scholars in the news
FACULTY SCHOLARS PROBE GLOBAL ISSUES, MARK MILESTONES
From providing deeper understanding of and proposed solutions to the devastating problems of financial crises and social injustice in multicultural markets to winning accolades for decades-spanning research contributions, Kania School of Management faculty members are making their mark as leading scholars in their disciplines.
The work of the Kania School’s prolific international-economics scholar and expert on the European economy, Dr. Ioannis N. Kallianiotis, professor in the Economics/Finance Department, has been front and center in both scholarly and mainstream venues through the ongoing global economic crisis. He was the author of “Greece Should Leave the Eurozone,” which appeared in the Washington Times on February 21 (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/feb/21/greece-should-leave-the-eurozone/), and on May 16 he was featured in the U.S. News & World Report “Debate Club,” arguing that “If Greece Stays in the Eurozone, It Has No Future” (http://www.usnews.com/debate-club/should-greece-leave-the-eurozone/if-greece-stays-in-the-eurozone-it-has-no-future). As an opinion contributor to the online international political forum Politico, he wrote with seeming prescience on June 25 that the new Greek coalition government’s likely effort to renegotiate the terms of its second bailout “would be a welcome development” but “it may only prolong the inevitable.” He then built the argument that the “first priority of the new government should not be a new bailout plan, but rather how to address the social welfare of the citizens it represents” (“The Return of the Drachma,” http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0612/77810.html#ixzz22rwCLp3G).
Dr. Kallianiotis has developed rigorous scholarly support for his views on the global financial crisis in multiple studies published over the last two years, including “Greece’s Interdependence with the European Union and Her Loss to Society Function” (Journal of European Research Studies), “Is the Imposed Global ‘Laissez-faire’ Socio-economic System Responsible for the Latest Financial Crisis?” (Journal of Business and Economics) and “Global Financial Crisis and Euro-zone's Debt Problems: The Case of Greece” (International Journal of Applied Business and Economic Research).
In October, he was awarded the Best Paper Award by the Northeast Business & Economic Association for “Privatization in Greece and its Negative Effects on the Nation's Social Welfare (Expropriation of the National Wealth),” which is awaiting publication in The Journal of Business & Economic Studies.
Dr. Irene Goll, associate professor in the Management/Marketing Department, was named the first William and Elizabeth Burkavage Fellow in Business Ethics and Social Responsibility. Established by William J. and Judith G. Burkavage in memory of (his parents) William and Elizabeth Burkavage, the fellowship provides support to assist University faculty in new research on issues of sustainability, social responsibility and business ethics.
Dr. Goll is the author of “The Moderating Effect of Environmental Munificence and Dynamism on the Relationship between Discretionary Social Responsibility and Firm Performance,” which appeared in the Journal of Business Ethics. She has also published articles that examine corporate social responsibility as an important component of a firm’s culture, philosophy or ideology in the management journals Organization Studies and Industrial Relations.
Another scholar whose work is pushing the boundaries of understanding relative to the Kania School’s mission of fostering comprehension of and sensitivity to social justice is Dr. Abhijit Roy, professor in the Management/Marketing Department. “Given the rapid pace of globalization, newer social theories are needed to explore the notion of cultural identity in the 21st century using a kaleidosopic approach – moving from looking at the subject as a coherent whole individual to a collection of several cultural identifiers such as gender, ethnicity, history, nationality, language, religious beliefs, and aesthetics,” Dr. Roy explains. “Which identifiers are salient under what circumstances, is a fascinating context for us to study. What is the best way for firms to reach multicultural markets? How significant are cultural affinities in determining who buys what and when are ethnic spokespeople a better ‘fit’ as celebrity endorsers, are some issues addressed in my research.”
Among Dr. Roy’s articles published in 2011 or 2012 or currently awaiting publication are “No Harm Done? Culture based Branding and Its Impact on Consumer Vulnerability: A Research Agenda,” (Social Business), “Immigration, Culture and Ethnicity in Transformative Consumer Research” and “Towards Intercultural Competency in Multicultural Marketplaces” (Journal of Public Policy & Marketing), “Consumer Empowerment in Multicultural Marketplaces: Navigating Multicultural Identities to Reduce Consumer Vulnerability” (Journal of Research for Consumers), and “Branding Beyond Prejudice: Cultural Branding and Consumer Well-being in Multicultural Marketplaces” (Journal of Business Research).
The scholarly achievements of Dr. Douglas M. Boyle, chair of and assistant professor in the Accounting Department, led to his being named the recipient of the University’s 2012 Excellence in Scholarly Publications Award. In 2011 and 2012, Dr. Boyle had 11 articles published or accepted for publication in The CPA Journal, Current Issues in Auditing, Internal Auditing, Institute of Management Accountants C-Suite Report, Journal of Applied Business Research, Journal of Business & Behavioral Sciences, Journal of Business & Economic Research, Management Accounting Quarterly and The PICPA Journal, several with departmental coauthors Dr. Brian Carpenter, professor, Dr. Daniel P. Mahoney, professor, Dr. Michael O. Mensah, professor and dean of the Kania School of Management, and Dr. Yi Ren, assistant professor.
In addition to his research recognition, Dr. Boyle has twice been named Teacher of the Year by the students of the Kania School of Management, won the Institute of Internal Auditors Dissertation Award, and has received research grants from the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Institute of Management Accountants, and The University of Scranton.
With six articles in press as of this writing, Dr. Xuewu Wang, assistant professor in the Economics/Finance Department, is rapidly staking a claim as a leading expert and researcher on how new information about financial assets gets incorporated into asset prices through trading by informed traders such as corporate insiders from the market micro-structural point of view. One study demonstrates that corporate insiders time their trades in response to time-varying liquidity trading, thus validating the predictions of the strategic trading models (“Time Varying Liquidity Trading, Private Information and Insider Trading,” European Financial Management).
Alignment between business and information technology is the focus of a productive research stream undertaken by Dr. Sufian Qrunfleh, assistant professor in the Operations & Information Management Department. This year he has added to recent work published in Information Systems Management and Journal of Computer Information Systems with “Examining Alignment between Supplier Management Practices and Information Systems Strategy,” an article that appeared in Benchmarking: An International Journal.
“Our results point to the importance of adopting information-system applications that are aligned with supplier practices,” Dr. Qrunfleh observes. “If a firm’s goal is to accomplish efficiency in the upstream portion of its supply chain, implementing lean supplier practices is necessary, as is acquiring information-system applications that are warranted for efficiency. This will enable firms to achieve better supply-chain integration.”
A study by Dr. Robert McKeage, associate professor in the Management/Marketing Department, is among the most-cited articles in the thousands appearing over the years in the more than 600 journals published by SAGE, one of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly research publications. Dr. McKeage’s “Developmental Patterns in Small and Large Groups,” published in Small Group Research, ranks 23rd among SAGE’s most-cited articles.
Named as one of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s “Top Educators” by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Business Journal, Dr. McKeage continues his active research efforts, with recent publications focusing on improving student mentoring.