Chance Imhoff shares how his agricultural roots sparked his interest in entrepreneurship and management
Chance Imhoff is a 5th generation farmer from Prague, Okla. Growing up, he was very active in FFA and 4H, so Oklahoma State, being a land-grant university, was always an attractive option for him. “I’ve always known I wanted to come to OSU. It was actually the only school I applied for. And coming to OSU was definitely one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” said Imhoff.
Imhoff started at OSU as an ag-business major, but later decided to change to entrepreneurship and management. “After a semester in CASNR I wanted to broaden my scope and meet new people, so I chose entrepreneurship because I had different business ventures growing up and knew I had a passion for running a business,” said Imhoff. Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University student startup team VisionaRx made OSU history by winning the grand prize earlier this month from the Love’s Cup Undergraduate High Growth Division in Oklahoma City.
VisionaRx Retinal Drug Delivery is composed of OSU students Chance Imhoff, management and entrepreneurship; Jaquelyn Lane, chemical engineering with an entrepreneurship minor, and Rachel Davis, chemical engineering pre-med emphasis. The team is coached by David Thomison, clinical assistant professor of entrepreneurship and advisor for student teams at accelerateOSU, OSU’s entrepreneurial incubator program.
The team was awarded a $20,000 cash prize for taking first place in the competition and qualify to continue on to the Tri-State Competition, which hosts teams from Arkansas, Nevada and Oklahoma and will take place May 30-31 in Las Vegas. Lane also won the IBM Pitch Award and was awarded $1,000. This is the first time that an OSU student team has won the undergraduate division of the competition. Continue Reading
Tiffany Thurmond, a marketing and business management major at Oklahoma State University, is the recipient of the prestigious 2017 Raymond D. Thomas Award, given annually to the top senior in the Spears School of Business. Each year, a faculty committee in the business school votes who will receive the award and the lifetime membership to the OSU Alumni Association.
The honor will allow Thurmond to carry the Spears Business flag as a part of the opening ceremony to the Oklahoma State University spring commencement and will be the first business student to receive her diploma.
“When I look at this award, it brings tears to my eyes,” said Thurmond. “Words could not express how thankful and honored I am to receive this award. For me, academic success and campus leadership are not the most important factors that this award signifies. The greatest factor that this award recognizes, a factor that is so precious to me, is the fact that it represents that I was blessed to have the opportunities to change people’s lives while attending OSU.
Two seniors from the Spears School of Business have been named 2017 Outstanding Seniors by the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association.
The Outstanding Senior award recognizes seniors who excel through academic achievement; campus and community activities; academic, athletic or extra-curricular honors or awards; scholarships and work ethic during their time at OSU.
To Darcy Worth, practicing business, specifically management and marketing, has always come naturally. She comes from a family of small business owners. Her parents own and operate a skating rink in her hometown of Tahlequah, Okla., and they also run a fireworks stand each summer. When it came to college, there was no doubt which direction that Worth would head.
“After working with my parents for so many years, managing and marketing just came really natural to me,” said Worth, a junior majoring in both management and marketing with a minor in ethical leadership at Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business.
Since she was 13 years old, her free time was spent helping her dad manage the businesses with inventory, creating invoices and training new employees. She also helped her mom with the marketing side of the business, creating social media campaigns. “So it was very natural for me to go the business route, so that’s exactly why I’m in the Spears School of Business,” she said. Continue Reading
Two Oklahoma State University entrepreneurship incubator teams comprised of students from the Spears School of Business, the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, and the College of Arts and Sciences were among the top winners this past weekend in the finals of the Baylor Business New Venture Competition.
Out of 166 teams, the two OSU teams were selected to compete in the finals as part of the Top 12. OSU MBA student Haley Kurtz and mechanical engineering technology student Kevin Keith with MITO Material Solutions placed second in the competition, bringing home $35,000 plus an additional $500 for placing third in the live pitch portion of the competition. MITO sells adhesive epoxy additives which allow manufacturers to double the durability or significantly decreases the weight of composite materials utilized in the aerospace, recreation, and automotive industries.
“Winning second place at Baylor is a huge accomplishment for MITO Material Solutions,” Kurtz said. “Compared to previous competitions we have been a part of, the competition and schedule at Baylor was fierce. Thankfully, Baylor University offered many coaching and feedback sessions from experienced advisors and judges, which allowed us to really improve our presentation for the semi and final rounds.
