New findings by Kieran O’Connor and Amar Cheema, published in Psychological Science March 1, 2018, and featured in The Economist March 15, 2018, suggest that judges’ evaluations become more positive over time, pointing to a possibly widespread bias that could influence such ratings and other similar contexts when individuals are evaluated as part of a series, even one that is randomly ordered. In their study, “Do Evaluations Rise with Experience?” the two investigated how the decision-making process in sequential evaluations seems to become easier for raters over time, and can thereby produce inflated scores given later in a series. They found that judges’ ratings of professional dance competitors rose significantly across 20 seasons of the popular television series “Dancing With The Stars”; that university professors gave higher grades when the same course was offered multiple times; and in an experimental test of their hypotheses, that evaluations of randomly ordered short stories became more positive over a two-week sequence.
Ryan Wright is a top cybersecurity professor on Twitter, according to OnlineEducation.com.
Brent Kitchens and his University of Florida colleagues have created a data model that can help businesses predict demand for daily discount deals, like those offered on Groupon and LivingSocial, in particular locations. Their research is published in Information Systems Research and featured in a Feb. 15, 2018, University of Florida Warrington College of Business news item titled “Building a Better Groupon: Big Data Predicts Demand for Daily Deals.”
A co-authored paper, “The Role of Executive Symbolism in Advancing New Strategic Themes in Organizations: A Social Influence Perspective,” by Jeffrey Lovelace appeared in the January 2018 issue of Academy of Management Review. Learn more about the authors' findings here.
A co-authored paper by Jeri Seidman, published in Tax Notes in February 2018 and titled "The Financial Reporting Consequences of Tax Reform: How the Corporate Tax Rate Will Affect Profits," finds that the late-year income tax rate change as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law in December could lead to billions in unexpected profits and losses for companies in the S&P 500. They hope the findings in their paper will help those reading financial statements anticipate and better understand the nature of these one-time adjustments. See a discussion of their findings on Phys.org.
Jeffrey Boichuk teamed up with Darden School Professor Luca Cian, Professor Bidhan Parmar, and Senior Case Writer Jenny Craddock to examine how the industry-changing coffee company and other massive consumer-facing corporate entities are making their values known—for better or worse. Their discussion on the topic, "Starbucks after Schultz: What Will Happen to Activism?" appeared in the Jan. 28, 2018, edition of The Washington Post under Darden’s sponsored editorial section, “Case in Point.”
In a Feb. 7, 2018, GreenBiz article titled "This Kind of Behavior is the Bedrock of Sustainability," author Tom Bateman says sustainability and climate action "require executing some of the most difficult behaviors in the human repertoire: proactive behaviors, those that are more forward-looking and change-inducing than others." The good news? You don’t have to run an energy company or a government to make a difference.
Roger Martin gave a talk about how using technology can help professors be better at what they do, and do it in less time, at the 2018 New Faculty Consortium, which took place Feb. 1-4, 2018. The conference for new tenure-track accounting faculty from U.S. AACSB business-accredited schools focuses on research and teaching topics and allows the new faculty to network and interact with each other and senior researchers and teachers. The event was hosted by the American Accounting Association and funded by the Ernst & Young Foundation.
David Chapman weighs in on Brenda Fitzgerald’s resignation as head of the CDC in a Jan. 31, 2018, Forbes article titled “Trouble at the CDC: Must High-Character Leaders always Walk the Talk?”
In a Jan. 24, 2018, WUVA news story titled “Equifax Breach Threatens Undergrads,” Dot Kelly discusses how breaches of personal data can destroy financial credibility.