The University Partnership in Business Administration in Pakistan was established in 2013 with $1.6 million dollars in funding from the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad to establish a partnership between the Gatton College of Business and Economics and five universities in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province of Pakistan (Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, IMSciences, Kohat University of Science and Technology, University of Peshawar, and University of Science and Technology Bannu.

   Congratulations to Dan Halgin on being selected to receive the inaugural Academy of Management Organization and Management Theary Research Committee Service Award. This award was created by the OMT Executive Committee to recognize the valuable service provided by the most dedicated members of the research committee. Winners of the award have served on the committee for more than five years and have stellar records during their tenure. Dan will receive the award certificate at the Academy of Management Annual Meetings, August 12-16, in Chicago

 The Board of Trustees named Dan Brass as a University Research Professor at their May 1 meeting.  The designation is awarded to "recognize and publicize research accomplishments of scholars across the full range of disciplines at UK."  Vice President for Research Lisa Cassis noted Brass' pioneering research in social network theory, the establishment of the LINKS Center for Social Network Analysis, and the more than 22,000 citations to his research.  Brass joins colleague Steve Borgatti as the second University Research Professor from the Department of Management. 

 The LINKS Center for Social Network Analysis hosted the ION8, the eight meeting of the Intra-Organizational Networks Conference.  Scholars from ten different coountries met in the Gatton College to present and discuss their latest research findings on the effects of social networks in organizations.  Thanks to confrence coordinator Dan Halgin and Connie Blakemore for a very successful two days of stimulating organizational network research.  

 Scott Soltis and Dan Brass (with David Lepak, U. of Massachusetts Amherst) had their paper, "Social Resources Management: Integrating Social Network Theory and Human Resource Management," accepted for publication in Academy of Management Annuals. 


Dan Halgin's research, Halgin, D. S. Glynn, M. A. and Rockwell, D. Organizational actorhood and the management of paradox: A visual analysis, was accepted for publication at Organization Studies. 

Also, congratulations to Dan on receiving a grant of $1550 from the Vice President for Research UK to be used for hosting our 2018 ION conference.

In his dissertation, Tejas Channagiri, a PhD candidate in strategic management at Gatton, investigates the role of status differences among firms in impacting their motivation to launch competitive moves against one another. The question is an interesting and important one to answer because extant research makes equivocal predictions. Some research indicates that status hierarchies are characterized by lower status actors accepting rather than questioning their position within the hierarchy.


Dan Halgin and Zhi Huang had their research: Walsh, I.W., Halgin, D.S, & Huang, Z. , “Making old friends: Understanding the causes and consequences of maintaining former coworker relationships,” accepted for publication in Academy of Management Discoveries.

Dan Halgin and Zhi Huang's research (with Ian Walsh, U. Mass), "Making Old Friends: Understanding the Causes and Consequences of Maintaining Former Coworker Relationships" has been accepted for publication at Academy of Management Discoveries.

Ji Youn "Rose" Kim, Gatton assistant professor of management, joins faculty members from all 14 Southeastern Conference universities taking part in the 2017-18 SEC Faculty Travel Program. 

Kim will travel to the Department of Management in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University to work with Dr. Mike Howard and Dr. Michael Withers on research introducing analytical tools (Exponential Random Graph Models) to management strategy research.