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Information Systems & Decision Sciences > 18

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PhD students receive a college polo shirt at orientation.

From the Dean The E. J. Ourso College of Business prepares graduates to find rewarding careers and to excel in their chosen fields. Our faculty produce pioneering research and our programs extend outside academia helping businesses within Louisiana and beyond. If your goal is to pursue a PhD and make an impact on the business world, the E. J. Ourso College is the right place for you. We offer PhD programs in six disciplines; each is a researchoriented degree designed to develop professionals capable of conducting original research and teaching at the university level. Most of our graduates pursue careers in higher education. Other PhD alumni put their skills to work in governmental agencies or corporations. They all have a wealth of knowledge that provides a competitive edge in the job market. Our faculty and staff are committed to providing a healthy and welcoming learning environment for all our students. While we continue to adapt to a changing instructional landscape, we remain steadfast in our commitment to provide an outstanding business education and professional opportunities required to thrive in today’s economy. Individuals who hold a PhD have reached the highest level of academic achievement. That accomplishment does not occur without hard work, a superior understanding of research methods, and sincere dedication to a life of scholarship. This booklet details the PhD offerings within the E. J. Ourso College. Thanks for your interest and best of luck with your studies.

Jared J. Llorens, PhD Interim Dean


The PhD Programs Welcome, and thanks for your interest in the PhD program in the E. J. Ourso College of Business. Graduates of our research-oriented degree programs develop skills needed to conduct rigorous research and teach at the university level. Many of our graduates pursue academic careers, where there is a growing demand for business faculty. However, employment opportunities are not limited to academia. You can find our alumni in rewarding careers with governmental agencies and notable corporations. No matter your goal, a PhD is an important qualification that will open many doors.

— Helmut Schneider Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems — Professor Ourso Family Distinguished Professor of Information Systems

Orientation gives our newest PhD students a thorough understanding of the many resources available through the college.

While our programs are demanding, there is still a little room for levity. You will find a strong sense of camaraderie amongst our doctoral students.

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The first four-to-five semesters of your doctoral program will be devoted to core coursework.

Phases of Study While there are some variations among majors, our PhD programs are generally designed to be completed within four years. All programs begin in the fall semester and require full-time enrollment. The first four-to-five semesters of the program will be devoted to core coursework. The curriculum includes discipline-specific offerings as well as classes on research methodology and statistics. Students may also take relevant courses offered by other departments. Students will work closely with their advisor to design an appropriate program of study. During this initial phase of the program, students will work as research assistants. Coursework will be completed during fall and spring semesters with summers devoted to research. By the end of their coursework, students often have at least one paper accepted for presentation at a professional meeting. Following completion of coursework, students will focus on the development of their dissertation proposal and conduct research. During this period, students will take on teaching responsibilities. Some programs require completion of a seminar designed to instill valuable instructional skills before students can begin to teach. Dissertations must contribute to the knowledge of a particular area and demonstrate a mastery of research techniques, the ability to independently perform original research, and skill in formulating conclusions that expand upon or modify accepted ideas.

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Peer-to-peer interactions are an essential part of the doctoral program. These conversations help students perform at a higher level.

Before officially beginning his or her dissertation, the student must prepare and successfully defend a written proposal. Proposals include a description of intended research, its place in the literature, and, if empirical, sources of data, method of analysis, and expected results. The formal proposal defense is presented to the student’s advisory committee. The committee is formed by the student with the assistance of his or her PhD advisor and includes graduate faculty from the student’s major and minor. The purpose of the formal defense is to provide the student with feedback and guidance regarding the topic, method, and quality of the proposed dissertation. Customarily, the committee will have amendments and other requirements that must be added before final approval of the proposal. The chair of a student’s committee will share the results of the proposal defense and, if the topic is approved, all additional requirements. A completed dissertation is one that, in the opinion of the committee, satisfies the plan of work described in the approved proposal, incorporating all amendments. To complete the PhD program, a student must successfully defend his or her completed dissertation. A student’s final examining committee, approved by the dean of the Graduate School, will determine procedures for the final examination. Generally, this involves an oral defense primarily concerned with the dissertation and related problems. For a student to pass the dissertation defense, there shall not be more than one dissenting vote. LSU has stipulated that degrees must be completed within seven years of entering a PhD program. In most instances, students are not eligible to receive funding for more than five years.

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Through an informative orientation, the E. J. Ourso College of Business gives new PhD students information and tips to help them succeed.

Application Process | Admission Standards Prospective students must apply online through the LSU Graduate School. lsu.edu/graduateschool/apply Deadline: For full consideration for both admission and funding, prospective students should apply by December 31. Late applications may be considered; please contact individual departments for specifics. When submitting GRE, GMAT, or TOEFL scores, please use ETS institution code 6373.

Minimum admissions standards Applicants must have the following to be considered for unconditional admission: > A bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a foreign institution > A 3.0 GPA (where 4.0 = A) on undergraduate work or any graduate work already completed > 600 on the GMAT or 300 on the GRE > At least three letters of recommendation > A statement of purpose > All applicants are encouraged to provide a course-by-course evaluation for transcripts from educational institutions outside the U.S. For optimal results, LSU recommends using a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member for these evaluations. > An interview (in-person or via Skype) may be required. > International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency. > TOEFL

minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), 79 (internet-based) OR > IETLS minimum score of 6.5 OR PTE minimum score of 59 The testing requirement may be waived for applicants who possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or have a college-level degree showing completion of postsecondary education in a country where English is the primary official language. Please note, this listing represents the minimum requirements for admission. The satisfaction of these standards does not guarantee that a student will be admitted. A number of additional factors, such as research interest and program vacancies, will be considered. Individual departments may have additional requirements noted in this booklet or on their websites.

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Financial Support In addition to supplying critical financial support, graduate assistantships provide PhD students with hands-on experience necessary for honing research and teaching skills. Assistantships are typically awarded for four years and include a tuition waiver. Duties may include teaching, teaching assistance, or research assistance for a faculty member. Assistantship assignments require 20 hours of work per week and can typically be renewed for up to four years. All assistantship decisions are made after a student’s full application package has been reviewed. Students being considered for an assistantship will be notified via email. Students with assistantships must maintain registration in a minimum of nine semester hours in the fall and spring semesters (with a minimum of six hours of graduate coursework). Full-time enrollment during summer term requires registration in a minimum of six semester hours (with a minimum of three hours of graduate credit coursework). You must be admitted and enrolled in good standing, maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA. Estimated program costs: lsu.edu/financialaid/cost

Resources LSU Graduate School

Health Insurance and Wellness

The LSU Graduate School was established because the university recognized its obligation to provide an environment for research and inquiry and to make the results of these pursuits available to the public. As the state’s center of academic research and advanced studies, the Graduate School administers a more extensive and comprehensive program than any other educational institution in Louisiana.

