The Chinese language translation of Bob Webb’s book, Shock Markets: Trading Lessons for Volatile Times (co-authored with his son, Alex) was published by China Machine Press and Pearson in November 2015. Webb also gave keynote speeches at the China Futures Association International Derivatives Forum in Shenzhen, China, in early December 2015 and at the Auckland Finance Meeting in Auckland, New Zealand, in mid-December. He was interviewed by the press while in Shenzhen (http://futures.hexun.com/2015-11-25/180799659.html; http://www.99qh.com/s/headline.aspx?id=10306; http://futures.hexun.com/2015-12-03/180969713.html). Webb also gave two talks, “Recent Advances in the Literature: Asia-Pacific Derivatives Markets,” and “Publishing in Finance Journals: An Editor's Perspective,” at the Harbin Institute of Technology in Harbin, China, in mid-January 2016.
David C. Smith offers expert insight into Sweden’s transformation into a virtually cash-free society in a Nov. 5, 2015, UVA Today article titled “Q&A: Can You Imagine a ‘Cashless Society’? Sweden is Nearly There.”
Dean Roberts was elected to the board of charity VirginiaFIRST, an organization devoted to helping young people develop a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). VirginiaFIRST’s keystone activity is its annual robotics competition, recognized as a premier high school engineering challenge. In July 2015, Roberts presented at a NASA conference held in Washington, D.C., that focused on the commercial feasibility of civil supersonic aircraft for entry into service in the mid-2020s.
David Mick, who first studied our conflicted relationship with technology back when it was as simple as an answering machine, urges readers to think through the potential paradoxes when buying technology in a winter 2015 Virginia magazine article titled “Technological Trade-Offs.”
In a Jan. 23, 2016, Economist article titled “The Collaboration Curse,” Peter Gray and Rob Cross note that although managers may notice the benefits of collaboration, they may fail to measure its often-hidden costs. They estimate that knowledge workers spend 70-85 percent of their time attending meetings (virtual or face-to-face), dealing with e-mail, talking on the phone, or otherwise dealing with an avalanche of requests for input or advice.
Rob Cross’s fascinating work on collaborative overload, conducted with Wharton’s Adam Grant and Reb Rebele, is featured on the cover of the January/February 2016 issue of Harvard Business Review.
A study by Tom Bateman and Kieran O’Connor was featured in an Oct. 30, 2015, UVA Today article titled “Study: Liberals Want to Mitigate Climate Change, Conservatives to Adapt to It.” The study identifies a key divergence in how liberals and conservatives approach climate change solutions, while also highlighting convergences that might help break political gridlock. At a Nov. 28, 2015, presentation titled “More Than the Score - Real Leadership: Charisma and So Much More” in the Alumni Hall Ballroom, Bateman described specific, research-based behaviors that make a person seem charismatic to others and how to use them to develop one’s own leadership skills. He also encouraged effective collaboration and meaningful disciplinary boundary crossing to find solutions to the massive and complex challenges facing the world today in a Dec. 8, 2015, Conversation article titled “Scientists Tend to Superspecialize—But There Are Ways They Can Change.”
An article by Director of Client Services Bryan Lewis and Help Desk Manager Eric Rzeszut, titled “Designing IT Guidelines for Global Travel,” was published Aug. 17, 2015, on EDUCAUSE review.
Jeff Boichuk has been awarded the 2015 Best Bauer Dissertation Award from the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business. Boichuk’s dissertation, “Developing and Retaining New Hires during the Sales Force Socialization Process,” was lauded by the awarding committee for its breadth and quality, and Boichuk himself, who received his Ph.D. from Bauer in 2014, was commended for the overall potential of his research. The dissertation explores why the rate of turnover among salespeople is so high—some 20 percent of salespeople quit, annually—and how companies can promote the success and retention of their sales force through effective expectation management and the creation of more supportive organizational cultures.
McIntire Professor Emeritus Malcolm “Mac” Harvey Lathan Jr. died June 10, 2015, at his home in Wilson, N.C., in the company of his wife and family. Lathan, a specialist in auditing and assurance services, taught accounting at McIntire for 25 years before his retirement from the School in 2008. (Read the full story.)