Spring 2020

Introduction Letter

World-class Carlson faculty uphold our rich tradition of research excellence

Gupta Bio

In these last two months, we’ve seen nearly every aspect of our world turn upside down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. No part of our world has been untouched as we all, collectively, adapt to a new normal.

Of course, these changes have extended into business, research, and how we deliver education at the Carlson School. Our faculty have responded to these challenging times with resiliency and flexibility. Like many of you, they’ve moved their coursework online, and are doing whatever it takes to provide support and stability to our students. With excellent staff support, I’m proud of how our faculty has responded to this crisis.

At all times, research is important. It provides us with scientifically-proven, evidence-based information to make decisions of all kinds. It helps us understand our complex world. And it opens doors to new ways of doing things.

In this issue of Discovery at Carlson, you’ll read about some of our globally-recognized faculty members’ latest work that’s making an impact. From how emerging countries handle demand for vaccines and why we make different decisions during a presidential election year to the long-lasting impact of a CEO’s cultural heritage and a study supporting quarterly earnings reports, among other topics, we cover a lot of ground.

It’s important to note the articles highlighted in this edition were chosen before the current scope of COVID-19 was understood. This explains why there are not more topics directly related to the disruption it’s caused in the world. We also elected not to print any hard copies, instead providing an exclusively online format.

I hope you and your loved ones are safe and well.

PROFESSOR ALOK GUPTA
Associate Dean of Faculty and Research
Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Information Management

Featured story

Salman Arif- Discovery

Salman Arif: Why quarterly reporting benefits the economy

New research by Carlson School Assistant Professor Salman Arif finds that less-frequent reporting leads to greater volatility and mispricing in the stock market, as investors rely excessively on alternative sources of information to determine how well their investment is doing.

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In this issue of Discovery at Carlson, you’ll read about how emerging countries handle the demand for vaccines and why we make different decisions during a presidential election year to the long-lasting impact of a CEO’s cultural heritage and a study supporting quarterly earnings reports, among other topics.

Download this issue