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The College of Business Research Colloquium

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The research colloquium provides our in-house faculty members a platform to present their up-to-date research ideas and projects, an opportunity to seek comments and suggestions from colleagues, and a way of identifying potential cross-disciplinary collaboration opportunities. The research work can be at all stages, and faculty members at all ranks are welcome to present.

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12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

The colloquium is held in person in BS 336. Each speaker will give a 45 minute presentation, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A.

This event is open to all faculty, staff, and graduate students in the College of Business.

Presentation Schedule

Fall 2022

September 7: Ben Foster (Accountancy) | The Impact of CEO Compensation Packages on Corporate Cultural Inclusiveness (with Xudong Fu and Andrew Manikas)

Abstract: Previous research has examined the impact of CEO compensation packages on corporate behavior and corporate value. Diversity research has examined corporate support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) diversity and inclusion policies as measured by the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) and its impact on corporate performance. This paper examines the impact of CEO compensation packages on corporations’ CEI ratings, and the impact of both on corporate value. As found in previous research, CEO pay duration and CEI are positively and significantly associated with higher long-term corporate value. The study also provides evidence that longer CEO pay duration is associated with higher company value even beyond the impact of CEI on long-term company value. The impact of CEO pay duration on CEI is increased when CEO age is lower, board sizes are larger, and boards are more age diverse. Overall, our findings provide evidence that longer CEO pay duration in compensation packages results in better financial and diversity outcomes for companies.

September 21: Ryan Quinn (Management and Entrepreneurship) | Learning to Leverage Difference in an MBA Program (with Zachary Goldman & Meghan Pifer)

Abstract: Research on the learning outcomes of MBA programs is a topic of major debate in the research literature, with evidence both questioning and supporting claims that these programs improve managerial effectiveness and career success. Although this research is inconclusive, the evidence is much more conclusive that women and people of color have an even harder time claiming the benefits of MBA programs than white men. We re-framed this question using the lens of positive organizational scholarship. Our goal was to move beyond cataloging these challenges and identifying ways to address them—an important endeavor in and of itself—to also discover whether, how, and under what circumstances MBA programs can help students learn how to leverage their diversity for their own and others’ benefit.

October 5: Isabel Botero and Sonia Strano (Management and Entrepreneurship) | When Does the Family Brand Matter? The Case of Acquisitions

Abstract: TBA

October 12: Luis Alfonso Dau – Northeastern University

(Presented in collaboration with the Center for Free Enterprise)

October 19: Saurav Chakraborty (ISAO) | Freedom of Speech or Freedom of Reach? Strategies for Mitigating Malicious Content in Online Social Networks

Abstract: Censoring social media posts with malicious content is costly and open to controversy. Effective and sustainable mitigation of malicious behavior requires an alternative strategy which goes beyond the source and considers the underlying mechanisms of malicious content propagation. We propose a novel network intervention strategy (Preferentiality Dampened Feed Management – PDFM) which considers users’ bounded rationality and preferential attachment in network formation and content diffusion. We use an agent-based model to simulate an online social network and assess the effectiveness of our proposed strategy against the established practice of account and content removal. We posit that in order to minimize the spread of malicious content, network interventions must target actions of specific types of content propagators. We validate our agent-based model via a natural experiment which is based on a case of 70 million accounts removed from Twitter in the summer 2018. The results of our experiments provide clear evidence for the effectiveness of our proposed strategy in dampening the influence of preferential attachment mechanism on online social networks. The proposed strategy is found to be statistically more effective in curbing the spread of malicious content online as compared to the strategy of account removal. We conclude with contributions to scholarship and practice.

November 2: Chris Stivers (Finance) | Short-term Relative-Strength Strategies, Turnover, and the Connection between Winner Returns and the 52-week High

Abstract: We contribute with two principal findings that suggest a material role for 52-week-high price anchors in understanding the short-run behavior of one-month stock returns. First, we find that short-term momentum in high-turnover stocks is only evident for stocks whose prices are relatively close to their 52-week high. Conversely, strong reversals are evident for high-turnover stocks whose prices are relatively far from their 52-week high. Second, we find that the apparent price-to-52-week-high (PTH) anchoring biases are asymmetric with a concentration in past winners. High-PTH winners strongly outperform low-PTH winners, across all the different turnover and size segmentations that we examine. We conduct three supplemental investigations that support a PTH anchoring-bias interpretation for the winner-PTH relation; also evaluating market sentiment, dispersion in analyst forecasted earnings, and firm size.

