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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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Governing Electronic Business-to-Business Markets

May 12, 2010

Governing Electronic Business-to-Business Markets

Governance mechanisms for business-to-business (B2B) electronic markets work best if tailored to each market individually. Smeal’s Rajdeep Grewal highlights three governance mechanisms: monitoring, community building, and self-participation. Based on the level of behavioral and external uncertainties, market makers must decide which mechanisms to emphasize to generate growth and financial success within the market.

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AMA Leadership Handbook Includes Chapter by Smeal's Vicere

May 6, 2010

A new book compilation of writings on leadership by some of the world's top management experts and executive coaches features a chapter contributed by Albert Vicere, executive education professor of strategic leadership at the Penn State Smeal College of Business.

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Video: Remanufactured Products Maximize Profits

May 3, 2010

Smeal’s Dan Guide says remanufacturing extends a product’s life cycle and could potentially help managers maximize profits. However, managers may fear that remanufacturing cannibalizes new product sales. Guide says proper understanding of pricing strategies, competition, and customers who value functionality enables firms to reach new customers.

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Smeal's Yoshida Presents at Japan's Policy Research Institute

April 28, 2010

Smeal's Yoshida Presents at Japan's Policy Research Institute

Jiro Yoshida, assistant professor of real estate at the Penn State Smeal College of Business, recently delivered a talk on the U.S. real estate market at a meeting of the Policy Research Institute, a unit of Japan's Ministry of Finance.

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Seventh Edition of Smeal Professors' Transportation Textbook Published

April 28, 2010

Seventh Edition of Smeal Professors' Transportation Textbook Published

South-Western Cengage Learning has published the seventh edition of Transportation: A Supply Chain Perspective, a textbook originally published in 1982 and coauthored by two faculty members at the Penn State Smeal College of Business.

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Hambrick Named Evan Pugh Professor

April 28, 2010

Hambrick Named Evan Pugh Professor

Donald Hambrick, Smeal Chaired Professor of Management at the Penn State Smeal College of Business, has been named an Evan Pugh Professor, joining a list of only 61 others thus recognized since the title's inception in 1960. Evan Pugh Professorships are the highest honor the University bestows on its faculty.

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Research: It May Be Better for Shareholders to Overpay Their CEOs than to Underpay Them

April 27, 2010

In the wake of the recent financial crisis, what many perceive as excessive executive salaries have grown as a target of popular outrage and Washington lawmakers. However, according to forthcoming research coauthored by a professor at the Penn State Smeal College of Business, overpaying CEOs—as compared to their peers—may actually benefit shareholders, while underpaying them could have negative consequences.

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Collaborative Communities: The Future of Organizational Design

April 21, 2010

Collaborative Communities: The Future of Organizational Design

In response to the global business community, Charles Snow and his coauthors introduce a new organizational design called a collaborative community, in which firms and perhaps countries share knowledge and work together toward common goals. Firms should be prepared to handle the barriers associated with effective multi-firm collaboration and incorporate collaboration into their company culture.

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The Reality of a Tax Refund

April 13, 2010

The Reality of a Tax Refund

With tax season coming to an end, Charles Enis, associate professor of accounting at the Penn State Smeal College of Business, answers a few questions on tax refunds and the economical and psychological factors associated with refunds. He also discusses individual retirement accounts, or IRAs, ways policy makers can improve their design, and how they can either help a person get a larger refund or owe less money when they are doing their taxes.

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Skip-Level Leaders Inhibit Employee Voice

April 12, 2010

Skip-Level Leaders Inhibit Employee Voice

Organizations depend on employees to speak up about problems and opportunities. Yet, employees often feel inhibited. Skip-level leaders need to be aware of and pay attention to any opportunities they have to impact voice, as there seems to be a lack of understanding from managers about the fear they provoke among subordinates, often without even intending to do so.

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Faculty Members' Book Named December 2009 Top Seller

March 12, 2010

Trafford, a leading on-demand book self publisher, recently announced that a book coauthored by faculty members at Penn State's Smeal College of Business was the company's bestselling book for December 2009.

