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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

Spring 2024

January 10

Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: BS 336
Presenter: Sadek Showkat

Title: Extreme Entrepreneurship and Well-Being: Evidence From Refugee Camps

Abstract: Although prior research identifies the critical importance of attaining and maintaining well-being at and across stages of the entrepreneurial journey, especially in response to extreme events, how entrepreneurs operating in chronically adverse contexts maintain their well-being remains understudied. A diary study of Rohingya refugee entrepreneurs in Kutupalang refugee camps, reveals both direct effects whereby entrepreneurial resourcefulness temporarily increases their well-being, and mediated effects, whereby sustained resourcefulness helps entrepreneurs maintain higher levels of well-being by progressively restoring a sense of dignity.  Complementing the longitudinal tests with reflexive, in-situ ethnographic observations and interpretations, we elaborate on how religiousness shapes these directs and indirect effects. Our findings extend theories of resourcefulness and well-being to refugee entrepreneurs and set out a new research agenda to further explore how the practice of religion shapes their lived experiences during displacement.


January 24

Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: BS 336
Presenter: Ben Foster


  1. Was COVID-19 Crisis Financial Morbidity to Corporate Values Lessened by LGBTQ Corporate Equality Index Ratings?
  2. Is Going Woke, a Yoke on Increasing Shareholder Value?

Abstract: This study compares the market returns of companies with United States operations since the end of 2021 based on a rating of their actions and policies related to social and political issues. In recent years, many institutions, including publicly-traded companies have publicly engaged in social issues, particularly after the social upheaval that occurred in 2020. Stakeholder theory provides support for companies engaging in such activities to build capital that can help increase shareholder value in the long run. Other views are skeptical of the stakeholder theory view that supporting certain social causes or engaging in certain actions will increase long-term shareholder value. According to the overinvestment hypothesis, corporate executives gain personal benefits from corporate expenditures on such activities and will spend more corporate money than the potential benefits generated for shareholders. Our results provide evidence that common shareholders of firms with high levels of social and political activism experienced lower increases in market value from the beginning of 2022 to the middle of 2023 than companies engaging in relatively less activism.


February 7

Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: BS 336
Presenter: Per Fredriksson

Title: Religion and Entrepreneurship: Evidence from Late Qing China

Abstract: What are the effects of culture and religion on entrepreneurship? In this paper, we study the historical and contemporary effects of a prominent Chinese wealth god on the level of entrepreneurship. In traditional Chinese folklore, the Wutong Wealth God governs the distribution of wealth. First, our empirical approach utilizes an historical policy reform. In 1895, China loosened restrictions on the establishment of private enterprises. We show that new private enterprises were more likely to be founded in prefectures closer to where the Wutong Wealth God originated, with more temples devoted to the wealth god and thus a more ingrained culture. Second, the influence of the Wealth God shows strong persistence. The culture of the Wealth God still affects the incidence of registered businesses and occupational choice into entrepreneurship today. This paper helps improve our understanding of the deep-rooted cultural and religious factors driving entrepreneurship, economic growth, and regional disparities within China.


February 14

Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: BS 336
Presenter: Thomas Lambert

Title: Mergers and Consolidation in the US Gambling and Horse Racing Industries: What It Means for Local Economic Development and Taxation

Abstract: Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, most sectors of the various gambling industries in the United States were showing signs of stagnation or flat growth. Over the last few years, these industries have seen mergers between horse racing tracks, between horse racing tracks and casinos to form “racinos”, and between casino companies. Some gambling facilities and racetracks have closed and have been sold to developers to be used for other purposes. An industry “shakeout” is occurring, and there appears to be a trend toward greater industry concentration as consumers could be showing less interest in gambling in general or that gambling is failing to attract new patrons as it did in past decades. This could be partially fueled by stagnation of disposable personal income over the last 20 years or so. Consumer preferences and attitudes also seem to have changed regarding horse racing and gambling. Sports gambling and the expansion of online gambling do not appear to have offset negative or flat growth trends. These current conditions are somewhat a reversal of past fortunes in that in the 1980s and 1990s the opening of a casino in a city often was considered a plus for local economic development. As more consolidation and establishment closures occur, the impact on various local communities and state governments must be examined regarding lost jobs, lost local and state tax revenues, and lost tourism. This paper is an attempt to assess these developments.


