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Feb 6, 2018
Innovation (Research & Economic Development), the university's research magazine, recently received a Bronze Award of Excellence from District VII of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). CASE Awards of Excellence showcase best practices in alumni relations, fundraising, public/government relations, advancement services, special events, and outstanding communications from districts across North America. The team members who produced the award-winning 2017 issue of Innovation are editor-in-chief Raegen Pietrucha; consulting editor Cate Weeks; art director S. A. Lien; photographers Josh Hawkins, R. Marsh Starks, and Aaron Mayes; editorial interns Alexandra Karosas and Rachel Glaze; contributing writers Tony Allen, Marian Alper, Afsha Bawany, Shane Bevell, Vaneh Darakjian, Kevin Dunegan, Caroline Funk, Sara Gorgon, Matt Keleman, Sean Kennedy, Kelly McDonough, Kristen Peterson, Angela Ramsey, Jason Scavone, Chelsea Sendgraff, Stan Smith, and Pashtana Usufzy; and proofreaders Liam Frink, David Hatchett, Zach Miles, Lori Olafson, Robin Toles, and Jill Zimbelman. CASE District VII annually recognizes award winners online and at the annual District VII conference, which will take place in San Francisco in March. UNLV award winners are listed online.

Feb 1, 2018
John Starkey (Business) taught two sections of BUS 103 in the fall in which students raised $7,175 for three local charities — Family Promise - Las Vegas, Tortoise Group, and Furgotten Friends Dog Rescue. Students also evaluated each organization and created marketing plans for fundraising efforts that will be shared with the organizations. Community projects are part of the BUS 103 curriculum, and Starkey has found success year after year in guiding his students to support local charities. Starkey is an academic advisor in the Lee School. The 43 students who participated in the fundraising efforts were Maggie Zhu, Palani Willingham, Brian Siler, Andria Osborn, Sara Moilanen, Christine Minor, RuiXue Li, Michel Huwe, Andrew Grierson,  Rylee Gomez,  Jordan Goldstein, Megan Gilbert, Charlene Gassett, Dylan Gagnon, Katelyn Doyle, Trevor Deblanco, Brandon Davis, Angel Cervantes, Connor Buchanan, Jonathan Brauer, Daniel Boeres, Madison Baker, Cristian Alulema, Chanon Duangsima, Dakota Gordon, Emily Gorski, Geovanna Hilton, Robert Lawless , Dante Lista, Paolo Luchs, Brandyn Memmott, Fabiola Mendoza, Marco Meraz, Tierra Richards, Cassandra Rodgers, Taylor Saribay, Morgan Strozzi, Anankan Thangaratnam, Courtney Tinius, Valery Urdaneta, Zachary West, James Wood III, and, Yi Zhu.

Jan 31, 2018
Vivek Sah (LIED Institute for Real Estate Studies) has been appointed by NAIOP, the commercial Real Estate Development Associations, as a 2018 NAIOP Research Foundation Distinguished Fellow. As a fellow he will actively participate in national NAIOP events, present current research to the NAIOP corporate board of directors, and provide feedback and information to NAIOP on research being done in commercial real estate. Sah is the director of the LIED Institute.

Jan 18, 2018
Robert Randolph (Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology) recently published an article in Long Range Planning titled “Entrenchment in publicly traded family firms: Evidence from the S&P 500.” The study, co-authored with faculty at University of North Carolina, explores the presence of familial entrenchment mechanisms in publicly traded family firms and their influence on firm value and shareholder returns. Findings of the study suggest that entrenchment is disproportionately common within family firms but that the outcomes of entrenchment are less likely to result in diminished shareholder value when entrenched managers retain a focus on family-oriented long-term goals. The research expands current considerations of how idiosyncratic family-based entrenchment mechanisms can be recognized, measured, and reported in order to inform and protect shareholders.

