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December 2015

In the news


Improvisational comedy has much to teach teams in the business world, John and Linda Powers Family Dean Andy Boynton writes in his latest Forbes blog post, which outlines four major lessons that an improv class can teach about collaboration, creativity, and thinking on your feet. Boynton also spoke with The Heights, Boston College’s student newspaper, about incorporating these lessons into his work on the University’s core curriculum. published a Q&A with Boynton about the Carroll School’s graduate programs, online education, and the reasons to get an MBA as part of its “Direct from the Dean” series. 


In November, the Carroll School of Management Center for Corporate Citizenship released its 2015 Community Involvement Study through The Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire. The study’s findings include a strong correlation between volunteering and high levels of employee engagement at work and a projected increase in companies’ international giving.


Findings from Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research on older workers, long-term insurance policies, and inequality in retirement savings were cited in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and The Economist as well as on and CRR Senior Research Economist Anthony Webb spoke to Forbes about lapses in long-term insurance policies after the age of 65.


A 2014 study of paternity leave by the Center for Work and Family was cited in a Christian Science Monitor article on Representative Paul Ryan’s insistence on time with his family, a Money post on Amazon’s new parental leave policy, a BloombergBusiness piece on employers who give men and women equal “baby leave,” and a Wall Street Journal blog post about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to take two months’ paternity leave. Jennifer Sabatini Fraone, the Center’s associate director of marketing communications, discussed Zuckerberg’s choice and other aspects of parental leave on NPR affiliate KQED in California.


The Irish Times covered the Boston College Chief Executives Club’s announcement that it will hold its inaugural Global Forum in Dublin next September, on the eve of the Eagles’ participation in the Aer Lingus College Football Classic in the city. Travis Kalanick, cofounder and CEO of Uber, spoke at the Club’s December meeting, emphasizing the social and environmental benefits of ride-sharing services. Kalanick’s keynote speech was covered by the Boston Globe, WBUR News, the Boston Business Journal, and CommonWealth Magazine. BloombergBusiness and Reuters quoted ConocoPhillips CEO Ryan Lance’s address to the October gathering of the Club. Lance discussed the state of the oil industry and called for the US ban on oil exports to be lifted.


The Boston College Chronicle spoke with Henrik Hagtvedt, associate professor of marketing, about his research on partnerships between luxury products and charity organizations, forthcoming in the Journal of Retailing. Hagtvedt said that he and his coauthor Vanessa Patrick found that highlighting partnerships with charitable causes helped luxury marketers increase sales by giving customers “the license to indulge.”


In November, the Center for Work and Family published a report on young adults aged 22–35 calledHow Millenials Navigate their Careers: Young Adult Views on Work, Life and Success.” Brad Harrington, the Center’s executive director, was quoted in Glamour and Accounting Today posts on the report.


Boston College Magazine profiled recently published research by Spencer Harrison, associate professor of management and organization. New research of his, published online in the Academy of Management Journal, was featured in the Boston College Chronicle.


Excerpts from Associate Professor of the Practice Bradford T. Hudson’s Historic Hotels of America annual conference speech were published in Lodging Magazine, and the HHA’s new motto, “It’s Better to Be Historic,” was culled from Bradford’s speech.


McKiernan Family Faculty Fellow Gerald C. Kane, associate professor of information systems, was interviewed on Deloitte University Press’s podcast about the role of social media in digitally mature companies. The Boston Globe drew on one of Kane’s MIT Sloan Management Review blog posts, “Digital Transparency and Permanence,” for the weekly “Sunday MBA” column.


Boston College Chronicle reports on Dragonwood, a children’s fantasy adventure card game created by Associate Professor of Finance and Hillenbrand Faculty Fellow Darren Kisgen.  

Associate Professor of Finance Darren Kisgen and his game, Dragonwood
Associate Professor of Finance and Hillenbrand Faculty Fellow Darren Kisgen with his children’s fantasy adventure card game, Dragonwood


Richard McGowan, S.J., associate professor of the practice of finance, spoke to CBS Moneywatch about the surging popularity of fantasy sports sites and discussed legal issues related to the industry with Boston’s WGBH Radio News and BloombergBusiness. CommonWealth Magazine also reported on a court filing by a casino company whose court documents quoted Father McGowan.


Alicia H. Munnell, the Peter F. Drucker Chair in Management Sciences and director of the Center for Retirement Research, expressed support for recent Social Security changes in columns for PBS Newshour and the Wall Street Journal’s “The Experts” blog. Munnell also spoke to the New York Times about the rising retirement age and its implications.


A recent article in the Boston College Chronicle profiled Coughlin Sesquicentennial Assistant Professor of Marketing Hristina Nikolova’s research on the relationship between memory and self-control. Contrary to common belief, Nikolova said, her findings indicate that remembering past lapses can “lead people to indulge again in the present.”


The Boston Globe drew on one of Associate Professor of Information Systems Sam Ransbotham’s MIT Sloan Management Review blog posts, “The Ethics of Wielding an Analytical Hammer,” for their weekly “Sunday MBA” column.


Associate Professor of Finance Jonathan Reuter’s research on mutual funds and broker-sold funds was cited in the Wall Street Journal and picked up by the Financial Times’s A Q&A with Reuter was featured in a review of a study on deferred interest financing.


Jim Prevor’s Perishable Pundit, a leading publication on perishable food industries, featured research on food banks by Assistant Professors of Operations Management Erkut Sonmez and Deishin Lee and colleagues at Cornell.


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