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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

UConn Management Professors among the Most Prolific Researchers in the Nation

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

The Management Department at the University of Connecticut is one of the most productive among universities from across the country.Continue Reading

Spring 2018 Research Newsletter

Hello Colleagues,

Spring has arrived in Connecticut and, with it a renewed sense of excitement, growth and accomplishment both in our classrooms and through our research commitment. I would like to share with you some of our recent milestones.

Equity Misvaluation

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How Much of a Role Should Default Options Play in Equity Values?

A large collection of finance literature argues that equity securities are subject to potential misvaluation by investors, where the sources of misvaluation are attributed primarily to behavioral biases, such as overconfidence, conservatism and others. Continue Reading

Disclosing Too Much Info Can Harm a Company’s Competitive Edge

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in the New York financial district on Wall Street. (Jeff Hutchens/Edit by Getty Images)
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in the New York financial district on Wall Street. (Jeff Hutchens/Edit by Getty Images)

Do more strict accounting laws, designed to help shareholders gain better insight into corporations, ultimately harm a firm’s competitive position by forcing disclosure of proprietary information?

The answer appears to be yes, according to UConn accounting Professor Ying Zhou, who has spent years analyzing the consequences of such mandates. Continue Reading

How Visual Technologies Influence Virtual Teams

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Professor Lurie Discovers Visual Technologies Foster Persuasion, Agreement among Virtual Teams

In a business climate where colleagues may never share office space or even meet face-to-face, Marketing Professor Nicholas Lurie has found that more visual information technologies can help virtual teams build consensus under tight deadlines. Continue Reading

Does Social Media Excel When an Industry is in Crisis?

OPIM Professor Shu He has been studying firms' strategic social media adjustment in response to a competitor's crisis. (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)
OPIM Professor Shu He has been studying non-focal firms’ strategic social media adjustment in response to a competitor’s crisis. (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)

Savvy Social Media Tactics Boosted Airline Industry Following Devastating Crash

The crash of a passenger airplane is the ultimate public relations crisis for the airline industry.

But the opportunity to explore the way a distressed airline—and its competitors—handle that crisis on social media provides an outline for many different companies on the right and wrong way to address an industry emergency, said OPIM Professor Shu He. Continue Reading

Fall 2017 Research Newsletter

Hello to friends and colleagues across the country and around the world! The beginning of a new academic year is filled with energy and excitement, both for our students and our faculty. This year that momentum is augmented by a team of new faculty members who bring both extensive research accomplishments and a love of teaching to UConn.