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December 2015

Dean’s Message

Happy Holidays! I want to thank all College of Business faculty and staff for everything you’ve done to make the fall semester run smoothly and for everything you do every day to move this College forward. I appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to our 4,082 students. I wish you a safe, happy, and restful holiday season with your families.


The College of Business will be observing the university partial shutdown during the holiday break.The Gerdin Business Building will be closed to begin at noon Wednesday, December 24, 2014 through Sunday, January 4, 2015. During this time, the building will be locked and temperature controls will be set back to save energy. Please keep this in mind if you will be working in the building. If you will not be working during this time, please communicate your plans in advance to your supervisor and unplug unused electronic equipment while you’re gone.


Finally, don’t forget about nominations for the 2015 University Awards for Faculty and Staff. Nominations Open Only to Colleges are to be submitted electronically by our college deadline of Monday, January 20, 2015.  Nominations that are Open to Individuals and Units are to be submitted by February 1, 2015. All nominations are to be routed through Jenn Wiederin at .  More information on our college “Awards” webpage can be found at Iowa State University College of Business.



Todd Thornock’s paper entitled “Level up: the effect of contract design on strategy development in a skill transfer task environment” co-authored with Jeremy Douthit (University of Arizona) has been accepted for presentation at the American Accounting Association’s 2015 Management Accounting Section (MAS) Research Conference.


Melvin Lamboy-Ruiz presented a paper titled “Impact of New Accounting Standards for the Reporting of Uncompensated Hospital Services on Nonprofit Accounting Choices” at the 2014 AAA Diversity Section Meeting on November 2 in Atlanta, GA.


Sue Ravenscroft is now the Associate Editor of Accounting and the Public Interest, the journal of the Public Interest section of the American Accounting Association.


Jeffrey, C., & Perkins, J. D. 2014. The Relationship between Energy Taxation and Business Environmental Expenditures in the European Union. The International Journal of Accounting, 49 (4), 403-425. [Lead article]


Perkins, J. D. 2014. Review of “The Unintended Effect of Corporate Social Responsibility Performance on Investors’ Estimates of Fundamental Value,” by W. B. Elliott, K. E. Jackson, M. E. Peecher, and B. J. White (The Accounting Review 2014). Social and Environmental Accountability Journal, 34 (3), 190-191.


Todd Thornock’s paper entitled “When Subtle Performance Monitoring Helps, Really Helps, and Hurts: The Impact of Psychological Entitlement and Monitoring Environment on Performance and Misreporting” co-authored with Kip Holderness (West Virginia University) and Kari Olsen (University of Southern California) has been accepted for presentation at the American Accounting Association’s 2015 Management Accounting Section (MAS) Research Conference.


Cynthia Jeffrey presented her paper (co-authored with Jon Perkins) entitled “An Examination of the Determinants of Integrated Reporting” at the 26th UK Congress on Social and Environmental Accounting Research in St. Andrews, Scotland on August 27.


Jon Perkins presented his paper (co-authored with Cynthia Jeffrey) entitled “An Examination of Integrated Reporting Quality” at the 26th UK Congress on Social and Environmental Accounting Research in St. Andrews, Scotland on August 28.


Diane Janvrin and Jon Perkins presented the final deliverable for their International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board Standard Setting Process Research Grant-winning project entitled “An Examination of the Implications of Integrated Reporting for Investor Judgments” (with Bill Dilla and Robyn Raschke) at the 12th World Congress of Accounting Educators and Researchers in Florence, Italy on November 14.


Jon Perkins and Cynthia Jeffrey presented the first deliverable for their Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Research Grant-winning project entitled “An Examination of the Determinants of Integrated Reporting Existence and Quality and Their Implications for Future Standard Setters” at the 12th World Congress of Accounting Educators and Researchers in Florence, Italy on November 14.

Business Career Services

Employment Information:
Our office is in the process of collecting employment information for August and December 2014 graduates. If students share employment information with you, let us know and please encourage them to report to our office as well.


