FISHER NEWS April 18, 2008
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Fisher PhD programs rated best at OSU

EMFS trip to Bolivia kicks off five-year project

Fisher wins Big Ten Case Competition

Rucci receives Academy of Management honor

Fisher makes it two in-a-row
at TLA Logistics Case Competition

Fisher People: Jordan King

Max M. Fisher College of Business > The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business
Fisher PhD programs rated best at OSU
More funding expected as a result

Of the 90 doctoral programs at Ohio State, all three of Fisher College of Business' PhD programs were recognized among the very best at the university in a far-reaching Doctoral Program Assessment led by Pat Osmer, vice provost for graduate studies and dean of the Graduate School.

Fisher's three programs were among the 12 rated as “high quality,” which means “they stand out in terms of their planning, focus and potential to enhance the standing of the university,” according to the report. Fisher offers doctoral level degrees in Accounting and Management Information Systems, Business Administration and Labor and Human Relations.

“The most significant and tangible result of this rating is that additional resources will flow to our PhD programs as individual students qualify for enhanced graduate fellowships,” said Steve Mangum, interim dean of the college.

Conducted by a 13-member faculty committee, the doctoral program assessment was a result of follow-up recommendations and findings in a March 2007 university report, “Funding Models for Doctoral Education Based Upon Quality.”

In July 2006, former Provost Barbara R. Snyder charged the faculty committee who were the authors of the report to “present several possible models for distributing funding to high quality programs, that takes into consideration the opportunities to ‘seed’ doctoral programs that with increased stature, will contribute to enhancing the reputation of this university.” Read More »

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EMFS trip to Bolivia kicks off five-year project

Sharon Alvarez (from left), assistant professor of management and human resources, and MBA students Ben VanBuskirk and Huda Ahmed work with entrepreneurs in Bolivia.

Whether a business makes $2 a day or $2 million a day, there are basic business practices and skills that can be applied to all enterprises.

That was one of the conclusions drawn by the group of students who traveled to Bolivia for an Emerging Markets Field Study trip during spring break. The group spent the week working with entrepreneurs in three small impoverished villages helping them improve their local operations and expand market opportunities.

The Bolivia field trip is part of a new five-year partnership Fisher has formed with the villages, which was facilitated through Choice Humanitarian, a non-governmental organization that conducts development programs in impoverished regions of the world.

“Everything we learn at Fisher can apply at all levels, whether you live in poverty or whether you are Warren Buffett,” said Christopher Khoury, an MBA candidate who traveled to the region. Most rural villagers make less than $2 a day, subsisting on potatoes and living in primitive adobe houses built with mud and grass.

The 10 students spent the week in rough conditions enduring the high altitude of the Andean mountain villages. Sometimes during the trip, they lacked basic modern conveniences. Their accommodations were a modest community building and sleeping bags and mats on the floor. The students traveled to Muruamaya, Hichoraya, Chacoma and Hildata Aryiba. The largest village of the four had 200 families and the smallest had 50 families. Read More »

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Fisher wins Big Ten Case Competition

Kimani Phifer (left) and Travis Helm strategize with other members of Fisher's team during the Big Ten Case Competition. (Photo courtesy of Tracie Eisenman, Prior Art Photography, © 2008)

Fisher’s first-year MBA case team won the 16th annual Big Ten Case Competition held at Fisher April 10-11.

Kimani Phifer, Dan Larsen, Sally Heckman and Travis Helm beat out nine other teams to help Fisher win the competition for the first time since 2006. Helm was named the best presenter in the final round. The team was coached by Marc Ankerman, a faculty member in the Department of Management and Human Resources.

“Our students did a superb job, both in analysis and presentation, during the competition,” said Karen Hopper Wruck, associate dean for MBA programs and Dean’s Distinguished Professor. “We are very proud of their ability to do so well, particularly given the high level of competition from the MBA teams from our fellow Big Ten schools.”

Fisher along with the other two finalists - Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business and Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management, finishing second and third respectively - will compete in the Big Ten/Pacific Ten Rose Bowl challenge in January 2009 in Phoenix, Ariz.

