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DEAN ROBERT DAMMON REAPPOINTED FOR SECOND TERM

Robert Dammon, dean and professor of financial economics, was recently reappointed for another term as dean of the Tepper School of Business. Dammon was first selected as the ninth dean of the school in 2011.

In an announcement of the appointment to the university community, Provost Farnam Jahanian said, “Over the past five years, [Dean Dammon] has demonstrated his strengths and accomplishments as dean of the Tepper School with his leadership on a number of initiatives, including the development of the Tepper Quad, contributing to the establishment of the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, [and] the creation of new and innovative educational programs for the Tepper School.”

During his tenure, Dean Dammon has overseen both the launch of the Part-Time Online Hybrid MBA program and an increased enrollment to the Undergraduate Business Administration program by more than 70 percent, and the Tepper School has broken fundraising records in support of faculty and students.


Laurie Weingart Selected as Academy of Management Fellow

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Laurie Weingart, senior associate dean of education and Richard M. and Margaret S. Cyert Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory, was recently elected as an Academy of Management (AOM) Fellow. The AOM selected only eight of its 20,000 members to join the 2016 Fellows Group for its “significant contributions to the science and practice of management.”

The AOM Fellows host annual meetings in service of “the exercise of intellectual leadership in the field of management.” All fellows receive a lifetime designation within the AOM, an organization that spans 115 countries. 

Weingart joins previous Fellows from the Tepper School of Business: Linda Argote, David M. Kirr and Barbara A. Kirr professor of organizational behavior and theory; the late Paul Goodman, Richard M. Cyert professor of industrial administration and psychology; and Denise M. Rousseau, H.J. Heinz II University professor of organizational behavior and public policy, and dean of the AOM Fellows Group.


Tepper School MBA Students Bring Home Top Prize at National Stock Pitch Competition

Ryan Wright, MBA ’16, and MBA candidate Jake Jolly won UCLA Anderson’s Fink Center Stock Pitch Competition last spring. Their team, Lipizzaner — which was named after a breed of horse, a subtle nod to David Tepper’s company Appaloosa Management — brought home a monetary prize of $6,000.

The competition attracts top MBA students interested in career paths related to investment research and asset management. Stock pitches are conducted by teams of two to four students before a renowned panel of judges from across the industry. 

The team finished ahead of top business schools including the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Columbia Business School, Duke Fuqua School of Business, NYU Stern School of Business, Yale School of Management and more.


Linda Argote recognized for influential research by Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes journal

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A paper co-authored by Linda Argote, David M. Kirr and Barbara A. Kirr Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory and director of the Center of Organizational Learning, Innovation and Knowledge, has been identified as one of the 12 most influential papers published in the first 50 years of the Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes journal. This recognition identifies research that has had a lasting impact on the study of organizational behavior, including early papers on work motivation, leadership and human decision-making.

Argote’s paper, “Knowledge Transfer in Organizations: A Basis for Competitive Advantage in Firms,” laid the foundations for understanding knowledge transfer and its importance in firm success. The paper, which was co-written with Columbia’s Paul Ingram, is the second most cited paper in the history of the journal.

Winners were given the opportunity to write a review article for a special anniversary edition of the journal. Following up on what has been learned since the original article was published in 2000, Argote, along with Tepper School Ph.D. student Erin Fahrenkopf, wrote “Knowledge transfer in organizations: The roles of members, tasks, tools, and networks,” in which they also provide direction for future related research.

Max Bazerman, Ph.D. ’80, was also recognized for the honor. For the anniversary edition, Bazerman co-authored the paper “Bounded awareness: Implications for ethical decision making.”


Welcome and Awards Program Honors Returning MBA Candidates

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The Tepper School’s Welcome and Awards Ceremony is an annual event designed to welcome incoming graduate students to the Tepper School, as well as an opportunity to recognize returning students for their academic achievements and contributions to the school. At this year’s ceremony Dean Robert Dammon, MBA Program Head Kate Barraclough and Graduate Business Association President Zachary Talmadge addressed the new students and presented awards to several outstanding MBA candidates from the class of 2017.

Lilian Ngobi was awarded the Arjun V. Gokhale Spirit Award, which is presented to a returning MBA student who demonstrates academic excellence, a zest for life, dedication to teamwork and the ability to bring together people from diverse backgrounds.

David Dierker received the McGowan Fellowship Award, which was established in 2010 by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund to create a select community of highly talented, emerging business leaders who are dedicated to ethical leadership and community building, and who demonstrate an interest in public service.

In addition, three students were awarded with Henry Ford II Scholarship Awards, which are given to the student with the highest grade point average in each of the Tepper School MBA delivery modes. Brenden Van Buren earned the scholarship for the Full-Time program; Florin Manolache received the award for the Part-Time On-Campus program; and Adam Caruso won the award for his work in the Part-Time Online Hybrid program. 

The event closed with remarks from William Lambert, MSIA ’90, president and CEO of MSA Safety, who reflected on his time at the Tepper School and his successful career at MSA, and offered advice to MBA students as they move forward in their professional lives.


Undergraduate Business and Economics Students Recognized for Academic Excellence

Undergraduate students from the class of 2016 were honored during Commencement Weekend for their scholastic achievements and contributions to the Tepper School community. 

