Faculty Research, Publications, and Achievements

Faculty members at SEBA are thought leaders and innovators, esteemed teachers and dedicated researchers. Made up of educators from around the globe, faculty members at SEBA draw on their real-world expertise to provide students with insights that cut across industries and borders.

Recent Faculty Research Projects and Publications include:


Andrew Wilson Professor Andrew Wilson has had a paper titled, "Negative Word of Mouth Can Be a Positive for Consumers Connected to the Brand," accepted for publication in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science.
J Hawley Professor Jim Hawley delivered a talk at an annual conference,  SRI in the Rockies, on sustainable and responsible investing, titled, "ESG and Fiduciary Duty: recent developments," November 9 - 11, 2016.
Michael Hadani An article by Professor Michael Hadani, co-authored with Professors Natasha Munshi and Kim Clark, has been accepted for publication in Business and Society Review.
Jack Rasmus Professor John Rasmus had an article published in the World Financial Review (London) titled, "Why Trump Won," on November 8, 2016.
Barry The Executive MBA Council selected Professor Barry Eckhouse to deliver two fall webinars on the topic of new-media literacy and the EMBA space. Saint Mary's College and the Digital Driver's License Program were at the center of his presentations. The EMBA Council has an international membership of over 500 colleges, universities, and corporations. The two fall webinars, delivered on December 6 and 7 respectively, are expected to attract 70 schools for the Asia offering and 100 plus for the U.S. and European audiences.
J Hawley Professor Jim Hawley was interviewed on Fortune.com for an article titled, "Here's Who Gets Left Behind in America's Quest to Do Good."
B Professor Barbara McGraw consulted at St. Thomas University on Interfaith Leadership in Business in October 2016. 
Kris Chase Professor Kris Chase spoke at the Orinda Rotary meeting in October 2016, sharing slides on the presidential economic policy proposals.
Jyoti Bachani Professor Jyoti Bachani received an award from the Academy of Management for best paper, based on her field report, "Shivganga: Organizing Tribals in Jhabua, India for Sustainable Water Harvesting," with Neelu Bhullar, Anaheim, CA, August 2016.
Anh Professor Phuong Anh Nguyen had a paper accepted in the European Journal of Operational Research, "Multi-Team System Behaviors: Insights from Modelling Team Communication," published with co-author Kennedy D. Sommer.
Barry Professor Barry Eckhouse has been accepted into Microsoft's exclusive Hololens Developer's Program, which offers him an important opportunity to work within a national community of innovative software developers who are exploring virtual reality and holographic computing as they apply to e-learning gamification and educational delivery. His work in this program will complement SEBA's pioneering efforts in virtual reality, including the Second Life initiative, which was launched in 2010, and more recently, the Oculus Rift project, which is now underway.
Linda Professor Linda Herkenhoff recently met with the Lasallian brothers and the Sisters of Charity in Havana Cuba as part of her research fellowship, funded by SEBA and Saint Mary's College through the International Center for Educational Exchange (ICEE). She has been studying social transformation in Cuba with 25 other academics from the US.
Andrew Wilson An article by Professor Andrew E. Wilson, co-published with authors Peter R. Darke, Michael L. Brady and Ray L. Benedicktus, titled "Feeling Close From Afar: The Role of Psychological Distance in Offsetting Distrust in Unfamiliar Online Retailers," was accepted published in the Journal of Retailing, August 2016.
Dominik Professor Dominik Kalisch had two papers recently accepted for publication in Transactions on Large-Scale Data- and Knowledge-Centered Systems: "Holistic Approach to Understand Urban Complexity" and "Real-Time Data Collection and Processing of Utility Customer's Power Usage for Improved Demand Response Control."
Gregory Wolcott Professor Gregory Wolcott presented his paper, "Restricting Choices: Decision Making, the Market Society, and the Forgotten Entrepreneur," at the Annual Society for Business Ethics Meeting in Anaheim, CA, in August 2016.
