Whitman Voices




The Whitman Research Newsletter highlights awards, honors, new research and more from Whitman’s research faculty. It is published bi-monthly. Send your research inquiries/highlights to Michel Benaroch, associate dean for research and Ph.D. programs.

Awards and Honors

Suho Han, assistant professor of entrepreneurship, participated in a panel, “Broader Social Implications of Autonomous Systems,” in the Autonomous Systems Policy Symposium held at Syracuse University May 6.

Johan Wiklund, Al Berg Chair and professor of entrepreneurship, received a $15,000 grant from the 2019 Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence (CUSE) Grant Program to fund his project, “Entrepreneurship Education for Diversity and Inclusion: A focus on ADHD” (Co-PIs: Melissa Luke, School of Education and Kevin Antshel, psychology department).

Cathy Maritan, associate professor of management, received an Academy of Management Review Outstanding Reviewer Award. She was also facilitator of Academy of Management Review’s Workshop from the Editors on Writing Theoretical Papers.

Journal Publications

Ravi Dharwadkar, chair and professor of management, David Harris, professor of accounting, and Linna Shi ’11 Ph.D. (U. of Cincinnati), have their paper, “The initiation of audit committee interlocks and the contagion of accounting policy choices: Evidence from special items” (with Zhou, N.), accepted for publication in Review of Accounting Studies.

Cameron Miller, assistant professor of management, has a paper, “Complementors’ engagement in an ecosystem: A study of publishers’ e-book offerings on Amazon Kindle” (with Wang, R.), forthcoming in Strategic Management Journal.

David Park, assistant professor of entrepreneurship, has his paper, “Political ideology of the board and CEO dismissal following financial misconduct” (with Boeker, W. and Gomulya, D.), forthcoming in Strategic Management Journal.

Milena Petrova, associate professor of finance, has a paper, “The effect of fair value method adoption: Evidence from real estate firms in the EU” (with Ghosh, C. and Liang, M. finance Ph.D. student) accepted for publication in the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics.

Johan Wiklund, Al Berg Chair and professor of entrepreneurship, has a paper, “Entrepreneurship, clinical psychology and mental health: An exciting and promising new field of research” (with Hatak, I., Lerner, D., Verheul, I., Thurik, R. and Antshel, K.), forthcoming in Academy of Management Perspectives.

Guiyang Xiong, assistant professor of marketing, has a paper, “Asymmetric effects of recreational cannabis legalization” (with Wang, P. and Yang, J.), accepted for publication in Marketing Science.


Cathy Maritan, associate professor of management, was a panelist/speaker in a symposium, “Short-Term vs Long-Term Investments of Public Corporations Past and Frontiers for the Future.”

Ravi Dharwadkar, chair and professor of management, will begin his fourth term on the editorial review board of Academy of Management Journal, starting January 2020.


Changing Nature of Work and Workplaces Conference

(Whitman, June 21-22, 2019)

The management department held the inaugural Changing Nature of Work and Workplaces conference, with this year’s meeting focus being on mobility restrictions on employees and the attendant business implications. The conference brought together a small group of top researchers in different disciplines along with key policymakers who discussed some of the most pressing issues related to changes in work and workplaces. Keynote speakers are Professors Orley Ashenfelter (Princeton) and Olav Sorenson (Yale). This year’s conference was organized by Natarajan Balasubramanian, the Edward Pettinella Associate Professor of Business, and funded by a Whitman Roadmap Grant.


Ahu Yildirmaz, ADP Research Institute

Alan Hyde, Rutgers U.

Barbara Robles, Federal Reserve Board

Brad Greenwood, U. of Minnesota

Cameron Miller, Syracuse U.

Catherine Maritan, Syracuse U.

Evan Starr, U. of Maryland

Hyo Kang, U. of Southern California

Jessica Agarwal, New York Office of the Attorney General, Labor Bureau

Mariko Sakakibara, U. of California, Los Angeles

Matt Marx, Boston U.

Natarajan Balasubramanian (Organizer)

Norman Bishara, U. of Michigan

Olav Sorenson, Yale U.

Orley Ashenfelter, Princeton U.

Rachel Arnow-Richman, U. of Denver

Ryan Nunn, The Hamilton Project, Brookings Institution

Sarah Ruhlen, Satter Law Firm, PLLC

Seth Carnahan, Washington U.

Ph.D. Corner

Rob Nason ’14 Ph.D. (U. of Concordia), held a round table with Ph.D. students on career development May 7.

James Bort, entrepreneurship Ph.D. student, attended the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division Doctoral Consortium in Boston, Aug. 2019. He also had several papers presented and included in best paper proceedings:

“Work design and job satisfaction in the modern entrepreneurial workplace” (with Ward, M.K., Wiklund, J. and Cummings, C.), published in the 2019 edition of Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research Proceedings, 2019 Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, June 2019.

“Exploring the antecedents of hybrid claims: A microfoundations approach to hybridity in microenterprises” (with Moss, T. and Renko, M.), Academy of Management Conference Proceedings, Boston, Aug. 2019.

“Aspirations Over Ambitions? The Impact of Aspirational Orientation on Performance in Prosocial Crowdfunding” (Moss, T. and Wiklund, J.), Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Boston, June 2019.

Haiying Yang, supply chain management Ph.D. student, has a paper, “When are retailer’s instruments to induce higher supplier social responsibility level effective?” (with Wu, Z.), accepted for at the 2019 INFORMS Conference. She will present the paper in October in Seattle, Washington.

