Whitman Research Newsletter – September/October 2016

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

Natarajan Balasubramanian, associate professor of management, received a Distinguished Paper Award at the 2016 Academy of Management meeting for his paper, “Locked in? Noncompete enforceability and the mobility and earnings of high-tech workers” (with Chang J.W, Sakakibara M., Sivadasan J. and Starr E.), which was also included in the Best Papers Proceedings.

Roger Koppl, professor of finance, was awarded the 2016 Elinor Ostrom Prize for best article in the Journal of Institutional Economics by the World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research (WINIR). His paper, “Economics for a creative world” (with Kauffman S., Felin T., and Longo G.), was published in 2015, 11(1), pp. 1-31.

Journal Publications

Natarajan Balasubramanian, associate professor of management, has a paper, titled “Toward a dynamic notion of value creation and appropriation in firms: The concept and measurement of economic gain” (with M. Lieberman and R. Garcia-Castro), accepted in Strategic Management Journal.

Ravi Shukla, chair and associate professor of finance, has a paper, “The effects of the global financial crisis on the Colombian local currency bonds prices: An event study” (with Cayon E. and Alejandro Sarmiento-Sabogal J.), in the Journal of Economic Studies, Vol. 43 No. 4.

Johan Wiklund, the Al Berg Endowed Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship, and Dan Hsu (Ph.D. ’11), have their paper, “Entrepreneurial exit intensions and the business-family interface” (with Anderson, S. and Coffey, B.), accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Venturing.

Alexander McKelvie, chair and associate professor of entrepreneurship, has a paper, “The strategic management of high-growth firms: A review and theoretical conceptualization” (with Demir, R. and Wennberg, K.), forthcoming in Long Range Planning.

Hakan Hekimoğlu, Ph.D. ‘16, and Burak Kazaz, The Steven R. Becker Professor of Supply Chain Management
The Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence and executive director, The H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management, have a paper, “Wine analytics: Fine wine pricing and selection under weather and market uncertainty” (with Webster, S.), accepted in Manufacturing & Service Operations Management.

Milena Petrova, associate professor of finance, has her article, “Search costs, behavioral biases, and information intermediary effects” (with  Ling, D.C. and Naranjo, A.), accepted in the Journal of Real Estate, Finance and Economics.

Joe Warburton, associate professor of finance, has his paper, “Mutual fund capital structure,” accepted for publication in the Marquette Law Review.

Maria Minniti, the Bantle Chair in Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, has a paper, “The foundational contribution to entrepreneurship research of William J. Baumol,” published in the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal (Vol. 10, No. 2, 2016). She also has a paper, “UK credit and discouragement during the GFC” (with Cowling, M., Liu, W. and Zhang, N.) forthcoming in Small Business Economics Journal.

Michel Benaroch, associate dean for research and Ph.D. programs and professor of IS, and Anna Chernobai, associate professor of finance/statistics, have their paper, titled “Operational IT failures, IT value-destruction, and board-level IT governance changes,” accepted for publication in MIS Quarterly.

Other News

Roger Koppl, professor of finance, has been awarded a grant of $8,500 from the Charles Koch Foundation, to support an experiment with human subjects that will test his ideas about lineups in policing and evidence lineups in forensic science.


A Whitman Research Colloquium held Sept. 23, featured Rajdeep Grewal, professor of sociology at Cornell University. Prof. Grewal started with a Q&A session centering on the challenge of publishing in top journals, follows by a research talk, titled “Intellectual capital and new drug pricing.” He also held later a Roundtable with Ph.D. students.

The Entrepreneurship and Mental Health Workshop was hosted by the entrepreneurship department on Oct. 7, 2016. Organized by Johan Wiklund, the Al Berg Endowed Chair and professor of entrepreneurship, the full day workshop discussed papers that have been accepted for an Academy of Management Perspectives special issue titled, “Entrepreneurship and Mental Health.” Participants included clinical psychologists, as well as leading management and economics scholars with a specific interest in the topic area.

In the News

Julie Niederhoff, assistant professor of supply chain management, was quoted by the New York Times for the article “How to Pick the Fastest Line at the Supermarket” (Sept. 7, 2016); the NYT piece was re-printed in MSN Money, Irish Times, Tampa Bay Times, and Financial Review (Australia), among others.  Niederhoff’s work was covered in several other outlets, including: IFL Science, “Here’s How To Beat The Queues At The Supermarket Checkout” (Sept. 9, 2016) and the Today Show on Sept. 8, 2016.

Natarajan Balasubramanian, associate professor of management, had his research featured in Science Daily for the article “Rushing to complete work on deadline could mean more mistakes” (Sept 19, 2016). He was also quoted in a NewJerseyIndian.com article, “Tasks with deadline may be low on quality” (Sept. 24, 2016).

Alexander McKelvie, chair and associate professor of entrepreneurship, submitted two articles for Fortune Insider, titled “Here’s Where Most Entrepreneurs Go Wrong with Money” (Aug. 4, 2016), and “3 Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask Before Seeking Investment” (Sept. 7, 2016). He was also quoted by Inc. magazine for the article “As Apple Readies Next iPhone, Headphone Companies Brace for Major Market Shakeup” (Sept. 6, 2016).

Gary Witt, assistant professor of finance practice, was quoted by U.S. News & World Report in a story titled, “The Pros and Cons of Municipal Bonds” (Aug. 15, 2016).

Trent Williams, assistant professor of entrepreneurship, had his research on entrepreneurship and resiliency in the wake of a disaster featured in Science Daily (May 25, 2016).

MaryAnn Monforte, assistant professor of accounting practice, was interviewed by U.S. News & World Report for the article “5 Things You Need to Know About Store Credit Cards” (Sept. 20, 2016).

Susan Albring, associate professor of accounting, was quoted in Railway Age, p. 26 (July 2016).

John Torrens, professor of entrepreneurial practice, was quoted in a U.S. News & World Report story, “Marijuana Stocks a Bummer for Investors” (Oct. 11, 2016).

Research Speakers and Visitors

Alexander Kier, from Indiana University, presented an entrepreneurship seminar, “Imagining new venture ideas: Development and validation of the imaginativeness acale,” Sept. 26, 2016.

David Park, from the University of Washington, presented an entrepreneurship seminar, “Why silence is golden: Firm participation in social media in an IPO context,” Oct. 3, 2016.

Todd Schifeling, from the University of Michigan, presented an entrepreneurship seminar, “Communities as incubators of atypical innovations: A cultural model of agglomeration dynamics,” Oct. 6, 2016.

Ozalp Ozer, from the University of Texas at Dallas, presented a supply chain management seminar, “Establishing trust and trustworthiness in global supply chains,” Oct. 7, 2016.

Matthew Ringgenberg, from the University of Utah, presented a finance seminar, “The limits to (short) arbitrage,” Oct. 12, 2016.

Gabriella Cacciotti, from Aalto University (Finland), presented anentrepreneurship seminar, “Fear of failure in entrepreneurship: A review, reconceptualization and operationalization,” Oct. 13, 2016.