Undergraduate Business Administration awardees

  • Outstanding Academic Achievement Award: Jacquelyn Tencza, Brian Sinko and Shanon Burke
  • Outstanding Student Leadership Award: Courtney Wood
  • Distinguished Service Award: Julia Yang

Undergraduate Economics awardees

  • Outstanding Academic Achievement Award: Richa Mohan and Samuel Walters
  • Outstanding Student Leadership Award: Anusha Kukreja
  • Distinguished Service Award: Jillian Ward
  • Best Oral Presentation at Meeting of the Minds: Richa Mohan, David Moss and Anwesha Patnaik
  • Best Senior Project: Charlton Cheng, Michael Hsun and Michelle Ong
  • Outstanding Pedagogical Service: Richa Mohan
  • Best Senior Thesis: Richa Mohan

MBA Class of 2016 Exceeds Goals with Annual Gift Campaign

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It was another successful year for the MBA Graduating Class Gift Campaign, with the Class of 2016 raising $22,537 that will be earmarked toward a Tepper School educational webinar and podcast series. Liza Tresser, MBA ’16 and Tuyen Huynh, MBA ’16,who led the charge as Class Gift Committee Co-Chairs, presented Dean Robert Dammon with their final campaign results and a check during the annual Graduation Open House last spring.

The funds raised from the 2016 Class Gift will support the creation of a Tepper School-specific webinar and podcast series that will be available to Tepper School students, alumni, faculty and staff. The class plans to continue fundraising until they reach the $50,000 endowment minimum. Once the minimum is achieved, the fund will continue to grow indefinitely and will directly support the webinar and podcast series initiative each year with equipment and resources for content development.

The decision by the class to allocate this money toward a multimedia series was one that was driven by support and suggestions from their peers and the university community, as well as the Tepper School Alumni Board. The Alumni Board contributed $8,500 in matching funds to inspire class participation to reach at least the 90 percent level. The full-time MBA Class of 2016 exceeded this goal, reaching a 99.5 percent participation rate, which matched the previous participation record set by the Class of 2014.


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Taya Cohen and Tepper Ph.D. Students Receive Honors for Research

Taya Cohen, the Carnegie Bosch Junior Faculty Chair and associate professor of organizational behavior and theory, along with current Ph.D. candidate Yeonjeong Kim; Nazli Turan, Ph.D. ’14; and Lily Morse, Ph.D. ’16, were awarded the 2016 Outstanding Article Award from the International Association of Conflict Management (IACM) this past summer. This marks the first time a Tepper School faculty member has received this IACM award since Senior Associate Dean of Education Laurie Weingart in 2002.

Their paper, “Moral character in the workplace,” co-authored by Abigail Panter, professor of psychology and senior associate dean of undergraduate education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was published by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in 2014.

Cohen, along with Panter, has been researching moral character and how to measure it for the past decade. The pair’s current research, a study in which Kim is also a collaborator, is investigating how to detect moral character via behavioral interview questions.


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Alan Scheller-Wolf and Laurie Weingart Awarded Endowed Professorships

This summer Dean Robert Dammon announced two endowed professorship designations to Alan Scheller-Wolf and Laurie Weingart, which serve as an acknowledgment of achievements in research and leadership.

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These professorships carry the names of benefactors who contributed to the impressive legacy of Carnegie Mellon and the Tepper School of Business: Richard Cyert, former president of Carnegie Mellon University and dean of the Graduate School of Industrial Administration (now the Tepper School), and Margaret Cyert, honorary alumna of Carnegie Mellon and namesake of the university’s Margaret Shadick Cyert Center for Early Education and Program for Collaborative Learning.

Alan Scheller-Wolf, head of the Ph.D. program and professor of operations management, now holds the Richard M. Cyert Professorship. Balancing his work between the Ph.D. program, teaching, consulting and research, Scheller-Wolf has produced 15 refereed publications since 2014. His research interests include inventory theory, energy, service systems, computer science, stochastic processes and queueing theory. 

Laurie Weingart, senior associate dean of education and professor of organizational behavior and theory, will hold the Richard M. and Margaret S. Cyert Professorship. Weingart is an expert in the study of team effectiveness and focuses her research on examining negotiation, conflict and team innovation.

Weingart and Scheller-Wolf were recognized for these achievements at a ceremony and reception at the Tepper School this fall.


Undergraduate Economics Program Debuts Concentrations

This year, the Undergraduate Economics program introduced a new academic opportunity for students via six concentration areas. 

The concentrations are intended for students interested in specializing in a particular aspect of business or economics — such as public policy, global markets and market design — and want to guide their career in that direction. 

These focused sets of elective courses will help students develop specialized areas of expertise and promote their specific career interests, indicating to graduate school recruiters and potential employers that they have received dedicated training in their field. The concentrations will also highlight how the various courses and disciplines are interconnected, and the depth and breadth of the program’s curriculum.

Strategy and Markets: Designed to educate students on consulting practices, this concentration will include a collection of courses that provide varied perspectives on the economics of modern business through courses focusing on market design, economic foundations of regulation, global electronic markets and more.

Global Markets and Finance: This concentration will explore financial crises and the role of the Federal Reserve in the economy. With courses focusing on the sources of financial crises, the determination of exchange rates and the role of the central banks, students will have the opportunity to explore key macroeconomic topics in depth.

Economics of Public Policy: Structured to investigate the role of economics in areas like health, taxes, law and education, this concentration offers students a variety of courses in many aspects of public policy. Courses consider health policy, taxation, regulation and education, and are essential for students considering a career in government and other industries that are impacted by policy-making or law.

Advanced Quantitative Economic Methods: This concentration provides an advanced look at economics for students who ultimately hope to continue on to an economics graduate program. The ability to combine economic analysis and advanced mathematical and statistical skills is valuable in many professions.

Economics of Global Change and Disruption: This concentration area focuses on key trends that are reshaping the world economy, such as globalization, accelerating technological change, climate change and population mobility. These courses are relevant for students considering a career in strategic consulting, public policy or international organizations.

Market Design: Structured to assess why some market arrangements succeed while others fail, and how markets might be better designed, this concentration will prepare students for careers in tech firms, consulting or public policy. The principles taught in this concentration are also useful for practical applications such as online auctions and matching market design.