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Middle managers may turn to unethical behavior to face unrealistic expectations

October 13, 2017


While unethical behavior in organizations is often portrayed as flowing down from top management, or creeping up from low-level positions, a team of researchers suggest that middle management also can play a key role in promoting wide-spread unethical behavior among their subordinates. In a study of a large telecommunications company, researchers found that middle managers used a range of tactics to inflate their subordinates' performance and deceive top management, according to Linda Treviño, distinguished professor of organizational behavior and ethics in the Smeal College of Business.

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First SCOR grant awarded to faculty from Penn State Smeal, College of Engineering

September 11, 2017


The inaugural monetary award in the Smeal Commercialization of Research (SCOR) Grant Program demonstrates the power of research collaborations across Penn State University. As awardees in the Penn State Fund for Innovation program, Hui Zhao, associate professor of supply chain management in the Smeal College of Business, and Soundar Kumara, Allen E. Pearce and Allen M. Pearce Professor of Industrial Engineering, will share $30,000 provided by the FFI, Smeal, and the College of Engineering

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Smeal research reveals computer program helps pick the best expert forecaster

August 29, 2017


Combining the intuition of humans with the impartiality of computers could improve decision-making for organizations, eventually leading to lower costs and better profits, according to a team of researchers that included Saurabh Bansal, assistant professor of supply chain management at Smeal.

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Penn State Smeal’s Gray receives IACM Lifetime Achievement Award

July 26, 2017


The International Association for Conflict Management (IACM) recently presented Barbara Gray, professor emerita of organizational behavior in the Penn State Smeal College of Business and Penn State Executive Programs faculty fellow emerita, with its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Penn State Smeal’s Lilien receives prestigious Buck Weaver Award

June 20, 2017


Gary L. Lilien, distinguished research professor of management science and the research director of the Institute for the Study of Business Markets (ISBM) at the Penn State Smeal College of Business, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Buck Weaver Award, presented by the INFORMS Society for Marketing Science (ISMS).

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Penn State Smeal research helps assess humanitarian response capacity in natural disasters

June 7, 2017


Immediately following a natural disaster that outpaces a community’s ability to respond, various outside organizations rush to provide life-saving commodities to meet health, water, food, shelter or other needs. That response is expedited by inventory prepositioned independently by governmental and non-governmental organizations. Research co-authored by Jason Acimovic, assistant professor of supply chain and information systems at the Penn State Smeal College of Business, would help these disparate organizations better coordinate and locate stockpiles while at the same time saving as much as 20 percent of current costs.

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Penn State Smeal’s Petersen wins Varadarajan Award

May 2, 2017


J. Andrew Petersen, associate professor of marketing in the Penn State Smeal College of Business, has been named the winner of the 2017 Varadarajan Award for Early Career Contributions to Marketing Strategy Research.

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Penn State Smeal names 2017 Sustainability Research Grant recipients

April 28, 2017


The Penn State Smeal College of Business recently awarded a combined $10,000 to Jason Acimovic, assistant professor of supply chain management, and Razvan Lungeanu, assistant professor of management and organization, as the 2017 Smeal Sustainability Research Grant recipients.

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Penn State Smeal research reveals that careful marketing can impact consumer eco-product purchasing habits

April 26, 2017


Putting eco-products like low-energy LED light bulbs or biodegradable paper towels in the hands of consumers represents a double-edged sword according to a forthcoming paper from the Penn State Smeal College of Business—encouraging environmentally responsible behavior in some while actually decreasing environmentally responsible behavior in others.

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Penn State Smeal’s Treviño honored by Society for Business Ethics

November 30, 2016


Linda K. Treviño, distinguished professor of organizational behavior and ethics at the Penn State Smeal College of Business, has been honored by the Society for Business Ethics.

