Dean's Update March 2012

Research with relevance and impact

Two Marquette Business professors’ research is profiled in the 2012 edition of Discover, Marquette University’s annual research publication.

Olga Yakusheva, associate professor of economics, was highlighted in “Go Home, Stay Home,” a feature that outlines her collaborative investigation into how nurses can help reduce the rotating door of hospital readmissions. The study found that oftentimes readmission costs can be avoided with greater nurse/patient interaction and better discharge teaching.

“Poking Holes in the Golden Parachute” examined the research of Qianhua “Q” Ling, an assistant professor of accounting who has been studying the interplay among CEO severance packages, salary and transparency.

In a paper slated to be published in 2012 by the Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, Ling’s findings show a strong correlation between the types of severance package CEOs have in their contracts and those individuals’ tendency to disclose bad news to their boards sooner.

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Finance students win investment competition for fourth straight year

Five undergraduate Marquette Business students have advanced to the next round of the Chartered Financial Analyst’s Investment Research Challenge. This is Marquette’s fourth year participating in the prestigious CFA competition and they have won the local competition each year. The CFA Institute’s Americas regional competition will be held in New York in April, and the winner of the America’s Investment Research Challenge will then compete in the international final, which is also held in New York in April.

Three Marquette Business faculty members promoted

Marquette University has promoted three business faculty members to professor or associate professor with tenure effective for the fall 2012 semester. Anthony Pennington-Cross, associate professor of finance, has been promoted to professor; Siddhartha Syam, associate professor of management, has been promoted to professor; and Olga Yakusheva, assistant professor of economics, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure.





Abdur Chowdhury, chair and professor of economics, discussed consumer confidence, the Case Shiller Forecast and the housing market as the featured expert on Chicago’s “Noon Business Hour,” WBBM Newsradio. (Segment begins at the 02:40 mark.)

Mark Eppli, professor and Bell Chair in Real Estate, who spoke at a recent IPD conference, says he’s concerned about the volume of problem loans held by small commercial banks.

Cheryl Maranto, chair and associate professor of management, discusses a bill headed to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's desk that could limit damages sought in employer discrimination cases.

David Clark, professor of economics, says it’s too soon to tell whether Wisconsin home prices have bottomed out, despite February seeing the lowest decline since September.




Marketing professor Laczniak’s paper on ethics a top cited study

The European Journal of Marketing has highlighted a paper by Gene Laczniak, chair and professor of marketing, as one of its most cited articles. “An ethical basis for relationship marketing: a virtue ethics perspective,” which he co-wrote with Patrick E. Murphy of the University of Notre Dame and Graham Wood of the University of Salford, provides an ethical foundation for relationship marketing. According to the authors, “Although relationship marketing has been studied for a number of years by many scholars, the ethical basis of it has not been thoroughly examined in any previous work.”




Alumnus will lead PNC Bank in Wisconsin

Alumnus Christopher Goller, who was a commercial banking leader at U.S. Bank’s Wisconsin headquarters in Milwaukee, has been named PNC Bank’s regional president for Wisconsin. Goller graduated from the College of Business Administration with a degree in finance in 1990; he later earned his MBA from Marquette in 1995.