Spring 2021 Whitman Research Newsletter

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

Awards and Honors

Maria Minniti, professor and Bantle Chair of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, and Johan Wiklund, the Al Berg Chair and professor of entrepreneurship, are in the new listing of the top 2% most impactful researchers globally and across all sciences. The listing is based on a PLOS Biology (2019) study that covers all sciences (social science, humanities, business, etc.). (See the full dataset and evaluation criteria here)

Ravi Dharwadkar, Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence and chair and professor of management, has been appointed editor at Corporate Governance: An International Review for a three-year term. Also joined as an editor is Maria Goranova ’07 Ph.D. at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Cameron Miller, assistant professor of management and holder of the Edward Pettinella Professorship of Business, was awarded Best Reviewer for 2020 at the Strategic Management Journal.

Journal Publications

Ricardo Lopez Aliouchkin, assistant professor of finance, and Lai Xu, assistant professor of finance, have their paper, “The Term Structures of Expected Loss and Gain Uncertainty” (with Feunou, B. and Tédongap, R.), appear in the Journal of Financial Econometrics, 18(3), 437-501, 2020.

Patrick Penfield, professor of supply chain practice, has a published paper, “Assessing the Adoption of Cross Laminated Timber by Architects and Structural Engineers within the United States” (with Germain, R., Smith, W.B. and Stehman, S.V.), January 2021, V17(1), Journal of Green Building.

Cristiano Bellavitis, assistant professor of entrepreneurship, Johan Wiklund, the Al Berg Chair and professor of entrepreneurship, have a paper, “A comprehensive review of the global development of initial coin offerings (ICOs) and their regulation” (with Fisch, C.), accepted for publication in Journal of Business Venturing Insights. Bellavitis has another paper, titled “Ban, Boom, and Echo! Entrepreneurship and Initial Coin Offerings,” (with Cumming, D. and Vanacker, T.), forthcoming in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.

Amber Anand, the Edward Pettinella Professor of Finance, has his paper, “Institutional Order Handling and Broker-Affiliated Trading Venues” (with Samadi, M., Sokobin, J. and Venkataraman, K.), accepted for publication in Review of Financial Studies.

Natarajan Balasubramanian, professor of management, and Yang Ye ’18 Ph.D. (Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in China), have a paper, “Substituting Human Decision-Making with Machine Learning: Implications for Organizational Learning” (with Xu, M.), forthcoming in Academy of Management Review.

Todd Moss, associate professor and chair of entrepreneurship, and Fabian Diaz ’21 Ph.D., have a paper, “Partnerships as an enabler for resourcefulness in generating sustainable outcomes” (with Dahik, A.C.), forthcoming in Journal of Business Venturing.

Ravi Dharwadkar, Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence and chair and professor of management, has a paper, “Financial reporting choices, governance, and strategic assets: A transaction cost perspective” (with David, P. and Duru, A.), accepted in Academy of Management Review. Dharwadkar has another paper with Lynn Shi ’11 Ph.D. at University of Cincinnati, titled “Corporate social irresponsibility and boards: The implications of legal expertise” (with Guo, J. and Yang, R.), published in Journal of Business Research, 125: 143-154.

Alexander McKelvie, associate dean of undergraduate & master’s education and professor of entrepreneurship, has a paper, “Measuring addiction to entrepreneurship (with Spivack, A.), accepted in Journal of Business Venturing Insights. McKelvie has another paper, “Enablers of exit through trade sale: The case of early-stage research based spin-offs” (with Mathiesen, M.T., Shankar, R.K., Widding, O., and Rasmussen, E.), forthcoming in Small Business Economics.

Joe Comprix, professor and chair of accounting, has a paper, “EXPRESS: Complaint Publicization in Social Media” (with Golmohammadi, A., Havakhor, T., Gauri, D.K.), forthcoming in Journal of Marketing.


Cameron Miller, assistant professor of management and holder of the Edward Pettinella Professorship of Business, delivered on February 12, 2021 a Ph.D. workshop titled “How to Review an Academic Paper.” Miller, a recipient of multiple best reviewer awards by journals and conferences, shared best practices and tips that would benefit students as authors and as reviewers.

Whitman faculty and faculty from other Syracuse University schools have been co-hosting a series of Webinars open to alums and the broader Whitman community. The forums explore various ways in which the pandemic impact business, management, and society.

