Lerner Faculty: Top Research Journal Articles in 2020

Over 20 faculty members from UD’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics had research published in top journals in their respective fields in 2020. This included the top 50 journals used in the Financial Times research rank, journals cited in the UT Dallas Top 100 Business School Research Rankings and journals identified as highly selective “A” journals by the Lerner College’s five academic departments. This list is just one way the Lerner College recognizes and celebrates high-quality scholarship created and published by its faculty.

“It is up to the departments and their faculty to determine the criteria to select those journals using a variety of metrics (including but not limited to impact factors),” Lerner Dean Bruce Weber said. “We ask that the department ‘A’ journal list reflects only the best leading refereed journals in their respective fields and that the departments create these lists to recognize and promote top scholarly research productivity.”

Lerner College 2020 “A” Journal Publications 

Although some of the journal articles in this list have a 2019 or 2021 date noted, all research listed was originally published in 2020.

Accounting and Management Information Systems

Gang Wang, Assistant Professor of MIS

Bai X., Marsden, J., Ross, W. & Wang, G. (2020). A note on the impact of daily deals on local retailers’ online reputation: mediation effects of the consumer experience. Information Systems Research, 31(4): 1132-1143.

Carolyn Levine, Professor of Accounting, Chairperson, Accounting and MIS Department

Cheynel, E. & Levine, C. B. (2020). Public disclosures and information asymmetries: a theory of the mosaic. The Accounting Review, 95(1): 79-99.

John D’Arcy, Professor of MIS

D’Arcy, J., Adjerid, I., Angst, C. & Glavas, A. (2020). Too good to be true: firm social reputation and the risk of data breach. Information Systems Research, 31(4): 1200-1223. Also see How Faking Social Responsibility May Get Companies Hacked

Jing He, Assistant Professor of Accounting

He, J. & M. Plumlee. (2020). Measuring disclosure using 8-K filings. Review of Accounting Studies, 25(3): 903-962.

Business Administration

Shuba Patvardhan, Assistant Professor of Management

Patvardhan, S.D. & Ramachandran J. (2020). Shaping the future: strategy-making as artificial evolution. Organization Science, 31(3): 671–697, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1287/orsc.2019.1321. Also see Shaping the Future in the Present.  

Junbo Son, Assistant Professor of Operations Management

Son, J., Brennan, P.F. & Zhou, S. (2020). A data analytics framework for smart asthma management based on remote health information systems with Bluetooth-enabled personal inhalers. MIS Quarterly, 44(1), 285-303. Also see How Data Analytics Could Help Treat Asthma.

Sal Mistry, Assistant Professor of Management

Stoverink, A. C., Kirkman, B. L., Mistry, S. & Rosen, B. (2020). Bouncing back together: toward a theoretical model of work team resilience. Academy of Management Review, 45: 395-422. Also see 6 Strategies for Helping Your Team Survive a Crisis

Ming Zhao,  Assistant Professor of Operations Management

Zhao, M. & Zhang, M. (2020). Multiechelon lot sizing: new complexities and inequalities. Operations Research, 68(2): 534-551.


Carlos Asarta, Professor of Economics, James B. O’Neill Director, Center for Education and Entrepreneurship

Ahlstrom, L. & Asarta, C. (2019). The gender gap in undergraduate economics course persistence and degree selection. American Economic Association: Papers and Proceedings, 109: 255-260.

Michael Arnold, Associate Professor of Economics, Chairperson, Department of Economics

Arnold, M. & Zhang, L. (2020). Competition with an information clearinghouse and asymmetric firms: why more than two firms compete (or not) for shoppers. Games and Economic Behavior. 122: 55 – 82.

Jim Berry, Associate Professor of Economics

Berry, J., Fischer, G. & Guiteras, R. (2020). Eliciting and utilizing willingness to pay: evidence from field trials in Northern Ghana. Journal of Political Economy, 128(4): 1436 – 1473.

Olga Gorbachev, Associate Professor of Economics

Gorbachev, O. & Luengo-Prado, M. J. (2019). The credit card debt puzzle: the role of preferences, credit risk, and financial literacy. Review of Economics and Statistics, 101(2): 294 –309.

Parag Mahajan, Assistant Professor of Economics

Mahajan, P. & Yang, D. (2020). Taken by storm: hurricanes, migrant networks, and US immigration. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 12(2): 250 – 277.


Terry Campbell, Associate Professor of Finance

Bereskin, F., Campbell, T. & Kedia, S. (2019). Whistle blowing, forced CEO turnover, and misconduct: the role of socially minded employees and directors. Management Science, 66: 24-42, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1287/mnsc.2018.3229

Yu Xu, Assistant Professor of Finance

Chen, H., Xu Y. & Yang, J. (2021). Systematic risk, debt maturity, and the term structure of credit spreads. Journal of Financial Economics, 139(3): 770-799, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfineco.2020.09.002

Matthias Fleckenstein, Assistant Professor of Finance

Cremers, M., Fleckenstein, M., & Gandhi Priyank. (2021). Treasury yield implied volatility and real activity. Journal of Financial Economics, 140(2): 412-435, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfineco.2020.12.009

Fleckenstein, M. & Longstaff, F. (2020). Renting balance sheet space: intermediary balance sheet rental costs and the valuation of derivatives. Review of Financial Studies, 33(11): 5051-5091, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/rfs/hhaa033

Fleckenstein, M. & Longstaff, F. (2020). The US treasury floating rate note puzzle: is there a premium for market-to-market stability. Journal of Financial Economics, 137(3): 637-658, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfineco.2020.04.006

Laura Field, Donald J. Puglisi Professor of Finance, Chairperson, Finance Department

Field, L., Souther, M. & Yore, A. (2020). At the table but cannot break through the glass ceiling: board leadership positions elude diverse directors. Journal of Financial Economics, 137(3): 787-814, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfineco.2020.04.001  Also see The Top of the Glass Ceiling.

Mahsa Kaviani, Assistant Professor of Finance 

Kaviani, M., Kryzanowski, L., Maleki, H., & Savor, P. (2020). Policy uncertainty and corporate credit spreads. Journal of Financial Economics, 138(3): 838-865

Fei Xie,  Professor of Finance

Masulis, R., Wang, C. & Xie, F. (2020). Employee-manager alliances and shareholder returns from acquisitions. Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 55(2): 473- 516, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022109019000036

Hospitality and Sport Management

Jing Ma, Assistant Professor of Hospitality Business Management

Sheryl Kline, Deputy Dean, Aramark Chaired Professor 

Kim, T.J., Almanza, B., Ma, J., Park, H. & Kline, S.F. (2021). The cleanliness of restaurants: ATP tests (reality) vs consumers’ perception. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 33(3): 893-911, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-08-2020-0822. Also see Hotel Stay? Stay Safe

Sri Beldona. Professor of Hospitality Business Management. Chairperson, Hospitality and Sport Management Department

Liu, Y. & Beldona, S. (2020). Extracting revisit intentions from social media big data: a rule-based classification model. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-06-2020-0592.

Zvi Schwartz, Professor of Hospitality Business Management

Tim Webb, Assistant Professor of Hospitality Business Management

Schwartz, Z. & Webb, T. (2021). Resource similarity, market commonality, and spatial distribution of hotel competitive sets. Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1096348020988579

Joanne Jung-Eun Yoo, Associate Professor of Hospitality Business Management

Yoo, J., Newland, B. & Lee, W. (2020). Influencing active sport event tourists’ loyalty to event and destination. Event Management, 24(2-3), DOI: https://doi.org/10.3727/152599519X15506259856336

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