FISHER NEWS October 4, 2005
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Economist Intelligence Unit Ranks Fisher College 17th Among U.S. MBA Programs

Fisher welcomes two new faculty

Lambert, Mason take research trip to Argentina

Fisher students selected as Rhodes and Marshall nominees

Executive Education provides community leadership

Outstanding alumni recognized

Two new inductees to the Accounting Hall of Fame

FisherServes Community Day
Max M. Fisher College of Business > The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business
Economist Intelligence Unit ranks Fisher College 17th among U.S. MBA programs
Fisher's MBA program was ranked 17th in the United States, 3rd among Big 10 MBA programs, 5th among public business schools and 29th in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit , which is the research unit of the Economist business publications.

“Fisher College has consistently been ranked as one of the top MBA programs worldwide,” said Dean Joseph Alutto. “I'm pleased that the prestigious Economist Intelligence Unit has recognized the talent of our students, faculty, alumni and staff.”

Through 17 years of MBA student surveys, the Economist Intelligence Unit has identified the four most common reasons students elect to pursue MBA degrees. These include improving career opportunities, increasing personal development and educational experience, increasing salary and/or networking with students and alumni. The MBA program rankings are based on the school's ability to deliver these four elements.

The rankings were based on information submitted by schools as well as surveys submitted by 18,266 students and graduates.

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Fisher welcomes two new faculty
Two professors join the Fisher College of Business faculty: Steffanie L. Wilk Ph.D. , associate professor of Management and Human Resources, and Lawrence W. Inks Ph.D. , visiting assistant professor of Management and Human Resources.

Wilk was formerly assistant professor of management at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. She had been at Wharton since 1994. Her current research project is an examination of the effects of unemployment durations on the changes in person-job fit. She also studies discrimination and bias in hiring, selection and promotion decisions.

Inks , who received his Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from OSU in 1992, comes to Fisher College with experience in research and higher education. He was an assistant professor at Wichita State University's Barton School of Business from 1996 to 1999 and a visiting professor there from 1995-1996. He taught courses in business analysis and decision making, organizational behavior, organizational development, and organizational structure and design.

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Lambert, Mason take research trip to Argentina
From left: Sebastian Garcia-Dastugue, Ph.D. 2003, Oscar the Maitre D at Las Nazarenas, General Raymond E. Mason, Jr. and Douglas M. Lambert

As a generous donor to Fisher programs, Gen. Raymond E. Mason Jr. (BSBA 1941) is more than a supporter of business education and research. The Florida rancher and philanthropist is actively engaged in the study of successful business models.

That is why Professor Douglas Lambert (Ph.D. 1975), who makes frequent teaching and research trips to Argentina, extended an invitation to Gen. Mason to accompany him during in September to study the beef supply chain and observe his on-going research activities. Fisher alumnus Sebastián J. García-Dastugue (Ph.D. 2003), an assistant professor at Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires, met the two and organized many of the research activities.

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Fisher students selected as Rhodes and Marshall nominees
Christopher Igodan , Elizabeth Lubnina and Robert Sledge have been selected to represent Ohio State in the Marshall Scholarship competition, Fisher College Dean Joseph A. Alutto announced. Igodan and Sledge also will be representing the university in the Rhodes Scholarship competition.

Both scholarships are awarded to students whose high academic and extra-curricular achievements demonstrate service and leadership potential in their chosen fields of study. The Marshall Scholarships finance study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Rhodes Scholarships provide two or three years of study at Oxford in England.

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Executive Education provides community leadership
When the Columbus Public School (CPS) system needed insights on how to better provide organizational and leadership development for principals, they turned to the expertise of Fisher Executive Education faculty and staff. The first steps were carried out last fall under the direction of Professor Jay Barney, Bank One chair for Excellence in Global Strategy. The Fisher faculty volunteers began by conducting a needs assessment to better understand the challenges facing CPS leaders and solutions for delivering leadership training.

The result of the assessment became the “Principal Leadership Program.” The program's curriculum focused on team building, communication, change management, branding, understanding leadership capabilities and implementing group projects. Working with Schools Superintendent Gene Harris and Teckie Shackelford, president of the board for Project GRAD, the faculty team created custom programs to help Columbus principals reach their full potential as effective leaders and managers.

The program was delivered in August by faculty to 26 CPS principals and 8 central office leaders. Faculty involved with the assessment, curriculum design and delivery included Management and Human Resource professors, Roy Lewicki, Jay Dial, Jay Anand, and Rob Heneman, as well as Anil Makhija, Finance chair, and Neeli Bendapudi, professor of marketing.

A highlight of the program was a leadership panel discussion with Gene Smith, Ohio State's director of athletics; Yvette McGee Brown, president of the Center for Child and Family Advocacy; and Phil Urban, chief executive officer of Grange Insurance. The panel shared personal challenges and advice on how to be a more effective leader.

