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September 2013

Dean’s Message

Soma Mitra was nominated by the national board of Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA) to be an AFWA Regional Director for the 2013-2014 year.  She will be serving the Minneapolis/ Saint Paul, Des Moines, Akron, Canton, Cleveland and Kokomo Chapters.


Won No presented a paper (co-authored with Efrim Boritz) entitled “The Quality of Interactive Data: XBRL versus Compustat, Yahoo Finance, and Google Finance” at the 2013 AAA Annual Meeting (August 6, 2013).


Melvin Lamboy-Ruiz presented the sole-author paper “The Effect of Regulatory Scrutiny on Accrual-Based and Real Activities Manipulations in For-Profit and Nonprofit U.S. Hospitals” at the 2013 American Accounting Association Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California on August 7, 2013.


Todd Thornock’s paper “Communicated Values as Informal Controls: Gaining Accuracy While Undermining Productivity?” with Steve Kachelmeier and Michael Williamson was accepted to the Contemporary Accounting Research (CAR) Conference in October 2013.


Diane Janvrin moderated a panel titled ‘Research Opportunities in Social Technology’  at the AAA Annual Meeting on August 6, 2013.


Diane Janvrin and two co-authors Randy Elder (Syracuse University) and Paul Caster (Fairfield University) recently had their paper titled “Peregrine – Twenty Years of Fraudulent Cash Balances,” accepted for publication in Issues in Accounting Education (the American Accounting Association education journal). Diane presented this paper at the AAA Annual Meeting in Anaheim on August 7, 2013.



The American Accounting Association honored Karen Hennes,(ISU undergraduate alumn) Andrew Leone, and Brian P. Miller with the 2013 Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature Award at the annual meeting in August. The Notable Contributions Award is one of the AAA’s major awards and is based on the magnitude of a paper’s contribution to accounting education, practice, and/or future accounting research, as well as the breadth of potential interest and originality of the content. Karen Hennes is now a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma.

Business Career Services

Welcome back to the fall semester! We are excited to work with students and continue to guide them on their individual career search.


NAME CHANGE: Our on-line job posting system had a name change over the summer. ISU CMS is now CyHire. The features remain the same while providing a name that more closely aligns with Iowa State University. Please contact us for questions on accessing the system to see career fair information, career-related events, and job postings.


Mock Interview Day will be held Wednesday, September 18 from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. in Business Career Services. Students can sign up NOW for half-hour sessions with industry recruiters using CyHire. Time slots for interviews do fill up quickly.  Encourage your students to sign up and let us know if they have questions.


The Fall 2013 Business, Industry and Technology Career Fair will take place on Wednesday, September 25 from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum. Interview Day will take place the following day, on Thursday, September 26 in the Memorial Union.  If you have not already done so, please consider having Kathy, Sarah or Tammy come speak to your classes about the Fall Career Fair. As of today, there are 147 companies’ registered (164 booths). Last year, there were 145 companies that attended the Fall Career Fair.


Business Career Services Gift Card Giveaway: Business Career Services is giving away five – $250 gift cards this semester. The lucky winners will be able to use the gift cards to purchase professional attire at either Kohl’s or JCPenney department stores for the career fair, interviewing and other job seeking activities. College of Business students may go to 1320 Gerdin Business Building to register for the drawing held on September 18th.


Employer Outreach: We connected with the following employers during the month of August:  Kohls, REG, International Paper, Ernst & Young, and Deloitte & Touche LLP


The Finance Department is pleased to announce the new Master of Finance (MFin) degree program. Entry to the program will be year-round and recruitment has already begun for entry in Spring of 2014. More information can be found on the CoB website or by contacting Travis Sapp.


On October 25 Yianni Floros will present a brief summary of his work at the SEC over the last year. All interested faculty are invited to attend the talk “The SEC and Title IV of the JOBS Act” from 11:30-12:30 in 0115 Gerdin.

 Graduate Programs

Peter Ralston successfully defended his dissertation proposal and received approval from his Program of Study committee to move forward with his dissertation.


Andrew Harrison has been selected to participate in the doctoral consortium at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), which is held in December, in Milan, Italy. The ICIS doctoral consortium is a preeminent event designed to bring together a select group of doctoral students from around the world to share information about their research and to be mentored by leading IS scholars.  Andy was nominated by our program and he is one of only 20 North American students selected to participate in this very prestigious event.


Gupta, M. and George, F. G. “The Effects of FictitiousCustomer Testimonials across Different Cultures,” Proceedings of the Nineteenth Americas Conference on Information Systems, Chicago, Illinois, August 15-17, 2013


Manjul Gupta served as the session chair of the roundtable discussions for the Human Computer Interaction track AMCIS.


