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Achievements for September 2019

Achievements for September 2019
The DREAMBIG Academy is a week-long summer academy that provides diverse, incoming high school seniors the opportunity to learn about the dynamic world of business and potential career opportunities at the College of Business at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
College of Business students, faculty, staff and departments/units recognized for recent achievements include: Dr. Sam Allgood, Dr. Robert Campbell, Brennan Costello, the DREAMBIG Academy, Umeda Islamova, Dr. Fred Luthans, Dr. Laura Poppo, Katie Sewell, Dr. Daniel Tannenbaum, Dr. Eric Thompson and Dr. Liang (Leon) Xu.

Research + Discovery
  • Dr. Robert Campbell, assistant professor of management, co-authored an article published in the August edition of the Academy of Management Journal titled “Born to Take Risk? The Effect of CEO Birth Order on Strategic Risk Taking.” The article develops the theory that CEO birth order is positively associated with strategic risk taking. Those CEOs who are earlier-born take fewer risks compared to those who are later-born. Campbell, along with his co-authors Dr. Seung-Hwan Jeong of Georgia State University and Dr. Scott D. Graffin of the University of Georgia, argue that this relationship is moderated by three factors related to sibling rivalry, including age gap between a CEO and the closest born sibling, CEO age and the presence of a sibling CEO. Read the complete article:
  • Dr. Fred Luthans, emeritus University and George Holmes Distinguished Professor of Management, offered insight on how to help people build psychological capital and avoid burnout in the workplace in an interview for Thrive Global. The article also appeared in Psychology Today. Read the complete article at:
  • Dr. Laura Poppo, Donald and Shirley Clifton Chair in Leadership and professor of management, received the Strategic Management Journal Dan and Mary Lou Schendel Best Paper Prize for her paper “Do Formal Contacts and Relational Governance Function as Substitutes or Complements?” Along with co-author Todd Zenger of the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, Poppo finds that formal contracts and relational governance are compliments and that, rather than hindering or replacing relational governance, contracts may promote the formation of long-term, trusting exchange relations. The award honors substantial work published in the SJM and is for a paper published five or more years prior to the citation itself.
  • Katie Sewell, assistant director of career development and planning in the Business Career Center, presented “Generations and Communication” at Southeast Community College’s Annual All-Staff Conference this summer. The presentation assisted staff at the college in understanding the mindsets and communication styles of Generation Z.
  • Dr. Daniel Tannenbaum, assistant professor of economics, co-authored a working paper for the National Bureau of Economics Research in which the effect of housing eviction on people’s lives is studied. His research also appears in an article written for The Economist, discussing the link between housing instability and poverty. The study provides the first in-depth economic analysis of the effects of eviction on people’s financial status. More than 2 million U.S. households face the prospect of eviction each year and, according to the study, by the time tenants land in eviction court, most have already suffered years of intensified financial stress. Read the full article here:
  • Dr. Liang (Leon) Xu, assistant professor of supply chain management and analytics, and colleagues recently published a study showing that pharmaceutical companies have failed to comply with federal policies that could speed up the approval of potentially life-saving prescription drugs. "Manufacturers apparently have little incentive to do the post-market studies because they are not easily enforced and they are expensive," said Xu. "Withdrawing a drug from the market takes time and without proof of ineffectiveness cannot be enforced immediately." Read the complete article by United Press International (UPI) here:
Learning + Transformation
  • Brennan Costello, graduate student in the College of Business and chief business relations officer at the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program, has been named a 2019-20 Kirchner Food Fellow by the Kirchner Group. As one of three graduate students selected nationwide for the fellowship, he will spend the academic year learning about the world of venture capital, culminating in an opportunity to invest $50,000 in a growing global agriculture startup of his team’s choosing.
Connection + Engagement
  • Dr. Sam Allgood, Edwin J. Faulkner Professor of Economics, has been invited to serve as chair of the American Economic Association (AEA) Task Force on Outreach to High School and Undergraduate Students in Economics. Established this year, the task force brought together eight leaders across the nation to foster outreach to undergraduate and high school students, specifically encouraging more women and minorities to study economics. It is one of the many initiatives the AEA created to reduce harassment and discrimination and encourage more women and underrepresented minorities to enter the economics profession.
  • Umeda Islamova, director of the Nebraska Business Development Center in Lincoln, received the 2019 Small Business Development Center (SBDC) State Star honor. Since joining NBDC in 2018, she offers no-cost business consulting to small businesses in 16 counties in Nebraska. In addition, her work helped clients acquire $4.8 million in loans/capital, creating more than 50 jobs, opening 21 new businesses and counseling more than 200 clients. Read the article here:
  • Dr. Eric Thompson, Karl H. Nelson Professor of Economics and director of the Bureau of Business Research, met with the Nebraska Legislature’s Revenue Committee on August 2 to discuss tax reform options. Thompson pointed to the option of eliminating some sales tax exemptions, but said the exemptions that could raise the most revenue may be the most difficult to end. He also recently co-authored a study along with the Bureau of Business Research Program Director Dr. Mitch Herian, finding that the Nebraska Historic Tax Credit has had a nearly $183.9 million impact on the state’s economy since its inception in 2015. Read about the tax reform options in an article published by the Lincoln Journal Star:
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  • Chancellor Ronnie Green discussed several of the university’s initiatives to help first-generation students in an August 24 guest column for the Omaha World-Herald. Of the initiatives featured, he highlighted the successes of the DREAMBIG Academy, a College of Business pre-college program for underrepresented students to explore business. Read more here:
Find out more about DREAMBIG Academy:
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 the College of Business webpage. On the form, select Recognize achievement and fill out the related questions.
Published: September 6, 2019