School of Business and Management

SBM Research Seminar Series - Every Wednesday - 1-2pm

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Venue: Francis Bancroft Building, 4.04/4.08



SBM Host



Semester A





Wed 27 September

Dr. Jaime Napier

Lily Jampol

High Power Mindsets Reduce Gender Identification and Benevolent Sexism Among Women (But Not Men)

Feelings of power affect gender identification and the endorsement of sexism. 
Participants wrote essays about a time when they felt powerful or powerless (Studies 1–3) or about an event unrelated to power (Studies 2–3). 
Then, they reported how much they identified with their gender group. When primed with high power, women reported lower levels of gender identification, as compared to those primed with low power (Studies 1–2) and to a control condition (Studies 2–3). 
In Study 3, women primed with high power endorsed benevolent (but not hostile) sexism less than women in both the low power and control conditions. 
Power had no impact on men's gender identification or sexism.

Wed 4 October

Dr. Benjamin Everly, Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour at University of Sussex

Dr Mustafa Ozturk

The Benefits of Coming Out: Disclosing Gay Identity Leads to Increased Individual and Organisational Performance

This project investigates whether the disclosure of gay identity leads to greater individual and organisational performance. In Study 1, a laboratory experiment finds that individuals perform better when the gay identity of their interaction partner is disclosed rather than concealed. Next, using data from law firms in the United States, Study 2 shows that firms with a greater percentage of openly-LGBT lawyers, particularly in higher impact roles within the firm, perform better than law firms with fewer openly-LGBT attorneys. Overall, the results suggest that disclosing gay identity can lead to greater individual and organisational performance.

Wed 11 October

PHD Symposium

Monira Begum


This is being publicised to PhD Students. All I have to do is provide lunch!

Wed 18 October





Wed 25 October

Professor Dr Oliver Holtemoeller Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

Prof Sushanta Mallick

Sovereign Stress, Banking Stress, and the Monetary Transmission Mechanism in the Euro

In this paper we analyse to what extent financing conditions of non-financial corporations in the Euro Area depend on country-specific factors. Using firm-level data we show that sovereign stress and banking stress have significantly impaired the monetary transmission mechanism between 2005 and 2013. This finding suggests that the ECB’s asset purchase programs during that period have helped to improve firms’ financing conditions in stressed countries but that monetary policy transmission was still impaired due to the elevated level of banking stress in these countries.

Wed 1 November


Dr Stephan Dickert

What determines consumers’ price decisions?


Wed 8 November





Wed 15 November

Professor Ingrid Jeacle
Professor of Accounting & Popular Culture
University of Edinburgh Business School

Dr Suki Sian

Accounting & Popular Culture: A New Research Agenda

The interdisciplinary space in accounting research has been a place for creativity and innovation. Accounting and popular culture is a new research domain within this interdisciplinary field. An accounting and popular culture agenda seeks to understand both the role of accounting in popular culture and how accounting can shape popular phenomenon. Two research projects in this vein are explored: one examines the popularity of the internet generated user review and suggests it is an illustration of Audit Society, the second explores the history of DIY and the role calculative practices in its widespread adoption.   

Wed 22 November

Authors: Monomita Nandy and Suman Lodh

Dr Nicholas Tsitsianis

Media appearance and earnings management during crisis: A study on the UK companies

This study examines the influence of media appearance of firms on earnings management strategies of 632 firms listed on the London Stock Exchange during the financial crisis period.  We find that firms that appear frequently on media are more likely to engage in earnings management activities. In addition, during the financial crisis firms with higher media attention do more real earnings management. The findings of the study contribute to the academic literature related to earnings management, firms’ media attention and financial crisis. Moreover, the findings are advantageous to investors, regulatory authorities and corporate managers, who are concerned about firms’ earnings management strategies that affect firms’ financial performance negatively

Wed 29 November

Siyang Tian & Cass Business School and Cass Mergers and Acquisitions Research Centre

Dr Chunling Xia

“Enhancing investment efficiency of internal capital market through equity carve-out: Focus versus governance improvement”

This paper examines whether carve-outs lead to improvements in the functioning of the internal capital markets (ICM) of conglomerates. Carve-outs, unlike spin-offs and sell-offs, leave the parent’s ICM intact but subject it to greater external market scrutiny following their floatation. Carve-outs allow us to assess whether the parent’s ICM improves when it is not downsized but is subject to greater monitoring by capital markets. We find that following carve-outs the investment efficiency of parents increases significantly. Such increase in investment efficiency appears to be driven by improvements in the internal and external governance characteristics of the parent companies. Additional tests show that the most consistent improvements in allocation efficiency and valuation are observed in the sub-sample of carve-outs where the parent subsequently re-acquires the offspring to regain complete control of its business activities.

Wed 6 December

Dr. Elizabeth Wolf

Lily Jampol

Emotion as Performance Feedback: (Mis)Inferring Work Quality from Evaluators’ Affect

In evaluative situations (e.g., performance reviews, job interviews), evaluators often express emotion for reasons both related and unrelated to the evaluation itself. Across multiple experiments, I demonstrate that evaluators’ emotional expressions serve as performance feedback that influences performers’ self-assessments and decisions. In addition, results from a field study demonstrate that evaluators and performers do not agree about which emotions evaluators express during performance reviews. Taken together, these results suggest that evaluators’ emotional expressions are consequential but ambiguous signals that may lead performers to form inaccurate self-assessments and make suboptimal decisions about their work.

Wed 13 December

Dr Gherardo Giraradi

Chandres Tejura

The timing of solicited entry of rivals and the commitment problem

Farrell and Gallini (F&G, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 1988) have shown that an incumbent firm may have an incentive at the time of product launch to invite other firms to enter the market in the future and compete against it in order to reassure buyers that prices will stay low. This paper shows that the incentive to invite rivals is stronger than F&G had thought, in that an incumbent may have an incentive to invite rivals to enter already at the time of product launch. The paper indicates when this can be expected to be the case and provides real life examples.