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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 College’s foremost publication, is published each fall. The magazine showcases our innovative initiatives and curricula, exceptional faculty, and outstanding students and alumni.
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Daniels Business: The Research Issue
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.
The Power of Electronic Word-of-Mouth
Turns out there is such a thing as bad publicity—particularly when it comes to electronic word-of-mouth. “If a product has been on the market for some time, negative [online] reviews can hurt sales and be detrimental to the brand,” says Ana Babic Rosario, PhD, an expert in online social interaction, credibility and communities of consumption. The assistant professor of marketing recently explored how online reviews affect consumer behavior. To find the answer, Babic Rosario and colleagues examined nearly 100 published studies and coded the statistical results. “When products are new, consumers tend to rely more on information from others because there’s lots of uncertainty,” she says. “We appreciate when somebody has tried a new product and we can piggyback off of that person’s experience.”
Applying Data to New Arenas
One of the benefits of being a statistician—and something that attracted Ryan Elmore, PhD, to the field initially—is how transferrable the skill set is across domains. “You get to play in a lot of sandboxes. My sandboxes right now are sports and applications in renewable energy,” Elmore says. A former scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the assistant professor of business information & analytics recently performed a “large-scale data mining exercise” with colleagues to examine the overall output for solar potential if every building across the U.S. with a suitable rooftop received a solar installation. “We estimated that almost 40 percent of the energy demand in the U.S. could be satisfied by solar on these rooftops,” Elmore says. “That’s super high impact.”
Managerial Behavior in Accounting Settings
It’s no secret that we live in an imperfect world periodically marked by aggressive behavior. Adam Greiner, PhD, focuses much of his research on the implications of such behavior in accounting settings. In a recent study, Greiner and co-authors explored whether real earnings management activities contribute to client risk. “When auditors see aggressive behaviors … they perceive a business risk … and they price that into their fees,” says the assistant professor of accounting. “This dilemma introduces conflict because suboptimal business activities do not violate accounting standards. But managers are making business decisions driven by accounting treatments to achieve reporting objectives and pursuing a myopic view of meeting the market’s expectations, potentially sacrificing long-term value.”
The Sweet Spot of Mid-Cap Stocks
Chris Hughen, PhD, enjoys making an impact in the classroom by showing students how difficult it is to manage a stock portfolio. The associate professor of finance teaches the Reiman Fund Course, in which students manage a $370,000 portfolio within the University of Denver’s endowment fund. In the past year, the fund realized a 30 percent return on investment compared to a 21 percent return on the benchmark S&P Midcap 400 Index. “We outperformed the market by an amazing 9.1 percent, which is enough to make professional money managers green with envy,” Hughen says. “A lot of people follow the large companies … while small companies are growing, which attracts great interest. It’s the midsize companies that are underfollowed, underresearched and underappreciated.”
Core Values at Work
The next time someone tells you, “It’s not personal, it’s business,” don’t believe it for a second. According to Sung Soo Kim, PhD, it’s virtually impossible to prevent the personal from seeping into our professional lives. “We all bring our personal values into the workplace,” says the assistant professor of management and expert on values-based management, leadership and employee engagement. In a recent study, Kim and her colleagues examined the implications of organizations failing to live up to their espoused values. “If people see that their organization is not keeping its word in terms of its core values, we found that their job performance declines,” Kim says. “It’s really about what happens when organizations say one thing but do another.”
The Impact of Driverless Mobility
In the future, as driverless vehicles become the norm rather than a novelty, questions loom: Who is liable when accidents happen? The manufacturer? The programmer? The vehicle’s owner? “The industry is affording the opportunity to develop and shape an entirely new body of law,” says Mark Lee Levine, PhD. Recently, the professor of real estate and construction management and co-authors explored how driverless mobility will affect residential and commercial real estate given that vehicles move large parts of the population and goods every day. “The impact on real estate, business and industry is substantial,” he says. Levine will use his fourth Fulbright grant to further explore the implications of driverless mobility at the Samuel Neaman Institute at the Technion and the University of Haifa in Israel.
Free Enterprise and Greater Accountability
With degrees in philosophy, law and international law, Don Mayer, JD, is drawn to systemic problems, including global environmental issues, free trade and the evolution of capitalism, both domestically and globally. In a recent article, the professor of business ethics and legal studies focused on LGBTQ rights, examining how leaders at companies like Apple and Salesforce responded to discriminatory legislation that opposed their organizations’ missions and values. “Forty or 50 years ago, the assumption was that democracy took care of social and environmental concerns, and that private enterprise could focus on making money,” Mayer says. “Companies that take a stand risk alienating those with opposing views. CEO activism has its price, but there’s a case to be made that there’s a price to not taking a stand as well.”
Leveraging Human Capital Through Cultural Intelligence
Cheri Young, PhD, works hard to prepare her hospitality management students for the real world. But she’s acutely aware that her classroom often lacks the diversity found in a hotel staff lounge or a restaurant kitchen. Several years ago, the associate professor of hospitality management established a partnership with Denver’s African Community Center, a refugee resettlement agency that allows Young’s students to mentor refugees enrolled in a job training program. “The hospitality and food services industries employ more foreign-born workers than other industries,” says Young. “Our students will work with people from around the world, and even with the working poor, and we want them to have an appreciation for, a sensitivity to and the skills to work with that type of human capital.”