Mendoza School of Business

Award recognizes business research for the common good

Published: May 7, 2018 / Author: Carol Elliott

The University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business recently announced its annual list of Office of the Dean Mission Awards, which honor one or more faculty members for a specific research study that contributes to the common good.

The award is in recognition of Mendoza’s mission “to build a premier Catholic business school that fosters academic excellence, professional effectiveness and personal accountability in a context that strives to be faithful to the ideals of community, human development and individual integrity.”  A committee made up of the chairs from each of the College’s five academic departments — Accountancy; Finance; IT, Analytics, and Operations; Management & Organization; and Marketing — along with the associate dean for faculty and research, select research papers that advance the mission. Each award provides $1,000 in cash.

Past award recipients have included an Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT4D) tutorial; sustainable development goals and the papal encyclical Laudato Sí; family-related influences on childhood obesity; and investment banking relationships and analyst affiliation bias.

The 2018 Dean Mission Award recipients include:

“Academic Achievement by Graduates from For-profit and Nonprofit Institutions: Evidence from CPA Exam Performance,” by Fred Mittelstaedt, the Deloitte Foundation Professor of Accountancy and chair of the Accountancy Department, and emeritus faculty member Michael Morris. The paper, published in the Journal of Education for Business, evaluates the academic achievement of graduates, operationalized as CPA exam performance, from for-profit and nonprofit colleges and universities. This study was among the first to use an academic measure of success in a business school environment, namely performance on the CPA exam, to directly compare student performance of graduates from for-profit and nonprofit (public and private) educational institutions.
“Financial Market Misconduct and Public Enforcement: The Case of LIBOR Manipulation,” by finance professors Priyank Gandhi and Benjamin Golez, along with colleagues. The research, forthcoming in Management Science, describes the London Interbank Offer Rate (LIBOR) submissions in which they are able to show evidence of banks manipulating the Libor for financial gain.

Information Technology, Analytics, and Operations (ITAO)
Using INFORMS Ethics Guidelines in the Classroom,” by ITAO associate teaching professor Scott Nestler and colleague David Hunt describes how the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and its ethics guidelines can be used in the classroom. Their work stems from their involvement with the creation of the INFORMS Ethics in O.R. & Analytics Group, which is meant to bring awareness to issues of ethics in operations research and analytics.  

Management & Organization (M&O)
Are ‘Bad’ Employees Happier Under Bad Bosses? Differing Effects of Abusive Supervision on Low and High Primary Psychopathy Employees,” by assistant professor Charlice Hurst and colleagues. The work, published in the Journal of Business Ethics, examines the effects of abusive supervision conditional on differing levels of psychopathy of employees in the workplace.

How Can Business Ethics Strengthen the Social Cohesion of a Society?” by Georges Enderle, the John T. “Jack” Ryan Professor of International Business Ethics. The research, published in the Journal of Business Ethics, discusses how business ethics and Catholic Social Teaching can strengthen the cohesion of society by creating capital and public goods that matter (e.g., natural, economic, human and social).  

For more information about the Office of the Dean Mission Awards or the Mendoza Faculty Mission Project, contact Anne Tsui, adjunct distinguished professor of Management & Organization, at