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Huntsman Alumni Magazine - Summer 2017

Teaching & Research

Dr. Kathy Chudoba

Associate Department Head and Associate Professor, Department of Management Information Systems

“Getting Away from Them All: Managing Exhaustion from Social Interaction with Telework”

Journal of Organizational Behavior (2017). Coauthors Jaime Windeler and Rui Sundrup

Job interdependence and interactions with colleagues are related to work exhaustion. In two studies, Dr. Kathy Chudoba examines the difficulties of keeping the benefits and costs of social interaction in balance in a highly-connected social work environment. She demonstrates that part-time telework (PTT) can be beneficial for regaining resources invested in interpersonal interaction by allowing people brief periods to sequester themselves from others and regain resources. However, PTT also presents barriers to communication and coordination that can make external interaction more difficult. The fluctuation of social interaction makes this balance an act, not an end state.

Dr. Alison Cook

Professor, Department of Management

“Leading at the Top: Understanding Women’s Challenges Above the Glass Ceiling”

The Leadership Quarterly (2016). Coauthor Christy Glass

Many women leaders seek out high-risk opportunities within their companies as a way to establish a reputation as a leader. Higher risk brings huge rewards. These women become known in their companies as “transformation specialists,” and are frequently appointed leaders of organizations facing significant challenges. Dr. Alison Cook studies the Glass Cliff, where women are appointed CEOs of companies in crisis and have less support and authority to lead, increased scrutiny and pressure to perform, and failure results in career derailment. She and coauthor Dr. Christy Glass find that increased organizational support among the board, peers, and the top executive team as well as opportunities to lead both healthy and struggling firms will increase women CEO’s success in top leadership positions.

Dr. Jim Davis

Department Head and Professor, Department of Management

“Family Functioning, Entrepreneurship and Performance: The Case of Family Businesses”

Outstanding Paper (2016), Global STEP Academic Conference. Coauthors Matt Allen, Albert James, Bill Worthington

Family business has a worldwide economic impact, yet very little research has been done on which family characteristics drive entrepreneurship and how family entrepreneurship affects family firm performance. Professor Jim Davis’ research has contributed to the understanding of the role of the business family in influencing company performance through the formation and support of an entrepreneurial orientation within the business. He provides theory and empirical evidence around “familiness,” which is the idea that business families impact the business in meaningful ways, and has developed and tested a model that describes how the family can influence the business by establishing an entrepreneurial orientation. Professor Davis’ research also demonstrates that families with high family harmony have higher entrepreneurial orientation which in turn impacts both organizational financial performance and company growth.

Dr. Devon Erickson

Assistant Professor, School of Accountancy

“Do Investors Perceive Low Risk When Earnings are Smooth Relative to the Volatility of Operating Cash Flows?”

The Accounting Review (2017). Coauthors Max Hewitt and Laureen Maines

A forthcoming paper by Dr. Devon Erickson shows that discerning opportunity and incentive to report smooth earnings impacts investors’ perception of company risk. Actual investors were asked to judge the riskiness of hypothetical companies reporting either smooth or volatile earnings trends, and perceived companies that maintain a smooth earnings trend as less risky. However, when investors learn that managers have the opportunity and/or the incentive to report smooth earnings, they no longer trust that reported earnings reflect the company’s ‘true’ performance, and no longer prefer a smooth earnings trend. Thus, accounting standards that reveal managers’ opportunity and incentive to report smooth earnings help investors identify when smooth earnings trends actually suggest lower company risk.

Dr. Magno Queiroz

Assistant Professor, Department of Management Information Systems

“Business Process and Information Technology Alignment: Conceptualization, Empirical Illustration, and Directions for Future Research”

Journal of the Association for Information Systems (2016). Coauthors Paul Tallon, Tim Coltman, Rajeev Sharma.

Organization leaders are expected to allocate limited resources to various investments, and often face tough decisions about the direction of resources between competing demands. Dr. Magno Queiroz and his colleagues argue that IT investments can be wasteful in situations where those resources are not compatible with the needs of critical business processes or when they are allocated to processes that are not critical to the firm’s business strategy. The study finds that the potential of IT resources to generate significant performance gains depends on how firms utilize IT to enable business processes and the extent to which those processes are critical to the firm’s business strategy.

Dr. Jason Smith

Associate Director—China Cooperative Academic Programs and Assistant Professor, Department of Economics and Finance

“Judicial Efficiency and Capital Structure: An International Study”

The Journal of Corporate Finance (2017). Coauthors Attaullah Shah, Hamid Ali Shah, and Giuseppe (Joe) Labianca

Dr. Jason Smith studies the effect of judicial efficiency on the quantity of debt that firms issue. When firms default on payments, an efficient court helps lenders recover losses. However, it may also force a firm to liquidate an asset at an inopportune time and destroy its value due to financial distress. Increased judicial efficiency increases the amount a lender is willing to loan, but also decreases the firm’s desire for loans. Analysis of leverage and judicial efficiency in 69 countries shows that with increased judicial efficiency, a firm will hold less debt. The reduced desire for loans appears to be the dominant factor as judicial efficiency increases.