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April 2016

April 2016
Dean Andy Boynton

Leading with ideas

 

FROM MANAGEMENT TO LEADERSHIP: DIFFERENCES THAT MATTER

By Andy Boynton, John and Linda Powers Family Dean

 

Warren Bennis, one of the pioneers of contemporary leadership studies, was fond of saying, “The manager does things right; the leader does the right thing.” It’s a distinction that speaks volumes to me as the dean of a management school at a prominent liberal arts university. Read more from Dean Andy Boynton »

Rui Albuquerque

Top stories

 

ALBUQUERQUE IS NEWEST FACULTY MEMBER

Rui Albuquerque, whose main areas of research expertise are capital markets, governance, and international finance, joins the Finance Department faculty as an associate professor. He is the Carroll School's eleventh full-time faculty hire this academic year. Read about Albuquerque and his work »

 

FACULTY JOURNAL EDITORS SHAPING THEIR FIELDS

In addition to their teaching and research, Carroll School faculty members devote considerable time and energy to serving as editors and board members at top academic journals. Hear from nine faculty members about this significant aspect of their professional lives. view a slideshow of faculty editors »

 

BEHAVIORAL MARKETING LAB OPENS IN NEW HOME

The Consumer Insights Panel Lab, a controlled setting in which faculty can conduct on-campus surveys of human judgment, emotion, and consumer psychology, has opened in its permanent location in Cushing Hall. Coughlin Sesquicentennial Assistant Professor of Marketing Hristina Nikolova and Assistant Professor of Marketing Nailya Ordabayeva cofounded the lab, which they say also offers students opportunities to learn marketing methods firsthand. Read more in the BC Chronicle »

Philip E. Strahan

Appointments and awards

 

The Financial Intermediation Research Society named Professor and John L. Collins, S.J., Chair in Finance Philip E. Strahan a director.

Mark Bradshaw and Sugata Roychowdhury were each promoted to professor of accounting. Lian Fen Lee was promoted to associate professor of accounting with tenure.

 

More faculty honors »

Mark Bradshaw and Lian Fen Lee

Faculty research

 

A NEW TAKE ON EARNINGS FORECASTS

Looking at analysts’ earning forecasts through the lenses of cognitive psychology literature and mathematical analysis, Professor of Accounting and McKiernan Family Faculty Fellow Mark Bradshaw, Associate Professor of Accounting Lian Fen Lee, and a coauthor suggest a new perspective on the yearly “walkdown”—analysts’ forecasts that become less optimistic as a year progresses. It reflects analysts’ incentives to please managers and the difficulty of forecasting, the researchers write in a paper that will appear in an upcoming edition of The Accounting Review. READ MORE ABOUT THE “ANNUAL WALKDOWN” »

 

INSIGHTS INTO OVERVALUATION

In “Managing for the Moment: The Role of Earnings Management via Real Activities versus Accruals in SEO Valuation,” Professor of Accounting Sugata Roychowdhury and two coauthors investigate the relationship between accruals manipulation and real activities manipulation in stock market overvaluation. Their paper appears in the March issue of The Accounting Review. Read Roychowdhury’s paper »

 

OPTIMIZING FOR CUSTOMER BEHAVIOR

Tingliang Huang, assistant professor of operations management, and a coauthor considered whether retailers making pricing and stocking decisions can anticipate customer behavior. Can firms, for example, deliberately understock products, assuming customers will wait for a markdown? In general, the authors found, “strategic capacity rationing is not optimal independent of customer risk preferences.” Their paper was published in the December 2015 issue of Production and Operations Management. Read more about strategic capacity management »

 

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Camera Mouse software hits three million downloads milestone

 

Camera Mouse, an adaptive software program designed to help people with disabilities use a computer, developed by a Boston College team led by James Gips, Egan Chair in Computer Science and professor of information systems, recently surpassed 3,000,000 downloads. The program, which is available at no cost, allows users who cannot use hand or voice command tools to control a mouse pointer simply by moving their heads. READ MORE ABOUT CAMERA MOUSE »

Jeffrey Pontiff

In the news

 

NEW RESEARCH SHEDS LIGHT ON MARKET INEFFICIENCIES

BloombergView cited new findings by Professor Jeffrey Pontiff, the James F. Cleary Chair in Finance, in which he and a coauthor looked at “factor models”—models that financial institutions use to predict how a stock or bond will perform based on risk factors. They found that, while factor models do help companies measure risk, the returns associated with a particular model decline by 58% when that model is made public in an academic paper. “This is a dramatic and very important finding,” BloombergView wrote. “It means, in a nutshell, that markets aren’t nearly as efficient as many would like to believe.” READ THE BloombergView piece »

 

PASSIVE INVESTORS, ACTIVE MANAGERS

Passive investors are good corporate stewards, according to research by Assistant Professor of Finance Ian Appel and coauthors that was profiled in the Financial Times. Their forthcoming paper in the Journal of Financial Economics won the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute’s annual investor research competition in December. READ THE Financial Times article »

 

TELECOMMUTERS MAKE FOR A LONELIER OFFICE

Recent findings by Michael G. Pratt, O’Connor Family Professor and Ph.D. director in the Management and Organization Department, and a coauthor were featured in a New York Times Business Day column on telecommuting. Their research, published in the Academy of Management Discoveries last fall, showed that employees who remain in the office while most of their colleagues work at home often end up feeling lonely and disconnected. READ the coverage of Pratt's study »

 

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