OSWEGO — Dr. Barry A. Friedman, professor of management in SUNY Oswego’s School of Business and author of more than 35 peer-reviewed articles on topics as diverse as corporate reputation and parents’ school satisfaction, is this year’s recipient of the college President’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity.
The college Provost’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity, recognizing research excellence within the recipient’s first six years at the college, goes to another School of Business faculty member, Dr. Hong Wan, assistant professor of accounting.
Barry A. Friedman
A faculty member in the School of Business since 2003, Friedman drew praise from colleagues near and far for his research productivity and quality, leadership in creating a culture of scholarship in the School of Business, influence in the classroom and in mentored partnerships encouraging student research, expertise in statistical analysis and the broad impact of his work in human resource management, economics, psychology and higher education.
Dean Richard Skolnik wrote in support of the award that Friedman “has been a catalyst for enhancing scholarship in the school and the college.” Skolnik pointed out that Friedman co-chairs the college’s Human Subjects Committee, overseeing rigorous ethical standards for research; has chaired the School of Business’ Intellectual Contributions Committee, encouraging and assisting research among colleagues; and serves as editorial board member of the Business Research Consortium — comprised of institutions accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business — where Friedman has “encouraged wide participation within the School of Business and across the region.”
Ashraf M. Attia of the management and marketing faculty, who wrote the letter of nomination, noted that Friedman’s publications have come in such respected journals as Journal of Applied Business and Economics, Industrial Relations and Business Communications Quarterly, and among his 19 conference presentations are those at the Academy of Management.
“Dr. Friedman’s excellent research has not detracted from his teaching and service accomplishments,” Attia wrote. “He has demonstrated a strong passion for his students’ learning and a high level of course design creativity that fits students’ new styles of learning.”
A past recipient of the campus President’s Award for Teaching Excellence, Friedman teaches courses in organizational behavior as well as human resource management. He has mentored — and sometimes co-authored with — many student researchers, and serves as adviser to the student chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management.
Friedman has 25 years of industry experience in human resources development and management with ExxonMobil, Xerox and Harris Interactive. He also has taught in Singapore, Turkey and Japan, and collaborated with researchers across the globe. He has doctoral and master’s degrees in industrial and organizational psychology from Ohio State University.
Wan joined the Oswego faculty in 2008 and has eight refereed publications in respected journals. He is the current chair of the business school’s Intellectual Contributions Committee.
With research interests spanning initial public offerings, the statistical mechanics of financial processes and the effects of power relationships on corporate governance, Wan has researched and written or co-authored articles on what drives the underpricing of IPOs backed by venture capital, analysis of stock liquidity and “earnings smoothing,” and exploring executive compensation following IPOs in relation to the power of executives such as Bill Gates and the late Steve Jobs.
“While building his impressive research portfolio, Dr. Wan has made himself into a highly valued colleague at SUNY Oswego,” Dean Crawford, professor of accounting, wrote in nominating Wan for the award. “He is one of the best-loved finance instructors in the School of Business and receives consistently high ratings from students.”
Wan has given invited talks and seminars in his native China and across the United States. His and co-authors’ research presentations include appearances at more than 20 economic and finance association conferences, from Chinese cities Pingyao to Shanghai, Denver to Chicago and Bangkok to Cape Town.
“In addition to his scholarship, Dr. Wan has been very supportive of students and other faculty,” wrote Skolnik in support of Wan’s award. “He has been the faculty host for a number of visiting scholars, which has resulted in two co-authored, peer-reviewed journal articles. He has mentored 12 students for Quest research presentations and has advised students for the Charter Financial Analyst research challenge.”
Wan received his doctorate in finance at the University of South Florida and his MBA from Virginia Tech. Don Flagg, a former colleague at South Florida and co-author of the article on IPO underpricing, pointed out that among Wan’s honors is acceptance of a paper titled “Do Shareholders Have a Say on Corporate Responsibility Decisions? Evidence from Toxic Release Data” as a semifinalist for Best Paper in Corporate Finance at the annual meeting this fall of the influential Financial Management Association International.