The Clary Seminar Series

The Clary Seminar Series is designed to encourage the exchange of ideas within and across Coles College disciplines. Each semester, we invite speakers from top research institutions and within Coles College to give presentations on their ongoing and most recently completed research projects.

The Seminar Series provides the faculty an excellent opportunity to directly interact with leaders in their research areas, get valuable feedback on their ongoing work from peers and also creates possibilities for high impact collaboration.

All seminars will be from 1:00-2:30 pm in Burruss Building, Room 269, unless otherwise notified. Take a look at our Campus Map for parking instructions and finding your way to our business building.

Spring 2023 Speakers and Faculty

January 27, 2023

John Thompson
Clinical Assistant Professor of Economics
Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University

Topic: Earning your CAP: A Comprehensive Analysis of The University of Texas System’s Coordinated Admissions Program


February 3, 2023

Zhen Shi
Associate Professor of Finance
J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University

Topic: Volatility Timing Using ETF Options: Evidence from Hedge Funds



February 17, 2023

Daniel Street
Assistant Professor of Accounting
Bucknell University

Topic: It’s About Time: Evidence of a New Strategy Boards Use to Mitigate the Ex Post Settling Up Problem


March 17, 2023

Sergey Lebedev
Assistant Professor of Strategic Management
Michael A. Leven School of Management, Entrepreneurship and Hospitality
Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University

Topic: Performance Aspiration and Rent-seeking



March 31, 2023

Daniel A. Cohen
Frances Hampton Currey Professor of Accounting
Owen School of Management, Vanderbilt University

Topic: Does Disclosure Prominence Affect Firm Activities? Tax Planning Responses to Tax-Related Disclosure Deregulation


April 14, 2023

Sharon A. Simmons
Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship
Jackson State University

Topic: Reflective Analysis of Failure and the Performance of Subsequent Ventures: An
Application of Experiential Learning Theory



  • August 26, 2022
    Michael Maloni
    Caraustar Professorship of Purchasing and Operations Management and Professor of Management
    Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University

    Mark Hiatt
    Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Entrepreneurship
    Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University

    Topic: Student trust in their professors ... How you can improve your teaching evaluations


    September 9, 2022
    Sara Davis
    Postdoctoral Researcher, Family Enterprise Center
    Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University

    Topic: Understanding the consideration set of potential successors during the ground-rules phase of the family-firm succession process: A family social capital and goal systems theory approach.



    September 23, 2022
    Yuanyuan (Gina) Cui
    Department of Marketing
    Aukland University of Technology, New Zealand

    Topic: Believing in The Unbelievable: The Hidden Utility of Superstitious Belief in Consumer Sustainability


    October 14, 2022
    Patrick van Esch
    Assistant Professor of Marketing
    Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University

    Topic: Synthetic Scarcity and Resentment: The Roles of Betrayal, Consumer Machiavellianism, and Structural Power



    November 4, 2022
    Merrill Warkentin
    James J. Rouse Endowed Professor of Information Systems
    College of Business, Mississippi State University





    November 18, 2022
    Mia Plachkinova
    Assistant Professor of Information Security and Assurance
    Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University

    Topic: ShowCase: A Data-Driven Dashboard for Federal Criminal Sentencing



Seminar Coordinator

Jomon A. Paul
Phone: 470-578-6086


Department Representatives

Jennifer Hutchins (Marketing & Professional Sales)
Divesh Sharma (School of Accountancy)
Reza Vaezi (Information Systems)
Susan Young (Management & Entrepreneurship)
Gregory Phelan (Economics, Finance & Quantitative Analysis)