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University of Delaware - Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics

By Lerner College November 4, 2021

This fall, Wendy Smith and Fei Xie were appointed to named professorships.

Wendy Smith has been appointed the Emma Smith Professor of Management. Smith is co-director of Lerner’s Women’s Leadership Initiative. Her research focuses on strategic paradoxes – how leaders and senior teams effectively respond to contradictory agendas. She studies how organizations and their leaders simultaneously explore new possibilities while exploiting existing competencies, and how social enterprises simultaneously attend to social missions and financial goals. Her research has been published in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Harvard Business Review, Organization Science and Management Science.

Fei Xie has been appointed the Chaplin Tyler Professor of Finance. Xie’s research interests are in empirical corporate finance. Within this general field, his work spans corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, boards of directors, executive compensation, corporate financing, venture capital, behavioral finance and corporate disclosure. His research has appeared in multiple top academic journals, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and received significant recognition and citations.