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Luke BarbaraA dancer performs at the Chinese New Year's celebration hosted by the Chinese Business Professional Association on Feb. 12.

Underdogs have more motivation? Not so fast, according to study

robert lountMembers of a group or team will work harder when they’re competing against a group with lower status than when pitted against a more highly ranked group, according to a new study.

The results run contrary to the common belief that underdogs have more motivation because they have the chance to “knock the higher-status group down a peg,” said Robert Lount, co-author of the study and assistant professor of management and human resources.

“We found over and over again across multiple studies that people worked about 30 percent harder when their group was competing against a lower-status group,” Lount said.Read More>>

Fisher lights up New York City's Times Square

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Fisher's championship team that won the AE College Marketing Challenge was recognized on the company's Times Square LED-screen billboard Feb. 20-23. To see another image from a different angle of the multi-tiered billboard, which includes Fisher's logo, follow this link.

Ethnic heritage celebrated at Fisher with Black History Month, Chinese New Year's events

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Donald K. Anthony, (pictured above right) entrepreneur and executive director of After-School All Stars National, was the final speaker for the Fisher Black MBA Student Association Leadership Speaker Series.

February was a month for celebrating ethnic heritage at Fisher with student organizations hosting events commemorating the Chinese New Year, Geng Yin, the Year of the Tiger, and Black History Month.

On February 12, the Chinese Business Professional Association hosted a buffet dinner of authentic Chinese cuisine at Imperial Garden restaurant. In addition to the authentic Chinese feast, the event included a folk dance performance and gift giveaway. For a slideshow of the festivities click on the link.

Fisher’s Black MBA Student Association hosted a weekly Black Leadership Speaker Series luncheon during the month of February. In its second year, the 2010 series theme was "Revering the Past, Embracing the Present and Uplifting the Future" from an economic empowerment perspective.

Featured speakers were: Margot James Copeland, executive vice president and director of diversity and corporate philanthropy for KeyCorp.; Curtis J. Moody, president and CEO of architectural firm Moody/Nolan Ltd.; Columbus attorney and civic leader Oyango Snell and Donald K. Anthony (pictured above).

Fisher News Video: Emerging Market Field Study trip to Panama

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Students from the Emerging Markets course capture video of their field study in Panama and discuss how classroom theory is transformed into close-up experiences in the country. Click on the arrow above to find out more about the trip.

Fisher People: Alisa K. McMahon

Alisa McMahonTitle: "My official Fisher title is Information Associate, but some of the students call me Mom." Graduate Programs Office

Hobbies: "Rock hunting, panning for gold, writing, gardening, sewing, reading, crocheting, beading."

Fisher Lure: "Hands down, the people! I work with the best team of people ever and I am extremely fond of the students. One of my favorite things in the world is when former students stop back in to visit. I also keep in touch with many of them through Facebook.”

Feb. 26, 2010

In This Issue

Underdogs have more motivation? Not so fast, according to Lount study

Fisher lights up New York City's Times Square

Ethnic heritage celebrated at Fisher with Black History Month, Chinese New Year events

Fisher News Video: Emerging Market Field Study trip to Panama

Fisher People: Alisa McMahon

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