Oklahoma State University’s Department of Management and the Center for Executive and Professional Development will host “Improving Your Business Processes & Project Management” on June 26-27 at the OSU-Oklahoma City campus.
This two-day seminar covers the basics of Business Process Improvement including: terminology, identifying and selecting projects, planning, management and execution, analysis and measurement. The session includes practical exercises and examples that can apply to both small and large businesses.
Participants may enroll in the first day of “Improving your Business Processes” or both days which includes the second session, “Project Management and Practical Application.”
CEPD fulfills a vital role by providing quality executive, management and professional development programs and services for business, industry and government. The center also provides credit and media credit courses to traditional and nontraditional students. Overall, 560 programs were offered to more than 28,700 individuals this year.
“We have been truly honored over the years with Spears School faculty who embrace the land-grant mission of Oklahoma State University,” CEPD Director Julie Weathers said. “They take their knowledge and research and deliver executive and management development programs in the various departments of accounting, finance, management, entrepreneurship, legal studies, management information systems, economics, and marketing. The information the instructors give is practical and the participants enjoy being able to apply the information in their work and make a difference in their careers.” Continue Reading
The 7th Annual Oklahoma State University Energy Conference will be held on April 23 from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Cox Business Convention Center in Oklahoma City. The event is offered by the Department of Finance and the Center for Executive and Professional Development in the Spears School of Business at OSU.
This conference is intended for participants to hear emerging topics of interest in the energy industry. These interests include federal policy, the progress of the Horizontal Mississippian Oil Play, the latest technologies in fracking, green energy myths debunked, the future of energy in Oklahoma, the transformation of America’s energy supply, domestic oil production, and global impacts of LNG exports from the United States.
A man whom America is accustomed to seeing behind a television anchor’s desk chose to stand in front of a podium Tuesday. Tom Brokaw, who United States citizens are accustomed to listening to during his longtime journalistic career with NBC News, chose to have a “conversation” on who Americans are in the 21st century and where he thinks the country needs to go in the future.
Brokaw was the final speaker in the 2012-2013 Tulsa Business Forums and Executive Management Briefings speaker series, coordinated by the Center for Executive and Professional Development at Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business.
The Oklahoma State University Information Systems Technology Exploration Academy (ISyTE) is now taking applications for its 2013 session. ISyTE, presented by the Department of Management Science and Information Systems in the Spears School of Business, will be held from June 2-7, 2013 on the Stillwater campus.
ISyTE is an activity-based, hands-on program designed for high school students interested in the vital intersection of business and technology. The program allows participants to interact with current Management Information Systems (MIS) students, faculty, and industry IT professionals. Students from across the state of Oklahoma will learn how to build a computer from start to finish, take part in a mock investigation where they use forensics technology to track down an imaginary criminal, and much more during the fifth annual OSU ISyTE Academy.
“The ISyTE Academy was a great program for me to meet others interested in the same things as me,” said former ISyTE student Austen Rozanski of Tulsa. “I am very thankful for this opportunity and felt it helped me greatly to understand computers and MIS.”
Television journalist Tom Brokaw will be the featured speaker during visits Tuesday, April 2, to Tulsa and Oklahoma City as the third and final installment of the 2012-13 Spears School of Business speaker series.
Brokaw will present “The Voice of a Generation” during the Tulsa Business Forums from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Mabee Center.
The longtime NBC television journalist also will speak from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Civic Center in downtown Oklahoma City during the Executive Management Briefings, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Bob Bowlsby has spent the last nine months since being named the fourth commissioner of the Big 12 Conference listening to others. He hears the good and sometimes the opposite in his job, and the first-year commissioner took the opportunity on Wednesday to share his thoughts on the current state of major college athletics.
Bowlsby was the featured speaker in the Executive Management Briefings, coordinated by the Center for Executive and Professional Development at Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business. He also is scheduled to be the featured speaker at the Tulsa Business Forums on Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
The 2013 OSU Healthcare Conference, focusing on disruptive innovations in health care, is scheduled for Feb. 28 at Oklahoma City’s National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. National and state health care experts will provide updates on cutting edge programs in “Disruptive Innovation in Healthcare.”
The national conference will last from 8 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. and will be presented by OSU’s Center for Health Systems Innovation and the Center for Executive and Professional Development in cooperation with the OSU Center for Health Sciences.
This 2013 OSU Healthcare Conference reflects a growing need to transform today’s functional health care systems into one in which creative and innovative solutions will lead to better health and health care delivery.