Employer Development:

Tammy Stegman, Melanie Gella and Kathy Wieland visited Chicago area employers on November 19 -20. Those employers included EY, MillerCoors, Morningstar, L2TMedia, and Starcom. Kathy also met with Vi. During this visit the staff also attended the Recruiting Trends Conference. This conference was hosted by the Midwest Association for Colleges and Employers (MWACE). Melissa Bailey, President of Universum, and Mary Scott, President of Scott Resource Group shared results from their recent trends surveys. During the month of November, our staff also met with Emerson and Kum & Go.


Kathy Wieland served on a panel of College Career Services and Foundation professionals with 25 hiring managers at CAT in Peoria, IL providing feedback on best practices in hiring college talent.


Professional Outreach:

Tammy Stegman presented to Honors Program students on November 7 on Creating Resumes and Gerdin Citizenship Program members November 13 on Salary and Offer Negotiation.


Mark L. Power and Jon Hobbs paper, “A Comparative Analysis of Financial Professionals’ Perception of the Level of Graduating Business Student Retirement Planning Familiarity, Motivation, and Preparedness” was accepted for publication in Risk Management and Insurance Review.


Mark L. Power was recognized in the Journal of Applied Risk Management & Insurance (Volume 2, No. 1, 2014) as the 32nd most prolific contributing author in the seven leading risk management and insurance journals over the past 30 years: 1984-2013.


The paper “The Influence of Investor Identity and Contract Terms on Firm Value: Evidence from PIPEs”, co-authored by Matthew T. Billett, Redouane Elkamhi and Yianni Floros was accepted for publication at the Journal of Financial Intermediation.


The paper “Qualified Residential Mortgages and default risk”, co-authored by Yianni Floros and Joshua T. White, was invited to be presented by Yianni Floros at the Financial Innovations and Bank Regulation Conference by Peking University, Xiamen University, Fordham University, and the Journal of Banking and Finance


The paper “The certification role of insider participation in PIPE transactions”, co-authored by Nandu J. Nagarajan, Yianni Floros and Shiva Sivaramakrishnan was presented by Yianni Floros at the University of Iowa.


The paper “Redacting information at the Initial Public Offering”, co-authored by Audra L. Boone, Yianni Floros and Shane A. Johnson was presented by co-authors at the University of Georgia, at Texas Tech University, at University of Cincinnati and Miami University of Ohio.


The paper “Two-stage IPOs following the reverse takeovers route”, co-authored by Rebel A. Cole, Yianni Floros and Vladimir I. Ivanov, was presented by co-authors at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Graduate Programs

Ambulkar, Saurabh, Jennifer Blackhurst, and Scott J. Grawe. “Supply Chain Resilience: Scale Development and Empirical Examination,” Accepted on November 4, 2014 at Journal of Operations Management.


Manjul Gupta, a fourth year PhD student of management information systems, has accepted a faculty position as an Assistant Professor in the College of Business Department of Decision Sciences and Information Systems at Florida International University effective August 2015. His current research focusses on the role of culture in computer-mediated deceptive communication, systems development, and big data capabilities.


Congratulations to Manjul Gupta and Akshaya Vijayalakshmi who received the Teaching in Excellence Award. The purpose of these awards is to recognize and encourage outstanding achievement by graduate students in teaching. The intent is to recognize up to 10% of the graduate students involved in teaching each year. Each Teaching Excellence Award consists of a letter of commendation from the ISU President, a certificate of achievement signed by the ISU President and the Graduate Dean, and an honor cord to be worn at graduation.


Joey George, Samantha Cross, and Deborah Martinez attended the Ph.D. Project in Chicago, IL November 19-21.


Keynote presentation: King, DR. Keynote presentation for conference on: Macro and micro foundations of acquisitions in high-tech industries, Tel Aviv University, Israel, 14 December 2014.


Republished: King, DR. 2014. Managing the Dark Side of Competitive Rivalry, Graziadio Business Review, 17(2) is being translated and republished in Chief Executive China.


Chris Rider, James Wade, Anand Swaminathan and Andreas Schwab presented their paper “Racial Disparity in Promotion Rates of National Football League Coaches” at the Institutions & Innovations Conference, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA, November 14, 2014.


