05 Nov 2013

Harvard Business School Faculty Members Honored


BOSTON—Professor of Management Practice Bob Eccles, a member of the Organizational Behavior Unit, has been awarded honorary membership in the London-based Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the global body for professional accountants. The award, to be formally presented in London on Nov. 22, recognizes Eccles’s contribution to “developing the thinking behind [corporate] integrated reporting and his extensive contribution to building trust in business.” He is one of only eight individuals who have received this designation since 1999.

A pioneer in the field of integrated reporting, in which a company combines its financial and non-financial performance information into a single report and leverages the internet to improve dialogue and engagement with all stakeholders, Eccles is the coauthor, most recently, of One Report: Integrated Reporting for a Sustainable Strategy (Wiley, 2010). He is a member of the Steering Committee of the International Integrated Reporting Council and Chairman of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. He is also cofounder (with HBS assistant professor George Serafeim) of the Innovating for Sustainability global social movement for transforming management practices in corporations and investment firms through innovations in processes, products, and business models.

Associate Professor Francesca Gino has won the 2013 Cummings Scholarly Achievement Award from the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management, a professional association of management scholars. The annual award recognizes the achievement of an early- to mid-career scholar and is named in honor of the late Larry Cummings, a professor of strategic management at the University of Minnesota.

A member of the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit, Gino is a psychologist and author of Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed and How We Can Stick to the Plan (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013).

The Academy of Management award committee lauded Gino for having “made prolific contributions to our understanding of behavioral ethics, judgment and decision making, negotiations, motivation, and creativity. She has conducted a rich body of studies in both the field and laboratory….Her research program is exceptional not only in terms of volume but also in its originality and breadth.” In addition, they concluded, she has played a leading role in bridging the gap between social psychology and organizational behavior.

In addition, a number of HBS faculty members have won best paper awards:

  • Finance Unit professor Malcolm Baker, with coauthors Xin Pan of Harvard University and Jeff Wurgler of the NYU Stern School of Business, has won second prize in the Journal of Financial Economics’ Jensen Prize for Corporate Finance and Organizations category. Their paper, “The Effect of Reference Point Prices on Mergers and Acquisitions,” was published in the October 2012 issue of the journal.
  • Associate Professor Ben Edelman of the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit, is the winner of the 2013 Prize in Game Theory and Computer Science from the Game Theory Society for “the best paper at the interface of game theory and computer science in the last decade.” He received the prize for “Internet Advertising and the Generalized Second-Price Auction: Selling Billions of Dollars Worth of Keywords,” coauthored with Michael Ostrovsky of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Michael Schwarz of Yahoo! Research. The paper, which appeared in the March 2007 issue of American Economic Review, investigates the “generalized second-price” (GSP) auction, a new mechanism used by search engines to sell online advertising.
  • Visiting Professor Chris Parsons of the Finance Unit, with Joseph Engelberg of the Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego, and Pengjie Gao of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, has won second prize in the Journal of Financial Economics’ Fama/DFA [Dimensional Fund Advisors] Prize for Capital Markets and Asset Pricing category. Their paper, “Friends with Money,” appeared in the January 2012 issue of that publication.


Jim Aisner

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