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June 2015

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Just as a pitcher might play at third base in certain spring training exercises, a business executive can learn something by essentially practicing in other positions, writes Dean Andy Boynton in his Forbes blog. Boynton also suggested that Boston College bring design thinking to the revision of its Core Curriculum. See the BC Chronicle article.


The Wall Street Journal sought the expertise of Associate Professor of Accounting and McKiernan Family Faculty Fellow Mark Bradshaw in a story on how different companies use different data when reporting their quarterly earnings.


S. Adam Brasel, associate professor of marketing, spoke with the Boston Globe for an article about the coming of “native ads,” or sponsored content, to television news. Advertisers like the practice—for example, an interview with a sponsor—because it circumvents the viewer’s normal “This is a commercial, shut the brain off” response, Brasel said.



The seventh annual Boston College Corporate Citizenship Film Festival awarded first prize to Mary Kay Inc. for the company’s domestic violence prevention video. The festival is sponsored by BC’s Center for Corporate Citizenship.


Center for Retirement Research findings were cited in a Money article about the erosion of employer-based retirement plans; a Dow Jones MarketWatch piece on how public pension funds are overestimating their rate of return; and a Forbes article warning of the dangers of retiring too early. Moreover, Center researchers were quoted in the Wall Street Journal about how you might be able to live on less than 80 percent of your current income in retirement; in USA Today about the importance of picking the right retirement age; and in the Chicago Tribune about deep cuts proposed in Illinois’ teachers’ retirement fund.

A variety of news outlets tapped the Center for Work & Family for data and insights this spring: NPR, in a report stemming from the US’s status as the only developed nation in the world without mandated parental leave; Fortune, about a new website geared to millennial fathers; the Miami Herald, about how paternity coaches help executives transition into paternity leave; and Fast Company, about the top 50 workplaces for new dads. Jennifer Fraone, the Center’s associate director, was quoted in a Boston Globe article about a new Massachusetts law requiring small businesses to grant new fathers unpaid leave.


American Express Co. was once “elitist and arrogant,” CEO Kenneth I. Chenault admitted in a speech to the BC Chief Executives Club. However, Chenault defended his company’s decision to end its partnership with Costco Wholesale Corp. Bloomberg Business, the Boston Business Journal, the Boston Globe, and reported on Chenault’s remarks. The Boston Business Journal also covered a Club event featuring Oracle Corp. CEO Mark Hurd as speaker. And the Boston Globe ran an opinion piece urging more executives to take part in the Club’s activities.


Academy of Management’s OMT Web published a Q&A with Judith Clair, associate professor of management and organization, regarding the rights of submitters in the peer-review process.


Professor and Chairperson of Business Law Stephanie Greene spoke with the Wall Street Journal on the implications of a Supreme Court ruling that narrowly favors employers in discrimination disputes.


“Just Do It” or “Got Milk?” Whether declarative or interrogatory, Associate Professor of Marketing Henrik Hagtvedt’s research indicates that advertisers should match the slogan to the purpose: “A statement is more likely to convey clarity, but a question is more likely to engage the mind,” he wrote in The Conversation. In addition, Hagtvedt was quoted in Racked regarding the possible bubble in luxury knickknacks.


“Date of birth [has] to be among the weakest rationales for assuming a set of common traits,” Brad Harrington wrote in a Huffington Post blog post questioning the use of “millennials” as a blanket term. The executive director of the Center for Work & Family, Harrington was also quoted at length in a Fast Company piece about men’s obstacles to achieving work-life balance, and he lent his perspective to Boston Globe and Herald coverage of a Boston City Council proposal to offer six weeks’ paid parental leave to city workers.


Associate Professor of Management and Organization Spencer Harrison helped explain to Time Inc.’s Money how collegiality can boost your performance—and even your salary. Fast Company reported on his research about the creative processes, specifically  the importance of sharing incomplete work and being open to different outcomes. featured research by Harrison and Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior Elizabeth Rouse that suggests that workplace feedback should occur while a project is in progress (as in a creative setting) rather than after its conclusion.


Professor of Finance Edward J. Kane commented in two articles about conflict-of-interest concerns on Wall Street: in the Wall Street Journal regarding Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s meetings with Medley Global Advisors; and in BloombergBusiness about a Fed examiner leaving a post overseeing Goldman Sachs to take a job with pWc’s financial services practice.

Gerald Kane’s latest blog posts in MIT Sloan Management Review are about how computer-based communication technologies are helping Autistic individuals enter the workforce; the NHL’s surprising leverage of Pinterest; and the opportunities and challenges of our expanding relationship circles enabled by social media. The associate professor of information systems also gave an interview to Insights Magazine about his research on the business potential and the societal impact of social media.


Richard McGowan, S.J., assistant professor of the practice of finance, furnished his gaming industry expertise to reporters covering casino gambling expansion in Alabama (, New Hampshire (New Hampshire Public Radio), Massachusetts (the Boston Globe), and Connecticut (the Hartford Courant).


Speaking on Bloomberg TV, Alicia H. Munnell recommended fixes to America’s troubled, multifaceted retirement system. The Peter F. Drucker Chair in Management Sciences and director of the Center for Retirement Research, Munnell also authored a report for MarketWatch about the impact of health reform in Massachusetts on labor force participation, and she offered her expert opinion to the New York Times (in an article about the resistance of the elderly to benefits redistribution) and the Denver Post (in an article about the shortfall in Colorado’s public pension system).


Associate Professor of Information Systems Sam Ransbotham wrote a blog post for MIT Sloan Management Review encouraging companies and individuals to invest in learning and developing their analytic skills. In an article on the same topic, CIO Magazine New Zealand cited a study Ransbotham coauthored, and another of his blog posts on analytics was featured in the Boston Globe.


A report by the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers drew in part on the findings of Jonathan Reuter, associate professor of finance. Reuter discussed his research, about the conflicted advice workers receive on their retirement savings, with the Boston College Chronicle.


Katherine Smith, executive director of the Center for Corporate Citizenship, spoke with the Boston Globe for an article revealing that many nonprofits struggle to accommodate large numbers of corporate volunteers. included a Q&A with Operations Management Adjunct Lecturer Gregory L. Stoller in an article about the top cities for new entrepreneurs.


The U.S. Supreme Court’s blog linked to a Sports Law blog post by Warren Zola, adjunct associate professor of business law and operations management. Zola, who doubles as executive director of the Chief Executives Club, was also quoted in the International Business Times on the value that NBA teams place on a strong coach.


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