FISHER NEWS October 21, 2005
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BusinessWeek Ranks Executive MBA Program among top 25

Harrison named 2005 MBA of the year

Fisher, Center for Entrepreneurship offer two new classes

Fisher case team takes third place in competition at Howard

Fisher hosts international business case competition, October 25-29

Leadership Development on a Rope

Fisher People: Lydia Kirk
Max M. Fisher College of Business > The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business
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BusinessWeek Ranks Executive MBA Program among top 25
BusinessWeek magazine placed Fisher's Executive MBA program 13 th in its national rankings of the of the world's 25 best EMBA programs. The program also earned top five rankings in business strategy, finance and marketing.

In the magazine's Oct. 24 issue, Fisher's program was recognized for “solid teaching” and “excellent support services.” The EMBA program received a number one ranking for strategy in the schools' best subject category, took second place for finance and fifth place for marketing.

“While one always wants to be cautious about any one ranking, this recent accolade continues the upward momentum of Fisher's reputation and status, both nationally and worldwide ,” said Dean Joe Alutto said. “ As with all such ventures, this is a reflection of the teamwork invested by faculty, staff, students and our corporate stakeholders .”

The biennial rankings were developed by polling recent graduates and surveying EMBA program directors. BusinessWeek began the ranking in 2001. This is the first year Fisher was included on the list.

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Harrison named 2005 MBA of the year
David HarrisonThe National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) named David Harrison, director of Fisher's Office of Minority Student Services, its 2005 MBA of the Year. Harrison received the award at the national conference in San Diego on Oct. 14.

The award is given annually to a NBMBAA member for professional leadership and supporting the organization's efforts in increasing the representation of blacks in the business community, and in the nation's business schools.

Harrison is the immediate past president of the Columbus chapter of the organization. Under his leadership, the chapter established the Leaders of Tomorrow mentorship program, which provides support to high school students with a grade point average between C- and C+, who have exhibited leadership potential.

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Fisher, Center for Entrepreneurship offer two new classes
The Center for Entrepreneurship and Fisher will offer the first two entrepreneurial classes as a part of a proposed cross-campus, interdisciplinary minor in entrepreneurship this winter quarter.

“Leading High Performance Ventures” (Bus-MHR 694.52) explores the key managerial practices and skills necessary to start and lead a successful growing business. “New Venture Creation” (Bus-MHR 795.01/.02) is a “big picture” course that explores the creation of new ventures in the face of risk and uncertainty. For more information please contact: entrepreneurship@cob.osu.edu.

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Fisher case team takes third place in competition at Howard
The case team of Dion Charles, Deepak Kirpalani, Jacinta Simmons-Robinson and Will Zhang placed third in the LMI Competition at Howard University. Dan Oglevee, a finance instructor, was their advisor. The fulltime MBA students represented Fisher in the first annual Howard University Supply Chain Management Competition in Washington, D.C. LMI Government Consulting was the event sponsor.

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Fisher hosts international business case competition, October 25-29
Business students from Europe, Asia, Central America and the U.S. will converge on the Fisher College of Business campus at Ohio State for the 2005 CIBER Case Challenge, Tuesday, Oct. 25 to Saturday, Oct. 29. Hosted by Fisher College’s International Programs Office and Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), the business case competition is organized by a group of undergraduate students in coordination with Fisher faculty and staff.

Teams of students from 12 colleges and universities will retreat to rooms at the Blackwell Inn for 24 hours to analyze an international business case and prepare a solution for presentation to multinational corporate executives and international business scholars who will serve as judges.

All 12 teams will present during the preliminary round on the morning of Friday, Oct. 28 in rooms 305, 315 and 375 in Gerlach Hall and the final round will take place in the afternoon in 140 Pfahl Hall. The event is open to the entire OSU and Fisher community. This is the second year Fisher has hosted the event.


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Leadership Development on a Rope

The honors cohort and honors contract classes with their corporate sponsors from Owens Corning spend a day together working on team building and leadership skills on the low ropes survival course at Camp Mary Orton last month.