This year’s Big Ten Case Competition pitted teams from 10 Big Ten schools in a competition that puts first-year MBA students’ skills to work on a complex venture capitalist case involving medical instruments. The event is a blind competition, teams’ school affiliation are unknown to judges and participants. Second-year MBA student Ly Zamora directed the competition. Read More »

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Scholar Spotlight
Rucci receives Academy of Management honor

Anthony J. Rucci (left) will receive the 2008 Distinguished Human Resource Executive Award from the Academy of Management's Human Resources Division on Aug. 22 in Anaheim Calif.

Anthony J. Rucci, senior lecturer in the Department of Management and Human Resources, will be awarded the 2008 Distinguished Human Resource Executive Award from the Academy of Management’s Human Resources Division.

The award is given to executives who have distinguished themselves throughout their careers in the field of human resources management, according to the award criteria. The award is co-sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management.

Rucci teaches in the Executive Education program and in Fisher’s Department of Management and Human Resources. Prior to joining Fisher, Rucci was a senior vice president at Cardinal Health, the chief executive officer of Ohio State University Physicians Inc. and senior vice president for Health Sciences. Rucci has published articles and chapters in more than 25 publications, including the Harvard Business Review and Fortune magazine.

“This is a great honor and we all know he is very deserving of this award. We are lucky to have Tony on the faculty,” said David Greenberger, chair of Fisher’s Department of Management and Human Resources.

Rucci will receive the award at the Human Resources Award Ceremony during the Academy of Management’s Annual Conference in Anaheim Calif. on Aug. 11.

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Fisher makes it two in-a-row
at TLA Logistics Case Competition

Undergraduates Isaac Elking, Michael Rieman, Tada Yamamoto and Greg Yitsis helped Fisher win the TLA Logistics Case Competition for the second straight year on April 4. The team beat eight other schools including Michigan State University, University of Maryland, Syracuse University and the University of Arkansas to win the competition.

The annual competition held at Fisher is organized and run by officers in the Transportation and Logistics Association.

Teams were given the case in the morning with six hours to prepare their solutions and then present them to a panel of industry judges. The case written by managers at Dow Chemical challenged competitors to develop solutions to shrink the carbon footprint of the company’s supply chain operations.

“Through their coursework and internships our students have the technical knowledge and real-world experience to draw from to help them excel in high pressure situations they encountered during the case competition,” said Keely Croxton associate professor of logistics. “This is the third straight logistics competition we have won dating back to last year, which is a testament to the quality of students in the logistics program.”

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Fisher People: Jordan King
Title: Program Assistant, Program in Finance for visiting students from the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Hobbies/interests: “Spending time with wife and kids and photography.”

FisherLure: “Laid back yet professional work environment, a job that provides many challenging and interesting tasks, and being able to work with and meet culturally, personally and professionally diverse individuals.”

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Calendar of Events

April 22
A representative from Spherion will speak at the Accounting Association meeting at 7:30 p.m. in 220 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available online at the Accounting Association Web site.

The Asian Business Student Association will host a representative from KeyBank at its weekly meeting at 7:30 p.m. in 205 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available online at the ABSA Web site.

John Narcross, vice president of Strategic Planning for OhioHealth, will be the featured speaker at the Cullman Executive Luncheon Series from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. in 101 Gerlach Hall. More information is available online at the Leadership and Professional Development HUB.

April 23
Travis White and Melissa Metzger of Promotion Execution Partners will speak at the American Marketing Association meeting. Pizza will be served at 7 p.m. in 319 Schoenbaum Hall and the meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. in 330 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available through the AMA Web site.

A representative from Sogeti USA will speak at the Information Systems Association meeting at 7:30 p.m. in 200 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available online at the ISA Web site.

April 24
Michael Lee, president and CEO of the LG Academy and a Fisher alum, will lecture as a part of the Distinguished International Speaker Series presented by the International Programs Office from 12:20 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. in 355 Gerlach Hall. More information is available online at the Leadership and Professional Development HUB.

April 28
Bob Restrepo, chairman and CEO of State Auto Insurance, will be the featured speaker at the Cullman Executive Luncheon Series from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. in 101 Gerlach Hall. More information is available online at the Leadership and Professional Development HUB.

