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Achievements for July 2020

Achievements for July 2020
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. Jennifer Ryan, Ryan and Carol Cope Professor of Supply Chain Management and department chair, received distinction from <em>Decision Sciences</em> as a leading researcher in operations management (OM).
Dr. Jennifer Ryan, Ryan and Carol Cope Professor of Supply Chain Management and department chair, received distinction from Decision Sciences as a leading researcher in operations management (OM).
  • Dr. Özgür Araz, associate professor of supply chain management and analytics, and Dr. S. Sajeesh, assistant professor of marketing, were awarded a Jane Robertson Layman Fund grant through the Layman Seed and New Directions competition. The grant will fund their proposal, “Designing Firm Strategies Adaptive to Public Health Obesity Policies."
  • Dr. Dirk Black's, assistant professor of accountancy, article, “Do First Impressions Last? The Impact of Initial Assessments and Subsequent Performance on Promotion Decisions” has been accepted in Management Science. Using Minor League Baseball signing and performance data from 1987 to 2014, he and his coauthors' results suggest that when making promotion decisions, managers hold on to their first impressions of workers too long, even after observing on the job performance. Read more at:
  • Dr. Jamie Hyodo, assistant professor of marketing, has had an article, “How does Religion Affect Consumer Response to Failure and Recovery by Firms?" accepted for publication in Journal of Consumer Research. Using a series of experiments, he and his coauthor's results suggest that when religion is top of mind, consumers will be more forgiving of firm-driven failures, such as service or brand failures. Religion-prompted forgiveness is only observed, however, following a strong recovery effort by the transgressing firm.
  • Abby Nappier Cherup, Ph.D. student in marketing, and Dr. Andre Maciel, assistant professor of marketing, were awarded a grant from the American Marketing Association Consumer Behavior Special Interest Group Small Research Grants Competition. The grant will fund a project based on Nappier Cherup's dissertation on inclusive servicescapes, which considers the physical and psychological design of service layouts or the service delivery environment.
  • Dr. Thomas Omer, Delmar Lienemann Sr. Chair of Accounting and professor of accountancy, co-authored a recent study showing that companies that dismiss their auditor-provided tax services out of concern for appearances end up paying more taxes by 1.64 percentage points. CFO Dive and CFO Magazine have published articles on the study:
  • Dr. Jennifer Ryan, Ryan and Carol Cope Professor of Supply Chain Management and department chair, was named in Decision Sciences as a leading author in operations management (OM) research. She is one of the top 50 authors in the journal Production and Operations Management. The study, "OM Research: Leading Authors and Institutions", focused on the research productivity of authors and institutions over the 15-year period of 2001-2015 in a set of four premier journals, Journal of Operations ManagementProduction and Operations ManagementManufacturing and Service Operations Management, and Management Science. Read the article at:
  • Dr. S. Sajeesh and his project submission, “The Rise (or Fall) of the Sharing Economy: Winning Favorable Market Participation and Competition Policies,” was chosen for funding from the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center’s Summer 2020 Grant Program. He will examine the competition between new business model firms who have taken advantage of the gaps and vacuums in regulations and policies to expand rapidly and the incumbent businesses who lobby to obtain favorable policies for themselves.
  • Dr. Troy Smith, assistant professor of management, published a new study showing that employees display greater performance and well-being when the level of challenging tasks they work on is consistent or stable over time. KNEB ran a June 21 article on the research: He was also featured in the university's Faculty 101 podcast sharing what his research has to say about managing and working in times of upheavel. Listen to the podcast at:
  • Dr. Eric Thompson, Nelson Professor of Economics and director of the Bureau of Business Research, was interviewed for a June 19 article on Nebraska’s low unemployment rate compared to other states. "We retain advantages ... in the sense of having a larger share of our economy in sectors that weren't as hard-hit” by the COVID-19 pandemic, he said. Primary industries in Nebraska include a large rail and trucking sector; farm equipment manufacturing; and insurance and financial services. Also, Nebraska's lockdown measures weren't as extensive as other states, Thompson said. Read the article at:
  • Thompson was interviewed for a June 11 KOLN/KGIN story on Nebraska working toward economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. "The economic impact of COVID-19 on the Nebraska economy has not been as large as the nation as a whole," he said. "A big part of the reason for that is that more of our economy is in sectors that are necessary; the demand stays steady even in a recession." View video:
  • Thompson and his previous study about the economic impact of Husker football game days was highlighted in a June 14 Bloomberg Tax article. Each game brings in an impact of about $5.2 million to the Lincoln metropolitan area. Read the article:
  • Three economics majors were awarded stipends to participated in research with a faculty mentor this summer through the university's Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience (UCARE) Program. Recipients and their research topics include: Zachary Cheek of Omaha, Nebraska, “Marijuana Markets and Tax Revenue;" Hwanhee Choi of Dong-gu, South Korea, “The Relationship between the Exchange Rate of Foreign Currencies and the U.S. Dollar;” and Justin Ho of Bukit Mertajam, Malaysia, "Human Capital Growth and Labor Market Flexibility.” Read the university release:

Learning + Transformation

  • A record 1,512 College of Business students earned Dean’s List recognition for academic excellence in the spring semester, even during an abrupt shift to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the story at:
  • Forty-five first-year students representing 11 states join the Nebraska Business Honors Academy in August. They will complete most of their core and foundation business curriculum together focused on developing critical thinking, technical and communication skills. Learn more at:
  • Jack Funke, sophomore business administration major, and his new trash can cleaning business was featured in The Lincoln Journal Star in a June 20 story. Funke has managed to sign up about 20 regular residential customers and a few commercial ones despite not being able to do much outreach during the pandemic. Read the article:
  • MBA@Nebraska May graduates Wes Pietrzak, of Cedar Park, Texas, and Jamie Williams, of Lincoln, Nebraska, were named among the Online MBA Best and Brightest Class of 2020 by Poets&Quants. Read more at:

Connection + Engagement

  • Matthew Ringler, an actuarial science major from Lucas, Texas, wrote an article featured on the Casualty Actuarial Society Future Focus Blog titled, "How COVID-19 Brought Me Closer to the Tightly-Knit Actuarial Community." He provided professional development during the pandemic via an actuarial podcast for Nebraska's Actuarial Science Club. Podcast guests include a number of actuarial leaders who shared their story and advice for students. Read the blog post:

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 Submission Form at the bottom of webpage. On the form, select Recognize Achievement and fill out the related questions.

Published: July 10, 2020