Jack Rasmus Professor Jack Rasmus published: "Why Economists Fail to Understand Financial Instability," in The European Financial Review, June - July 2016, and "Why the Global Economy Is Growing More Unstable," in Perspectives Libres, Paris, July - September 2016.
J kale Arnav Sheth "Power-Log Optimization and Positively Skewed Option Returns Reduce Risk and Raise Portfolio Performance," by professors Jivendra K. Kale and Arnav Sheth, was published in The Journal of Investing, Volume 25, Fall 2016.
Jack Rasmus Professor Jack Rasmus' book, Systemic Fragility in the Global Economy, Clarity Press, January 2016, is being translated into Chinese by Huaxia Publishing. 
Jyoti Bachani Professor Jyoti Bachani attended the 76th annual meeting of the Academy of Management in Anaheim and led a professional development session at the 2nd annual Humanistic Management Pre-conference, both in August 2016.
Tina Zhang On June 6, World Environment Day, Mark Paul Gardiola-Chin, a SEBA undergraduate student, and his Professor, Xiaotian Tina Zhang, presented a speech on "Green Finance" at the International Student Conference on Environment and Sustainability 2016, in Tongji University, Shanghai, China.
  Arnav Sheth Professor Arnav A. Sheth presented a joint paper with Keisuke Teeple, "Leveraging Herd Behavior in Foreign Exchange Markets," on March 9, at the 12th International Conference on Operations Research organized by the Universidad de La Habana and the Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne.
  Michael Hadani Professor Michael Hadani's paper, "Corporate Political Activity, Public Policy Uncertainty and Firm Outcomes: A Meta-Analysis," has been accepted for publication in Strategic Outcome.
  J Hawley Professor James P. Hawley has been interviewed in Forbes on the subject of disruptive technology in the sustainability space, in preparation for an upcoming May talk.
Yuan Li Professor Yuan Li's sole-authored paper titled "A Semiotic Theory of Institutionalization" was published in the Academy of Management Review business journal.
Jyoti Bachani Professor Jyoti Bachani attended the 57th annual conference of the Western Academy of Management, in Portland Oregon, where she led two workshops: "Mindfulness in Management Through Improv: An Experiential Workout for your Imagination" and "Emergent Pedagogical Tools for the Digital Era."
William Lee Professor William C. Lee published an article in the Journal of Legal Economics, "Surveys in Class Action Wage and Hour Cases and the Use of Anonymous Respondents," co-authored with Jeffery Peterson and Phillip Allman.
  J Hawley Professor Jim Hawley was a featured speaker at the Investing for Impact conference in San Francisco, March 24, 2016, which was sponsored by First Affirmative Financial Network. He gave a talk titled, "Fiduciary Duties and ESG: What Ways Forward? Materiality Matters," in a panel called Socially Conscious Investing and Fiduciary Duty.
  SEBA Professor Larisa Genin Professor Larisa V. Genin and Business Librarian Sarah Vital presented at the AACSB Annual Accreditation Conference in Singapore, May 2016, on the topic, "Tracking the Impact of Faculty Research: An Innovative Approach to Panoramic Dashboard."
  SEBA Professor Saroja Subrahmanyan Professor Saroja Subrahmanyan has been selected for a 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant in Burma.
  Andrew Wilson An article by Professor Andrew E. Wilson, co-published with authors Peter R. Darke, Michael L. Brady and Ray L. Benedicktus, titled "Feeling Close From Afar: The Role of Psychological Distance in Offsetting Distrust in Unfamiliar Online Retailers," was accepted for publication in the Journal of Retailing.
Anh Professor Anh Nguyen's article titled, "Continuous Improvement in an Emerging Market: Findings from Vietnam" was published in the Journal of Business Inquiry
  J Hawley  Professor James P. Hawley had his first book, Dollars and Boarders: U.S. Government Attempts to Restrict Capital Flows, 1960-1980 (Originally M.E. Sharpe publishers, 1987) re-published by Rutledge, under a series of "Rutledge Revivals" (2016).
