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Faculty research

February 2017

Faculty research


A paper by Associate Professor of Finance Rui Albuquerque and three coauthors, “Valuation Risk and Asset Pricing,” was published in The Journal of Finance in November. In the fall, Albuquerque presented his paper “Relative Performance, Banker Compensation, and Systemic Risk” at the London Business School Seminar, the HEC Montreal Finance Seminar, and the eighth European Banking Center Network Conference as well as Boston College’s own Microeconomics and Financial Economics Seminar and the Carroll School’s Brown Bag Lunch Seminar. He also presented “Corporate Social Responsibility and Firm Risk: Theory and Empirical Evidence” at the Ackerman Conference on Corporate Governance in Tel Aviv in December.

Professor of Finance Pierluigi Balduzzi presented his paper “Real Exchange Rates and Currency Risk Premia” at the American Finance Association's Annual Meeting in Chicago on January 6.

Professor of Finance and Hillenbrand Family Faculty Fellow Thomas J. Chemmanur coauthored a paper, “Do Local and International Venture Capitalists Play Well Together? The Complementarity of Local and International Venture Capitalists,” with Tyler Hull and Karthik Krishnan. The paper appeared in the September Journal of Business Venturing. In November, Chemmanur and Yuyuan Zhu, a doctoral candidate in finance at the Carroll School, published “The Geography of Institutional Investors, Information Production, and Initial Public Offerings” (with Jiekun Huang and Yuyuan Zhu) on the Social Science Research Network.

An article by Associate Professor of Management and Organization Judith Clair, “The Right and Wrong Ways to Help Pregnant Workers” (with Kristen Jones, Eden King, and Beth K. Humberd, who received a Ph.D. in Organization Studies from Boston College in 2014), was published in the Harvard Business Review in September.

Professor of Accounting Jeffrey Cohen presented on two panels at the American Accounting Association’s Annual Auditing Section Midyear Meeting: “Managing the Auditor-Client Relationship Through Audit Partner Transitions: The Experiences of Audit Partners,” and “An Examination of Audit Partners’ Judgments and Decision Making Processes in the Audit for Internal Control over Financial Reporting.”

The NLRB v. The Courts: Showdown over the Right to Collective Action in Workplace Disputes,” an article by Professors of Business Law and Society Stephanie Greene, who is also the department chair, and Christine Neylon O’Brien, has been incorporated into numerous pending petitions and amicus briefs before the Supreme Court about collective action waivers. The article, which originally appeared in the American Business Law Journal in 2015, was cited by the Harvard Law Review in January.

Brad Harrington, a part-time research professor in the Management and Organization Department and the executive director of the Boston College Center for Work & Family, wrote a blog post for The Huffington Post before the November presidential election. In the post, “On Wednesday, Let a New Conversation Begin,” Harrington stressed the need to improve our national political dialogue across ideological lines.

At the 2016 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Nashville in November, Assistant Professor of Operations Management Tingliang Huang chaired a session titled “Recent Developments in Opaque and Probabilistic Selling” and presented a paper titled “Service Systems with Unknown Quality & Customer Anecdotal Reasoning” (with Hang Ren and Kenan Arifoglu).

Gerald C. Kane, associate professor of information systems and McKiernan Family Faculty Fellow, wrote or cowrote four new posts for the MIT Sloan Management Review website. In “Unexpected Benefits of Digital Transformation,” he detailed how companies can use technologies in multiple ways to innovate. Coauthored with Bala Iyer and Andrew Burgert, “Do You Have a Conversational Interface?” heralded the transition to online messaging as the primary mode of communication between customers and brands, while “Winning the Digital War for Talent” (with Doug Palmer, Anh Nguyen Phillips, and David Kiron) discussed ways to use technology to find the right people. Meanwhile, in “Do You Have the Will for Digital Transformation?” Kane argued that boldness and focus are more effective than secrecy when bringing businesses into the digital age. Kane was quoted in the Center for Innovation Management Studies’ November/December newsletter called “Becoming ‘Digitally Mature,’” and a Huffington Post interview with him was published as “What Now? A Conversation about the Media and Politics with Jerry Kane.”

In April, Food Policy published a paper coauthored by Assistant Professors of Operations Management Deishin Lee and Erkut Sönmez, “Combining Two Wrongs to Make Two Rights: Mitigating Food Insecurity and Food Waste through Gleaning Operations” (with Miguel I. Gómez and Xiaoli Fan).

Accenture Professor of Marketing Katherine N. Lemon published three research articles—“The Art of Creating Attractive Consumer Experiences at the Right Time: Skills Marketers Will Need to Survive and Thrive,” in the November issue of GfK Marketing Intelligence Review; “‘Mere Measurement Plus’: How Solicitation of Open-Ended Positive Feedback Influences Customer Purchase Behavior” (with Sterling A. Bone, Clay M. Voorhees, Katie A. Liljenquist, Paul W. Fombelle, Kristen Bell Detienne, and R. Bruce Money), in the February issue of the Journal of Marketing Research; and “Understanding Customer Experience Throughout the Customer Journey” (with Peter C. Verhoef), in the November Journal of Marketing, which was also converted into a webinar for Marketing Science Institute on January 31, 2017.

