Management Professor Studies Destructive Leadership

destructive_leadershipIf your boss reminds you of Darth Vader, then you might be familiar with destructive leadership. Destructive leadership is like crossing over into the dark side. Leaders can be bad by either being ineffective in their jobs, or by being intentionally harmful to their subordinates and organizations.

Destructive leadership is one of the many areas of study of Dina Krasikova, assistant professor of management. Recently, she and her co-authors published a paper in the Journal of Management on this topic.

Her research found that leader personality characteristics, subordinate behaviors and organizational context can influence the occurrence of destructive leadership.

My goal is to make an impact on the field of organizational behavior by conducting research that clarifies leadership processes in organizations and by developing methods that can help researchers better study organizational phenomena.” -Dina Krasikova

Krasikova has also merged her passion for studying leadership with developing analytical tools that can be used to study relationships between leaders and followers in the workplace.

“A dyad is two individuals that maintain a relationship such as a boss and a subordinate or a pair of co-workers,” said Krasikova. “It is beneficial to study those relationships from the perspective of both members of a dyad.”

She and her former advisor, an expert in statistical methodology, have published a paper in the Journal of Applied Psychology that is essentially a tutorial for others to use to learn how to analyze and collect data from dyads.

Cultural Attitudes Impact Charitable Behavior

charitable-givingCan someone’s geographic location impact their charitable behavior?  According to a research study published in the Journal of Consumer Research by Professor Yinlong Zhang, cultural attitudes do influence giving.

Zhang and his co-author Professor Karen Winterich at Penn State studied how power distance (a culture’s attitude toward human inequality) influences philanthropic behavior.

Individuals who come from countries that accept social inequality as part of their social hierarchy were found to have weaker perceptions of responsibility to aid others—resulting in decreases in charitable behavior.

Consumers from countries who promote equality were more likely to donate their time or money to help others.

“We found substantial differences in the level of charitable behavior across countries,” said Zhang,
a marketing faculty member. “Culture was found to impact giving more than income levels.”

Interestingly, the researchers found that this power distance belief could be overcome in certain circumstances. Consumers from all countries were found to give at the same level when the need was viewed as uncontrollable, such as in the case of a natural disaster. Also, individuals were more willing to donate if the need came from an individual within their social group.

“The trend in marketing is to study these cross-cultural comparisons,” said Zhang. “Given the uniqueness of this research in power distance, the potential is unlimited for future studies in this field.”

Center Receives Funding from National Science Foundation

cite_grantThe UTSA Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE) has received $294,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and has been named an Innovation Corps Site. UTSA is the first university in Texas to receive this distinction from the NSF. The primary goal of the NSF Innovation Corps program is to foster entrepreneurship that will lead to the commercialization of technology.

Since its founding in 2006, CITE has actively focused on fostering the growth of new technology-based ventures and establishing UTSA as a pipeline for young technology entrepreneurs. The center is led by UTSA Chief Commercialization Officer and Associate Professor Cory Hallam, who serves as CITE director, and Anita Leffel, director of entrepreneurship programs.

CITE currently hosts a biannual $100K Student Technology Venture Competition, which partners business and engineering undergraduates to develop and pitch new technologies to investors. To date, more than 500 students have participated in the competition and more than 80 new ventures have been pitched to investors.

They also host a Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp each semester as well as incubator space for early-stage student companies as well as emerging technology biomedical device companies.

CITE’s primary partner for the program will be the Texas Research & Technology Foundation (TRTF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to building San Antonio’s bioscience and technology economy.

With the support from NSF, UTSA and TRTF will be able to formalize a relationship that provides a well-designated pathway for the commercial progress of selected research that begins at UTSA.

“With the NSF I-Corps Site designation, UTSA will undoubtedly see a marked increase in entrepreneurial activity and successful technology commercialization that will help attract and retain the best students and faculty,” said Hallam.

CITE is an interdisciplinary center of the UTSA College of Business and College of Engineering that fosters the growth of entrepreneurs and new technology-based ventures through education, experiences, resources and support.