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April 2016

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Bridget Akinc, a senior lecturer in the Marketing Department, was quoted in a post about the effectiveness of “girl-power” advertisements and branding. “Because of the transparency of social media,” Akinc said, “[brands] are really forced to own that brand internally as well as externally.”


New research by Assistant Professor of Finance Ian Appel and two Wharton School professors that won the annual Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute’s investor research competition was profiled in the UPenn Almanac


Target CEO and Chairman Brian Cornell spoke at the February 3 meeting of the Boston College Chief Executives Club. His remarks were covered by the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and Boston Business Journal. Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric, spoke at the Club’s March 24 meeting, in the wake of the announcement that GE will move its corporate headquarters from Fairfield, Conn., to Boston’s Seaport District. Reuters, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Boston Globe, and WBUR Radio were among the media outlets that covered the event. Boston Irish Reporter also covered the CEO 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 an age of innovation, CEOs and boards must become “idea hunters,” John and Linda Powers Family Dean Andy Boynton said in an interview with Associations Now. “Although most organizations win based on having great ideas, we still focus on cash, customers, and other things, rather than on ideas as a key resource,” said Boynton, who gave the keynote speech to open the American Society of Association Executives’ Great Ideas Conference in March. Sys-Con Media also reported on his speech and the conference. Boynton was quoted on the investment blog The Motley Fool in a post that posits long-term, belief-based investments as an antidote to market volatility. In his latest Forbes blog post, Boynton writes about “Nine Things That Separate The Leaders From The Managers.”


The San Francisco Chronicle cited research from Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research (CRR) in an article about 2016 presidential candidates’ stances on social security, and the Center’s findings on the effects of student debt on retirement saving were referenced by BloombergBusiness,, CNBC, and CBS News. Other CRR research was cited by the New York Times, Money, and the Wall Street Journal.


Findings from the Boston College Center for Work and Family’s 2013 survey of men who work from home were cited in a Boston Globe Magazine list of “5 Things People Get Wrong About Stay-at-Home Dads.” The Telegraph (UK) cited center research in an article about “dinosaur dads.” A recent Huffington Post blog post by the Center’s Executive Director, Brad Harrington—also a research professor in the Carroll School—drew on the Center’s 2015 study of millennials’ attitudes toward career and life to shed light on ways that workplaces can “provide an environment where employees can thrive and grow in their careers.”


A Planted list of “6 Boston Schools Startups Love to Hire Grads From” mentioned Boston College and the University-wide Shea Venture Competition (formerly the Boston College Venture Competition), which is cosponsored by the Edmund H. Shea Jr. Center for Entrepreneurship and the Carroll School. In the months following its dedication and inaugural symposium last November, the Shea Center has hosted several events for student entrepreneurs that have been covered by, The Heights, and the BC Gavel. also reported on the appointment of Brian Harrington, a 1989 graduate of the Carroll School and former Zipcar executive, as the Shea Center’s first entrepreneur-in-residence.


Research by Assistant Professor Vyacheslav (Slava) Fos linking CEO job security to proximity to boardroom elections is profiled in the March issue of Chicago-Booth’s Capital Ideas. Fos and his coauthors found that CEOs became more likely to lose their jobs as director elections approached.


Associate Professor of Information Systems John Gallaugher spoke to Reuters, the Bangor Daily News, and Huewire about the implications of General Electric’s move of its global headquarters from Fairfield, Conn., to the Seaport District in Boston. “GE is going to have an opportunity to reshape Boston in a really positive way,” Gallaugher said.


A Journal of Retailing paper by Associate Professor of Marketing Henrik Hagtvedt and a coauthor was featured on EurekAlert!. Hagtvedt’s study of luxury brands that pair with charities found that consumers were more likely to choose an expensive item if it was connected to a charitable cause.


Associate Professor of Management and Organization Candace Jones coedited The Oxford Handbook of Creative Industries, which was published last September. According to BC Bookmarks, the Handbook “brings together many of the world’s leading scholars in the application of creativity in economics, business and management, law, policy studies, organization studies and psychology.”


The Institute for New Economic Thinking conducted an interview with Professor of Finance Edward Kane about the upcoming election for a blog post titled “Professional Expertise or Politics Driving Economists’ View of Hillary and Bernie?” In the conversation, Kane considers how personal political opinions play into economists’ analysis of the candidates’ financial reform proposals.


