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Faculty Research

Recent Stuart Faculty Publications and Presentations

Faculty at Stuart School of Business engage in dynamic, collaborative research that is both relevant and valuable to the daily work of business and industry professionals, and that advances theoretical understanding.

Smriti Anand

Smriti Anand

Co-editor of Idiosyncratic Deals at Work: Exploring Individual, Organizational, and Societal Perspectives, forthcoming in spring 2022 from Springer International Publishing. Chapters contributed by prominent scholars from around the world cover the latest research on idiosyncratic deals (i-deals), which are individualized work agreements negotiated between an employee and employer. Anand’s co-editor is Professor of Organizational Psychology and Human Resources Management Yasin Rofcanin at University of Bath School of Management.

Presentation on “Effectively Negotiating and Managing Personalized Work Arrangements” at the annual conference of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE21), held in Indianapolis on October 21–23, 2021.

A Multi-Level Model of I-Deals in Workgroups: Employee and Coworker Perceptions of Leader Fairness, I-Deals and Group Performance” published in the Journal of Management Studies, July 2021.

No Family Left Behind: Flexibility I-Deals for Employees with Stigmatized Family Identities” published in Human Relations, March 2021. Read more in Illinois Tech news.

What Happens at Home Stays at Home!” published in Sage Journals Blog: Research, Editor’s Picks, June 2020.

Co-editor of a virtual special issue of Human Relations on the topic “Flexible Work Practices and Work-Family Domain” published in June 2020.

  • View profile: Associate Professor of Management Smriti Anand

Haizhi Wang

Haizhi Wang

Social Capital and Regional Innovation: Evidence from Private Firms in the U.S.” published in Regional Studies, February 2022. Bo Wang (Stuart Ph.D. MSC ’21), Assistant Professor in Finance at Kean University, is a co-author.

The Role of Social Capital in Private Placement: Evidence from Rule 144A Debt Issuances” published in Managerial Finance, February 2022. Jianrong Wang (Stuart Ph.D. MSC ’20), Assistant Professor at East China Normal University, is a co-author.

Affiliated Bankers on Board and Firm Environmental Management: U.S. Evidence” published in the Journal of Financial Stability, December 2021. Stuart Ph.D. student Hui Li is a co-author.

Banking Deregulation and Investment Cash Flow Sensitivity” published in Review of Business, June 2021. Tianyu Zhao (Stuart Ph.D. MSC ’19) and Xinting Zhen (Stuart Ph.D. MSC ’18), Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Saint Michael’s College, are co-authors.

Bankruptcy Exemption and Peer-to-Peer Lending” published in Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, May 2021. Stuart Ph.D. student Bo Wang and Tianyu Zhao (Stuart Ph.D. MSC ’19) are co-authors.

Do Affiliated Bankers on Board Enhance Corporate Social Responsibility? U.S. Evidence” published in Sustainability, March 2021. Stuart Ph.D. student Hui Li is a co-author.

Global Equity Offerings and Access to Domestic Loan Market: U.S. Evidence” published in International Review of Financial Analysis, March 2021. Jingqi Zhang (Stuart Ph.D. MSC ’19) is a co-author.

Stock Market Liberalization, Foreign Institutional Investors, and Informational Efficiency of Stock Prices: Evidence from an Emerging Market” published in the International Journal of Finance & Economics, July 2020.

Do Mandatory Pension Contributions Hinder Innovation? Empirical Evidence” published in the International Journal of Innovation Studies, June 2020. Stuart Ph.D. student Hao Shen is a co-author.

Unionization and Firm Inventory Management: Empirical Evidence” published in the Review of Business, June 2020. Stuart Ph.D. student Bo Wang is a co-author.

Li Cai

Li Cai

Socially Responsible Investing and Factor Investing, Is There an Opportunity Cost?” published in The Journal of Portfolio Management, Quantitative Strategies: Factor Investing Special Issue, January 2022. Associate Professor of Finance Ricky Cooper and Di He (Stuart Ph.D. MSC ’20) are co-authors.

  • View profile: Associate Professor of Finance Li Cai

Ricky “Rick” Cooper

Ricky Cooper

Socially Responsible Investing and Factor Investing, Is There an Opportunity Cost?” published in The Journal of Portfolio Management, Quantitative Strategies: Factor Investing Special Issue, January 2022. Associate Professor of Finance Li Cai and Di He (Stuart Ph.D. MSC ’20) are co-authors.

Liad Wagman

Liad Wagman

How Do Top Acquirers Compare in Technology Mergers? New Evidence from an S&P Taxonomy,” National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) working paper 29642, issued January 2022.

