Timothy Folta

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

Research Series Draws Top Scholars in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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The Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CCEI) recently announced a research seminar series aimed at furthering professorial interest and expertise in entrepreneurship and innovation.Continue Reading

Entrepreneurship Doesn’t Always Deserve the ‘Risky Business’ Reputation That It Is Assigned

Most of us are aware of the state-wide efforts underway to jumpstart the Connecticut economy by inspiring entrepreneurship. As we consider these efforts, it is worth contemplating how it is that the entrepreneur does what she does. Continue Reading

UConn Fuels Insurtech Boom with Innovative New Program


When Hartford Innovation Places announced a plan to make the state capitol a center for the burgeoning insurtech industry, professor Timothy Folta, faculty director of the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI), was listening very carefully. Continue Reading

UConn Presents First-Ever Blockchain Symposium

Ying-Ying Hsieh, at UConn's Blockchain Technology & Organizations Research Symposium on Aug. 14 in Stamford. (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)
Ying-Ying Hsieh, a professor at Imperial College London, explains her research on reconceptualizing organizational governance at UConn’s Blockchain Technology & Organizations Research Symposium on Aug. 14 in Stamford. The event drew two dozen faculty and researchers from around the globe. (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)

More than two dozen researchers from around the world gathered at UConn’s Stamford campus last week to discuss one of the hottest topics in business:

How will the powerful and quickly-emerging Blockchain technology revolutionize businesses, both within organizations and between them? Continue Reading

The World Competes with Innovative Ecosystem…Merger & Acquisition of Large Enterprises

Maekyoung Economy Daily Newspaper– While the world is in the process of innovation competition, it is said that South Korea is glad that it has participated in this competition. It is at the Academy of Mangement (AOM), which is being held in Chicago, USA, from the 10th.

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CCEI Fellowship Program Features Top Entrepreneurs

Daniel Yasoshima '18 (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)
Daniel Yasoshima ’18, a recent UConn graduate with a master of science in biomedical engineering, explains how the YouComm patient communication system would work. Yasoshima developed the innovation, soon to be tested at local hospitals, with Tom Cotton ’18 and engineering Professor Patrick Kumavor. (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)

It is a great thing to be an entrepreneur; it is even better to be an entrepreneur who can make a difference in the world. Continue Reading

Accelerate UConn Spring 2018 Participants Announced

Accelerate UConnMostafa Analoui, Executive Director of Venture Development and Timothy B. Folta, Professor of Management and Faculty Director of the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, are pleased to announce the teams selected to participate in the sixth cohort of Accelerate UConn, the University’s National Science Foundation I-Corps site.