Viswanath Venkatesh, distinguished professor in the Department of Information Systems and holder of the George and Boyce Billingsley Chair in Information Systems at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, has been recognized with two major honors by the Association for Information Systems. Continue reading Venkatesh Honored as Fellow by Association of Information Systems
Difei Geng doesn’t teach students. He shares with them.
“By sharing, you don’t have to agree with me,” Geng says. Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Difei Geng
Hanging over Kristian Allee’s desk is a dry erase board with a list of potential research projects he scrawled.
“I love this stuff,” he says, looking up at the board. Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Kristian Allee
Gary Peters and three other faculty members at the University of Arkansas have been selected as a 2016-17 SEC Academic Leadership Development Program fellows. Continue reading Peters, 3 Others Chosen as SEC Academic Leadership Development Fellows
A method used by a University of Arkansas finance professor got Tim Riley to thinking.
Riley, a financial economist at the time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, wondered what would happen if he borrowed an idea from Alexey Malakhov, whose research includes hedge funds, and modified it to see how actively managed mutual funds perform against passively managed investments? Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Tim Riley
A study by Dinesh K. Gauri, a professor in the marketing department at the Sam M. Walton College of Business and holder of the Wal-Mart Chair in Marketing, has been accepted for publication by Management Science, one of the top journals in the field.
The study, entitled Measuring the Efficiency of Category-Level Sales Response to Promotions, focuses on measuring the efficiency of category-level sales response to promotions across various categories and stores. The study’s authors develop a promotional efficiency frontier model and estimate it using data from multiple sources (point-of-sales data of 20 frequently bought categories across 24 stores of a retail grocery chain spanning millions of transactions, census block level socio-demographic information and data on individual store features from syndicated services).
They find that there are substantial differences in efficiency of category and store sales response across all categories and stores. Their study states that “the variation in efficiency of this sales response can be attributed to specific store and category characteristics such as selling area of store, distance to competition, number of SKUs in the category and average interpurchase time.” The authors mention that understanding of the roles played by these characteristics in impacting the efficiency of sales response can aid managers in devising a strategy that maximizes sales towards different segment of shoppers.
Gauri is publishing the study along with co-authors Minakshi Trivedi, a professor of marketing at the SUNY at Buffalo, and Yu Ma, associate professor of marketing, Desautels Faculty of Management, at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
When a CPA visited Ken Bills’ high school class, Bills recalls asking himself, why would anyone do this for a living?
He can laugh about it now. Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Ken Bills
Nutrition information on the front of packaged foods, rather than only the back, has become a powerful tool in guiding consumers to healthy selections at the supermarket. However, according to a recent study in the Journal of Consumer Research, the way the information is depicted (descriptively versus numerically) makes an enormous difference. Continue reading The Picture of Health: Do We Trust Images Over Facts When It Comes to Nutrition Labeling?
While in grade school, Andrew Brownback discovered he was proficient in math. He entered competitions, occasionally going home with an award. Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Andrew Brownback