Whitman Research Newsletter – Summer 2018

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 doctoral programs.

Awards and Honors

Cathy Maritan, associate professor of management, was re-appointed co-chair of the Strategy Research Foundation, the research funding arm of the Strategic Management Society, for a three-year term (2018-2020).

Padmal Vitharana, associate professor of MIS, was elected for a two-year term to serve as President of SIG SAND, the Special Interest Group on the Systems Analysis and Design.

Burak Kazaz, the Steven R. Becker Professor of Supply Chain Management and the Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence, was elected to serve a two-year term as chair of iForm SIG, the Special Interest Group on the Interface of Finance, Operations, and Risk Management.

David Lucas, post doctorate in entrepreneurship, won a prestigious Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Grant. David is among 19 awardees from such schools as Princeton, Yale, Columbia, UC Berkley, and U. Penn, chosen out of almost 900 global submissions of PhD students from all social sciences. Lucas’ work ranked second among all submissions, earning him the Eli Ginzberg Award for Research on Health and Welfare.

Maria Minniti, the Bantle Chair in Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, delivered keynote addresses to the:

  • Sixth International Workshop on Entrepreneurship, Culture, and Economic Development at the Foundation for the Strategic Analysis of SMEs’ Development (FAEDPYME), University of Cantabria, Santander (Spain), June 14-15; and
  • 4th International Conference on the Dynamics of Entrepreneurship at the Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung GmbH (ZEW), Mannheim (Germany), June 18-19.

Journal Publications

Johan Wiklund, Al Berg Chair and professor of entrepreneurship, had a paper, “What are we explaining? A review and agenda on initiating, engaging, performing, and contextualizing entrepreneurship” (with Shepherd, D., Wennberg, K. and Suddaby, R.), accepted by the Journal of Management.

Joel Carnevale, assistant professor of management, has a paper “Speaking Up to the “Emotional Vampire”: A Conservation of Resources Perspective,” forthcoming in the Journal of Business Research.

Susan Albring, associate professor of accounting, and Xiaolu Xu, ’13 Ph.D., have a paper, “Management earnings forecasts, CEO incentives and risk-taking,” accepted in Advances in Accounting. They also have a paper, “Audit committee director – Auditor interlocking, audit pricing and industry specialization,” forthcoming in the International Journal of Corporate Governance.

Scott Lathrop, assistant professor of marketing practice, has a paper, “The relationship between price and quality in durable product categories with private label brands” (with Boyle, P. and Kim, H.), published in the Journal of Product & Brand Management (Vol. 27, No., 2018), and a paper, titled “Store brand vs. national brand prices: Willingness to pay ≠ willingness to accept” (with Boyle, P. and Kim, H.), accepted at the Journal of Global Scholars of Marketing Science.

Erasmo Giambona, the Falcone Chair in Real Estate and associate professor of finance, had his paper, “The theory and practice of corporate risk management: Evidence from the field” (with Graham, Harvey, and Bodnar) accepted for publication in Financial Management.

Rob Nason, ’14 Ph.D., Johan Wiklund, the Al Berg Chair and professor of entrepreneurship, Alex McKelvie, associate dean for undergraduate and full-time master’s programs and professor of entrepreneurship, and Wei Yu, ’18 Ph.D., had their paper, “Orchestrating boundaries: The effect of R&D boundary permeability on new venture growth” (with Hitt, M.), accepted at Journal of Business Venturing.


Rong Li, assistant professor of supply chain management, has been awarded two grants by the 2018 Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence (CUSE) Program:

  1. Design of Secure CyberManufacturing Systems,” $30,000 for May 1, 2018 – May 1, 2020. The PI is Young Moon (Mechanical and Aerospace Eng.), and Co-PIs are Wenliang Du (EECS), Rong Li (Whitman), and Yi Wang (Mathematics).
  2. On-Campus Blockchain Applications for Education and Beyond,” $30,000 for May 1, 2018 – May 1, 2020. The PI is Wenliang Du (EECS), and Co-PIs are Yuzhe Tang (EECS) and Rong Li (Whitman).

David Lucas, post doctorate in entrepreneurship, presented a paper, “Whiskey business: Culture, prohibition, and the industry evolution of Kentucky bourbon distilling” (with Minniti, M.), at the 2018 Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference in Waterford, Ireland, June 6-9. He will also present his paper, “Public sponsorship and the adoption of new practices in the homeless shelter industry” (with Minniti, M.), at the 2018 Academy of Management in Chicago, Illinois, Aug. 9-14.

Ph.D. Corner

Almantas Palubinskas, entrepreneurship Ph.D. student, presented a paper, “A structural approach to the influence of regulation on innovation” (with Minniti, M.), at the 2018 Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference in Waterford, Ireland, June 6-9. He (and Maria Minniti) was also selected to participate in the 7th Oxford Residence Week for Entrepreneurship Scholars hosted by Green Templeton College at Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom.

Yang Ye ’18 Ph.D., has joined as a tenure-track faculty the Research Institute of Economics and Management at the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China.

Yongbum Choi ’18 Ph.D., is joining the marketing group at the NEOMA Business School, Management School, Rouen, France.