“Overall, we learned so much and are so grateful for the support of our advisor, Richard Gajan, and the OSU entrepreneurship ecosystem. This experience was unforgettable, and we are so proud of this achievement.” Continue Reading
Kyle Lake didn’t know he would end up at the Spears School of Business when he enrolled at Oklahoma State University his freshman year.
Lake grew up in small-town Elk City, Okla., with a population of 12,000, give or take. He was the first to attend OSU out of his family, making him the “black sheep,” but he appreciated the atmosphere and tight-knit community that OSU offers.
“Everybody jokes about the ‘Cowboy Spirit,’ but I’m convinced it’s a real thing,” Lake said. “Just great people who made the university feel fun, the excellent degree programs and the reputable school was appealing.” Continue Reading
Learning how to build and work with teams, communicating with individuals inside and outside the organization, and resolving conflicts in the workplace are benefits of attending the Certificate of Effective Management and Leadership series sponsored by Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business.
The series will consist of 10 sessions between March and November at the Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City campus.
This series is designed for individuals in a front-line manager position or individual leaders that are in a management position. “These seminars will teach participants the skills they need to manage projects while making agile decisions on behalf of their teams and organizations,” Sarah Williams, program coordinator, said.
Thanks to a revised curriculum and efficient upgrades, Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business has been ranked No. 1 among universities in the Big 12 Conference for its online MBA program and other online business programs (non-MBA) by U.S. News & World Report.
Spears Business’s online MBA program is tied for 29th place in the Best Online MBA Programs rankings. This ranking makes OSU the best choice for an online MBA program in the Big 12 Conference, with West Virginia University coming in second with a ranking of 47th. Only five of the ten Big 12 Conference schools made it in to the U.S. News & World Report rankings for this category.
Spears’ other online business programs are tied for 32th place for the Best Online Business (non-MBA) Programs. This ranking also places OSU No. 1 in the Big 12 Conference for online business graduate programs, with only West Virginia University included in the rankings for this category at 66th. Continue Reading
This article appeared in Discover Spears Research, the quarterly research newsletter released by the Spears School of Business.
Men are more likely to be managers. Women are more likely to be organized and team-oriented. These are common stereotypes we hear all the time, but are they true?
A hot topic in the workforce has been gender differences in performance. Tom Stone, professor of management at Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business, teamed up with Hogan Assessment’s Jeff Foster, Ball State University professor Brian Webster, NEOMA Business School professor Jennifer Harrison, and Illinois State University professor I. M. Jawahar to examine performance ratings gathered by Hogan Assessments, a human resource consulting firm in Tulsa, Okla. The sample included more than 20 years of performance ratings from approximately 3,500 managers and 9,500 non-managerial employees.
Five Spears School of Business students have been selected as Oklahoma State University Seniors of Significance for the 2016-2017 academic year by the OSU Alumni Association.
The Seniors of Significance Award recognizes students who have excelled in scholarship, leadership and service to campus and community and have brought distinction to OSU.
“We are so proud of our Seniors of Significance,” said Spears School Associate Dean Karen Flaherty. “All five recipients are incredibly deserving of this honor. We are thankful for the contributions each one of these students has made to the Spears School of Business community over the past four years.”
The Spears School of Business Seniors of Significance are listed below with their hometown and major: Continue Reading
More than 100 Oklahoma State University graduate students representing seven colleges participated in the inaugural Health Data Shootout competition, hosted by OSU’s Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI).
The competition was open to all majors. Students formed groups and tackled problems ranging from specific diseases like renal failure to disease progression and clinical decisions by analyzing clinical data from about 250,000 Native American patients from the Cerner HealthFacts Data Warehouse. The competition was judged by medical professionals from Stillwater Medical Clinic, Cerner Corporation and Cherokee Nation Health Services.
“Clearly, there is a strong interest at OSU in health care analytics,” said William Paiva, executive director for CHSI. “Across the board, the judges were amazed by the quality of the analytics produced by these teams in just two short weeks. This speaks to the first-class analytics education our students are getting at OSU and their passion in addressing real-world health challenges.” Continue Reading
Firms should reward their employees based on the employee’s contributions to the organization. Sounds simple enough, right?
But what if employees don’t know their relative contribution to the firm? This is where pay disparity comes in to play.
Spears School of Business associate professors of management Aaron Hill and Federico Aime’s research, “The Performance Implications of Resource and Pay Dispersion: The Case of Major League Baseball,” dives in to pay and resource disparity using MLB as the sample. Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University management professor Debra Nelson and her coauthors were honored with Best Article in the Academy of Management Journal for their research paper, “Professional Image Maintenance: How Women Navigate Pregnancy in the Workplace.”