Mark Peterson represented ISU at the MBA Career Services Council annual global conference in Washington DC in late June. As current president of the organization, Peterson presented results of a year-long rebranding initiative to MBA CSC’s membership, after which the organization’s board and membership voted to change its name to MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance. The new name more clearly acknowledges the fast-growing membership of MBA employers in the organization, and more clearly states its strategic intent. MBA CSEA was founded in 1994 as the global professional association for MBA career services personnel and MBA recruiters, and owns/manages the MBA employment reporting standards used by AACSB and EFMD member business schools to gather and report employment data to the ranking media and public.


Mark Peterson represented the ISU COB at MBA CSEA’s semi-annual Standards committee meeting, hosted by AACSB in its Tampa headquarters, in August. Also in attendance were MBA Career Services Directors from Carnagie Mellon, Central Michigan, Emory, ESADE (Spain), Georgia, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Michigan, NYU, Oxford (UK), Penn State, U. of Rochester, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest Universities. Peterson and the MBA CSEA Executive Director also met with AACSB leadership to discuss ongoing AACSB/MBA CSEA strategic partnerships.

Marketing & Alumni Relations

The College of Business welcome reception for Dean Spalding will be held on Wednesday, September 4 from 3:00 to 5:00 in the Bergstrom Commons. This event is open to faculty, staff, and students from across campus. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served.


Mark your calendars for the fourth annual Greater Iowa Credit Union Business Lecture on Thursday, September 19 at 8:00 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. This year’s lecture features David Wolman, author of “The End of Money” and a contributing editor at Wired. He will discuss how going cashless will affect the world, your wallet, and the retail, banking, and finance industries.


Samantha Cross presented her research with co-authors, Meng-Hsien (Jenny) Lin and Terry Childers, titled “Sensory Vulnerabilities: Stumbling Blocks and Strategies,” in a Special Session on Family Vulnerability and Consumer Well-being at the Marketing and Public Policy Conference, Washington, D.C., June 2013. A related paper was also presented in the Working Paper Session of the Consumer Culture Theory Conference, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, June 2013.


Samantha Cross chaired the session and presented her research with co-author Mary Gilly, titled “Navigating The Diversity Within,” in the Competitive Paper Session – Navigating Cultural Dualities in a Global World, Consumer Culture Theory Conference, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, June 2013. Their paper was also selected for inclusion in the Research in Consumer Behavior Series, published by Emerald.


Samantha Cross was an Invited Speaker at the Chancellor’s Reception for Dean Andy Policano, University of California, Irvine, June 2013.


Stephen Kim’s paper entitled “The Effect of Channel Partner Knowledge Management on New Product Outcomes” was selected as best paper for New Product Development and Innovation Track of 2013 Summer AMA Marketing Educators’ Conference in Boston.


Laura Smarandescu and Brian Mennecke submitted a white paper grant proposal to Robert Wood Johnson Foundation titled “The role of information presentation at the point-of-selection: An examination of digital menu boards effects on healthful eating behaviors”


“Best Paper” Award: Arthaud-Day, M., King, D., Hornsby, J., Zhao, X., Qi, Y., Sheu, C. 2013. “The mediation effects of entrepreneurship orientation and R&D Investment: A resource-based view” at the International Conference on Operations & Supply Chain Management (ICOSCM 2013), Shanghai, China, June 22-25.


Robby White received an Outstanding Reviewer award from the Business Policy and Strategy division at the Academy of Management’s annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.


Andreas Schwab, Rene Bakker (Queensland University of Technology), Joris Knoben (Nijmegen University) and Leon Oerlemans (Tilburg University) presented their paper “Alternative Modes of Entrepreneurial Opportunity Exploitation” at the Academy of Management Conference in Orlando, FL, on August 12, 2013.


Andreas Schwab, David Krackhardt (Carnegie Mellon University), Bill Starbuck (University of Oregon), Miguel Lobo (INSEAD) conducted a professional development workshop for the Research Methods Division titled “Why We All Should Be Bayesians: Opportunities of Bayesian Statistics for Management Research” at the Academy of Management Conference in Orlando, FL, on August 9, 2013.


Andreas Schwab, Bill Starbuck (University of Oregon), Eric Abrahamson (Columbia University) and Sam Holloway (University of Portland) conducted a professional development workshop for the Research Methods Division titled “Alternatives to Null-Hypothesis Significance Testing” at the Academy of Management Conference in Orlando, FL, on August 10, 2013.


