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Skidmore College
Management and Business Department

Management and Business Faculty November 2015

Faculty Achievements:

Caroline D'Abate

Prof. Carolyn D'Abate

1) What's being said about Prof. D'Abate's research:

Her research on the strategic value of mentoring was the focus of a recent “From the Front Lines” piece in Leader to Leader which noted “a key takeaway from the research is that it demonstrates the power of mentoring….having a positive and direct effect on key work outcomes (satisfaction, commitment, skill, performance)….independent of the mentee’s personality and self-image”. This same research was awarded the Richard A. Swanson Research Excellence Award by the Academy of Human Resource Development.

Her research on presenteeism (what people do at work other than work) was recognized in All About Work as “business school research that might surprise you”. The column’s author explains the studies discussed are not “examples of the type of research that generally comes out of business schools – I will admit that these articles stand out simply because they are different. But I’m presenting them to show that, yes, there are progressive, critical researchers in business schools. And in my opinion they have some pretty interesting things to say.”

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2) What's being said about Prof. D'Abate's research:

A 2013 Springer book The Experience of Meaning in Life cites that same research for having demonstrated that work/leisure life domains play a key role in the meaningfulness of work.

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3) What's being said about Prof. D'Abate's research:

This research was also included in Sage’s reference handbook on Key Concepts in Work as one of four central studies that have informed the literature on “strategies workers adopt to cope with” or survive their work.

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4) What's being said about Prof. D'Abate's research:

In Sage’s Gender and Women Leadership handbook, the chapter on Women’s Leadership in Education cited D’Abate’s research on mentoring and developmental interactions in a section on how mentors and role models can be “influential individuals…assist[ing ] in the development of women leaders”.

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Jim Kennelly

Prof. Jim Kennelly

1) Jim Kennelly, the Courtney and Steven Ross Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies and Professor of Management and Business, has been appointed Director of Sustainability for Academic Affairs.  Jim brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position.  He has long been a champion of sustainability efforts, perhaps most visibly exemplified on our campus by his leadership on the Divestment Task Force.  He teaches a wide range of sustainability-related courses and has been a vocal advocate for increased sustainability on Skidmore’s campus and the community at large.  Jim responsibilities include supporting and enhancing our curricular offerings in sustainability, organizing faculty development opportunities, and working closely with students on academic interests related to sustainability.  Doubtless, he will also be a powerful and passionate spokesperson for the importance of integrating sustainability into our students’ intellectual experience. September 2017

2) Jim Kennelly, The Courtney and Steven Ross Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies (2014). His current book, launded on September 6, 2013 in Dublin by current Prime Minister Mr. Enda Kenny, is entitled The Irish Edge: How Enterprises Compete on Authenticity and Place.

Jim Kennelly

Elzbieta Lepkowska-White

Prof. Ela Lepkowska-White


Ela Lepkowska-White, Professor of Marketing
Sarah Rinaolo, 2017
Management and Business Department

Past research shows that restaurants have a difficult time adopting social networking sites (SNS) into their marketing mix. Most of this research, however centers on larger establishments. In this study we examined the challenges of social media adoption in small restaurants and suggest ways to address them. We conducted interviews with twenty small restaurants and content analyzed their Facebook posts. Our findings show that small restaurants spend little time on social media, manage them ad hoc, with little guidance or expertise. They think of social media as a passive advertising tool to attract new customers and to monitor their target market. We recommend that, in addition to advertising, restaurants foster engagement and relationships on SNS but to do this effectively they need to acquire more expertise and develop guidelines. The first part of the project conducted last summer was presented at the 23rd International Conference of the European Institute of Retailing and Services Studies (EIRASS) in Edinburgh, Scotland, July 11-14, 2016.

2) Professor Ela Lepkowska-White and Emily Kortright, current Skidmore student, presented together their summer research titled “Meanings of food: Conversations of American Women on Food Blogs’ at the annual Academy of Business Administration International Conference in Florence this August. The expanded abstract summarizing this work will be published in the ABA conference proceedings. They are currently writing a manuscript and plan to publish this research in a marketing journal.

