Robert Day


A Message from the Associate Dean of Research

Hello Colleagues,

There are many problems that business researchers can help solve, from improving the global supply chain to creating clean energy and livable cities. At the University of Connecticut School of Business, we are committed to cutting-edge research that has the potential to impact our world in new and exciting ways.

As an example, my colleague, management Professor John Mathieu, is working with NASA to find new ways to build robust, international teams of astronauts with the resilience needed to work together, under stressful circumstances, during space travel spanning an extended period of time.

Professor Bob Day, the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Business Programs and the President of the INFORMS Section on Auctions and Market Design, has designed auction algorithms that shape everything from the way we deliver cellular service to millions of customers to pricing the billions of advertising dollars that change hands (pennies at a time) when we click a sponsored search link. That’s powerful and impactful research indeed.

Blockchain is another of the technologies that has the potential to revolutionize business. This past summer, more than two dozen researchers from around the world gathered at the University of Connecticut’s Stamford campus to discuss one of the hottest topics in business: How will powerful and quickly emerging blockchain technology revolutionize businesses, both within organizations and between them?

This is the first academic conference on blockchain, and we are proud to be a leader on this research front. The conference, co-chaired by UConn Management professors Tim Folta and David Noble, drew top scholars and Ph.D. students from Stanford, Princeton, Virginia Tech as well as from 10 nations, including England, Israel, Switzerland, China and Norway, and attracted international media attention. The conference provided a tremendous opportunity to facilitate impactful research collaboration on blockchain technology. Stay tuned for exciting research results on this front!

Today, I’m happy to share with you the Fall 2018 issue of the UConn School of Business Research Newsletter. Here you can read about a diverse mix of business discoveries, including how companies can be impacted when members of their Board members are overcommitted; what you should know about your virtual teammates before launching a joint project; and how the overlap in social media connections can be used to maximize marketing efforts. We hope you enjoy our findings.

 

With best wishes,

Sulin Ba
Associate Dean of Research, UConn School of Business


Accelerated Masters’ Degrees

School of Business Offers New 4+1 Bachelor/Master Degree Options in Financial Risk Management, Business Analytics

The School of Business will soon offer two accelerated programs that will allow students to earn both their undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years. Continue Reading



New Associate Deans for Business Programs

From left, Associate Deans Robert Day, Sulin Ba, and David Souder. (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)
From left, Associate Deans Robert Day, Sulin Ba, and David Souder. (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)

Professors Day, Souder Assume New Leadership Roles; Strive to Further Distinguish Business Programs

The School of Business has appointed two veteran professors, Bob Day and David Souder, to its top leadership team. Continue Reading


Seven Business Faculty Honored

Professor Greg Reilly, teaching an Executive MBA course in Hartford, Conn. (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)
Professor Greg Reilly, teaching an Executive MBA course in Hartford, Conn. (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)

Professor Reilly Recognized for Remarkable Research; Peers Honored for Teaching Strategies

Management Professor Greg Reilly earned the School of Business’ annual award for Research Excellence, an achievement that is based on five years of academic success. Continue Reading


Intern of the Year

Lindsey Gilson, a senior studying Management and Engineering for Manufacturing, was awarded Intern of the Year by the American Society of Engineering Education. Gilson, a native of Trumbull, Conn., interned with Unilever in Minneapolis last year. Gilson will graduate this May. (UConn Foundation)
Lindsey Gilson, a senior studying Management and Engineering for Manufacturing, was awarded Intern of the Year by the American Society of Engineering Education. Gilson, a native of Trumbull, Conn., interned with Unilever in Minneapolis last year. Gilson will graduate this May. (UConn Foundation)

MEM Student Lindsey Gilson’s Dual Expertise Saved Unilever More than $1 Million

During the eight months that UConn senior Lindsey Gilson worked at Unilever, she led two projects that saved the company over $1 million and improved its inventory system. Continue Reading


Celebrations

A view of the School of Business on April 28, 2015. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)
A view of the UConn School of Business. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

School Honors Faculty Whose Accomplishments Shine Brightly; Professor Golec Awarded ‘Research Excellence’ Honor

Finance professor Joe Golec, a scholar who keeps a running list of at least 100 potential research topics at all times, was awarded the School of Business’ top honor this spring, its Award for Research Excellence.

Meanwhile accounting professors Yanhua “Sunny’’ Yang and Michael Willenborg earned the School of Business’ Best Paper award for a highly regarded research paper about IPO prices. One of the reasons she chose to work at UConn, Yang said, was the value the University places on research distinction. Continue Reading


Going Once, Going Twice…

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OPIM Professor Robert Day’s Combinatorial Auction Algorithm Employed Throughout Europe, Canada in Billion-Dollar Bidding Deals

When the Canadian government wanted to apportion mobile broadband services in February 2014—so that there would be plenty of cell-phone coverage, competitive prices and more provider options nationwide—it used an algorithm devised by UConn Business Professor Bob Day and his colleagues.

Day, a professor of Operations and Information Management in the School of Business, is an expert in combinatorial auctions. His services have been called upon by the governments in Canada and England, who have collected over $8 billion in auction revenues for just two projects he worked on in 2013 and 2014.Continue Reading


School of Business Awarded $1.1M CIBER Grant To Focus on Manufacturing & Global Opportunities

The University of Connecticut School of Business has been awarded a four-year U.S. Department of Education CIBER grant in excess of $1.1 million, to produce a series of programs and partnerships that center around manufacturing.

CIBER

The CIBER—Center for International Business Education and Research—award comes following an extremely competitive application process in which only half of applicants had their awards renewed.Continue Reading


Annual Faculty Awards

At the beginning of this month, the Teaching and Research Committee met and evaluated nominations for the annual Faculty Awards.  A total of nine winners, a runner up, and two honorable mentions were awarded.

Under the Research category the winners are Sarah Rice and David Weber for Best Paper.  Their paper is titled “How Effective is Internal Control Reporting under SOZ 404? Determinants of the (Non-) Disclosure of Existing Material Weaknesses.” Continue Reading