The faculty and professional staff in the College of Business are engaged in a wide range of research, student projects, and pedagogical innovation. The Faculty Brown Bag was introduced as an opportunity to come together in an informal setting to learn about what our colleagues are doing in the college. The fall presenters have been announced.
Rachida Parks, Assistant Professor Management Information Systems
“Imbalance Challenge of Enacting Information Privacy Safeguards in Healthcare: A Grounded Theory Approach”
Healthcare organizations face significant challenges in designing and implementing the appropriate safeguards to mitigate information privacy threats. While many studies examined various technical and behavioral safeguards to protect the confidentiality and privacy of patient information, very little is known about the actual outcomes and implications of the privacy practices in which organizations engage. There is little research theoretically explaining the outcomes of enacting privacy safeguards and subsequent effects on privacy compliance. This paper reports the results of a grounded theory study investigating the intended consequences (positive impacts) and unintended (negative impacts) consequences of enacting privacy safeguards in health care organizations. An imbalance challenge occurs when the negative impacts outweigh the positive ones. To address this, organizations need to achieve a balance between privacy and utility, meeting privacy requirements without impeding the workflow in medical practices. Findings are presented within an emerging theoretical framework of the imbalance challenge identified in this work. This study is one of the first systematic attempts to identify the opposing impacts of privacy safeguard enactments and examine its implications for privacy compliance in the healthcare domain.
Karen Leonard, Department Chair of Management
It has been proposed that intersection research is the next “hot topic” for publication in journals, as opposed to “knowing more and more about less and less,” as a former editor once put it. Dr. Leonard will explore some of the intersection research that she is thinking about and some that she is working on with colleagues at other universities. Some has been published; some is being shopped around to find a home.
Sarah Quintanar, Assistant Professor of Economics
Manufacturers of automated traffic camera systems and some cities make claims that implementing red light camera programs may help reduce crime in addition to enhancing traffic safety. However, the hypothesis of whether automated traffic enforcement reduces city crime rates had not been tested until this research. She utilizes a panel dataset of more than 350 cities over an 18 year period to determine whether a causal relationship exists between implementation of a red light program and crime.