Inner Circle January 2016

Research Active

It's a new year and the beginning of a whole new era for the University of Oregon and the Lundquist College of Business. Our faculty members are appearing in person and in print all around the world. We have also made several new hires in key positions. In other words, we are diving right in.

Hiring an exemplary dean is one of the college's greatest priorities. Though our hiring committee is moving at a brisk pace, it's not too late to suggest candidates for the position. You can view a detailed job description here, as well as the nomination form here.

You may have seen UO President Michael Schill announced his plan of increasing the number of research-active, tenure-track faculty by 80 to 100 over the next five years, and we plan to contribute to that.

“We will also need to build the research infrastructure necessary to allow us to produce more knowledge, make more of an impact, and rise in national preeminence," Schill said in a message on January 6. “This, in turn, will allow us to attract and retain world-class faculty throughout the university. This cycle of excellence is key to our success."

We couldn't agree more. Speaking of excellence, our Edwin E. and June Woldt Cone Professor of Marketing T. Bettina Cornwell is scheduled to lead the Future Vision initiative at the Arabian Sport and Sponsorship Forum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in just a few days. Accurately billed as “one of the world's top sponsorship academics," Cornwell also earned the Thomas C. Stewart Distinguished Professor award for 2016.

Our world-class researchers just keep impressing. Associate professor of accounting and Jack O. Rickli Distinguished Research Scholar Angela Davis and her coauthors Scharpf Professor of Accounting David Guenther, associate professor and Oregon Alumni Distinguished Research Scholar Linda Krull, and Brian M. Williams of Indiana University published a fascinating study showing companies that rank high in social responsibility prove more inclined than other firms to avoid taxes. Published in The Accounting Review, their work also got the attention of The Economist.

Additionally, Warsaw Center director Whitney Wagoner's predictions for the 2016 year in sport are featured in the Forbes SportsMoney column.

In other faculty news, we welcome assistant professor of marketing Troy Campbell. Read his interesting take on two prominent possible presidential candidates in Politico. You will hear more from him.

We also welcome Izabel Loinaz in the role of program manager and instructor for the Center for Sustainable Business Practices. Her background in sustainable business management looks to be an excellent fit for the college. She replaces Laura Strohm, who over the past several years was instrumental in advancing the reputation of the center and helping our Oregon MBA earn its designation as the #1 Green MBA in the nation. Thank you Laura!

As you can see, we are growing our ranks with eminently qualified individuals, researching and publishing in top journals and news outlets, and well on our way to securing a new leader for the college.

And it's only January.

James Terborg
Interim Dean and Professor Emeritus of Management