Gabelli School professors share expertise, scholarship abroad

Hong Kong was one of the places where Gabelli School of Business professors shared their expertise and scholarship during the summer.

Hong Kong was one of the places where Gabelli School of Business professors shared their expertise and scholarship during the summer.

By Claire Curry

From measuring mobile device usage in Norway to exploring how conflicts of interest affect IPOs, Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business faculty spent summer 2015 traveling the world to collect data, present papers, and share research with scholars and students throughout Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

Examining the global economy was the focus of two faculty members who worked in Japan, Greece, and Finland. Paul McNelis, SJ, the Robert Bendheim Professor of Economics and Financial Policy at the Gabelli School, served as a visiting fellow at the Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research, where he worked with the city’s policy communities, as well as researchers at the City University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, to consider the disciplines of monetary and fiscal policy.

“Ongoing relationships with the visiting scholars I’ve met there continue to be stimulating and enjoyable,” he said. “These are thinkers who do not take established models and methods for granted, and who cannot afford to rest on tried-and-trusted ways of analysis and interpretation.”

Iftekhar Hasan, the E. Gerald Corrigan Chair in International Business and Finance, collaborated with financial researchers at the Technical University of Crete, Democritus University of Thrace, and the Central Bank of Greece to investigate the stress testing of European banks. Then, in Finland, he joined a research team to explore a new approach to assess the stability and efficiency of financial markets, and participated in a study examining the effect of genetic diversity among board directors on overall corporate performance.

The Gabelli School faculty served as guest professors at universities in Belgium, India, Qatar, Poland, France, and Spain, and shared their research at conferences around the globe.

  • Exploring how social-media interactions affect real-life well-being in the United States and Germany earned co-author and Assistant Professor Bozena Mierzejewska a best paper award at the Social Media and Society International Conference in Toronto.
  • At the European Finance Association Meetings in Vienna, Assistant Professor Natalia Reisel explained findings that suggest that public companies are more likely than private firms to replace underperforming managers.
  • Assistant Professor Baolian Wang discussed probability weighting and asset prices at the International Conference in Finance in China. He also delivered a presentation at the Seventh Biennial McGill Global Asset Management Conference in Montreal.
  • Planting an idea in your boss’ mind was the subject of Associate Professor Benjamin Cole’s presentation at the Group d’ Ètudes Management et Language Conference in Finland. The paper he co-authored introduced a new communication construct and the functions it can serve within organizations.
  • Assistant Professor Miguel Alzola discussed self esteem, self respect and measuring one’s self worth at the Academy of Management conference in Vancouver.
  • The effect of scents and sounds on consumer purchasing decisions was the topic of a paper that Assistant Professor Marina Carnevale presented with co-authors at the Association for Consumer Research Conference in Hong Kong.
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