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Blue Fiber Optic Strands

Business Analytics Professor, Students Unravel Mystery Surrounding Fiber-Optic Broadband Benefits

Connecticut’s 169 towns and cities now have some critical new information to consider as they examine whether to invest in ultra-fast, fiber-optic based broadband internet.

Professor Sudip Bhattacharjee and graduate students in UConn’s Business Analytics and Project Management (MSBAPM) program ranked each municipality on a three-tier scale, highlighting which are most likely to benefit from adding broadband service.

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In It To Win It


Corporate Stadium Sponsors’ Stock Fluctuates With an NFL Team’s Success, Failure

Your favorite NFL team has “skin in the game,’’ but perhaps more surprising is that the large corporations that sponsor the stadiums do too.

Those are the findings of UConn Professor of Finance Assaf Eisdorfer and alumna Elizabeth Kohl, ’15 Ph.D., now a professor at the University of Cincinnati. The two football enthusiasts will have their research published in a future issue of the journal Critical Finance Review.Continue Reading

Stronger Partnerships

Professor Robin Coulter Brings New Ideas, Energy to American Marketing Association

UConn Marketing Professor Robin Coulter has been selected as the 2015-16 president of the prestigious American Marketing Association’s Academic Council.

Coulter said she has identified three key goals to focus on during her tenure with the organization, which has 30,000 members worldwide.

“It’s an exciting time to be president of Academic Council, as there are many opportunities to make change,” Coulter said. “I’m looking forward to working with Russ Klein, the AMA’s new CEO, and his management team.”Continue Reading

John Mathieu Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Management Professor John Mathieu (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)
Management Professor John Mathieu (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)

Improving High-Stress Outcomes Drives Mathieu’s Research

Professor John Mathieu is the recipient of a national lifetime achievement award recognizing his exceptional research, teaching and mentoring in the field of group dynamics.

The Joseph E. McGrath Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Study of Groups is given to an individual whose work has shown an enduring commitment to advancing the interdisciplinary science of team behavior, dynamics, and outcomes.Continue Reading

‘You Don’t Have to Know Everything’

Professor Zeki Simsek
Management Professor Zeki Simsek, UConn School of Business

Research Finds That When Top Executives Divide Responsibilities, Companies Fare Better

CEOs and other top executives can breathe a little easier now.

Contrary to popular belief, executive managers in small- to medium-sized firms don’t need to know every aspect of how the business operates, according to new research by UConn Management Professor Zeki Simsek and alumnus Ciaran Heavey ’09 Ph.D.Continue Reading

John Clapp Named Kinnard Distinguished Research Scholar

UConn Professor John Clapp, who has been recognized as one of the top real estate researchers in the world, has been named the first Kinnard Distinguished Research Scholar in the business school’s Center for Real Estate.

Clapp is a long-time professor of real estate and finance at the UConn School of Business. His areas of expertise include real estate and retail markets, housing price indices, location of anchor stores, option to redevelopment and Connecticut housing.Continue Reading

What Makes Us Tick?

Behavioral lab at UConn School of BusinessNew Behavioral Lab Expected to Fuel Surge in Research at UConn

Marketing Professor David Norton has a theory he just can’t wait to test, and it involves two things most people love:  coffee and their own names.

“One idea that I’m currently pursuing is whether having the name on your morning coffee cup spelled incorrectly can impact your evaluation of that cup of coffee,” Norton said. “Essentially, the idea is that we like ourselves, and pretty much anything associated with ourselves, so when we are reminded about “me” we get positive feelings toward the object that does the reminding.”Continue Reading

Thrive or Falter?

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UConn Professor Finds that ‘Emotional Intelligence’ May Determine Whether Young Managers Succeed

UConn Management Professor Yuntao Dong and two of her colleagues believe they may have uncovered possible reasons why some young managers thrive in challenging new jobs, while others become frustrated and discouraged.

In an article published on the Harvard Business Review web site, Dong and her colleagues revealed the findings of their research that analyzed the “emotional intelligence” of 214 study participants. While all were highly intelligent, some of them were identified as having a better ability to deal with frustration, uncertainty and other challenges associated with new, demanding tasks.Continue Reading

$300,000 NSF Grant

UConn Receives a $300,000 NSF Grant Toward Student, Faculty Research

By Molly Stadnicki.  This article originally appeared in The Daily Campus.

The University of Connecticut was recently recognized as a National Science Foundation I-Corps Site (NSF) and will receive a grant of $300,000 distributed over the next three years.

NSF’s I-Corps program focuses on fostering entrepreneurship that will lead to the development of technological advancements. Institutions recognized by this program are those that incorporate teams that are committed to strengthening local innovations.Continue Reading

‘Resilient Astronauts’


School of Business Professor Uses Expertise in Teamwork To Help NASA Prepare ‘Resilient Astronauts’ to Travel to Mars

Management Professor John Mathieu, an expert in team dynamics, is helping NASA figure out the complexities of developing a socially compatible and resilient crew of astronauts to travel to Mars.

Consider the challenges: an international crew of up to six astronauts will contend with isolation from their families, cramped living quarters, and extensive boredom that is punctuated with life-threatening danger.

They will sleep, dine and work side-by-side with their colleagues for up to two years, and privacy will be minimal. To send a simple message to mission command, and receive a response, will take 45 minutes, thus requiring the crew to be largely autonomous.Continue Reading