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Penn State Smeal names Alptekinoglu research director of Center for Supply Chain Research

November 8, 2016


The Penn State Smeal College of Business has named Aydin Alptekinoglu the research director of its Center for Supply Chain Research (CSCR). Alptekinoglu is an associate professor of supply chain management and the Robert G. Schwartz University Endowed Fellow in Business Administration.

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Research from Penn State Smeal reveals even the promise of something better (and its subsequent withdrawal) can make people less satisfied with the status quo

November 4, 2016


New research from the Penn State Smeal College of Business suggests that when people have an expectation of receiving a highly attractive option and then it falls through, what they possess no longer seems as satisfying as it once did.

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Penn State Smeal’s Jordan authors book on robots

October 26, 2016


“Robots,” a newly released book from Penn State Smeal College of Business Clinical Professor of Supply Chain and Information Systems John Jordan, explores the many facets of robots, from prehistory, to treatment in popular media, to their place in technology and society.

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Penn State Smeal welcomes eight new faculty members

August 11, 2016


The Penn State Smeal College of Business welcomes eight new members to its faculty this academic year.

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Mug half full? Local economies hop on craft beer proliferation

August 8, 2016


While major beer brewers AB InBEV and SABMiller contemplate a complex merger, craft breweries continue to proliferate, which bodes well for neighboring economies.

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Gartner ranks Penn State Smeal No. 1 in supply chain graduate, undergraduate education

July 29, 2016


Gartner, Inc., has again ranked the Penn State Smeal College of Business No. 1 in supply chain graduate and undergraduate education.

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BDO joins Penn State Smeal Corporate Partner Program

July 22, 2016


BDO USA, a member of BDO International, the world’s fifth-largest accounting and consulting network, is the newest Penn State Smeal College of Business Corporate Partner. The firm joins 29 existing Corporate Partners.

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Misangyi takes over as chair of Penn State Smeal Department of Management and Organization

July 13, 2016


Vilmos Misangyi, professor of management and organization, has assumed the role of chair of the Department of Management and Organization in the Penn State Smeal College of Business.

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Research reveals that a donor’s company is best predictor of political leanings

July 11, 2016


Even the most casual political observers know that candidates track red and blue states, but new research from the Penn State Smeal College of Business suggests that savvy fundraisers should pay closer attention to the companies for which individuals work when attempting to raise campaign funds.

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Penn State Smeal’s Yoshida to become research associate at Center on Japanese Economy and Business

June 28, 2016


Jiro Yosheda, associate professor of business in the Penn State Smeal College of Business, has accepted an invitation to become a research associate at Columbia Business School’s Center on Japanese Economy and Business (CJEB).

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Penn State Smeal’s DeSarbo named ASA Fellow

April 25, 2016


Wayne DeSarbo of the Penn State Smeal College of Business, Distinguished Smeal Chaired Professor of Marketing and executive director of the Center for Sports Business and Research, has been named a fellow of the American Statistical Association.

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Poster conference gives undergraduate researchers unique opportunity

February 3, 2016


Smeal College of Business undergraduates could earn a unique opportunity to showcase their research projects to an audience of Pennsylvania legislators.

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Research finds ‘buying local’ not all positive for dairy supply chain

November 23, 2015


Buying local might be appealing for individual local restaurants and businesses, but research conducted by Chuck Nicholson of the Penn State Smeal College of Business revealed surprising effects on supply chains for fluid milk products if there are large increases in local purchases in the Northeast.

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Smeal’s Tsai co-authors paper evaluating career prospects of NFL coaches

September 29, 2015


A paper recently co-authored by Wenpin Tsai, the John Arnold Professor of Management at the Penn State Smeal College of Business, evaluates the career prospects of NFL coaches.

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Study finds that using ‘fitness’ labels on foods may cause consumers to eat more, exercise less

September 14, 2015


People who are dieting or who try to balance exercise and healthy eating often seek out food that is thought to fit into their regimen. However, a study co-authored by Hans Baumgartner of the Penn State Smeal College of Business found that “fitness branding” can encourage people who are concerned about their weight to eat more and exercise less.

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