The award is presented to the article that best exemplifies original, insightful, interesting, important, and theoretically bold research. Nelson and her colleagues conducted four studies of pregnant women in the workplace and found that pregnant women actually work harder to maintain their professional images. Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University’s innovative doctoral program for executives continues to grow as the fifth cohort of the Ph.D. in Business for Executives features 16 participants from across the United States.
The three-year doctoral program in OSU’s Spears School of Business kicked off in August with an orientation session at the Helmerich Research Center on the OSU-Tulsa campus. The fifth cohort joins 51 participants from across the world already taking part in the Ph.D. in Business for Executives program.
“We are very excited to welcome our fifth cohort to the executive doctoral program,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School of Business. “The program has exceeded our expectations and I am very impressed with the quality and diversity of individuals in the program. We have representatives from such companies as American Airlines, Bank of America, Citigroup, Deloitte & Touche, Dell, Pfizer, Sprint, Walmart, and Wells Fargo. The program has a very good reputation and it shows in the quality of individuals who are admitted.”
Have you ever wondered what punishments in the workplace actually do for employees?
Oklahoma State University MBA graduate Julena Bonner, along with OSU associate professors Cynthia Wang and Rebecca Greenbaum, studied business setting ethics to understand the influence of these punishments in the workplace. Their paper, “Punishment contingency and unethical behavior: The role of uncertainty and justice perceptions,” was selected as the Best Student Paper in the Social Issues in Management division at the Academy of Management in 2016. The trio spent two years researching supervisors using punishments as an influence tactic to get employees to stop engaging in undesirable behaviors.
Have you ever wondered why your boss is acting like a jerk to you? Are you a high-performing deviant in a bottom-line focused workplace? You’re automatically subject to more abuse than your peers, says research.
Oklahoma State University associate professor of management Rebecca Greenbaum’s research, “I Just Can’t Control Myself: A Self-Regulation Perspective on the Abuse of Deviant Employees,” takes a different approach to understanding abusive supervision in the workplace. By considering two perspectives (deviance from subordinates prompting abuse vs. a social exchange of deviance), Greenbaum finds that any supervisor can become abusive, and high-performing deviant employees will take more abuse. Continue Reading
The Environmental Sustainability program in the management department is focused on the concept of a triple bottom line, which incorporates three dimensions of performance: social, environmental and financial, or sometimes referred to as people, planet and profits. Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business’s James Pappas was awarded the 2016 Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching – Silver award at the 2016 United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 2016 Annual National Conference in St. Louis May 10.
Pappas worked with the Spears School online learning team, instructional designer Marisa Dye, production manager Jerimy Sherin, and animator Catherine Mintmire, in redesigning his online undergraduate management course. The online learning staff provided video production, instructional design and animation support for the course project. Continue Reading
When Rick Wilson arrived at Oklahoma State University in 1990, he was fortunate to begin working with veteran faculty member Ramesh Sharda. The pair teamed up on a research project that ultimately led to the journal article, “Bankruptcy Prediction Using Neural Networks,” which appeared in the top journal Decision Support Systems in 1994.
Little did the now longtime OSU Spears School of Business professors know that more than 20 years later the journal article would be recognized as one of the most cited neural network in business research papers ever published.
Molly Danielson was named as one of the 2016 Newman Civic Fellows during the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education meeting April 21.
The honor is awarded to college students who have a passion for finding solutions to challenges faced by communities across the nation through service, research and advocacy. Students are nominated by their college or university president for the honor and also receive a $500 scholarship from Campus Compact.
“I am very honored to represent OSU and become part of such an influential group of people,” Danielson said. “By utilizing the opportunities here at OSU, I have learned that I have the power to make a difference. I hope to empower others to realize the same.”
Danielson is a sophomore business management major in the Spears School of Business at OSU. She holds a 4.0 GPA and is a leader among her peers in the Residence Halls Association and the Service Learning Volunteer Center. She also has served as a peer mentor through the Spears School. Danielson works to promote equality among all races, ethnicities and genders and strives to empower others to contribute to society.
“I spoke with my advisor, Joyce Montgomery, about the process to apply for the fellowship, and she passed on my accomplishments to President Burns Hargis,” she said. “It was a very humbling experience. I never thought I would receive something like this, so I was a little overwhelmed. I have a home here at OSU and am honored to represent this university.”
Campus Compact is a national membership organization of colleges whose mission is to advance civic education and community engagement on campuses. Campus Compact established the Newman Civic Fellows program in honor of co-founder Frank Newman, who dedicated his life to creating opportunities for student civic learning and engagement.
