Business professors recognized for scholarly excellence

Dr. Steven Abraham and Dr. Ding Zhang, both of SUNY Oswego’s marketing and management department, received President’s Awards for Scholarly Activity at the college’s recent Quest, a symposium devoted to scholarly and creative pursuits.

Abraham, a professor and coordinator of the human resources management program, has a doctorate in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a juris doctor degree from New York University. His primary research interest is the interrelationship between law and employment.

image“By standing intellectually at the intersection of the legal, business and public policy communities, Professor Abraham has been able to contribute truly unique insights,” wrote Dr. Paula Voos, a professor of labor studies and employee relations at Rutgers University and Abraham’s former professor and sometimes co-author. “His research is not only prolific, it is often intellectually singular and provides evidence on matters that others have overlooked.”

Abraham has published 25 articles in refereed journals and 10 in proceedings, and he has made many presentations at scholarly conferences. His articles have appeared in such highly regarded journals as Industrial Relations, the Journal of Economic Issues and American Business Law Journal.

One of his articles received a Citation of Excellence, Highest Quality Rating from Anbar Electronic Intelligence. He is co-editor-in-chief of the journal Employment and Labor Law Quarterly.

His work is often cited, including a mention by Ralph Nader in a Labor Day speech, according to Dr. June Dong, also a professor of management. “Dr. Abraham is getting SUNY Oswego’s name disseminated to scholarly readers worldwide,” she wrote in nominating him for the award.

imageZhang, an associate professor, specializes in modeling and computation of network competition problems as applied to diverse fields, such as transportation and supply chain management. He earned the SUNY Oswego Provost’s Award for Scholarly Activity in 2003 and last year received a major research project award from the National Science Foundation of China. He is an associate of the Virtual Center for Supernetworks, based at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

“Every once in a while a colleague’s work inspires a sense of wonder,” said Dr. John Huonker, associate professor and chair of marketing and management. “Such is the feeling when I review Dr. Zhang’s work because he is involved in a very sophisticated area of study and is on the cutting edge in his field.”

He is co-author of the book “Projected Dynamical Systems and Variational Inequalities with Applications,” as well as eight book chapters and 25 articles in refereed journals such as Transportation Science and Annals of Operations Research. They are considered groundbreaking by colleagues and regularly cited in studies in the field. He has been invited to speak at conferences the world over.

“His scholarship is innovative, highly original, and at the same time, timely and very important. He manages to leap over existing frameworks to construct entirely new ones,” wrote Zhang’s former professor and frequent co-author, Dr. Anna Nagurney of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where Zhang earned his doctorate.

For more information on Oswego professors who earned awards this spring, visit the Faculty Achievers page.

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(Posted: May 04, 2005)