Graduate students have the option of enrolling in a health insurance program.

The Graduate School is housed in David Boyd Hall. It currently administers more than 120 graduate degree programs. Any student wishing to pursue a PhD must apply online through the Graduate School.

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lsu.edu/shc/insurance/plans.php University Recreation (UREC) offers indoor and outdoor workout equipment along with group fitness classes and equipment rentals.

The LSU Food Pantry provides assistance to graduate students in need of food assistance at no cost. You can also bring donations of non-perishable goods.

The Graduate School holds a new student orientation each August. The E. J. Ourso College also hosts an orientation for incoming PhD students. Admitted students will receive emails about these events.

lsu.edu/foodpantry LSU Cares is an online reporting system to express concerns about students in crisis, sexual misconduct, hazing, discrimination, potential violations of the LSU Code of Student Conduct, and to express complaints and grievances. The CARE approach includes communication, assessment, referrals, and education to offer a response.

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Academic Support Through its virtual learning center, the Center for Academic Success offers self-paced online tutorials on topics such as concept mapping and time management.

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Technology

CxC: Communication Across the Curriculum offers a wide variety of resources and assistance with writing, speaking, visual, and technological communication skills and has studios located across campus.

The Faculty Technology Center offers many resources geared toward incorporating technology into teaching, learning, and research. Software consulting and technical training services are also available. LSU IT Services provides technology infrastructure and services that advance teaching and learning and enable resources.

cxc.lsu.edu Disability Services provides auxiliary aids and services to students with ADHD, learning disabilities, physical and medical disabilities, and psychological disabilities.

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lsu.edu/disability LSU Library, Hill Memorial Library, and subject librarians are invaluable resources. lib.lsu.edu

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PhD students teach undergraduate students about auditing and financial accounting.

Accounting

Research areas: Accounting information systems

Philosophy and Intent

Assessment

The Department of Accounting offers a research-intensive doctoral program. Our research-active faculty expose students to modern accounting research with an emphasis on auditing, corporate governance, and tax. LSU has an ample number of accounting-related databases as sources for research and analysis, as well as statistical tools and considerable training in areas such as econometrics. The Department of Accounting has an active research workshop series with presentations by some of the best-known researchers in accounting academics. Our focus is to develop accounting scholars who are proficient and motivated to succeed in accounting academics. The program is designed to be completed in four years; students are given an opportunity to teach before graduation. In addition to graduate assistantships, we also offer support for students to attend doctoral consortiums and present papers at national and regional conferences providing opportunities for scholarly development, networking, and recruitment. Faculty see the role of mentor as essential and are vested in spending time with these students to mentor and help develop their research and teaching practices. Doctoral students are encouraged to collaborate with faculty on research projects during and after the program and have published in top journals. Interactions among PhD students bolster the department’s collegial, mentoring environment.

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Audit regulation Audit quality Behavioral accounting and professional issues Capital markets Corporate governance Corporate social responsibility Economic consequences of accounting regulation and disclosures Empirical auditing Ethics Financial accounting and reporting Financial reporting by financial institutions Fraud Internal auditing Judgment and decision making, specifically as they relate to the audit profession Risk management Taxes


PhD Student Profile “I decided to pursue a PhD for the intellectual challenge that research entails and for future career opportunities. I learn new information about accounting every day, and obtaining a PhD will allow me to have future research opportunities when I graduate. My research specialty is financial accounting. I am interested in the economic effects of financially reported information and how accounting choices impact financial reporting quality. I picked LSU because it is a large research institution with supportive faculty. During my interview process, the faculty made it clear that LSU is a good place to learn and research. Faculty provide guidance and support along the way.” — Russell Barber, recent graduate Assistant Professor, University of Colorado — Denver

Advisor – Student Pairing “I have enjoyed working with Nusrat. She looks for new research ideas from new data sources and published papers in other disciplines. For instance, she has developed working papers on CFO-board members, accounting estimates, and short-selling. We presented the working papers at regional and national conferences and our workshops, which allows her to improve the papers for eventual publication. She has a strong work ethic and is showing signs of a dedicated researcher. She is currently working with another faculty member and myself on submitting her 1st-year summer paper to a top-tier journal. She presented it at the 2020 AAA annual meeting and received excellent feedback. She had the privilege to attend the AAA national doctoral consortium this summer, which we reserve for the 3rd year student that demonstrated the highest research productivity.” — Kenneth J. Reichelt, CA, CPA Professor and Director of Graduate Studies-PhD Program Ourso Eminent Scholar Professor of Accounting “Dr. Reichelt is a great advisor. Working on new topics with him is always interesting. He has a unique way of providing suggestions for improving early versions of my work. Dr. Reichelt and I have worked together on several research papers beginning in my first year of the Ph.D. program in 2017. We presented our research papers at regional and national conferences and LSU workshop. Besides enthusiastic academic guidance, another benefit of working with Dr. Reichelt is the ability to connect with LSU Ph.D. graduates. Conversations with Dr. Reichelt give me insight into the LSU Accounting Ph.D. program and certainly helped in my decision to join LSU’s doctoral program.” — Nusrat Jahan, Doctoral Candidate

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Ourso Eminent Scholar Professor of Accounting Ken Reichelt, U.J. LeGrange Endowed Professor of Accounting Joey Legoria, Assistant Professor Stephanie Walton, and Ph.D. student Wanying Jiang are studying firm use of cybersecurity risk disclosures. While disclosure of material cybersecurity risks has been examined as a determinant of future cybersecurity breaches, it is unknown if firms change their disclosure behavior after a cybersecurity breach and how the breach characteristics impact risk disclosures. Their research provides evidence on the role of company disclosures as cybersecurity breach events become increasingly expensive and frequent.

