Welcome to the first edition of Insights, the new quarterly research publication of the School of Economics and Business Administration. Every issue will provide an in-depth look at how two of our SEBA faculty members are Thinking Globally and Leading Responsibly.
As a Turbulent Election Season Casts a Dark Shadow, Michael Hadani Shines a Light on Corporate Political Activity

Michael Hadani sees a chasm when it comes to corporate behavior research: "There is a lack of critical thought in mainstream management circles about the negative aspects of corporate political activity."  Born in Israel and raised in the U.S. (as a child) and Israel, Hadani moved back to the United States 16 years ago. His outsider status gives him a unique perspective on American democracy and how corporations behave, or misbehave, within it. 
 
Hadani covers two main areas in his research. One area looks at how to reduce the tendency to engage in corporate political activities. "What I'm looking at specifically is how does being a politically active organization--whether it's lobbying, hiring and using politicians for the board of directors--how does this impact the firm's bottom line, how does this impact other stakeholders?" The second research stream looks at the intersection of political activity and corporate social responsibility. 
Anh Phuong Nguyen Goes Behind the Scenes to Analyze the Vietnamese Garment Industry 

The often secretive Vietnamese garment industry is not the easiest to explore firsthand. But Professor Phuong Anh Nguyen, Chair of the Department of Business Analytics at SEBA, has been working to try and map it out in order to analyze it from a business perspective. " My main goal is to look at continuous improvement practices. If it's successful in Japan, in the U.S., can it be successful in Vietnam? Under what conditions?" said Nguyen. 

"It may sound trivial, but it is extremely hard to get in [to the Vietnamese garment industry]. You wouldn't know who to talk to. All of these companies are guarded by security, with high metal gates. Unless you know people, there is no way to get in. We were very fortunate."

Click here for a full list of faculty research and achievements.

Professor Jyoti Bachani received an award from the Academy of Management for best paper, based on her field report, "Shivganga: Organizing Tribals in Jhabua, India for Sustainable Water Harvesting," with Neelu Bhullar, Anaheim, CA, August 2016.

Professor Phuong Anh Nguyen had a paper accepted in the European Journal of Operational Research. Multi-Team System Behaviors: Insights from Modelling Team Communication, published with co-author Kennedy D. Sommer.

Professor Barry Eckhouse has been accepted into Microsoft's exclusive Hololens Developer's Program, which offers him an important opportunity to work within a national community of innovative software developers who are exploring virtual reality and holographic computing as they apply to e-learning gamification and educational delivery. His work in this program will complement SEBA's pioneering efforts in virtual reality, including the Second Life initiative, which was launched in 2010, and more recently, the Oculus Rift project, which is now underway.

Professor Linda Herkenhoff recently met with the Lasallian brothers and the Sisters of Charity in Havana Cuba as part of her research fellowship, funded by SEBA and Saint Mary's College through the International Center for Educational Exchange (ICEE). She has been studying social transformation in Cuba with 25 other academics from the US.

An article by Professor Andrew E. Wilson, Ph.D., co-published with authors Peter R. Darke, Michael L. Brady and Ray L. Benedicktus, titled "Feeling Close From Afar: The Role of Psychological Distance in Offsetting Distrust in Unfamiliar Online Retailers," was accepted published in the Journal of Retailing, August 2016.

Professor Dominik Kalisch had two papers recently accepted for publication in Transactions on Large-Scale Data- and Knowledge-Centered Systems: "Holistic Approach to Understand Urban Complexity" and "Real-Time Data Collection and Processing of Utility Customer's Power Usage for Improved Demand Response Control."

Professor Gregory Wolcott presented his paper, "Restricting Choices: Decision Making, the Market Society, and the Forgotten Entrepreneur," at the Annual Society for Business Ethics Meeting in Anaheim, CA, in August.

Professor Jack Rasmus published: "Why Economists Fail to Understand Financial Instability," in The European Financial Review, June - July 2016, and "Why the Global Economy Is Growing More Unstable," in Perspectives Libres, Paris, July - September 2016.

"Power-Log Optimization and Positively Skewed Option Returns Reduce Risk and Raise Portfolio Performance," by Professors Jivendra K. Kale and Arnav Sheth, was published in The Journal of Investing, Volume 25, Fall 2016.


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