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Announcements and Awards

Professor Jorge Walter received the GW School of Business 2023 Dean's Teaching Award. Professor David Halliday received the Outstanding Master of Management Faculty Award. Professor Gaston de los Reyes received the Outstanding Part-Time Master of Business Administration Faculty Award.

Professor Herb Davis received a 2023-2024 Fulbright Specialist Program award and completed his research at Joao Saldanha University in Timor-Leste.

Professor Jennifer Merluzzi presented two papers at Wharton's People and Organizations Conference in October: "Devaluation by association: Gender diversification and performance recognition in male-dominated occupations" (with Jirs Meuris, University of Wisconsin-Madison) and “Changes in Hiring Discrimination Against Stay-at-Home Fathers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evidence from Online Field Experiments, 2019-2021" (with Julia Melin, Dartmouth). The paper with Professor Meuris also won the Academy of Management OMT Division 2023 Best Paper on Environmental and Social Practices.

Professor Vikram Bhargava received the 2023 Best Ethics Paper Award from the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) 2023 for his paper, "The Case for Heritage Reparations" (with Suneal Bedi, Indiana University).

The Academy of Management's Organization & Management Theory division awarded its 2023 Best Paper on Environmental and Social Practices to Professor Jennifer Merluzzi and her co-author, Jirs Meuris (University of Wisconsin-Madison), for their paper, "Devaluation by Association: Gender Diversity and Performance Recognition in Masculine Occupations."

University of Michigan Professor Jerry Davis recently visited the GW School of Business for the final event of the 2022-2023 SMPP Speaker Series to discuss taming corporate power in the 21st century.

ICR Sustainable Investment Project: The Institute for Corporate Responsibility (ICR), with the Cocoa Research Centre at the University of West Indies, were awarded a grant from the Inter-American Development Bank to develop a sustainable investment plan that will benefit the sustainable cocoa farming sector in Trinidad and Tobago. The project, “Cocoa, Carbon and Community,” was launched last month.

SMPP doctoral student Soolim Park won the 2023 Professor Chei-Min Paik Endowment Fund in Business Award for her research and conference presentation in 2022.

Professor Jennifer Merluzzi co-authored paper nominated for the 2023 “Responsible Research in Management” Award. Sponsored by the Academy of Management Fellows, the award recognizes research that is “rigorously conducted and societally beneficial” and whose findings have a broad impact

Professor Vikram Bhargava was invited to join the Journal of Business Ethics editorial board as co-editor of the Technology and Business Ethics section.

Professor Jennifer Merluzzi was named a Senior Editor at Organization Science.

Faculty Expertise in the News

In a Wall Street Journal video, SMPP Professor Vikram Bhargava and Allen & Overy Partner David Wakeling share how risk and compliance professionals should consider the risks and opportunites of ChatGPT and generative AI.

The Automated Employment Decision Tools law will require companies to regularly audit their hiring software and notify job candidates of its use. In an eight-minute Marketplace Tech podcast, SMPP Professor Vikram Bhargava wonders whether these tools will undermine HR accountability.

Professor Joel Gehman participated as a panelist for a symposium hosted by the IE University in Madrid on Wednesday, 10 May 2023. The symposium focused on the ways that businesses are making a social impact with the use of metrics, certifications, the expanded role of chief sustainability officer (CSO), and other strategies that advance ESG. The panel is part of the IE University Research Initiative on "Businesses with Purpose."

Professor Joel Gehman was quoted by Inc. magazine in an article titled, “To B Corp or Not to B Corp? For Many Founders, There's No Question.”

Professor Vanessa Perry commented for an article by Marketplace, titled “Lower mortgage fee will help some buyers with Fannie and Freddie loans.”

Professor John Forrer was interviewed for a broadcast story by KHON2 News about President Biden’s first veto, to a bill related to environmental, social, governance (ESG) retirement investing.

Professor Vikram Bhargava commented for an article in HR Review, entitled “Performance review cycles are tough — could ChatGPT help?” Professor Bhargava was also featured in a piece titled “Shops Dial Back Cellphone Perk” from  Ignites, a news source from the Financial Times that highlights news about the mutual fund industry.

Professor Vanessa Perry co-authored “Algorithms for All: Has Digitalization in the Mortgage Market Expanded Access to Homeownership?” and presented its findings as part of a symposium hosted by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.

Professor Vanessa Perry presented “Housing Finance & Social Equity: Addressing Race And Racism In Mortgage Lending,” on Tuesday, February 28, as the first speaker in a public lecture series for a housing and finance course at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT.

Professor Vikram Bhargava was interviewed by Fox 5 DC for a story about how "HR managers using artificial intelligence for hiring and firing" and by Fortune for an article titled "A major bank has banned ChatGPT — should your company follow suit?"

Professor John Forrer was quoted in an article titled “What is a Paydex score?” in Business Insider.

Professor Joel Gehman co-authored an article for University World News, titled “Collegiality – A global university governance model at risk.”

Professor Vanessa Perry was quoted in an article titled “Biden Wants to Level the Playing Field in the Mortgage Market,” published by Bloomberg and Financial Advisor Magazine.

Professor Vanessa Perry was interviewed for an article by Bloomberg News, titled “What You Need to Know About the Biden Administration’s New Mortgage Fees.” Professor Perry’s comments were also quoted in a story by Forbes, titled “Biden’s Mortgage ‘Socialism’? Right Claims New Policy Pushes Higher Fees To Americans With Better Credit — But That’s Not Really True.”

Professor Vikram Bhargava, assistant professor of strategic management & public policy, commented for an article in HR Review, entitled “Performance review cycles are tough — could ChatGPT help?”

Professor Vikram Bhargava was featured in a piece titled “Shops Dial Back Cellphone Perk” from Ignites, a news source from the Financial Times that highlights news about the mutual fund industry.