Ourso Eminent Scholar Professor of Accounting Ken Reichelt, Zigler Developing Scholar Assistant Professor Charlene Henderson, and Ph.D. student Nusrat Jahan are working jointly on a project that investigates the stock price reaction to SEC filing announcements of corporate restructurings. Though the findings in prior related studies are mixed, the authors are using a novel approach to assess the price reaction: the trading behavior of shortsellers. Relative to other equity investors, prior research suggests short-sellers are better equipped to discern whether restructuring plans will succeed. Nusrat presented the paper in August 2020 at the American Accounting Association Annual Meeting.

KPMG LLP Developing Scholar Assistant Professor Sanaz Aghazadeh and doctoral student Laura Guichard are collaborating with Kris Hoang, an Associate Professor at the University of Alabama, and Owen Brown, an Associate Professor at Baylor University, to study persuasion in auditing through the lens of the Communication-Persuasion Matrix. Their review organizes key features of persuasion in auditing, enhances our understanding of how auditors and clients initiate and respond to persuasive communications, and discusses significant implications for both audit quality and financial reporting outcomes. Their research is under review for publication in a special issue of the European Accounting Review.

PhD Collaborations

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Faculty Spotlight

Placements and Opportunities Our alumni enjoy successful careers in academia. The following is a sample of organizations that employ our graduates: California State University — Los Angeles College of Charleston Florida International University Hong Kong Polytechnic University Illinois State University Lehigh University Rutgers University — Camden Southern University University of Central Florida University of Colorado — Denver University of Louisiana — Lafayette University of Memphis University of New Orleans University of North Texas University of Southern Mississippi

Ken Reichelt, CPA, CA Professor Director of Graduate Studies, PhD Program Department of Accounting Ourso Eminent Scholar Professor of Accounting Around the globe, many regulatory agencies have implemented mandatory audit firm rotation. Research by Professor Ken Reichelt brings into question such a mandate. This is just one area that Reichelt explores in his financial accounting and empirical auditing research. Reichelt has earned a number of awards, including the Ernst and Young Alumni Distinguished Professor, KPMG Research Recognition Award, and the Vincent C. Brenner Endowed Faculty Research Award. In addition to teaching and research responsibilities, Reichelt oversees the operations of the department’s PhD program.

We provide support for students to attend consortiums and conferences. These events are excellent opportunities for career recruitment and networking.

Special requirements for accounting Most successful applicants have a GPA of at least a 3.40 for the most recently completed 60 hours of academic course work, GMAT of 650, several years of professional work experience, and hold a CPA. The department does not accept the GRE.

Contact Kenneth J Reichelt, CPA, CA Professor Director of Graduate Studies, PhD Program, Department of Accounting Ourso Eminent Scholar Professor of Accounting 2821 Business Education Complex Phone: 225-578-6233 Email: reichelt@lsu.edu For a full list of faculty and individual profile pages including publishing and research information, please visit lsu.edu/business/accounting.

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First-year PhD students in their Advanced Macroeconomics Course.

Economics

Research areas: Applied Econometrics

Philosophy and Intent

Applied Microeconomics

The Department of Economics is committed to excellence in teaching and research. Our PhD program is designed to develop economists capable of adding to the knowledge of economics, performing independent research, and teaching at the collegiate level. Our faculty are frequent recipients of teaching awards, regularly publish in prestigious professional journals, and several serve as editors of professional journals.

Econometric Theory Economic Growth and Development Health Economics International Economics Labor Economics Macroeconomics

Faculty-edited journals: Economic Inquiry Indian Growth and Development Review Journal of Labor Research Journal of Population Economics Public Economic Review Southern Economic Association

Economics

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PhD Student Profile “As a graduate student, I am part of a community of intellectually driven fellow PhD students with diverse backgrounds, as well as friendly and knowledgeable faculty members who always inspire me to think outside of the box. I obtained a strong foundation for doing research and was able to figure out my own focus area through a combination of rigorous courses, plenty of academic seminars, and exchange of ideas with my advisor and professors. In addition, at LSU, I have an opportunity to teach courses as an independent instructor.” — Thao R. Bui, Doctoral Candidate

Advisor – Student Pairing

“I believe that a successful PhD dissertation can be written if students work in close collaboration with their advisors. To this end, I hold regular weekly meetings with my PhD students to discuss their work. When they face a difficult problem, I help them to break the problem into pieces and solve each piece separately. In this way, they learn how to address the problems constructively.” — Bulent Unel, Professor Director of Graduate Studies Department of Economics Robert W. and June Heroman Scheffy Professor

“Economic research is an essential part of solving some of the most difficult problems in our world. Working with Dr. Unel at LSU has taught me how to break large problems down into manageable pieces and provide data driven insights. Having this experience was the main reason I had the opportunity to become an economist at the Federal Communication Commission. The issues FCC economists face are complex and always changing, but with the skills I acquired at LSU, I know I will always have the tools to overcome any challenge.” — Peter Gingeleskie, PhD Alumnus (2020)

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Economics


Robert W. and June Heroman Scheffy Professor Bulent Unel and alumnus Anindo Sarker, now an economist at Wells Fargo, are working on the impact of state-level bank branch reforms on self-employed business owners in the U.S. They find that branching reforms affected the entry and exit rates of the incorporated self-employed. Further, the effects of reforms are different across groups based on gender, race, and age. They find stronger effects on incorporated business creation among minorities, and higher exit rates among the young and minorities.

Thomas J. Singletary Business Partnership Professor Areendam Chanda and alumnus Justin Cook, now an assistant professor at the University of California-Merced, are studying the regional and household effects of India’s massive 2016 demonetization experiment. They look at a variety of sources, such as remote sensing satellite data or nighttime lights and household level data on consumption patterns, to investigate the differential impact of this unanticipated policy. They plan to make their first presentation at the 2018 Annual Meetings of the Southern Economic Association being held in November in Washington, D..

Ourso Distinguished Chair in Economics Naci Mocan advised Jhacova Williams, a 2018 PhD graduate. Before becoming an assistant professor at Clemson University, Williams considered many job offers, including those from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Williams College, and the Rand Corporation. Her thesis, “The Impact of Cultural Attitudes on Economic Outcomes and the Political Behavior of Blacks,� offers two distinct studies on cultural attitudes. She analyzed the extent to which the political participation of blacks can be traced to lynchings that took place between 1882 and 1930 in the same counties.

