Category Archives: research

Determined Behavior

To learn from the COVID-19 pandemic, Azat Sadyrov, a research assistant at the Behavioral Business Research Lab within the Sam M. Walton College of Business, is teaming up with Samantha Robinson, teaching assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences within the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, to study the behavior of people and how the coronavirus has altered that behavior. Continue reading Determined Behavior

Delery Named Editor-in-Chief of Human Resource Management Review

John Delery

John E. Delery, head of the Department of Management at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, is the new editor-in-chief of Human Resource Management Review.

Delery, who holds the Raymond F. Orr Chair in Management, officially assumed the editor-in-chief role Jan. 1.

Human Resource Management Review is a quarterly academic journal devoted to the publication of scholarly conceptual/theoretical articles pertaining to human resource management and allied fields, including industrial/organizational psychology, human capital, labor relations, organizational behavior and others.

“It is the top outlet for conceptual/theoretical manuscripts devoted solely to human resource management,” Delery said.

Delery received his M.S. in psychology from Memphis State University and earned a Ph.D. in business administration, focusing on human resource management, from Texas A&M University. He teaches a variety of management courses, including Managing People and Organizations, Organizational Staffing, and Leadership and Managing Behavior in Organizations.

Delery has won a number of academic and professional awards, including the Scholarly Achievement Award from the HR Division of the Academy of Management, two Best Conference Paper Awards from the HR Division of the Academy of Management, the Walton College Faculty Research Award in 2001-02, the Walton College Faculty Service Award in 2009-10 and the Walton College Faculty Teaching Award in 2014-15.

His current research interests include the strategic management of human capital, the structure of human resource management systems and employee selection. Specifically, he is interested in how the management of human capital influences organizational performance and profitability.

He is widely cited in academic circles and has published numerous research articles in management journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Personnel Psychology, Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management Review, Human Resource Management Journal, Journal of Organizational Behavior and the Journal of Applied Social Psychology.  His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Transportation, among others.

EPIC Spotlight: Qin Weng

Data. Businesses love it, and students want to learn all they can.

When Qin Weng taught business analytics last fall, she discovered that her classes consisted of students with a wide variety of majors who were eager to learn how to interpret data to get meaningful information. “Companies are looking for these skills to better utilize their data,” says Weng, who joined the Walton College as an information systems assistant professor last August.

And exploring data can be fun. In her classes, Weng asks her students to look at all kinds of topics that utilize data. They returned with a variety of ideas that included examining students’ drinking habits and their academic performances to predicting the winners of athletic events.

The discovery element keeps things interesting. “It’s like fishing for something you don’t know,” she says.

During her first semester at Walton, Weng taught Business Analytics and Visualization to undergraduates and Data Analytics Fundamentals to graduate students. She says her classes are tough by design, and she finds that when she challenges her students, they deliver. “It’s really mind-blowing at the end of the semester when they present their ideas,” she says.

Weng grew up in the Jiangsu Province in east China, north of Shanghai, and earned a degree in international business studies at Beijing Foreign Studies University. She became fascinated with software programs used for data analysis, such as Excel and SPSS. These programs enabled her to collect data and, more importantly, gain insightful findings.

She came to the United States to further her education and earned her master’s degree at Virginia Commonwealth University. Following graduation, Weng worked for an insurance company in various roles, including as a business analyst, serving as a liaison between business divisions and the technology department. She created applications that helped data flow more efficiently between the company and government agencies, such as Medicare and Medicaid. Weng also facilitated data-filled reports to help company managers in their decision-making.

In her several years working in the healthcare industry, she saw a continued divide between business and technology. She wanted to bridge those gaps. She also missed graduate school and research. Weng was accepted to the doctorate program at the University of Pittsburgh, where she had the opportunity to work on a large-scale, government-funded project to build digital infrastructure to enable transformative scientific research through the Global Environment for Networking Innovation (GENI). Through the project, she researched different topics, including the control methods in project management and the collaboration networks among project participants. Her research has been published in Information Systems Research.

Weng earned her Ph.D. and came to Walton, a place that captured her attention with the school’s scholars, whom she also found to be friendly. It’s a good fit. “This is one of the most amazing places I have ever been,” she says.

She also enjoys the Women of Walton gatherings, which made her feel proud to be among the female faculty at the college. She says she found Anne O’Leary-Kelly, organizer and Walton senior associate dean, to be caring in her mission to boost morale and build relationships among faculty and staff.

Weng is using that energy in her research as well as to inspire students.

“I hope my teaching can spark their interest in business analytics,” Weng says.

Article on Women’s Entrepreneurship Wins Best Paper Award at AMJ

An article by researchers from the Department of Information Systems at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas and collaborators from Hong Kong and France published in the Academy of Management Journal was named the best paper of the year published in the journal. Continue reading Article on Women’s Entrepreneurship Wins Best Paper Award at AMJ

Taking Care of Customers and Environment Pays Off, Study Shows

Sebastian Garcia-Dastugue, Supply Chain, Faculty
Sebastian Garcia-Dastugue, Supply Chain, Faculty

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Findings by a University of Arkansas supply-chain management researcher suggest that, in the field of logistics, companies that excel in customer service and environmental sustainability also perform better in sales growth and cost efficiency.

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Walton College Research Professor Honored by North American Case Research Association

David Hyatt
David Hyatt

A research associate professor of supply chain management in the Sam M. Walton College of Business has been honored by the North American Case Research Association for his collaboration with an Arkansas Company—Delta Plastics—to produce a written case study on the introduction of a new product. Continue reading Walton College Research Professor Honored by North American Case Research Association