John Huston, principal of USPrivatecompanies, will lecture on “Win the Business Plan Competition and then make $10 Million” from 6 to 8 p.m. in 140 Pfahl Hall. To reserve a seat contact Nikki Modlich at the Center for Entrepreneurship.

April 30
The Undergraduate Business Women’s Association will host a representative from Ameriprise Financial from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in 305 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available online at the UBWA Web site.

May 1
Lynn Kelley, vice president of Six Sigma for Textron Inc., will be the keynote speaker at the Center for Operational Excellence’s Women Leaders in Operational Excellence Forum on May 1. The forum will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in 140 Pfahl Hall. E-mail Jackie Grueser to reserve a seat.

News Briefs

Raabe gives
presentation at NYU

William Raabe, who teaches graduate tax courses in the accounting department, will be a featured speaker at a conference on retirement fund withdrawal strategies at New York University’s Stern School of Business on Thursday, May 1.

Raabe will discuss liquidating retirement assets in a tax efficient manner at the conference, titled “The Optimal Retirement Withdrawal Strategy.” The event is sponsored by Stern’s Salomon Center for Financial Institutions.

Finalists announced in business plan competition
Eight teams have advanced to the final round of the 2008 Deloitte Business Plan Competition. The teams are: American Recyclers; Cooper Raceway Park; GES;
NanoMed; PedPower; SEDG; ThermoBuffer and XMRI.

The final round of the entrepreneurial competition, which will award more than $145,000 in cash and services to use as start up funds, will be held on May 16, 2008. Winners in all categories will be announced at the Calfee, Halter & Griswold Awards Banquet that evening.

OSCPA awards seven scholarships to accounting students
Seven undergraduate accounting students will receive a $1,000 scholarship for next fall quarter from the Ohio Society of CPA’s.

Julie Ahlberg, Rebekah
, Aishley Hassel, Sara Kinning, Emerald Sparks, Salvatore Totino and Jessica Wong were selected based on their internship and profession-related experience, academic awards and activities, commitment to take the CPA exam, overall grade point average, and the quality of a written statement.

Fisher takes fourth
at MBA Games

Fourteen Fisher MBA students tied for fourth in the 20th annual Duke MBA Games held April 4-6.

The athletic competition, consisting of events such as swimming in a business suit, 5K run/walk, basketball, briefcase toss, foosball tournament, obstacle course and tug of war, raised $120,000 for the Special Olympics of North Carolina.

HBSA hosts 6th annual
OSU Soccer Classic

The Hispanic Business Student Association will present the sixth annual OSU Soccer Classic on Saturday, April 26.

Twenty four teams will compete for $1,600 in prize money during the seven-on-seven matches. The tournament will be held at RPAC Turf Field and will start at 9 a.m. More information is available on the OSU Soccer Classic Web site.

Operation Feed Campaign starts April 21
The 2008 Operation Feed Campaign, the annual college food drive sponsored by the Staff Advisory Committee will be held from April 21 to May 16. This year’s schedule includes a coffee and doughnuts sale on April 24, a pizza lunch on May 1, chili cook-off on May 6, a bake sale on May 9, an international lunch on May 12 and a book sale on May 15.

All proceeds will be given to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank
and non-perishable food can be dropped in 101 Fisher Hall, 150 Gerlach Hall, 320 Mason Hall and the business library. Participants will be eligible for a prize drawing, which will include sports memorabilia, restaurant gift certificates and event tickets.

News Briefs

Rüdiger Fahlenbrach, assistant professor of finance, was quoted in the April 7 edition of TIME magazine on changes made by Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz to revive the company.

Fahlenbrach told the magazine Schultz has the ability to make bold changes because he is the founder of the company.

Roy Lewicki, professor of management and human resources, was quoted in an April 6 Columbus Dispatch article on the ethical dilemma Skybus Airline executives had to their customers as they ceased operations.

Lewicki told the paper situations like this is when sound ethical practices go by the boards because of an ugly financial situation.

Itzhak Ben-David, incoming assistant professor of finance, had his research on sub-prime mortgages spotlighted in the New York Times Freakonomics blog on April 7.

Ben-David was citied for his research of cash-back transactions, which allowed cash-poor home buyers to receive an unrecorded cash rebate from the seller in order to qualify for a loan.

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