November 16: Brittany Green (ISAO) | A Longitudinal Examination of AI Fairness on Online Labor Markets

Abstract: While online labor markets (OLMs) provide many benefits, including flexibility and data-driven AI matching systems, gender and other social biases have been shown in OLMs, and research demonstrates AI can also perpetuate bias leading to potential discrimination against certain marginalized groups. However, previous OLM research assumes bias is independent of the AI algorithm and static over time. To help design OLMs that minimize the detrimental impact of biases on marginalized social groups, we investigate the interaction among individual characteristics and AI sources of biases over the long term and evaluate auditing strategies using an agent-based simulation model.

December 5:  Christopher Boudreaux – Florida Atlantic University

(Presented in collaboration with the Center for Free Enterprise)

Past Events


September 30: Manju Ahuja (CIS) | Trading Well-being for Productivity: A Resource Drain Theory Approach to Examine Drivers and Outcomes of Excessive Mobile Use

October 21: Dereck Barr-Pulliam (Accounting) | The Auditor-Valuation Specialist Coopetitive Alliance in the Fair Value Audit of Complex Financial Instruments

October 28: Andrew Manikas (Management) | Is That an Opportunity? Global Versus Local Processing of Technological and Socio-economic Constraints

November 11: Sara Angelina Memmi (Marketing) | How Variety Influences Expectations of Future Goal Conflict

December 2: Dereck Barr-Pulliam (Accounting) | Data Analytics and Skeptical Actions: The Countervailing Effects of False Positives and Consistent Rewards for Skepticism


January 20: Chris Stivers (Finance) | Inflation Innovations, Stock Returns, and the Changing Nature of Inflation Non-Neutrality

February 3: Ghiyoung Im (CIS) | Understanding Contagious Behaviors in Online Support Communities: A Virtual Social Contagion Framework

February 17: Aaron Barnes (Marketing) | When Sharing is Not Caring: Unintended Consequences of Access Offers on Consumer Brand Reactions

March 10: Weihua Zhao (Economics) | Taxing Uber

March 24: Rui Zhang (CIS) | The Unintended Consequences of Social Presence for Minorities in Virtual Groups

April 7: Katina Kulow (Marketing) | Giving Because I Want To, Not Because I Have To: The Effect of Social Context on Donations

April 21: Conor Lennon (Economics) | Did the Affordable Care Act Improve Health, Access to Care, and Insurance Coverage Rates Among Workers?

September 15: Mike Barone (Marketing) | COVID-19 and Consumers

September 22: Russell Williamson (Accounting) | The Real Effects of Mandatory Performance Measurement on Risk Assessment, Capital Investment, and Emissions Performance

October 6: Rapid-fire Session

  • Andrew Manikas (ISAO) | Latent Dirichlet Allocation Method
  • Christine Xin (Accounting) | A Few More Good Men: Social Performance and Whistleblowing
  • Per Fredriksson (Economics) | Culture, Collective Action, and Rebellions in China

October 20: Ben Foster (Accounting) | Which Diversity Metrics Best Capture Investors’ Perceptions of Diversity Efforts?

November 3: Daniel Bennett (Management & Entrepreneurship) | Populist Discourse and Entrepreneurial Action: The Role of Political Ideology and Institutions

November 17: Mahesh Gupta (ISAO) | Integrating Theory of Constraints, Lean and Six Sigma: A Framework Development and its Application

December 1: Ghiyoung Im (ISAO) | How to Tame Data Security Challenges of Complicatedness and Complexity in Multihospital Systems


January 26: Sandeep Goyal (ISAO) | Impact of an Enterprise System Implementation on Job Outcomes: Challenging the Linearity Assumption

February 9: Rapid-fire Session

  • Rui Sundrup (ISAO) | Mitigation of Work-Family Frustration in Dual-Earner Couples during COVID-19: The Role of ICT Permeability, Planning, and Gender Effect
  • Jozef Zurada (ISAO) |Predicting home sale prices: A review of existing methods and illustration of data stream methods for improved performance

February 22: Gary Wagner (Acadiana Business Economist and Endowed Chair at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) | Does state tax reciprocity affect interstate commuting? Evidence from a natural experiment

(Presented in collaboration with the Center for Free Enterprise)

March 2: Saurav Chakraborty (ISAO) |Mitigating malicious behavior on social media

March 9: Sven Olov-Daunfeldt (Professor of Economics, Dalarna University)| Acqui-hires, acqui-fires and organo-hires: Human capital formation in scaling new ventures

(Presented in collaboration with the Center for Free Enterprise)

March 23: Xi Ai (Accounting) | Target setting and global value chain: Evidence from private firms internationally

April 13: Carl Maertz (Management and Entrepreneurship) |A Theoretical Typology of Work-family Conflict Episodes

Note: Select archived presentations are available for viewing. 

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