Entrepreneurship in Time of Crisis (October 21, 2020)

Maria Minniti, director of the Institute for an Entrepreneurial Society (IES) and Bantle Chair in Entrepreneurship and Public Policy

Roger Koppl, professor of finance
David Lucas, assistant professor of entrepreneurship
Zach Rodriguez, IES Postdoctoral Fellow

The 2020 Harry E. Salzberg Memorial Award and Lecture Program has delivered a series of webinars on cutting edge supply-chain practices, including:

  • Moving from Supply Chains to Demand Chains: Next Gen Technology for New Era Healthcare, Manufacturing and Retail (October 28, 2020).
  • NAFTA to USMCA: What’s New? What’s Changed? (December 18, 2020).

Vaccine Supply Chains (February 16, 2021)
Burak Kazaz, Becker Professor of Supply Chain Management and Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence

Syra Madad, senior director of the System-wide Special Pathogens Program at New York City Health + Hospitals and fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
Prashant Yadav, INSEAD professor and fellow of the Harvard Medical School and the Center for Global Development

Ph.D. Corner

Hooman Abootorabi, entrepreneurship doctoral candidate, has a paper, “National social capital, perceived entrepreneurial ability and entrepreneurial intentions” (with Amini Sedeh, A. and Zhang, J.), accepted in International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research.

In the News

Ray Wimer, professor of retail practice, was interviewed for the Syracuse.com story “Should you shop in person on Black Friday 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic?” (November 17, 2020), for the WRVOstory “Holiday shopping 2020: Fewer doorbusters, more online sales could delay deliveries.” (December 15, 2020), and for the International Business Times story “Can JC Penney Perform a Magic Act As It Emerges From Bankruptcy?” (January 12, 2021).

Almantas Palubinskas ’20 Ph.D., was interviewed for the Cincinnati Public Radio story “As Drones Become More Common, Privacy Concerns Arise” (October 14, 2020).

Julie Niederhoff, associate professor of supply chain management, was quoted in the Provisioner Online story “The state of the workforce 2020: covid-19 catalyzes a reckoning” (October 20, 2020).

Roger Koppl, professor of finance, authored the Institute for Economic Affairs story “We need a market for expert advice, and competition among experts” (November 10, 2020). Roger was also mentioned in the Arizona Daily Independent story “Expert Failure: Time to Dismantle the ‘Public Health’ Police State” and featured on the iHeartMedia podcast “The Conservative Circus” (December 7, 2020).

Burak Kazaz, The Becker Professor of Supply Chain Management and Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence, was interviewed for the CNN article “These containers used to ship fresh tuna. Now they’ll deliver Covid-19 vaccines” (December 15, 2020).

Patrick Penfield, professor of supply chain practice, was featured in the Good Morning America segment “New grocery store limits on certain products as demand spikes set in with pandemic surge” (November 19, 2020), quoted in the PACIFIC/San Diego Union-Tribune article “Is panic buying returning in San Diego amid rising COVID rates?” (November 19, 2020), and interviewed by Agence France-Press for the article “Alarm Over Chip Shortage Prompts White House Action” (February 25, 2021).

Elizabeth Wimer, assistant teaching professor of entrepreneurship, was quoted by The Daily Gazette (Schenectady) for the story, “Schenectady County, too, will weigh capping fees for third-party food delivery apps.” (January 5, 2021).


Lorien Stice-Lawrence, from University of Southern California, presented an accounting seminar, “Lost in Translation: Language Barriers to Global Investment,” on October 30, 2020.

Marshall Vance, from Virginia Tech University, presented an accounting seminar, “Debunking Diversification: Evidence from Employee Stock Option Exercises,” on November 20, 2020.

Paul Godfrey, from Brigham Young University, presented an entrepreneurship seminar, “Virtual research seminar,” on February 17, 2021.

Jian Cao, from Florida Atlantic University, presented an accounting seminar, “Accountant Stereotypes in Corporate Innovation: Are Accountant CEOs Inferior Innovators?,” on February 19, 2021.

Anywhere (Siko) Sikochi, from Harvard University, presented an accounting seminar, “Going Local: The Effects of a Local Presence by Global Rating Agencies,” on February 26, 2021.

Susan Cohen, from University of Georgia, presented an entrepreneurship seminar, “Learning from Narratives: How Developing ‘The Pitch’ Stimulates Learning in New Ventures,” on March 3, 2021.

Dawn McWilliams