Participating Faculty Members
Updated for 2015
Dr. John McCall
Broadly stated, research interests for the summer scholar program include the area of sustainability and focus on the examination of apparent tradeoffs among the people, planet, profit (social, environmental, and economic) dimensions when sustainability initiatives are implemented. The objective of the research is to identify strategies and mechanisms to minimize the need for those tradeoffs, i.e., to find solutions to real-life sustainability issues which show long-term improvement on all dimensions.
Enhance understanding of ethics in the pharmaceutical industry by combining knowledge from the College of Arts & Sciences (CA&S) and the Haub School of Business (HSB)
- To accomplish this objective, students will pursue answers to their own research questions about the objective as well as contribute to ongoing research about ethics and the pharmaceutical industry. Based on assessment of current information to include publications and data sources, there are two primary project areas:
- Information Assessment - Assess information from newspaper front-page articles and editorials to determine their ethical positions and to identify the positions of the pharmaceutical companies involved.
- Database Enhancement / Management - Evaluate the current EthicsTrak® database (developed under 2006 Summer Scholars Program) and improve its data-searching and data-mining capabilities.
- Identify a learning synergy between students from the CA&S and HSB
- Improvement of trademarked database for data mining research sources
- Data and data analyses to support an editorially reviewed publication in the pharmaceutical industry's trade publication, Pharmaceutical Executive (fourth annual update)
- Data and data analyses to support academic journal publication(s)
- Real options lend to flexibility under uncertainty in international business: I have examined how multinational corporations retain or exercise their operational flexibility under the influence of external uncertainties including exchange rate uncertainty, market uncertainty, or institutional uncertainty in foreign countries.
- Entries into and exits from foreign markets: I have explored how entry modes, experience, and exits are interrelated and how external uncertainty affects these MNC actions.
- Dynamics in strategic alliances and international joint ventures: Multinational corporations frequently form strategic alliances and initiate international joint ventures. These are unique in that multiple firms are engaged in a joint business effort. I have examined dynamic aspects of such alliances, including control, ownership, conflict, and instability.
- Organizational learning in international business: I have examined how multinational corporations can learn from successes or failures through a deeper understanding of learning the drivers and barriers to knowledge creation and dissemination in the international business arena.
- Corporate social responsibiity and business ethics in international business: For long-term profitability and sustainability, multinational corporations should be able to gain more legitimacy in foreign countries. Their activities associated with corporation social responsibility and business ethics are strong and effective ways to achieve this goal.
My 2015 SSP research interests are fall into four areas:
- Privacy and psychological safety: Surreptitious recording on college campuses. My initial research indicates that most colleges and universities do not have policies that prohibit surreptitious recording in classrooms. A student scholar interested in the intersection of technology, privacy, teaching/learning would bring a fresh perspective to these issues, and I would look forward to learning with a student as part of the SSP.
- Corporate Social Irresponsibility (CSI): Tobacco. Tobacco products are marketed and consumed at an enormous human cost to us as individuals, our families, and our communities. I would be delighted to sponsor a student scholar interested in investigating tobacco control efforts (US and/or abroad), tobacco company strategies and tactics, and/or tobacco usage as part of the SSP.
- Serious Comedy and Social Justice. By Summer 2015 I will have taught a First-Year Seminar, LEO 150 Serious Comedy and Social Justice, for six consecutive semesters. In this course we examine (a) economic justice, (b) justice related to sexuality and gender, and (c) racial justice. I am interested in working with student scholar interested in researching the use and impact of comedy to address social injustice as part of the SSP. This research might take a number of directions, depending upon the summer scholar’s interests; the results could be in multimedia or other innovative forms, in addition to traditional scholarly research.
- Environmental Justice. I have long been interested in environmental justice, a major emphasis of mine when teaching graduate business ethics. Specifically, I am interested in issues related to the environmental aftermath of industrial activity, known in the US as “Superfund” sites (e.g., Love Canal NY; Tar Creek OK; Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn; Lipari Landfill in NJ). The US EPA has remediated hundreds of sites across the country contaminated by businesses and other organizations. These sites continue to impact us today; at least 11-12 million people in the US live within one mile of a “Superfund” site. I would be interested in working with a Summer Scholar who would like to conduct research project related to a specific site (or sites), remediation, and/or communities’ responses to environmental risks.