PhD Program in Business

PhD Project – Baruch College Research Symposium

Call for Participants

PhD Project – Baruch College Research Symposium

The PhD Project and Baruch College at the City University of New York invited doctoral students who are members of the PhD Project Doctoral Students Associations to apply to participate in the second annual PhD Project Baruch College Research Symposium in New York City. Accepted students were designated PhD Project – Baruch College Doctoral Research Fellows. The symposium was held May 16-17, 2019, in New York City. The event is free of charge for accepted students, including air travel and two nights of hotel accommodation.


The purpose of the symposium is to complement the PhD Project’s efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion in business education by striving to reduce the significant underrepresentation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans on the faculties of business schools in the US and around the world. Participating in this conference will provide you with an excellent opportunity to further develop your research scholarship, which will help with positioning yourself in the job market for a faculty position at research-oriented business schools when you complete your doctoral studies. Participants will begin to build life-long relationships with other students and faculty mentors who will help them become leaders within the business disciplines and research communities.

The PhD Project – Baruch College Research Symposium will help participating students advance their research projects. Baruch / CUNY faculty members who are leading research scholars in their respective fields will be paired with student presenters and discuss their papers and offer feedback and suggestions with the goal of bringing the manuscripts closer to possible publication in a quality academic research journal. Baruch research scholars will be available throughout the event to talk to participants about their research and ideas and to facilitate initiating new projects among student fellows and faculty mentors with shared interests.

Application Instructions:

In order to be eligible for this symposium you must be a current member of a PhD Project doctoral student association. Interested students should submit their updated CV and either research-in-progress or a completed research paper by email to (please put ‘Phd Project Baruch Research Symposium – Paper Submission’ in the subject line). Submitted manuscripts must be original and not already published. Students who participated in last year’s symposium are welcome to submit again as long as it is a new or significantly different paper. However, preference will be given to new presenters. Manuscripts should not exceed ten pages (single-spaced, inclusive of cover page, figures, tables, and references). Submitted manuscripts should summarize an ongoing or completed research project and include a clearly stated research question with an explanation of its importance, discussion of theory and methods, as well as findings and implications.

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Important Dates

Submission process has closed


2019 Program Schedule

CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Ave
William P. Kelly Skylight Conference Room
New York, NY 10016

Paquita Davis-Friday and Karl R. Lang; Co-Chairs

Thursday, May 16

Breakfast: 8:30 – 9:30 am

Welcome and Introductions

Time: 9:30 – 10 am

Paper Session 1  (Organizational Structure and Leadership)

Time: 10 – 11:30 am

Session Chair: Katerina Gonzalez

Atem Zaandam, (MGT) University of Arkansas. “The Institutional Effect: A Cross-National Meta-Analysis of Founder and Professional CEO Performance Effects.”

Discussant: Katerina Gonzalez

Candice R. Boucree (ACC) Louisiana State University. “Conditional Life Cycle and Industry Specialist Auditors.”

Discussant: Felicity Jane Barton

Syrena Shirley (ACC) Pennsylvania State University. “The Effects of Combining the Roles of Company Secretary and General Counsel on Financial Misconduct.”

Discussant: Erik Johannesson


Time: 11:45 am – 1 pm

Paper Session 2 (Organizational Failure and Distrust)

Time: 1:15 – 2:45 pm

Session Chair: Katerina Gonzalez

Marcus Crews (MGT) Rutgers University. “Looking Back: A Retrospective Narrative Analysis of Entrepreneurs’ Failure Experiences.”

Discussant: Katerina Gonzalez

Matthew Henriksson (FIN) University of South Florida. “Disastrous Selling Decisions: The Disposition Effect and Natural Disasters.”

Discussant: Yu Shan

Daryl Jacob Irby (MKT) The University of Iowa. “Distrust’s Effect on the Influence of Consumer Reviews.”

Discussant” Diogo Hildebrand


Coffee Break

Paper Session 3 (Financial Analysis and Risk)

Time: 3 – 4:30 pm

Session Chair: Yu Shan

Ryan G. Chacon (FIN) University of Missouri. “The Consequences of Tenant Concentration: Profitability and the Cost of Debt”

Discussant: Yu Shan

Kerron Joseph (FIN) University of Texas at San Antonio. “Missing the Target: Anomalous Target Stock Returns on Acquirer Ex-days.”

Discussant: Ayan Bhattacharya

Stephen Juma (MKT) Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business. “The Effects of Ambiguity of Odor on Curiosity and Search Behavior”

Discussant” Diogo Hildebrand

Reception and Dinner

6 – 8 pm


Friday, May 17


Time: 8 – 9 am

Paper Session 4 (Gender and Race in Business Research)

Time: 9 – 10:30 am

Session Chair: Michael Ekema-Agbaw

Phylicia G. Taylor (MGT) Jackson State University. “Impact of Gender Differences in Blue-Collar Work Environments.”

Discussant: Michael Ekema-Agbaw

Kalan Robert Norris (MGT) University at Buffalo. “Is Wearing the Mask Killing Minorities Creativity? The Impact of Racial Mindfulness.”

Discussant: Michael Ekema-Agbaw

Catrina Palmer (MGT) Rutgers University. “The Transformation of Mentoring Relationships in Academe: An Examination of Cross-Sex and Cross-Race Dyads”

Discussant: Michael Ekema-Agbaw

Paper Session 5 (Morality)

10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Session Chair: Michael Ekema-Agbaw

Ruth Cano (FIN) University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. “The Effect of Corruption on Stock Price Crash Risk.”

Discussant: Ayan Bhattacharya

Shakenya S. Johnson (MGT) Auburn University. “Corporate Recidivism: Cognitive Conditioning and Repeated Wrongdoing.”

Discussant: Jing Liu (TBC)

Dionne Nickerson (MKT) Georgia Tech. “When Doing Good, What Good to Do? Examining Whether and Why Firms Benefit from Their CSR Initiatives.”

Discussant: Diogo Hildebrand

Lunch – Closing

12:30 – 2 pm


For questions, please contact the PhD Project – Baruch College Research Symposium Co-Chairs:
Paquita Davis-Friday (
Karl Lang (


Agenda 2018