Gerald C. Kane, associate professor of information systems and McKiernan Family Faculty Fellow, spoke to about the role of Facebook reviews in shaping a University’s reputation. One of Kane’s blog posts for the MIT Sloan Management Review, “What Companies Should Learn About Social Media from American Politics,” was excerpted in an piece on the election, and two other posts were adapted for the Boston Globe’s Sunday MBA column—“To Effectively Communicate Brands, Add Visuals” and “Companies Should Beware Social Media ‘Bubble.’” His latest post, “Halting the Corporate Brain Drain,” examines using digital tools to preserve institutional knowledge. Kane also talked with Fast Company about the recent criticism around and best uses for the group messaging app Slack.


The Times of London interviewed Associate Professor Darren Kisgen, the Hillenbrand Family Faculty Fellow in finance, about the mining giant Anglo American’s announcement that it would try to sell between three to four billion dollars of its assets this year. Kisgen was also interviewed by Westwood One Radio Network.


Richard McGowan, S.J., associate professor of the practice of finance and the Carroll School’s resident expert on games of chance, was interviewed by the New York Times and The Atlantic about the recent controversy over the legality of fantasy sports. McGowan also spoke to the Boston Globe on three occasions about recent casino developments in Everett, Mass., and Maine, and about the challenge the Massachusetts Gaming Commission faces in awarding the state’s third and final casino license.   


Alicia H. Munnell, the Peter F. Drucker Chair in Management Sciences and director of the Center for Retirement Research, discussed how people can be better prepared for retirement and if raising the retirement age is a good idea on WBUR Radio’s “Here and Now.”  


Science Codex and ConsumerAffairs reported on research by Associate Professor of Marketing Gergana Y. Nenkov and Associate Professor of Marketing Linda Court Salisbury titled “Solving the annuity puzzle: The role of mortality salience in retirement savings decumulation decisions.” The paper, which posits that consumers’ thoughts about their own deaths may explain the low rate at which retirees buy annuities, is in press at the Journal of Consumer Psychology.  


A new paper coauthored by Coughlin Sesquicentennial Assistant Professor of Marketing Hristina Nikolova was featured by Medical Xpress and NewsWise. The study, which was published in the Journal of Marketing Research in December 2015, found that simplified nutritional labels encouraged consumers to make healthy choices in grocery stores.


Professor of Business Law Christine Neylon O’Brien’s forthcoming paper on legal cases involving profanity in the workplace was quoted in an article in the New York Times and blog posts on BookForum,, Tasting Table, and the Law Professor Blogs Network.


Finance Professor and Cleary Chair Jeffrey Pontiff spoke to the Boston Globe for a January piece about how investors should react to the recent dip in the stock market. “My advice would be to sit tight,” Pontiff said. “You want to take a long-term perspective with your portfolio.”


A recent paper in Academy of Management Discoveries by Michael G. Pratt, O’Connor Family Professor and Ph.D. director in the Management and Organization Department, and a coauthor reveals that workers in an office where most employees work from home feel a lack of social interaction. The MIT Sloan Management Review highlighted the research and Pratt talked about the paper on WBUR’s “Here & Now.”


Associate Professor of Information Systems Sam Ransbotham discussed his research on online data sharing and its effect on behavioral patterns and relationships in a Copyright Clearance Center podcast entitled “The Sharing Game.” The Boston Globe also adapted two of Ransbotham’s blog posts for the MIT Sloan Management Review into “Sunday MBA” columns on data in the sharing economy and the transformations that will come with the “Internet of Things.”


Cornell Chronicle profiled research by Assistant Professors of Operations Management Erkut Sönmez and Deishin Lee and Cornell-based coauthors Miguel Gómez and Xiaoli Fan. Their paper, which discusses a new algorithm that helps food banks harvest more nutritious leftover food to give to the hungry, was published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics in December.


Professor and Collins Chair in Finance Philip E. Strahan was a featured expert in a WalletHub list of “10 Financial Predictions for 2016.” Asked what he thought the biggest economic theme of 2016 would be, Strahan discussed “how interest-rate policies will affect the financial markets and the economy.”


The CEO Club’s Executive Director, Warren Zola, spoke to Yahoo! Finance about the indictment and death of former Chesapeake Energy CEO and co-owner of the Oklahoma City Thunder Aubrey McClendon.


“Animal characters transfer meanings onto brands,” according to research by Professor of Marketing Arch G. Woodside and a coauthor that was featured recently in “The Wisdom Project,” a column by David Allen, editorial director of CNN Health and Wellness. His Journal of Marketing Management paper on anthropomorphic marketing looked at the uses of animal symbols in advertising from the vantage points of social anthropology and psychoanalysis.


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