Faculty & Research

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Why doesn’t the US bury its power lines?

It is nearing the end of a highly destructive hurricane season in the United States. The devastation of Hurricane Florence in North and South Carolina caused more than 1.4 million customers to lose power, and Hurricane Michael has cut service to an estimated 900,000 customers in Florida, Alabama, Georgia and

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Hedge funds that break deals rather than make deals make the big bucks

Activist investors tend to push management teams to sell their businesses to a rival or strategic buyer for a premium valuation. Yet according to a new study by Assistant Professor of Finance Tao Li, the better strategy to profit from merger and acquisition (M&A) deals is to prevent them from

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‘Perfect’ employees beware – your perfectionism might be detrimental

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Think back to your last job interview. When asked about your biggest weakness, did you respond, “I’m a perfectionist”? As you might expect, this is a frequent response among job candidates, as perfectionism is commonly thought of as a beneficial quality. However, according to new research from

Why more money-losing companies than ever are going public

Through the first nine months of 2018, 83 percent of U.S. companies going public lost money in the 12 months leading up to their IPO. This is the highest proportion since 1980, according to data from Cordell Eminent Scholar Jay R. Ritter. Dr. Ritter looks at the recent trend in this

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‘Rounding Up’ Beats Traditional Fundraising Requests

If you’ve been to the grocery store lately, you may have been asked if you wanted to donate a dollar or five to charity. Or you may have been asked if you wanted to round up to the nearest dollar, with the difference going to a charity. Which approach raises

Robert Thomas

UF Warrington names dean for diversity and inclusion

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Dr. Robert Thomas, Darden Restaurants Professor in the Department of Management, has been named the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Florida Warrington College of Business. His appointment begins in the fall of 2018. In his role, Thomas will work to foster an

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How valuable are online product recommendations?

Imagine you are looking to buy a shirt on Macy’s website. When you visit the page of a shirt that you like, Macy’s recommends several related shirts to you on the same page. While you now can see more options for potential purchase, are you less likely to buy the

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Nuclear reactors in hurricanes: 5 questions answered

Hurricane Florence may affect the operations of several of the 16 nuclear reactors located in the Carolinas and Virginia, raising concerns about safety and power outages. Dr. Ted Kury, director of energy studies at the Public Utility Research Center, explains why nuclear power stations must take precautions during big storms. Read

Making learning more personal

As Warrington continues to expand its online program offerings, the latest innovation will provide those programs with an enhanced student experience. Warrington developed a new lightboard studio that is available for faculty lectures and provides students with a more personal experience while watching online lectures. Instead of staring at a

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Five visions for the future of shopping

Shopping at Macy’s is now a thing of the past for Matherly Professor Dr. Anuj Kumar. By shutting down Kumar’s local store, Macy’s lost both his in-store and online business. He’s not the only one, either. According to Kumar’s research, retailers who shut down their brick-and-mortar locations in the hopes