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October 2014

October 2014
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BOOKS AND ARTICLES THAT MATTER

By Dean Andy Boynton

 

A provocative essay in the July/August 2014 Foreign Affairs challenges the assumption that low-wage countries will continue to enjoy a competitive advantage in international labor markets—and other conventional wisdom.
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Top stories

 

CLASS OF 2014–15: NEW CARROLL SCHOOL FACULTY  

Meet the Carroll School’s six new tenure-track faculty: Vishal Baloria (Accounting), Alexander Bleier (Marketing), Sean Martin (Management and Operations), Jordan Nickerson (Finance), Hristina D. Nikolova (Marketing), and Nailya Ordabayeva (pictured, Marketing). View new faculty slideshow »

 

MANAGER’S STUDIO SERIES KICKS OFF WITH HARPOON CHIEF

Don’t worry too much about following a straight path early in your careers, Dan Kenary, president and co-founder of Harpoon Brewery, told MBA students at the Manager’s Studio on October 1. “As long as you can weave a story together where you’re building an experience base and you do whatever that job is really, really well, that’s all that matters,” he said. Lecturer Bob Radin interviewed Kenary for the first in this year’s Manager’s Studio series, which brings top executives to campus to share their personal and professional experiences with students. View video of Dan Kenary at the Manager’s Studio »

 

STUDENTS LAUNCH COMPANIES THAT ADDRESS SOCIAL NEEDS

The second annual BCVC SEED (Social Entrepreneurs Envisioning Development) competition, an offshoot of the seven-year-old Boston College Venture Competition (BCVC), is open to student-created companies that focus on alleviating a social need. Loic Assobmo ’15 won for his Global Enterprise for Medical Awareness (GEMA), which offers information on symptoms and home treatments for malaria, HIV, pneumonia, stroke, and Ebola. Boston College Magazine reports on BCVC SEED »

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Honors and awards

 

Associate Professors of Management and Organization Mary Tripsas (pictured) and Metin Sengul are the Carroll School’s 2014­–15 Haub Family Fellows. Professor of Finance Thomas J. Chemmanur and Associate Professor of Finance Darren Kisgen are Hillenbrand Family Faculty Fellows, and Associate Professor of Information Systems Gerald C. (Jerry) Kane and Associate Professor of Accounting Mark Bradshaw are the William S. McKiernan ’78 Family Faculty Fellows this year.

 

Business Law Professor David P. Twomey is one of three top arbitrators appointed to a Presidential Emergency Board to help resolve an ongoing dispute between the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and some of its employees. More »

Associate Professor of Finance Jonathan Reuter was named a TIAA-CREF Institute Fellow. More »

 

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Faculty research

 

WHY MANAGERS DELAY DISCLOSURE OF BAD NEWS

Assistant Professor of Accounting Ewa Sletten (pictured) and coauthors found evidence that managers delay disclosures of bad news not for their own benefit, but to enable influential pre-IPO shareholders to sell their shares at more favorable prices. Their study appears in the Journal of Accounting and Economics. REAd EWA SlEtten’s study in the journal of accounting and economics »

 

GOAL SETTING AND QUALITY TRAINING IMPROVE PATIENT CARE

Quality Management in Health Care published findings by Joy Field, associate professor of operations management, and coauthors that suggest that goal setting and quality training in health care organizations are particularly beneficial to direct patient care. read joy field’s research on improving performance outcomes »

 

RISK MANAGEMENT AND FIRM VALUE

Does risk management affect firm value? Jérôme Taillard, assistant professor of finance, and coauthor Erik Gilje, Ph.D. ’14, compared Canadian oil producers and their U.S. counterparts, and found that hedging affects firm value by alleviating the costs of financial distress and underinvestment. They shared their findings at the European Finance Association Annual Meeting in Lugano, Switzerland, in August. Read Taillard and Gilje’s research on hedging »

 

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Appointments

 

Professor of Finance Hassan Tehranian (pictured) has been appointed the senior associate dean for faculty, effective January 1.

Elizabeth Griffith has joined the Carroll School as the associate dean of graduate programs.
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In the news

 

HOW THE “DATA DELUGE” IS CHANGING THE WAY MANAGERS INNOVATE

Associate Professor of Information Systems Sam Ransbotham (pictured) was recently appointed guest editor of the “Data and Analytics” section of MIT’s Sloan Management Review, where he covers topics ranging from the usefulness of imperfect data to what companies should know about advanced analytics. Read more by Sam Ransbotham in the sloan management review »

 

KANE CUTS THROUGH JARGON IN “BEYOND DODD-FRANK” Q & A

Writing in the New York Times “What We’re Reading” section, reporter Gretchen Morgenson touted an Institute for New Economic Thinking interview with Professor Edward Kane in which Kane “simply and clearly” frames the problems that large, unmanageable banks impose on taxpayers. He calls it a “confidence game.” Watch the interview with Professor Edward Kane »

 

CUSTOMER “COMMUNITIES” BOOST BUSINESS EFFICIENCY

Accenture Professor of Marketing Katherine (Kay) Lemon and coauthors report that peer-to-peer problem solving, “a communal collaborative effort,” can reduce customer reliance on traditional problem-solving channels. That, they say, helps firms tap their customers’ collective knowledge and experience to improve operational efficiencies. Noted in Science Daily, the research is forthcoming in the Journal of Service Research. Read more about Kay Lemon's findings in Science Daily »

 

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Rankings

 

The Financial Times 2014 global survey of programs for students with little or no background in finance ranked the Carroll School’s Master of Science in Finance program second in the U.S.

 

The Carroll School advanced one spot to number 21 in the latest U.S. News & World Report survey of undergraduate business programs.