Multiple Industries,” published in Administrative Science Quarterly. Sengul also recently joined the editorial review board of Global Strategy Journal. More »
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Faculty research

  • Professor of Finance and Hillenbrand Family Fellow Ronnie Sadka helped ring the Opening Bell of the NYSE Euronext Paris on January 23 to mark the start of the Sixth Annual Hedge Fund Research Conference. Sadka, who published papers in the most recent issues of both Bankers, Markets & Investors and Hedge Fund Review, was a member of the scientific committee that reviewed research submissions to the hedge fund conference. He also participated in two of its sessions. More »
  • Jean M. Bartunek and Katherine V. Smith explored the distinctions between corporate social responsibility practices that are either embedded in or peripheral to a company in the December 2013 Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Bartunek is the Ferris Chair and Smith is the executive director of the Carroll School’s Center for Corporate Citizenship. More »
  • Banks with particularly aggressive earnings managers suffered worse stock tumbles than others during the financial crisis, say Gabelli Professor of Finance Alan J. Marcus and Hassan Tehranian, chairperson of the finance department. Their study, “Bank Earnings Management and Tail Risk during the Financial Crisis” (with Lee J. Cohen and Marcia Millon Cornett), appeared in the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking in February.
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In the news

  • Seeing cute, whimsical objects appears to prime people to overspend or overindulge, while seeing cute babies or puppies may actually make them more productive, according to Gergana Y. Nenkov, associate professor of marketing. Her research in the forthcoming Journal of Consumer Research was featured on NBC’s Today Show.
  • With highly placed executives and significant budgets devoted to the cause, a commitment to corporate social responsibility is now embedded in most top companies, according to the Carroll School’s Center for Corporate Citizenship’s “Profile of the Practice 2013.” The center’s biennial research report caught the attention of the Guardian, Environmental Leader, Sustainable Brands, and the Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch.
  • O’Connor Family Professor Michael G. Pratt, a Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics fellow, spoke to the December 2013 Monitor on Psychology about discovering meaning and creating value in any job.

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Appointments and recognition

  • The Carroll School has renamed its faculty teaching seminar series the Wilson Faculty Teaching Seminar in honor of Peter Wilson, a professor and the Joseph L. Sweeney Chair in Accounting, who is widely considered a “master teacher.”
  • Sam Ransbotham (Information Systems), Jonathan Reuter (Finance), and Metin Sengul (Management and Organization) were granted tenure and promoted to associate professors.
  • Jeffrey Cohen, professor of accounting, has been named the 2014 Chair of the Doctoral Consortium for the Auditing Section of the American Accounting Association.

Competitions

  • MBA and MSF students Matthew Trainor, Matt Person, Xiakai Cheng, Zhen Wang, and Joe Mooney won the Northeast regionals of the Venture Capital Investment Competition and are heading to the global finals in North Carolina in April.
  • Julia Lamberti, CSOM ’15, and Natasha Lopez, A&S ’15, winners of the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics’ third annual Walter K. Klein Business Ethics Case Competition, will represent Boston College at the Eller Ethics Case Competition at the University of Arizona in October.
  • Carroll School students Kevin Zhao ’15, Anne Joseph ’14, Earnestiena Cheng ’15, and Ibrahim Velutini ’16 placed second out of 32 teams at the National Diversity Case Competition at the University of Indiana in Bloomington in January.

Rankings

  • U.S. News & World Report's Best Business Schools 2015 ranked the full-time MBA program number 45 and the evening MBA program number 25. More »
  • The annual Financial Times’ “Global MBA Ranking 2014” placed the MBA program in the top 100 full-time programs at number 82. More »