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Research: Certain Firms Benefit From Increasing Advertising, R&D Spending in Recessions

December 16, 2010

New research coauthored by a professor at the Penn State Smeal College of Business identifies what firm types benefit from increases in advertising and research and development spending during recessions.

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Video: Smeal Professor Leads Push for New Federal Financial Oversight Agency

December 14, 2010

When Smeal’s John Liechty realized that federal financial regulators lacked an oversight agency to collect data on the interconnectedness of the financial system to identify and appropriately respond to systemic risk, he went from professor to grassroots organizer to Congressional activist. It all paid off when his idea for this new watchdog was included in this summer’s financial reform legislation.

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Ghadar on CNBC's 'Street Signs'

December 3, 2010

Fariborz Ghadar, director of the Center for Global Business Studies, appeared on CNBC's "Street Signs" on Dec. 6 to discuss Iran's Kish Island and with host Erin Burnett. Ghadar was involved in the establishment of the Kish Island free trade zone in 1977 when he was president of the Export Promotion Center of the government of Iran.

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CEO ‘Board’em: Replace With Caution

December 2, 2010

CEO ‘Board’em: Replace With Caution

Contrary to the notion that CEO succession is generally beneficial in turnaround situations, recent research from Don Hambrick finds that it depends on the incumbent’s degree of misfit and the successor’s degree of fit. The simple act of replacing the CEO does not improve troubled firms’ performance unless the ill-suited incumbent is replaced with a new, well-suited candidate. Hambrick advises boards to think carefully before replacing their CEO in times of trouble.

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Reputation and Celebrity: Firms’ Intangible Assets

November 16, 2010

Reputation and Celebrity: Firms’ Intangible Assets

Smeal’s Tim Pollock compares the effects of two intangible assets, firm reputation and celebrity, on the likelihood that a firm announces a positive or negative earnings surprise and investors’ reactions to these surprises. He says managers need to understand that their strategic actions may have lasting consequences and that all press isn’t necessarily good press.

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The Foreclosure Crisis

November 8, 2010

The Foreclosure Crisis

Smeal’s Brent Ambrose takes a closer look at the housing crisis by analyzing the local housing market in Maricopa County, Ariz. He and his coauthors examine the high rates of foreclosures and how one homeowner’s decision to default may start a default cascade by causing the remaining homeowners to reevaluate their property values downward.

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Video: How to Get the Most From Your Money Manager

October 26, 2010

Smeal's Heber Farnsworth discusses the best ways to compensate money managers through effective contract design. He addresses three potential scenarios or "worlds" that can impact the design of a contract depending on what problems arise. He also notes the importance of incorporating proper incentives and risk sharing when developing the contracts.

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Tis the Season to Shop … Hopefully

October 15, 2010

Tis the Season to Shop … Hopefully

The recession tightened consumers’ purse strings and they are still feeling the effects. However, retailers maintain their hope for a busy holiday shopping season. In order to fare well during the holiday season, Smeal’s Lisa Bolton says retailers should keep in mind the consumer’s overall shopping experience and try to take some emphasis off price, even though it may be a challenge.

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Smeal's Harrison Elected INFORMS President-Elect

October 14, 2010

Smeal's Harrison Elected INFORMS President-Elect

Terry Harrison, professor of supply chain and information systems at the Penn State Smeal College of Business, has been elected 2011 president-elect of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the world's largest society for professionals in the field of operations research, management science and business analytics.

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Smeal Ranks No. 7 in Real Estate Research, Study Finds

August 24, 2010

The real estate department at the Penn State Smeal College of Business is ranked seventh in the world in research productivity and a Smeal faculty member ranks sixth, according to an academic study forthcoming in The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics.

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Extend or Expire?

October 6, 2010

Extend or Expire?

Smeal’s Charles Enis, tax expert and associate professor of accounting, discusses the fate of the Bush-era tax cuts. Enis suggests Congress should strive to increase the transparency of the tax codes, fix the alternative minimum tax, and phase out itemized deductions and exemption allowances.

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Better Quality of Earnings: Public or Private Equity Firms?

October 6, 2010

Better Quality of Earnings: Public or Private Equity Firms?

Management incentives and demand by investors for earnings quality are important factors that shape the financial reporting of public equity firms. Dan Givoly and coauthors compare the quality of accounting numbers produced by two types of public firms—those with publicly traded equity and those with privately held equity that are considered public because of their publicly traded debt.

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Tied to the Land

September 22, 2010

Tied to the Land

Terry Harrison has a passion for the good stewardship of natural resources, which stems from his love of the outdoors and an early job as a logger and forester. He shares how this passion shines through in his teaching, research, course projects, and daily life.