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Fisher People: Lydia Kirk
Job Title
Custodial Worker

Hobbies
“Football, football, football;
gardening, making food from scratch.”

Fisher Lure
“I enjoy Fisher for the friendly people
who treat us as equal regardless of our
job title.”


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Calendar of Events

November 3, 2005
The IMS Fall Program, “Service Brand Ambassadors: Engaged Employees & Enthused Customers,” will begin at 11:45 p.m. , Thursday, Nov. 3, 2005 . Speakers include: Limited Brands Vice Chairman Dr. Len Schlesinger, Professor Neeli Bendapudi Contact Mindy Stobart at stobart_3@cob.osu.edu or (614) 247-8375 for further details.

November 4-6
KeyBank MBA Case Competition, The Office of Minority Student Services is co-sponsoring the KeyBank MBA Case Competition Friday, Nov. 4 through Sunday, Nov. 6, in Cleveland. Students from Fisher will be competing in the event.        

Sander Flaum Speakers
Friday, October 28
Robert Schottenstein, M/I Homes, 8:45 a.m. 265 Gerlach Hall.

Friday, November 4
Tom Egan, vice president, Global Sourcing, Whirlpool 8:45-9:45am in 265 Gerlach Hall. Continental breakfast served at 8:15 a.m. at both lectures.

Friday, November 4

Sander Flaum, Managing Partner, Flaum Partners, Inc., 3:30-4:30 p.m. in 265 Gerlach Hall. Reception will follow at 4:30.

Friday, November 4
David Beatson, chairman of Ascent Advisors and a member of the Dean's Advisory Council, will meet with students interested in Logistics and Supply Chain Management 3 to 4 p.m. in 319 Schoenbaum Hall.



News Briefs

Unnava, Yutzey present at AACSB conference
Rao Unnava, Fisher associate dean for undergraduate programs, and Jay Yutzey, executive director of undergraduate programs, will present at the AACSB “Emerging Curricula Conference,” on Nov. 19, in Tampa, Fla. The two will discuss innovations in curriculum design.

First Year MBA Council elections
Abigail Glass and Marisa Althoff were elected by their first Year MBA class to serve on the MBA Council (MBAC).

First-term MBA class of 2007 very diverse
“Fisher’s graduate student population is the most globally diverse, ever,” said Cheryl Ryan, director of international programs. “Students in the MBA and other graduate programs come from more than 30 countries and for the first time, three different African countries are represented.”

By the Numbers:
  • Class Size: 120 + a visitor from Tulane
  • Average GMAT: 662, middle 80% range 600-720
  • Female: 26%
  • Percentage International: 36%, with representation from 13 countries
  • Students of color: 13%
  • Average Years of Work Experience: 4.7
  • Average Undergraduate GPA: 3.4


News Briefs

Jay Zagorsky, research scientist at the Center for Human Resource Research quoted in Florida Today and Woman’s World Magazine articles as the author of study linking a fluctuating waistline to a fluctuating paycheck.

Rao Unnava, associate dean and professor of marketing, quoted in the Business First: The Greater Columbus Business article, “Diverse goals: Banks aim to collect on minority marketing” on why banks are beginning to market to minorities.

Jeff Rice, executive director, office of career services at Fisher commented in the Fortune Magazine article, “Job Market Improving for MBAs” regarding survey conducted indicating a rise in recruitment for consulting, financial services, and investment banking.

Karen Wruck, associate dean of MBA programs, quoted in the Business First: The Greater Columbus Business, article, “Fisher B-school seeking return of luster on MBA” in reference to the new plan to offer leadership and professional development curriculum to MBA students.

Oded Shenkar, professor of international business and author of The Chinese Century was quoted in The Daily Territorial from Tucson, AZ in the article, “Ever heard of Lenovo, Haier, CNOOC? You will,” in reference to branding Chinese products in America.

Rao Unnava, associate dean and professor of marketing, was quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer article, “Paying through the hose” as an expert in consumer behavior in regards to changing consumer habits due to fuel prices.

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