|Faculty and staff honored for
contributions to undergraduates
Five faculty and staff members were honored for their efforts at the annual Undergraduate Student, Staff and Faculty Mixer on Feb. 12 at the Blackwell Inn. The event was organized by the Undergraduate Business Council.
Arleen Robinson, administrative assistant in the Undergraduate Programs Office, was presented with the excellence in undergraduate service award. Students praised her for her assistance with various undergraduate initiatives including the Peer Advising Program, Emerging Leaders Conference, French Student Exchange Program, Nationwide-Fisher National Biz Quiz Challenge and the Honors Cohort’s Junior Achievement collaborative program with the Bahamian government.
Four faculty members were honored for their efforts to help students succeed. Pat West, associate professor of marketing, was recognized for her motivational tactics and willingness to incorporate students’ suggestions into her consumer behavior and promotional strategy courses. Sharon Alverez, associate professor of management and human resources and advisor to the Business Builders Club, was cited for her mentorship of students and encouraging them to think independently.
Karl Diether, assistant professor of finance, was commended for integrating his research on behavioral finance into his investment decision making coursework. John Persons, associate professor of finance, was recognized for his emphasis on rigorous economic foundations and implementing them to frame and interpret investment decisions.
Interim Dean Stephen L. Mangum presented each honoree with a plaque. The winners were selected for the awards through a combination of faculty and staff nominations and student evaluations.
At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, Jay Yutzey, executive director of undergraduate programs, was presented with a surprise gift by the student leaders of the Undergraduate Business Council for his tireless service to the undergraduate program and his willingness to devote time and attention to individual students.
Pinank Patel, a senior majoring in finance, was awarded the Jason Gervais Award in recognition for being the top finance student in the honors program.
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Klein named fellow of Society of Industrial
and Organizational Psychology
The executive committee of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) elected Howard J. Klein a Fellow of the society on Jan. 25. Klein is a professor in Management and Human Resources.
Howard J. Klein
Fellow status is an honor awarded to SIOP members who have shown evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in industrial and organizational psychology through research, practice, teaching, administration and/or professional service, according to the SIOP Web site.
Klein’s research is focused on three areas: employee commitment; new employees’ socialization and on-boarding, and motivation. His study on employee commitment explores several levels of commitment—to employers, projects, work teams, supervisors, work goals and customers. He is examining the drivers and rationale for employees’ commitment to their work. He is editing a book on the topic that will be published in 2009.
At Fisher, Klein teaches classes in human resources management, management and organizational behavior, research methods and staffing. Klein is the scholarly program chair for the Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management, serves on the board of directors and research director for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation. He is the founder and site coordinator for the Human Resources Instructional eXchange (HRIX), a Web-based clearinghouse for teaching and learning about human resource management.
Klein's fellow status will be recognized at the 2008 Annual Meeting of SIOP, April 10-12 in San Francisco.
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16 schools participating in minority
MBA student case competition
On Feb. 29, the 2008 Minority MBA Student Case Competition IV, presented by Key Bank in partnership with Fisher, will bring together teams from 16 colleges and universities to analyze business issues with diversity implications.
Now in its fourth year, teams will travel to Key Bank’s corporate headquarters in Cleveland to tackle a complex business case and compete for cash awards based on their solutions.
This year's case focuses on a Key Community Banking issue. A group of Key executives, including Karen Haefling, chief marketing officer; Robert DeAngelis, executive vice president, Consumer Bank Segment Head; and Maria Coyne, executive vice president, Client Experience, will serve as judges. Fisher’s Office of Minority Student Services organizes the event.
In addition to six universities from Ohio, other participating business schools include: Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business; Howard University; Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business; Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management; Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management; University at Buffalo/State-University of New York’s Jacobs Management Center; University of Chicago; and University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and University of Texas at Dallas.
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Marketing and Logistics hosting
five visiting scholars
The Department of Marketing and Logistics is hosting five visiting scholars from China, Germany, Japan and South Korea to partner in research efforts with faculty members.