PhD Collaborations

Economics

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Faculty Spotlight

Placements and Opportunities Our alumni enjoy successful careers in both academia and the public sector. Sampling of organizations that employ our graduates: Auburn University Capital One Clemson University DIW Berlin Federal Communication Commission George Mason University Guggenheim Partners Hunan University Mississippi State University Moody’s Analytics Oklahoma State University Portland State University SAS Corporation State of Louisiana T. Rowe Price University of Arkansas University of California, Merced

Daniel Keniston

U.S. Department of Interior

Associate Professor

Wells Fargo

Professor Dan Keniston’s research investigates this fundamental question in today’s developing countries and the economic history of the United States. His work has taken him from designing experiments in collaboration with the Police of Rajasthan, India, to coffee farms in Rwanda, to combing through the U.S. National Archives for evidence on the economic outcomes of formerly enslaved persons after the Civil War. But this work is more than purely academic: in each project, Professor Keniston aims to generate usable evidence to improve policies and, ultimately, increase economic welfare.

When graduation draws near, our well-connected faculty help PhD candidates gain visibility in the job market by introducing them to contacts in higher education.

Contact Bulent Unel Professor Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Economics Robert W. and June Heroman Scheffy Professor 2329 Business Education Complex Phone: 225-578-5211 Email: bunel@lsu.edu For a full list of faculty and individual profile pages including publishing and research information, please visit lsu.edu/business/economics.

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Economics


By presenting to classmates and faculty, PhD students prepare for both teaching and dissertation defense.

Research areas:

Finance

Banking Capital structure

Philosophy and Intent

Credit ratings

The PhD program in Business Administration with a concentration in finance is a research-oriented program designed to prepare students for professions in the academic and business communities. The program is an intensive course of study in the theory and empirics of finance. Coursework has been designed to introduce the student to all basic areas of finance, but the responsibility for mastering the material, of course, lies with the student. To be successful in this program, the student must be committed to the highest level of academic achievement. A combination of classroom instruction, seminars, independent studies, and individual work with faculty prepares the student for continued research in the field of finance. Those in the program are “lifetime students,� for whom the learning process does not end with the granting of the degree. The doctoral program requires the development of a sense of scientific curiosity. These traits along with an intensive study of the theory and empirical analysis of finance form the essence of the PhD program.

Consumption-based asset pricing Corporate governance Corporate finance Financing decisions Financial derivatives Financial disclosure Financial innovation Financial intermediation Fixed-income securities Household finance Indexing Institutional investors Real estate finance Risk management Poverty

Faculty-edited journals: CFA Institute China Accounting and Finance Review Financial Review Journal of Derivatives Journal of Financial Research Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics Journal of Undergraduate Research in Finance

Finance

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PhD Student Profile “I graduated from Saint Leo University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and accounting. Throughout my time there, my passion for math grew as I began to explore its many applications. I worked as a student tutor and supplemental instructor, where I was able to assist others and gain teaching experience. I was introduced to concepts in financial mathematics during a research experience for undergraduates at North Carolina State University. The combination of my experiences from the research program, tutoring, and seeing how my professors were able to educate and help other students grow motivated me to pursue a PhD. After graduation, I hope to follow the paths of all of the amazing professors that I have learned from.” — Timothy Dombrowski, recent graduate

Advisor – Student Pairing

“Graduate school professors look for students who are intelligent and motivated. Meredith is both. During her first year in the program, Meredith sought not only to meet but to exceed the requirements. Such behavior signaled to professors that she approached the program in an entrepreneurial fashion, knowing that she would receive from others in proportion to her contributions. I am not sure that she could fully expect at the time what that approach would bring. The collegial process is one of testing one another’s ideas, challenging their logic, and ultimately producing worldclass research. Each test and challenge spurred Meredith to learn more, to add more, and to test and challenge back. Meredith learned how to better form ideas, how to test hypotheses, and how to take the debate to the next level.” — Joseph Mason, Professor “I feel like the student-advisor relationship that Professor Mason and I have is one of ‘colleague in training.’ The PhD program is very much like running a marathon. The training period involves the coursework and learning how to approach research. The actual race is where individual ideas are formed, and original research is conducted. It is a challenging, yet rewarding process. Professor Mason gives me the freedom to explore research and encourages me to be creative and innovative, while also guiding me so that I stay on track to finish the marathon.” — Meredith E. Rhodes, recent graduate

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Finance


Assistant Professor Haitao Mo and doctoral student Mehdi Khorram are investigating the role of financial derivatives and stock lending markets in transmitting the private data that informed investors possess regarding stock prices. Using upcoming company credit rating announcements, they find that private information that predicts future credit rating announcements in both stock options and stock lending markets. Mo and Khorram find that this private information in the options and lending markets arises from the demand of informed short-sellers in the stock.

James C. Flores Endowed Chair of MBA Studies Don Chance, recent graduate Mobina Shafaati, and Professor Robert Brooks of the University of Alabama are investigating how the uncertainty of stock prices affects the values of options in subtle and indirect ways that have been overlooked by investors, analysts, and researchers. Their work provides new insights into understanding the relationship between risk and the values of financial assets.

Assistant Professors James Nordlund and Junbo Wang are working with doctoral student Tengfei Zhang to study patterns in stock returns. Adopting novel methods from research in machine learning, they translate qualitative, textual data into numerical estimates of a firm’s risk exposures using disclosures of business risk reported by firms in their annual report. This research gives stock traders a more complete framework for measuring the risk-return tradeoff of a company. Additionally, a recently published report from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which determines rules for what must be disclosed in the annual report, questioned the value in requiring such a discussion of business risk and whether certain types of risk disclosure should be excluded. The study has the potential to offer answers to the SEC’s questions.

PhD Collaborations

Finance

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Faculty Spotlight

Placements and Opportunities Our alumni enjoy successful careers in both academia and industry. Sampling of organizations that employ our graduates: American University Belmont College Bank of America Merrill Lynch Baylor University Belmont University Binghamton University City University of New York – Baruch Henry Company Lehigh University National Taiwan University Old Dominion University Peoples Natural Gas Company San Diego State University Sacramento State University Texas Christian University University of Mississippi University of Missouri – St. Louis

Don Chance, CFA Professor James C. Flores Endowed Chair of MBA Studies When he took a job at a regional bank, Don Chance probably never expected that he would one day be the author of three books and numerous journal articles. Professor Chance’s research focuses on foreign exchange risk management; dividend rights as executive compensation; the performance of random securities analysts; the measurement of alphas from option strategies; corporate boasting; and companies that move from the NYSE to the Nasdaq. He is also involved in the development and authorship of the derivatives and risk management curriculum in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program. In 2015, he received the C. Stewart Shepard Award for his many years of service to the CFA Institute in the development of its educational programs.

