Undergraduate Business Administration program launches Business Leadership Endeavor course sequence

At the start of the spring 2018 semester, the Tepper School announced a new course sequence titled “Business Leadership Endeavor” (BLE). The program builds upon the existing Professional and Service Project that undergraduate business students generally complete in their senior year, creating a longitudinal experience that further develops six core competencies in collaboration, innovation, critical thinking, network building, self-reliance and global citizenship.

First-year students in the class of 2021 began the first course of the three-year sequence this spring. In their first year of the program, BLE students complete a self-assessment and produce their own development plan. Students in the program will be heavily involved in the progression of course activities.

As students move into their sophomore and junior years in the program, they will be involved in activities that develop their own skills in leadership, collaboration and innovation, and they will have the opportunity to serve as mentors to younger students.

BLE — developed with the assistance of faculty lead John Lankford, distinguished service professor of management — focuses on career readiness. Students have the opportunity to pursue leadership-level activities in mentoring, directing, presenting and instructing, and may qualify for a BLE Leader Certificate upon completion of the sequence.

Robert Miller elected Fellow of Econometric Society

The Econometric Society, an international organization of economics researchers, elected Robert Miller, Richard M. Cyert and Morris DeGroot Professor of Economics and Statistics, one of 20 new Fellows. The society was established in 1930 to advance economic theory in the context of statistics and mathematics and publishes three economic research journals.

Only three other Tepper School faculty members have previously been elected as Fellows: Dennis Epple, Thomas Lord University Professor of Economics; Bennett McCallum, H.J. Heinz Professor of Economics, Emeritus; and Finn Kydland, Nobel laureate, The Richard P. Simmons Distinguished Professorship, University Professor of Economics.

Dokyun Lee recognized at International Conference in Information Systems with best paper awards

At the 2017 International Conference in Information Systems (ICIS) last fall, research presented by Dokyun Lee, assistant professor of business analytics, Xerox Junior Faculty Chair AY 2017-2018, earned Best Track Paper in IT and Social Change as well as Best Conference Paper.

Micro-Giving: On the Use of Mobile Devices and Monetary Subsidies in Charitable Giving,” which Lee coauthored with Dongwon Lee of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Anand Gopal of the University of Maryland, analyzes the effects of mobile push notifications and monetary rewards on charitable giving.

This year’s conference was organized around the theme “Transforming Society with Digital Innovation.” Lee’s paper was submitted within the IT and social change track — one of more than 20 topics under the conference theme — and was selected as the best paper for that track. It then went on to be named the best conference paper overall.


Tepper School launches Life at Tepper student experience blog

This fall, the Tepper School launched Life at Tepper, a blog composed of student voices from the undergraduate business, undergraduate economics, MBA and Ph.D. programs.

Student authors have been sharing their experiences throughout the past several months, from orientation in the fall to finals this spring and beyond. They have highlighted events they have hosted and attended, posted photos and stories of their explorations in Pittsburgh, spoken candidly about the challenges and rewards of the Carnegie Mellon experience, and shown off some remarkable spring break activities.


New book examines Yuji Ijiri’s “Theory of Accounting Measurement”

Published in November by Emerald Publishing Limited, “Understanding Mattessich and Ijiri: A Study of Accounting Thought” by Nohora García analyzes two prominent texts in the field of accounting — “Accounting and Analytical Methods,” written in 1964 by Canadian economist Richard Mattessich, and “Theory of Accounting Management,” written in 1975 by the late Yuji Ijiri, R.M. Trueblood University Professor of Accounting and Economics Emeritus.

García considers how these two eminent works, considered well ahead of their time, fit with contemporary economic theories and technologies. In particular, she highlights Ijiri’s focus on accountability as a foundational element in conventional accounting.

Ijiri earned his Ph.D. in industrial administration in 1963 from Carnegie Mellon University. After a few years at Stanford University, he returned to the university in 1967 as a business school faculty member, where he remained until his retirement in 2011. Throughout his career, he was a celebrated intellectual leader whose work still impacts the study of accounting today.


Ph.D. students granted Carnegie Mellon University Presidential Fellowship Awards

Three Ph.D. candidates were recognized by the university with Presidential Fellowship awards for the 2017-2018 academic year. These fellowships provide financial support to help endow the research of outstanding students at each of the university’s seven colleges.

Elizabeth Campbell, a doctoral student in organizational behavior and theory, was awarded the Henry J. Gailliot Presidential Fellowship. Her research involves investigating the relationship between gender and career advancement.

Alessandro Iorio was awarded a Presidential Fellowship in the Tepper School of Business to support his research analyzing organizational networks. His work focuses on the origins and evolution of social network structures and their implications for individual performance.

Zijun Shi, whose doctoral study in marketing focuses on branding, pricing and media impact on consumer choices, was recognized with the Paul and James Wang — Sercomm Presidential Graduate Fellowship.


Online MBA captures top rankings from U.S. News and Poets & Quants

In its first-ever ranking of online MBA programs, Poets & Quants placed the Tepper School’s Part-Time Online Hybrid MBA at #1 out of 25 schools due to admissions standards, educational experience and career outcomes for graduates. In addition to surveying the school, Poets & Quants surveyed alumni, reporting that graduates of the online MBA option offered a perfect 10 out of 10 score for whether they would recommend the format to others.

