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Summer 2022 Department Digest and Awards

Summer 2022 Department Digest and Awards

Our faculty and staff are always doing amazing things. View the latest Department Digest to see what they have been up to and catch what they’re saying in the media


Economics Professor, Brad Humphreyswill receive the Peter Sloane Award for research and young scholar mentoring in sports economics in Europe. The Award is given biannually by the European Sports Economic Association (ESEA) at the annual conference, this year held in Helsinki, Finland. Brad is only the second person to receive this award, which is only given out every two years.


Finance Professor, Alex Kurov's paper, “Drift Begone! Release Policies and Preannouncement Informed Trading” (with Alessio Sancetta and Marketa Wolfe) has been accepted in the Journal of International Money and Finance.

Kurov'sWhen Does the Fed Care About Stock Prices?” (with Eric Olson and Gulnara Zaynutdinova) has been accepted and published in the Journal of Banking and Finance.

Each morning, Harkster publishes an update covering the previous day's events and they list the top five trending posts from the previous day. On July 27, Finance Professor Brant Hammer's most recent newsletter post was featured #1 on the platform, "Bottom or bear rally," which is a huge honor as he is competing with nearly 500 of the most widely read newsletters, blogs, and websites on the internet.

Global Supply Chain Management 

Dr. Bernardes's multi-case study "Accessing and integrating distant capabilities in smart industry projects" was published in the Advanced Series in Management, volume Smart Industry - Better Management. Interacting with European leaders, Ed and his co-author noted that collaboration is crucial for data sharing, capabilities access, and value creation in digital, IoT, and smart industry projects. But how to go about selecting and working with partners remains a challenge. For example, should leaders reach out to organizations outside their current supply network, such as startups or research institutions? What about issues such as governance mechanisms and intellectual property? Those were the triggers of the study they started exploring in this publication.

Dr. Bernardes and his co-author published the paper "Normal Misconduct in the Prescription Opioid Supply Chain" in the Journal of Supply Chain Management (5-year impact factor 12.4). The research looks at a whole ecosystem engaged in toxic behavior and provides a novel and actionable perspective beyond the conventional understanding of the prescription opioid problem. In addition, they advance a novel notion of oversupply, cast as ordinary production and distribution processes delivering products above the safety needs of a market. The insights are widely generalizable to other wicked problems such as toxic production and consumption.

Dr. Bernardes, Dr. Deskins, and Dr. Saldanha wrote about supply chain constraints, workforce challenges, and the opportunities to build better and stronger supply networks for the Spring edition of the West Virginia Executive Magazine. First, in the "Supply Chain Disruption at a Global Scale," Dr. Saldanha commented on how the war between Russia and Ukraine exacerbated existing issues and analyzed its impacts. Next, in the section "West Virginia's Battle with the Worker Shortages," Dr. Deskins examined the workforce challenges within the Mountain state, addressing, among other aspects, the crucial question of where did the workers go and the implications. Finally, in the piece "Innovating a Way Out of Supply Chain Constraints," Dr. Bernardes briefly summarizes a few global supply chain constraints, lessons learned, and how digital innovation and entrepreneurship offer opportunities to overcome them. In addition, he highlights the Mountain's state innovation ecosystem that firms can tap on for assistance on the transformation journey.

Hospitality and Tourism Management 

Dr. Ajay Aluri was appointed as the Director of Industry Networking at the International Hospitality Information Technology Association (iHITA). Founded in 1992, iHITA is a global association of educators and practitioners whose mission is to advance the use of information technology in the hospitality industry through education and scholarship.


Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, Ryan Angus, had his research paper accepted for publication in Small Business Economics. The title of his paper is – "Distinguishing Unpredictability from Uncertainty in Entrepreneurial Action Theory.

Associate Professor of Management, Kayla Follmer, had her research paper accepted for publication in Business & Society. The title of her paper is – "#Activism: Investor Reactions to Corporate Social Activism.

Dr. Follmer also had her research paper accepted for publication in Group & Organization Management. The title of her paper is, "The consequences of not being me: Longitudinal examination of the relations among anticipated discrimination, authenticity, and counterproductive work behaviors.”

Dr. Olga Bruyaka, associate professor of management, had her research paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Research, which is ranked as an A-plus journal. The title of her paper is: "Sourcing Portfolio Diversity in New Product Development: Antecedents and Performance Implications.

Dr. Tianxu Chen, associate professor of management, had his research paper accepted for publication in the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. The title of his paper is: "Corporate Venture Capital and Inter-firm Rivalry: A Competitive Dynamics Perspective.”

Organizational Leadership 

The ORGL program has been on the road this summer speaking with over 100 students involved in youth leadership organizations. At the Marion and Monongalia County 4-H camps, Program Coordinator, Kelly Nix and College Recruitment Specialist, Kyle Patrick spoke with students about Individual Strengths, Leadership skills and Career Paths. In addition, Kelly Nix spent time with the Scouts National Youth Leadership Academy at the Summit Bechtel Reserves talking with the students about Leadership Lessons Learned. The WVU Chambers College Organizational Leadership major is a perfect fit for students who want to turn their love for leadership into a meaningful career.

Vantage Ventures 

In June, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Vantage Ventures for Rank One Computing, a company that provides top-ranked facial, object and text recognition algorithms. This is the company’s first location in West Virginia. CEO Scott Swann said he was thrilled to open the Morgantown location. “As a West Virginia native, it’s been a lifelong goal of mine to grow a vibrant technology sector in the state,” said Swann. My long-time friends at Vantage Ventures share that goal which made for an easy decision to open our newest office with them in Morgantown. We’re thrilled to be part of West Virginia’s transformation into a tech start-up state.”

Crystal Good, Founder of Black By God who was selected as one of 52 leaders from across the state have accepted invitations to participate in the 2022 Class of Leadership West Virginia (LWV). Leadership West Virginia is an innovative program that grows, engages and mobilizes leaders to ignite a lifelong passion to move West Virginia forward. Good is a WVU NewStart Fellow. 

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