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Faculty Thought Leadership: Collaborating Through Virtual Formats

Syracuse University's Martin J. Whitman School of Management professors are offering webinars on issues that are impacting communities across the globe. This virtual format allows Whitman to collaborate with faculty from other schools and colleges on campus, as well as the inclusion of alumni and industry professionals. Join us for an upcoming faculty discussion or watch a previous event.

Faculty Webinars and Virtual Conversations: Archive

"ADHD and Entrepreneurship"

The panelists discussed why we find that highly successful entrepreneurs, an astounding 62%, identify as having traits consistent with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Why is that? They discussed the notion that far from being a disadvantage in business, having ADHD may be an asset to entrepreneurial ventures. They also discussed what traits/behaviors need to be augmented, by hiring business partners who excel at those specific traits around them.

Laura Marien, student at the Harvard University Extension School

Johan Wiklund, Al Berg Chair and professor of entrepreneurship, Whitman School
John Torrens, Whitman professor of entrepreneurial practice, deputy department chair of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises

"Brexit: Its Impact and Implications Post Pandemic"

This webinar featured three panelists who answered questions about the impact of Brexit in the UK, in Europe and in the U.S. They also discussed the impact that the pandemic has had on the new system and the implications for the end of the deal and what will that look like.

Tom Barkley, professor of finance practice

Mike Harris, founder and CEO, Cribstone Strategic Macro
Glyn Morgan, associate professor of political science, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Fatma Sonmez-Leopold, assistant teaching professor of finance

“Vaccine Supply Chains”

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management presented a virtual discussion on vaccine supply chains. The webinar addressed the challenges in vaccine supply chains, including the increasing number of variants and equitable distribution of vaccines in the United States and international communities.

Burak Kazaz, Steven Becker Professor of Supply Chain Management at the Whitman School of Management, Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence for Syracuse University and director for the Brehten Operations Management Institute

Syra Madad, D.H.Sc., M.Sc., MCP, 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 at Harvard University
Prashant Yadav, INSEAD professor and fellow of the Harvard Medical School and the Center for Global Development

“Entrepreneurship in Time of Crisis”

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management hosted a virtual panel discussion on entrepreneurship in time of crisis with scholars from Whitman’s Institute for an Entrepreneurial Society (IES). Panelists discussed the economic outlook for entrepreneurial businesses during the pandemic, the specific challenges and opportunities faced by entrepreneurs and the value of flexible and adaptive small business policies. Panelists also explored the invaluable impact that social entrepreneurs make on the wellbeing of society in the time of need.

Maria Minniti, IES director and Bantle Chair in entrepreneurship and public policy

Roger Koppl, professor of finance
David Lucas, assistant professor of entrepreneurship
Zach Rodriguez, postdoctoral fellow with the Department of Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises (EEE)

“All the Lonely People: Loneliness in Individuals, Organizations and Society”

The panelists will discuss loneliness in individuals, organizations and society.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, loneliness was a public health issue because of its prevalence in society and its connection with increased risk of morbidity and mortality. With quarantines, stay-at-home orders, social distancing and work-from-home becoming our new normal routine, our daily social interactions have been disrupted or disbanded, which threatens our fundamental need for belonging. Now organizations, individuals and society must consider how to manage loneliness and find social connections in a socially distanced world.

How are people affected by loneliness, and are some people more vulnerable to feeling lonely? How can feeling lonely affect our identification with our groups and organizations? How can organizations adapt or institute practices and policies to help employees who are suddenly having to work remotely satisfy their relational needs? Could loneliness have any benefits? Panelists discussed these questions and more.

Lynne Vincent, assistant professor of management at the Whitman School

Joel Carnevale, assistant professor of management at the Whitman School
Charisse L’Pree, associate professor of communications at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

“Perspectives on Retail in the Wake of COVID-19”

This forum examined the retail industry in the wake of COVID-19. Our expert faculty and industry panelists discussed the immediate and systemic impact of the pandemic on the retail industry and entertained questions from the audience.

Julie Niederhoff, associate professor of supply chain management

Lizanne Kindler, CEO of Talbots and Whitman Advisory Council (WAC) member
Ray Wimer, professor of retail practice
Guiyang Xiong, associate professor of marketing

“Economic Impact of COVID-19”

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management collaborated with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs to present a virtual faculty forum on the economic impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The professors shared observations on the macro economy and COVID-19, including the latest trade outlook. Discussion topics included market volatility, bonds, inflation expectations and governmental interventions through corporate and banking channels.

Andrew London, Maxwell professor of sociology

Mary Lovely, Maxwell professor of economics
Erasmo Giambona, Whitman professor of finance
David Weinbaum, Whitman professor of finance

Supply Chain Stress: How COVID-19 Impacts the Items You Buy

COVID-19 is impacting the world’s supply chain in myriad ways. From “panic buying” causing shortages of toilet paper and hand sanitizer to meat packing companies dealing with labor shortages, the supply chain is under stress. Hear more on why this is happening and what can be done to mitigate future supply chain risk. What are companies learning? What should consumers know? Patrick Penfield, professor of supply chain practice, answered these questions and more.

Presented by:
Patrick Penfield, professor of supply chain practice

About the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University inspires students for a world of accelerating change. Offering B.S., MBA, M.S. and Ph.D. programs, all accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Whitman School’s faculty includes internationally known scholars and researchers, as well as successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. Whitman continues to be ranked among the nation’s top business schools by U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek. To learn more about the Whitman School of Management, visit Whitman.syr.edu.