Category: Honors & Awards
Boston University School of Management Professors Yrjo Koskinen and Rui Albuquerque, along with Art Durnev, associate professor of finance at the University of Iowa, have been awarded the 2014 Standard Life Investments prize for best paper in the European Corporate Governance Institute’s (ECGI) Finance Working Paper series. This annual prize, sponsored by global asset manager Standard Life Investments, was awarded for their research paper in which they create an industry equilibrium model where firms can choose to engage in corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities.
As part of the 2014 ECGI Working Paper Competition, Koskinen and Albuquerque were presented the award at a ceremony held at the Royal Academy of Belgium in Brussels. The professors’ paper was chosen from 53 others published in the ECGI’s finance series, making this year’s selection the most competitive to date, according to ECGI director of communications Jeremy Miller.
“It’s a great honor to receive the best finance paper award from the ECGI,” says Albuquerque, associate professor of finance and dean’s research fellow. “Being selected as the top paper among the best papers in the profession that make it to the ECGI list is incredible validation of this work by both peers and industry leaders.”
Their paper, “Corporate Social Responsibility and Firm Risk: Theory and Empirical Evidence,” models CSR activities as an investment in customer loyalty and shows that CSR decreases systematic risk and increases firm value. The award represents CSR’s growing relevance among finance scholars, which, according to Koskinen, is a significant achievement.
“CSR as a topic has received scant attention from the academic finance community,” says Koskinen, assistant professor of finance. “As our results show, CSR has lowered cost of capital for many firms and thus created value for shareholders. CSR is too important of a topic to be ignored. This recognition certainly encourages us to keep working on the topic.”
The professors’ paper was previously awarded a research grant by the BSI Gamma Foundation in 2012, as well as the best paper award at the inaugural Geneva Summit on Sustainable Finance in 2013.
Founded in 2002, the ECGI is an international scientific non-profit association that provides a forum for debate and dialogue between academics, legislators, and practitioners, focusing on major corporate governance issues. Standard Life Investments is a leading asset manager that manages $311.1 billion on behalf of clients worldwide. It has sponsored the Finance Prize for best paper since 2005.
Karen Golden-Biddle and Susan Fournier honored with endowed chairs
Allen Questrom (SMG’64) and his wife of 45 years, Kelli, have endowed two new chairs through a $10 million gift donated to Boston University School of Management in spring 2012, one of the most significant in the history of SMG, which also provides seed funding for a planned new building to house graduate programs at SMG. The chairs were presented to professors Karen Golden-Biddle and Susan Fournier on April 8.
A master of retail, Questrom directed the successful turnarounds of several major department and specialty store retailers, including J.C. Penney, Barneys New York, Macy’s, and Neiman Marcus, and served as a director of Wal-Mart—but not before sitting in the classrooms of SMG, which he considers the springboard for his extensive career in retail management.
While attending SMG, Questrom met professors who would ultimately inspire his path to becoming an icon of corporate America. Questrom credits one in particular, the late Professor Alan Beckwith, with igniting his passion.
“He changed my life in probably 10 different ways,” says Questrom, who now shares his business experience as a Boston University Trustee and member of the Development Committee of the Board. Upon graduation, Questrom had no interest in retail—in fact, he planned to be a ski instructor for the winter. Beckwith, who was Questrom’s professor in an elective on retailing, saw a bright future for him in retail, and encouraged Questrom to pursue an opportunity with New York department store Abraham and Strauss—an opportunity that started Questrom on his path to becoming the go-to mind in retail and introduced him to his wife Kelli.
Striving to build upon SMG’s legacy of inspiring professors, the Questroms honored both Golden-Biddle and Fournier with an endowed chair at a celebratory luncheon at SMG. President Robert A. Brown, University Provost Jean Morrison, Allen Questrom Professor and Dean Kenneth W. Freeman, and a large audience, including Golden-Biddle’s and Fournier’s faculty colleagues, family, and friends, attended the event, showing strong support for Golden-Biddle and Fournier, as well as gratitude for the Questroms’ generous donation to the School.
Golden-Biddle, who joined SMG in 2007, was elated when she learned that she would become the next Allen and Kelli Questrom Professor in Management.
“Whether in retail or philanthropy, the Questroms are people of integrity,” says Golden-Biddle. “I am deeply honored to hold this title.”
A professor of organizational behavior and senior associate dean, Golden-Biddle has garnered much attention for her scholarly contributions to understanding how organizations drive and manage change.
