In August, accounting professor Bradley Bennett and a coauthor were honored by the American Accounting Association with the 2015 AAA/Deloitte Wildman Medal for a paper that made "the most significant contribution to the practice of public accountancy." The paper explored the implications of mismatches in age, knowledge, and experience between staff-level auditors and the more experienced managers at clients with whom those auditors interact.
Finance professor Mila Getmansky Sherman and two colleagues have garnered considerable media attention for their broad survey of the hedge fund industry. The study, which contends that hedge fund earnings have been overstated, nevertheless offers a strong endorsement of their enduring value to the financial system.
From August 31-September 2, Isenberg's first-year class of Full-time MBA students participated in the second annual David C. O'Leary MBA Orientation Program. During the three-day "bootcamp," the students honed professional development skills, including networking, resume writing, improvising, interviewing, and making elevator pitches. The program's culminating event was a panel of senior-level executives, moderated by David O'Leary, who shared insights and advice with the students.
A study by Isenberg finance professor Nikolaos Artavanis documents widespread tax evasion in Greece's restaurant industry. The fiscal impact of a recent VAT tax increase in Greece "could be zero or negative because tax evasion will increase," he cautions.
A two-day simulation workshop attracted Online MBA students to Isenberg from as far away as Idaho, Ohio, and Virginia. The students squared off in five teams with decision-making authority for real-time simulations of a company's product sourcing, scheduling, and pricing decisions.
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After 17 years of exceptional leadership of the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management, Professor Lisa Masteralexis has been appointed as Associate Dean for Administration in the Isenberg School of Management.
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Thirty students in the Isenberg course, Ubuntu & Business in South Africa, visited Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, and Soweto during a three-week class trip to South Africa in May. The students explored business and cultural venues and participated in several community service projects during their stay.
More than 300 alumni attended the third annual Isenberg Business Leadership Awards gathering on June 17. The event, at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston, was proof positive of Isenberg’s increasingly influential footprint in Greater Boston and beyond.
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“One of the best things about UMass and Isenberg is the network of opportunity,” observes Operations Management major Davies DeCesare-Fousek ’16. That includes, he notes, Isenberg’s vibrant alumni network, which “is extremely impressive and has helped open many doors that I didn’t even know existed."
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Isenberg's Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship has received a gift of $400,000 from Ernst & Young and Isenberg alumni at the firm. In addition, an in-kind gift from EY has given Isenberg Gold Sponsor status in the firm's regional EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards.
Four Isenberg MBA graduates and one undergraduate alum are among the best and the brightest in this year's BusinessWest 40 Under Forty cohort. They and their fellow awardees will be honored for their impact on business and community at a gala networking event on June 18.
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Isenberg is one of the oldest accredited online MBA programs in the United States with nearly 1,300 enrolled students – about 100 who are active military or veteran. It is certified for the GI Bill and is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon program.
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For a senior-year honors project, three students in finance explained retirement options to hundreds of UMass faculty and staff members. To help their audience make their far-reaching choices, the students created a user-friendly online decision tool.
Manhattan-based entrepreneur, realtor, and developer David Gaunt '70 MBA recalled the early years of his real estate career in New York City. The Isenberg graduate explained how he combined creative problem solving and persistence to gain traction in the market.
Online MBA student Mark Weisman, a physician, healthcare administrator, and entrepreneur, is deploying his MBA skills to drive innovation in his healthcare organization and to succeed as an entrepreneur in his family start-up, Define Bottle.
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On May 1, the Isenberg-based Massachusetts Small Business Development Center network and its clients earned nine New England-wide honors at the annual Massachusetts Awards Ceremony associated with National Small Business Week. The network's Berkshire Office received an award for excellence and innovation. Clients received eight honors, including Small Business Person of the Year.
Two days of Isenberg graduation events celebrated the achievements and grit of 1,230 graduating seniors, master’s, and Ph.D. recipients. Addresses by keynote speakers recounted students’ accomplishments at Isenberg and looked ahead to their promising careers and continued engagement with the school.
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