KU School of Business research highlights
Read about some of the prominent research by faculty members in recent academic years
Assistant professor Nate Meikle co-authored “Amplifying Voice in Organizations,” which revealed how employees can help peers get a status boost (while also raising their own status) by publicly endorsing another person’s contribution. The article appeared in the Academy of Management Journal.
A study co-authored by Mike Wilkins, Larry D. Horner/KPMG Professor of Accounting, proposes that audit committees benefit from including experts with accounting experience. Researchers found that such expertise helps reduce information irregularities between the auditor and the client, thereby limiting auditors’ ability to over-audit and under-audit. “Audit Committee Accounting Expertise and the Mitigation of Strategic Auditor Behavior” was published in The Accounting Review.
Chang Hoon Oh, William and Judy Docking Professor of Strategy, co-authored an article demonstrating how organizational experience with natural disasters increases preparedness for future hazards. The article emphasizes that catastrophes and other risk events can cause myriad issues, but by planning in advance, businesses can diminish the damage caused by such threats and recover more quickly afterward. “A storm is brewing: Antecedents of disaster preparation in risk prone locations” appeared in the Strategic Management Journal.
An article penned by Gjergji Cici, Capitol Federal Professor of Finance, shows that removing or diminishing the threat of sexual harassment from the workplace improves productivity. Cici looked at the male-dominated mutual fund industry as a testing ground and found productivity of female mutual fund managers significantly increased after the rise of the #MeToo movement. “#MeToo Meets the Mutual Fund Industry: Productivity Effects of Sexual Harassment” was published in Finance Research Letters.
A study by Amanda Winn, assistant professor of accounting, found experienced auditors exert reduced effort prior to mandatory partner rotation and increased effort when Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) inspection risk is high. “The Joint Effects of Partner Rotation and PCAOB Inspections on Audit Effort” was published in Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory.
Research from William Bazley, assistant professor of finance, revealed that using the color red to represent financial data influences individuals’ risk preferences, expectations of future stock returns and trading decisions. The color appeared to prolong pessimistic expectations in relation to negative stock returns, while viewing the same information in black or blue led to reversal beliefs. “Visual Finance: The Pervasive Effects of Red on Investor Behavior” appeared in Management Science.
Prakash Shenoy, the Ronald G. Harper Distinguished Professor of Artificial Intelligence, co-authored an article that generalizes the theory of decision-making from probability to belief functions. “An Interval-Valued Utility Theory for Decision Making with Dempster-Shafer Belief Functions” was published in the International Journal of Approximate Reasoning.
Inconsistencies in equity analyst revisions may have rational explanations, according to research from Min Park, assistant professor of accounting. He found there are accounting or economic factors why analysts revise their outputs in what looks to be an inconsistent manner. Park’s article, “Seemingly Inconsistent Analyst Revisions,” appeared in the Journal of Accounting and Economics.
Yexin Jessica Li, assistant professor of marketing and Jack and Shirley Howard Mid-Career Professor Dean’s/Frank S. Pinet Fellow, co-authored a study that found donor incentives don’t always equate to more charitable giving. Researchers found the value of providing incentives varies based on an organization’s goals and said their findings could help charities conserve resources. “Coins are Cold and Cards are Caring: The Effect of Pregiving Incentives on Charity Perceptions, Relationship Norms, and Donation Behavior” was published in the Journal of Marketing.