The 22nd annual Women’s Business Leadership Conference will be held Wednesday, March 6, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tulsa. It is presented by the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma International Women’s Forum.
This conference brings in a variety of expert women leaders who share their experiences in the business world. Participants will learn more about moving toward their career goals, enhancing their leadership skills, and developing themselves and others.
Bob Bowlsby, Big 12 Conference commissioner, will be the featured speaker during visits to Oklahoma City (Feb. 20) and Tulsa (Feb. 21) for the Spears School of Business speaker series.
Bowlsby will speak during the Executive Management Briefings in Oklahoma City from 12-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Cox Business Convention Center.
Also, the first-year Big 12 commissioner will present “The Business of Sports” during the Tulsa Business Forums from 12-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Each year, the forum series showcases prominent business, political and world leaders, authors and policymakers to the Oklahoma City and Tulsa business communities. Both the Tulsa Business Forums and the Executive Management Briefings are coordinated by the Center for Executive and Professional Development at Oklahoma State University. Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was the featured speaker in November.
Oklahoma is expected to see continued job growth in 2013 as the state continues to bounce back from economic struggles in recent years, Oklahoma State University economist Dan Rickman said Wednesday during the 2013 Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference.
The conference is hosted each December by the Center for Applied Economic Research in the Spears School of Business. This year’s conference, held at the Metro Technology Centers at Springlake Campus in Oklahoma City, includes discussions of economic conditions and prospects for Oklahoma and the United States.
Rickman projects that more than 26,000 jobs will be added to the Oklahoma workforce during the 12-month period beginning Jan. 1. The majority of those jobs will be in the professional and business services (with more than 5,000 new jobs created) and construction (more than 4,000) industries, Rickman’s forecast reflects.
James Pappas, associate professor and Ph.D. coordinator for the Department of Management in the Spears School of Business, was awarded the International Education Faculty Excellence Award at the University Awards Convocation on Tuesday.
The University Awards Convocation recognizes outstanding achievements of faculty, staff and administration at Oklahoma State University.
Pappas is being awarded for his work in engaging students in a variety of study abroad and travel program opportunities through the Spears School. In the past four years, Pappas has led more than 100 students through programs in five countries – England, France, Mexico, Costa Rica and Greece. He is currently planning a new program in Germany for the summer of 2013.
Are you or someone you know interested in spending winter or spring break in an exciting United States city or foreign country while earning college credit hours? Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business offers its students many study abroad opportunities during these short breaks from school.
Although the European study abroad programs in Spain and Italy are full, the Spears School of Business still has availabilities in our Latin America and U.S. programs.
This winter break, students can earn up to three credit hours while studying and traveling to Washington, D.C., with Bryan Finch, visiting professor in the Department of Management, teaching the course.
Oklahoma State University’s Center for Applied Economic Research in the Spears School of Business will present the 2013 Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference on Dec. 5 at the Metro Technology Center Springlake Campus in Oklahoma City.
The conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
“While the housing sector finally shows signs of recovery, the U.S. economy faces significant headwinds,” said Dan Rickman, OSU Regents professor of economics and Oklahoma Gas & Electric Services Chair in Regional Economic Analysis, who will be one of the featured speakers at the conference.
“The impending ‘fiscal cliff’ and slowing global demand pose significant threats to near-term economic growth. How these events most likely will unfold and affect the U.S. and Oklahoma economies will be addressed during the 2013 OSU Economic Outlook Conference. The conference also will include presentations on how Oklahoma can best position itself for long-term economic prosperity,” said Rickman.
This series is presented by the Department of Management and the Center for Executive and Professional Development in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University.
“Training and Development” will be led by Tom Stone, professor in the Department of Management in the Spears School of Business. The webinar will take place Tuesday, Nov. 13, from noon to 1:15 p.m. Stone will share why training is a major source of competitive advantage. Needs assessment, learning objectives, selecting training methods, transfer of learning and training evaluation are all examples of topics that will be discussed.
Through Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business, the Center for Executive and Professional Development will be presenting five Management and Professional Development Seminars in Tulsa to aid employees in improving their effectiveness at work.
Take advantage of the special offer of registering three participants for any one session and the fourth person is free.
All seminars are held at the OSU-Tulsa campus, and Continuing Education Units are awarded.
Robert Gates spent many years of his life protecting the American dream. He served as the 22nd United States Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011, and also spent 26 years in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Security Council.
