Faculty & Research

Ensuring the Success of Information-Based Regulation

David Hess

A system of mandatory corporate environmental and social reporting is necessary to achieve true corporate accountability, according to a new study by David Hess, assistant professor of business law.

Although more firms now issue social reports and the methodology is improving (a new version of the widely used Global Reporting Initiative's standards was released in October), social reporting appears to be failing as a mechanism that improves the behavior of a significant number of firms, says Hess.

"The current voluntary system of social reporting has failed to achieve the goals of organizational transparency and stakeholder engagement, and may actually work against those goals," Hess said. "Many corporations have been able to co-opt a process designed for stakeholder accountability and turn it into a means of stakeholder management. Firms also have engaged in strategic  disclosure for the purpose of protecting their legitimacy rather than painting a complete picture of the company's environmental and social performance."


Teen Ridicule Shapes Brand Awareness

David Wooten

Students learn the three Rs in school, but there's a fourth one as well—ridicule, says assistant professor of marketing David Wooten.

In a study appearing in the Journal of Consumer Research, Wooten explores the impact of adolescent ridicule on consumer behavior and brand consciousness.

Ridicule, he says, helps teach teenagers what brands and styles of clothes and shoes to wear and which ones to avoid—if they want acceptance from their peers. These pressures also play a major role in thefts and violence by teens who covet expensive symbols of belonging, but who cannot afford to buy them.



Understanding How Group Culture Affects Cooperation

Shirli Kopelman

Cultural values and norms may impact the cooperative behavior of decision-makers in dealing with social dilemmas more than most people think.

Shirli Kopelman, assistant professor of management and organizations, suggests that adopting a "cultural lens" can provide a better understanding of cooperation in conflict situations.

Group culture, she says, is an important psychological factor that influences the likelihood that decision-makers will cooperate in resolving difficult social, economic or political situations, particularly in cases where collective non-cooperation can lead to undesirable future outcomes for all.


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Faculty News

On October 5, Dean Dolan announced the following chaired appointments::
Gautum Ahuja, Harvey C. Fruehauf Professor
Gene Anderson, D. Maynard Phelps Collegiate Professor
Cindy Schipani, Maerwin H. Waterman Collegiate Professor
Kathleen Sutcliffe, Gilbert and Ruth Whitaker Professor
James Westphal, Robert G. Rodkey Collegiate Professor

James Walsh elected 65th President of the Academy of Management

Ross welcomes new faculty members

Dave Ulrich Tops List of Most Influential Leaders in Human Resources.

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