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.”
For more than 100 years the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University has been at the forefront in offering classes and degrees that are applicable to the business world. In keeping with that standard, the Spears School will begin offering this fall new graduate certificate programs in nonprofit management and sustainable business.
Graduate students will be able to earn certificates in either program in as little as one year. Classes will be offered through the Watson Graduate School of Management on the Stillwater and Tulsa campuses and also will be available online through the Spears School’s distance learning program.
“Each of these new programs is consistent with the Spears School’s mission to provide high-quality, engaging and accessible business education that is relevant and innovative targeted to improve the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation and the world,” said Larry Crosby, dean of the Spears School. “We believe each of these programs will help students transform their organizations and make a difference in the world.”
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.
Bryan Edwards, associate professor in the Department of Management at the Spears School of Business, is being recognized by the Academy of Management for his research concerning organizational change in the business community.
Edwards partnered with co-investigator Kristin Cullen of the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C., on the project. He was selected to receive the Organization Development and Change Division Research Award of $3,000, and he attended the Academy of Management’s annual meeting in early August in Boston to be recognized.
The title of the project is “Measuring Cumulative Experiences of Change: Development of the Workplace Events Scale,” which focuses on understanding how cumulative organizational change effects employee well being.
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.”
A paper written by two current Spears School of Business faculty members and two former students has been nominated for an international honor at the Academy of Management’s annual meeting in Boston next month.
Debra Nelson and Craig Wallace, professors in the Department of Management, and former students Laura Little (now at the University of Georgia) and Paul Johnson (now at Western Carolina University) collaborated to author a paper that has been nominated for the Journal of Organizational Behavior Best Paper award. Journal of Organizational Behavior is ranked as the seventh best journal in business for 2011.
The best paper nomination written by Nelson, Wallace, Little and Johnson is entitled, “Integrating Attachment Style, Vigor at Work, and Extra-Role Performance.”
The Department of Management in Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business is proud to announce the additions of three new professors for the 2012-13 school year. Joining the Spears School faculty are Aaron D. Hill, Alexis Smith and Cynthia Wang.
Hill is returning to Oklahoma State, where he received his Ph.D. in 2010, after serving as an assistant professor of management at the University of Nevada. He received his undergraduate and MBA degrees at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., and was a small business owner while also working in various positions in professional and college athletics before pursuing his doctorate.
Hill’s research examines executives, corporate governance, and strategic human resource issues and has recently appeared in Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Small Business Management, and Strategic Organization. He has been an active member of the Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society, and Southern Management Association, as well as an ad hoc reviewer for Academy of Management Journal.
Smith received her doctorate in Organizational Behavior at the A. B. Freeman School of Business of Tulane University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rice University. Her focal area of research involves status and power in organizations as well as diversity in the organization. In another branch of research, she focuses on worker health and safety in addition to the utility of various safety interventions.
She has published research in the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, and the European Journal of Work & Organizational Psychology, and contributed to edited books such as the Handbook of Prejudice and Discrimination and the International Encyclopedia of Organizational Studies. In addition, Smith is a member of and has presented research at the Academy of Management, the Southern Management Association, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She will be an assistant professor of management at the Spears School.
Wang will be an assistant professor of management at the Spears School. She received her doctoral and master’s degrees in Management and Organizations from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and her bachelor’s in Social Psychology from Yale University. Prior to joining Spears, she was an assistant professor at the National University of Singapore. She has also had visiting appointments at the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
She has published in important outlets in Management (Organization Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes) and in Psychology (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science). Her main areas of research include social diversity and ethical decision-making.
Oklahoma State University MBA students are expanding their way of thinking and stretching their potential as they prepare to make a difference in the business world. But little did they realize what that really meant when they enrolled in associate professor Scott Johnson’s Master’s of Business Administration corporate strategy class this spring.
The 10 OSU students agreed to participate in a project in which they partnered with 10 MBA students from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China. The students from OSU and Sun Yat-sen were given the task of looking for ways that The Charles Machine Works (CMW), Inc., could expand its worldwide presence, and present their findings to the Perry, Okla.-based company’s executives.
