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The vital component that truly elevates the Warrington College of Business into prominence is its talented faculty. UF Warrington’s faculty are world-renowned for their difference-making, thought-provoking and leading research and are consistently recognized in their industries and academia for their work, all of which you can read about here. See the most recent news about UF Warrington’s faculty and research below.

The pandemic brings supply chains out of the shadows and CSCOs into the spotlight

McClatchy Professor and Director of the Supply Chain Management Center Asoo Vakharia lends his expertise to this story about C-suites and boardrooms recognizing how crucial the supply chain function is, which provides an opportunity for chief supply chain officers (CSCOs) to push for strategic value in their roles. Read more of what Vakharia had to say about chief supply chain officers in this story from Supply Chain Dive. 

Management professor’s paper wins top prize for insights on building equitable workplaces with AI technologies

David Ross, R. Perry Frankland Associate Professor of Management, and two co-authors won first place for their white paper at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton People Analytics Conference. In the paper, Ross, with co-authors David R. Anderson of Villanova University and Margrét V. Bjarnadóttir of the University of Maryland, explain how bias can be embedded in people analytics that uses AI, despite the AI itself being in principle free of bias. The authors also highlight best practices for human resource

Dynamic Antitrust Discussion Series: “House Report on Big Tech”

Public Utility Research Center Director and Gunter Professor Mark Jamison discussed the House Report on Competition in the Digital Markets with Federal Trade Commissioner Christine Wilson (BA ’91) and Aurelien Portuese, director of antitrust and innovation policy at the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF). The House report focuses on a handful of tech giants to draw policy recommendations about antitrust enforcement. One of the most dramatic policy recommendations of the report is the structural separation of digital platforms – namely,

SEC Seeks to Curb Lofty SPAC Projections

Research from Cordell Eminent Scholar Jay Ritter informs this story from the Wall Street Journal regarding the statement by the regulator’s acting director that addresses the frenzy over blank-check company deals, like the 15 companies with no revenue that have listed publicly this year or have said they hope to in coming months, all at valuations of above $1 billion. 

Biden’s broadband plan would waste $100 billion

Public Utility Research Center Director and Gunter Professor Mark Jamison argues that President Biden’s proposed strategies related to broadband in his American Jobs Plan have already been tested and don’t work. Read more of Jamison’s reasoning in this opinion piece from The Hill. 

Do-Nothing SPACs Sag, Offering Investors a $1.1 Billion Return

Cordell Eminent Scholar Jay Ritter shares why the oversupply of SPACs is a benefit to investors. Read more from Ritter in this story from Bloomberg. 

IPO market cools as sentiment moves from ‘wildly overoptimistic to optimistic’

The average first-day stock pop for a March IPO was smaller than comparable debut-session rises in recent months — but still above historical norms. Read Cordell Eminent Scholar Jay Ritter’s take on the IPO market’s latest in this story from MarketWatch. 

How managers can help employees feel secure in their jobs when crises arise

Warrington management Ph.D. student Yiduo Shao (Ph.D. ’22) and a team of researchers conducted a study to understand the detrimental effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on employee feelings around job insecurity. We spoke with Shao to learn more about the findings of this research and suggestions for managers to help alleviate the effects of employees feeling like they could lose their job when largescale crises occur. This research is forthcoming in the Journal of Applied Psychology. Q: What inspired you

A Traditional Wall Street Advantage Is Suddenly Being Threatened

Cordell Eminent Scholar Jay Ritter shares more about why it has been close to impossible for regular people to buy shares at IPO pricing, but now, that is changing. Read more of Ritter’s insights in this story from Bloomberg. 

Individual investors should tread carefully in hot but risky IPO market, experts caution

Cordell Eminent Scholar Jay Ritter discusses the hot 2021 IPO market and why, generally speaking, IPOs are considered a riskier investment. Read all of what Ritter had to say in this story from CNBC.