Associate Professor of the Practice of Finance Richard McGowan, S.J., coauthored a paper with John F. Mahon and Pursey P.M.A.R. Heugens. “Blending Issues and Stakeholders: In Pursuit of the Elusive Synergy” was published in the Journal of Public Affairs in November 2016.

Alicia H. Munnell, the Finance Department’s Peter F. Drucker Chair in Management Sciences and the director of the Center for Retirement Research, published two articles featuring the Center’s research: “The Problem with Social Security Lies in Its History,” in the Washington Post, and “Does Public Pension Funding Affect Where People Move?” in MarketWatch.

A paper by Associate Professor of Marketing Gergana Y. Nenkov, “The Case for Moral Consumption: Examining and Expanding the Domain of Moral Behavior to Promote Individual and Collective Well-Being” (with Yuliya Komarova Loureiro, Julia Bayuk, Stefanie M. Tignor, Sara Baskentli, and Dave Webb), appeared in the fall 2016 volume of the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing.

Hristina Nikolova, the Coughlin Sesquicentennial Assistant Professor of Marketing, cowrote an article for Harvard Business Review, “Men Choose Differently When They Choose with Other Men” (with Cait Lamberton).

Professor of Business Law and Society Christine Neylon O’Brien’s forthcoming article in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, “Will the Supreme Court Agree with the NLRB that Pre-Dispute Employment Arbitration Provisions Containing Class and Collective Action Waivers in Both Judicial and Arbitral Forums Violate the National Labor Relations Act—Whether There is an Opt-Out or Not?” was cited by former National Labor Relations Board member Hon. John N. Raudabaugh and in the 2016 book Labor and Employment Arbitration in a Nutshell.

Assistant Professor of Marketing Nailya Ordabayeva and her coauthor Pierre Chandon published “The Accuracy of Less: Natural Bounds Explain Why Quantity Decreases Are Estimated More Accurately than Quantity Increases” in the Journal of Experimental Psychology this month. Ordabeyeva presented some of this research in December at the United States Department of Agriculture in a presentation titled “In the Eye of the Beholder: Visual Biases and Portion Size Perceptions,” and at the Society for Judgment and Decision Making Conference in Boston in November. Ordabayeva was also a panel member of the “Consumer Journey and Experience” track at the October Wharton Academic-Industry Conference in New York and the "Luxury Brands, Conspicuous Consumption and Social Signaling” roundtable at the Association for Consumer Research Conference in Berlin, where she also served as a faculty participant at the Doctoral Consortium and presented her paper “Does the Salience of the Sound of Food Increase or Decrease Consumption?”

Rita Owens, a senior lecturer in the Business Law and Society Department, published her first book, Communication for Consultants, through Business Expert Press.

Associate Professor of Information Systems Sam Ransbotham wrote numerous articles for the Sloan Management Review website. “Duped by Data” described how overconfidence in data analytics can mislead companies, “The Smart Way to Deal with Messy Data” argued that companies should do everything they can to organize data before it is collected, and “Managing with Immature AI” recommended how managers could work within the current limitations of artificial intelligence. Ransbotham also wrote a post for Freedom to Tinker about the relative rarity of companies’ efforts to improve their Internet of Things data security. He spoke at a September 30 event at George Washington University on the “Internet of Things,” and was quoted in a Marketing Science Institute article about the event.

Associate Professor of Marketing Linda Court Salisbury coauthored “When Random Assignment Is Not Enough: Accounting for Item Selectivity in Experimental Research” with Fred M. Feinberg and Yuanping Yang. The paper appeared in the November-December volume of Marketing Science.

In the early days of synthesized radio hits and MTV, companies that produced synthesizers sought to stake out their place in the music industry identifying their product either as a replacement for acoustic instruments or as a tool for replicating acoustic sounds. Associate Professor of Management and Organization and Haub Family Fellow Mary Tripsas analyzed strategy in this young industry in “‘Who Are You?…I Really Wanna Know’: Product Meaning and Competitive Positioning in the Nascent Synthesizer Industry,” published in Strategy Science and coauthored with Callen Anthony, a doctoral student at Boston College, and the University of Oregon’s Andrew Nelson.

Professor of Management Sandra Waddock, the Galligan Chair of Strategy at the Carroll School, wrote two articles in the wake of the election for The Conversation: “Neoliberalism’s Failure Means We Need a New Narrative to Guide Global Economy” and “How Progressives Can Still Make Change in The Age of Trump.


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