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UNB Faculty of Business Administration

Business professor honoured for the third time by his country

Liz Lemon-Mitchell

Posted: February 28, 2019 12:00:00 PM AST

Category: Faculty



Being recognized by your country with a distinguished medal doesn’t happen to everyone; imagine being singled out for this distinction three times! In October, Dr. Wiktor Askanas, a Professor Emeritus with the Faculty of Business Administration, received the Order of Merit from the Polish National Education Commission, an honour bestowed upon people who have made an outstanding and recognizable contribution to the Polish education system. This was his third medal from the Polish...

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Buyer beware: how to avoid being duped by consumer scams

Liz Lemon-Mitchell

Posted: February 28, 2019 12:00:00 PM AST

Category: Faculty



If you’re like most people, probably a week does not go by without you being contacted at least once or twice by some form of consumer scammer. We hear about these scams in the media all the time: credit or debit card frauds, identity-theft schemes, lottery frauds, ponzi schemes are just a few. While many people think they’re savvy enough to recognize consumer scams, a surprising number of us fall victim to them. Dr. Jeff Frooman, a professor with the Faculty of Business...

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Celebrating prof’s contribution to business education

Jenna Evans

Posted: February 28, 2019 12:00:00 PM AST

Category: Faculty



During the annual Atlantic Schools of Business (ASB) Conference last September, the ASB Executive recognized one of their longest serving members for his many contributions to business education in the region. Dr. Basu Sharma received the 2018 Award of Excellence for outstanding service to business scholarship. Sharma has been with the University of New Brunswick Fredericton in the business administration faculty since 1985, teaching courses in human resources management, industrial...

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How to get funding for your research project

Liz Lemon-Mitchell

Posted: February 28, 2019 12:00:00 PM AST

Category: Faculty


There is an old saying that if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. This age-old advice certainly applies to Dr. Hsin-Chen Lin, a marketing professor with the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of New Brunswick Fredericton, and her efforts to obtain national research funding. After her first application for a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development grant was turned down, her second application as a solo applicant was awarded...

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Cryptocurrency: the future of high risk investing

Jenna Evans and Luke Saunders

Posted: February 27, 2019 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Faculty



The development of cryptocurrencies, and in particular blockchain technology, is one of the 'next big things' to capture the imagination of academics and industry. It has caught the attention of Dr. Donglei Du, a professor in quantitative methods at the University of New Brunswick Fredericton, who has been investigating how blockchain can be used to improve investment decisions.  In collaboration with Drs. Yukun Chen and Qiaoming Han, he recently published a study, “A Hashing Power...

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Why we do what we do: new study sheds light on our susceptibility to social influence

Jenna Evans

Posted: February 27, 2019 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Faculty


Social influence is a growing field of interest among scholars. A recent study by Dr. Patrick Bruning and his colleagues, Dr. Brad Alge and Dr. Hsin-Chen Lin, provides insight to how our decisions and actions may be influenced by our social networks. Bruning is a professor of organization studies with the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of New Brunswick Fredericton and Lin is a professor of marketing, also with the Faculty. Their study was recently published in an...

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Study of how parents choose child care services suggests improvements to current NB childcare system

Katie Kim

Posted: June 4, 2018 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Faculty



With the increase of dual income families, child care services are more needed than ever. “These increases in demand, combined with the personal and societal benefits of children attending child care centers make the child care sector an area of critical interest within Canada,” said Dr.  Hsin-Chen Lin and Dr. Jane Dunnett, both marketing professors in the faculty of business administration at the University of New Brunswick Fredericton. Lin and Dunnett co-wrote an article,...

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Being good: how corporate social behaviour affects the bond market

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Posted: December 12, 2017 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Faculty


Corporate social responsibility is a trend that has been gaining much momentum over the past 25 years or so and while many people agree that “doing good” is the right thing to do, many wonder whether it actually does any good from a business perspective. University of New Brunswick business professor, Dr. Jeff Frooman, was interested in the answer to this question and collaborated with a team of researchers at other universities to investigate the impact changes in...