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Jack Rasmus' paper "Systemic Fragility in the Global Economy--For a New Conceptual Framework and Index," based on his book by the same title, has been accepted for publication in the European Financial Review.
Jack Rasmus  Jack Rasmus presented a paper at the most recent ASSA conference in San Francisco on the Heterodox economics panel, titled "Systemic Fragility in the Global Economy," summarizing his book by the same title. He his new book Looting Greece is published by Clarity Press (May 2016).
  Kris Chase Professor Kristine L. Chase was a panelist at the "State of Moraga Business 2016" Symposium, organized by the Moraga Chamber of Commerce. She discussed the economic environment of business in Moraga and the East Bay, and the economic impact of Saint Mary's College on the local economy.
Arnav Sheth Professor Arnav A. Sheth's research paper, "The Carrot: Executive Compensation, Risk-Taking, and Innovation," was accepted for upcoming an upcoming publication in Advances in Quantitative Accounting and Financial Analysis
  ss Professor Saroja Subrahmanyan published a co-authored paper on ethical consumption in the international, multidisciplinary journal, Geoforum. Subrahmanyan, Saroja, Robert Stinerock and Catherine Banbury (2015), "Ethical Consumption: Uncovering personal meanings and negotiation strategies," Geoforum (vol. 67, December). 
  Berna P. Aksu Professor Berna P. Aksu's paper, "Impact of Venture Capitalists on Founder Turnover: Implications for Firm Governance" was published February 2016. An earlier version of the paper was included in the Best Paper Proceedings of the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference.
  Andrew Wilson The Australian news outlet The Age features observations from SEBA Professor Andrew Wilson in the article "Why optimistic people are more likely to be duped." Read the story here.
  O'Brien Adjunct Assistant Professor Michael O' Brien's article, "Using Signal Theory to Determine Non-Obviousness of Inventions," was selected for publication in the Journal of Intellectual Property Law (University of Georgia). Co-author Molina, Idonah. 
  Professor Wallace Tang's paper, "Regulatory risks and strategic controls in the global financial centre of China," was accepted for publication in the International Finance Review, Volume 17.
  Jack Rasmus Professor Jack Rasmus, had a book published by Clarity Press, titled Systemic Fragility in the Global Economy. It is available from Amazon. Rasmus also presented a panel on the related topic, "A Theory of Systemic Fragility," at the ASSA conference in San Francisco, January 5, 2016, discussing the concluding equations from the book that attempt to develop a quantitative index of financial fragility.
Terence Pitre Terence Pitre was interviewed by U.S. News & World Report about investing in companies specializing in wearable technology, such as Apple and FitBit. Read more.
  B Barbara McGraw published an article in the on-line Religious Studies News publication of the American Academy of Religion, on balancing religious freedom and other rights, in light of the Hobby Lobby decision last year and the controversy over Indiana's RFRA law.
  Jyoti Bachani Jyoti Bachani hosted a professional development workshop for other faculty at the Academy of Management Conference in Vancouver on the topic, "Digital Era Pedagogy: Incorporating Virtual Experience in the classroom." SMC colleagues Nancy Lam and Linda Herkenoff joined this panel, along with two other professors from Northeastern and Northwestern Universities. 
  Wenting Pan Professor Wenting Pan and So, Rick published a paper titled, "Component Procurement Strategies in Decentralized Assemble-to-Order Systems Under Supply Uncertainty," in IIE Transactions. 2015.
  Wenting Pan Professor Wenting Pan (with Huynh, Candice H.) published a paper called "Operational Strategies for Supplier and Retailer with Risk Preference Under VMI Contract," in The International Journal of Production Economics. 2015.
  B Barbara A. McGraw chaired the annual interfaith leadership and prison chaplaincy management conference, which she also organizes, for the fifth year in a row.  The conference is co-sponsored by the American Academy of Religion and Saint Mary's Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism. It was held November 20-21, 2015.
