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Minnesota State Mankato College of Business Announces 2015-16 Research Award Recipients

Four faculty receive Research Awards


The College of Business at Minnesota State University has announced its 2015-16 Research Award recipients. The four recipients are Queen E. Booker, Ph.D.; Jianwei Hou, Ph.D.; Christine Brown Mahoney, Ph.D.; and Stephen E. Wilcox, Ph.D., CFA.

This year's Research Award recipients will be recognized during a Research Day event on April 10, hosted by the College of Business. Hyuna Park, Ph.D., 2014-15 Research Award recipient, will be the featured speaker at Research Day. She will provide her perspectives on the current state of the hedge fund industry and summerize her research in this area.

The purpose of the Research Awards are to promote and acknowledge high quality business research and all full-time and fixed-term College of Business faculty are eligible to apply. A maximum of four Research Awards of approximately $5,000 are granted every year.

To receive a Research Award, the applicant must demonstrate superior scholarship as evidenced by recent publications in prestigious journals and a consistent record of influential scholarly works. The strength and originality of proposed research and its potential to make a significant contribution to the knowledge base within the respective discipline is also an important consideration. Applicants must submit copies of previously published research, a research proposal, and current curriculum vitae to be considered for the award.

Queen E. Booker, Ph.D. 

Dr. Booker will examine the impact of automating personalized communications to make class size scalable while retaining, if not increasing, student retention. Learning management systems have enabled faculty to learn more about how students behave in the online learning environment. This data can be transformed to knowledge that faculty/instructors can use to motivate students based on their particular intrinsic or extrinsic motivation. This personalization of teaching could result in a higher retention and persistence in large courses. The hypothetical key to persistence is a combination of communications strategies and using data analytics to customize communications to students. the significance of this research is that the application makes certain types of classes scalable while not compromising student learning outcomes.


Jianwei Hou, Ph.D.

Dr. Hou will investigate the use of online auctions in the real estate market. The study, entitled "Pricing Mechanisms in Real Estate Market: How Effective Are Online Auctions," provides an overall assessment of the effectiveness of online auctions in selling real estate properties. A comparison will be made between online auctions and traditional listings in terms of the market structure (e.g. thick vs. thin), the final selling price as well as the determinants of such price. General characteristics of online aucitons (e.g., starting price and bids) will be examined.




 Christine Brown Mahoney, Ph.D.

Dr. Mahoney will pursue a comparative study of job turnover and career leaving by nurses in the United States and The Netherlands. She will design a web-based survey exploring job turnover and career leaving of nurses in both countries. The study will include the impact of work environment, job tasks, job schedule, compensation, job satisfaction, management styles, burnout, and migration intentions. These comparative findings will be analyzed to provide insight to inform policy and management interventions that may decrease job turnover and career leaving of nurses.




Stephen E. Wilcox, Ph.D., CFA

Dr. Wilcox's research will show that the inability or unwillingness of equity investors to reinvest dividends ensures that their rates of return will be significantly lower than the rates of return on the securities they hold. These results hold regardless if the investor invests in equities via exchange-traded funds (ETFs), mutual funds, or individual shares. These results gain in importance when one realizes that there are rationale reasons why an investor may choose to not reinvest and that tax issues and institutional contraints often prevent or delay the full and immediate investment of cash flows. This is in contrast to the behavioral problems that are overwhelmingly offered as explanations as to why investors fail to buy-and-hold.



For more information about the College of Business Research Awards, please contact:

Stephen E. Wilcox, Ph.D., CFA
Chairs, Research Committee
College of Business at Minnesota State University, Mankato


For MSU events: individuals with a disability, who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, are asked to contact the Office of Accessibility Resources at 507-389-2825 (V/TTD), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD) at least five days prior to the event.

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