Samantha Cross’ paper “Consuming ambiguity: Multiracial identity development and the marketplace” with co-authors, Robert Harrison (Western Michigan University) and Kevin Thomas (University of Texas, Austin) has been accepted for presentation at the American Marketing Association (AMA) Winter Conference in San Antonio, Texas, February 2015.


Samantha Cross has been accepted as a participant in the dialogical track, “Crimes of Omission and Commission” at the 2015 Transformative Consumer Research (TCR) Workshop at Villanova University in Villanova, PA, May 2015. 


Wang, G., Zhang, Z., Sun J., Yang, S., and Larson, C. POS-RS: A Random Subspace Method for Sentiment Classification based on Part-of-Speech Analysis. To appear in Information Processing and Management, Special Issue on Computational Approaches to Affective Computing.


Grawe, Scott J., Patricia J. Daugherty, and Peter M. Ralston. “Enhancing Dyadic Performance through Boundary Spanners and Innovation:  An Assessment of Service Provider – Customer Relationships,” Accepted on November 7, 2014 at Journal of Business Logistics.


Emeritus Professor, Clyde K. “Skip” Walter had a special to the Des Moines Register November 6 titled, “Iowans on the Go: Humphries’ farewell tour inspires trip.”


Yen-Yao Wang (former MSIS student), Anthony Townsend, Andy Luse (former PhD Student), and Brian Mennecke have had a paper accepted for publication in the journal Information Systems and e-Business Management. The paper is entitled, Understanding the Moderating Roles of Types of Recommender Systems and Types of Products on Online Recommender System Acceptance.


Toyin Clottey presented his research titled “Incorporating Estimates of the Net Demand Distribution for Determining Core Acquisition Quantities in a Rolling Horizon” at the Annual Conference of the Decision Sciences Institute at Tampa, FL on November 23.


Toyin Clottey presented his research on November 14th, as an invited speaker, for the seminar speaker series at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland-College Park.

Undergraduate Programs

A second Lunch and Learn session for multicultural students in Business was coordinated by Brenda Thorbs-Weber, on November 12. Katie Mott, an Admissions and Financial Aid Counselor discussed scholarship options and the Financial Aid process.


The College of Business graduation is Friday, December 19 at 5:00 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum. Invitations went out in early November to over 275 undergraduates and 15 graduate students who are scheduled to graduate this fall. Please join us in celebrating our student’s accomplishments and plan to attend the event! Huge thanks to Elizabeth Salton and Tara Fisher for taking the lead in getting the event planned for fall.


During the two November transfer orientation programs, 38 new transfer students attended to register and prepare to join us for spring semester. This is an increase of 7 students from fall 2013. Other incoming transfer students have been completing the online orientations and meeting individually with advisers to create their spring schedules.

United Way

It is my pleasure to announce that the College of Business has surpassed its United Way Campaign goal by nearly 55%!! As of Friday afternoon, the College of Business has contributed $28,708.37 towards the Story County United Way Campaign. To those of you that donated – thank you for your support of the Story County United Way. This is truly a worthwhile organization that impacts so many people in our community.


I am also pleased to announce the winners of the CoB United Way random drawing:

  • 2 tickets to the Great Gatsby at Stephens Auditorium on February 12thSoma Mitra
  • a dessert of your choice by Madonna Johnson – Russ Laczniak
  • a nice bottle of wine (red or white) paid for by the Dean – Michael Prindle
  • breakfast for 2 people – paid for by the Dean – Deborah Martinez
  • lunch for 4 people – paid for by the Dean – David King
  • Dean Spalding’s seats (2) for the December 31st ISU Men’s Basketball game against Mississippi Valley State – Mike Bootsma
  • the opportunity to cut the Dean’s tie (and make him wear it the whole day!) – Scott Elston (picture below for your enjoyment and more pictures available on the CoB Facebook page)
  • United Way candy jar – Sree Nilakanta
  • Reiman Garden passes (4) – Tammy Stegman 

Congratulations to the winners and thank you again to everyone who donated!


United Way Tie Cutting

Scott Elston cut the Dean’s tie (and he had to wear it that way all day!)






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