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July 2012

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SP Jain and William & Mary Claim TeamMBA Awards

After more than 21,000 votes were cast online in May, SP Jain Institute of Management and Research and the College of William & Mary Mason School of Business beat 76 other entries to win GMAC’s 2012 TeamMBA awards.

From left, Parimal Merchant and Abbasali Gabula of the SP Jain Institute of Management & Research and Amanda Barth and Randy Tripp of the College of William & Mary Mason School of Business accepted TeamMBA Awards on behalf of their schools in Chicago.


SP Jain won the All School Award, recognizing its commitment to promote social engagement by students through school-led programs, services, institutional culture, and community outreach. Through more than a dozen projects, students at SP Jain worked to improve the lives of women, milk and agricultural growers, disaster victims, and rural villagers.

The College of William & Mary Mason School of Business won the All Service Award, which recognizes outstanding projects in categories such as community service, sustainability/greening, and consulting. Mason students engaged in a variety of projects, including a mustache auction to raise money to start a microlending account, two blood drives that collected 100 pints of blood, and other events that raised tens of thousands of dollars for local and global charities.

GMAC started the TeamMBA Award program in 2005 to recognize work in social responsibility and community service at business schools.

UCLA MBA Program Moves to Be Self-Supporting

The Legislative Assembly of the University of California-Los Angeles Academic Senate has approved a proposal to convert the UCLA Anderson School of Management MBA program from state-supported to self-supporting. The proposal now goes to the University of California system-wide Academic Senate and to UC President Mark Yudof, who has the final say.

“Our proposal is a response to the urgent need to find solutions to campus-wide financial challenges,” said Judy Olian, dean of UCLA Anderson. “We are at a critical moment at UCLA where we must find innovative responses to dramatic cuts in funding while protecting the great engine of research and education we have here.”

Under the proposal, revenue from philanthropy would replace state funding for the MBA program. UCLA Anderson officials said the proposal would allow them greater flexibility for the school’s flagship daytime MBA program. UCLA Anderson would remain integral to the campus and subject to policies and regulations that govern UCLA’s professional schools.

Krannert Revamps HRM Program

Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management is revising its master of science program in human resource management. Slated to debut next fall, the revision is designed to give the program more of a professional focus and make it more market-competitive for students. Students in the 48-credit, three-semester program will complete core courses in business analytics, organizational behavior, managerial communication, and employment law, then select from options in accounting, finance, marketing, operations, strategic management, and economics. They will also take six credit hours in organizational behavior and human resource management. The program also includes global and experiential learning opportunities.

MBAs Helping Plan Financial Future for Nation’s Capital

Five MBA students from Georgetown University will join graduate students from American University, Howard University, and the George Washington University to collect data that will help shape a five-year economic development plan for the District of Columbia that is now being planned through the office of Mayor Vincent C. Gray. Business school deans Doug Guthrie of The George Washington University and David A. Thomas of Georgetown University are serving on an advisory panel that will help the District formulate the strategy.

Five Schools Study Public Relations Instruction in MBA Programs

Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management are among five business schools selected by the Public Relations Society of America to participate in project seeking to enhance education in strategic communication and reputation management in MBA programs. The schools will collaborate to identify and document best practices for teaching these topics and offer suggestions for improving related curricula. Quinnipiac University’s School of Business and the University of Texas at El Paso’s College of Business Administration are also participating in the pilot.

Rethinking Management Education’s Role

Copenhagen Business School, ESADE, and ESSEC Business School are among a handful of business schools and other entities that co-authored the 50+20 Agenda, a global initiative that seeks to transform management education so that it is better positioned to respond to social, economic, and leadership challenges, now and in the future. According to the group’s website [], “50+20’s point of departure is our belief that the time is ripe for critical reflection on the role business and management education plays in society.” The initiative was unveiled on June 15 at the RIO+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro.

Delaware Student Defends Dissertation Via Skype

Samuel Mathey has become the first doctoral student in the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware to successfully defend a dissertation via Skype. On June 12, Mathey’s dissertation committee sat in a virtual conference room on campus while he defended his dissertation from France.  “I had been working remotely with my adviser and the committee over the past three years,” Mathey said. “Once I completed the dissertation manuscript it was difficult to arrange a time for me to complete the oral defense given my location and the committee members’ schedules.” Tech staff at the school were able to troubleshoot an initial problem with Skype, after which the defense went off without a hitch.

Summer Reading

Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World, by Michael Lewis, tops the ninth annual Top 10 Summer Reading List for Business Leaders, from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Compiled from suggestions by faculty and staff, the top five books also include The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business, by Patrick Lencioni; Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck: Why Some Thrive Despite Them All, by Morten Hansen and Jim Collins; The Start-up of You, by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha; and Enough: True Measures of Money, Business, and Life, by John C. Bogle.

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