Project leader for Non-HSR Reported Acquisitions by Select Technology Platforms, 2010–2019: An FTC Study, a report released by the United States Federal Trade Commission in September 2021.

The Short-Run Effects of GDPR on Technology Venture Investment” published in Marketing Science, March 2021. Amazon Economist Jian Jia (Stuart Ph.D. MSC ’20) is a co-author. Articles and research on this topic by Wagman and Jia include:

Big Data at the Crossroads of Antitrust and Consumer Protection” published in Information Economics and Policy, March 2021. This paper is part of a special issue of the journal that includes contributions from leading antitrust and consumer protection economists.

Local Network Effects in the Adoption of a Digital Platform” accepted in February 2021 for publication in the Journal of Industrial Economics.

The Value of Technology Releases in the Mobile App Ecosystem” published by the Data Catalyst Institute, January 2021. Stuart Ph.D. student Yidan Sun is a co-author. Download the research paper.

Grant proposal for project on “Consumer Surplus and Technology Releases in the App Ecosystem” accepted by the University of Pennsylvania Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition for funding from the the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, December 2020. Stuart Ph.D. student Yidan Sun is co-author.

Platform, Anonymity, and Illegal Actors: Evidence of Whac-A-Mole Enforcement from Airbnb” published in the Journal of Law and Economics, November 2020. Amazon Economist Jian Jia (Stuart Ph.D. MSC ’20) is co-author. Read more in Illinois Tech news.

Advertising and Voter Data in Asymmetric Political Contests” published in Information Economics and Policy, September 2020. Associate Professor of Economics Priyanka Sharma is a co-author.

  • View profile: James B. Finkl Professor of Economics Liad Wagman

Weslynne Ashton

Weslynne Ashton

Participant in a national research network that will receive $15 million in funding over five years from the National Science Foundation to address the challenge of reducing wasted food. The project, Multiscale Resilient, Equitable and Circular Innovations with Partnership and Education Synergies (RECIPES) for Sustainable Food Systems, includes researchers at 14 universities and institutions, led by American University. The NSF grant was announced in October 2021. Read more in Illinois Tech news.

Capital-based Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment: Evaluation of Potential Industrial Symbiosis Synergies” published in Journal of Industrial Ecology, April 2021. Read more in Illinois Tech news.

Weslynne Ashton and research assistant Jahanzaib “Jay” Qureshi (M.S. Marketing Analytics student) facilitated a session at the Cook County Food Summit on October 15, 2020. Ashton and Qureshi are collaborating with the Chicago Food Policy Action Council to research nationwide trends in food hubs.

Michael J. Fagel

Co-editor of Principles of Emergency Management and Emergency Operations Centers (EOC), 2nd edition, published in both print and digital formats by CRC Press in September 2021 (copyright year 2022). Co-editors are Rick C. Mathews and J. Howard Murphy. Read more in Illinois Tech news.

Siva K. Balasubramanian

Siva Balasubramanian

Priming Movie Product Placements: New Insights from a Cross-National Case Study” published in the International Journal of Advertising, July 2021. Read more in Illinois Tech news.

Co-author of a book chapter titled “Consumers’ Perceptions and Attitudes Toward Product Placements: Exploring Similarities and Differences between Finland and the United States” in Handbook on Cross-Cultural Marketing, fall 2020.

Sang Baum “Solomon” Kang

Sang Baum Kang

Do the Basis and Other Predictors of Futures Return Also Predict Spot Return with the Same Signs and Magnitudes? Evidence from the LME” published in the Journal of Commodity Markets, March 2021. Amazon Economist Jian Jia (Stuart Ph.D. MSC ’20) is a co-author. Read more in Illinois Tech news.

Priyanka Sharma

Priyanka Sharma

Patent Policy, Imitation Incentives, and the Rate of Cumulative Innovation” published in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, October 2020.

Advertising and Voter Data in Asymmetric Political Contests” published in Information Economics and Policy, September 2020. James B. Finkl Professor of Economics Liad Wagman is a co-author.

Areas of Faculty Research Focus

Current areas of faculty research focus at Stuart include, but are not limited to:

  • High-frequency finance
  • Sustainable enterprise and the circular economy
  • Product placement and marketing communications
  • Privacy
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Effects of non-compete agreements
  • Ethics in automated financial markets
  • Hedging and risk management
  • Leader-member exchange (LMX) in management
  • Diversity in the workplace

For more details on Stuart faculty research interests, see the individual faculty members’ profiles.

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Putting His Brand on Product Placement Research

Harold L. Stuart Endowed Chair in Business Siva Balasubramanian is widely recognized as a leading scholar in the field of product placement research. Watch his Experts Report video and then read about the international reach of his groundbreaking research over the past 25 years.

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