"When you strip away all the sports glamor, it's about education. That's what drives, me," emphasized Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive in his keynote address on April 16 as the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management's Executive in Residence. In his talk to the campus community, Slive described his role and philosophy as a change agent at the SEC. He also explored current issues in college athletics and his personal history, including his career path.
"Considering the accounting profession's importance to capital markets and investors, you're going to have phenomenal opportunities for career growth," Brian Croteau '94 told accounting students during his campus visit on April 8th. the Isenberg alumnus is Deputy Chief Accountant of at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Professional Practice Group in its Office of the Chief Accountant. He is also the key point person in the SEC's oversight of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, which watches over the audits of public companies.
Isenberg Professor's Book Fosters Idea-Driven Organizations
April 16, 2014
Many academics study ideas and innovation, but few focus on generating ideas on an organization's "front lines," where much of the work gets done, observes Alan Robinson, a professor in Isenberg's Department of Operations and Information Management. In a well-conceived idea system, in fact, those front-line insights, should account for 80% of an organization's overall improvement, notes Robinson in his just-published book, The Idea-Driven Organization.
Isenberg in the News--April 11, 2014
April 11, 2014
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Rescue Collar, an Isenberg team led by first-year full-time MBA candidate David Waymouth, has won first-place honors in UMass Amherst's annual Innovation Challenge business plan competition. Rescue Collar emerged the winner against four other finalists at a formal presentation and awards dinner on April 7th. At the ceremony, Waymouth received a first-place prize of $25,000 and an invitation to participate with fast-track status in the vaunted MassChallenge business plan competition.
In a presentation at Isenberg on April 2nd, accounting alumnus Peter Franklin '83 shared a behind-the-scenes look at Coca-Cola's sponsorship activities for the Sochi Winter Olympics and the forthcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Franklin is Coca-Cola's Group Director for Worldwide Sports and Event Management.
Profiles in Leadership: Kristin Peters '13
April 9, 2014
When Kristin Peters '13 attended an orientation at Isenberg before she applied, she knew it was the right school for her. "I just got a really great vibe," she says. Plus, both her parents graduated from UMass, and they were eager to keep the tradition alive.
Profiles in Leadership: Beth Gamel '78 MSBA
April 7, 2014
"The time is right to showcase Isenberg's fantastic alumni in a stylish annual event like the school's Business Leadership Awards Dinner (IBLA)," observes Isenberg alumna, Beth Gamel '78 MSBA. The annual gathering on June 18th at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston will celebrate David Fubini '79 as its chief honoree and Christina Calvaneso '03 with its Young Alumni Award.
Isenberg now ranks 36th in the nation in BusinessWeek's just-released annual Best Undergraduate Business Schools survey. Isenberg's current ranking rose nine places from 45th in 2013 and six places from 20th to 14th among public business schools.
Isenberg in the News--March 31
March 31, 2014
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