Whitman Research Newsletter – Spring 2019

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

The EEE department was recently ranked #3 in the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Research Productivity Ranking, based on the number of publications between 2014 and 2018 in the three top entrepreneurship journals, namely the Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.

The Marketing Department (Minjung Kwon, Guiyang Xiong and Kyu Lee) received a $20,000 grant from the Office of Research for a one-year subscription to COMSCORE Web Behavior Database, which will shortly be made available to all Whitman faculty and students.

The EEE department (Alex McKelvie) and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families received funding from the Office of Research for a postdoctoral fellowship for the study of veteran entrepreneurs. The funding covers $35,000 per year for two years towards the position cost, with a matching balance covered by a grant from the Kauffman Foundation.

J. Michael Haynie, vice chancellor for strategic initiatives and innovation and the Barnes Professor of Entrepreneurship, has been named a University Professor, a four-year, renewable appointment granted to faculty who excel in their fields and have made extraordinary scholarly contributions nationally and internationally.

Cathy Maritan, associate professor of management, was re-appointed associate editor at the Strategic Management Journal to a three-year term starting January 2019.

Markus Broman, assistant professor of finance, received the Annual $10,000 Award from CFA Society Toronto and Hillsdale Investment Management Inc. for his paper “Does Subadvising Abroad Improve the Performance of International Mutual Funds?” (with Nolan, S. and Densmore, M.).

David Lucas, post-doc in the Institute for an Entrepreneurial Society, provided testimony to the U.S. Congress Feb. 13, during a hearing entitled “Homeless in America: Examining the Crisis and Solutions to End Homelessness,” based on his research in this area.

Journal Publications

Joe Comprix, chair and associate professor of accounting, has his paper, “State pension accounting estimates and strong public unions,” accepted for publication in Contemporary Accounting Research (with Bonsall, S.B. and Muller, K.A.).

Rong Li, assistant professor of supply chain management, has her paper, “Scrap or sell: The decision on production yield loss,” forthcoming in Production and Operations Management (with Yu, X. and Xiaohang, Y.).

J. Michael Haynie, vice chancellor for strategic initiatives and innovation and the Barnes Professor of Entrepreneurship, has a paper, “Close your eyes or open your mind: Effects of sleep and mindfulness exercises on entrepreneurs’ exhaustion,” forthcoming in Journal of Business Venturing (with Arthurs, J., Stornelli, J., Farah, N., and Cardon, M.).

Guiyang Xiong, assistant professor of marketing, has a paper, “Try it on! Contingency effects of virtual fitting rooms,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Management Information Systems (with Shuai, Y. and Donghua, U.).

Johan Wiklund, the Al Berg Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship, and Yu Wei ’18 Ph.D., have a paper, “Mental health in the family business: A conceptual model and a research agenda”(with Miller, D.), forthcoming in Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. Wiklund has another paper, “Simple rules, templates and heuristics! An attempt to deconstruct the craft of writing an entrepreneurship paper” (with Shepherd, D.), accepted at Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice.

Julie Niederhoff, associate professor of supply chain management, has her paper, “Effective and necessary: Individual supplier behavior in revenue sharing and wholesale contracts”(with Kouvelis, P.), accepted at the European Journal of Operational Research.


Alex McKelvie, professor of entrepreneurship and associate dean of undergraduate and master’s education, and J. Michael Haynie, vice chancellor for strategic initiatives and innovation and the Barnes Professor of Entrepreneurship, were discussants on a panel on the “State of Veteran Entrepreneurship” at the 2019 Veteran EDGE conference in Dallas, Texas. The panel focused on bridging the “State of Entrepreneurship Research” and the “State of Entrepreneurial Practice” in the context of veteran entrepreneurship. McKelvie also gave a keynote at the doctoral consortium at the 2019 USASBE conference titled “Navigating Your Scholarly Entrepreneurial Career.” He also served as judge for the USASBE National Model Program Award.

Todd Moss, assistant professor of entrepreneurship, and James Bort, entrepreneurship Ph.D. student, have their paper, “The story behind the story: Microfoundations of hybrid communication by microenterprises” (with Renko, M.), accepted for inclusion in the Best Paper Proceedings of the 79th Annual Academy of Management Meeting, Aug. 9-13, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Ph.D. Corner

Zhaoque Chosen Zhou, finance Ph.D. student, had his paper, “Commonality: A longitudinal study” (with Velu, R. and Tee, C.W.), presented at the Conference on the Theories and Practices of Securities and Financial Markets, 26th SFM, Dec. 7-8, 2018.

Saman Modiri, marketing Ph.D. student, presented his paper, “Not so fast! Let’s find your optimal delivery time!: The impact of delivery time on retailer profit in a heterogeneous market” (with Fay, S.), at the Association of Marketing Theory and Practice Conference, March 21-23.

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 presentation at the 2019 POMS annual conference in May in Washington, D.C.

Hooman Abootorabi, entrepreneurship Ph.D. student, received a $700 grant award to attend the 2019 Babson Doctoral Consortium in June 2019.