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Carroll Connection

September 2016



Dean Andy Boynton


“All the world’s a stage,” Shakespeare wrote in As You Like It. More and more, I am struck by how much that insight applies to management and higher education. Whether we’re launching a new product or rolling out a new M.B.A program, we need to start testing, piloting, and rehearsing as early as possible in the development process. In other words, we’d all do well to learn a little stagecraft, as I describe in an article for Harvard Business ReviewRead Andy’s message »


Leaders Converge at Finance Conference

Jeb Bush

Even Jeb Bush says he’s trying to avoid political news these days. But at the Carroll School of Management’s 2017 Finance Conference, he and other leading figures made it clear that politics isn’t just hard to avoid. It’s a wild card in today’s financial markets. That and disruptive technologies are adding to the challenges ahead for financial professionals.

Tamping Down the Hype on Big Data

Sam Ransbotham

Sam Ransbotham is unusual among IT experts. He isn’t an evangelist for a future in which we’ll have outsourced all our mundane tasks to personal robots, miniature drones, and driverless cars. If anything, he’s a contrarian who is as likely to point out the downside of some IT development as he is to sing hosannas to it. And he has found a wide audience through his collaboration with the MIT Sloan Management Review.

Barking Up a Bestseller

Eric Barker

Extroverts are always more successful than introverts. Nice guys do finish last. And high school valedictorians go on to change the world. Eric Barker, M.B.A. ’09, takes on these widely held beliefs in his first book, Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) WrongAt the end of May, it sat at #12 on the Publishers Weekly list of hardcover nonfiction bestsellers.


Breaking News—in Tax Class

Ed Taylor

Edward Taylor has taught the vast majority of M.S.A. students since the program began, and perhaps no one teaches taxation the way he does. He’ll start off a class with discussions of tax news in the Wall Street Journal. He’ll share stories from the front lines of tax practice. It’s his way of drawing students into the rigorous subject matter of tax accounting.



If there’s a theme that threads through all of Kay Lemon’s work—her research, her teaching, even her service to the marketing profession—it’s the quest, she says, “to make marketers better marketers.” That theme surfaces frequently in her research, where she strives to highlight the practical implications of her findings. And it recently reached a kind of culmination in the two years she spent as executive director of the Marketing Science Institute.


On June 15, the New York Times ran an editorial based on a new study by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College titled “How Much Long-Term Care Do Adult Children Provide?” The study found that nearly one in five adult children provide care for an elderly parent at some point and that the burden falls heavily on daughters. The findings by the Carroll School center point to massive challenges at a time when the oldest baby boomers are nearing their eighties.


It’s no secret that restaurant food portions have grown tremendously over the years, but what accounts for the super-sizing trend? Nailya Ordabayeva (Marketing) and a coauthor have come up with a novel explanation—with new findings published in the Journal of Experimental PsychologySimply put, people are bad at calculating the size of large, three-dimensional objects, such as super-sized packages.


In his prodigious research, Sean Martin (Management and Organization) has turned a skeptical eye toward so-called “heroic CEO stories,” explored how growing up wealthy can affect one’s leadership behavior, and investigated many other questions. Now, in recognition of his research and teaching, Martin has been named the inaugural Mancini Family Sesquicentennial Assistant Professor.



Corporate social responsibility is a burgeoning movement within the business world, and taking leadership in that movement is Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship, which is part of the Carroll School of Management. “It’s a business practice,” said the center′s executive director, Katherine V. Smith, referring to this growing field. “And it’s becoming ingrained.”


Taking a major step into the arena of online learning, the Carroll School of Management’s graduate programs will offer eight online classes in the fall on topics ranging from real estate and analytics to financial management and derivatives.


“They are the all-in difference makers, curious and galvanizing go-getters, eager to give back to others—refusing to fit into any stereotype of the young professionals who pursue a graduate degree in business,” Poets & Quants says of those who made their list of “The Best and Brightest MBAs—Class of 2017.” And among the selected is Katie Philippi, M.B.A. ’17.