Whitman Research Newsletter – Fall 2017

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

Johan Wiklund, Al Berg Chair in Entrepreneurship, was the keynote speaker at the 2017 annual conference of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA), June 28-July 1, Zadar, Croatia.

Alex McKelvie, chair and associate professor of entrepreneurship, co-directed the ENT doctoral consortium (with Wennberg, K.), as well as coordinated a Professional Development Workshop (with others) titled “Exploring the value of effectuation – Research, teaching and practice,” both at the Entrepreneurship Division of the 2017 Academy of Management Meeting.

Burak Kazaz, Becker Professor of supply chain management and Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence, has two of his recent papers included in INFORMS Editor’s Cut, a selective collection of articles from all of INFORMS journals.

Lynn Vincent, assistant professor of management, has been appointed Director of Interdisciplinary Collaborations for PARADIM (Platform for the Accelerated Realization, Analysis, and Discovery of Interface Materials), an NSF mid-scale instrumentation partnership focused on increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of new material discovery by scientists from Cornell University, Clark Atlanta University, Johns Hopkins University, and Princeton University. Vincent’s role is to facilitate collaborations among new material discovery scientists by teaching them collaboration and teamwork skills.

Journal Publications

Parvathi Jayamohan, Ph.D. ’16, Alex McKelvie, chair and associate professor of entrepreneurship, and Todd Moss, assistant professor of entrepreneurship, have a paper, “Blame you, blame me: Exploring attribution differences and impact in family and non-family firms,” forthcoming in Family Business Review.

Kyu Lee, professor of marketing, and Hwan Chung, Ph.D. ’08, have their paper, “Store brand quality and retailer’s product line design,” accepted for publication in Journal of Retailing.

Alex McKelvie also has his paper, “Entrepreneurship addiction: Shedding light on the manifestation of the ‘dark side’ in work behavior patterns,” accepted for publication in Academy of Management Perspectives (with Spivack, A.).

David Weinbaum, associate professor of finance and Harris Fellow, has a paper, “The economic consequences of perk disclosure,” accepted for publication in Contemporary Accounting Research (with Grinstein, Y., and Yehuda, N.).

Johan Wiklund, Al Berg Chair in Entrepreneurship, and Wei Yu, Ph.D. ’18, have their paper, “ADHD, impulsivity and entrepreneurship,” accepted at the Journal of Business Venturing (with Tucker, R. and Marino, L.). Professor Wiklund has another paper coauthored with Sharon Simmons, Ph.D. ’12, titled “Gender gaps and reentry into entrepreneurial ecosystems after business failure,” accepted at Small Business Economics, and a third paper, “Location choices of graduate entrepreneurs,” forthcoming in Research Policy (with Larsson, J.P., Wennberg, K., and Wright, M.).


The 6th Biennial Workshop on Information Intensive Services was hosted at the Whitman School Sept. 22. Sponsored by the R.H. Brethen Operations Management Institute and the Center for Information Intensive Services (Simon School of Business, University of Rochester), the workshop brought together the region’s academics and practitioners to discuss the current challenges and opportunities in professional and other information intensive services.


Raja Velu, professor of managerial statistics, helped organize a memorial session for Theodore W. Anderson, held July 30 at the 2017 Joint Statistical Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland (with Shaman, P.).

Scott Fay, professor of marketing, had his 2008 Marketing Science paper named a finalist for the 2017 Long Term Impact Award given by the INFORMS Society for Marketing Science; the paper is titled, “Probabilistic goods: A creative way of selling products and services” (with Xie, J.). Professor Fay was also invited to join the editorial review board at the Journal of Retailing, effective Aug. 1.

Alex McKelvie, chair and associate professor of entrepreneurship, has a Babson Conference paper selected for inclusion in Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research (best paper proceedings), titled “Whom do growing firms hire? A longitudinal examination of new ventures across growth rates and phases” (with Daunfeldt, S.O. and Westerberg, H.S.).

Kevin W Coates, director of budget, finance and analytics, is on the program committee of DRIVE 2017, a conference dedicated to data, reporting, information, analytics, modeling and visualization with applications in advancement and career services.

Michel Benaroch, associate dean for research and Ph.D. programs and professor of MIS, is in the top 10 percent of authors on SSRN by total new downloads within the last 12 months (Aug. 15).

Ph.D. Corner

Ph.D. Alumni Update: Satish Nambisan, Ph.D. ’97, has left the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to join the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University as the Nancy and Joseph Keithley Professor of Technology Management. He will be part of the new Design & Innovation Department.

Research Speakers and Visitors

Ian Dew-Becker, from Northwestern University, presented a finance seminar, “What is the cost of hedging macroeconomic and financial uncertainty? Evidence from 19 option market,” Sept. 7.

Breagin Riley, assistant professor of marketing, presented a brown-bag behavioral seminar, “Benefactors of entities with low agency,” Sept. 8.

Kathleen Li, from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, presented a marketing seminar, “Statistical inference for average treatment effects estimated by synthetic control methods,” Sept. 15.

Jill Perry-Smith, from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, presented a management seminar, “The paradox of family structure and plans after work: Why single childless employees may be the least absorbed at work,” Sept. 15. She also held a group meeting to discuss and offer tips on what it takes to publish in top journals, particularly based on her experience as associate editor at Academy of Management Journal.

Mohan Tanniru, from Oakland University, presented an MIS seminar, “Digital leadership: A model of practice and discourse in the context of information systems implementations in organizations,” Sept. 15.