University of Nevada – Las Vegas University of North Texas University of Texas at Arlington To help PhD candidates gain visibility with potential employers, the Department of Finance provides funding for candidates to present at PhD symposiums, poster sessions, and other events. Graduating PhD’s also benefit from faculty connections and introductions to others in the field.

Contact James Nordlund Associate Professor Department of Finance Director of Graduate Studies, PhD Program, Department of Finance 2928 Business Education Complex Email: nordlund@lsu.edu For a full list of faculty and individual profile pages including publishing and research information, please visit lsu.edu/business/finance.

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Finance


Rudy Hirschheim, Ourso Family Distinguished Professor of Information Systems, listens as a student discusses the validity of information sources, including Wikipedia.

Research areas: Analytics

Information Systems & Decision Sciences

Big data Blockchain Causal inference Collaborative Consumption Services

Philosophy and Intent

Crowdsourcing

The primary mission of the PhD in business administration with a concentration in information systems and decision sciences is to develop trained professionals who are qualified to instruct in a university environment and who are capable of conducting scholarly research. Some graduates may go to industry where their ability to engage in scholarly research will provide them a career path for senior leadership roles. All candidates are required to demonstrate broad knowledge in the domain of ISDS as well as a detailed knowledge in a focused area of concentration within ISDS. The broad domain is represented by knowledge of information systems and decision sciences. Areas of concentration include information systems, operations management, analytics, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Sample research focus areas: information systems development, management of the IS function, outsourcing, technology adoption models, crowdsourcing, data analytics, cybersecurity, or cloud computing.

Cybersecurity Data mining Decision analysis Emerging markets Emerging technologies Entrepreneurial opportunities Highway safety Information economy Outsourcing Philosophical issues of research Product quality Supply chain management Technology Adoption Models Qualitative methods

Faculty-edited journals: Information & Organization International Journal of ICT Research in Africa and the Middle East International Journal of Production Economics International Journal of Productivity Management and Assessment Technologies MISQ Executive

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PhD Student Profile “When I completed my master’s degree at the University of Pavia, I wasn’t sure about my next step. I was torn between starting a PhD or looking for a job. After talking with a faculty member at LSU, I understood that applying to the information systems PhD program was the best opportunity for me. By doing so, I had the chance to continue working on my research topic, while also extending my knowledge by attending courses taught by well-known scholars in the field. As an Italian student, I honestly didn’t know where LSU was, but four years later, I could not be happier with my decision. Not only have I become more passionate about my research topic and published some of my projects, but I have also grown as a researcher and a teacher. LSU has challenged me and made me a better and more functional individual.” — Biagio Palese, Doctoral Candidate

Advisor – Student Pairing

“In any profession, successful people are both talented and hardworking. These traits are table stakes for a PhD student. What sets the research profession apart from any other, is the pursuit of new knowledge. A great PhD student is relentlessly curious, and willing to invent solutions to the inevitable problems that emerge in difficult projects — the only ones worth working on. As an advisor, I have to share the vision of my students. Once I do, my role is to remove as many obstacles as possible to enable the student to complete the project, no matter how challenging. Advising is enabling.” — Gabe Piccoli, Professor Edward G. Schlieder Endowed Chair of Information Sciences

“Coming to LSU, I found one of the most significant and unexpected assets of my PhD career, namely a mentor. Dr. Piccoli, my advisor, has been a critical enabling factor. From day one, he has been willing to invest in my personal and academic development. The constant guidance and exposure to multiple opportunities served me as further motivation to work hard and exceed expectations. What I appreciate the most is that I’ve been placed in the environment to achieve my greatest potential, and to me this is invaluable.” — Joaquin Rodriguez, Doctoral Candidate

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ISDS


Edward G. Schlieder Endowed Chair of Information Sciences Gabe Piccoli and doctoral student Biagio Palese are researching the effective use of systems beyond a firm’s control. Piccoli and Palese are focusing on the problem that firms have in using an information system that they neither design nor control but are forced to adopt to compete in the marketplace. Palese uses topic modeling, a text mining technique to extract relevant information from a large amount of text data, to determine if companies are effectively using these systems. He is creating a measure of efficiency that will allow him to assess the impacts of the effective use of these systems on the companies’ performance.

In his role as executive director of the Center for Analytics & Research in Transportation Safety (CARTS), Professor Helmut Schneider uses analytics to conduct research related to highway safety. Schneider authored a paper with Freeport-McMoRan Endowed Chair of Economics Dek Terrell and alumna Xuan Wang, now an assistant professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande. The paper looks at the effect of ridesharing services, such as UberX, on drunk driving fatalities. The research shows ridesharing’s potential to significantly reduce drunk driving among adopters of the services such as Uber and Lyft and hence a reduction in DWI fatalities and injuries.

Doctoral student Hanieh Javadi, who recently finished her dissertation under the supervision of Ourso Family Distinguished Professor of Information Systems Rudy Hirschheim, has been studying crowdsourcing for several years. Her dissertation looks at how different levels of collaboration in crowdsourcing affect team performance in crowdsourcing contests. Using a rich data set from the Kaggle.com crowdsourcing platform, she studied how team discussion-forum performance and solution-sharing performance affect its performance in crowdsourcing contests. Her results suggest that a team’s discussionforum performance and solution-sharing performance have a significant effect on its competition performance. Perhaps surprisingly, she also found that for a team high in intellectual capital, an increase in its discussion-forum performance decreases its competition performance.

PhD Collaborations ISDS

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Faculty Spotlight

Placements and Opportunities Our alumni enjoy successful careers in both academia and industry. Sampling of organizations that employ our graduates: Bentley University Boise State University Cornell University Dell Computers ExxonMobil Corporation Grambling State University Grand Valley State University IESE Business School Kent State University Korean University of Science and Technology Northwestern State University Oklahoma State University Peoplenetz Public Service Enterprise Group San Francisco State University Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology

Helmut Schneider Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems – Professor Ourso Family Distinguished Professor of Information Systems Professor Helmut Schneider and his team in CARTS have revolutionized the way that traffic accidents are reported. The group’s LACRASH software system electronically captures motor vehicle accident reporting information. Officers can enter accident reporting information using a laptop in their patrol car or desktop in their office. With the added benefit of software edits, GPS devices, and card swipes, information collected using LACRASH is more accurate and complete than data collected through other methods.

