A MESSAGE FROM DEAN ANDY BOYNTON
Faculty, Faculty, Faculty
In recent times as I’ve met with prospective faculty members and browsed their stellar CVs, a thought has come to me: a decade ago, most of these people looking to join the Carroll School faculty wouldn’t have even spoken with us. They would have been knocking on the doors of other esteemed places like UCLA, UNC-Chapel Hill, and NYU. Now we’re vying with those and other top schools for the best management faculty. Read Andy’s message »
“There’s no better time than in college to try to start a company,” says one alum. Not yet saddled with mortgages or family obligations, students can devote themselves to their entrepreneurial dreams. Some from BC are doing just that—with help from experienced Eagles. Meet SSC Venture Partners. A new VC firm packed with BC alums, they’re seeding startups born on the Heights.
Treatment for an Epidemic of Incivility
“If you ever get a little bit down about the state of the culture in our country, just remember: there are more public libraries than Starbucks,” David McCullough told a crowd at Robsham Theater, who heard the celebrated narrative historian mount a full-throated defense of humanities education. Delivering the Clough Colloquium lecture, he recounted lessons from history that might help “enlarge sympathies.”
Slideshow: A Fresh Delivery of Passion and Insight
They come to the Carroll School of Management with a breadth of scholarly passions ranging from the meaning of work to the valuation of stocks and the vagaries of data. And for the past couple of months, these nine scholars have been bringing their passions and insights into classrooms and conversations. Here are the Carroll School’s newest professors on the tenure track.
THE “CLASS TRANSITIONERS”
When searching for managers and leaders, employers will often keep an eye out for a number of personality traits—including integrity, decisiveness, intellectual curiosity, and the ability to collaborate fruitfully. Speaking to an overflow audience in Gasson Hall recently, Sean R. Martin (Management and Organization) presented research pointing to another, often overlooked factor: how far the potential leaders traveled in life to get where they are.
DISCOVER DISCOVERS THE CARROLL SCHOOL
This past summer, Discover Magazine cited Carroll School professors on two separate occasions. The magazine featured a study by S. Adam Brasel and Henrik Hagtvedt (Marketing) that showed how the color saturation of a product can affect shoppers’ perception of its size. Discover also drew on the expertise of O’Connor Family Professor Michael Pratt for a piece exploring why humans make poor decisions.
HOW THE BUSINESS NEWS GETS POLITICAL
Will a media outlet slant its coverage of a company because it doesn’t like the political leanings of the firm’s top executives? That’s the implication of a study by Vishal P. Baloria (Accounting) and a coauthor, who explore how Democratic-leaning firms use different strategies to avoid negative coverage by Fox News. Their article is forthcoming in the Journal of Financial Economics.
WHEN THERE’S NO MONEY LEFT FOR TEXTBOOKS
A couple of years ago, a young man walked into the Carroll School undergraduate dean’s office, asking if he could drop a course. The reason? He couldn’t come up with the money to buy or rent pricey textbooks assigned in the class. He was one of a growing number of high-need students who struggle to meet routine expenses—and are now getting the timely help they need.
NOT YOUR TYPICAL BUSINESS ETHICS CLASS
“Be attentive. Be reflective. Be loving.” Those words of advice are not what you’d expect to hear in a typical management class, but they sum up the aims of the Carroll School’s signature Portico course, according to an article published in the latest edition of the Journal of Jesuit Business Education.
UP FROM MODEST ROOTS, ALUM CITED AMONG “MOST POWERFUL WOMEN”
Fortune and Modern Healthcare ranked Aetna president Karen Lynch ’84 in their roundups of the “50 Most Powerful Women” and the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare,” respectively. But “I didn’t get here by myself,” Lynch says in an interview with the Furst Group, citing the aunt who raised her in trying circumstances.