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October 2015

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The Boston College Chief Executives Club will welcome Travis Kalanick, Uber’s co-founder and CEO, as keynote speaker at its December meeting. Boston Business Journal included his visit in a roundup of high-profile celebrities, entrepreneurs, authors, and politicians attending Boston-area technology and university events this fall. Boston Business Journal also covered a meeting of the CEO Club in September, where Alex Gorsky, chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson, spoke about today’s health care industry. He expressed excitement about recent innovations in the industry and called for more “care approaches that consider the total cost of health care.” Under Armour founder, chairman, and CEO Kevin Plank was the keynote speaker at the Club’s June gathering. Boston Business Journal, the Boston Globe, and the Baltimore Sun reported on his speech.


Instinct is a powerful tool when making business decisions, but leaders should reflect on the unconscious biases that may guide their “gut decisions,” writes John and Linda Powers Family Dean Andy Boynton on his Forbes blog. In another post, Boynton explores how business leaders decide when the time is right to go against stakeholder opinion in an interview with Unilever CEO Paul Polman.


Associate Professor of Marketing S. Adam Brasel and Egan Chair in Computer Science James Gips published new research on touchscreens and consumer choice in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking that was cited in a Fusion article on “Why shopping on your iPad might make you buy more.” “Changes in interfaces,” the study concluded, “can be as important as changes in content.” Brasel also spoke to the Associated Press about public attitudes toward Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the wake of last January’s football-deflation scandal for an article published in the New York Times. Most people on both sides of the issue have “already made up their minds,” Brasel said.


Recent findings by the Center for Retirement Research were cited in a Wall Street Journal article on state-provided IRAs for those without workplace retirement plans, a Forbes piece about the difficulty of accurately predicting personal retirement benefits, an Economist blog post on America’s pension deficit, and a Slate blog post about the relationship between stock market panic and society. Michelle Singletary of the Washington Post selected Falling Short: The Coming Retirement Crisis and What to Do About It, by CRR researchers Alicia Munnell and Andrew Eschtruth, as the book of the month in her nationally syndicated column, “The Color of Money.” Munnell also spoke to NPR’s Capital Public Radio News about the California Public Employees Retirement System’s failure to meet its return-on-investment target last fiscal year.


The Center for Work and Family’s report on the changing role of American fathers, “The New Dad: A Portrait of Today’s Father,” was cited in the Miami Herald and the New York Times. PBS NewsHour and CBS Sunday Morning also quoted the report in  stories about paternity leave in the US and abroad. The Center’s executive director, Brad Harrington, spoke to the Wall Street Journal about fathers who work part-time and was quoted in a Guardian article about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s decision to take only two weeks off after the upcoming birth of her twins. “Her behavior is not that different from most male CEOs,” Harrington said.


Research by Finance Professor and Hillenbrand Family Faculty Fellow Thomas Chemmanur was referenced in Design News and CFO Magazine pieces about the recent upsurge in corporate venture capital investment in new technologies.


The Carroll School hired Neil McCullagh, executive director of The American City Coalition (TACC), as director of the Joseph E. Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action, the Boston College Chronicle reports. Now in its second year, the Corcoran Center is offering two new courses—Real Estate Finance and Fundamentals of Real Estate. Ed Chazen also joined the Center as a senior lecturer, bringing 28 years of real estate experience and 14 years of university teaching experience to Boston College.


EagleEyes, an assistive technology developed by the Carroll School of Management and colleagues that enables severely disabled people to express and educate themselves, is now being used across the US as well as in Canada and Ireland. The technology, which allows users to control a computer screen with eye movements, is currently featured on, an initiative of the Association of University Technology Managers. Professor James Gips, Egan Chair in Computer Science and director of the EagleEyes program, called EagleEyes “a labor of love” and credited the Boston College Office of Technology Transfer and Licensing with helping the Carroll School secure the rights to manufacture and distribute the technology. “They wanted to see the system helping as many children as possible,” he said.


Associate Professor of Management and Organization Spencer Harrison spoke to the Boston Globe about his research on the relationship between creativity in the workplace and spousal relationships, which will be published in the Academy of Management Journal. Harrison and his co-author conclude that exercising creativity on the job may drain cognitive resources that would otherwise be directed toward home life.


A Q&A with Edward Kane, a Carroll School professor of finance, was reprinted on The interview focused on Kane’s research on “the dangerous risk-taking of giant banks.”


Research by Gerald C. Kane, associate professor of information systems, and Erin Hughes ’15 was cited in a Sloan Management Review post on the NHL’s unlikely success with Pinterest, republished by the Boston Globe. Kane was also quoted in a Trade Arabia article on employees’ preference for companies with a clear digital strategy and a post about the link between business expertise and CIO success. Kane also posted the third part in a five-part series focusing on the potential impact of social media within the enterprise in MIT Sloan Management Review. The third installment focused on the “implications of presenting and protecting content on organizational collaboration.”  


Assistant Professor of Management and Organization Sean Martin spoke to Reuters about the influence of the No Boston Olympics activist group on the ultimate defeat of Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympics.


Richard McGowan, S.J., associate professor of the practice of finance, spoke to the Boston Globe and WGBH News about opposition to casino development in Massachusetts and the Baltimore Sun about the growing gaming industry in Maryland. He also discussed Yahoo!'s recent investment in fantasy sports on American Public Media's Marketplace Morning Report.


New findings by Assistant Professor of Marketing Hristina Nikolova and colleagues suggest that remembering past mistakes may actually increase the incidence of similar mistakes in the future. Nikolova’s Journal of Consumer Psychology paper was cited in recent articles in, Medical Express, Medical Daily, and Inverse.


Cleary Professor of Finance Jeffrey Pontiff was also interviewed by ABC News about the implications of the computer-related freeze in July. “It won't affect individuals' wealth in general," Pontiff said.


In recent blog posts for the MIT Sloan Management Review, Associate Professor of Information Systems Sam Ransbotham has written about the importance of “deodorizing” data analytics in large organizations, the gap between the vast amount of data now available and the number of people who know how to interpret it, and the downsides of relying only on data when making decisions. He also discussed the use of meaningful graphics to represent sales data in an interview with Joseph D. Bruhin, senior vice president and CIO of Constellation Brands. Ransbotham spoke to ABC News about the possible causes of an unprecedented halt in trading at the New York Stock Exchange in July.


In an appearance on CCTV America, the English-lanaguage news channel of China Central Television, Professor of Marketing Kathleen Seiders discussed the increase in demand for non-GMO foods. “Consumers everywhere have become more wary of foods,” she said, “and want to know more.”


Warren K. Zola, executive director of Boston College’s Chief Executives Club and adjunct professor of business law and operations management, discussed recent notable topics in Boston sports on NECN in August. He also shared his expertise in sports law and collegiate-level athletics in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the New York Times, and International Business Times and discussed the colorful history of collective bargaining in professional sports in a Labor Day blog post for the Huffington Post.

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