Our research examines the food blogging community focusing on 18 personal food blogs produced by women and the ways in which the meanings of food and motives for food choice are represented in blogs. These blogs were voted to be one of the most popular in the food community. In our study we explore questions such as: Who are the food bloggers? How do they establish credibility within the online community? How (if at all) do they sell products? Are motives of food consumption addressed on websites? And if so, what motives and whose are they? By analyzing the ways in which female food bloggers present themselves, their lives, and food, as well as the ways in which they interact with other bloggers and readers, we glean insight as to the ways in which food blogs and the women that write them shape America’s food culture.

Previous studies have shown that consumers regard blogs as more credible sources of information unbiased of big businesses and corporations. For this reason blogs have become one of the most important influences of consumer behavior. Interestingly, our findings suggest that modern-day blogs act and are in fact businesses themselves. Harnessing various profession aspects to address the needs of their readerships, bloggers develop specialized personas to reach their niche, in essence creating their own brands. We explore these personas in our study and the ways they are manufactured (exploring tactics that address needs and wants of consumers and establish bloggers’ credibility), shape the food culture in America and propose implications for business and ethics.

3) Professor Ela Lepkowska-White and a recent Skidmore graduate Catherine Chang presented their research on “Friend or Foe? Food in the Eyes of Young Consumers: The Many Perceptions of Food” at the annual American Marketing Association Public Policy Conference in Boston in June 6-9, 2014. Their work is summarized in the abstract published in conference proceedings. Currently they are working on a public policy journal publication.

Ties to food develop in a complicated environment with multiple pressures put on consumers today. In this study we explore the range of emotions that tie young people in the US with food. We construct a survey with open ended questions and close ended multidimensional scales based on a through literature review and a review of food blogs and administer it to a convenience sample of 198 undergraduate students. We find that overall young people have very positive perceptions on food and frequently associate food with pleasure and social gatherings. Men also associate food with survival more so than women and women associate food with health more than men. Women express more emotional ties with food overall and these feelings are more conflictual in their nature than the perceptions of men. Women feel guiltier about eating, more torn about how much they should eat and more frequently deny themselves food than men. Implications of this study to public policy are described in the paper.

4) Katherine Imboden '13 and Professor Lepkowska-White published their research on the “Effective Design for Usability and Interaction: The Case of Art Museum Websites” in the Journal of Internet Commerce. Vol. 12, No 3, pp.284-305.  Kate conducted this research during her thesis studies with Professor Lepkowska-White in 2012/2013.  Kate is currently working at Nielsen Holdings.

Here is the abstract of their study:

'Marketing has been playing an increasingly important role in art museums operations given the current economic situation and a very competitive environment. To help art museums better market themselves online, researchers utilize cognitive map theory (borrowed from environmental psychology), which examines environments that humans want to explore. According to the theory, such environments are coherent, complex, legible, and mysterious. Based on an extensive literature review, the researchers develop coding categories that explore these characteristics in the online context. They content analyze 80 art museums selected at random using skip interval method to see if the sites are effective. The results support their hypothesis that art museum websites are coherent but could benefit by improving their complexity, legibility, and mystery aspects. The researchers provide managerial suggestions of how this could be done and offer recommendations for future marketing education that could address these issues.'

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Tim Harper

Prof. Tim Harper

1) The Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region is pleased to announce the election of Dr. Timothy Harper as Vice-President of the Board of Directors.  Dr. Harper first joined the board in 2011.  

“Tim brings more than 20 years of experience in business management, as well as a deep commitment to community development,” said Linda MacFarlane, Executive Director.  “We appreciate his assistance as we work to create sustainable and vibrant neighborhoods within underserved communities.”

