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October 2015

October 2015
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LESSONS FROM TINA FEY, STEPHEN COLBERT, AND COMPANY

By John and Linda Powers Family Dean Andy Boynton

 

As business professionals and scholars, we are used to drawing lessons from the likes of Apple, Google, and other iconic firms. But there is also much to learn from another company, known more for its gags than its goods—the improvisational company Second City. Read more from Dean Andy Boynton »

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MEET OUR NEW FACULTY

The Carroll School this fall welcomed 10 new tenure-track faculty: Mengyao Cheng and Carlo Maria Gallimberti (accounting); Ian Appel, Vyacheslav (Slava) Fos, and Leonard Kostovetsky (finance); Marios Kokkodis and Zhuoxin (Allen) Li (information systems); Suntae Kim (pictured, management and organization); and Işıl Alev and Tingliang Huang (operations management). view slideshow »

 

NURTURING BOSTON COLLEGE’S STARTUP CULTURE

The Edmund H. Shea Jr. Center for Entrepreneurship, a new center dedicated to the study and practice of entrepreneurship and to preparing students to launch or join startup businesses after graduation, opened this fall at the Carroll School. The center was established with a gift from the family of the late California entrepreneur and venture capitalist Edmund H. Shea Jr. and is led by startup veteran Jere Doyle ’87. Read about the Shea Center »

 

POWERS GIFT ENDOWS DEANSHIP, HONORS BOYNTON

Established with a generous gift from Linda and John Powers ’73, the John and Linda Powers Family Deanship Fund honors Dean Andy Boynton’s 10 years of leadership and the Carroll School’s corresponding rise in prominence. Read about the gift and Boynton’s tenure »

Awards and honors

 

Accenture Professor Katherine N. Lemon received the Christopher Lovelock Award for Career Contributions to the Services Discipline from SERVSIG, a special interest group of the American Marketing Association. Lemon was also named to a two-year term as executive director of the Marketing Science Institute.

Associate Professor of Management and Organization Mary Tripsas won two awards from the Strategic Management Society: The Dan and Mary Lou Schendel Best Paper Award (formerly the Strategic Management Journal Best Paper Prize) and the 2015 Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal Best Paper Award.
 

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Faculty research

 

PROVIDING EXAMPLES MAY HELP CONSUMERS SAVE

Financial services firms may improve consumers’ financial well-being, particularly their savings rates, if they provide information about the high savings rates of others, writes Associate Professor of Marketing Gergana Y. Nenkov and a coauthor in the August special issue of the Journal of Service Research: Transformative Service Research: A Multidisciplinary Perspective on Service and Well-being. Read Nenkov’s study »

 

PROTECTED CEOS TEND TO PLAN FOR THE LONG TERM

Contractually protected CEOs are less likely to engage in practices that boost income in the short term at the expense of future operating performance, Assistant Professor of Accounting Alvis Lo and coauthors write in the current issue of The Accounting Review. Their paper examines ways of addressing managerial short-termism. Read Lo’s paper »

 

BRINGING ETHNOGRAPHIC METHODS TO UNIVERSITY HR

Michael G. Pratt, O’Connor Family Professor and director of the Ph.D. Program in Management Organization, examines the (largely quantitative) process by which academics hire and assess their colleagues in the July issue of the Journal of Management Inquiry. He suggests that academics consider learning from qualitative methods, such as those used by ethnographers. Read Pratt’s essay »

 

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Conflicted advice affects retirement accounts

 

Associate Professor of Finance Jonathan Reuter, whose research focuses on the behavior of mutual fund families and their investors, testified at a four-day hearing on the Department of Labor’s proposed fiduciary rule in Washington, DC. Reuter was among experts whose research will inform changes to the proposal to raise investment advice standards for retirement accounts. Read a transcript of Reuter’s testimony »

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In the news

 

STORIES THAT SHAPE THE WORKPLACE

A Harvard Business Review article about how stories influence our decisions and behavior at work cited research by Assistant Professor of Management and Organization Sean Martin. He has found that people are inspired by tales of lower-level employees who behave generously, and are particularly discouraged by stories about higher-ups misbehaving. Read the HBR article »

 

KEEPING CALM AMID STOCK SELL-OFF

ABC News sought comment from Associate Professor of Finance and Hillenbrand Family Faculty Fellow Darren Kisgen following August’s global stock sell-off. A former vice president at Credit Suisse First Boston, Kisgen reassured investors and advised them to try “to ignore short-term changes in prices.” Read the ABC News article »

 

THE EFFECTS OF CEO-TO-WORKER PAY RATIO TRANSPARENCY

On American Public Media’s Marketplace, Professor of Accounting Amy Hutton debated the merits of a new Securities and Exchange Commission rule that will require most public companies to compare their chief executive’s yearly earnings with the median compensation of company workers. Listen to the story »

 

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Save the date

November 5–7, 2015

Phil Schiller ’82, senior vice president, worldwide marketing, Apple, Inc., is slated to be the keynote speaker at the Edmund H. Shea Jr. Center for Entrepreneurship dedication and inaugural symposium. The event will include panel discussions on entrepreneurship and a showcase from the Student Elevator Pitch Competition. Register now »