Faculty News

October 15, 2019

David Lehman, along with Professors Bruce Cooil and Rangaraj Ramanujam of Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, explained the findings of their Journal of Management paper, “The Effects of Rule Complexity on Organizational Noncompliance and Remediation: Evidence from Restaurant Health Inspections,” in an Oct. 7, 2019, Harvard Business Review article titled "Why Some Rules Are More Likely to Be Broken."  While many studies have aimed to determine which organizations are more susceptible to a lax attitude that lends itself to rule breaking, Lehman and his colleagues focused on the rules themselves, discovering that the design of rules can actually be the root cause for noncompliance in organizations.

October 4, 2019

In the Sept. 30, 2019, installment of tech website Gizmodo’s series “Giz Asks,” Ryan Wright joined a panel of fellow cybersecurity experts weighing in on how it would be possible to shut down the entire internet.

September 19, 2019

A paper co-authored by Amar Cheema (with Yi Zhang and Ronald T. Wilcox), titled “The Effect of Student Loan Debt on Spending: The Role of Repayment Format,” has been accepted for publication in Journal of Public Policy & Marketing.

September 12, 2019

David Mick was interviewed by “Humankind” host David Freudberg for a program titled “Whole Teachers, Whole Students.” In part one of the two-part broadcast, Mick discusses efforts to stimulate a more contemplative environment at UVA and around Charlottesville. NPR stations around the country will air the program at different times, but it can be listened to online at any time. “Humankind” is a public radio documentary show distributed by NPR and PRX and produced in association with WGBH/Boston.

September 11, 2019

Peter Gray and his Babson College colleagues Rob Cross and Thomas H. Davenport discuss how analytics is helping organizations to change not only how their people can work together more efficiently, but also how diagnosing and streamlining collaboration can support employee performance, satisfaction, and retention in a Sept. 10, 2019, MIT Sloan Management Review article titled “Collaborate Smarter, Not Harder.” Their discussion is the lead article in the publication’s special report on collaboration.


September 11, 2019

Jeffrey Lovelace presented his co-authored paper, “The Push and Pull of Attaining CEO Celebrity,” at the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation’s annual symposium Aug. 29, 2019. Lovelace and his co-authors Jonathan Bundy (Arizona State University), Timothy Pollock (University of Tennessee Knoxville), and Donald Hambrick (Penn State University) ask the question, “Why do some CEOs become celebrities, while others with seemingly equal accomplishments do not?” CEO celebrity can yield valuable validation for CEOs, but it can also go to their heads, causing various combinations of complacency, risk taking, and hubris that negatively affect firm performance. Their study identifies how distinctive firm strategies, a CEO’s individual characteristics, and self-promotion activities enhance the likelihood of celebrity attainment.

September 10, 2019

An article co-authored by Ryan Nelson and Ryan Wright, “CarMax: Driving What’s Possible (and Teaching Note),” was recently published by Darden Business Publishing (UVA-S-0317). Another co-authored paper by Nelson, “Start-Up Tasks for Software Development Projects from Customer and Vendor Perspectives,” was published in Proceedings of the Twenty-Fifth Americas Conference on Information Systems, Cancun, 2019.

September 10, 2019

David C. Smith is quoted in an Aug. 28, 2019, Bloomberg article titled "Ditech Sale Blocked by Homeowner Claims of Botched Mortgages."

August 26, 2019

Dorothy Kelly offers advice about credit cards and debt in a July 24, 2019, WalletHub article titled "Back-to-School Shopping Survey."

August 12, 2019

Ann Backof and colleagues Steve Glover, Brant Christensen, and Jaime Schmidt discuss their preliminary findings on improving quality in group audits in an Aug. 6, 2019, Journal of Accountancy article titled “The Benefits of a ‘Decomposed’ Approach to Group Audit Planning.” The authors, who performed their research with the help of the AICPA’s Assurance Research Advisory Group, hope their findings will help inform standard setters as they work to revise the auditing standards related to group audits.