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Consumer Pseudo-Showrooming and Omni-Channel Placement Strategies

Management Information Systems Quarterly Vol. 41, Iss. 2 (2017)

Zheyin (Jane) Gu, Giri Kumar Tayi

Recent advances in information technologies (IT) have powered the merger of online and offline retail channels into one single platform. Modern consumers frequently switch between online and offline channels when they navigate through various stages of the decision journey, motivating multichannel sellers to develop omni-channel strategies that optimize their overall profit. This study examines consumers' cross-channel search behavior of "pseudo-showrooming," or the consumer behavior of inspecting one product at a seller's physical store before buying a related but different product at the same seller’s online store, and investigates how such consumer behavior allows a multichannel seller to achieve better coordination between its online and offline arms through optimal product placement strategies. Full article.


Business School Recognized by National Association of Women MBAs

NAWMBA plaque presented to John Elliott, Marlys Rizzi, John Knopf (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)
The National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) presented a plaque to John A. Elliott, dean of the School of Business, Marlys Rizzi, 2016 NAWMBA National Conference Chair and a business school assistant director, and John Knopf, Stamford campus director for the School of Business, on June 14. Missing is Lucy Gilson, head of the management department and the UConn faculty advisor to the local NAWMBA chapter. (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)

National Association of Women MBAs Thanks UConn for Its ‘Vital’ Contributions to Program’s Success

A plaque was presented in appreciation for the UConn School of Business hosting the 2016 NAWMBA Conference and Career Fair in Stamford last October. The plaque thanks the School and describes its contribution as vital to the success of the educational and networking conference.


Ireland: An Economic Renaissance

Photos from the UConn CIBER Faculty/Professional Development in International Business Program, May 2017

UConn FDIB-PDIB Ireland 2017

 
This new program from the UConn Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) provided participants with a greater understanding of Ireland’s economic resurgence over the last two decades created through increased foreign direct investment, expanded exporting, a focus on high tech innovative entrepreneurship and a commitment to strengthening the international financial services sector.


Professor Folta Takes Reigns at Academy of Management

Management Professor Timothy B. Folta will oversee the Business Policy & Strategy division at the Academy of Management (UConn School of Business)
Management Professor Timothy B. Folta will oversee the Business Policy & Strategy division at the Academy of Management. (UConn School of Business)

Timothy B. Folta Will Oversee the Academy of Management’s Business Policy and Strategy Division

Management professor Timothy B. Folta has been elected to a five-year term overseeing the Business Policy and Strategy (BPS) Division of the Academy of Management.

With a global membership of more than 5,000, the division is the second largest within the Academy of Management. The five-year commitment involves a series of responsibilities, including designing the annual conference program, and culminating in the chairmanship. Continue Reading



Possible Aetna HQ Departure Puts New Focus on Cities

Hartford Courant – Aetna’s decision to look beyond Hartford for its headquarters isn’t complicated, experts say: the company wants young, highly educated workers who live in thriving city environments.

At the moment, that isn’t Hartford, which only recently has picked up the pace of adding downtown apartments and other sought-after urban amenities.

“The first thing is that you have to be in a big enough metro area to attract young people,” John Glascock, director of the Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, said. “GE had some problems with top candidates relocating to southern Connecticut.”


Distinguished Retirees Event – Spring 2017

School of Business Dean John Elliott and Stanley Biggs, emeritus professor of accounting (Cynthia Adams)
School of Business Dean John Elliott and Stanley Biggs, emeritus professor of accounting (Cynthia Adams)

The beautifully manicured home of Professor Emeritus Harry, and wife Lynn Johnson, was the setting for our Spring 2017 Distinguished Retirees Event in Storrs, Conn. The scent of peonies in the garden and fine cuisine produced by University Catering greeted the guests on a warm May 17th. The 22 attendees were greeted by Dean John Elliott under whose leadership the retirees’ get-togethers have developed. Continue Reading


Human Rights: Corporations’ Newest Frontier

Caroline Kaeb is an Assistant Professor of Business Law and Human Rights at UConn School of Business, where she holds a joint appointment with the Human Rights Institute and a courtesy appointment with the School of Law. (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)
Caroline Kaeb is an Assistant Professor of Business Law and Human Rights at UConn School of Business, where she holds a joint appointment with the Human Rights Institute and a courtesy appointment with the School of Law. (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)

A Conversation with Business and Human Rights Professor Caroline Kaeb

An interest in international law, coupled with work at the United Nations specializing in labor rights and refugee issues, fostered a passion for human rights in UConn Professor Caroline Kaeb. Continue Reading


Charter Sees Big Growth and Major Challenges in Year Since Mega-Deals

Stamford Advocate – Charter Communications’ deal-making a year ago made the cable provider an industry giant — and a target.

By closing in May 2016 on acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks worth a total of approximately $65 billion, Charter transformed itself into the second-largest cable company in the country. The expansion has supercharged the Stamford-based firm’s earnings and stock prices and ballooned its customer base. But the company’s growth has also stoked contractual and legal disputes — and set up the possibility of even larger deals.


How General Electric’s Departure Impacts Nonprofits in Connecticut

Satell Institute – On January 13, 2016, General Electric, a multinational conglomerate and one of the largest Fortune 500 companies, announced that it will move its corporate headquarters from Fairfield, Connecticut to the South Boston Waterfront area of Boston, Massachusetts. While the move is laden with consequences for the future direction of the company, it also represents a significant loss for the citizens of southwestern Connecticut. Continue Reading