The OSU students and Johnson traveled to China to meet with their counterparts during Spring Break in March. The Chinese students made a return trip to Oklahoma State University the last week of April, at which time three groups of students were able to present their proposals to The Charles Machine Works executive team.
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
Federico Aime, assistant professor of management at Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business, has been selected to speak in February at the 2012 Visions of Leadership symposium presented by MIT and HEC in Paris, France.
The preliminary program of the symposium will revolve around the development of leaders, the role of leaders in organizational identity and change, leaders and teams, and the individual characteristics of a leader.
(STILLWATER, OK, June 27, 2011) – Craig Wallace, associate professor in the Department of Management at Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business, has been selected to serve as an Associate Editor of the prestigious Journal of Management.
Wallace will begin his three-year term July 1, 2011.
“To be invited to serve as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Management is a big honor. I am humbled to accept this role,” said Wallace, the Donald Brattain Professor and research director for the Executive Ph.D. in Business program at Oklahoma State.
“There are wonderful things happening in the Management Department in the Spears School. This is further evidence that the Department of Management is rapidly moving toward the upper echelons of management research on an international stage,” said Wallace.
The Journal of Management (JOM) is rated as the sixth best business publication (out of 87) and the fifth best management journal (out of 112).
The publication is peer-reviewed and published bi-monthly. It is committed to publishing scholarly empirical and theoretical research articles that have a high impact on the management field. JOM encourages new ideas or new perspectives on existing research. Areas covered include strategic management, organizational behavior, human resource management, organizational theory, and entrepreneurship.
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Seth Priebatsch does battle with a toy helicopter he controls with his iPhone. Jim Holzman watches his African dwarf frogs wrestle. John Halamka warms a clay pot with 170-degree water for a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
With all the stress that comes with running a company, it’s no wonder so many executives stock their offices with distractions. People can only work at maximum efficiency for about 90 minutes before their minds start to wander, said Debra Nelson, an Oklahoma State University professor who has written books about preventing stress at work. To get an ambitious chief executive to look away from the computer screen, it helps to have a putting green or a wind-up penguin to play with.
STILLWATER, Okla. – SourceLink Tulsa, powered by the Tulsa Metro Chamber, was recently honored with the Best Collaboration Award at the U.S. SourceLink National Conference, which was held on April 26-28 in Kansas City, Mo.
The award was given based on a partnership between Oklahoma State University – Tulsa and the Tulsa Metro Chamber. This relationship was directed by Margaret White, professor of management at OSU-Tulsa; Kinnee Tilly, vice president of business retention for the chamber; and Warren Unsicker, former small business programs manager for the chamber. Continue Reading
Mark Gavin, associate professor of management and Carson professor of business administration, was recently elected to serve as one of nine representatives-at-large for the Academy of Management’s Board of Governors. Gavin will begin serving his three-year term in August, following the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in San Antonio, Texas.
The Academy of Management is a leading professional association for scholars dedicated to creating and disseminating knowledge about management and organizations. It is the oldest and largest scholarly management association in the world, with 18,942 members from 110 nations. Continue Reading
Smith served as Chair of the North Metro Area Council of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of
Commerce in 2000. In 2007, Smith published his first book, The Great Game of Networking, a tactical
book on brand building based on his own experiences in the marketplace. Also in 2007, Smith earned
membership to the National Speakers Association and will serve as president of the Oklahoma Chapter in
AMA OKC’s Past-Presidents Council will determine each year going forward a deserving honoree to
receive the “Dr. Burt Smith Lifetime Achievement Award”.
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STILLWATER — Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business, one of a handful of business schools that offers sports management curriculum, has introduced a research and development unit named the Sports Management Institute.
More than 100 OSU students have designated sports management as a field of interest, said Finch, a visiting professor at OSU.
“It’s very popular and growing each year,” he said.