J Hawley James Hawley moderated a panel on "Long and Short Termism" at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, as part of the "Berkeley Sustainable Business and Investment Forum, November 2015
arnav J kale Jivendra K. Kale and Arnav Sheth published the research paper, "Power-Log Optimization and Positively Skewed Option Returns Reduce Risk and Raise Portfolio Performance," in the Journal of Investing.
J Hawley James Hawley co-edited the book, The Routledge Handbook of Responsible Investment. Hawley authored the chapter, "The basics and basis of responsible investment," and co-authored the chapter, "Reclaiming pension fund fiduciary duty" (reprinted).
J Hawley James Hawley participated in an small 'think' session on systemic implications of environmental, social and financial portfolio decisions (investment allocation, engagement processes) of asset owners and managers, co-hosted by the Boston Federal Reserve Bank and the The Investment Integration Project. 
  Professor Lawrence Souza spoke on a panel addressing the future of California's real estate market at the California Association of Realtors EXPO Conference on October 7, 2015.
Jose Professor Jose Plehn-Dujowich received the 2015 Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature Award for his paper in The Accounting Review titled, "Demand Uncertainty and Cost Behavior" (with Dmitri Byzalov and Rajiv D. Banker). In addition, he published "Incentive Contracting with Independent Underwriters: Does it Benefit Insurers" (with Siwei Gao) in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Risk and Insurance, as well as "Adverse Selection and Moral Hazard Problems with Respect to Occupational Choice" (with Richard S. Brown) in the Journal of Economics and Economic Education Research.
Nancy Lam Professor Nancy Lam, published "Typology of employee-oriented voice: An exploration of voice content" in the Journal of Management Policies and Practices (vol. 3, no. 2), and "Pitching employee suggestions and ideas: Managerial voice propagation up the hierarchy" in the Journal of Business and Policy Research.
  Jyoti Bachani Professors Nancy LamJyoti Bachani, and Linda Herkenhoff, presented their research at the Academy of Management Conference in Vancouver, Canada during a session titled, "Pedagogy in the Digital Era: Incorporating Virtual Experiences into the Classroom."
Linda Professor Linda Herkenhoff, Professor Jo Ann Heydenfeldt, with co-publishers Sharma, A., Kingshott, R., Rowley, C., Mohd Shalleh, N., Hosie, P. & Nankervis, A., 2015, published "Emotional intelligence and organisational effectiveness: Emerging HRM perspectives," in HRM and Organisational Effectiveness in Asia. Elsevier Press.
Roy Roy Allen, Linda Herkenhoff, & Hosie, P., July, 2015. 'A Human Ecology Economics Approach to Strategic Management,' in International Journal of Business and Social Science.
Jack Rasmus Jack Rasmus. 2015. Systemic Fragility in the Global Economy, Clarity Press. Atlanta. This book offers a new approach to explaining why mainstream economic analyses have repeatedly failed and why fiscal and monetary policies have been incapable of producing a sustained recovery. This new approach is based on a new conceptual framework, centered on a unifying concept called Systemic Fragility. Rooted in 9 key empirical trends, Systemic Fragility consists of the dynamic interaction of three constituent forms--financial, consumption, and government balance sheet fragility. Expanding upon the early contributions of Keynes, Minsky and others, the Theory of Systemic Fragility offers an alternative explanation why the global economy is slowing long term, becoming more unstable, why policies to date have largely failed, and why the next crisis may therefore prove even worse than 2008-09.
Judith White Judith White. June, 2015, 'Virtual Classroom: Help or Hinderance for the La Pura Vida' in International Association of Business and Society. 
Terence Pitre Terence Pitre, Diagle, Ronald, Pinsker, May 2015. 'The Impact of Order Effects on Nonprofessional Investors' Belief Revision When Presented a Long Series of Sequential Disclosures in an Experimental Marketing Setting,' in Accounting Horizons. Because firms are likely to release both good and bad news in close proximity to each other, it is important to understand what impact a long information set of mixed directional (i.e., both good news and bad news) disclosures has on nonprofessional investors' stock price valuation decisions. Previous experimental reseach has identified information order effects as critical factor impacting the ecisions made by nonprofessional invesotrs. However, the efficient market hypothesis predicts that individual biases are eliminated by the presence of market incentives, an element that is missing in prior studies on the effects of long information sets disclosures. Consequently, this study seeks to understand if and how order effects prevail in a market setting that includes economic incentives. 
