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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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Coordinated by Isenberg’s Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship, the daylong event on November 17th at the Campus Center offered separate panels on global and local entrepreneurship. It featured a third panel that explored financing mechanisms for social entrepreneurs. And it offered a dynamic networking opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors, and academics (including students).
An MBA faculty panel on gender challenges in the workplace and the sports industry recounted obstacles in mobility and biases in interpersonal relations. The panel also noted progress, including leveraging gender allies and advocates.
Nassim Taleb and other financial pundits headlined the Center for International Securities and Derivatives Markets (CISDM)’s annual Research Day. The speakers explored financial fragility, bubbles, and credit markets, including the current crisis in Greece.
John F. Smith Professor of Operations Management Anna Nagurney was one of 34 top academics invited by Amazon to attend its first faculty conference devoted to supply chain optimization. During her visit, she attended a variety of "ops talks" by Amazon cognoscenti. She got a first hand look at the company's operations at a sprawling fulfillment center and introduced Isenberg to Amazon officials and visiting scholars.
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Isenberg PhD Director George Milne and information management professor Ryan Wright explored current issues in consumer privacy and internet security in a presentation to MBA students. Both called for renewed consumer and employee education and empowerment.
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Janet S. Fink is a consummate academician, receiving critical acclaim for her research, teaching, and service. Her scholarship has exposed the flaws in marketing of women athletes and has contributed to a new era where female players are celebrated in advertisements for their athleticism rather than beauty.
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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.