Andreas Schwab and Bill Starbuck (University of Oregon) presented their paper “Why Baseline Modeling is Better than Null-Hypothesis Testing: Examples from Research about International Management, Developing Countries, and Emerging Markets” during the professional development workshop “Meta-Knowledge and Philosophy of Science in International Business and Management” at the Academy of Management Conference in Orlando, FL, on August 10, 2013.


Dave Cantor won the 2012 Journal of Operations Management Best Paper Award for his co-authored article,” The Competitive Determinants of a Firm’s Environmental Management Activities: Evidence from US Manufacturing Industries.”   His co-authors are Christian Hofer (University of Arkansas) and former Iowa State doctoral student Jing Dai (Western Connecticut State University).


Dave Cantor had his book chapter proposal accepted for inclusion in the “Handbook of Behavioral Operations Management: Social and Psychological Dynamics in Production and Service Settings” (Oxford Press). His co-author is Pam Manhart (doctoral student at Iowa State).


Dave Cantor and Jim Summers will be presenting “Creating and Resolving Flux in Team Action Processes” at the 2013 INFORMS meeting in Minneapolis.


Yayla, A. and Hu, Q. “The Effect of Board of Directors’ IT Awareness on CIO Compensation and Firm Performance.” Accepted for publication in Decision Sciences.


Hu, Q., West, R., Smarandescu, L., and Yaple, Z.  “Why Individuals Commit Information Security Violations: Neural Correlates of Decision Processes and Self-Control.” Accepted for publication and presentation at the 47th Hawaii International Conference on Systems Science (HICSS 2014), January 6-9, Hawaii, USA. This paper is nominated for Best Paper of the Internet and Digital Economy Track.


Yayla, A. and Hu, Q. “Does Inclusion of CIO in the Top Management Team Impact Firm Performance? Evidence from a Long-Term Event Analysis.” Accepted for publication and presentation at the 47th Hawaii International Conference on Systems Science (HICSS 2014), January 6-9, Hawaii, USA.


Brian Mennecke, Anthony Townsend, and one their former HCI doctoral students, Zayira Jordan-Conde (Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico), have had a paper accepted for publication in Computers in Human Behavior.  The paper is entitled, Adolescents’ Cyberconnections: Net Generation’s Identity Definition and Intimate Disclosure on Facebook, and is currently available online.


Andy Luse (MIT PhD student; Oklahoma State University) and Brian Mennecke have had a paper accepted for publication in the journal, Management Research Review. The paper is entitled, IT Can Matter: Co-Evolution Fostering IT Competitive Advantage. The paper is due to be published in the fall 2013.


Brian Mennecke was elected to be a representative to the Graduate Council.  His term of service will extend from 2013-2016.


Brian Mennecke was featured in a news story on WHO-radio in early August for a story on security and privacy issues on mobile phones.


Brian Mennecke presented a paper at the 19th Annual Americas Conference on Information Systems August 16, 2013, in Chicago. The paper is entitled, Strategic Information Systems Security: Definition and Theoretical Mode, and is co-authored with Andy Luse and Anthony Townsend

Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship

The Reiman Entrepreneur Speaker Series will be held on Thursday, September 12. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and the talk begins at 12:00 p.m. Mr. Roy Reiman is the speaker this year. Please pre-register for the event at

Undergraduate Programs

Business week is September 18 through the 24. Career fair is on September 25.

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College of Business Club Fest 2013! Friday, September 6, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Granite Hallway.  Representatives from several of the College of Business clubs will be available to provide information about their organizations to our students. This is an outstanding opportunity for them to explore options for becoming involved with other students in their major, or to seek out leadership and service possibilities. Please encourage your students to attend if possible. Please note: This event is strictly for the College of Business. The ISU Clubfest will be held on Wednesday the 4, in the Memorial Union Great Hall from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   


The Undergraduate Programs Office saw 500 new freshmen and 160 transfer students during April through August orientation this year plus 170 transfer students did the online orientation before visiting with an adviser.  We welcomed 175 new international students both January and August this year and of those, 120 came this month.


The Undergraduate Programs Office hosted a group of high school students who participated in the Early Outreach Program (EOP).  Professor Sree Nilakanta, Judi Eyles, ISU Pappajohn Center, and Brenda Thorbs-Weber, Undergraduate Programs Office, met with the students.

Undergrad Picture

Media Hits

August 29, 2013
Business News Daily

Learning from Microsoft: When Too Much Focus Is a Bad Thing


August 28, 2013

ISU News Service
What corporations can learn from Microsoft


August 17, 2013

Scott AFB analysts figure out how to save taxpayers more than $461 million


July 19, 2013

Business Record

Researchers: Kids eat what they see


July 18, 2013

Des Moines Register

Marketing magic makes veggies appealing to kids



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