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Carroll Connection

June 2016

Powers Family Dean Andy Boynton

A MESSAGE FROM POWERS FAMILY DEAN ANDY BOYNTON


A few weeks ago, on a picture-perfect spring day, we said warm good-byes to the Carroll School Class of ’16. It was, as always, a portrait of success—our black-capped graduates, beaming as they clutched their diplomas in Conte Forum, celebrating achievements well earned. So, on that uplifting occasion, why did I call on the graduates to go looking for opportunities to fail? Read Andy’s message »

 


Ready for a Growth Spurt

Lawrence H. Summers

At the Carroll School of Management’s annual Finance Conference earlier this month, headline speakers including former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers and Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Robert Steven Kaplan sized up the economy and financial markets. And the size was a little too small for their comfort.
 


Still Innovating, After All These Years

Professor Pete Wilson

Nationally recognized as a master teacher, Pete Wilson has received awards too numerous to mention. Now in the twilight of his academic career, the celebrated accounting professor is still innovating in the classroom—still inviting students and others to join him on the “journey from me to we.”
 


Slideshow: All in the (BC) Family

Roos Family

Last month, 540 Carroll School seniors walked across the commencement stage. In doing so, a distinct group of these graduates were also walking in the footsteps of parents, siblings, and other relatives—adding one more eagle to the family.
 


Something Ventured

Purple Parachute Team

Purple Parachute wants to sell science-and-craft kits and use proceeds to help children in refugee camps. Emocean is testing a new kind of radio service. Both are student startups with an extra $10,000 in their coffers after winning the annual Venture Competition, sponsored by the Carroll School's Edmund H. Shea Jr. Center for Entrepreneurship.
 


By the Numbers

RESEARCH NEWS


JUDGMENT DAY

Why are portions of movie theater popcorn roughly seven times larger than they were during the 1950s? What happens when two males decide together on buying a car or some other product, without a female involved? These and other questions surfaced at the inaugural “Boston Judgment and Decision Making Day” sponsored by the Marketing Department.

WHEN INDEX FUNDS TAKE OVER THE WORLD

In an online article for Harvard Business Review, finance professor Ian Appel previews research indicating that asset-rich index funds are using their clout to influence management policies and side with shareholder proposals. His findings—to be reported in the Journal of Financial Economics—go against prevailing wisdom.

TUNING IN, DROPPING OUT

In his new book The Opt-Out Effect, marketing professor Jerry Smith counts the ways in which digital-era consumers are able to elude marketers. BC News reports on Smith’s advice to brand marketers on how to re-engage the empowered consumer.
 


SCHOOL NEWS


IMAGINING BOSTON

This summer, the City of Boston will unveil a “strategic vision,” setting the stage for its first citywide plan in more than 50 years. Helping to shape that vision was the “Imagine Boston 2030” conference co-sponsored by the Joseph E. Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action.

MY DINNER WITH WARREN

Meagan Loyst, a first-year Carroll School student, sat down next to Warren Buffett recently at a dinner in Nebraska. Here’s the story of her conversation with the Oracle of Omaha—in her own words.

A CATALYST FOR CHANGE

After 26 years of helping to invigorate the academic life of the Carroll School, Professor Billy Soo will now be well situated to do the same for the broader University—as Boston College’s new vice provost for faculties.


ALUMNI NEWS


FLYING THE FLAG IN BOGOTÁ

The maroon-and-gold BC flag covering the front door suggested this wasn’t going to be a typical business meeting. The location, too, was unusual for a class of Carroll School students—connecting with alumni in Bogotá, Colombia.

FROM THE HEIGHTS TO HAMILTON

Students attending the annual Boston College Arts Festival were treated to the warmth and wit of an illustrious Carroll School alumnus—Nick Scandalios ’87, a Broadway executive who has helped bring to the stage such blockbusters as Hamilton, The Lion King, and Wicked.

NOT BY DATA ALONE

Returning to the Heights, Marvin Chow ’95—Google’s marketing chief—praised Big Data. But he also buried the notion that data alone can give people what they really need.