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

Johan Wiklund, the Al Berg Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Editor-in-Chief of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (ETP), has learned that the 2019 Impact Factor of ETP has improved from 6.2 to 10.7, which according to the publisher, SAGE, places ETP number 2 among 151 business journals. Johan’s relentless drive is positioning ETP a leading journal among researchers in entrepreneurship and management. Johan was also awarded a 10-Year Impact Award by SAGE Publishing, recognizing that a 2009 paper he published has received the most citations over the span of a decade. The paper, titled “Entrepreneurial Orientation and Business Performance: An Assessment of Past Research and Suggestions for the Future” (with A. Rauch, G.T. Lumpkin and M. Frese), was first published in ETP.

Burak Kazaz, The Steven R. Becker Professor of Supply Chain Management and The Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence, has been elected MSOM Vice President of Meetings.

Catherine Maritan, associate professor of management, received a 2020 Academy of Management Review (AMR) Developmental Reviewer Award for “providing consistently developmental reviews for AMR authors.” Catherine was also re-appointed co-chair of the Strategy Research Foundation, the research funding arm of the Strategic Management Society, for a three-year term (2020-2022).

Cameron Miller, assistant professor of management and holder of the Edward Pettinella Professorship of Business, has joined Editorial Review Board of Organization Science. Cameron was also named best reviewer of year by Academy of Management Perspectives.

Milena Petrova, associate professor of finance, received a $75,000 grant from the Real Estate Research Consortium for examining the “The Tax and Economic Impacts of Section 1031 Like-Kind Exchanges in Real Estate” (with David Ling, University of Florida) for the period after the financial crisis. She presented results of the study at webinars organized by the Institute of Portfolio Alternatives and the Real Estate Round Table.

Robert Nason ’14 Ph.D., and McGill University, won the 2020 Emerging Scholar Award from the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management. This prestigious award recognizes Rob for his innovative and impactful contributions to entrepreneurship scholarship.

Journal Publications

Amber Anand, the Edward Pettinella Professor of Finance, has a paper, titled “Mutual Fund Trading Style and Bond Market Fragility” (with C. Jotikasthira and K. Venkataraman), forthcoming in Review of Financial Studies.

Fasheng Xu, assistant professor of supply chain management, has a paper, “A Supply Chain Theory of Factoring and Reverse Factoring” (with P. Kouvelis), accepted in Management Science.

Karca Aral, assistant professor of supply chain management, for having her paper, “Supplier Sustainability Assessments in Total-Cost Auctions” (with Damian Beil and Luk Van Wassenhove), accepted for publication in Production and Operations Management.

Cameron Miller, assistant professor of management and holder of the Edward Pettinella Professorship of Business, has an article, “How Third-Party Sellers Can Make Amazon Work for Them” (with  Richard D. Wang), published in Harvard Business Review (July 15, 2020).

Johan Wiklund, the Al Berg Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship, has a paper, “The polygenic risk score of subjective well-being, self-employment, and earnings among older individuals” (with Patel, Rietveld, Wolfe), published in a special issue of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice on biology and entrepreneurship.

Susan Albring, professor of accounting, Xiaolu Xu, PhD’ 2013 and U. of Massachusetts Boston, have their paper, “Disclosure and Liquidity Management: Evidence from Regulation Fair Disclosure” (S. Huang and R. Pereira), accepted at Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics. Susan also has a paper, “Managing Academic Programs” (with R. Elder), forthcoming in Issues in Accounting Education.

Roger Kopple, professor of finance, has a paper, “On the emergence of ecological and economic niches” (with Gatti R., Fath B., Kauffman S., Hordijk W., and Ulanowicz), accepted at the Journal of Bioeconomics.

Alexander McKelvie, associate dean of Undergraduate & Master’s education and professor of entrepreneurship, Johan Wiklund, the Al Berg Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship, and Almantas Palubinskas, PhD’ 2021, have a paper, ”A dynamic model of entrepreneurial opportunity: Integrating Kirzner’s and Mises’s approaches to entrepreneurial action” (with J. McMullen), forthcoming in Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics.

Maria Minniti, Professor and Bantle Chair of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, has her paper, “Trust-based banking and SMEs’ access to credit” (with T. Kautonen, A. Fredriksson and A. Moro), accepted at the Journal of Business Venturing Insights.