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Incorporating Deep-Level Diversity into Work Design

March 4, 2010

Smeal’s David Harrison and Stephen Humphrey look at the social nature of tasks and how deep-level diversity characteristics play a role in team design at work. Bringing together their expertise on diversity and work design, the researchers address issues such as typecasting and status differences and offer suggestions for “optimal diversity” in team settings.

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Integrating Ethanol into the Petroleum Supply Chain

February 25, 2010

A group of researchers from Smeal take an in-depth look at the integration of ethanol into the existing petroleum supply chain and identify five strategic priorities for policy makers, managers, and other researchers. From consolidation terminals to the efficient and cost-effective transportation of ethanol, their study serves as a foundation for this current shift.

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Smeal Sports Center Moves Forward

February 12, 2010

One of the main goals for Smeal's Center for Sports Business and Research is to bridge the gap between research, education, and the sports industry. By studying the topic of fan avidity, providing students with career counseling, and reaching out to industry professionals, executive director Wayne DeSarbo and associate director Andrew Bergstein continue to move forward in spite of a challenging economy.

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CEO Pay For Performance, Not Luck

February 11, 2010

CEO Pay For Performance, Not Luck

An important part of a CEO’s job is to forecast market movement and optimize its firm’s exposure to such movement. Fenghua Song and his coauthors argue that an increase in sector performance should be reflected in the CEO’s pay, indicating the increase was due to the CEO’s strategy, skill, and vision, not sheer luck of the market.

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French University Honors Smeal's Hambrick with Honorary Doctorate

February 5, 2010

French University Honors Smeal's Hambrick with Honorary Doctorate

Donald Hambrick, Smeal Chaired Professor of Management at Penn State's Smeal College of Business, has received an honorary doctorate degree from the Université Panthéon-Assas, one of the major affiliates of the prestigious Universities of Paris.

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Professor Testifies Before House Subcommittee on Iran Policy

February 5, 2010

Dr. Fariborz Ghadar, director of the Center for Global Business Studies and the William A. Schreyer Professor of Global Management Policies at Penn State's Smeal College of Business, testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia on America and the Iranian political reform movement.

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Recent News
MBA Students in U.S., Canada Invited to Register for Sustainability Case Competition 22 Aug

MBA students from AACSB-accredited programs in the U.S. and Canada are invited to register for the inaugural Penn State Smeal College of Business MBA Sustainability Case Competition. The competition, part of an initiative aimed at incorporating sustainability into the curriculum, will offer three top prizes that total $17,500.

Dennis Sheehan Named Faculty Director for Penn State Smeal MBA, Executive MBA Programs 19 Aug

Dennis Sheehan, the Virginia and Louis Benzak Professor of Finance at the Penn State Smeal College of Business, has been named faculty director of both the Penn State Smeal MBA Program and the Executive MBA Program in Philadelphia.

New Book Compiles Latest Legal Aspects of Business Sustainability 18 Aug

Smeal College of Business’ Dan Cahoy, professor of business law, along with colleague Jamison E. Colburn from Penn State Law, have co-edited a new book compiling the viewpoints of eight different scholars exploring the legal aspects of sustainability and its impact on business strategies. Law and the Transition to Business Sustainability was published in July, after a joint symposium held at Penn State Law School and the Smeal College of Business this fall.

Penn State Smeal MBA Student Drills into Oil and Gas Industry with ExxonMobil Internship 18 Aug

Penn State Smeal MBA Program student Donald Roenigk is using his summer internship experience to shift gears from logistics officer in the United States Marine Corps to business professional in the oil and gas industry. He has spent the last two months conducting bidding analyses related to the drilling of exploratory wells on the Projects, Drilling, and Exploration team at ExxonMobil in Houston, Texas.

Executive Education for Business Process Analysts, Enterprise Architects Now Available 15 Aug

A new offering from Penn State Executive Programs will help professionals enhance and integrate their business and information technology strategies. Business Architecture and Strategic Business Process Management (BPM) will debut on Oct. 14-15 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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