Jose Jose Phlen-Dujowich, April 2015, 'Demand Uncertainty and Cost Behavior,' in the Accounting Review.
hadani Michael Hadani, April 2015, 'The CEO as chief political officer: Managerial discretion and corporate political activity,' in the Journal of Business Research.Corporate political activity (CPA) which reflects firms’ attempts at achieving access to politicians, is on the rise. Comprised of tactics such as donations to election or reelection campaigns, hiring lobbyists or hiring former politicians to serve on boards of directors, CPA should strongly translate into firm level returns. Surprisingly the impact of CPA on firm returns or performance is mixed. Our study shows that is the discretion of the CEO that moderates the association between CPA and firm performance, a variable missing from extant theorizing and research on CPA. Examining the S&P 1000 firms over 10 years, we find that when aspects of CEO discretion are higher CPA has a negative impact on firm performance, based on both financial and accounting measures. Our findings support an agency view of the role of CEOs as political officers of their firms and suggests that opportunist or self-serving biases may operate, at least partly, in firms decisions to be politically active.
Anh Anh Nguyen, February 2015, 'Continuous Improvement in Vietnam: Unique Approaches for a Unique Culture,' in the Journal of Asian Business Studies.While Vietnam is attracting intense interest from the international business community, little research has been done on continuous improvement (CI) practices there, in part because Vietnamese companies have developed a strong culture of secrecy, and are very wary of granting research access to outsiders. This study offers one of the first “inside views” of Vietnamese management focusing particularly on continuous improvement. It identifies the cultural conditions that have most shaped, and continue to shape, the management of CI in Vietnam, and suggests ways that practitioners can design effective CI practices in that country. 
arnav Arnav Sheth, Janunary 2015, 'Downside Loss Aversion and Portfolio Growth,' in the Journal of Finance and Bank Management.
O'Brien Michael O'Brien, 2 November 2014, published, "Melding the Competing Legal Theories in Patent Laws, Antitrust Laws, and the First Amendment," in the Academy of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues.
J White Judith A. White, 29 September 2014, published, "A Model of Moral Courage: A Study of Leadership for Human Rights and Democracy in Myanmar," in the Journal for Civil Society.
J kale Jivendra Kale, Aggrrawal, P., Clark & Agarwal, R. Summer 2014, 'An Intertemporal Study of ETF Liquidity and Underlying Factor Transition, 2009-2014', in the Journal of Trading. 
Kolhede Eric Kolhede and Tomas Gomez-Arias. 2014, 'Segmentation of infrequent performing arts consumers', in Arts Marketing: An International Journal
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Judith White & Taft, S. 2014. 'Sources of Individual Ethical Principles and Actions', Organizational Theory and Design.

zhan li Zhan Li, Gong, W. & Stump, R.L. 2014, 'Global Use and Access of Social Networking Websites: a National Cultural Perspective', in Journal of Research in Interactive Marketing
J Hawley James Hawley. 2014. Cambridge Handbook of Institutional Investment and Fiduciary Duty, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. 
hadani Michael Hadani, published in January, 2014, an article called, 'Stakeholder Management and Corporate Political Activity: A Model of Strategic Stakeholder Management,' in Academy of Management Proceedings.
J White Professor Judith White, with co-authors Blockson, L., Dienhart, J. & Archer, G. 2013, published the article, "Teaching Business and Society and Business Ethics Courses for Adult Learners," in Proceedings for the International Association for Business and Society.
linda h Professor Linda Herkenhoff published an article called "Applied Statistics for Business and Management using Microsoft Excel," in Springer, New York.
kevin o Professor Kevin Okoeguale was published with colleague Robert Loveland January 14, 2013, "What Drives Takeover Activity in the Banking Industry," in Social Sciences Research Network.