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At the Daniels College of Business, our faculty are more than teachers—they are partners and collaborators in our students’ academic journeys who further our mission of developing business pioneers who benefit the public good. Daniels faculty are thought-leaders and influencers who are regularly consulted about marketplace trends and phenomena. The practical applications of our faculty’s pioneering and interdisciplinary research extend far beyond the walls of academia, and profoundly impact the public and private sectors worldwide.
Because we recognize that innovation and impact begin with our faculty, we remain steadfast in our commitment to recruiting and retaining the best and brightest, and promoting the body of knowledge they create through research. Investing in, and celebrating, a culture of high-caliber scholarship is one of our core priorities at Daniels. As they continue to pursue rigorous research, our faculty are helping to make Daniels the standard-bearer for excellence in business education.
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Daniels Business: The Research Issue is published each spring, showcasing our faculty’s pioneering and interdisciplinary scholarship, the practical applications of which resonate far beyond the walls of academia.
Daniels Research Impact
Daniels Research Impact is the College’s curation of faculty contributions that have appeared in Top 50 Journals, as defined by the Financial Times. These Top 50 Journals have long been considered the definitive list of excellence in business scholarship, and we invite you to explore the breadth and merit of Daniels’ faculty research.
Improving Teaching with Data
Donald Bacon, PhD, realized on his first day at the lectern of a Daniels classroom that he didn’t know much about teaching. In the nearly 30 years since, he has focused his research on refining and improving marketing education. How well do students learn in teams? How can students retain their classroom-acquired knowledge in the long-term? Bacon’s research has made him an ardent advocate for data-based research aimed at improving teaching methods and results assessment.
As a professor in the Department of Marketing, he applies psychometric theory and multivariate statistics to such problems as customer satisfaction and lifetime value, student performance in groups and the assessment of written communication skills. He has extensive industry experience, actively consulting in the area of survey research methods.
The Secret Sauce of Process Innovation
Aimee Hamilton, PhD, likens process innovation to a “secret sauce.” Just what’s in it and how it’s concocted—not to mention how it’s spooned out—are the preoccupations of her research. “How do organizations manage to continually innovate and still manage to be ongoing, sustainable organizations? Because the ability to be a coherent, functioning organization and at the same time have some ability to be flexible and adaptive are a bit at odds with each other. Consistently adapting is a bit of an oxymoron. That’s the puzzle I’m interested in.”
Hamilton is an assistant professor in the Department of Management. Her research interests include identity, image and reputation, as well as fluid organizing and sustained innovation in organizations.
Not All Financial Statements are Created Equal
“So many decisions are based on financial reporting—investment decisions, compensation and bonus triggering—and not all financial statements are the same because managers have discretion over financial reporting choices,” says Ryan Casey, PhD. Assessing the quality of financial statements that reveal a business’ fiscal health is the crux of Casey’s teaching and research—as well as his passion. Casey and his collaborators approach their research by examining business decisions, particularly those of publicly traded companies, and measuring the quality of input in a statement.
Casey is an assistant professor in the School of Accountancy. His research and master’s level teaching focus on financial statement analysis and corporate sustainability reporting. In fall 2016, he taught a first-of-its-kind course he developed called “International Accounting Issues in London and Paris.”
Risky Business: Investigating Hotels in Distress
Practical. Applied. Timely. These are words Amrik Singh, PhD, uses to describe his research. Singh’s current research explores how regulation and other phenomena affect the operating and financial performance of hotels around the nation. Quick decisions are part of an industry that can change on a dime, Singh says. “Hotels are very risky properties because their cash flows are tied to fluctuations in the business cycle. Hotels lease rooms on a daily basis, so the rate they charge depends on change in supply in demand.”
Singh is an associate professor in the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management.
Know Thy Customer, Improve Thy Brand
Young Jin Lee, PhD, found that prior to the internet moving from static websites to interactive platforms in 2005, it was difficult to analyze customer data to learn how a company could improve services and products. Since that time, Lee has become an authority on how online reviews can contribute to improved brands, products and sales. According to Lee, the next frontier in consumer analytics lies in the “internet of things,” which includes data collected from every networked gadget that people use today, from refrigerators to smartphones to cars.
Lee is an assistant professor in the Department of Business Information & Analytics. His research interests span economic and marketing aspects of online social media, mobile IT markets, piracy and digital rights management, and adoption and diffusion of IT innovations.
Exploring Market Volatility Tick by Tick
When it comes to the stock market, the only certainty is uncertainty. Detecting and identifying this uncertainty—and the volatility it causes in the world’s markets—is at the heart of Vaneesha Boney Dutra‘s research. “Every second of the day, new information is provided to our markets, and people all over the world are trading off that information. Markets are moving constantly,” says Dutra. “When new information is released and there’s a consensus, markets move in one direction. But the more uncertainty surrounding events—or our expectations of future events—the less consensus there is, which leads to greater dispersion around market returns.”
Vaneesha Boney Dutra, PhD, is an associate professor in the Reiman School of Finance. She actively researches financial concepts in the areas of market timing, equity and bond mutual funds, market volatility and real estate finance.
Making the Case Against Corruption
After the Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling on a case in 2014—United States v. Newman—overturned two significant insider trading convictions making it harder to prosecute future cases, Bruce Klaw, JD, began analyzing the ruling’s legal, ethical and policy implications. Using the most current research from disciplines that included business ethics, finance and accounting, he sought to better identify the legal causes and effects of the court’s decision while reigniting and informing the public debate over insider trading.
Klaw is an assistant professor in the Department of Business Ethics and Legal Studies. His research lies at the crossroads of law, ethics and public policy. His primary area of scholarship examines methods for preventing corruptions, white-collar crime and corporate malfeasance. His work to date has focused on issues of bribery, extortion and insider trading. He also researches and writes on the relationship between government and business, and pedagogical methods for teaching law, ethics and policy.
Breaking Ground in Real Estate
A global expert on complex property damage and valuation, Ron Throupe, PhD, has served as an expert in the wake of disasters like Hurricane Katrina and BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Throupe has extensive real estate experience, having grown up in his father’s construction business. He was later mentored by renowned property damage/valuation expert Bill Mundy, who served as a lead expert on the Exxon Valdez oil spill, among other disasters. Much of Throupe’s research and published works stem from his experiences as managing partner of American Valuation Partners’ real estate advisory services, where he continues to consult on property-damage projects and provide litigation support.
Throupe is an associate professor in the Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management. He researches property valuation/appraisal topics from special-purpose property to construction defects. Recent classes have focused on income property valuation and appraisal, development and feasibility, and Argus financial analysis.