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2020 BYU Accounting Research Productivity Ranking

Nebraska's School of Accountancy is No. 2 in Big Ten in the latest ranking, placing it in the top 15 percent for faculty research among over 600 national and international institutions measured. Nebraska earned the recognition based on the total research output of the school's faculty in the top 12 peer-reviewed accounting journals. The rankings are broken down into three distinct time periods—the past six years, the past 12 years and all publications since 1990—so that each year’s ranking builds on the previous year’s number.


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Impactful Research

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An Analytic Framework for Effective Public Health Program Design Using Correctional Facilities
Journal(s): Informs Journal on Computing
Published: March 12, 2021
CoB Author(s): Özgür Araz
Public correctional facilities play an important role in operational execution of several public health programs, including screening and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. However, because of lack of capacity and resources, public health programs using correctional facilities are questioned by policy-makers in terms of their costs and benefits.
Recruiting Dark Personalities for Earnings Management
Journal(s): Journal of Business Ethics
Published: March 2, 2021
CoB Author(s): Ling Lin Harris
Some companies may intentionally hire managers with “dark personality traits” that are associated with unethical or questionable tendencies. In certain situations where an organization needs to report earnings aggressively, companies may seek to hire candidates who exhibit these dark personality traits over those who have a stronger ethical foundation and may be better qualified for the position.
Prep School for Poor Kids: The Long-Run Impacts of Head Start on Human Capital and Economic Self-Sufficiency
Journal(s): National Bureau of Economic Research
Published: December 16, 2020
CoB Author(s): Brenden D. Timpe
Children who receive education from Head Start, a federally-funded preschool program for disadvantaged kids that prepares them for success in elementary school, find improved chances of having financial independence in adulthood. Research also shows this greatly decreases the odds that those children require public assistance from federal programs, ultimately generating revenue, rather than costs, for the government.
Do Debt Investors Adjust Financial Statement Ratios When Financial Statements Fail to Reflect Economic Substance?
Journal(s): Contemporary Accounting Research
Published: October 13, 2020
CoB Author(s): Jimmy F. Downes
Although cash flow hedge derivative transactions have become common practice for corporations wanting to mitigate risk, adjusting financial statements to account for them often confuses investors. Dr. Jimmy Downes, assistant professor of accountancy, published an article recently to help provide a full picture of financial statement adjustments needed when considering hedge derivatives.
When Challenges Hinder: An Investigation of When and How Challenge Stressors Impact Employee Outcomes
Journal(s): Journal of Applied Psychology
Published: October 10, 2020
CoB Author(s): Troy A. Smith
Stress can actually improve employee performance, but consistency is key. Research conducted by Dr. Troy Smith, assistant professor of management, and his colleagues studied on-the-job stress among employees at restaurants and a university.
Do First Impressions Last? The Impact of Initial Assessments and Subsequent Performance on Promotion Decisions
Journal(s): Management Science
Published: October 6, 2020
CoB Author(s): Dirk E. Black
First impressions may be important, but do they have the power to overshadow poor performance in the workplace? Dr. Dirk Black, assistant professor of accountancy at the School of Accountancy, looked at how positive first impressions of professional baseball players might allow them to progress in the minor leagues despite performing poorly on the field.
Making Nice or Faking Nice? Exploring Supervisors’ Two-faced Response to Their Past Abusive Behavior
Journal(s): Personnel Psychology
Published: September 24, 2020
CoB Author(s): Troy A. Smith
It is not uncommon for supervisors to lose their cool with employees at some point. Sometimes it can escalate to become abusive. Dr. Troy Smith, assistant professor of management at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business, studied how abusive bosses perceive and respond to their own abusive behaviors.
Role of Analytics for Operational Risk Management in the Era of Big Data
Journal(s): Decision Sciences
Published: June 1, 2020
CoB Author(s): Özgür M. Araz, David L. Olson
Schools close, elderly populations isolate and businesses shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Özgür Araz, associate professor of supply chain management and analytics and Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute Faculty Fellow at Nebraska Business, believes decisions imposed to change the way we live in the short-term stem from critical research analysis now in the hands of government and health care providers.
A Framework for Analyzing the U.S. Coin Supply Chain
Journal(s): Production and Operations Management
Published: January 27, 2020
CoB Author(s): Yunxia Zhu
Everyone knows the frustration of not having the right change to complete a purchase. Dr. Yunxia (Peter) Zhu, assistant professor of supply chain management and analytics, believes his research exploring the supply chain of currency may contain solutions to a situation made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Does Eviction Cause Poverty? Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Cook County, IL
Journal(s): Cowles Foundation Discussion Paper No. 2186
Published: July 21, 2019
CoB Author(s): Daniel Tannenbaum
While eviction has its negative effects on a person, research shows the extent of its consequences are minimal compared to the financial strain experienced years leading up to the eviction. Alongside that, the study showed minor impact from evictions on debt in collections, residential mobility or neighborhood poverty.
The Effect of Voluntary Clawback Adoptions on Corporate Tax Policy
Journal(s): The Accounting Review
Published: July 1, 2019
CoB Author(s): Thomas R. Kubick, Thomas C. Omer
Policies in place to retrieve money from executives who profited from financial misconduct, known as clawbacks, show a variance in levels of adoption by corporations. Research indicates that some organizations who have adopted these clawback policies shifted their strategies to decrease tax revenue, while other organizations showed hesitancy to adopt the policies due to lack of guidance from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Strategic Estimation of Asset Fair Values
Journal(s): Journal of Accounting and Economics
Published: August 1, 2018
CoB Author(s): Stanislava Nikolovac
When estimating the fair value, the unbiased estimate of the potential market price, some managers may inflate these numbers when self-estimated due to the unobservable nature of the value. Insurers who need to appear financially healthy often choose to self-estimate their fair value, which research suggests, may need regulation that is more detailed.