Dr. Jong Wook Kwon, associate dean and assistant professor at Kangwon National University in South Korea, is engaging in research with Curt Haugtvedt, associate professor of marketing. Kwon is conducting research on the cultural differences among employees at Korean and American multinational corporations and the effect of target-specific group collectivism on organizational commitment.
Greg Allenby, the Helen C. Kurtz Chair in Marketing, is hosting two visiting scholars. Dr. Joachim Buschken, a professor at Catholic University of Eichstatt-Ingolstadt in Germany, is researching stochastic modeling of individual purchase behavior, buying behavior at the point-of-sale, Bayesian statistics in marketing and customer lifetime value modeling. Dr. Takuya Satomura, an associate professor at Keio University in Japan, is researching econometric models in marketing that focus on interaction between the firm and the consumer.
Yan “Diana” Liu and Ruixue “Snowy” Zhang, doctoral students at Dalian University of Technology in China, are working with Bob Burnkrant, chair of the Department of Marketing and Logistics. Lui is researching “word of mouth” and Zhang is researching relationship marketing.
“These collaborative relationships have helped expose researchers and students throughout the world to our faculty, provided opportunities for joint research and helped foster relationships with students and faculty at universities outside the United States,” Burnkrant said.
Over the last 10 years the Department of Marketing and Logistics has hosted 28 visiting scholars from 13 different countries. During their stay at Fisher, the scholars sit in on classes and the Research Colloquia Series in addition to engaging in research with their faculty sponsors.
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JAM helps students think on their feet
In a series of one minute increments, George Gothot has transformed himself from an introvert into a confident presenter ready to give a response on a variety of business topics and beyond.
Freshman Bryce Conway debates a political topic while fellow freshman Katie Deye waits to provide a counterargument at a recent JAM meeting.
His journey to becoming an extrovert was aided by weekly Just A Minute (JAM) meetings, a club started last spring to help undergraduate students think on their feet in a creative format. The club is sponsored by the JM Smucker Co.
During the meetings, students speak on business, current events or abstract topics. They are only allowed 30 seconds of preparation time to formulate talking points for a one minute persuasive speech.
“The hardest thing is getting up there for the first time, but after that it gets progressively easier,” said Gothot, a sophomore majoring in accounting. “Because of these exercises, I don’t have a huge problem standing in front of the club and speaking about my favorite flavor of ice cream.”
Learning how to quickly present a compelling argument for 60 seconds will help students react to unforeseen questions asked during presentations and job interviews, said Rao Unnava, associate dean of undergraduate programs.
“What this exercise does is it helps stretch their minds to formulate coherent responses on topics they would not expect during an interview or presentation,” Unnava said. “It teaches them how to quickly organize their thoughts to present a persuasive argument.”
Jim Wykoff, a sophomore majoring in finance, benefited from his participation in JAM during a recent mock interview with Career Services.
“It’s hard to think of an entire line of thought along with specific details in 30 seconds, but as we practice more and more it becomes easier to develop appropriate responses,” Wykoff said.
JAM meets at 1 p.m. every Friday in 200 Schoenbaum Hall for about an hour.
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Fisher People: Larry Manter
Title: Custodial Work Supervisor
Hobbies/interests: "I coached youth football for 13 years so I'm a big football fan and I also enjoy watching NASCAR races."
"I like working with all the friendly people who make you feel like you are wanted."
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The Asian Business Student Association will host a representative from the Kroger Co. at its weekly meeting at 7:30 p.m. in 205 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available online at the Asian Business Student Association Web site.
Geography Professor Ed Malecki will be speaking about geography and entrepreneurship at the Business Builders Club meeting at 7:30 p.m. in 330 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available online at the Business Builders Club Web site.
Patrick B. Walsh, a consultant in Spencer Stuart’s Chicago office, will be the featured speaker at the Cullman Executive Luncheon Series from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. in 161 Gerlach Hall. More information is available online at the Leadership and Professional Development HUB.
Jeanetta Darco, of Nationwide Insurance, will speak at the Human Resources Association meeting at 7:30 p.m. in 200 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available online at the HRA Web site.
The Information Systems Association will welcome a representative from Deloitte at its weekly meeting at 7:30 p.m. in 205 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available online at the ISA Web site.
