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.)
Jason Williamson has been awarded the 2015-2016 Jack Lindgren Award, one of the University of Virginia’s Mead Endowment-funded grants. Established in 2002, the endowment provides a small group of faculty members who display “outstanding potential to become friends and mentors of students” with grants to create their own “dream ideas,” or projects that inspire students academically while building valuable personal relationships. The Mead Endowment was founded in honor of the late Ernest “Boots” Mead, a professor of music who retired from the College of Arts & Sciences in 1996. During his 35 years at the University, Mead became known for his deep personal interest in students, and his remarkable ability to draw out and cultivate their unique talents and abilities. The Jack Lindgren Award honors legendary Marketing Professor Emeritus Jack Lindgren, who retired from the McIntire School in 2013 after an extraordinary career of mentoring, encouraging, and inspiring students. Williamson’s “dream project,” for which he received $3,000 in endowment seed money, is to lead student teams in social enterprise endeavors that will generate profits for Charlottesville-area charitable organizations. (Read more.)
Bob Webb presented his paper, “The Impact of Latency Sensitive Trading on High Frequency Arbitrage Opportunities,” at the Financial Management Association Europe conference in Venice in June 2015 and at the University of Otago Business School in Dunedin, New Zealand, in August 2015. Also in August, he gave a keynote speech, “What Drives Success in Futures Markets?” at the Capital Markets Symposium in Auckland, New Zealand. Webb also gave the presentation, “Where's Alpha?” to CFA societies in Hong Kong, China, Manila, the Philippines, Wellington, New Zealand, and Auckland.
In July 2015, Rob Patterson taught a core course, “The Essentials of Public Speaking,” in the UVA Advance summer program, a four-week summer residential program for highly motivated, rising high school juniors and seniors. He also sponsored the Junior State of America program on Grounds during the summer of 2015 and taught three sessions: one on public speaking and two covering selected speeches of Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Both programs aim to provide glimpses of the college experience to high school students showing academic promise. In addition, Patterson was appointed by the Faculty Senate leadership team to serve on its Executive Council.
Patrik Sandås offered tips for prospective homebuyers in a WalletHub article titled “The Health of the Housing Market in 25 Big Cities.”