Alejandro Amezcua, assistant professor of entrepreneurship, Chong Kyoon Lee, PhD’ 2017, and Sharon Simmons, PhD’ 2012, have a paper, “Moderating Effects of Informal Institutions on Social entrepreneurship Activity” (with T. Lumpkin), published in The Journal of Social Entrepreneurship.


Michel Benaroch, associate dean of research and PhD programs and professor of MIS, won a best paper award at the ILAIS’2020 Conference for his paper titled “Third-Party Induced Cybersecurity Incidents: Who Pays the Price?”


Whitman faculty and faculty from other Syracuse University schools have been co-hosting a series of Virtual Forums open to alums and the broader Whitman community. The forums explore various ways in which the pandemic impact business, management, and society. Additional virtual forums are planned for the rest of the Fall semester and the Spring semester. Please contact me if you have a suitable topic in mind.

Supply Chain Stress – How COVID-19 Impacts the Items You Buy (May 6).
Patrick Penfield, professor of supply chain practice

The Economic Impact of COVID-19 (market volatility, bonds, inflation expectations, governmental interventions via corporate and banking channels, etc.) (May 12).
Andrew London, Maxwell associate dean and professor of sociology
Mary Lovely, Maxwell professor of economics
Erasmo Giambona, professor of finance
David Weinbaum, professor of finance

Perspectives on Retail in the Wake of COVID-19 (June 17).
Julie Niederhoff, associate professor of supply chain management
Lizanne Kindler, CEO of Talbots and Whitman Advisory Council Member
Ray Wimer, professor of retail practice
Guiyang Xiong, associate professor of marketing

Brand Activism: The Intersection of Social Movements and Marketing (Sept. 18).
Kyu Lee, associate dean for global initiatives and marketing professor
Tracy Barash, VP Marketing, Turner Sports at WarnerMedia and Whitman Advisory Council Member
Scott Lathrop, Professor of Marketing Practice

All the Lonely People: Loneliness in Individuals, Organizations and Society (Oct. 9).
Lynn Vincent, assistant professor of management
Joel Carnevale, assistant professor of management
Charisse L’Pree, associate professor of communications at Newhouse

Perspective on COVID-19’s impacts on Entrepreneurship and Public Policy (Oct. 21).
Maria Minniti
Roger Koppl, professor of finance
David Lucas, assistant professor of entrepreneurship
Zach Rodriguez, postdoctoral fellow with the Department of Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises (EEE)

PhD Corner

Fabian Diaz ’21 Ph.D., has accepted a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Entrepreneurship at Louisville University, effective Fall 2021.

Almantas Palubinskas ’21 Ph.D., will be joining the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research Center at EMLyon Business School as a Postdoctoral researcher, effective Jan. 2021.

Ying Zhang, accounting doctoral candidate, and Almantas Palubinskas ’21 Ph.D., were awarded the 2020 Syracuse University Graduate School Summer Dissertation Fellowship.

Devin Stein, entrepreneurship doctoral candidate, has a paper, “Competition and Coordination in Civic Wealth Creation” (with M. Minniti), accepted for presentation at the 17th Annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference sponsored by Indiana University and the University of Southern California.

Hooman Abootorabi, entrepreneurship doctoral candidate, has a number of conference papers and presentations, two of which are:

  • “Academic Spin-Off Resource Mobilization and Performance: The Role of Social, Economic & Hybrid Goals” (with R. Shankar and E. Rasmussen), appears in the Best Paper Proceedings of the 2020 Academy of Management meeting.
  • “Intellectual property rights’ and new venture performance: Evidence from a natural experiment” (with J. Wiklund and W. Yu), 2020 BCERC Proceedings, Babson College Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, Vol. 40.

In addition, Hooman has been selected as an Outstanding TA Award recipient for 2020 and was admitted to the Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) Doctoral Consortium at the Academy of Management Conference.

Ying Zhang, accounting doctoral candidate, has presented a paper at the American Accounting Association (AAA) Annual Meeting, August 2020, titled “A more Efficient and Effective Objective Measure of Financial Disclosure Quality: Omissions of Seven Key Financial Statement Variables” (with D. Harris). Ying is also invited to attend the Contemporary Accounting Research conference and doctoral consortium in Nov. 2020.

Harim Shin, marketing doctoral candidate, presented a paper at ISMS Marketing Science Conference 2020, titled “Do High-Value Customers Recruit New High-Value Customers? Impact of Customer Characteristics and Social Matching on Referral Program Effectiveness” (with E. Lee, M. Kwon, and G. Xiong).

