The College of Business hosts regular face-to-face seminars in which scholars from around the country present and discuss their current scholarly research in the business-related disciplines.  Each discipline group within the College usually hosts one speaker each semester. 

October 15, 2021

Chanchai Tangpong, Ph.D., Professor of Management and Chair of the Management and Marketing Department, College of Business, North Dakota State University. 

Title: Dynamics in Buyer-Supplier Relationships and Sourcing Choice Sequence

Synopsis: In this seminar, Dr. Chanchai Tangpong will discuss how he developed a research program to address strategic, operational, and behavioral issues in buyer-supplier relationships. He will also present his co-authored paper, titled “Performance and Survival Implications of Sourcing Choice Sequence across an Architectural Innovation Life Cycle,” which appears in the recent issue of the Journal of Operations Management. He will then briefly highlight his ongoing research projects and discuss what he has learned from his intellectual and research journey.

View his presentation.

October 29, 2021

Richard Schneible, Ph.D., Professor of Accounting, Seidman School of Business, Grand Valley State University.

Title: "Management Forecast Precision and the Commonality of Analyst Information." Co-authored with Orie Barron, Lyndon Orton, and David Yu, all from Penn State University.

Synopsis: In this study, we examine the relationship between managers’ earnings forecast precision and changes in the characteristics of analysts’ information as reflected in their forecast errors. We argue that more precise / specific management forecasts provide analysts with information of lower cost than their own private efforts. Thus, as management forecast specificity increases, analysts are incentivized to substitute managements’ forecast for their own, increasing the commonality among analysts’ forecasts. Consistent with this, we find the change in consensus, a measure of commonality, is increasing in the specificity of managements’ forecast. This finding is of interest because it identifies a mechanism through which management may influence the degree to which analysts rely on similar information. In addition, we find evidence that analyst forecast accuracy is declining in the specificity of managements’ forecast. By increasing the specificity of the forecast, management can level the playing field among market participants but at a cost of decreased accuracy of the mean forecast.

Time and location: 10:00-11:15 am, 19000 Hubbard Drive, Room 196, Fairlane Center South, Dearborn, MI 48126

November 12, 2021

Darcy Fudge Kamal, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Strategy, Sacramento State.

Title: "Seeking a Friend and an Ally." Co-authored with Steven Hyde, Eric Bachura, and Megan Thornton-Lugo.

Synopsis: It is widely known in other micro fields such as organizational behavior and psychology that motivation is an important predictor of behavior. Yet the alliance and Upper Echelons literature have largely overlooked this important antecedent. A deeper understanding of a CEO’s motivations can illuminate why a firm may engage in higher levels of alliance activity while another firm may not. In this study, we explore how CEO needs—a manifestation of internal motivation—may impact alliance behavior. The results of our study demonstrate that the motivations of CEOs – namely their need for affiliation– have a non-linear relationship with alliance activity. More specifically, the results suggest an initial positive relationship between the need for affiliation and alliance activity. However, at high levels of affiliation, the CEO’s concern for harmony with their board becomes more important, resulting in lower alliance activity.

Time and location: 10:00-11:15 am, 19000 Hubbard Drive, Room 196, Fairlane Center South, Dearborn, MI 48126

February 4, 2022

Manish Srivastva, Ph.D., Strategic Management and Innovation, College of Business, Michigan Tech.

Title: "Acquiring architectural knowledge and the alliance vs acquisition choice." Co-authored with Sai Yayavaram.

Synopsis: Alliances and acquisitions provide valuable sources of external knowledge and help firms adapt to changing conditions. When searching for external knowledge, firms often face this choice: should they ally with or acquire a target firm. Prior research has addressed this alliance vs acquisition choice from the resource similarity, geographic similarity, relational proximity, product market similarity and technological similarity perspectives. From the technology perspective, firms consider the similarity (or conversely the distance) between their knowledge and that of target firms. While prior work has considered the role of similarity in domain knowledge, the role of architectural knowledge—recombining existing knowledge in new ways—has not been examined. Recombination of existing knowledge is one of the important ways in which firms create new knowledge. Thus, knowing how to combine different domains of knowledge has become increasingly critical. Given the importance of alliances and acquisitions as a potential source of technological knowledge, firms may search for architectural knowledge using alliances and acquisitions. However, we have little understanding of whether alliances or acquisitions will be a more effective governance mechanism to acquire such knowledge. Also, there is a clear dearth of studies that simultaneously examine the drivers of the alliance vs. acquisition choice and the performance implications of that choice in terms of the relative effectiveness of alliances and acquisitions. Accordingly, in this study, we first examine how the choice between alliances and acquisitions is influenced by dissimilarity in architectural knowledge with a target firm. We then examine which mode provides a more effective mechanism for acquiring architectural knowledge and how the effectiveness of these two modes changes as a function of dissimilarity in architectural knowledge with the target firm.

Time and location: TBD

March 18, 2022

George Jiang, Ph.D., Professor of Finance, Carson College of Business, Washington State University.

Title: The Termination Effect of US Single Stock Futures

Time and location: TBD

April 15, 2022

Kenneth Snead, Ph.D., Professor of Accounting, Allen W. and Carol M. Schmidthorst College of Business, Bowling Green University.

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