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Columbia Revises Conflict of Interest Policies
Faculty members at Columbia Business School have approved revised recommendations for disclosing potential conflicts of interest. Professors at the school will publicly disclose all outside activities that create or appear to create conflicts of interest, including paid or unpaid consulting, research, serving on a company’s board, and testimony as an expert witness. The recommendations ask that faculty members include outside activities over the past five years as part of their curriculum vitae that are posted on the school’s official website. A section on outside activities will also be included in annual reports of faculty activity. The school’s dean will monitor and enforce compliance.

Berkeley-Haas Grants Advance Sustainability
The Sustainable Products and Solutions Program at the University of California-Berkeley, housed in the Center for Responsible Business in the Haas School of Business, recently awarded nearly US$1M to students and faculty engaged in advancing sustainability. The grants will help advance research on the social impacts of supply chains, green supply chains, and scaling up use of an arsenic remediation technology for cleaner water in Bangladesh.

One-Year MBA Program Joins The Consortium
In a pilot program, the One-Year MBA Program at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School has become the only accelerated MBA program in The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, a national, non-profit organization for diversity and inclusion in American business. The Consortium awards more than US$19 million in full-tuition, merit-based MBA fellowships annually, and has been instrumental in assisting more than 6,000 underrepresented minority students earn their MBAs and advance their careers. Goizueta has been a member school in The Consortium with its Full-Time Program for more than a decade.

Bridging to Business
In May, classes began in the fourth annual post-doctoral “bridge to business” program at Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech. The eight-week program offers tracks in finance, targeted for holders of doctorates in economics, and in marketing and management, for individuals with doctorates in psychology, sociology, statistics, and other related disciplines. Pamplin’s program is offered under the aegis of an AACSB program to help alleviate the critical national shortage of business-school faculty. The four other participants in the program are Grenoble Ecole de Management, the Hough Graduate School of Business in the Warrington College of Business Administration at the University of Florida, the College of Business Administration at the University of Toledo, and the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.

“Grumpy Old Accountants” Launch Blog
Applying a label they use to describe themselves, two professors of accounting have started a blog dubbed Grumpy Old Accountants. Edward Ketz, an associate professor of accounting at the Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business, and Anthony H. Catanach, Jr., associate professor of accounting and information systems at the Villanova University School of Business, plan to use their online platform to share perspectives on the accounting profession and associated trends, news items, and ethical issues.

MBA’s Art Picked for Smithsonian 
Matt Moulthrop, who earned his MBA from the Georgia Tech School of Management, has learned that his wood sculptures will join those of his father and grandfather in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The Wyeth family is the only other family to have three generations of artists in the collection. Moulthrop credits his MBA education with helping him market his artwork, which is now in high demand in galleries around the United States. His works are on display in the offices of the president and dean of management at Georgia Tech.


  • New BuildingsGrand Valley State University is building a US$40 million home for its business school in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. … Southern Connecticut State University has started construction of a building for its School of Business. … The University of Exeter Business School has opened a £18m building in London. … The University of New Hampshire has started construction for a building for its Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics and the Whittemore Graduate School of Business and Economics. … Ground has also been broken for what will be a 4.25-acre campus for the Yale School of Management.
  • The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University announced that it will launch “Drucker on the Dial,” a radio show on management and leadership. The one-hour interview program will be posted on the Public Radio Exchange, an online marketplace for distribution, review, and licensing of public radio programming.
  • Managers and executives can now research EMBA programs worldwide using an app from the Executive MBA Council. The app works on the iPad or iPhone.


In recognition of a US$5 million gift from Robert Manning and his wife, the University of Massachusetts Lowell will name its business school after the 1984 graduate.

Nanyang Business School has been awarded HK$3 million by Rega Capital Management, a China-focused hedge fund, to support financial research related to China’s stock markets, banking, and finance.

The University of Dayton has received a US$2.1 million commitment from businessman Ron Morton to support scholarships for students who compete in non-revenue sports and major in business fields.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario has renewed its financial support for Queen’s School of Business at Queens University with a 10-year, C$2-million commitment.

Stuart M. Robbins has given West Virginia University US$2 million to create a center for global business and strategy in the WVU College of Business and Economics.

The Katie School of Insurance and Financial Services in the College of Business at Illinois State University is one of the beneficiaries of a US$1.8 million grant from the State Farm Companies Foundation.
An alumni couple at Bloomsburg University, Terry and JoAnn Schultz Zeigler, have contributed US$1.67 million to establish an institute for professional development in the university’s College of Business.

Real estate entrepreneur and philanthropist Avron Fogelman has given US$1.25 million to the University of Memphis to create a center for professional career development in the school’s Fogelman College of Business & Economics, which is named after the donor’s family.

The Sprott School of Business at Carleton University is investing C$1 million in its student-managed equity portfolio, The Fund@Sprott.

