Faculty Notes: October 2010

Department of Management and International Business

Malcolm Gladwell frequently refers to research by Aya Chacar, associate professor and Knight Ridder Center Research Fellow, in his article in The New Yorker titled “Talent Grab.” The references were to her co-authored paper, “Institutional Settings and Rent Appropriation by Knowledge Based Employees: The Case of Major League Baseball,” which appeared in Managerial and Decision Economics in 2008.

Jerry Haar, associate dean for international affairs and projects, professor and research fellow, has been named to the editorial board of a new double-blind refereed publication, International Journal of Transitions and Innovations. He was quoted in an article titled “Investing in Frontier Emerging Markets,” which appeared in Bloomberg BusinessWeek and he spoke at a roundtable discussion on “The Aftermath—Brazilian Election Scenario and its Impact on Bilateral Business,” hosted by the Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida.

Dileep Rao, clinical professor, has a number of articles appearing in Forbes.com, most recently “Seven Reasons Not to Go Public.”

The department hosted four seminars in October 2010: Farok J. Contractor, professor in the Management and Global Business department at Rutgers Business School, spoke on “How Tight an Embrace? Choosing the Optimal Degree of Partner Interaction in Alliances Based on Risk, Technology Characteristics, and Agreement Provisions”; Annique Un, Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina, presented “The Advantage of Foreignness in Innovation”; Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra, also from the Moore School, spoke on “Converting Wine into Vinegar: Acquisitions by Foreign Firms in Periods Of Crisis”; Klaus Meyer, School of Management, University of Bath, presented “How Does Institutional Development Affect Downscoping of Business Groups? A Dynamic Resource-based Perspective”; and David Ralston, University of Oklahoma, discussed “Subordinate Influence Ethics: Development of the Measure with Findings from the Research.” Aya Chacar, associate professor and Knight Ridder Center Research Fellow, organizes the seminars.

Department of Finance and Real Estate

William Hardin, director of real estate programs, professor and Knight-Ridder Research Fellow, was recognized in an article titled “World Ranking of Real Estate Research: Recent Changes in School Competitiveness and Research Institutions,” ranking 25th over the last 35 years (no shorter time periods were provided) although he only held his doctorate for 12 of 35 years; five researchers senior on the ranking are now retired. In addition, Florida International University ranked 18th over the last 10 years (2008 and preceding period) and 44th over the last 25 years (even with no real estate activity for much of period). The article appeared in The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics.

The department hosted a fall seminar presented by Tarun Chordia, R. Howard Dobbs Professor of Finance, Emory University. His topic was “Anomalies and Financial Distress.” Suchi Mishra, associate professor and Knight Ridder Center Research Fellow, organizes the department’s seminar series.

Department of Marketing

David Luna, associate professor of marketing at Baruch College (City University of New York), gave a presentation on October 15, 2010. A leading researcher in the area of using Spanish versus English in marketing to bilingual consumers, his presentation provided an overview of language research followed by a discussion of some of his research involving linguistics and brand name spelling.

David Luna
David Luna

School of Accounting

Ruth Ann McEwen, director, was quoted in an article titled Enron still echoes in retooled university accounting formats, which appeared in Miami Today.

A paper co-authored by Robert W. McGee, director, Center for Accounting, Auditing and Tax Studies, won the “Distinguished Research Award” at the Allied Academies conference in Las Vegas. The title of the paper is “The Ethics of Tax Evasion: An Investigation into Demographic Differences.”

Blaise M. Sonnier, director, Executive Masters of Science in Taxation Program and assistant clinical professor, has been appointed to a three-year term to the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) tax practice responsibilities committee.

Eugenio Pino and Family Global Entrepreneurship Center

Robert Hacker, adjunct professor in FIU’s School of Hospitality and Tourism and a member of the Pino Center advisory board who also teaches workshops for the center—most recently “Developing a Killer Business Plan”has published his first book, Billion Dollar Company: An entrepreneur’s guide to business models for high growth companies. The book draws on stories from his success in building a billion dollar company in Indonesia and his 35-year career working internationally.

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