Dr. Harper is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Management & Business at Skidmore College.  
“I am thoroughly impressed by the goodwill and the commitment of the staff and board members as they work tirelessly to contribute to the greater good by making a difference in the lives of individuals and the cycles of start-up and small minority enterprises,” said Dr. Harper. “I am also afforded the opportunity to have a voice as faith-based institutions seek to expand their reach beyond the spiritual, as they seek to provide programs and services for the underserved. It is a great privilege to conduct meaningful work in a way which facilitates the triumph of diversity and social mobility.”
In addition to Dr. Harper’s election, Kirby White was re-elected President, David Ashton was re-elected Treasurer and Phyllis Hathaway was re-elected Secretary.
Incorporated in 1985, the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region is a nonprofit financial institution with a community development mission that provides loans and technical assistance to local nonprofit organizations for housing and community development, to micro enterprises for business and economic development and to individuals for home purchase/repair.  The Community Loan Fund has loaned close to $37 million – leveraging just under $166 million - to more than 715 local community and economic development projects, creating or retaining more than 1,500 jobs. Additionally, CLFCR has financed 1,099 units of affordable housing and 259 micro-enterprises/small businesses.

2)  Outlook 2013: Innovation is crucial to business success

3) GlobalFoundries Gets OK From Town of Malta To Expand

Catherine Hill

Prof. Catherine Hill

1) Skidmore professor quoted in article about battery and energy storage and the New York Executive Cleantech Leadership Institute at Skidmore.

2) New York energy industry executives discuss Albany region's assets and the future of the energy grid at Power Breakfast - Albany Business Review, April 25, 2014

NY Energy Industry Executives Power Breakfast




3) Who and what you missed at the Albany Business Review's energy Power Breakfast event in Scotia NY - Albany Business Review, April 25, 2014

Albany Business Review Power Breakfast




4) Skidmore was host to Curved Line Seminars a new Business venture

Curved Line Living Seminars on Entrepreneurship and Leadership, a new business venture being launched by local entrepreneurs Christel and Colin MacLean, was held at Skidmore College on Monday, April 22 for Management and Business Majors and Minors. Curved Line Living seminars feature all aspects of entrepreneurship and personal empowerment.
The first seminar, “Fearless Entrepreneurship,” covers creating the right mind set for going out on your own, financing, building cash-flow projections, corporate structure, branding, public relations and marketing and overcoming hurdles, as well as the MacLeans’ proprietary tips for entrepreneurial success.

"I loved your perspective that it doesn’t matter how well competitors do, but that it matters more that you do the best you possibly can.  That insight really spoke to me because it made me feel much more comfortable with my own abilities; I can only control what I can control, and with that, I will learn to adapt and do the best I possibly can", said Rachel Dance, a graduating senior. "It was a great reminder to pay attention to my own strengths and weaknesses so that I can become whatever I want to be, versus trying to live up to another person’s standards."

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Christine Page

Prof. Christine Page

How mood influences the very basic element of decision-making Journal of Consumer Research article, press coverage below:


Pushkala Prasad

Prof. Pushi Prasad

1) MB faculty Dr. Pushi Prasad to deliver Skidmore's 2017 Edwin M. Moseley Faculty Research Lecture

The first time an MB faculty member has been chosen to deliver this lecture, Professor Prasad's talk will focus on "(Ir)resistible and (Dis)reputable Empire: Racialized Capitalism and the Tainting of Brand U.S.A." on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 8 p.m. in Gannett Auditorium. The Moseley Lecture is the highest honor the faculty confers upon one of its own and Professor Prasad — who has been an extraordinary teacher-scholar at Skidmore for the past 17 years — is deeply deserving of this recognition.  Professor Prasad is the Zankel Chair in Management for Liberal Arts Students, Professor of Management in the Department of Management and Business, and is universally respected. 

2) "Critiquing management scholarship"

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3) What's being said about Prof. Prasad's teaching

4) Professor Pushkala Prasad - Summer conference brings interdisciplinary focus to business. Click here for more information.

Minita Sanghvi
Prof. Minita Sanghvi

1) Congratulations to Professor Minita Sanghvi who recently won the UNCG outstanding dissertation award. This is the first time anyone from her department has won the award and makes her a member of a very small cohort who have won both the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award and the Outstanding Dissertation Award at UNCG. - March 2015

2) Commentary: Clinton begets Clinton - Times Union by: Prof. Minita Sanghvi