February 21

Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: BS 336
Presenter: Sergey Anokhin

Title: Local and Distant Commercial Entry and Social Entrepreneurship Dynamics

Abstract: While recent studies investigated the effect of social venturing on commercial entrepreneurship dynamics, less is known about the opposite: how local social venture creation rates are changed by commercial entrepreneurial activity. In this study, we focus on two types of entrepreneurial entry – ventures that originate from the community and ventures that enter the community from outside (local versus distant entry) – and suggest theory linking social venture creation rates positively to local entrepreneurial entry and negatively to distant entry. We test these ideas in the sample of all 88 counties in the State of Ohio during the period from 2003 to 2006 with social venture creation data extending to 2007. This covers the creation of 22,107 new social ventures. By applying conservative econometric methods to the sample of 352 county-year observations, we demonstrate that social venture creation rates positively respond to local commercial entry rates observed in prior periods and negatively respond to distant commercial entry rates. Moreover, while income does not moderate the relationship between local commercial entry and social venture creation rates, the drop in social venture creation rates in response to distant commercial entry is particularly pronounced in counties with higher per capita income, indicating that in such communities relocating firms effectively address many issues that are otherwise left to social entrepreneurs to solve.


March 6

Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: BS 336
Presenter: Rapid-fire Session with Ph.D. students




April 10

Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: BS 336
Presenter: Ghiyoung Im

Title: Taming Data Security Challenges of Multihospital Systems: The Role of Enterprise-wide Data Analytics Platform

Abstract: Security practitioners assume that complexity is bad for security. Yet, organizations embrace complexity in businesses and IT systems to tame problems arising from the complicatedness of advanced business services and governance arrangements in dynamically evolving markets. This implies that complexity may not necessarily be bad and that it may even help maintain competitiveness. We distinguish complicatedness and complexity of an organization’s (a) IT applications, (b) business services, and (c) governance arrangements to understand which of these characteristics increase or mitigate the organization’s data breaches. Our context of inquiry is multihospital systems (MHSs) that own multiple hospitals and rely on complicated sets of medical services, health IT systems, and governance arrangements to deliver integrated care services. Drawing on complexity science, we theorize how and why complicatedness increases an MHS’s data breaches and how and why the use of an enterprise-wide data analytics IT platform (EWDAP) mitigates the data breach effects of complicatedness. In a sample of 445 MHSs in the U.S. during 2009-2017, we find that the complicatedness of services, health IT, and governance all increase an MHS’s data breaches. The MHS’s use of an EWDAP adds complexity to the MHS. While the resulting complexity weakens certain controls, it strengthens most controls and reduces the data breach effects of all three types of complicatedness. The results reveal that complicatedness is the main source of security risks, while certain types of complexity mitigate the security risks of complicatedness.


April 17

Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: BS 336
Presenter: Richard Germain

Title: TBD

Abstract: TBD

Past Events


January 18: Sadek Showkat (Entrepreneurship) |  Living in a Box: The Bright and Dark Side of Resourcefulness in Refugee Camps

January 25: Manju Ahuja (ISAO) | Reviewing/Editorial Service Workshop

February 1: Jozef Zurada (ISAO) & Pawel Weichbroth, Technical University of Gdansk, Poland | The Measurement and Evaluation Model for Mobile Applications Usability – Weichbroth, A Data Stream Approach to Predicting Risk: An Incremental Learning Model – Zurada

February 15: Dereck Barr-Pulliam (Accountancy) | The Joint Effects of Work Content and Work Context on Valuation Specialists’ Perceptions of Organizational-Professional Conflict

February 22: Patrick McLaughlin, George Mason University | Special Edition with the Center for Free Enterprise – Economics of Regulation

March 8: Sandeep Goyal & Saurav Chakraborty (ISAO)

March 22: Rapid-fire Session with 3rd year Ph.D. students

April 12: Carl Maertz (Management & Entrepreneurship)

April 19: Rapid-fire Session with 1st year Ph.D. students

August 30: Per Fredriksson | Legal Traditions and the Ratification of the Paris Agreement

September 13: Michael Araki | Polymathy as a Driver of Innovation: Implications for Management and Behavioral Sciences

September 27: Beth Munnich | Medicare Reimbursement Policy, Air Ambulance Access, and Patient Outcomes

October 18: Richard Hunt (Virginia Tech) | Special Edition with the Center for Free Enterprise | Playing to Win Versus Playing to Not Lose

November 1: Denis Cumberland, Brian Holahan, and Kathy Gosser | Franchising Curriculum: Delivering Value in Colleges of Business

November 8: David Audretsch (Indiana) | Special Edition with the Center for Free Enterprise | Making a Miracle: Fauda and Entrepreneurial Resilience

November 15: Isabel Botero | Achieving Family Enterprise Continuity through Next Generation Preparation: What can we learn from Long Lasting Family Firms?

November 29: Daniel Bennett


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 5:  Christopher Boudreaux – Florida Atlantic University
(Presented in collaboration with the Center for Free Enterprise)


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


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