Dr. Michael Michalisin's Research Presented at Prestigious Conference

Dr. Michael D. Michalisin, professor of management at Penn State Worthington Scranton, recently had two research projects presented at the 41st meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute, a premier business conference in management science and decision making.


Dr. Michalisin, who also serves as the coordinator of Worthington Scranton's business program, was a collaborator on both research projects that were presented last month in San Diego.


"A Critique of Buyer-Supplier Relationship Typologies: Progress, Problems and Future Direction's", was co-written with Dr. .Chanchai Tangpong of North Dakota State University and Dr. Arlyn D. Melcher, of Southern Illinois University.


The study critiqued buyer-supplier relationship (BSR) typologies to identify strengths and weaknesses inherent in these classification systems. It then proposed future research directions that can advance BSR theory and empirical inquiry in ways that better inform BSR practices in today's business context.


Dr. Michalisin's second project was, "Factors Influencing Corporate Social Performance: Convergence of Management's DSP and NEP Orientation in Today's Business Landscape.


It was co-authored with Dr. Michael J. Sheridan of Southern Illinois University and examined factors influencing firms' corporate social performance. The project used various instruments and data collected from a strategic management simulation to demonstrate that management's orientation toward the New Ecological Paradigm (NEP) and the Dominant Social Paradigm (DSP) has converged to satiate the competing needs of corporate stakeholders.  The study also showed modest empirical support that higher NEP group scores are significantly and positively associated with higher levels of donations to an ecological cause, while higher DSP group scores are significantly and negatively associated with higher levels of donations to an ecological cause.


Dr. Michalisin obtained his Ph.D. in strategic management and macro-organizational theory from Kent State University, an MBA in Finance from Duquesne University, a B.S. in accounting from The Pennsylvania State University, and is a licensed certified public accountant.


In addition to his academic experience he has worked in industry at Ernst and Young, LLP, Westinghouse, and Finalco Group, Inc. His main research interests include the Resource-Based View of the Firm, Business and Environmental Sustainability, Top Management Team Dynamics, and Strategic Entrepreneurship, among others.


He lives in South Abington Township.