Hooman Abootorabi, entrepreneurship Ph.D. student, attended the Academy of Management Doctoral Consortium in August. He received a $750 grant award to cover the cost. He also presented his paper, “A longitudinal study of the impact of incubation on survival, growth, and types of exit” (with McKelvie, A. and Johnson, A.), at the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, June 2019.

Lu Liu, marketing Ph.D. student, successfully defended his doctoral dissertation proposal, “Essays on Healthcare Marketing and Program Evaluation,” May 3, 2019.

Ying Zhang, accounting Ph.D. student, has a paper, “A Parsimonious, simple, theory-based measure of reporting quality: Omissions of seven key financial statement variables” (with Harris, D.), accepted for presentation at the AAA/Deloitte Foundation/J. Michael Cook Doctoral Consortium, June, 2019, Texas; the AAA Midwest Region Meeting, October, 2019, Chicago; and the AAA Northeast Region Meeting, October, 2019, New York.

Zhaoque Zhou, finance Ph.D. student, had his paper, “Biclustering via mixtures of regression models” (with Velu, R. and Tee, W.C.), appear in proceedings of the International Conference on Computational Science 2019, in Faro, Portugal. The paper was also presented during the 2019 Joint Statistical Meetings, July 2019.

Devin Stein, entrepreneurship Ph.D. student, presented his paper, “Managing uncertainty in seasonal markets with diversification” (with Minniti, M.), at the 2019 Association for Private Enterprise Education (APEE) Annual Meeting, April 2019. Stein also joined Minniti at the 2019 Oxford University Scholars in Residence Week (June 23-28, Oxford, United Kingdom), where he discussed research with entrepreneurship scholars from across North America and Europe.

Fabian Diaz, entrepreneurship Ph.D. student, presented a paper, “Entrepreneurial firms, entry, and competition: Evidence from the moving industry” (with Amezcua, A. and Minniti, M.), at the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, June 2019. Diaz also presented a paper, “Signals of quality, quality of signals, and entry” (with Amezcua, A. and Minniti, M.), at the Great Lakes Entrepreneurship Network (GLEN) Conference, April 2019.

Kurian George, entrepreneurship Ph.D. student, presented his paper, “Price controls and innovation in the wheelchair industry” (with Minniti, M.), at the Association of Private Enterprise Education, April 2019, and at the Great Lakes Entrepreneurship Network (GLEN) Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 2019. George also attended a Doctoral Consortium at Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School Symposium on Market Solutions to Grand Challenges, April 2019.

Almantas Palubinskas, entrepreneurship Ph.D. student, presented his papers, “Entrepreneurial firms and non-market strategies in an emerging industry” and “Regulation’s influence on the structure of technological innovation” (both with Minniti, M.), at the Industry Studies Association Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. Palubinskas also attended the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference Doctoral Consortium, June 2019, and the STR Doctoral Consortium at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Aug. 2019.

In the News

Eunkyu Lee, marketing professor and associate dean for global initiatives, was interviewed by the Morning Consult for the article “How Regulation Threatens Not Just Tech Giants’ Business but Their Popularity Too” (April 3, 2019).

Alexander McKelvie, professor of entrepreneurship and associate dean for undergraduate and master’s education, was interviewed by the BBC for the article “How did the Kardashians make their millions?” (April 5, 2019).

John Petosa, professor of practice, was quoted in the Washington Post article “Tax Day 2019: Did the GOP tax bill live up to its promises?” (April 15, 2019).

Peter Koveos, finance professor and chair, wrote a commentary for Syracuse.com, entitled, “Tariffs hurt US companies, too” (June 27, 2019).

Patrick Penfield, assistant professor of supply chain practice, was interviewed by the Washington Post for the article “Amazon will retrain one-third of its U.S. employees to get ahead of tech changes” (June 15, 2019).

Roger Koppl, professor of finance, provided commentary for The Washington Post opinion story “We need to fix forensics. But how?” (June 24, 2019). He was also quoted in the Washington Post article “How do we reconcile law and science?” (Aug. 7, 2019).

Milena Petrova, associate professor of finance, was interviewed by WRVO for the story “Destiny USA adds more entertainment attractions to make up for retail market decline” (Aug. 7, 2019). She was also interviewed by CNY Central for the story “WSJ Report: Destiny USA expected to default on mortgage in June” (April 16, 2019).

Research Speakers and Visitors

Nathan Siva, Georgia State University, presented a finance seminar, “Market discipline on bank bond issues through the lens of a new forward,” April 12, 2019.

Joel Carnevale, assistant professor of management, presented a behavioral brownbag seminar, “Outside and envious: A self-evaluated maintenance model of employee reputation for creativity and supervisor narcissism,” April 12, 2019.

Ning Zhang, Queens University, presented an accounting seminar, “Technology spillovers and corporate tax planning,” April 19, 2019.

Mehrdad Samadi, University of North Carolina, presented a finance seminar, “Institutional order handling and broker-affiliated trading venues,” April 19, 2019.

Sergei Sarkissian, McGill University, presented a finance seminar, “Managerial structure and performance-induced trading,” April 26, 2019.

Isabella Hatak, St. Gallen University, presented an entrepreneurship seminar, “Health, well-being & entrepreneurship,” May 1, 2019.

Rob Nason, Concordia University, presented an entrepreneurship seminar, “In(conspicuous): Immigration and visibility enhancing strategic choices in the informal economy,” May 7, 2019.

Kerri Howell

Kerri is director of communications and media relations for the Whitman School. She is responsible for managing all internal and external communications with students, faculty, staff, alumni, members of the business community and other key stakeholders.After receiving her B.A. from State University of New York at Geneseo, she went on to earn her M.S. in communications management from Syracuse’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where she has served as an adjunct professor in the public relations department since 2004.