Worcester Polytechnic University Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems faculty are well-connected within the world of academia. They use these connections to help PhD candidates gain visibility with potential employers.

Contact Rudy Hirschheim Professor Director of Graduate Studies, PhD Program, Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems Ourso Family Distinguished Professor of Information Systems 2221 Business Education Complex Phone: 225-578-2514 Email: rudy@lsu.edu For a full list of faculty and individual profile pages including publishing and research information, please visit lsu.edu/business/sdeis.

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PhD candidates discuss the advanced management concepts that drive their research.

Management

Research areas: Corporate governance

Philosophy and Intent

Decision-making

The PhD is the terminal degree awarded in business administration at LSU. As such, it is the highest degree that can be earned within the Rucks Department of Management. Consequently, individuals must demonstrate an extraordinary devotion to scholarship and exhibit a mastery of management concepts and theories to be considered candidates for the PhD. The primary mission of the PhD in business administration with a major in management is to develop trained professionals who are qualified to instruct in a university environment and who are capable of conducting scholarly research. All candidates are required to demonstrate knowledge in the broad domain of management and in a focused area of concentration within management. The broad domain is represented by the management core. The focused area of concentration can be selected from either organizational behavior/human resource management or strategic management.

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Gender and Diversity Innovation management Leadership Human resource management Organizational behavior Organization theory Personality and individual differences Research methods Strategic management Work groups and teams

Faculty-edited journals: Journal of Business Research Organizational Research Methods


PhD Student Profile “Before starting this journey, I was the director of a college mentoring program geared towards increasing diverse representation in honors education and graduation. I counseled my students on how to navigate challenging situations and advocate for equality, inclusion, and justice. I witnessed their experiences, but I often questioned what interactions looked like on a larger scale, especially in the professional world. I wanted to pursue a PhD in management to research underrepresented and marginalized groups (e. g., people of color, women, people with disabilities) in organizations. I wanted to understand how emotions influence perceptions and behaviors in team settings and workplace hierarchies. Ultimately, I hope my PhD helps me create knowledge that centers the experiences of those traditionally excluded.” — T. L. Boyd, Doctoral candidate

Advisor – Student Pairing

“As an advisor, I try to help students explore and navigate different areas to identify their research interests early in the program, by supporting them to understand how their expertise and resources around them can best be used to realize their potential and foster their growth. Once they decide what they want to study, I encourage them to grow into independent researchers by getting them involved in leading their own projects. While it is my great pleasure to see students’ progress and growth over time, mentoring them also keeps me abreast of new knowledge and techniques and helps me discover promising avenues of future research, which is definitely a rewarding experience.” — Jihae You, Assistant Professor “I have been privileged to work with Professor You since 2016 and over these years, she not only has been my dissertation advisor but a valued colleague and a supportive friend. As my advisor, she always gives me freedom to explore my interests even if what interests me is not within her area of research and encourages me to be creative while ensuring that I stay on track. What I sincerely appreciate about her is that she genuinely cares about both my professional success and my personal well-being and perfectly balances between these two. Working with Jihae has been a precious experience and I look forward to continuing to work with her for the years to come.” — Samira Fallah, Doctoral Candidate

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Ourso Professor of Management Daniel Whitman and alumnus Ben McLarty, now an assistant professor at Mississippi State University, co-authored a paper that demonstrates that disposition plays a key role in explaining the way job applicants respond to organizational selection procedures and job offers. Specifically, they find that certain job candidates come into the selection process with negative views of society in general (i.e., negative disposition), and there is little that organizations can do to keep those candidates from finding fault with and deeming the selection processes unfair — even when those candidates perform well and are offered a job. The paper was published in the Journal of Business and Psychology and received a nomination for the journal’s paper of the year honor.

Assistant Professors Andrew Loignon and Michael Johnson coauthored a paper with current doctoral student Terrance Boyd. This paper challenges the universal negative view of the workplace consequences of caregiving for persons with disabilities, a situation that characterizes one in ten workers. In contrast, the authors theorize and find that providing care for a person with a disability makes an employee a better leader because it helps this employee build psychological resilience. Thus, caregiving can not only be a disadvantage but a key advantage for many workers. They presented the paper at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada in August 2020.

Catherine M. Rucks Professor of Management Thomas Greckhamer and alumnus Furkan Gur, now an assistant professor at Northern Illinois University, synthesized theory and research on competitor identification across disciplines to map the complexity underlying research on this vital phenomenon. Building on this synthesis, they offer an agenda for future research that addresses unresolved debates in literature and identifies new connections between competitor identification and specific areas of management theory and research. Their article is forthcoming in the Journal of Management, a top journal.

PhD Collaborations

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Faculty Spotlight

Placements and Opportunities Our alumni enjoy successful careers in both academia and the public sector. Sampling of organizations that employ our graduates: Alabama A&M University Bradley University East Carolina University George Washington University Georgia Southern University JPMorgan Chase & Co. Mississippi State University North Texas State University Northern Illinois University Rowan University Southeastern Louisiana University U. S. Chamber of Commerce University of Alabama (Birmingham and Huntsville) University of Arkansas Foundation University of Central Florida

Thomas Greckhamer

University of Montana

Professor Director of Graduate Studies, PhD Program Department of Management Catherine M. Rucks Professor of Management With a focus on research methods, Professor Thomas Greckhamer promotes a better understanding of methodologies applied in organizational and strategy research. His work has not gone unnoticed. Greckhamer was invited to and has served as associate editor of Organizational Research Methods since 2016. Greckhamer has also conducted research on strategic management, including research on successful and unsuccessful configurations of firm strategies and on executive compensation. In addition to his teaching and research roles, Greckhamer directs the PhD program for the Rucks Department of Management.

University of Oklahoma Throughout the program students are encouraged and supported to present their research at national and regional conferences. These are excellent opportunities for professional development and networking. Additionally, when students approach graduation, our well-connected faculty help PhD candidates gain visibility in the job market by introducing them to contacts in higher education.

Contact Thomas Greckhamer Professor Director of Graduate Studies, PhD Program, Department of Management Catherine M. Rucks Professor of Management 2715 Business Education Complex Phone: 225-578-6156 Fax: 225-578-6140 Email: tgreck@lsu.edu For a full list of faculty and individual profile pages including publishing and research information, please visit lsu.edu/business/management.