Along with receiving the Everett W. Lord Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award from 2007-2013, she received the 2013 Douglas McGregor Award for her work in organizational change, and in 2003 was awarded the Academy of Management’s Robert McDonald Award for the Advancement of Organizational Research Methodology.
Golden-Biddle, who holds a BA from Denison University and an MBA and PhD from Case Western Reserve University, has published two books and more than fifty articles and book chapters in top management journals—and her work won’t stop there.
“This chair provides a platform for the research I have been doing, and secures that platform to stretch it even further,” notes Golden-Biddle.
Golden-Biddle says she is thrilled to share this experience with Fournier, who came to SMG in 2005 and now serves as faculty director of the MBA program. As Fournier puts it, “It’s like having an academic sister. We are connected forever by this amazing donor.”
As a professor of marketing and dean’s research fellow, Fournier explores the creation and capture of value through branding and brand relationships. She is the winner of seven academic awards, including the Long-Term Contribution Award in Consumer Research and Emerald’s Citations of Excellence Award for the top 50 articles in Management, and maintains a range of consulting assignments dedicated to the commercialization of brand relationships to inform her teaching and research, such as a partnership with GfK, a top market research institute.
Fournier, who holds a BS in marketing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, an MS in marketing from Pennsylvania State University, and a PhD from the University of Florida, is particularly excited that the endowed chairs were both given to women, raising the School’s number of female endowed chairs from one to three.
What’s more, says Fournier, this professorship reflects SMG’s dedication to retaining and rewarding faculty who represent its powerful voice. “It allows me to be a part of the School’s message that we’re a world-class research institution.”
David Weil named Peter and Deborah Wexler Professor in Management
It’s been 20 years since Peter Wexler (GSM’93) walked the halls of the School of Management as a student in the Professional Evening MBA (PEMBA) program, a step on his journey to launching SpiderCloud Wireless—named one of the Wall Street Journal’s top startups to watch—and meeting his wife, Deborah, who, he jokes, is “the gift that keeps on giving.”
Peter and Deborah Wexler (GSM’93) crossed paths while pursuing their master’s degrees in the PEMBA program and now, together, have presented a gift to the School that truly does “keep on giving.” A generous donation from the Wexlers has created a new professorship in management, stemming from the couple’s confidence that Allen Questrom Professor and Dean Kenneth W. Freeman and President Robert A. Brown will continue to mold SMG into one of the world’s elite business schools.
“What motivated us to make a donation was Ken Freeman and President Brown,” says Peter Wexler, who is an active member on the Dean’s Advisory Board. “We saw in Ken Freeman somebody who is really able to bring the business school forward, somebody who has experience in industry, not solely in academia. Bob Brown stands out as an individual who has a vision and has demonstrated an ability to move things forward and motivate people.”
Knowing that the School’s leadership was solid, Wexler and his wife felt that funding a chair would send a message to Freeman that they were “energized by his vision,” as well as advance the School’s profile.
“When we invest—because that’s what the gift is, an investment—you want to raise the level of the institution,” Wexler notes. “You have to attract outstanding faculty. When you attract outstanding faculty, you attract outstanding students, and there’s this virtuous cycle that happens.”
One of those outstanding faculty members is Professor and Everett W. Lord Distinguished Faculty Scholar David Weil, who, through the Wexlers’ gift, now adds “Peter and Deborah Wexler Professor in Management” to his title.
“I’m very grateful to Peter and Deborah Wexler for endowing a professorship at the School of Management,” Weil says. “Chaired professorships promote and enhance the intellectual and teaching excellence we continue to build at SMG, and I’m deeply honored to have been chosen as the first recipient of the chair.”
On February 10, a celebratory luncheon was held at SMG to honor the generosity of the Wexlers, and to present Weil with his chair. Freeman, Brown, University Provost Jean Morrison, and a number of faculty and staff attended in support. A warm and joyful celebration, the luncheon included remarks from Freeman, Brown, Wexler, and Professor James Rebitzer, as well as plenty of smiles and laughs from Weil, who gave a speech expressing his appreciation.
Weil joined the School in 1991 and has since been a significant contributor to its scholarly, teaching, and programmatic efforts. During his time as a professor of markets, public policy, and law, he received the Broderick Prize for Teaching, the Broderick Prize for Research, and numerous teaching awards for his work in the MBA program, for which he helped design and implement a new curriculum.
The most recent and, perhaps, most memorable achievement of Weil’s was his nomination by President Obama to lead the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division this past September. If confirmed*, the BU expert in labor market policy and industrial and labor relations policy would oversee a division that, among its many functions, ensures American workers receive minimum wage and required overtime for their work, and protects responsible employers from competition with companies that do not comply with federal wage and hour requirements by enforcing the Fair Labor Standards Act, which also regulates child labor.