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From newsstands to airlines: new applications for the newsvendor model

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Posted: December 12, 2017 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Faculty


To learn about managing inventories, business students are introduced to the “newsvendor model” in their operations management courses. The newsvendor model is a mathematical model used to manage inventories in as lean and efficient a manner as possible. While the model has been around for a long time, Dr. Donglei Du, professor of quantitative methods at the University of New Brunswick’s faculty of business administration, has been exploring new ways it can be used in...

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Personal job design: different ways of customizing the jobs we work

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Posted: December 12, 2017 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Faculty


 After starting a new position, have you ever found yourself tweaking and refining aspects of your job in order to make it better? Perhaps you added an activity into your normal work routine that was quite fun, or found a way to avoid a task that is not? If you have, you are like most of us and you’ve been engaging in “job crafting.” Curiously, although job crafting is a very common workplace behavior, it is only recently that industrial/organizational psychologists...

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UNB Fredericton's business researchers among the best

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Posted: December 12, 2017 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Faculty


In the world of business schools, being published in the Financial Times Top 50 list of research journals is a big deal. This is the list of journals that the Financial Times uses to rank the research productivity of business schools worldwide. The reviewers of these publications are considered to be the best among the best around the world. Their selection criteria are so rigorous, the revision process leading up to publication so intense, the work that makes it into these journals is...

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UNB research team confirms positive impact of executive education in Sub Saharan Africa

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Posted: December 12, 2017 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Faculty


  A group of business professors with the University of New Brunswick Fredericton’s faculty of business administration recently collaborated with the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) to research the impact of executive education on the financial sector of Sub-Saharan Africa. With a growing middle class, reforms in policy and increased banking regulations, the financial sector in this region has seen significant growth. Despite this, the industry is still...

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Top Texts: UNB business professors write best-sellers in their disciplines

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Posted: December 11, 2017 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Faculty


No matter what school they are attending, many business students across Canada are learning the fundamentals of business from professors with the University of New Brunswick’s faculty of business administration. Three of the top selling textbooks in business schools cross Canada are written by UNB business professors. Professor Dorothy DuPlessis teaches business law and her text book, Canadian Business and the Law, now in its 6th edition (the 7th will be published in 2019), is a leading...

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Predicting electoral outcomes with social media

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Posted: May 11, 2017 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Faculty


If you’re planning to run for office in the next election, you might want to consult with Dr. Hsin-Chen Lin about how to manage your social media accounts. Lin is a marketing professor at the University of New Brunswick Fredericton campus, and has just published a research paper on how political candidates’ use of Facebook has an impact on their campaign success. Social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have dramatically changed how politicians communicate with their...

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A Life to Celebrate

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Posted: March 6, 2017 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Faculty


November 27, 2016, was a sad day for the University of New Brunswick community as people learned about the passing of friend and colleague Dr. Francisco Arcelus. His death came without warning and while he is greatly missed, his friends and family remember his zest for life and mischievous, infectious sense of humour. His passion for discovery and academic scholarship had a tremendous impact on his colleagues and students. Arcelus was born on April 5, 1945, in Pamplona, Spain. He joined the...

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Celebrating business professor's discovery journey

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Posted: January 4, 2017 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Faculty


When he was a child growing up in the Netherlands, Dr. Martin Wielemaker was always making things at home. He was intrigued by new technologies and products, he says, which probably explains why he studied Industrial Design Engineering when he grew up, and then later completed a PhD in Strategic  Initiatives. Wielemaker now teaches courses in strategy, entrepreneurship, managing innovation and data visualization in the faculty of business administration at the University of New Brunswick...

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Much depends on supply chains: two case studies involving the Internet-of-Things

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Posted: January 4, 2017 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Faculty


People and organizations all over the world are connected through the Internet. Now, increasingly, our things are connected to other things all over the world. The Internet-of-Things (IoT) is a hot topic among information technology experts because of the unlimited ways it can have an impact on every aspect of our lives. Dr. Rebecca Angeles, a business professor with UNB’s Faculty of Business Administration, is researching companies that are using this kind of technology to improve...

