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  • Explaining low self-employment rates among foreign-born STEM graduates: Why start a business if it doesn’t pay?
    [June 8, 2017]
    According to analysis of the American Community Survey, foreign-born college graduates in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field have much lower self-employment rates compared to foreign graduates of other majors. Why aren’t these technologically and scientifically-minded people starting new companies? Oklahoma State University associate professor of economics and legal studies John Winters and […]
  • How does unethical behavior affect us?
    [May 19, 2017]
    We hear about business scandals all the time, from Wells Fargo creating fake bank accounts to increase profits to Hampton Creek’s inflated sales numbers. But what happens to us morally after we do something wrong? [...]
  • OSU associate professor Griffin Pivateau’s research cited by Supreme Court of Nevada
    [January 24, 2017]
    Let’s put the blue pencil down and be specific: the non-compete agreement is not an agreement at all. Oklahoma State University’s Griffin Pivateau, associate professor of economics and legal studies in business for the Spears School of Business, was recently cited by the Supreme Court of Nevada. The Court relied heavily on Pivateau’s article, “Putting […]
  • OSU master’s in business analytics students gain experience by working with companies
    [January 9, 2017]
    This article appeared in Discover Spears Research, the quarterly research newsletter released by the Spears School of Business. For more than seven years, Spears School of Business’s marketing professor Goutam Chakraborty has fostered relationships with companies across Oklahoma and beyond through data analytics. Chakraborty sets up contracts with major companies such as Elevate, OG&E and PennWell […]
  • Improve retention, improve lives: Why student retention is important to society
    [January 5, 2017]
    This article appeared Discover Spears Research, the quarterly research newsletter released by the Spears School of Business. It’s a common issue all universities share, and it’s an issue that affects the entire United States. For years, researchers have looked in to what causes students to drop out of college one factor at a time. Is […]
  • The changing U.S. audit market structure and pricing: Is there enough competition?
    [December 15, 2016]
    This article appeared in Discover Spears Research, the quarterly research newsletter released by the Spears School of Business. Prior governmental and academic research on the structure of the U.S. audit market suggests either no association between market concentration and audit fees or even a negative association, implying that greater concentration actually results in lower audit […]
  • Gender differences in performance are declining, says research
    [December 15, 2016]
    This article appeared in Discover Spears Research, the quarterly research newsletter released by the Spears School of Business. Men are more likely to be managers. Women are more likely to be organized and team-oriented. These are common stereotypes we hear all the time, but are they true? A hot topic in the workforce has been […]
  • Similarities vs. differences – which appeals to us more?
    [October 5, 2016]
    You’re on a diet and trying to kick potato chips from your snacking habits, so you reach for the kale chips instead. After crunching in to the kale chips, even though they are salty and crunchy just like potato chips, you’re not quite satisfied. Why not? Oklahoma State University assistant professor of marketing Zachary Arens […]
  • Pay disparity and resource value – are your contributions worth your pay?
    [September 22, 2016]
    Firms should reward their employees based on the employee’s contributions to the organization. Sounds simple enough, right? But what if employees don’t know their relative contribution to the firm? This is where pay disparity comes in to play. Spears School of Business associate professors of management Aaron Hill and Federico Aime’s research, “The Performance Implications […]
  • Spears School’s Debra Nelson wins Best Article in Academy of Management Journal
    [September 21, 2016]
    Oklahoma State University management professor Debra Nelson and her coauthors were honored with Best Article in the Academy of Management Journal for their research paper, “Professional Image Maintenance: How Women Navigate Pregnancy in the Workplace.” The award is presented to the article that best exemplifies original, insightful, interesting, important, and theoretically bold research. Nelson and […]
  • Malicious insiders may want to sabotage your business – are you at risk?
    [September 13, 2016]
    We all know that one employee who’s narcissistic, avoidant and disgruntled, but did you know that one employee could take down an entire company? The biggest problem in information security for many years has been malicious insider threat. These insiders have the knowledge and the access to organizational resources to easily launch attacks on the […]
  • I abuse you, but I can’t help it: Supervisor abuse and deviant employee behavior explained
    [September 1, 2016]
    Have you ever wondered why your boss is acting like a jerk to you? Are you a high-performing deviant in a bottom-line focused workplace? You’re automatically subject to more abuse than your peers, says research. Oklahoma State University associate professor of management Rebecca Greenbaum’s research, “I Just Can’t Control Myself: A Self-Regulation Perspective on the […]
  • (Rebecca Greenbaum) We Don’t Shun Unethical Coworkers If They’re High Performers
    [June 29, 2016]
    [Harvard Business Review] Organizations are typically encouraged to take a hard stand against employees’ unethical behaviors. After all, scandals at Enron, Arthur Anderson, and AIG have shown that unethical behaviors can tarnish an organization’s reputation, lead to considerable monetary losses, and even result in legal prosecutions and corporate shutdowns.
  • (Bryan Hammer) Is mobile phone addiction real? OSU research attempts to find out
    [May 13, 2016]
    NEWS OK: Are we addicted to our mobile phones? “One of the implications is that individuals can’t consciously regulate their usage once they surpass a certain time limit; thus, addiction can occur,” said Bryan Hammer, Oklahoma State University assistant professor.
  • (John Winters and Yu Li) The bigger and denser the city you live in, the more unhappy you’re likely to be.
    [May 12, 2016]
    LSE US Centre: Urban living increases employment prospects and consumption opportunities but also exposes individuals to numerous urban problems including high living costs, congestion, pollution, crime, and traffic among others. New research by John Winters and Yu Li examines the overall effects of urban living on happiness in the US as measured by self-reported life […]
  • (John Winters) Students Receiving Merit-Based Aid Less Likely to Graduate With a STEM Degree
    [March 8, 2016]
    [GoodCall] Merit aid based scholarships are designed to give students a shot at a college education, but interestingly, a byproduct of that help is less interest on the part of recipients pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Oklahoma State University.