Isenberg faculty have secured a national reputation as thought leaders and advisors to industry. Adept in both the classroom and research, they excel in operations and quality management, alternative investments, data analytics, entrepreneurship, sport marketing, business leadership, and many other areas.
In February, 350 students, alumni, faculty and staff attended the fourth annual Women of Isenberg conference which brings together women from all career levels to talk about their unique experiences and challenges as women in business.
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Professor Charles Schewe’s course, Tools for Professional Success, gives students the opportunity to explore real business challenges for different clients and propose solutions during a final presentation. Peter Warren '17, Liz Imbrogna '17 and Rachel Kirshtein '17 were assigned to Peter Pan Bus Lines. Their research targeted the Northeast's college student population along with opportunities for Peter Pan's charter services and general ridership.
Professor Steve McKelvey is this year’s Betty van der Smissen Leadership Award honoree. Bestowed by the Sport & Law Recreation Association (SLRA), the award is widely viewed as the single highest honor focusing on the academic intersection of law and sport.
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Demand for blood is down overall which leaves blood suppliers in crisis. Operations professor Anna Nagurney says that tactics such as mergers and resource sharing between suppliers can improve efficiency and reduce waste in this delicate supply chain.
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Sport management professor Matthew Katz weights in on the new partnership between GE and the Boston Celtics. Katz's teaching and research focus on sport marketing including the behavior and psychology of sports fans.
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It’s a Cinderella story in the making. In their first immersion in a major collegiate sales competition, four Isenberg undergrads representing the school’s recently launched Sales Club were third runners-up at the venerable Northeast Intercollegiate Sales Competition (NISC) in November. The Isenberg students excelled in a field of 19 colleges and universities and 120 students. In the contest, at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island, students (four and five per institution) role-played 10-minute videotaped sales calls with private industry “partners” serving as fictional sales...It’s a Cinderella story in the making. In their first immersion in a major collegiate sales competition, four Isenberg undergrads representing the school’s recently launched Sales Club were third runners-up at the venerable Northeast Intercollegiate Sales Competition (NISC) in November. The Isenberg students excelled in a field of 19 colleges and universities and 120 students. In the contest, at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island, students (four and five per institution) role-played 10-minute videotaped sales calls with private industry “partners” serving as fictional sales prospects.
Dean Mark A. Fuller recently sat down with BusinessWest editor George O’Brien for a discussion about Isenberg’s dramatically improved national reputation and our aspirations to elevate it further. In the interview—the magazine’s current cover feature—he outlined the strategic and tactical elements that we will continue to deploy in growing Isenberg’s reputational capital. He also underscored the importance of measurable execution in that pursuit.
At this year's Center for International Securities and Derivatives Markets’ (CISDM) Annual Research Conference, one of many insights featured was how risk management and other analytical strategies in the finance profession’s tool kit can make a positive difference in the battle against climate change.
A paper written by professor Albert Assaf is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Thea Sinclair Award for Journal Article Excellence. The award recognizes the previous year’s (2015) top paper published in the influential journal, Tourism Economics.
On September 16, Isenberg alumni, students, faculty, and staff celebrated ground breaking for the school’s $62 million Business Innovation Hub. When the Business Innovation Hub does open in January of 2019, the futuristic building complex will add 70,000 square-feet of classrooms, labs, and student-focused spaces.
A relationship-builder, innovative educator, and internationally renowned researcher, Professor Muzzo Uysal brings experience, acumen, and energy to his new role as chair of the Hospitality & Tourism Management department.
“No matter where we go, no matter what we do, we carry the Isenberg brand with us,” Senior Class Speaker Stephanie Berenson ’16 told an audience of over 4000—graduating seniors, their families, and Isenberg faculty and staff—at Isenberg’s Senior Celebration at the Mullins Center on May 7. “We are part of each other. We are each other’s network, and one day, as graduates, we will be a resource for Isenberg students just as alumni have been for us,” emphasized the dual marketing/journalism major.
Isenberg is the highest ranking public undergraduate business school in the Northeast, according to Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2016 Undergraduate Business School Rankings. Climbing three places since the 2014 ranking, Isenberg now ranks 11th among public undergraduate business school programs in the United States. The new rankings clearly illustrate Isenberg’s growing national stature, with the school moving up 45 spots among private and public business schools since 2010.
When asked to account for her recent appointment as Douglas and Diana Berthiaume Endowed Professor of Information Systems, Traci Hess replies with characteristic modesty: “More than anything else, it reflects Isenberg’s growing national footprint in the Information Systems field." That is evidenced, she says, by her program’s national prominence in iconic rankings* based on publications in her discipline’s top research journals.
In a new partnership with the J.League, Asia's premier professional soccer league, the McCormack Department of Sport Management will teach online courses in sport marketing and finance. "We aim to share the best in sport management practices in the U.S.," remarks McCormack professor Steve McKelvey.
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Four Isenberg finance professors who recently attended a showing of “The Big Short” applauded the movie for its accurate portrayal of the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis and for its clear explanation of complex financial concepts. In a discussion following the movie, several of the professors expressed approval for regulations that focus on interrelationships among different segments of the financial system.
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“People are critical resources for organizations. But compared with other 'assets,' people have opinions and emotions; they can walk out the door and never return. They can also withhold effort, be lazy or excel when they choose to. Yet, all companies need employees.” It is this dance between business and the people who fuel it that makes the field of Human Resource Management so intriguing to Prof. David Lepak, the internationally renowned scholar whom Isenberg has proposed for its Berthiaume Chair in Business Leadership at Isenberg.
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The current expansion of the Massachusetts economy appears to be on firm footing, notes Isenberg economist and professor Robert Nakosteen. While the overall picture is positive, risks like the strong dollar and less than all-out consumer confidence somewhat cloud the picture.
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