Wexler, who is now co-founder of SpiderCloud Wireless, a company that allows mobile operators to deliver unprecedented cellular and Wi-Fi coverage to enterprise customers and was ranked 5th on the Wall Street Journal’s “Next Big Thing” list in fall 2012, recalls the high caliber of professors and courses during his time in PEMBA, and is thrilled to have honored Weil with an endowed chair.
“You want to be associated with an institution that’s viewed as outstanding in its field and innovative, and we feel that with the leadership that’s in place, that’s what Boston University is heading towards, and it’s great to have your name associated with that,” Wexler says. “But beyond that, it’s great to have your name associated with an outstanding person like David Weil.”
*The Senate confirmed Weil on April 28 to lead the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.
Each year, SMG recognizes faculty excellence with the Broderick Awards for Teaching, Research, and Contribution to undergraduate and graduate programs.
This year, the SMG Faculty Awards were presented at the Undergraduate and Graduate Convocation Ceremonies on Friday, May 17. The recipients were:
|Broderick Award for Outstanding Teaching
|Broderick Award for Outstanding Teaching
|Broderick Award for Outstanding Research
|Broderick Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Undergraduate Program
|Broderick Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Masters-level Graduate Programs
|Inaugural Broderick Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Doctoral-level Programs
Two faculty were also nominated by student vote for recognition. The recipients were:
|Student-Nominated Faculty Awards|
|Beckwith Award for Undergraduate Teaching
|PhD Program Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award
Assisting Institute on Research for Better Patient Decisions & Outcomes
Boston University School of Management’s Alan Cohen has been appointed to the federal Advisory Panel on Improving Healthcare Systems by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), created by the Affordable Care Act of 2010.
PCORI is an institute authorized by Congress to research and provide information to both patients and health care providers with the goal of enabling more informed medical and health-related decisions.
According to PCORI, the Advisory Panel on Improving Healthcare Systems is one of four panels appointed to represent the institute’s “broad stakeholder community.” In addition to enhancing healthcare systems, these expert panels will guide PCORI’s efforts to improve patient engagement, address disparities, and enable better patient and practitioner assessment of options for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
Along with twenty other leading researchers, clinicians, industry representatives, policymakers, and patient advocates in the field of improving healthcare systems and outcomes, Professor Cohen will help the institute “refine and prioritize research questions, provide needed scientific and technical expertise….and help us model full and meaningful patient and stakeholder engagement efforts.”
Cohen is a professor of health policy and management at Boston University and executive director of the School’s Health Policy Institute. He was formerly vice president for Research and Evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation’s largest philanthropic organization dedicated solely to public health, where in 2012 he was named a “Luminary” for his role in research and initiatives having a major impact on the field in the previous forty years. Cohen is also principal author of the book Technology in American Health Care: Policy Directions for Effective Evaluation and Management.
Placed 16th overall, 1st among female academics
In December 2012, the American Marketing Association (AMA) launched a new annual initiative to track top contributors to premier marketing journals such as the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, and Marketing Science. The goal is to acknowledge the most productive researchers, both by authorship and university affiliation, in the previous five years and to provide a unique perspective to future doctoral students making application decisions about marketing PhD programs.
In the first Author Productivity in the Premier AMA Journals list, Boston University School of Management’s Shuba Srinivasan has ranked number 16 overall and number one for female academics for contributions to the Journal of Marketing and Journal of Marketing Research.
Srinivasan is an associate professor, Dean’s Research Fellow, and PhD Program faculty liaison in marketing. Her research focuses on strategic marketing problems, the link between marketing and financial gains, and metrics for gauging marketing performance.