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A student’s personality is revealed in both his or her research topics and cubicle decor.

Marketing

Research areas: Branding

Philosophy and Intent

Consumer behavior

The PhD program in business administration with a concentration in marketing is designed to produce collegial scholars for academic careers in research, teaching, and service at universities. A strong emphasis is placed on research and a collaborative research environment. The department has a state-of-the-art behavioral research lab housed in the Business Education Complex, where faculty and students can conduct their research and use a large undergraduate student subject pool for academic research studies. Doctoral students receive opportunities to participate in research projects beginning their first semester of the program and continue to work closely with fellow doctoral students and faculty members on various research projects targeted for conference and journal publication while they are in the program.

Consumption emotions Consumer health and well-being Consumer psychology Construction of brand attitudes and brand beliefs Corporate social responsibility Empirical modeling Marketing strategy New media Persuasion Retailing and services marketing Sales force effectiveness Sensory marketing Social marketing Technology

Faculty-edited journals: Journal of Academy of Marketing Science Journal of Advertising Journal of Business Research Journal of Retailing Journal of Consumer Behaviour Journal of Consumer Marketing Journal of Interactive Marketing

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PhD Student Profile Ripinka Patil is a rising second-year PhD marketing student and the 2020 Daryl McKee Doctoral Student Award winner. “My work as a digital merchandiser and brand specialist inspired many research questions about consumer’s marketplace behavior. The PhD program in Marketing at LSU served as the perfect venue for me to begin investigating these questions. Researching behavioral theories and coming up with new research ideas is the most fulfilling part of my day. My inherent curiosity and the perpetual cycle of seeking further understanding of consumer psychology is helping me build my research program. After completing the doctoral program, I aim to continue building my research program through a career in academia.” — Ripinka Patil, Doctoral Candidate

Advisor – Student Pairing

“I am the Dissertation Advisor for Vincent Jeseo (Vinny) who is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Marketing PhD program. Like many of my previous doctoral students, Vinny possesses traits important for doctoral student success, including intelligence, determination, and perhaps most importantly, curiosity. I very much enjoy the role of dissertation advisor where I encourage students to challenge our current state of knowledge and push each other to new levels of understanding. It is through this process of discovery and dissemination of knowledge that we develop future scholars and colleagues, and I am pleased to count Vinny among this group.” — Ronald Niedrich, Department Chair and Professor Robert S. Greer, Sr. Alumni Endowed Chair of Business Administration

“Choosing an advisor is one of the biggest decisions you need to make as a PhD student, and I cannot express how grateful I am to have Dr. Niedrich as my advisor. Outside of being a wonderful human being, Dr. Niedrich is an exceptional mentor and scholar. He continually challenges and motivates me to be the best researcher and instructor I can be, and if I hit a roadblock with my research or in the classroom, he is right there to offer helpful advice. As well, Dr. Niedrich is very supportive of my research interests and we communicate about my projects daily. I can tell he genuinely cares about my wellbeing and success, and I could not be happier to have him as my advisor.” — Vincent Jeseo, Doctoral Candidate

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For the past decade, Ourso Family Distinguished Chair in Marketing Research Judith Anne Garretson Folse has worked with program alumni to identify managerially relevant behaviors that elicit customer gratitude, a powerful emotion pertinent to relationship marketing. Studies conducted with Dora Bock (now an assistant professor at Auburn University), Stephanie Mangus (now an associate professor with tenure at Baylor University), Matthew Lastner (now an assistant professor University of North Carolina-Wilmington), and Patrick Fennell (now an assistant professor Salisbury University) illustrate that employees engaging in benevolent intentions, extra-role behaviors, service-offering adaptation, and interpersonal adaptive behaviors can elicit customer gratitude and promote sales, positive WOM, trust, loyalty, and/or service recovery satisfaction. Their work has been published by the Journal of Service Research and the Journal of Business Research and presented at American Marketing Association conferences.

V. Price LeBlanc Endowed Professor of Marketing Andrew Kuo studies facets of pop culture, including the consumption of video games, participation in “cosplay� culture, and consumer escapism through new media. As the consumption of video games has become increasingly widespread, opportunities for marketing applications such as gamification and advergaming are emerging. His research was published in journals such as the Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of Consumer Psychology, and the Journal of Business Research. Kuo and doctoral student, Danli Chen, are developing a means of measuring consumer escapism in the new media context. Their work was presented at the Southeast Marketing Symposium held in February 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Doctoral students are future colleagues. Following this philosophy, Professor Jianan Wu can summarize his working relationship with doctoral students as co-authorship, rather than one based on a student-professor mentality. He and current doctoral student Qiuli (Julie) Su work on how online user reviews affect new product adoption differently for early and later adopters. They presented this joint work at the 2020 ISMS Marketing Science Conference. To facilitate the newly minted departmental research outreach initiative with company supported data, Wu and another doctoral student, Ankit Shah, are working on the effectiveness of marketing communication mix elements in digital marketing.

PhD Collaborations Marketing

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Faculty Spotlight

Placements and Opportunities Our alumni enjoy successful careers in academia. Sampling of organizations that employ our graduates: Auburn University Baylor University Missouri State University Ohio University Texas Christian University Texas A&M University Texas Tech University University of Kentucky University of South Florida University of Virginia Villanova University PhD candidates in the Department of Marketing interview with prospective employers at a major job conference.

Courtney Szocs, PhD Assistant Professor Co-Director of Graduate Studies — PhD Programs Department of Marketing Picadilly, Inc. Business Partnership Professor Have you ever wondered how the music, lighting, or scent in a store or restaurant might influence what you purchase? These are some of the questions the Assistant Professor Courtney Szocs has investigated. Her research examines how sensory cues (i.e. visual, haptic, auditory, olfactory, gustatory) associated with a product or retail environment influence consumer judgment and decision-making. Szocs shares insights from her own research, as well as that of her colleagues, with students in the customer analysis and behavior class she teaches. In addition to research and teaching responsibilities, Szocs is the co-director of PhD program within the Department of Marketing.

Contacts Judith Anne Garretson Folse

Courtney Szocs

Professor Co-Director of Graduate Studies- PhD Programs Ourso Family Distinguished Chair in Marketing Research Digital Marketing Programs Director

Assistant Professor Co-Director of Graduate Studies- PhD Programs Picadilly, Inc Business Partnership Professor 2117 Business Education Complex Phone: 225-578-8403

2111 Business Education Complex

Email: cszocs@lsu.edu

Phone: 225-578-6539 Email: folse@lsu.edu

For a full list of faculty and individual profile pages including publishing and research information, please visit lsu.edu/business/marketing.

