On June 17th, the Management Studies Research Center and College of Management jointly organized the “2021 College of Management Doctoral Consortium” in order to increase communication among doctoral students and allow them to become more familiar with each other. Through this unique business management doctoral event, students gained an initiatory understanding of the research field from different departments and increased their opportunities to collaborate academically, which will generate innovative thoughts and ideas from different fields.
The students were eager to participate in this activity; new teachers from each department also joined them, and even master students applied to attend the event. The opening statement was given by Professor Hsu Shih-Chieh, Management Studies Research Center Director. Representatives from various departments were invited to share their personal and departmental profiles and to introduce their current academic work. As it was the first time that the College of Management had held this type of forum activity, Director Hsu initiated a brainstorm between academia and intelligence by extending a particular invitation to scholars with outstanding academic research results to share their comments.
Five doctoral students – Kuo Shi-Jie from the Department of Business Management, Tsai Bing-Jie from the Department of Finance, Chang Jia-Hsuan from the Department of Information Management, Chang Ling-Yo from the Institute of Public Affairs Management, and Lin Jie-Yu from the Institute of Human Resource Management – shared their personal research directions and the methods they were using.
Kuo Shi-Jie, from the Department of Business Management, explained that his research’s core is institutional theory, and spoke about several topics. First, he explored the relationship between irregular financial restatement and the changes in senior managers through different cooperation systems and control from the authority of the cooperation. Second, he explored how Uber has changed the taxi industry in Taiwan. His data resources included interviews (with the GM of the taxi company and the chairman of the guild), the company’s publications, and event observation. Finally, he introduced the concept of inclusive change between the defender (taxis) and the challenger (Uber) in the field.
Tsai Bing-Jie, from the Financial Management Department, talked about the resources and advantages of his department. His research focuses on examining the different trading behavior of investors (e.g., personal and corporate investors), the way it affects overnight returns, and its relation to investor sentiment. He explained that investor sentiment relates not to the way they feel personally but instead to their sentiments in terms of evaluating the whole market. Indicators include the volatility of financial market stock prices, closed-end fund discounts, consumer confidence, market liquidity, and the overall level of cooperation investments.
Chang Jia-Hsuan, from the Information Management Department, has studied at NSYSU for her bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. She was an exchange student in the U.S. last year, focusing on text mining. On this occasion, she introduced two articles that she had published in an international journal. The first article was about establishing a bilingual emotional vocabulary; in her examples, she maintained the emotion and the meaning of the original English when translating it to Mandarin. Furthermore, she proved that in their precision and coverage, the two languages have significant differences. The second article was about building a cross-source themed model in the globalized context, exploring the volume of discussion on different topics in different markets in order to make subsequent business decisions.
Chang Ling-Yo, of the Public Affairs Management Institute, focuses on aboriginal caretaking under the governmental long-term care policy. Through field observation and in-depth interviews, she has found that caretaking within the tribe was previously mutually beneficial. However, the caretakers have become salary-taking laborers, instead of the young generation who are ethically responsible for the tribe, because the implemented long-term care measures have impacted on aboriginal rights to culture and society. She explained that she hoped her ethnography research would open up a conversation with the tribe and act as a catalyst for traditional aboriginal culture.
Lin Jie-Yu, of the Human Resource Management Institute, explained that her institute has a solid theoretical teaching and faculty background. Her research focuses on organizational behavior. She shared an article that won her an Outstanding Research Award from the Taiwan Academy of Management last year. Exploring the effect of compulsory citizenship activity on subsequent behavior, she conducted the research through the daily experience sampling method. She tested the subjects intensively and repeatedly, which is different from the usual method of collecting data. Her research indicated that managers should avoid requesting that employees perform organizational citizenship behaviors. If employees do happen to complete any such behaviors, their supervisor could thank them; this way, the employees will spontaneously engage in similar behaviors in the future.
Following the presentations of these five doctoral students, Professor Hsu, Professor Chi Nai-Wen, and Professor Wang Chou-Wen summarized the application of the theories to each department. They further emphasized the word “sentiment,” which had been brought up before, using concepts such as macro market sentiment (financial management), sentimental comment words in media (information management), and quantifying the sentiment of subjects (human resource management). The teachers also explained that the more primer data used in research, the higher its value. Prof. Lin Hao-Chieh concluded by unpacking the layers of the discussed issues; he stated his belief that there should be more activities like this in the future in order to remove the boundaries of previous separate doctoral seminars, and that a team should be formed to complete the research. Finally, Associate Prof. Yang Yu-Chen called on all doctoral students to focus on one specified research identity that they could then generalize to research topics, and on the potential value of their research.
At the end of the consortium, teachers and students had a Q&A session and free time to exchange their thoughts. The seminar ended with enthusiastic questions from the students.
Contributor ZHENG, JUN, Department of Information Management / Edited by College of Management