Thought Leadership

Lindner faculty and staff lent their subject matter expertise to local, national and international media outlets during the 2022-23 academic year.


“It’s like the idea of being on an airplane, and it’s really turbulent. And you look to the flight attendants to see kind of what their reaction is. And if they stay calm, you stay calm. It’s the same kind of thing. I think his team looks to him for that.”

Laurens Steed, PhD, an assistant professor of management and the John and Gloria Goering Professorship in Family & Private Business, spoke with the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s website as well as its Cincinnati Bengals’ podcast about Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow’s leadership style.

Professor Oriana Aragon

“If you were wanting to bite your partner, with zero context people might not understand that there’s a loving relationship there, or that person is being very aggressive. But in that loving relationship, context is provided, and we now understand that this is a signal of affection.”

Oriana Aragón, PhD, assistant professor of marketing and a social psychologist, has spent a decade researching such behavior, termed as “cute aggression.”

Aragón also spoke to The Atlantic and National Geographic about cute aggression, which prompts people to touch or kiss seemingly vulnerable babies that aren’t their own, or fawn over “ugly-cute” animals.

Suzanne Masterson, Associate Dean and Director of Faculty Research, LCOB

Suzanne Masterson

“I think we have a spectrum of individual differences in terms of people who want and value that sense of community at work and others at the other end who consider work a means of earning pay and not necessarily a key part of their identity or their social community.”

Suzanne Masterson, PhD, associate dean, faculty, research & Lindner culture, and professor of management, weighed in on the post-COVID work landscape.

Masterson was joined on “Cincinnati Edition” by Michael Fry, PhD, professor of operations, business analytics, and information systems, and the Center for Business Analytics’ academic director, as well as Jane Sojka, PhD, marketing professor-educator and director of the undergraduate marketing program.


“Problems are messy. We put the boundaries around them. And as soon as you’ve put the boundaries around them, you’ve set limitations in what the solutions might be. So, questioning that framing is a first step.”

Marianne Lewis, PhD, Lindner dean and professor of management, on why decision-makers should eschew an either/or mindset in favor of a both/and approach. This logic forms the basis of Lewis’ coauthored book, “Both/And Thinking: Embracing Creative Tensions to Solve Your Toughest Problems.”


“A lot of people now just have it as part of their assets, and if you look at the number of people that are under the age of 30 that own cryptocurrency, it’s a significant amount. Universities and nonprofits just need to be able to accept it as another asset, just like a stock, just like property.”

Michael Jones, PhD, associate professor-educator of economics, academic director of the Kautz-Uible Economics Institute and director of the Kautz-Uible Cryptoeconomics Lab, on cryptocurrency’s popularity among students and how crypto can be a useful tool for philanthropy.

Carl Goertemoeller, executive director of UC’s Real Estate Center

“Twenty years ago, if you would have suggested to someone that they live or work in an office building above a shopping mall, they would have completely rejected the idea. Now, integration is becoming much more common.”

Carl Goertemoeller, executive director of UC’s Real Estate Center, explained why consumers are fueling the mixed-use development surge.

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