The institute will support research projects and reports in sports management, including student and faculty participation, publication, and presentation of projects at regional and national sports and business conferences, Finch said. The institute also plans to host visiting scholars and professionals in the sports business industry and offer students networking opportunities.
The institute also should boost the sports management program’s profile, he said.
The institute recently presented a program on sports industry business strategies and career options in a slow economy that included presenters from the National Football League and National Basketball Association.
Students in OSU’s sports management program have successfully landed internships with major-league franchises and other sports-related ventures, Finch said.
Graduates of the program have landed jobs with NBA and NHL franchises, he said.
The presence of the Oklahoma City Thunder also has opened doors for students, he said.
The sports management program also assisted the Thunder when it arrived in the area, he said.
“We have an internship agreement with them,” he said. “We have several students working with them.”
STILLWATER, Okla. – The Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University recently launched the Sports Management Institute, a research and development unit designed to support students, research, internships, guest speakers and the sports management program.
“SMI will strive to reach its objectives through four primary areas: research, conferences and symposiums, education, and visibility initiatives,” said Bryan Finch, the director of the SMI and a visiting professor of management.
In addition, Finch said SMI will offer opportunities for student growth and development.
“We are also working to support research projects and student sports management internships,” Finch said. “We also presented a sports panel with three great guest speakers from the professional sports world.”
SMI, in cooperation with Spears School Career Services, recently presented a program titled “The Sports Industry in a Slow Economy: Business Strategies and Career Options.” The program featured Ken Blum, director of logistics for the Kansas City Chiefs; Tommy Smith, director of team business development for the National Basketball Association and Bill Sutton, associate director and professor at DeVos Sport Business Management Program at the University of Central Florida.
For more information about SMI, contact Finch at email@example.com or 405-744-8608.
STILLWATER, Okla. – Four students from the Oklahoma State University Department of Management recently earned the “congeniality award” at the Southwest Regional Human Resource Games, which were held March 20 and 21 in Denver, Colo.
The HR Games are an academic bowl for human resource students sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management. The goal of this Jeopardy-style competition is to prepare students for the professional human resources exam. Teams with the best record at the end of the matches compete in the championship round for first and second place.
“The congeniality award was voted on by all conference participants that included other student teams, the professional HR volunteers and other student chapter advisers who were there,” said Tom Stone, professor of management and team adviser.
OSU team members included Andre Storey, human resource management senior; Jenna Hartmann, human resource management junior; Brittney Lane, human resource management senior; and Thu Tran, human resource management junior.
Throughout the two-day event, team members were able to network with students from other universities and professionals in human resource management. The event is designed to benefit everyone involved – giving students a chance to showcase their abilities while giving professionals a review of the regulations for their industry.
“The experience was great – going to a conference like this helps me understand further the value of my membership to a national professional organization,” said Andre Storey, team captain. “You get the chance to interact with professionals and students that could be the introduction to your next opportunity – over 70 percent of jobs are filled through some form of networking.”
Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant system that cuts across disciplines to better prepare students for a new world. Oklahoma’s only university with a statewide presence, OSU improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world. The Spears School of Business is dedicated to the original land-grant vision of integrated, high-quality teaching, research and outreach. For more information, call 405-744-5064 or visit spears.okstate.edu.
Warner, OKLA. – The Oklahoma State University A&M Board of Regents gave approval Friday to award a posthumous degree to Christopher Kurt Bellmer, Kelli Marie Mellon and Christian Dejwayn Wright, seniors who died in an automobile accident on Aug. 31 of this year.
“It is appropriate to honor these three students with posthumous degrees,” said OSU President Burns Hargis. “They were all nearing their much-deserved and hard-earned degrees and this is a proper tribute to them and their families. The OSU community was deeply saddened by their tragic deaths.”
Spears School students Matthew Carter, Aspen Wilds, and Aaron Wilson received the Oklahoma State University Outstanding Senior Award in 2008. The OSU Alumni Association presents the Outstanding Senior Awards to students who have excelled in scholarship, leadership and service to campus and community and have brought distinction to Oklahoma State University.