But the 69-year-old says he doesn’t believe foreign affairs or the defense of the country are the most important issues in the Nov. 6 Presidential election, what he calls one of the most important in the nation’s history. Incumbent President Barack Obama is facing Republican challenger Mitt Romney with the nation’s economy as the major issue for Americans, Gates said.
“Yes, I think it is more important because as a lot of commentators have pointed out we really have two very starkly different approaches to the role of government in the life of the country and in the economy,” Gates said on Tuesday afternoon before speaking to more than 850 people at the Executive Management Briefings at the Cox Business Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City.
The Executive Management Briefings is celebrating its 25th year of bringing business speakers and world leaders to Oklahoma City. The series is made possible by Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business and its corporate sponsors.
The School of Accounting in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University will host the 8th Annual Oil and Gas Accounting Conference and the 12th Annual Accounting and Financial Reporting Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tulsa on Nov. 15-16.
These conferences bring together nationally recognized experts, accounting standard deters, Securities and Exchange Commission and Financial Accounting Standards Board officials, corporate financial executives, professional accountants and academics to discuss current issues in the field of accounting.
“We are excited to again host the Oil and Gas and Accounting and Financial Reporting conferences in November,” said Robert Cornell, Anadarko Petroleum Chair and head of the School of Accounting in the Spears School. “We have put together an all-star lineup for this year’s conferences, including former SEC chief accountant James Kroeker, OSU alum Doug Linehan, who is senior vice president for ConAgra Foods in Omaha, Nebraska, and a number of outstanding experts from the Financial Accounting Standards Board, the SEC and the oil and gas industry.
Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business will present the second annual Sustainable Enterprise Conference on Oct. 18 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tulsa. The conference is offered in cooperation with the Tulsa Metro Chamber.
This full-day event focuses on how Oklahoma businesses can benefit from becoming a more sustainable enterprise by following the principles of the triple bottom line: people, planet and profit.
“Sustainability, as it pertains to the economic realities of today’s business environment, is a crucial component of long-term competitive advantage,” said James Pappas, associate professor of management at the Spears School who is the faculty coordinator for the conference. “Whether your primary focus is on cost and resource efficiencies, developing new products for changing markets or seeking to comply with new regulations, utilizing sustainable business practices can usher in a culture of creativity and innovation in any company.”
The Spears School of Business offers its students many opportunities to study abroad while earning college credit hours. This spring break, students can earn up to three credit hours while studying in Spain.
In this fascinating study abroad course, students will explore Barcelona and discover the benefits and drawbacks of current European Union monetary policies. Students will have class time in the mornings, go on professional visits in the afternoon, and have free time over the weekend and evenings. Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business offers its students year-round opportunities to study abroad while earning up to three credit hours. This spring break, one of these courses takes place in Italy.
This exciting study abroad course is designed to give students a “Fast and Furious” introduction to Italian culture, language and environment. Students will visit various organizations in Venice, Florence, Pisa, Rome, Pompei and Sorrento to learn the business practices of Italy, and will have the opportunity to sight-see and experience the leisure side of the Italian culture. Continue Reading
Robert Gates, former United States Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011 and ex-director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will be one of the featured headliners during Oklahoma State University’s 2012-13 speaker series, presented annually by the Spears School of Business along with corporate sponsors.
Gates will be the first of the three distinguished leaders in their respective fields when he visits Oklahoma to speak at the Executive Management Briefings in Oklahoma City (Oct. 23) and the Tulsa Business Forums (Oct. 24). Bob Bowlsby, the new commissioner of the Big 12 Conference, and legendary television journalist Tom Brokaw are the other featured speakers scheduled next February and April, respectively.
“We are looking forward to another outstanding year in our speaker series, and the people of Tulsa and Oklahoma City are in for a treat when Robert Gates, Bob Bowlsby and Tom Brokaw visit with us,” said Larry Crosby, dean of the Spears School of Business.
Speakers will discuss a wide range of topics, including recruitment, employee development and performance. Sessions last one hour with 15-minute question-and-answer sessions.
The schedule for the Human Resources Webinar Series this fall is as follows:
- Wednesday, Sept. 12 | Noon-1:15 p.m. | Bryan Edwards, Ph.D., will speak on “Selection Assessments: Choosing the Right Person.”
- Wednesday, Oct. 10 | Noon-1:15 p.m. | Griffin Pivateau, J.D., discusses “Legal Aspects of the Hiring Process.”
