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e-bulletin December 2017

Operations Management and Management Science at PolyU Topped KUBS Rankings

Recently released 2017 KUBS Worldwide Business Research Rankings show that PolyU was the 18th institution worldwide in the overall rankings covering the academic disciplines of Accounting, Finance, Management, Management Information System (MIS), Marketing, Operations Management and Management Science (OM/MS), and International Business (IB) and Strategy.

KUBS Worldwide Business Research Rankings, presented by Korea University Business School (KUBS), are based on publications in 86 selected journals. Articles published in the past five years are used for compiling each league table.

By discipline, PolyU topped the league table for Operations Management and Management Science during 2013 to 2017.

Rank Institution Score Place
1 The Hong Kong Polytechnic University 203.93 Hong Kong
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 169.97 US
3 University of Toronto 165.86 Canada

KUBS Worldwide Business Research Rankings - Operations Management and Management Science 2013-2017

 

Dr Tsz Leung Yip is a Supervisor in Hong Kong Scholars Program 2017

Dr Tsz Leung Yip
Dr Tsz Leung Yip

Under the Hong Kong Scholars Program 2017, Dr Tsz Leung Yip, in the Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies, will supervise a fellow from the Wuhan University of Technology. The title of their research project is "Empirical and Theoretical Studies of the Marine Traffic Flow with Mixed Vessels".

Hong Kong Scholars Program, jointly launched by the Society of Hong Kong Scholars and China National Postdoctoral Council under the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, is aimed at pooling resources of Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland to train researchers. Selected PhD graduates come from the Mainland to conduct research normally for 24 months under the guidance of professors at universities in Hong Kong.

 

 

 

LMS Academics Obtained Environment and Conservation Fund

Dr Wang Shuaian (left) and Dr Yang Dong
Dr Wang Shuaian (left) and Dr Yang Dong

Dr Wang Shuaian in the Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies (LMS), as Principal investigator, won support from Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF) for his project entitled "Optimal Deployment of Drones for Monitoring Air Pollution from Ships in the Pearl River Delta Domestic Emission Control Area". His Co-investigators are LMS member Dr Yang Dong and Dr Xu Hau at China Waterborne Transport Research Institute, Ministry of Transport, PRC. They have secured HKD 484,000 for 2018 to 2019.

ECF, set up by the HKSAR government, supports educational, research, technology demonstration, and other projects and activities relating to environmental protection and conservation. It is open for application from local non-profit organizations, including universities.

 

CIPS Recognized Three LMS Students

Lau Tsz Yan (right)
Lau Tsz Yan (right)

(From left) Leung Hoi Lam, Tsang Po Shan, and Dr Anthony Pang
(From left) Leung Hoi Lam, Tsang Po Shan, and Dr Anthony Pang

Three students in the Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies (LMS) received recognition from the Hong Kong branch of The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) under the Best Student Award Scheme 2017.

Miss Lau Tsz Yan was presented with a Certificate of Merit. Miss Leung Hoi Lam and Miss Tsang Po Shan got the Certificate of Appreciation. All of them are students of the BBA (Hons) in Global Supply Chain Management programme.

 

Faculty Hosted Don x CEO Luncheon

Dr Jiang Yuwei
Dr Jiang Yuwei

The Faculty organized on 5 December 2017 a luncheon to look at recent developments in money psychology. The event, gathering enterprisers and executives, was entitled "How Does Money Influence Us? Recent Developments in the Field of Money Psychology" and addressed by Dr Jiang Yuwei in the Department of Management and Marketing.

Money is a rational measure of value but sometimes people do not consider money in a rational way. In his presentation, Dr Jiang discussed research findings on spending money, having and not having money, and the symbolic meaning of money. He explained how thinking about money leads to a self-sufficient mindset, less emotion expression and more negative reactions toward emotional others, as well as lower perception and valuation of interpersonal warmth.

 

AF Held Big Data and Law Symposium

Professor Omri Ben-Shahar
Professor Omri Ben-Shahar

The School of Accounting and Finance (AF) organized on 10 November 2017 a symposium on How Big Data Changes the Law. It started with an introduction on methodological opportunities for research made by Professor Omri Ben-Shahar from The University of Chicago Law School. Following were presentations given by researchers in law, economics, accounting and finance, and an open discussion.