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Gaining a Competitive Advantage Within Your Market

September 2, 2010

Gaining a Competitive Advantage Within Your Market

Recent research from Wenpin Tsai, professor of business administration at Smeal, suggests ways for firms to gain market share and undermine their competitors. The most important point is for firms to put themselves in the shoes of their competitors and their competitors’ competitors. Firms who are well versed on their competitors’ strengths and weaknesses have a better chance of gaining market share and attacking their rivals without being counterattacked.

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The Impact of RFID on Supply Chains

August 27, 2010

Companies are experimenting with radio frequency identification, or RFID, to increase the efficiency and productivity of their supply chains. By using these RFID tags, retail stores, manufacturing companies, and warehouses are capable of providing better customer service, quickly replenishing inventory, lowering labor costs, and managing quality control.

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Going Steady: Inter-Firm Relationships

August 26, 2010

In a business-to-business environment, some buyers and suppliers have long histories together, in which they become familiar with one another’s behavior. If one party deviates from the normal behavior, this could create uncertainty for the other and damage the relationship. Qiong Wang discusses ways top managers can prevent this from happening.

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Video: The Role of Cognitive Appraisals in Emotional Blunting

August 3, 2010

Smeal's Karen Winterich looks at how one emotion impacts another emotion and how this influences decision making. Discussing concepts like cognitive appraisals and emotional blunting provide answers to why people feel the way they do in certain situations. She explains how these processes are applicable in everyday life.

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Room For Error

July 29, 2010

Room For Error

Both mandatory and voluntary disclosures require managers to project or estimate future earnings and accruals. Given environmental uncertainty, these business assessments unavoidably involve some errors. Allowing greater flexibility in the disclosure process may increase the likelihood of these errors being conveyed to the capital market. Smeal’s Guojin Gong discusses how environmental uncertainty and disclosure flexibility affect the quality of information conveyed through mandatory and voluntary disclosures.

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A Case of the Fridays

July 21, 2010

Announcing a merger on a Friday may not be the best idea if you want people to pay attention. Recent research by two Penn State accounting professors suggests that investor inattention results in lower trading reactions to Friday merger announcements. They advise investors to be aware of the timing of merger announcements and pay more attention to transactions announced on Friday.

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A Passion for Teaching

July 12, 2010

A Passion for Teaching

Do what you love. Love what you do. Such is the case for Jennifer Chang Coupland, Paiste Learning Fellow and clinical associate professor of marketing at Smeal. She combines her love of consumer culture, brands, marketing, and teaching into a job she says she “intrinsically loves.” Coupland incorporates her fondness of nostalgic brands and creativity into the classroom, creating an environment that students enjoy.

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Building the Next Generation of B2B Marketing Scholars

June 23, 2010

The Institute for the Study of Business Markets is one of Smeal's founding research centers. Under the direction of Drs. Ralph Oliva and Gary Lilien, the ISBM has become a center of excellence. Networked with researchers, educators, and practitioners from businesses and universities around the world, their mission is to improve the practice of business-to-business marketing in both industry and academia.

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No Private Health Insurance?

June 10, 2010

No Private Health Insurance?

Smeal’s Keith Crocker predicts that the elimination of medical underwriting—which will occur in 2014 when exclusions for preexisting conditions are prohibited—will completely destroy the individual market for health insurance. He also discusses the risks, mandates, and fines associated with the new health care legislation, as well as the potential for a resurgence of the public option.

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Natural Disasters Interrupt Flow of Global Supply Chains

June 4, 2010

Natural Disasters Interrupt Flow of Global Supply Chains

Smeal's Christopher Craighead weighs in on how the BP oil spill and other natural disasters impact business across the globe. He admits that major interruptions occur every year but their impact is hard to determine until the event completely unfolds. He also stresses that companies, especially those who do business globally, should plan to deal with disruptions, even if that means rethinking the design of their supply chains.

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A Beautiful Ride

May 27, 2010

A Beautiful Ride

In addition to being one of the most well respected academics in the field of strategic management, Donald Hambrick is also a Vietnam veteran, a former drummer, and a lifelong lover of racquet sports. In this interview, he discusses some of his greatest academic achievements, what he has learned from his students, how he wants others to remember him, and what’s left to accomplish in his successful career.

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Avid Sports Fans’ Passion for the Team Often Translates into Revenue

May 17, 2010

Avid Sports Fans’ Passion for the Team Often Translates into Revenue

For avid sports fans, their interests, enthusiasm and passion for the game defy the norm. It’s more than just brand loyalty. There’s an emotional connection. Smeal’s Wayne DeSarbo, executive director for the Center for Sports Business and Research, studies how marketers can capitalize on these feelings and target their marketing campaigns toward these avid fans in hopes of generating more revenue.

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