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June 2015

June 2015
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Reading list

BOOKS AND ARTICLES THAT MATTER

By Dean Andy Boynton

 

Few people—especially, I would think, those of us in higher education—would acknowledge harboring an irrational bias. But in Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives, Howard J. Ross makes a convincing case that biases and blind spots are part of being human. The challenge is to recognize them. Read more from Dean Andy Boynton »

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Top stories

 

EXPERTS SHARE PERSPECTIVES AT 10TH ANNUAL FINANCE CONFERENCE

The global economy is more interconnected today than ever, and Americans cannot afford to consider pressing political and economic issues in isolation. That consensus emerged at the Carroll School of Management’s 10th Annual Finance Conference June 3 and 4, when a slate of prominent speakers and panelists—Nicholas Burns ’78, Niall Ferguson, Larry Kudlow, and Peter Lynch ’65, among others—repeatedly raised questions and concerns about our country’s relationship with China, reactions to crises in Russia, and our responses to the shifting energy marketplace. Read about the Finance Conference »

 

FACULTY-WIDE RESEARCH CONVERSATIONS

A standing-room-only event held three times each year, the Bartunek Faculty Research Forum draws professors from across departments to a lecture and conversation centered around a Carroll School faculty member’s current scholarship. In April, Associate Professor of Accounting Mark Bradshaw told a packed room that financial industry analysts’ stock recommendations have been widely criticized because the analysts’ earnings projections are usually overly optimistic. One reason for this trend, Bradshaw said, is that corporations tend to reward analysts for their optimism. Read about the forum and Bradshaw’s research in Boston College Magazine »

 

ACCOUNTING PROGRAM ACHIEVES ALL-TIME HIGH CPA PASS RATE

Candidates from the Carroll School’s Accounting Program passed 72 percent of all sections of the CPA exam, according to the latest exam results (2014). An all-time high for the Carroll School and 15th nationally, the pass rate compared to less than 50 percent nationwide. Candidates who took the exam within one year of graduation achieved an 80.3 percent pass rate compared to 55 percent nationally. Read about the exam results in the Boston College Chronicle »

 

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Awards and honors

 

Bridget Akinc, senior lecturer of marketing, and George Wyner, associate professor of the practice of information systems, were recognized as the winners of the Diane Harkins Coughlin and Christopher J. Coughlin Faculty Excellence Award for undergraduate teaching, and Tieying Yu, associate professor of management and organization, received the award for graduate teaching at the University’s 139th annual Commencement on May 18.

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Faculty research

 

APIs REVOLUTIONIZE THE TRADITIONAL BUSINESS ALLIANCE

Application program interface (API) technology, which allows firms to digitally interact and share information with others, is bringing scalability, flexibility, and fluidity to inter-firm partnerships, Associate Professor of Management and Organization Mohan Subramaniam and a coauthor write in the Harvard Business Review. Organizations are taking advantage of new opportunities to leverage informational rather than physical assets, positioning APIs to replace traditional alliances. Read the Harvard Business Review article »

 

PROXY ADVISORY FIRMS AFFECT SHAREHOLDER VOTING

Institutional Shareholder Services recommendations significantly influence shareholder voting, according to Assistant Professor of Finance Nadya Malenko. Malenko and her coauthor Yao Shen, Ph.D. ’15, explored reasons for this influence in “The Role of Proxy Advisory Firms: Evidence from a Regression-Discontinuity Design,” a study they presented this spring at conferences at Ohio State, Georgia Tech, and the University of Texas at Austin. Read Malenko and Shen’s study »

 

DODGING THE “LANDSLIDE EFFECT”

When demand for certain products rises seasonally, companies’ level of service can drop by as much as 10 points. In the April Production and Operations Management, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Operations Management John J. Neale and a coauthor explore this “landslide effect” and make recommendations to companies anticipating it. Read Neale’s study »

 

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O’Brien establishes fellowship for Irish MBA students

 

Denis O’Brien, MBA ’82, chairman and principal shareholder of the fast-growing Digicel Group and owner and board member of Communicorp, Ireland’s largest media holding company, has established the O’Brien Fellowship at Boston College. The fellowship will fully fund two Irish citizens’ master’s degree programs in business administration at the Carroll School. More »

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In the news

 

THE “PRIEST OF SIN”

“I hate Vegas,” Richard McGowan, S.J., associate professor of the practice of finance and an expert on the gambling industry, told the Boston Globe. Journalists across the country seek insight and comment on casinos and public policy from the Jesuit priest. In El Salvador, where he often travels for missionary work, McGowan is known as “Padre Pecado”—the Priest of Sin. Read the Boston Globes profile of Fr. McGowan »

 

BIG MERGER MIGHT BE A WIN FOR CONSUMERS

The merger of food giants Kraft and Heinz will likely lead to more efficient operations—and lower prices, Professor of Marketing Kathleen Seiders told CCTV America (the US division of China Central Television). The merger will likely allow the new Kraft Heinz Company to compete globally, she said. View Seider’s interview »

 

BRADY’S MARKETABILITY DEFLATED TOO

Associate Professor of Marketing S. Adam Brasel was quoted in a Sporting News article about New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s plummeting popularity in the wake of this year’s scandal over underinflated footballs. “Deflategate” will likely have a long-lasting, negative effect on Brady’s marketability—and his endorsement deals, Brasel said. Read the full story »

 

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Student competitions

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CoReHUB, an online real estate tool that matches commercial tenants with quality brokers, bested 37 other teams to capture the $20,000 first prize at the ninth annual Boston College Venture Competition. The team comprised seniors Matt Burke and Gaetan Daphnis of the Carroll School, seniors Chris Castro and Doug Bent of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, and Boston College High senior Emaad Ali. BostInno reports »

 

Carroll School sophomores Andrew Breckel, Steven An, Lauren Wedell, and Meagan Gonzalez traveled to New Orleans to compete against 11 other undergraduate schools in the International Business Ethics Case Competition. The team placed second in their division.

 

Read more about student competitions in the Boston College Chronicle »