George Dembroski has donated C$1 million to the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan.

A US$1 million contribution to Bentley University from PwC US will help launch the university’s Center for Women and Business.

ConocoPhillips has donated US$1 million to Texas A&M University. The gift will fund several academic programs, including scholars in the Mays Business School.


Regents at Baylor University have voted to establish the Robbins Institute for Health Policy and Leadership, an interdisciplinary center for health care-related initiatives in the Hankamer School of Business. … CEIBS has broken ground on Phase III of its Shanghai campus expansion, which will ultimately double the size of the campus to 7.5 million square meters. … Columbia Business School and Columbia Law School have launched an interdisciplinary academic center for business, law, and public policy. … Copenhagen Business School has announced the launch of the “Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research,” the first program in a partnership with the Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; students earn degrees from both institutions. … The Cranfield School of Management at Cranfield University and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply have created a Centre for Strategic Procurement and Supply Management at the university. … Chennai-based Great Lakes Institute of Management has established a campus in Delhi. … On July 6, INSEAD will open its International Directors Programme, offering executive education to board members and corporate directors. In addition, INSEAD announced a joint degree initiative with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. … London Business School and Deloitte have partnered to create the Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. …

The Marquette University College of Business Administration is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The college was one of the first 15 colleges of business in the United States and was the first Catholic business school to be accredited by the AACSB. … The Jenkins Graduate School of Management at the North Carolina State University Poole College of Management has launched a dual MBA/JD degree with the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University in Raleigh, NC. In addition, the NC State Jenkins MBA program has partnered with the Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing and Training Center to launch a Master of Biomanufacturing/Master of Business Administration degree program, which starts this fall. … The executive education department at the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University has designed the curriculum for the university’s newly launched Executive Principals Leadership Academy, a resource for school principals. … The Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University is offering what it says is the first of its kind Executive PhD in Business. The program is designed for executives currently in or ready to enter senior leadership positions in industry, government, consulting, and public service. Courses will be offered over long weekends and occasional extended stays in Tulsa. … Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management and the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors, have partnered to offer the Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor, an advanced professional credential. … The Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at the Stanford School of Engineering will collaborate with JetBlue in an executive education exercise focused on the airline’s airport experience. The project will take place during Stanford’s July 6-8 Design Thinking Boot Camp: From Insights to Innovation, a program for business leaders from around the world. … Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School has shifted  its MBA program from North Andover to a site in Lawrence, Massachusetts. … Temple University’s Fox School of Business and its Institute for Business and Information Technology have announced three new executive education programs, in social media, business intelligence, and business design. … Texas Tech University has partnered with IBM and the University of Hertfordshire to lead research on “smart energy,” a concept that encourages consumers to take energy conservation initiatives by generating their own energy and then sell back the excess. …

The University of Cincinnati has announced the MBA ACCEND program, in which students will work across disciplines on projects for business and can earn both an undergraduate degree and an MBA in five years. … The University of Notre Dame has announced a major gift from Deloitte to help establish the Notre Dame/Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership, an academic center at the Mendoza College of Business. … The Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario is partnering with Sun Life Financial to createthe Sun Life Wellness Institute, which will conduct research on the return-on-investment of workplace wellness programs for employers. … The Washington University-Fudan University Executive MBA Program is celebrating its 10th  anniversary. … The Yale School of Management Center for Customer Insights and IBM are collaborating on an initiative that will provide analytics and training resources to MBA students. …

Bradford University School of Management has parted with the University of Perugia in Italy to offer a joint MBA program. … The College of Saint Rose has named its business school the Huether School of Business in honor of a “transformational” gift to the school from trustee Richard J. Huether. … Florida Southern College has established the Barney Barnett School of Business and Economics, the first named academic school in the college’s history. … Grant MacEwan University in Alberta and the Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research in Mumbai have signed an agreement to conduct joint programs in business education. … Loyola University New Orleans and the Catholic University of Honduras, “Our Lady Queen of Peace” are partnering to bring Loyola’s MBA program to Honduran students starting next January. … The Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College has joined forces with Mills’ college of education to offer a joint MBA/MA focused on helping prepare future leaders and managers of educational institutions. … The New England College of Business has started graduate program concentrations in health care administration and insurance. … reports that Punjab Technical University has started an Executive MBA program. … The website Modern Ghana reports that Regent University College of Science and Technology in Acca is partnering with the Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands to start a Doctor of Business Administration program in Ghana. Regent already partners with Maastricht on an MBA program. … Beginning this summer, the Brock School of Business at Samford University will offer MBA concentrations in international business and entrepreneurship. … The Southeast Missourian reports that Southeast Missouri State University will start a master of science degree in organizational management this fall. … The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee has partnered with the Sanborn Film and Television Institute to start an MBA program with a concentration in film and TV production. … The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Business has established the Center for Education and Research in Information and Infrastructure Security.


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