The following Ph.D. candidates will participate in the 2014 Summer Doctoral Institute. 

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Hiba Baroud


Hiba Baroud is a Ph.D. student in the University of Oklahoma (OU) School of Industrial and Systems Engineering expecting to graduate in May 2015. Her research work explores Bayesian methods to study the likelihood of disruptive events in infrastructure networks, as well as addresses the resilience to and interdependent impacts of disruptions in infrastructure networks. Hiba earned her Master’s of Mathematics in Actuarial Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada, where she focused in her research on the application of statistics, particularly time series models, to analyze financial data. Prior to that, she obtained her B.S. in Actuarial Science from Notre Dame University, Lebanon. Other research interests include risk analysis, regression analysis, time series, and data mining. In the summer of 2013, she had an internship with IBM at the Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. Hiba is among the leadership team of the OU student chapter of INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences).

Research Project:

Bayesian modeling of global supply chains risk analysis Bayesian modeling of global supply chains risk analysis The project explores quantitative methods for the risk analysis of global supply chains. We specifically seek to identify risk factors associated with international business operations done with countries prone to natural hazards that turn into a catastrophe due to the lack of investment in preparedness and recovery activities. Corporations handling such operations might be facing a high risk in exchange to low operating costs. How can a corporation identify such degree of riskiness in order to adequately prepare for and respond to it? What are the implications on a company in the U.S. of a disruption taking place overseas? Hierarchical Bayesian kernel methods are proposed to analyze the risk of global supply chains. With the scarce sources of information describing high risk events, these methods allow accurate results by means of borrowing data from similar systems or subsystems to evaluate extreme events that usually lack the availability of large datasets, providing the desired level of significance in the estimation of parameters.
Mentor: Royce Francis

Ying Lui


Ying Liu is a doctoral student from Management and International Business Department, School of Business at Florida International University. She received her MBA degree in Operations and Information Management from University of Connecticut in 2010. Her current research interests include global strategy and international business of firms in emerging economies, inter-firm cooperation and competition, cross-cultural management, and corporate social responsibility / corporate sustainable development. She has been teaching several classes such as International Business, Organization and Management, and International Management at Florida International University.

 Research Project:

Does the Presence of MNEs Affect Domestic Firms’ Voluntary Involvement of CSR-related Activities – the Chinese Context In recent years, corporate social responsibility (CSR) has attracted growing attention in both academic literature and in practical business operations. Many existing studies have found that nation-level institutional variation leads to heterogeneity of firms’ social and environmental performance. This study intends to bring another important factor, namely the presence of multinational enterprises (MNEs) into the picture, arguing that the presence of MNEs, together with local CSR-related regulations, will positively affect domestic firms’ voluntary involvement of CSR-related activities. In addition, this study posits the CSR-related research question in the Chinese context, which would to a certain level alleviate the academic curiosity about CSR status in development countries that has rarely been presented in the existing CSR literature.
Mentor: Jorge Rivera

June Park


June Park is a Fulbright Fellow and PhD Candidate in Political Science at Boston University. She specializes in the political economy of export-oriented countries of Northeast Asia – China, Japan, and South Korea. For her PhD dissertation entitled, “Trade Wars & Currency Conflict: China, Japan, and South Korea’s Responses to U.S. Protectionism, 1971-2013″, she has conducted two years of fieldwork in Japan, China, and South Korea; as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Science at the University of Tokyo (2010-11), as a Visiting Scholar at the Policy Research Institute at the Ministry of Finance, Japan (2011), and as a Senior Visiting Research Student at the School of International Studies at Peking University, Beijing, China (2011-12). She has also conducted additional fieldwork in the government agencies in Seoul, South Korea (2012). She is currently a Tobin Project Doctoral Fellow and a KF-CSIS Pacific Forum Fellow at the Korea Foundation and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (2014). She earned my B.A. (2005) and M.A. (2007) in Political Science from Korea University in her native South Korea. She has taken ten years of formal training in the East Asian languages of Chinese (from 2002) and Japanese (from 2005), and seven years of training in the French language (from 1998).

 Research Project:

Striking the 21st Century Trade Agreement: The Case of Intellectual Property (IP) Rights in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Negotiations in U.S.-Northeast Asian Trade Relations Why have approaches to IP varied amongst the export economies of East Asia – China, Japan, and South Korea? The three countries have each shared similar yet varying pathways of economic development in the postwar period, and have faced U.S. protectionist measures in each of their bilateral economic relations. While Japan has become quite strict on IP protection, its position in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations reveal that the U.S. sees more policy space in enforcing IP rights within Japan. South Korea has rapidly become very interested in IP issues and its domestic enforcement in the course of joining the OECD and the WTO, but has a long way to go in meeting the standards that the U.S. desires. Meanwhile, China, constantly targeted by the U.S. for criticisms on piracy, falls very short of establishing its own mechanisms of IP. This project seeks to investigate the actual stakes involving the countries – industrial interests concerning IP in both bilateral and multilateral levels, and the interactions between the state and businesses with regard to establishing and enforcing IP since the signing of TRIPS.
Mentor: Susan Sell

Yinuo Tang


Yinuo Tang is a Ph.D. candidate in Strategic Management at Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh. He graduated from Tsinghua University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. After he gained his Master of Public Administration degree from Cornell University, Yinuo Tang worked as a Marketing Analyst for GE. His research focuses on international acquisitions with emphasizes on emerging market context and institution-based views. In his current work, Yinuo investigates how Emerging Market MNCs integrate nonmarket and market strategies while they refine their scope and boundary through cross-border acquisitions. His research has appeared in Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings and been recognized for awards and nominations such as: 2013 Best Doctoral Student Paper Award in United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Annual Meeting and nomination for the GW-CIBER Best Paper on Emerging Markets at the 2014 Academy of Management Annual Meeting. Yinuo has taught strategic management (BUSSPP 1080) at University of Pittsburgh.

Research Project:

The Effects of Cross-Listing on the Cross-Border Acquisition Performance of Emerging Market MNCs Cross-Border acquisition is one of the most important means to expand globally. However, Emerging Market MNC’s (EMNC) internationalization is challenged by liability of emergingness and lacking of legitimacy due to the institutional environment of their home country. How could EMNCs capture value through cross-border acquisition and leverage their accumulated competitive advantage in home country? Specifically, will institutional spanning such as Cross-listing enhance the EMNCs’ competitiveness in the global market for corporate control? In the process of cross-listing on a major foreign exchange, EMNCs, whose home market characterized by an institutional void, comply with higher-quality corporate governance requirement and improve the quality of information disclosure. Using a dataset of EMNCs’ cross-border acquisitions from 2000-2010, this study examines the effects of Cross-listing on Cross-Border Acquisition Performance of EMNCs. The results showed that incorporating governance requirement and regulatory regimes of world class financial market through cross-listing enhances EMNC global competitiveness and strengthens their capability of reconciling competing institutional logics in global market.
Mentors: Anu Phene & Reid Click