Research@Smith, Winter 2005
IN THIS ISSUE
This issue of Research@Smith focuses on the award-winning research of three Smith PhD candidates, but there are many other Smith PhD students with equally impressive accomplishments.
Debora Viana Thompson, PhD candidate in the marketing department, was one of three winners of the Marketing Science Institute’s Alden G. Clayton Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Competition, perhaps the most prestigious honor a marketing student can achieve. Thompson explores the phenomenon of feature fatigue, when consumers purchase products that are overly complex because they tend to value the product’s capability more than its usability. Subjects used virtual products in Smith’s Netcentric Behavioral Laboratory to investigate how consumers balance their desires for capability and usability when they evaluate products.
Sophia Marinova, a PhD candidate in the management and organization department, received a Best Paper Award for her work on the way high investment human resource management affects the corporate climate and individual employees’ organizational citizenship behaviors.
Jason Kuruzovich, a PhD candidate in the decision and information technologies department, received a second place Best Paper award for his work on the role of technology in telecommuting success.
These achievements are a testament to the quality of our students, who after graduation go on to teach at major research universities around the world.
In this newsletter we are able to include only a sampling of the research being done by our PhD students and their faculty collaborators.
Lawrence A. Gordon, Ernst & Young Alumni Professor of Managerial Accounting and director of the PhD program at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, gives an overview of the Smith School’s PhD program.
“We have a global and very diverse group of PhD students. Right now there are 113 students who represent 22 countries; about 58 percent are international and about 53 percent are women. The doctoral program is competitive with the world’s top business schools. We attract excellent students in every discipline and are averaging approximately 35 applications for every student admitted.
“The academic program is extremely rigorous, particularly because of the quantitative nature of the research that underlies most disciplines here at Smith.
“One of the benefits of our program
is the tremendous amount of interaction
students have with faculty. It is an
informal environment; students spend a
lot of time working with faculty
one-on-one, and there is a significant
amount of joint research going on. We
also encourage and support
Brown’s dissertation, for example, is
co-chaired by me and Russ Wermers, an
associate professor in the finance
“Graduates of the doctoral program are first-class researchers, but they also have a keen understanding for and appreciation of the importance of teaching. They understand that their role is to both expand the knowledge base and communicate that knowledge to future business leaders.
“Over the past five years, roughly 99 percent of Smith’s PhD students have been successfully placed directly after they graduate—about 80 percent as tenure track assistant professors at an accredited university, and the rest as researchers in either private or government organizations.” ---- Lawrence A. Gordon.
The Smith School would like to offer congratulations to the following Smith PhD Candidates
Nerissa Brown, Accounting and
April Knill, Finance
Jason Kuruzovich, Decision and
Sophia Marinova, Management
and Organization (Organizational
Holly Slay, Management and
Organization (Organizational Behavior)
Debora Viana Thompson,
Roland Rust, holder of the David Bruce Smith Chair in Marketing, chair of the marketing department and director of the Center for e-Service, was named the next editor of the Journal of Marketing, ranked number one in two of the last three surveys of major marketing journals. It is the oldest and most frequently cited journal in the field and enjoys unique impact and visibility. His term will run from 2005-2008.
Michael Ball, Orkand Professor of Management Science and director of research, and Bruce Golden, France-Merrick Professor of Management Science, were named INFORMS Fellows, the highest honor of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science.
Lemma Senbet, holder of the William E. Mayer Chair in Finance and chair of the finance department, has been elected to the Steering Committee of the Financial Economists Roundtable (FER), a governing body comprised of distinguished financial economists who have made significant contributions to the finance literature and seek to apply their knowledge to current policy debates.
Ritu Agarwal, professor of decision and information technologies, was appointed the Robert H. Smith School of Business Dean’s Chair in Information Systems. She is also program co-chair for the International Conference on Information Systems held in December 2004 in Washington D.C. Agarwal, G. Anandalingam and Joe Bailey were part of the program committee for the Conference on Information Systems and Technology.
Anil Gupta, Ralph J. Tyser Professor of Strategy & Organization, chair of the management and organization department and research director for the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, was elected to the Board of Directors of TiE (The Innovation Ecosystem), the premier organization of CEOs and entrepreneurs devoted to fostering entrepreneurship in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Louiqa Raschid, professor of information systems, together with colleagues at Rockefeller University and Arizona State University, received a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study data management challenges in the area of bioinformatics.
The following books authored by Smith faculty members were recently published.
G. Anandalingam and H. Lucas, Beware the Winner's Curse: Victories that Can Sink You and Your Company, New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.
S. I. Gass and A. A. Assad, An Annotated Timeline of Operations Research: An Informal History, Springer + Business Media, New York, 2005.
L. Gordon and M. Loeb, Managing Cybersecurity Resources: A Cost-Benefit Analysis, McGraw-Hill, 2004.
C. Grimm and K. Smith, Strategy as Action: Competitive Dynamics and Competitive Advantage, Oxford Publishing, 2005.
K. Smith and M. Hitt, The Oxford Handbook of Management Theory: The Process of Theory Development, Oxford Publishing, 2005.
S. E. Loeb and Paul J. Miranti, Jr., The Institute of Accounts: Nineteenth-Century Origins of Accounting Professionalism in the United States, London: Routledge, 2004.
H. Lucas, Information Technology: Strategic Decision Making for Management, New York, John Wiley, 2004.
R. Lusch and S. Vargo, Toward a Service-Dominant Logic of Marketing: Continuing the Dialog, Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2005.
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