Recent Research Awards

Assistant Professor of Marketing

Dr. Andre Maciel, assistant professor of marketing, tied for first place in the Faculty Research and Creative Activity Slam. Maciel discussed his research into stories of David versus Goliath in marketing. That includes the producer side, where access to capital can differ widely between large firms and small and medium firms, and the consumer side, where racial minorities are sometimes treated as potential criminals.

“Within this landscape of inequality, I researched the little guy — the challenger, the marginalized” — and how they can contest inequality. “In other words, I studied David-versus-Goliath kinds of situations as they happen in the marketplace.”

Maciel cited two projects. In one, he studied the craft brewing industry and how smaller companies could thrive by creating networks to promote themselves to consumers, media and lawmakers. Maciel also researched how members of minority groups are made to feel unwelcome in stores. It’s not enough for businesses to label themselves as welcoming or safe places. They must commit to providing jobs to people from marginalized groups, he said.

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Dr. Yingchao Lan
Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management and Analytics

Dr. Yingchao Lan, assistant professor of supply chain management and analytics, was named a finalist for the Chan Han Best Paper Award at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM) Division for her article, "Which Supplier to Select for Product Development? A Node, Dyad, And Network Level Investigation." Leveraging a unique developer-publisher product development dataset from the Electronic Video Game industry, Lan and her co-authors addressed a research gap and explored the factors that drive partner selection decisions when developing a new product. They found that a developer with high structural equivalence to the publisher is more likely to be selected as the final partner, demonstrating the importance of going beyond node- and dyad-level factors to consider a supplier’s relative network-level position when predicting supplier selection for innovation decisions.

Dr. Thomas Dotzel
Assistant Professor of Marketing

Dr. Thomas Dotzel, assistant professor of marketing, and his co-author Dr. Venkatesh Shankar of Texas A&M University won the Best Services Article Award 2019 by the American Marketing Association Service Special Interest Group (SERVSIG) for their Journal of Marketing paper, “The Relative Effects of Business-to-Business (vs. Business-to-Business Consumer) Service Innovations on Firm Value and Firm Risk: An Empirical Analysis.” This award recognizes the best article in the services literature – across journals and disciplines.

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Dr. Jenna Pieper
Associate Professor of Management

Dr. Jenna Pieper, associate professor of management, won the International HRM Scholarly Research Award for her paper, “Perceived Workplace Gender Discrimination and Employee Consequences: A Meta-analysis and Complementary Studies Considering Country Context” published in the Journal of Management. The award, which is presented to the author of the most significant article in IHRM, is sponsored by the Human Resource Division of the Academy of Management.

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Dr. Jennifer Ryan
Department Chair and Professor of Supply Chain Management and Analytics
Ron and Carol Cope College Professor

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 Management, Production and Operations Management, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, and Management Science.

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Graduate Research

Graduate students collaborate with faculty to produce innovative research that expands knowledge in the disciplines and influences professional practice.

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Undergraduate Research

At Nebraska, undergraduate students engage in and learn from classroom-based research through partnerships between the College of Business and private companies, while others pursue their own research passions through the Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience (UCARE) Program. Students also challenge themselves in case competitions near and far and in projects with our research centers and institutes.


Research Centers and Institutes

Our centers and institutes serve as intellectual hubs for students, faculty and business partners. Through cutting-edge research, we’re able to make discoveries about the world around us, as well as ourselves.