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December 2015

December 2015
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Leading with ideas

 

STEERING CLEAR OF THE RUTS, THE WEST SIDE STORY WAY

By Andy Boynton, John and Linda Powers Family Dean

 

For me, as the leader of a school of management, there are few things more unsettling than the prospect of falling into a rut. I’m speaking of the kind that breeds complacency and keeps you from going after new ideas. How do you get out of that uncreative ditch? How do you avoid tumbling into it in the first place? Read more from Dean Andy Boynton »

Phil Schiller ’82, senior vice president of worldwide marketing for Apple

Top stories

 

USHERING IN A NEW ENTREPRENEURSHIP CENTER

Boston College celebrated the dedication of the Edmund H. Shea Jr. Center for Entrepreneurship with a weekend-long inaugural symposium on November 5–7. The new center was named after the late California entrepreneur and venture capitalist and in appreciation of a gift from his wife, Mary, and their six children. Phil Schiller ’82, senior vice president of worldwide marketing for Apple (pictured), opened the gathering in Robsham Theater with a keynote speech on entrepreneurs as agents for change and the thinking behind Apple innovations such as the App Store. Schiller also took part in “Innovation Meets Entrepreneurship,” a panel discussion with Bijan Sabet ’91, cofounder of Spark Capital, and Niraj Shah, cochairman, CEO, and cofounder of Wayfair. READ MORE ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM » WATCH SCHILLER’S KEYNOTE SPEECH »

 

A PORTRAIT OF WORKING MILLENNIALS

The Center for Work and Family celebrated its 25th anniversary by releasing a new report, “How Millennials Navigate Their Careers: Young Adult Views on Work, Life and Success,” at a conference on November 4–6. The study, a survey of 1,100 young adults between the ages of 22–35, found that many define success in terms of achieving work-life balance, buck traditional gender roles, and go above and beyond what’s expected of them to advance in their careers. READ THE FULL REPORT FROM THE CENTER FOR WORK AND FAMILY »

 

NIKOLOVA RECEIVES COUGHLIN PROFESSORSHIP

Assistant Professor of Marketing Hristina Nikolova was named the Diane Harkins Coughlin and Christopher J. Coughlin Sesquicentennial Assistant Professor. She is the most recent faculty member funded by Boston College’s $1.5 billion Light the World campaign’s Sesquicentennial Challenge, which supports the research and scholarship of early-career faculty across the University. READ MORE ABOUT NIKOLOVA IN THE BOSTON COLLEGE CHRONICLE »

JEAN BARTUNEK

Awards and honors

 

The University of Bath awarded Jean M. Bartunek, RSCJ, the Robert A. and Evelyn J. Ferris Chair and professor of Management and Organization, an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree for her lifetime contributions to management research.

Assistant Professor of Finance Ian Appel and two coauthors won the Investor Responsibility Research Center’s annual research competition with their paper “Passive Investors, Not Passive Owners.”

 

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Ekrut Sonmez

Faculty research

 

SPLIT-DELIVERY MAY PROVE COST-EFFECTIVE FOR GAS COMPANIES

Erkut Sönmez, assistant professor of operations management, and four coauthors developed a cost-effective annual delivery program for large-scale suppliers of liquid natural gas. Supported by a National Priorities Research Program award from the Qatar National Research Fund, the researchers conducted a quantitative study of supply chain operations and found that split-delivery programs may help natural gas suppliers save money. Their paper will appear in the April 2016 issue of the European Journal of Operational Research. READ MORE ABOUT THE DELIVERY MODEL »

 

SOCIAL ANIMALS

Assistant Professor of Marketing Nailya Ordabeyeva coauthored a chapter in The Cambridge Handbook of Consumer Psychology, published in November by Cambridge University Press. The chapter, “Social Hierarchy, Social Status, and Status Consumption,” traces social hierarchies back to attributes such as income, gender, occupation, and ancestry, and explores how group members send and receive status symbols in daily life. READ AN ABSTRACT OF ORDABEYEVA’S CHAPTER »

 

DO CREATIVE JOBS STRAIN RELATIONSHIPS?

New research by Associate Professor of Management and Organization Spencer H. Harrison and a coauthor suggests that a creative working life may take its toll on quality time at home. Their study, “Spilling Outside the Box: The Effects of Individuals’ Creative Behaviors at Work on Time Spent with their Spouses at Home,” found that subjects who engaged in activities such as research and creating new ideas at work spent less time with their spouses. The study is forthcoming in the Academy of Management JournalREAD HARRISON’S STUDY »

 

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Game on

 

News outlets around the world have reported that Dragonwood, Associate Professor of Finance and Hillenbrand Faculty Fellow Darren Kisgen’s award-winning children’s fantasy adventure card game, has sold more than 20,000 copies since its release last summer. Kisgen created the game for his children, borrowing ideas from poker and rummy and combining them with a fantasy world of goblins and dragons, he told the Associated Press. Read the AP story »

Michael G. Pratt

In the news

 

HAPPY TELECOMMUTERS, LONELY OFFICES

O’Connor Family Professor Michael G. Pratt and a coauthor’s recent critical study of workplaces in which some employees telecommute and others do not was featured in Money and MIT Sloan Management Review. The paper, “Contagious Offsite Work and the Lonely Office: The Unintended Consequences of Distributed Work,” gives evidence that working with telecommuters can take a toll on the motivation and productivity of employees who work in the office. READ THE PAPER IN THE ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT DISCOVERIES JOURNAL »

 

DISPATCHES ON DATA

Since September, Associate Professor of Information Systems Sam Ransbotham, guest editor of the “Data and Analytics” section of MIT Sloan Management Review (MIT SMR), has published three posts on topics such as “Secrets in the Age of Data,” the analytics behind the sharing economy, and ethical considerations that accompany big data analytics. Ransbotham also interviewed Greg Jones, vice president of enterprise data and analytics at Equifax, and Hugh Scandrett, vice president of engineering for EnerNOC, for MIT SMR. READ MORE “DATA AND ANALYTICS” POSTS »

 

“FANTASY” ACCOUNTING NUMBERS CAN SPELL TROUBLE

The New York Times cited a 2002 study by Associate Professor of Accounting Mark Bradshaw and a coauthor in an October 30 article about the decline of pharmaceutical company Valeant and the dangers of adjusting accounting numbers or excluding key calculations to create pro forma financial results. Conclusions that look good on paper may not always reflect reality, the research showed. READ THE FULL ARTICLE »

 

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