Dec 14, 2017
Hans Rawhouser (Management, Entrepreneurship and Technology) with Michael Cummings (University of Arkansas) and Scott Newbert (Baruch College, City University of New York) recently had a paper, “Social Impact Measurement: Current Approaches and Future Directions for Social Entrepreneurship Research,” published in the prestigious Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (ETP). In recent years, there has been a flurry of research activity seeking to measure the beneficial outcomes resulting from prosocial behavior of organizations “that are enjoyed by the intended targets of that behavior and/or by the broader community of individuals, organizations, and/or environments.” The paper identifies four different approaches for conceptualizing and measuring social impact that are used in various different business disciplines and identifies paths by which these approaches can yield beneficial theoretical and practical insights. Sage Journals recently selected the article as a featured article because it is one of the most downloaded ETP papers (875 downloads in first three months of being available online). This type of impact contributes to understanding entrepreneurs and society, which is one of the stated goals of the Troesh Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Dec 14, 2017
John Starkey (Business) was awarded the Certificate of Merit for Excellence in Advising Award - Advisor Primary Role by NACADA, an association of professional advisors, counselors, faculty, administrators, and students working to enhance the educational development of students. The association has more than 12,000 members representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and several other international countries. The Outstanding Advising Awards annually recognize individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students or outstanding academic advising administration.

Nov 3, 2017
Hans Rawhouser (Management, Entrepreneurship and Technology) and Michael Cummings (formerly in department of Accounting) recently published a paper examining L3C and Benefit Corporation legislation from 2008 to the present in the Wyoming Law Review. These new legal forms are designed to better fit the needs of entrepreneurs seeking to accomplish a social mission while making profit. The paper draws on qualitative data from legislative transcripts to observe the participation of related stakeholder groups—attorneys and bar associations—and how proponents of such laws worked with these stakeholders to accomplish their legislative objectives. The paper also describes the range of bar association responses (support, oppose, modify) to hybrid entity legislation. Some associations grounded their position in an underlying business logic, highlighting the impacts for traditional for-profit corporations. Other associations grounded their position in a non-profit or charitable logic, focusing on the consequences of the proposed new form for charitable organizations. Still others seemed to be aware of and considering both sectors in their reaction to the proposed social hybrid legislation. By cataloging and describing these interactions, the paper highlights the importance of effective collaboration with stakeholders in the legal profession for institutional entrepreneurs seeking to shape the availability of new corporate forms.

Oct 31, 2017
The UNLV Debate Team (Communication Studies) of Matthew Gomez (Political Science) and Jeffrey Horn (Economics) won the Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament, held at UNLV in October.  Gomez and Horn finished the preliminary debates with a perfect 7-0 record, defeating teams from Gonzaga, Arizona State University, the University of Wyoming, the University of Iowa, and the University of Texas. They qualified for the elimination rounds of the tournament as the top-seeded team, out of 52 different competitors. In the elimination rounds, they defeated the University of Wyoming and then a string of three different teams from the University of California, Berkeley in the Elite Eight, the Final Four, and then the championship round. This was the duo's third tournament and first tournament win of the year. At their first two tournaments earlier this year they advanced to the Elite Eight against fields of more than 100 teams. Jacob Thompson (Communication Studies) serves as the head debate coach.   

Sep 25, 2017
Greg Moody (Management, Entrepreneurship and Technology) recently published an article in the prestigous information systems journal Management Information Systems Quarterly with his coauthors Mikko Siponen, and Seppo Pahnila. The forthcoming article is: "Toward a Unified Model of Information Security Policy Compliance."  He also published "It’s Complicated: Explaining the Relationship Between Trust, Distrust, and Ambivalence in Online Transaction Relationships Using Polynomial Regression Analysis and Response Surface Analysis (2017)" in the prestigious journal European Journal on Information Systems with his co-authors Paul Benjamin Lowry and Dennis F. Galletta.  

Sep 13, 2017
Andrew Hardin (Management, Entrepreneurship and Technology).recently published a sole authored article in the prestigous methods journal Psychological Methods. The full reference is: "A call for theory to support the use of causal-formative indicators: A commentary on Bollen and Diamantopoulos (2017)". Psychological Methods, 22(3), 597-604.