The Tepper School’s online MBA also topped U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 ranking of online MBA programs, tied with the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Schools were ranked based on student engagement, peer reputation, admissions selectivity, faculty credentials and training, student services, and technology. The Tepper School ranked very high for selectivity and engagement and earned a 4.1 out of 5 score from peer schools.


Jeff Galak recognized with two early career awards

The two largest associations devoted to research on consumer psychology have presented Jeff Galak, associate professor of marketing, with early career awards in recognition of his research accomplishments.

In October, the Association for Consumer Research (ACR) honored Galak during the organization’s annual meeting with its 2017 Early Career Award. The award recognizes researchers who earned their doctorates within the last eight years and whose work is identified by a panel of ACR members as demonstrating innovation, methodological rigor and potential to advance knowledge of consumer behavior.

In February, Galak was awarded the Society for Consumer Psychology’s 2018 Early Career Award at the society’s annual meeting. Galak shares the award with Alison Xu of the Carlson Business School at the University of Minnesota. Awardees must have completed their doctorate after June 1, 2009.

Galak is one of only four professors to receive both awards.


Richard Young wins award for business communication textbook

The Association for Business Communication recognized Richard Young, teaching professor of business management communication, with its Distinguished Publication Award for the recently published second edition of his textbook “Persuasive Communication: How Audiences Decide,” published by Routledge.

The award recognizes an article, essay or book that the association determines has made a substantial contribution to the study of business communication. The association presented Young with the award at its conference this year in Dublin.


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Tepper School recognized as top-ranking school for female entrepreneurs

College Magazine, a publication produced primarily by students about the college experience, published a Top 10 list of schools for aspiring female entrepreneurs in December 2017, placing the Tepper School at #5.

In the ranking, the magazine cited the university’s dedication to “fostering an environment in which the women are heard and valued,” as well as the entrepreneurship concentrations in the MBA and undergraduate business programs.

The article also identifies Cindy Padnos, MSIA ’80 and member of the Business Board of Advisors, partner at Illuminate Ventures, as an example of an outstanding female entrepreneur.

Carnegie Bosch Institute moves to College of Engineering

Beginning July 1, 2018, the Carnegie Bosch Institute for Applied Research in International Management (CBI) will change its CMU affiliation from the Tepper School of Business to the College of Engineering.

CBI’s governing board has shifted the institute’s mission to technological research: the Internet of Things, connectivity, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, robotics and digital transformation. To that end, CBI will focus primarily on supporting College of Engineering faculty and researchers.

CBI has been affiliated with the business school since 1990, when the Bosch Group — a Germany-based supplier of technology and services — partnered with Carnegie Mellon University to foster an unprecedented collaboration between industry and academia that would improve international management and enhance the knowledge and performance of managers and executives in global operations.

Although the institute will move its physical location to the College of Engineering, it will honor a $1 million gift to the Tepper Quad announced during CBI’s 25th anniversary activities.

Additionally, the institute will continue to sponsor chaired professorships at the business school supporting research that furthers the fields of global leadership and international business, such as those awarded last year to Param Vir Singh, Carnegie Bosch Associate Professor of Business Technologies, and Willem-Jan van Hoeve, Carnegie Bosch Associate Professor of Operations Research.

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QS ranks Tepper School MBA #6 worldwide for ROI

In a new ranking by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a British company that focuses on higher education worldwide, the Tepper School’s MBA program placed #6 globally and #3 in the U.S. for 10-year return on investment.

The QS article announcing the ranking cited the Tepper School’s “data-driven curriculum” as a top selling point for recruiters and celebrated Pittsburgh’s growth in the tech industry.

The article also highlighted that the Tepper School was the highest-ranked program on the East Coast.

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Peter Boatwright assumes director position for Integrated Innovation Institute

This fall, Peter Boatwright, the Allan D. Shocker Professor of Marketing and New Product Development, took on the role as director of the Integrated Innovation Institute (III), after Jon Cagan, the George Tallman and Florence Barrett Ladd Professor of Mechanical Engineering and associate dean of graduate and faculty affairs at the College of Engineering, stepped down as a co-director.

Boatwright and Cagan co-founded the institute in 2013 with Eric Anderson, associate professor in the School of Design and senior associate dean in the College of Fine Arts, to bring together students in business, engineering and design — important functions that typically collaborate within organizations — to work together solving real-world problems. Housed at both the Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley campuses, III confers master’s degrees in Integrated Innovation for Products and Services, Software Management, and Technology Ventures.

Boatwright holds a Ph.D. in marketing and statistics and an MBA from the University of Chicago and has consulted on innovation processes with industry leaders across diverse industries. Since coming to the Tepper School in 1997, he has co-authored two books and published research on innovation, product pricing and statistical modeling in leading marketing research journals.


Maria Taylor named executive director of Executive Education

In a memo to the Tepper School community, Senior Associate Dean of Education Sevin Yeltekin and Dean Robert Dammon announced the selection of Maria Taylor as executive director of the Tepper School’s Executive Education programs. Taylor succeeds John Lankford, who transitioned into a new role this summer as distinguished service professor of management at the Tepper School.

Prior to joining the Tepper School, Taylor was managing director of Penn State Executive Programs at the Smeal College of Business. She served as director of learning services for Raytheon Professional Services from 2000 through 2008 and is a Raytheon Six Sigma specialist. She holds an MBA in finance and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Penn State.