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Guanghua Forum—The impact of Covid-19 on researchers in the social sciences

Topic:The impact of Covid-19 on researchers in the social sciences

Lecturer:Professor Ruomeng Cui---- Emory University, USA

Moderator:Professor Zhang Hanpeng ---- School of Business Administration

Time:Dec. 5th, 2020. 08:30-10:00 (GMT+8)

Live Broadcast Via ZOOM Meeting ID: 967 9162 6391

Host: School of Business Administration, SWUFE Science Research Department

About the Lecture:

Ruomeng Cui is a professor of information systems and operations management at Emory University's Goizueta School of Business. Professor Cui mainly adopts Field Experiments, Natural Experiments and other empirical methods to study how operational strategies create and deliver value in the company's digital transformation. Specifically, he studies how digitization reshapes the company's competition and operation mode. Her research has received recognition from several awards, including 2019 INFORMS Junior Faculty Interest Group (JFIG) Paper Competition award, 2019 M&SOM Practice-Based Paper Competition award, 2017 INFORMS Behavioral Section Best Working Paper award, 2014 POMS Supply Chain Management Student Paper Competition award. Professor Cui's research has been widely reported by NPR, NPR Marketplace, Financial Times, Fox News, Fortune Magazine, HBR and other media. She received her PhD from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University in 2014 and her bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Tsinghua University in 2009. She is currently the Senior Editor of POM, a leading international journal. Up to now, she has published more than 10 papers in Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Production and Operations Management and other top international UTD-24 business school journals.

About the Lecture:

The Covid-19 explosion has had varying degrees of impact on the productivity of male and female researchers in the social sciences. How this disruption affects productivity and related gender equality is an important social issue. Professor Cui's team collected data from the largest open-access preprint database in the social sciences over a two-year period, covering 41,858 research preprints across 18 disciplines, produced by 76,832 authors from 25 countries. The analysis showed that while overall research productivity increased by 35 percent during the 10 weeks after US confinement, the productivity of female academics fell by 13.9 percent relative to male academics. Studies have also shown that some disciplines are driving this gender inequality. Finally, the study found that the widening productivity gap was more pronounced for academics at top-ranked universities, and the effect was found across the other six countries. The work points to the problem of productivity equity caused by the blockade, a finding that could be useful for universities in assessing faculty productivity. It can also help organizations become aware of the unintended consequences that telecommuting can cause.