Faculty Values and Beliefs,
Nov 2, 2010 Presentation, Support for Sustainability: Vision or Mirage?
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Now Back from Sabbatical in Australia
short slide show with Photos)
2009, Visiting Professor of Globalization and Business
Department of International Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
University of Queensland
Australia (for a summary of that Sabbatical Year, click here)
Dr. Spitz' work centers on Business Globalization and Ideology. Corporations now compose about 80% of the top 500 global economies, which gives business unprecedented planetary clout. How business managers use that power is the focus of my work: in particular, I explore the intersection of citizens’ interests, national interests, regional interests and business interests. This intersection typically raises questions about economic development's sustainability, and the problem of the commons.
Current research focuses specifically on Business views of Sustainability. Using an originally collected set of surveys administered to Faculty at several large U.S. and International Universities, and to students and general staff at a large university in Australia, views on such sustainability topics as hazardous materials, a living wage, and whether social goals are appropriately a concern of business, are explored. See "Research and Working Papers" below.
I take a quantitative approach to business growth and efficiency, and a qualitative approach to corporate influence in the political economy; I combine both in analyses of how organizations actually work. Differences in global regions provide particular interest, as the former Soviet Union differs considerably from the European Union, Africa, and Latin America; China provides a unique case.
Dr. Spitz also engages in assessment, evaluation, and consulting work with for-profit businesses, federally funded agencies, and educational systems. Dr. Spitz serves as an Expert Witness in cases of Employment Discrimination.
Dr. Spitz currently serves on the American Studies Steering Committee, the Women's Studies Steering Committee, the Professional Development committee, the Institutional Review Board, and on the Faculty Salary negotiating team.
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1991
School of Business
Dissertation: Productivity and Wage Relations in Economic Theory and Labor Markets
M.B.A., Cornell University 1985
Johnson Graduate School of Management
B.A. Cornell University 1973
College of Arts and Sciences
“Sustainability in a Good Society: Alternate Visions From Australia and the U.S.” in Marangos, Toward a Good Society in the Twenty-first Century: Principles and Policies, Palgrave Press, 2013.
“Pharmaceutical High Profits: The Cost of R&D or Oligopolistic Rents?” January, 2012 in American Journal of Economics and Sociology v. 71 No. 1 pp1-36.
“CEO Gender in the Malt Brewing Industry: Return of the Beer Witch, Ale-Wife and Brewster” Forum for Social Economics April 2009 online first. (Click here for an earlier version of this paper)
"65%" December, 2009 in Western Friend, p. 9.
“Heaven on Earth Changes Me” June 2011 in Western Friend p. 11.
"Human nature and judicial interpretation of equal employment law," Managerial and Decision Economics 19: 521-535, 1998.
"Explaining demographic group differences in affirmative action attitudes" with A. Konrad, The Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 33(8):1618, August, 2003.
Working papers online include:
“Ideology and Business Globalization: Implications for Democracy” at the Global Studies Research Centre, “Impacts of Globalization” University of Western Australia May, 2009 (Perth, AU).
Current Working Papers include:
Academy of Management Then and Now: Changes in Views on Racism and Sexism in a 10 year period.
Values regarding Social Provisioning among AU and US Academics
Gains from Trade: The Impact of International Trade Activity on National Economic Convergence; A Complex Network Analysis Approach.pdf with Tim Kastelle from the Univ. of Queensland
Business Globalization and Democracy
Gender Development Consequences of Business Globalization
Current work centers on Business Globalization and Ideology, including
a) Differences in Faculty Values and Beliefs between Business and non-business faculty internationally and in the U.S. The Role of Faculty Values in Business Globalization and, particularly, in Sustainability. click here for a recent presentation of this work.
b) The effective Globalization of Businesses in terms of their strategic actions in understanding opportunities, influencing environments, and situating business groups.
c) The ideological role of Business Managers in disseminating particular viewpoints, impacting development, and influencing regional cultural understandings. Research funded by The College of Saint Rose.
d) Trickle-down effects of Business Faculty viewpoints on Business Students and Managers.
Dr. Spitz is also working in these areas:
e) Standpoint theory and situated knowledge, where how one perceives patterns and events, and the extent to which one is rewarded for that, is in large part determined by their demographic, positional, and ideological perspective.
f) Enterprises in the former Soviet Union now in transition. Organizational structure, human resource productivity including participation in decision making and patterns and forms of compensation, and use of technology. Research funded by IREX and The World Bank.
g) Immigration: statistical analysis of migration and employment patterns. Research funded by the U.S. Dept. of State.
h) Employment discrimination: Dr. Spitz is an expert witness for large class action lawsuits, from both a statistical perspective and using bias analysis, as well as for individual complaints.
i) Evaluation, in particular statistical and qualitative assessment of hierarchy, gatekeeping, control, change and resistance to change in educational, not-for-profit, and business settings.
MBA586 Globalization and International Business
MBA 508 Decision Making Methods
MBA509 Business Statistics
BUS 425 Integrated International Business
MBA508/509 Decision Making Methods and Business Statistics, Tues 6-9.45pm
BUS 425 International Business, T-Th 1.05-2.20, 2.30-3.45, and Wed 6-8.30pm
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