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Data mash: it's the story that counts, not the numbers

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Posted: June 17, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Faculty


A growing number of IT experts across Canada and in New Brunswick believe that opening government data to third party scrutiny has the potential to help solve many of our economic and social problems. Open data represents a vast range of information and when made available for analysis to people in different disciplines and industries, their new perspectives open up a world of possibilities. A new MBA course offered this spring by Dr. Martin Wielemaker, a professor of entrepreneurship and...

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Official Thumbs Up for UNB Fredericton's BBA Co-op

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Posted: April 6, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Faculty , Programs , Students


UNB Fredericton’s BBA co-operative education program has been running for over 16 years, providing students with the opportunity to combine paid work experience with their coursework. The program has been highly regarded by both students and employers, and has just been accredited by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE). CAFCE is the voice for post-secondary co-op programs in Canada, setting the standards for what defines a co-operative educational...

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Devashis Mitra Reappointed Dean for Five-year Term

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Posted: February 24, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Faculty


Dr. Devashis Mitra has been reappointed dean of the faculty of business administration for a five-year term, effective July 1, 2016. The University of New Brunswick announced his reappointment on February 15. Dr. Mitra brings a consultative approach to the faculty of business administration, focused on exploring new opportunities for growth despite challenges facing the University. In so doing, he is committed to fostering an environment that is innovative, adaptive and always relevant....

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Coming to Work for the Right Reasons: Leadership Styles and Job Satisfaction

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Posted: February 2, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Faculty


As any employer and human resource manager knows, high rates of absenteeism among employees is a serious problem. High rates of presenteeism - the practice coming to work when you’re not feeling well and even saving sick days for times when you want a day off – is also a serious problem for many organizations. It is common knowledge that some styles of leadership will result in high levels of job satisfaction among employees, but Jeff Frooman, a professor with UNB’s faculty...

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Reviewing Customer Reviews: Improving Online Marketing

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Posted: February 2, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Faculty


When Dr. Hsin-Chen Lin, who is originally from Taiwan, went to the United States to pursue her PhD she immediately noticed cultural differences between the two countries. She found herself intrigued by the individualistic culture of North America where people seemed to talk more, share more, and compliment each other more. She noticed that people also tended to pay more attention to their online influence and access to influencers through their presence on the user-generated content websites...

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Dollars Votes impact on the environment

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Posted: October 29, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Faculty


What can you buy with a dollar? Most people would respond to this question by saying, “not much!” According to Dr. Rebecca Angeles, a professor at UNB teaching courses in management of information systems, dollars add to up votes, which in turn can drive market forces towards more environmentally sustainable business practices, which can ultimately lead to a healthier, greener planet. Not a day goes by without news about the damage our industries are causing the environment or...

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A New Way to Read Financial Statements: impact on the environment

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Posted: October 28, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Faculty


By the time they finish their first year of a business degree, most students have learned how to read a company’s financial statements in order to determine how profitable the company is and judge how smart an investment might be. Dr. Glenn Leonard, a professor of accounting at the University of New Brunswick, is conducting research that could help people use a company’s financial statements to predict what kind of impact its business practices might have on the...

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Mastering the Craft of Job Crafting

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Posted: October 22, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Faculty


Mastering the Craft of Job Crafting … impact on employee satisfaction Job crafting involves employees making changes to their job in an effort to improve the job for themselves and this practice stretches across industries and organizational levels. Jobs are crafted by mechanics, research scientists, sales people, and even IT directors. Though the implications of job crafting are far-reaching, to date little research has been conducted on the topic. Dr. Patrick Bruning, a business...

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Teaching Beyond Borders

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Posted: October 22, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Faculty


Teaching Beyond Borders … impact on accounting professionals At least three or four times a year FedEx delivers multiple packages to UNB’s faculty of business administration, all addressed to Elin Maher, Professor of Accounting at UNB. Their contents are exams written by students of the Certified General Accountants program who live in Canada and the Caribbean, and as far away as China. It’s Professor Maher’s job to mark these exams and submit the results to...

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