The Undergraduate Finance Association will welcome a representative from Sherwin Williams at its weekly meeting at 7:30 p.m. in 215 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available online at the Undergraduate Finance Association Web site.
The Fisher Latino Graduate Association will hold a general meeting to plan events for the upcoming quarter as well as transition of leadership. The meeting will be held from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. in 355 Gerlach Hall. More information is available online at the Leadership and Professional Development HUB.
Michael Camp, academic director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, will discuss how to write a business plan at the Business Builders Club meeting at 7:30 p.m. in 330 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available online at the Business Builders Club Web site.
Abbe Stewart, of Exel Logistics, will speak at the Purchasing and Supply Management Association meeting at 7:30 p.m. in 305 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available online at the PSMA Web site.
The Undergraduate Finance Association will welcome a representative from Abercrombie and Fitch at its weekly meeting at 7:30 p.m. in 215 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available online at the Undergraduate Finance Association Web site.
Women in Leadership Summit, Feb. 29
The Graduate Women in Business will hold its annual Women In Leadership Summit on Friday, Feb. 29 at the Blackwell Inn. The event will start at noon. The keynote speaker is Neeli Bendapudi, currently serving as executive vice president and chief customer officer of Huntington National Bank. She is also on the faculty of the Marketing and Logistics program at Fisher.
Local executives will lead round table discussions sharing first-hand experiences on issues affecting women in the global workplace.
Executives leading discussions include: Candice Barnhardt, chief diversity officer for Nationwide; Katherine Line, senior specialist in human resources for Rolls-Royce Energy; Mona Makhija, associate professor in Management and Human Resources at Fisher; Naghma Malik, resources planning analyst at Ohio State Medical Center; Jean Starr, director of endovascular services at Ohio State Medical Center; Judi String, senior vice president and director of human resources, banking operations and technology, J.P. Morgan Chase; and Melissa Torres, executive director of Fisher's International Programs Office.
Matta awarded Coca-Cola critical difference grant Shashi Matta, assistant professor of marketing, was recently awarded the Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Grant for 2007-08. Matta's winning project is entitled “Consumers’ Inferences from Gender Diversity in Service Firms.”
The Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Grant is a competitive grant open to all professors at Ohio State and is administered by the Department of Women’s Studies.
Faculty, operations receive strong rating by Financial Times
The Financial Times released its 2008 ranking of MBA programs worldwide and Fisher placed fourth in a top 10 ranking for specialization in industry and ranked 39th for faculty research.
Overall, the program ranked 52nd in the United States and 87th worldwide. In last year’s ranking, Fisher placed 90th worldwide. Data for the Financial Times rankings were compiled from two main sources: questionnaires sent to the school and alumni who graduated three years ago.
Keely Croxton, assistant professor of logistics, was quoted in a Feb. 15 Columbus Business First article on the high demand corporate recruiters have for Fisher’s logistics students.
Croxton told the paper that front-line warehouse supervisors, who forecast product demand and logistics analysts tracking product movement through the supply chain, seem to be in high demand with companies looking to hire Fisher graduates.
Shashi Matta, assistant professor of marketing, was quoted in a Feb. 19 Columbus Dispatch article on the Blu-ray DVD player emerging as the winner of the high definition DVD battle. Matta said Blu-ray players are not likely to see an immediate boost in sales because of the state of the economy.
Matta was also quoted in a Feb. 10 Dayton Daily News article on a new branding campaign for the Dayton region aimed at attracting new businesses. Matta told the paper that the logo representing the campaign was too vague and not specific to the Dayton area.
Rao Unnava, associate dean of undergraduate programs and W. Arthur Cullman Professor in Marketing, was quoted in a Feb. 8 Columbus Dispatch article on socially responsible Valentine’s Day gifts.
Unnava told the paper that fair trade or eco-friendly products have to be as good as other products to attract the majority of consumers.
William Raabe, senior accounting lecturer, was quoted in a Feb. 20 Columbus Dispatch article on Granville’s proposed economic stimulus plan which would offer $100 tax rebates to tax payers to boost the local economy.
Raabe told the paper the rebates could provide a significant impact for Granville merchants.