Professor Srinivasan’s publications include:
- Srinivasan, S., K. Pauwels, and V. Nijs (2008), “Demand-based Pricing Versus Past-price Dependence: A Cost-Benefit Analysis,” Journal of Marketing, 72 (2), 15-27. (Abstract)
- Srinivasan, S. and D. M. Hanssens (2009), “Marketing and Firm Value: Metrics, Methods, Findings and Future Directions,” Journal of Marketing Research, 46 (3), 293-312. (Abstract)
- Srinivasan, S., K. Pauwels, J. Silva-Risso, and D. M. Hanssens (2009), “Product Innovation, Advertising Spending and Stock Market Returns,” Journal of Marketing, 73 (1), 24-43. (Abstract)
- Srinivasan S., M. Vanhuele, and K. Pauwels (2010), “Mind-Set Metrics in Market Response Models: An Integrative Approach,” Journal of Marketing Research, 47 (4), 672-684. (Abstract)
- Osinga, E., P. Leeflang, S. Srinivasan, and J. Wierenga (2011), “Why Do Firms Invest in Consumer Advertising with Limited Sales Response?” Journal of Marketing, 75 (1), 109–124. (Abstract)
Professor Srinivasan is also chair of the AMA’s Marketing Research Special Interest Group and serves on the editorial boards of Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing Research, and International Journal of Research in Marketing. Among her other honors are being named a finalist for the 2012 Robert D. Buzzell Best Paper Award, winning the 2010 Broderick Prize for excellence in research scholarship at Boston University’s School of Management, and receiving the 2001 European Marketing Academy Best Paper Award.
See Professor Srinivasan’s additional honors.
“Getting Inside the ‘R’ in Customer Relationship Management”
Boston University School of Management’s Susan Fournier was featured as a keynote speaker in Stockholm recently, where she delivered her talk, “Getting Inside the ‘R’ in Customer Relationship Management,” for the Swedish Marketing Federation’s 2012 annual conference.
Her keynote covered the top three consumer relationship mistakes: Relating with “consumers” but leaving the “people” out; adopting a one-size-fits-all approach to relationships; and not effectively listening or playing by the rules of the consumer-brand contract. Fournier then offered the following advice for marketers:
- We are not relating with “consumers;” we are relating with people.
- People aren’t here to have brand relationships; they are here to live their lives.
- Optimized systems put brand relationships in perspective as facilitators, not ends in themselves.
Contact Professor Fournier for a copy of the presentation.
“‘Guru’ of Guru Speak Decodes 5 Game-Changing Trends for t2”
In a profile featured in Times of India, David J. McGrath, Jr. Professor in Management N. Venkatraman presented his new framework to analyze the impact of IT on business performance. His model, referred to as The Venkatraman Framework, encompasses the so-called the “five webs” and offers a vision for the future of IT and Globalization 3.0.
Professor Venkatraman also discussed these topics during his talk in February at Guru Speak 2013, an annual advanced knowledge workshop organized by the IIM Calcutta Alumni Association and The Telegraph, who dubbed him “the ‘guru’ of Guru Speak.”
Excerpts from Times of India:
Professor Venkat N. Venkatraman’s interests lie at the point where strategic management and information technology intersect. The Boston University professor, who was recently recognized as the 22nd most cited scholar in management over the past 25 years, has created a new framework to analyse the impact of IT on business performance, referred to as the Venkatraman Framework.
“[The Venkatraman Framework] is about different aspects of how IT shapes and evolves business models. In the 1980s, I focused on how IT impacts internal processes. That was during the period where most companies saw IT as driving business efficiency. Then, in the 1990s, I focused on how IT allows firms to connect externally with suppliers and customers and change business scope. Then, IT became more strategic and CEOs began to take interest in how IT could become a strategic driver.
“As the Internet became more central and important in the early 21st century, I started focusing on the role of the web. Right now, my framework is focused on what I call five webs: mobile web, social web, media web, real-time web and machine web. These are not separate webs but are interconnected. They impact companies all over the world-although their effects may be different. I believe these webs taken together lay the foundation for the emerging digitally connected business infrastructure that could alter the basis of competition in the coming decade.”
Excerpts from The Telegraph (Calcutta):
Will BB10 be happy with fourth place? Will Bring Your Own Device become popular in India? Management strategy expert Venkat N. Venkatraman, professor in management at Boston University’s School of Management, has the answers [offered below]….
Samsung vs Apple
Both are focused on design and user experience. The key difference is software. Apple iOS is not yet big in India (despite the popularity of iTunes and iPods)….Google is well positioned in India and Samsung is positioned with TVs (and appliances). So, the combination of Google plus Samsung is unbeatable in India….
Just as IBM felt secure with their mainframe architecture, RIM (Blackberry) felt secure in the belief that they defined the enterprise mobile worker market with their mobile phones. The advent of two new entrants from outside the traditional industry boundaries –– Apple and Google –– has seriously challenged Blackberry and upset the industry equilibrium…The mobile game is now a two-horse race with Apple and Google. The jockeying for the third place is between Microsoft (Nokia) and BB….
Social media network
…I expect that more businesses in India will embrace social media more formally and aggressively as part of the marketing campaigns. Companies such as Facebook and Twitter should seek to find examples of application of social media in India that have broader applicability….
