2022-23 Saunders Faculty and Staff Go Above and Beyond

The hard work and dedication of the Saunders College of Business faculty is what gives us an edge over the rest and contribute to what many consider a small college feel at a large technology university. We would like to recognize some of our faculty’s recent accomplishments and congratulate them on a job well done!

January 2023

Raj Murthy, Ph.D., professor of marketing, has published three articles in the past year: “How Do External Networks and Strategic Targeting Impact Open Innovation in the Global Auto Industry?” in IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management; “Better Angry than Afraid: The Case of Post Data Breach Emotions on Customer Engagement” in IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management; and “Profiling Food Festivals by Type, Name and Descriptive Content: A Population Level Study” in British Food Journal. The articles broadly focus on open innovation strategies, customer engagement and emotion, and food festival and tourism branding, respectively.

December 2022

Sorim Chung, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing, is first author of a research article titled “Digital Claustrophobia: Affective Responses to Digital Design Decisions,” which has been accepted for publication in Computers in Human Behavior Reports. The research is the first to introduce the concept of “digital claustrophobia” in the context of online consumer product satisfaction.

Jesse M. Redlo, adjunct faculty member, spoke at TEDxNazarethCollege about “Fostering Mental Health in the Workplace.”

Olivia Rotondo '23 (MBA) was a featured speaker for St. John Fisher University's Meet the Media, an interactive panel discussion about the relationship between public relations, journalism, and social media hosted by Fisher's Public Relations, Integrated Marketing, and Advertising (PRIMA) group.

Ali Tosyali, Ph.D., and Gijs Overgoor, Ph.D., co-authored a study about detecting fake Amazon reviews in an article titled "Detecting Fake Review Buyers Using Network Structure: Direct Evidence from Amazon." It received media coverage from local news outlet RochesterFirst.

Edwin N. Torres, Ph.D., joined Saunders this past academic year as the chair and associate professor for the department of international hospitality and service innovation. He has already launched a social media marketing campaign, developed a summer camp for prospective students, and created a new minor titled "hospitality as real estate" throughout his short time at Saunders.

November 2022

Rick Mislan, Ph.D., collaborated with students and cartoonist Leigh Rubin for the “The Sketchy Cybersecurity Newsletter,” composed by Saunders students in the Cyber: Risk and Resilience course. November’s issue concentrates on man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks.

Mike Palanski, Ph.D., joined John Skomski on his podcast Think.Live.Repeat and shared his insight about the benefits of leadership integrity.

Sorim Chung, Ph.D., published a research article titled “Interface-Driven Customer Experience: Redefining User Interface (UI) Design for Automotive Infotainment System” in the IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine. The article discusses potential safety issues of in-car touchscreen infotainment systems.

Rick Mislan, Ph.D., senior lecturer within the department of management information systems, marketing, and analytics, is also the co-founder of Inviza Health, a wearable, self-charging health tracker technology company in Rochester, New York. The organization recently expanded its offices to Fairport, New York.

dt ogilvie, Ph.D., was interviewed by DiversityInc for their story “Black Women’s Historic Struggle for Labor Rights Continues” about the challenges Black women have faced and continue to face in the workplace including inequality, lower wages, and discrimination.

Rick Lagiewski, Ph.D. and Victor Perotti, Ph.D. co-authored "Customer experiences and situational vulnerability: An exploration of hotel services during a disaster," published in the International Journal of Hospitality Management. The paper focuses on the growing role of hotels in supporting vulnerable individuals during hurricanes and other disasters.

Joy Olabisi, Ph.D., has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for her project, “Exploring how immigrant entrepreneurs survive and thrive in a post-Covid environment.

October 2022

Clyde Eirikur Hull, Ph.D., received a $1 million grant from The State Department to conduct research via the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Plan of Action on Science, Technology and Innovation project. The project concentrates on circular economy; extracting economic value from different types of waste as a step to mitigate climate change and empower local entrepreneurship in southeast Asian countries.

Molly McGowan, Ph.D., held a roundtable discussion based on her dissertation research titled “Leadership in the Tech Driven Workplace: A Discussion on the Need & Development of Soft Skills of Employees” at the ILA Global Conference.

Rick Mislan, Ph.D., worked with students in the Saunders Cyber: Risk and Resilience course to create a monthly newsletter in collaboration with chief RIT cartoonist Leigh Rubin. “The Sketchy Cybersecurity Newsletter” kicked off in October to celebrate Cybersecurity Awareness month.

Ali Tosyali, Ph.D., assistant professor of management information systems, and Gijs Overgoor, assistant professor of marketing, co-authored "Detecting Fake Review Buyers Using Network Structure: Direct Evidence from Amazon." The paper discusses the problem of reputation platforms that have sellers manipulate their ratings. Their paper was featured in the UCLA Anderson Review.

Melissa Masline has been promoted to the assistant director of student services at Saunders College of Business.

Matt Cornwell has been promoted to the associate director of student services at Saunders College of Business.

September 2022

James Santa, Ph.D, a management information systems professor, has become the director of curriculum at Common Mission Project.

Jesse Redlo, Ed.D., professor of management information systems and marketing principles, will be giving a TED Talk at the upcoming TEDxNazarethCollege event. The theme of the event is centered around how disciplines and professions will likely be different in 2030, with Professor Redlo’s presentation entitled: “Fostering Mental Health in the Workplace.”

Rich DeJordy, Ph.D., will be joining the Saunders College of Business as the new department chair of management in January 2023! He is extraordinarily experienced within his field in both industry and academia, having served as a faculty member at Craig School of Business at California State University, D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University, and published in top journals.

July 2022

Ettore Spadafora, Ph.D., and Ezekiel Leo, Ph.D., assistant professors of management, co-authored Board independence and firm internationalization: a meta-analysis with colleagues from across the globe. The paper argues and demonstrates differences across the board, and national institution-level structures account for the inconsistencies observed in the literature for BI-internationalization.

Ali Tosyali, assistant professor of management information systems, and Gijs Overgoor, assistant professor of marketing, co-authored Detecting Fake Review Buyers Using Network Structure: Direct Evidence from Amazon. The paper discusses the problem of reputation platforms that have sellers manipulate their ratings. Their paper was featured in the Wall Street Journal.

Bill Dresnack has been announced as the incoming MBA director. He brings a wealth of professional and administrative experience to this role.

June 2022

Mike Palanski, Ph.D., professor of management, published The Me1st Method. The book is a leader's guide to finding, facing, and embracing your next big challenge.

Raj Murthy, Ph.D., professor of marketing and Torrence Sparkman, Ph.D., associate professor of management have been recognized for their engagement as Inaugural Faculty Fellows. Professor Murthy has been realized as a fellow in business and Professor Sparkman has been accepted as a strategic priority fellow in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

View last year's staff accomplishments here!

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