- Tuesday, Nov. 13 | Noon-1:15 p.m. | Tom Stone, Ph.D., explains “Training and Development,” and how to use these as a major source of competitive advantage.
- Wednesday, Dec. 5 | Noon-1:15 p.m. | Bryan Edwards, Ph.D., will be back to talk about “Succession Planning: Transferring Knowledge and Skills to the Younger Generation.”
The Oklahoma State University Information Systems Technology Exploration Academy (ISyTE) is an activity-based, hands-on program designed for high school students interested in the vital intersection of business and technology.
Below is a photo gallery of “Build it,” students learning how computer components work together to process information.
The Oklahoma State University Information Systems Technology Exploration Academy (ISyTE) is an activity-based, hands-on program designed for high school students interested in the vital intersection of business and technology. This six-day program allows students to learn from industry leaders and current MIS students and faculty about information system practice and career possibilities.
Below is a photo gallery of the groups team-building activities at Camp Redlands in Stillwater.
The Executive Education Partnership Program will be held July 23-27 at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center in Stillwater. Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma and the Executive Education Partnership Program are teaming up for the 18th year to provide this week-long educational program. It is designed to help top-level managers improve their decision-making skills and to provide opportunities for participants to exchange ideas with fellow executives.
Topics for the program include building a coaching culture, creating powerful communication skills, critical thinking, improving business ethics, understanding emotional intelligence and improving team building. The event also will include discussions of ways to use marketing and business analytics to make smarter deals and decisions.
“The partnership program provides an opportunity for corporate executives to see that others are facing similar issues in the workplace but may be approaching those same issues differently,” said Lee Manzer, OSU faculty coordinator and a professor of marketing in the Spears School of Business. “In addition to the educational sessions, the networking during this program will generate valuable discussions of ideas for executives to take back to their organizations.”
Are you interested in improving your knowledge and skills while broadening your perspective in your role as a leader? The Governor’s Executive Development Program for State Officials is the perfect opportunity for state employees to challenge themselves. The seventh annual Governor’s Executive Development Program will be held July 29 through Aug. 2 at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.
This uniquely designed program was developed around five executive leadership competencies for top-level state officials. It is presented by exceptional faculty members, whose specific goals are to improve each participants’ ability to lead change, lead people, achieve results, and build business acumen, coalitions and communication.
“This is an unbelievable learning and growth opportunity right here in our own state with our own instructors, which is a great value,” stated Steve Funck, deputy state comptroller with the Oklahoma Office of State Finance.
During the recent Women Entrepreneurs (WE Inspire) Conference, the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship in Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business and the National Association of Women Business Owners partnered to honor outstanding women entrepreneurs. The conference, which had more than 600 Oklahoma women entrepreneurs in attendance, recognized honorees in four categories.
The 2012 Riata Distinguished Entrepreneur Award for Small Business went to Patti Wheaton of the Faith Family Clinic in Jenks, Okla. The award is given to an outstanding Oklahoma woman entrepreneur who has created a small business with fewer than 20 employees.
Oklahoma State University and long-time partner SAS, a leading provider of business analytics software, have once again teamed up to award more than 50 graduate students with data mining and business analytics certificates during the Annual SAS Analytics Day on the Stillwater campus.
The conference links OSU’s data mining and business analytics certificate programs and students who are trained in analytics using SAS with members of the local and regional business community.
The SAS Analytics Day, organized by the Center for Executive and Professional Development in the Spears School of Business, introduces OSU’s certificate programs to businesses and allows students and businesses to begin building their professional network.
The interdisciplinary program awarded certificates to the OSU graduate students from marketing, management science and information systems (MSIS), industrial engineering and management (IEM), statistics and other disciplines. Continue Reading
Peter Sheahan, founder and chief executive officer of ChangeLabs™, recently addressed more than 500 people at Oklahoma State University’s Tulsa Business Forums at the Hyatt Recency Hotel in downtown Tulsa. In conjunction with the forum, the Department of Management in OSU’s Spears School of Business presented a half-day Leading Change Conference lead by Ken Eastman, associate professor and head of the department of management.
Sheahan, an Australian author, entrepreneur and consultant, is known internationally for inspiring innovative business thinking and creating lasting behavioral change. He told conference goers that leaders should not make change difficult for employees to accept. “If you want to create change in your business keep it simple, add variety, and make change effortless,” he said. Continue Reading