Mila Getmansky Sherman, a finance professor at Isenberg, has received a $196,518 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Digging into Data Challenge. Professor Sherman’s award will fund a 3+ year research project.
Finance professor Mila Getmansky Sherman and two coauthors have received the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute’s premier honor—its 2016 Graham and Dodd Award for Excellence—for their journal article, “Interconnectedness of the CDS Market.”
Demand for blood is down overall, which leaves blood suppliers in crisis. Operations professor Anna Nagurney says that tactics such as mergers and resource sharing between suppliers can improve efficiency and reduce waste in this delicate supply chain.
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A paper written by professor Albert Assaf is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Thea Sinclair Award for Journal Article Excellence. The award recognizes the previous year’s (2015) top paper published in the influential journal, Tourism Economics.
The current expansion of the Massachusetts economy appears to be on firm footing, notes Isenberg economist and professor Robert Nakosteen. While the overall picture is positive, risks like the strong dollar and less than all-out consumer confidence somewhat cloud the picture.
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Isenberg PhD Director George Milne and information management professor Ryan Wright explored current issues in consumer privacy and internet security in a presentation to MBA students. Both called for renewed consumer and employee education and empowerment.
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In August, accounting professor Bradley Bennett and a coauthor were honored by the American Accounting Association with the 2015 AAA/Deloitte Wildman Medal for a paper that made "the most significant contribution to the practice of public accountancy." The paper explored the implications of mismatches in age, knowledge, and experience between staff-level auditors and the more experienced managers at clients with whom those auditors interact.
Finance professor Mila Getmansky Sherman and two colleagues have garnered considerable media attention for their broad survey of the hedge fund industry. The study, which contends that hedge fund earnings have been overstated, nevertheless offers a strong endorsement of their enduring value to the financial system.
A study by Isenberg finance professor Nikolaos Artavanis documents widespread tax evasion in Greece's restaurant industry. The fiscal impact of a recent VAT tax increase in Greece "could be zero or negative because tax evasion will increase," he cautions.
Heng Chen plans to use the prestigious Federal Aviation Administration Graduate Research Award to generate guidelines for the number and location of airplane metering points at airports and the tradeoffs involved in their alternative configurations.
Many academics study ideas and innovation, but few focus on generating ideas on an organization's "front lines," where much of the work gets done, observes Alan Robinson, a professor in Isenberg's Department of Operations and Information Management. In a well-conceived idea system, in fact, those front-line insights, should account for 80% of an organization's overall improvement, notes Robinson in his just-published book, The Idea-Driven Organization.
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Now in its second year, Anna Nagurney's innovative course, Humanitarian Logistics and Healthcare, introduces cutting-edge crisis management and planning skills to Isenberg and other UMass Amherst students. ʺMy goal is to give our students the tools and mindset to act decisively and adaptably in human crises like storms and earthquakes, food shortages, financial contagions, and pandemics,ʺ explains Nagurney, who is John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management.
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With the Sochi Winter Olympic Games in the rearview mirror, a 2012 statistical study by Professor Neil Longley of Isenberg's Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management is prompting observers to ask whether the teams of NHL players who participated in the Games will suffer a letdown during the rest of the NHL season.
Our market regulators are still employing regulatory principles rooted in the 1980s view of the trading environment based on humans wearing multi-colored jackets, while, in fact, what we have is a complex adaptive system of computer algorithms, observed MIT Sloan professor Andrei Kirilenko in his February 7th lecture at Isenberg. An economist with nearly two decades of policy and regulatory experience who most recently served as Chief Economist of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Kirilenko is on a mission to create evidence-based regulatory tools that bear relevance to today's automated trading practices.
"In devising a strategy, good marketers include what-if conditions that might cause that strategy to fail," observed Marc Schneider '81 in his late November visit to Professor Marc Weinberger's class, Managerial Perspectives in Marketing Strategy. A former Isenberg management and finance major, Schneider is Group President of Heritage Brands in Manhattan, one of three divisions in the American-based clothing giant, PVH Corp (Phillips-Van Heusen). Schneider's division manages such high-profile brands as Izod, Van Heusen, Arrow, Speedo, Warner's, and Olga. "We sell one in three dress shirts in the United States. We also own 60% of the market for ties-35 million ties a year," he told the students.
For Isenberg strategy professor Anurag Sharma, investing is both a science and an art and, most importantly, a deep discipline. His recently published Book of Value arms the reader with a conceptual framework with which to detect true value in a sea of noise.
A prestigious Isenberg asset--the Morningstar CISDM Database--will now be offered by the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School's internet-based data research service, Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS). The Isenberg database, managed by the school's Center for International Securities and Derivatives Markets, tracks qualitative and quantitative information for more than 6,000 hedge funds, funds of funds, and commodity trading advisors (CTAs). Morningstar CISDM also includes a database that provides robust information on 13,000 inactive funds.
According to Isenberg accounting professor Elaine Wang, auditors from different nations may unwittingly convey different cultural biases in their professional judgments. With support from the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Audit Quality, Wang and Isenberg Ph.D. candidate Aaron Saiewitz are comparing how American and Chinese auditors account for various types of errors embedded in an auditing case study in different ways. In other words, asks Wang, will different cultural mindsets promote or impede critically important professional skepticism in auditors' judgments?