Saman Modiri, marketing doctoral candidate, participated in the ISMS Doctoral Consortium and presented a paper at ISMS Marketing Science Conference, titled “Attribution of Advertisement Campaigns on Short-term and Long-term Consumer Behavior” (with S. Fay and A. Basu).

Haiying Yang, supply chain doctoral candidate, has a paper accepted from presentation, “The Impact of Cost Auditing on Supply Chain’s Social Responsibility Level” (with Z. Wu), at the 2020 Virtual INFORMS Annual Meeting (Nov. 9) and the 51st Annual Conference of the Decision Sciences Institute (Nov. 21). Haiying also attended the 1st Online Doctoral Workshop on Supply Chain Analytics, organized by Rutgers Business School.

Bharat Patil, finance doctoral candidate, has been selected to participate in the 2020 Financial Management Association (FMA) Doctoral Student Consortium, Oct. 14, 2020.

Almantas Palubinskas ’21 Ph.D., has several papers accepted for presentation, two of which are:

  • “Game of Drones: Entrepreneurial Firms and Non-Market Strategies in an Emerging Industry” (with M. Minniti), 2020 Academy of Management Conference.
  • “Entrepreneurial Firms and Non-Market Strategies in an Emerging Industry” (with M. Minniti), 2020 Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference.

Almantas also participated in the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Doctoral Consortium and the AOM STR Division STRonger Together PhD Networkshop.

In the News

Ray Wimer, professor of retail practice, was interviewed for the Spectrum News stories “What Will Shopping Malls Look Like Once They Reopen?” and “What Should Shoppers Expect When Stores Reopen?” (May 21, 2020), as well as quoted in the USA Today story “Store closings, bankruptcy cases pile up for business wear retailers during COVID-19: Are dress clothes done for good?” (Aug. 12, 2020) and U.S. News & World Report article “What to Know About Walmart Plus” (Sept. 9, 2020).

Roger Koppl, professor of finance, was interviewed for the RealClear Politics story “People Are Right to Be Skeptical of Experts. That’s Why We Need More of Them” (Aug. 5, 2020) and quoted in the WalletHub story “Q2 2020 Hedge Fund Holdings: Top Stocks, New Buys and More.” (Sept. 22, 2020).

Rong Li, associate professor of supply chain management, was quoted in the Food Quality and Safety story “Food Supply Chain Is Being Tested by Coronavirus” (July 1, 2020).

Julie Niederhoff, associate professor of supply chain management, was interview for and quoted in multiple media outlets, including:

  • about pandemic-related supply chain shortages by NBC News, Consumer Reports, Spectrum News, CNY Central and WSYR Radio (May 5, 2020).
  • the Daily Beast story “Get Ready to Stand in Line for a Long Time Once Lockdown Ends” (May 18, 2020)

Burak Kazaz, The Steven R. Becker Professor of Supply Chain Management and The Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence, was quoted in the Daily Mail story “Deadly California wildfires will affect vineyard grapes and mean wine will taste smoky for years to come, say experts” and the India Times story “Wildfires Will Change Taste Of California Wine, Make It More Smoky.” (sept. 23, 2020).

Patrick Penfield, professor of supply chain practice, was interview for and quoted in multiple media outlets, including:

  • about pandemic-related supply chain shortages by ABC’s Good Morning America, Business Insider, CNN, WBZ/Boston and NewsChannel 9 (May 5, 2020).
  • about rising food prices in ABC’s Good Morning America and ABC News Radio (May 14, 2020),
  • the Detroit Free Press story “What happens in Mexico during next 2 weeks will be crucial for Detroit” and Supply Chain Dive story “Daimler temporarily suspends production in Alabama over supplier issues” (May 19, 2020)
  • The Good Morning America story “Grocery Bills On The Rise” (June 17, 2020).
  • The Newsweek and Fox Business article “Toxic Hand Sanitizer Recall Due to ‘Deliberate Decision’ by Manufacturers to Cut Costs,” and the Chain Store Age article “Will Amazon’s ‘mini DCs’ help save American malls?” (Aug. 19, 2020).
  • The Bloomberg Law article “Hand Sanitizer, Disinfectant Demands Hit ‘Biblical Proportions’” and Vox story “The real cost of Amazon” (Sept. 1, 2020).
  • The Associated Press story “Pandemic brings toilet paper from Mexico to American stores” and CNY Central story “Furniture industry struggles to keep up with incredibly high demand.” (Sept. 15, 2020).
Kimmy Kimball