Professor honored for research bridging law, business

Steven AbrahamSteven E. Abraham, a professor of marketing and management at SUNY Oswego, has received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities for his research bridging law and business.

“Dr. Abraham’s enormous reputation in his field has enhanced the reputation of the School of Business, and his extraordinary work ethic is an inspiration to faculty and students alike,” said college President Deborah F. Stanley.

More than 30 of his papers have been accepted for publication in refereed journals, with around 25 published since he joined Oswego’s faculty in 1997. Many have appeared in the most respected journals in their fields, including Industrial Relations, American Business Law Journal, Journal of Economic Issues and the Journal of Labor Research.

In a letter supporting Abraham’s nomination for the award, Alfred Ngome Ntoko, now dean of the College of Business and Public Administration at Kean University, praised Abraham’s prolific intellectual output, the quality and breadth of his work, his ability to innovate and his willingness to collaborate.

“His willingness to share has the tendency to improve people around him,” Ntoko wrote. “In this sense his contributions to the institution have a much bigger impact than just the number of papers published.”

Using an innovative interdisciplinary approach, Abraham has been a leader in investigating the effects of public policy and labor law on business, as evidenced by stock price.

“A distinct deficiency in the human resource management discipline is the failure to demonstrate a link between specific employment practices and related events on financial results,” according to Barry Friedman, his colleague in the School of Business. “Dr. Abraham is among a select few researchers that reduce this research deficiency.”

Among the diverse topics he has investigated in his empirical and descriptive research are alternative dispute resolution in the workplace, the motivation of employees to join and leave unions, total quality management and Canadian labor law.

His past honors include a Citation of Excellence, the highest quality rating, from Anbar Electronic Intelligence for one of his articles and the SUNY Oswego President’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity. He has a doctorate in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a juris doctor degree from New York University.

In addition to his scholarship and teaching, Abraham has been extremely active in the campus community and the Oswego community. A few of his current roles on campus include serving as pre-law adviser, a member of Faculty Assembly and faculty adviser for the men’s basketball team, Chabad and Phi Beta Lambda. In town, he is currently on the board of directors of the Oswego Little League and contributes articles to Oswego County Business magazine. He was formerly on the board of ARISE, a group supporting people with disabilities. 

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(Posted: Apr 16, 2008)

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