Read more coverage of The Venkatraman Framework and the professor’s talk at Guru Speak from the Business Standard (India)
Bernile, G., & Lyandres, E. (2011). Understanding investor sentiment: The case of soccer. Financial Management, 40(2), 357-380.
Do investors hold biased expectations or have emotional reactions to events that in turn lead to inefficiencies in the stock market, such as a disparity between real and perceived value? Can the answer be found in soccer?
A recent award-winning paper by Gennaro Bernile and Evgeny Lyandres takes a sample of publicly traded European soccer clubs, analyzes their returns around important matches, and extrapolates outwards to the stock market at large, assessing the effect that investors’ biased expectations and irrational reactions have on the efficiency of stock prices.
Bernile is an assistant professor in finance at the School of Business, University of Miami, Coral Gables; Lyandres is an associate professor in finance at Boston University School of Management. Their paper, “Understanding Investor Sentiment: The Case of Soccer,” appeared in Summer 2011 in the journal Financial Management and was awarded First Place among the Pearson Prizes for the Best Papers in Financial Management, awarded by the Financial Management Association International and Pearson.
Using a Novel Proxy for Investor Expectations
In their award-winning study, the authors note that soccer provides a uniquely useful model for analyzing ex ante (pre-event) optimism and ex post (post-event) emotional reactions because sport results are frequent, value-relevant, and easily quantifiable, leading to observable expectations and reactions on the part of both fans and investors. Moreover, unlike many traditional corporate finance settings, the results of sporting events cannot be manipulated by firm insiders, inoculating the market outcome from investor fears around potential manipulation.
Within the context of soccer club investment, the authors uncover a unique proxy for investors’ expectations: contracts traded on betting exchanges, or prediction markets, a measure of investor expectations that has not been used before in published academic research. By analyzing these contracts, they find that a systematic bias in investors’ expectations before games leads to inefficient investment. “Investors are overly optimistic about their teams’ prospects pre-event,” they write,” and, on average, end up disappointed post-event, leading to negative postgame abnormal returns,” or a mean stock return of -0.9% on the days following important soccer matches.
Insights for Firms’ Investment Decisions, Control Transactions
This research offers important insights for corporate investment decisions and control transactions well beyond those involving public sports franchises. Its findings hold particular relevance for firms’ value-relevant actions, such as long-term investments and effort exertion, dependent on the efficiency of ex-ante and ex-post stock prices. ”Our evidence indicates that preevent stock prices are inefficient,” the authors conclude, but that postevent prices may be efficient.
Access the abstract or full article at Financial Management online.
Seminal Text Re-Released for New Generation of Scholars, Practitioners
Stanford University Press has chosen Lee Preston and James Post’s Private Management and Public Policy: The Principle of Public Responsibility for their Business Classics Series, devoted to bringing the management field’s seminal texts to a new generation of leaders, researchers, and students.
Lee Preston, who passed away in 2011 after a long and distinguished career, was Professor Emeritus in the Department of Logistics, Business, and Public Policy at the University of Maryland, and a Fellow of the Academy of Management.
Describing this new edition of Preston and Post’s book, which was originally published in 1975, Stanford University Press writes,
“Private Management and Public Policy is a landmark work at the intersection of business and society….The text develops the ‘principle of public responsibility’ as an alternative to the notion that firms have unlimited accountability…. Arguably, the book’s major contribution is its broad outline of an alternative theory of the firm in society—one that offers the possibility of overcoming traditional public and private dichotomies.”
Throughout, Preston and Post address three fundamental questions:
- What must business do to demonstrate responsiveness to social and political issues?
- What is the proper role of the corporation in the political arena?
- What are the limits of corporate responsibility in the modern world?
Of this third question, Post writes in a new introduction to the book,
“No firm can have unlimited responsibilities for everything, and yet no firm can reasonably expect society to hold it accountable for nothing.”
“Corporate responsibility is a vital topic for twenty-first century companies and managers. No firm can have unlimited responsibilities for everything, and yet no firm can reasonably expect society to hold it accountable for nothing. The difficult part for managers and citizens alike is to define logical limits of demarcation –and practical guidelines– based on what the firm actually does and the impact it actually has on society. The principle of public responsibility, as it is called in this book, extends the firm’s responsibility to its primary involvement (those things it chooses to do) and secondary involvement (those impacts that flow from its primary activities), but no further. The scope of responsibility may be great, depending on the size of the corporate footprint, but it is not unlimited.”
Read more about Private Management and Public Policy.