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Outstanding alumni recognized
The Alumni Society of the Fisher College of Business recognized outstanding alumni from Fisher College on Sept. 16, at the Blackwell Hotel.

Thomas E. Lah , executive director of Technical Professionals Association, and Kathleen L. Smith , director of human resources at Ross Products, were awarded the Young Professional Achievement Award . This award recognizes young men and women for their early career accomplishments in business and who serve as role models to other young people.

Raquel Diaz-Sprague , president of Technical Support Inc. and adjunct instructor for The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health, received the Alumni Community Service Award . This award recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves through commitment, involvement and service to the community.

Paul T. S. Yin , president and chief executive officer of Dah Chung Industrial Co., LTD was the winner of the International Service Award which recognizes men and women for outstanding performance in international business.

Tanny Crane , president and CEO of Crane Plastics, was presented with the Distinguished Alumna Award which recognizes an individual who has brought distinction to themselves, Fisher College and The Ohio State University through their professional participation, commitment and leadership.

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Two new inductees to the Accounting Hall of Fame
The Accounting Hall of Fame inducted two distinguished accountants at the American Accounting Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco on August 9.

The 2005 inductees were William T. Baxter , professor emeritus at the London School of Economics in London, England, and Edmund L. Jenkins , former chair of the Financial Accounting Standards Board.

Baxter is one of Britain's most eminent academic accountants. His published works include many influential books and articles on accounting and reporting under conditions of changing prices and the importance of opportunity cost in solving business problems.

Jenkins has contributed to the accounting profession and financial reporting through serving the investing public by developing high quality financial reporting standards while he was chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board based in Norwalk, Ct .

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FisherServes Community Day
More than 170 Fisher students invested nearly 1,000 hours of their time and energy to benefit central Ohio community projects during September's FisherServes Community Day . The event is led by FisherServes, the student-run volunteer organization for graduate students that links students with volunteer opportunities.

Projects for local charities were nominated by friends of the college and selected by student leadership organizations. Student teams donated their time to participate in a variety of initiatives, from literacy tutoring to a building playground.

Participating organizations included Franklin Park Conservatory, Habitat for Humanity, COSI, Mid-Ohio Food Bank, Lutheran Village, Ronald McDonald House, Columbus Zoo, Ohio Wildlife Center, Gahanna YMCA, Goodwill Industries, Material Assistance Provider, Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center, YWCA Interfaith Hospitality Network Daycare Center and The Santa Maria .

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Calendar of Events

Shell makes a Pit Stop at OSU to recruit top students
The Grand Prix-winning Michael Schumacher Formula One Ferrari will be on the Ohio State campus for the Shell Pit Stop Challenge noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Knowlton School of Architecture Plaza.

The Pit Stop Challenge is part of Fisher’s Career Fair. More than 100 companies are visiting the campus Monday, Oct. 3-Wednesday, Oct. 5, to recruit graduate and undergraduate students.

Dean Alutto featured speaker at AACSB meeting
Fisher Dean Joseph A. Alutto will be a featured speaker at the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Mid-Continent East annual meeting Monday, Oct. 10 in Chicago.

Fisher honor student selected for OSU Board of Trustees
Yoonhee Ha, a junior, was chosen to serve as the undergraduate representative to the OSU Board of Trustees. Ha will serve a two-year term. She replaces Emily Quick, also a business student.

Professor Neeli Bendapudi named to Lancaster Colony board

Professor Neeli Bendapudi, associate professor of marketing, was elected to the board of directors for Lancaster Colony Corp.

Jeffrey L. Seglin, NY Times Syndicated Columnist Moderates Discussion on Business Ethics
Jeffrey L. Seglin, syndicated writer for the New York Times, moderated a panel discussion of Fisher College of Business faculty and MBA students on Sept. 21 during the Sander Flaum Leadership and Professional Development Speaker Series. The topic was “The Right Thing: Conscience, Profit and Personal Responsibility in Today’s Business.” Seglin’s ethics column is regularly featured in the Columbus Dispatch.

News Briefs

MAcc Student wins John C. Carey Scholarship

Elana Amit, a master of accounting student, was awarded the John C. Carey Scholarship by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The $5,000 scholarship is for one year and is renewable.

The scholarship was established to encourage graduates with degrees in liberal arts to pursue graduate studies in accounting. Amit earned a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in mathematics from Ohio State.

Rolls Royce sponsors two scholarships

Rolls-Royce will award two scholarships this fall for juniors and seniors enrolled in the Transportation and Logistics Program (TLS) at OSU. The competitive scholarship will provide $2,500 for the first-place winner and $1,500 for the runner-up.

Applications will be available at the Rolls-Royce North America information table during the OSU TLS Career Fair on Oct. 4 in the ballroom at the Blackwell Inn.


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