The symposium was part of a series of events, themed "Big Data and the Law", held from 8 to 10 November on different university campuses in Hong Kong. Other co-organizers were The University of Chicago Law School, Faculty of Law at The University of Hong Kong, and School of Law at City University of Hong Kong.

 

AF Public Lecture Discussed Investor Returns Measurement

Professor Ilia Dichev
Professor Ilia Dichev

The School of Accounting and Finance (AF) organized on 29 November 2017 a public lecture. Speaking at the event, entitled "Measuring (and Mismeasuring) Investor Returns", was Professor Ilia Dichev from Emory University.

Investor returns differ from security returns because of the effects of capital exposure. Professor Dichev reviewed the theory and empirical evidence on this topic, centering on the computation and results for dollar-weighted returns across asset classes and around the world. The major result is that investor returns are lower than the corresponding security returns, mostly because of bad timing of capital contributions over time. He then shared his ideas about future research in this area, including investigation of more asset classes and investor populations, the computation of after-tax investor returns, and deriving measures of volatility of investor returns.

 

AF Organized Executives on Campus Week

Exploring career in auditing and financial control
Exploring career in auditing and financial control

The Executives on Campus week in early October 2017 consisted of seven lectures delivered by senior executives and experts in Fintech and Big Data, Entrepreneurship and other areas. It was organized by the School of Accounting and Finance (AF) to keep students abreast of the latest developments in different industries, as well as to share up-to-date knowledge and current practices.

 

Mr Tse Wing Ming Won IDEAS Competition

Mr Tse Wing Ming
Mr Tse Wing Ming

The Faculty's core value is Innovation-driven Education and Scholarship (IDEAS). To promote this core value and encourage innovation, the Faculty organized an IDEAS competition and invited Faculty students and alumni to contribute ideas about the meaning of innovation and creation of positive social impact.

The overall winner Mr Tse Wing Ming is a master's degree graduate in professional accounting. He recommended a one-size takeaway box that is reusable, centralized washing and sterilization. Consumers who put the boxes into the collection bins with electronic readers will get refund for supporting recycling.

Faculty Community Joined 80th Anniversary Finale of PolyU

At the cycling event
At the cycling event

The year-long celebration of PolyU's 80th birthday concluded with a series of activities, including an open day, towards the end of 2017.

On 2 to 3 December, Faculty members, students and graduates took full part in a cycling event as well as an exhibition of research projects. During the cycling event, a total of 80 Faculty students, staff and alumni were among the 400-odd members and friends of PolyU who took a 7 km ride between the campuses and the neighbourhood. The Faculty was presented with the Most Supportive Faculty award.

On 7 December, Faculty members, honourable guests, alumni and students joined the gala dinner held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and graced by the presence of The Hon Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Chief Executive of the HKSAR.

At the gala dinner
At the gala dinner

RESEARCH INSIGHTS

Dr Kawon Kim
Dr Kawon Kim

The Advantage of Being Oneself: The Role of Applicant Self-Verification in Organizational Hiring Decisions
Journal of Applied Psychology, 102 (11), 1493-1513 (2017)
Celia Moore, Bocconi University
Sun Young Lee, University College London
Kawon Kim, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Daniel Cable, London Business School

In this paper, the authors explore whether individuals who strive to self-verify flourish or flounder on the job market. Using placement data from two very different field samples, they found that individuals rated by the organization as being in the top 10% of candidates were significantly more likely to receive a job offer if they have a stronger drive to self-verify. A third study, using a quasi-experimental design, explored the mechanism behind this effect and tested whether individuals who are high and low on this disposition communicate differently in a structured mock job interview. Text analysis of interview transcripts revealed systematic differences in candidates' language use as a function of their self-verification drives. These differences led an expert rater to perceive candidates with a strong drive to self-verify as less inauthentic and less misrepresentative than their low self-verifying peers, making her more likely to recommend these candidates for a job. Taken together, the results suggest that authentic self-presentation is an unidentified route to success on the job market, amplifying the chances that high-quality candidates can convert organizations' positive evaluations into tangible job offers. The authors discuss implications for job applicants, organizations, and the labour market.