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Published Research Academic research has a profound impact on the world. Our doctoral students have the chance to contribute to the worldwide accumulation of knowledge by working alongside faculty who make significant contributions to research in their chosen fields. These pages contain a brief selection of faculty publications that have appeared in A+ journals.

Accounting Aghazadeh, S. S., Peytcheva, M. (2018). The Mismatch between Expectations and Realities of AS4 Audits: A Post-Implementation Research Analysis. Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, 37(1), 1-19. Legoria, J., Reichelt, K., Soileau, J. (2018). Auditors and Disclosure Quality: The Case of Major Customer Disclosures. Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, 37(4), 163-189. Buslepp, W. L., Billings, B., Huston, R. (2014). Worth the Hype? The Relevance of Paid-For Analyst Research for the Buy-and-Hold Investor. The Accounting Review, 89(3), 903-931.

Economics Unel, B. (2018). Offshoring and Unemployment in a Credit-Constraint Economy. Journal of International Economics, 111, 21-33. Eren, O., Mocan, N. (2018). Emotional Judges and Unlucky Juveniles. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 10, 171-205. Li, W., Liu, H., Yang, F., Yao, R. (2016). Housing Over Time and Over the Life Cycle: A Structural Estimation. International Economic Review, 57, 1237–60.

Finance Narayanan, R. P., Uzmanoglu, C. (2018). How do firms respond to empty creditor holdout in Distressed Exchanges? Journal of Banking and Finance. McCollum, M., Lee, H., Pace, R. Kelley (2015). Deleveraging and Mortgage Curtailment. Journal of Banking and Finance, 60, 60-75. Chen, F., Sanger, G. C., Slovin, M. B. (2013). Asset Sales in the Mutual Fund Industry: Who Gains? Journal of Banking and Finance, 37(December 2013), 4834 - 4849.

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For additional information about our research, visit lsu.edu/business/research/overview.php.

ISDS Baham, C. W., Hirschheim, R., Calderon, A., Kisseka, V. (2017). An Agile Methodology for the Disaster Recovery of Information Systems under Catastrophic Scenarios. Journal of Management Information Systems, 34(3), 633-663. Piccoli, G. (2016). Triggered Essential Reviewing: The Effect of Technology Affordances on Service Experience Evaluations. European Journal of Information Systems, 25(6), 477-492. Pan, Y., Huang, P., Gopal, A. (2016). Board Independence and Firm Performance in the IT Industry: The Moderating Role of New Entry Threats. MIS Quarterly, 42(3), 979-1000.

Management McCord, M. A., Joseph, D. L., Dhanani, L. Y., Beus, J. (2018). A meta-analysis of sex and race differences in perceived workplace mistreatment. Journal of Applied Psychology, 103, 137-163. Misangyi, V., Greckhamer, T., Furnari, S., Fiss, P., Crilly, D., Aguilera, R. (2017). Embracing Causal Complexity: The Emergence of a Neo-Configurational Perspective. Journal of Management, 43(1), 255-282. Beus, J. and Whitman, D. S. (2017). Almighty dollar or root of all evil? Testing the effects of money on workplace behavior. Journal of Management, 43(7), 2147-2167.

Marketing Long, A., Fernbach, P. M., and De Langhe, B. (2018). Circle of Incompetence: Sense of Understanding as an Improper Guide to Investment Risk. Journal of Marketing Research, 55(4), 474-488. Moulard, J., Raggio, R., and Folse, J. A. G. (2020). Disentangling the Meanings of Brand Authenticity: The Entity-referent Correspondence Framework of Authenticity, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science. Rice, D., Cooke, A. D. J., Zheng, Y. (2019). The Impact of Bundle Comparisons on Bundle Preference. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 32, 297-316.

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The Business Education Complex The Business Education Complex (BEC) is where you will learn the business of business from world-class faculty in a world-class facility. Architecturally, the complex blends glass, metal, and stone with sloped, gabled roofs and arches to reflect LSU’s historic Italianate style and unique beauty. The BEC has won the American Institute of Architects Rose Award, the American Institute of Architects New Jersey Chapter Merit Award, and was named to TopManagementDegrees.com’s list of the World’s 50 Most Beautiful Business Schools. This forward-looking complex sharpens our competitive edge among the top colleges in the nation, enhances the ability to recruit top faculty and students, and serves as the catalyst for economic success in the region. lsu.edu/business/bec/about/overview.php

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The Commons On the first floor of the Rotunda, the Commons is where you will find study space, internet access, and areas for group meetings. Convocations, guest speakers, alumni functions, and other networking events are also held in this space. Hungry? The Café offers coffee, snacks, and light fare throughout the day. We also have the Dining Room for meals and snacks during events and a dining area for the Executive and Professional Flores MBA Programs, and Executive Education.

Virginia’s Courtyard Virginia’s Courtyard, a 20,000 square-foot greenspace, is one of the BEC’s most versatile areas. Some days, it’s a quiet study space; others, it’s an impromptu yoga studio for students. It is the site of our annual Jumping Into Business event, which features a wealth of activities and opportunities to learn about various student organizations. In addition, one weekend out of the year, it’s the spot where hundreds of alumni come back to the E. J. Ourso College to reconnect at the Alumni Tailgate.

Ideation Lab Seemingly hanging above the Commons in the Rotunda is the Ideation Lab, or “Fishbowl,” as it’s affectionately known. Housing 3-D printers and tech workspaces, the Ideation Lab is a hub for campus entrepreneurs to pitch, create, and hone future business concepts. At the base of the lab is a real-time stock ticker.

Classrooms The Undergraduate Wing and Graduate Wing each have 40-, 60-, and 120-seat tiered classrooms designed for discussion and learning and equipped with the latest audio-visual technologies. Smaller rooms host seminars and group projects.

Conference Rooms The BEC is home to several conference rooms that are available for student use. These rooms are the ideal setting for group study sessions or more formal meetings.

The Auditorium The Auditorium seats 300 students and guests for conferences, guest lecturers, and student symposia in the Distinguished Leaders Lecture Hall. There is also 66-seat classroom and lab space on the second floor. Held in the BEC Auditorium in May 2017, the Mid-West Macroeconomics Meeting drew faculty and PhD students from around the globe.


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