• Summer 2008 Faculty Research Grants Awarded


Each year, the Business School's Faculty Reserach Committee reviews summer research proposals. Selected proposals receive monetary support from the Business School to fund their research. The following proposals received funding for 2008. 

The Adoption and Management of Defined Contribution Pension Plans by U.S. Local Governments

Associate Professor of Public Management, Jerry Gianakis
This project examines chief financial officers of 450 randomly selected municipalities in the US with populations greater than thirty thousand residents to determine the extent to which defined contribution pension plans have displaced the defined-benefits pension plans that have traditionally characterized public sector employment.

Emergent Leadership as a Function of Gender, Position of Power and Organizational Climate

Regina O'Neill, Professor of Management and Alicia Boisnier, Assistant Professor of Management

It is well-documented that women hold fewer leadership positions than men in most work organizations despite the likelihood that on average, women’s skills, experience, and overall qualifications may be similar to those of their male counterparts. In this research, the authors seek to explore several factors that may facilitate or inhibit women emerging as leaders in the workplace.  

Substantive Ethics: The Ethics of Compliance

Associate Professor of Business Law and Ethics Mark Blodgett

Business ethics has been of continuous concern in an era of egregious corporate malfeasance, proliferation of tort suits and global human rights abuses.  Protection of investors is now a matter of public trust since equities are commonly held in retirement plans.  Demands for tort caps may further define parameters of responsibility.  The role of US corporations globally is publicly scrutinized.  However, the role of law as it relates to these business ethics issues is not well understood.  This research enhances emerging perspectives on the relationship between business ethics and law by (1)  explaining the interrelationship between law and ethics, (2)  suggesting that a way of thinking about this interrelationship is to view the ethics content of the law as  “substantive ethics,” and by (3)  examining legal compliance statements in corporate codes of ethics for business ethics content.  Perhaps law is another source of business ethics.

Impact of Product Platform Information on Product Quality Perception and Consumer Choice

Assistant Professor of Marketing Jane Zhu

A product platform is a subsystem or interface that is used or shared in more than one product, system, or service (Simpson et al. 2006). For example, Honda’s SUV engine components are shared with Honda’s motorcycle or lawnmower products; the coating technique for making M&M candy is also used in Mars’ new product Marathon energy bar; Black & Decker applies the same motor and battery parts for all of its power tool series.

In this study, Jane and her co-author Anne Roggeveen, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Babson College aim to provide theoretical explanation and empirical examination on the impacts of product platform information on customer quality perception and product choice of a new product launch.

Self Customization or Social Shopping: How Do Digital Millenials Shop Online?

Associate Professor of Information Systems and Operations Management Arnold Kamis and Jonathan Frank

Digital Millennials or those 18-27 years of age-- shop socially, relying on firends and family when making purchases, more so than any other age group. This research examines self-customization and social shopping among digital millennials in the US, Brazil, Russia, India, Chinage, and South East Asia. The results will shed light on Digital Millennials' online shopping preferences in different cultures, and provide guidance to web site designers incorporating social shopping into online applications.

Asset Buyer and Leverage

Assistant Professor of Finance Khaled Amira and Alekos Prezas, Associate Professor of Finance

Asset purchases are common, especially in manufacturing.  For example, Sabic purchased GE’s plastics division for $11.6 billion and Univision Communications paid $1.1 billion for USA’s television stations.  Several empirical studies examine the impact of asset purchase announcements on the stock price of the buyers.  They find that, on average, the announcement period returns for buyers of assets are positive or zero.

In this study the authors will examine the stock price reaction of buyers to announcements of asset purchases.  Nevertheless, unlike existing studies, we focus primarily on the impact of financial leverage on the announcement period returns of the buyers.  We expect to show that announcement period returns are positive and significant for asset buyers with high and low levels of debt.


Consumer Memory-dependent Pricing and Product Introduction Strategies

Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Operations Management Hasan Arslan

This research project examines differing policies that are used to efficiently manage the development and sales of multiple generation products in the presence of consumer memory.

Performance Measurement in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Jimmy Mistry, Assistant Professor of Accounting

The case and manuscript will address the issue of the strategic alignment between business strategy and firm performance measurement by examining the relevance of non-financial measures in the context of a large multinational pharmaceutical company (Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd.) headquartered in Hyderabad, India. Dr. Reddy’ Laboratories Ltd. has offices and subsidiaries in over 30 countries and is listed on the NYSE. This company is presently implementing a new performance measurement system and hence, this is a prime opportunity for the researcher to compare and contrast the present system with the new system to be implemented in the next year.

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