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August 6, 2021

Achievements for August 2021

Achievements for August 2021
College of Business faculty, students and staff continue to excel in fulfilling the college's mission to drive discovery, create opportunity and empower individuals to lead the future of business.

Learn more about recent honors, appointments and publications at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business in this month's achievements column. The achievements of faculty, staff and students are grouped within the college’s three mission-focused goals of research + discovery, learning + transformation and connection + engagement.

Research + Discovery

  • Dr. John Anderson, Baird Family Professor of Economics, was interviewed for an Aug. 2 Business NH Magazine article on the great divide over current use, a tax policy that allows agricultural land to be appraised at a lower value based on how it’s being used and not its market value. “As a policy device, it really hasn’t had great success in terms of preserving family farms or preserving prime agricultural land,” Anderson said. Read the magazine article.
  • Dr. Robert Campbell, assistant professor of management, co-authored "Retaining Problems or Solutions? The Post-Acquisition Performance Implications of Director Retention," which is forthcoming in Strategic Management Journal. This research indicates negative financial implications associated with director retention, a common practice during acquisitions where the acquiring firm adds at least one director from the target onto its board. Read the article.
  • Dr. Qian Chen, assistant professor of marketing, co-authored "Estimating Finite Mixtures of Ordinal Graphical Models" in Psychometrika. This research introduces the finite mixture of ordinal graphical models to effectively study the heterogeneous conditional dependence relationships of ordinal data. The authors demonstrate the potential usefulness of the proposed method in psychological science through a real application concerning the interests and attitudes related to fan avidity, which is the level of interest, involvement, passion and loyalty a fan exhibits to a particular sports entity.
  • Dr. Andrew Hanna, lecturer in management, was quoted in a July 30 KETV story on Lincoln’s Jo Newman opening a business, Newman Creations, with her husband, Brian, after being laid off during the pandemic. Hanna said he thinks it could be part of a national trend. “People are just taking a lot of time to think about what was really important to them and what they wanted from their lives even, and entrepreneurship is one of these great empowering things for people,” he said. Watch KETV segment.
  • Dr. Yingchao Lan, assistant professor of supply chain management and analytics, won the Chan Hahn Best Paper Award at the 2021 Academy of Management Conference for "Ancillary Cost Implication of Multisiting Physicians and Interorganizational Collaboration in Healthcare Delivery." The award honors the best paper presented as part of the OSCM Division conference program as determined by ratings and comments received from conference reviewers. Lan and her co-authors provided valuable insights on the interaction between hospital collaboration efforts and patient outcomes. Using an econometric estimation approach accounting for endogeneity, they investigated ancillary costs in 182 accurate-care hospitals in Florida during 2014-16 and found that patients treated by physicians who practice at more than one hospital saw reduced per-hospitalization laboratory and radiology charges. Pharmacy charges were also lower in hospitals participating in inter-organizational collaboration.
  • Rob Simon, associate professor of practice in marketing, was featured in WalletHub's Ask the Experts where he discussed consumer needs for comprehensive car insurance. Read the WalletHub Q&A.
  • Dr. Eric Thompson, K.H. Nelson Professor of Economics and director of the Bureau of Business Research, was interviewed for an Aug. 1 Lincoln Journal Star article on the Lincoln and Nebraska economies appearing to be booming. While there are some concerns that the current robust economy could slow down once pandemic-related government stimulus programs end, Thompson said there are some good signs that economic growth will continue. Read the news article.
  • Dr. Liying Wang, assistant professor of finance, sole-authored the study "Lifting the Veil: The Price Formation of Corporate Bond Offerings" published in the Journal of Financial Economics. Wang produced the first study to analyze the price-updating process associated with corporate bonds, an important source of capital for U.S. firms. Her work provides useful reference for investors, issuers and regulators. Read the paper.
  • Dr. Yunxia (Peter) Zhu, assistant professor of supply chain management and analytics, co-authored "One Firm’s Trash is Another Firm’s Treasure: A Green and Profitable Deal" in IISE Transactions, a flagship journal for industrial engineering, in August 2021. He and his co-authors found that a green and profitable new deal can be made when one firm’s byproducts can be valuable resources used by another firm. They advocate for policymakers to consider providing governmental incentives that encourage companies to identify and exploit such synergies. This paper was selected to also appear as a featured article in the July 2021 issue of the ISE Magazine. ISE Magazine is an award-winning monthly publication that highlights only a small fraction of the papers published in IISE Transactions.

Learning + Transformation

  • Dr. Tammy Beck, associate professor of management, was named the interim director of the School of Accountancy.
  • Dr. Aaron Crabtree, associate professor of accountancy and KPMG Faculty Fellow in Professional Accounting, was named the associate dean of master's programs and executive development.
  • Joe Petsick, executive in residence and assistant professor of practice in management, shared how the College of Business collaborated with Nebraska Athletics and colleagues across campus to offer Accelerate, one part of #NILbraska. Created to help student-athletes maximize their Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) potential, Accelerate features business, entrepreneurial and strengths-based education, coaching and advising, along with interdisciplinary offerings created through campus partnerships. Stories on the initiative have appeared in Sports Illustrated, KLKN, KPTM, News Channel Nebraska and MSN Sports. Read the Omaha World-Herald article. Read the College of Business Story.

Connection + Engagement

  • Ahmed Ahmed, senior accounting major from Lincoln, appeared on episode four of the Alpha to Zeta podcast from Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity. Ahmed spoke with the podcast's hosts Zach Scamehorn, senior marketing major from Lincoln, and Bella Rodriguez, senior accounting major from Carrollton, Texas, about his experience at the university, the role race plays in business and how people can be an ally in the workplace. Listen to the podcast episode.  
  • The Business Career Center hosted Employer Partners Day on August 5. Mutual of Omaha won the 2021 Employer of the Year award, which honors an organization who has gone above and beyond to collaborate with the Business Career Center in their commitment to students’ career development at the College of Business. Heather Clemens, assistant director and assistant professor of practice in actuarial science, was named the Sue Vagts Faculty/Staff Partner of the Year. The center recognized Clemens for building relationships with employers and enhancing career development, education, and opportunities to help College of Business students succeed.

This column is a monthly feature of the College of Business. Faculty, staff and students can submit achievements to be considered for this column via the News Proposal Form at the bottom of https://business.unl.edu webpage. On the form, select Recognize Achievement and fill out the related questions.