Danielson is one among 218 students from 36 states who comprise this year’s Newman Civic Fellows.
To learn more about Campus Compact, visit www.compact.org
Five seniors from Spears School of Business have been named 2016 Outstanding Seniors by the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association.
The Outstanding Senior award recognizes seniors who excel through academic achievement; campus and community activities; academic, athletic or extra-curricular honors or awards; scholarships and work ethic during their time at OSU.
The Spears School of Business honorees with their hometowns and majors are:
Spears School of Business management professor Craig Wallace was recently selected as a Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Fellow.
Wallace is the William S. Spears Chair in Business Administration in the Department of Management at Oklahoma State University.
The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) is a professional organization that promotes the science, practice, and teaching of industrial and organizational psychology. The decision to name Wallace a Fellow was made by the Executive Board of the SIOP, which recently met to review recommendations by its Fellowship committee and notified the Spears School of Wallace’s status.
Society Fellows are distinguished industrial and organizational psychologists who have made an unusual and outstanding contribution to the field. Continue Reading
The Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University is pleased to be offering its Professional Development Seminar series in Tulsa this spring and summer. The series is offered by the OSU Department of Management, the School of Marketing and International Business, and the Center for Executive and Professional Development.
The first two seminars of this series will be March 29 with Matt Bowler from the Department of Management and Lee Manzer from the Department of Marketing. The next seminar will be April 29 with Andrew Urich from the Department of Management, followed June 7 by Kim McCrackin from the Department of Management.
The Professional Development Series is designed to give participants better management styles and improved networking and verbal and written communication skills after attending.
The Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University is excited to offer a series of professional development seminars in Oklahoma City.
The Professional Development Seminars are designed to help participants strengthen their professional profiles while also developing new skills. Participants will receive up-to-date and relevant information that can be used in the workplace every day.
Speakers for this series are Kim McCrackin, coordinator of the Learning Services Center and instructor of business communications at OSU-Tulsa; Matt Bowler, associate professor with the Department of Management; Raj Basu, vice president of academic affairs at OSU-Tulsa and associate professor of management, and Mac McCrory, adjunct instructor in the Department of Management.
Programs will be held at the OSU-OKC campus. The schedule and seminar topics are as follows:
The Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business Department of Management is presenting two seminars in Dallas this September at ISNetworld, 3232 McKinney Ave. The sessions focus on helping participants and companies receive the knowledge to be and continue to be successful in today’s dynamic business environment.
On Sept. 29, Andy Urich will present “The Power of Influence” from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. During this seminar, participants will learn the skills needed to establish and continue working relationships with both outside clients and individuals inside the organization. At the end of this seminar, participants will leave with persuasive communication skills and the knowledge of how to use these skills effectively to accomplish work and tasks while still maintaining successful relationships.
A group of Spears School of Business students recently traveled to Oregon as part of a summer travel course, Pioneering Portland. Through the course, the students completed a project designed to assess the value to consumers’ associated with the sustainability initiatives at Van Duzer Vineyards, owned by Oklahoma State University alumni Carl Thoma and his wife, Marilynn.
Van Duzer Vineyards, located in Dallas, Oregon, is a LIVE certified winery and vineyard that is Salmon Safe. The LIVE element looks at how the grapes are grown and the wine is produced, while the Salmon Safe element manages chemicals that are used to prevent them entering the ecosystem and endangering salmon. Van Duzer posed this question to students, “Do customers value sustainability, specifically LIVE and Salmon Safe?”
The students did research before the trip began in order to better understand the industry and get background information about the winery. They gathered information about the market, conducted surveys, analyzed social media presence, and looked at competitors.
Students and a faculty member from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China are traveling to Stillwater this week. The nine Sun Yat-sen graduate students, along with nine Spears School of Business graduate students, are collaborating on a semester-long corporate strategy consulting project through the Spears School’s study abroad exchange program.
The Sun Yat-sen students will present their final presentation on Thursday, July 30, on the Stillwater campus.
The Oklahoma State University and Sun Yat-sen students were assigned a project that required them to analyze the Chinese healthcare market to look for ways that PreferUS Healthcare could bring US medical practices to patients in China. The students will present their final proposals to the PreferUS Executive Team.
Spears School’s Margaret White honored at OSU-Tulsa
with President’s Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching
TULSA – Two Oklahoma State University-Tulsa faculty were recognized for exceptional teaching and research during the university’s graduation ceremony on Monday, May 11, at The Pavilion at Expo Square.
Dr. Margaret White, professor of management in the Spears School of Business, was honored with the President’s Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching and Dr. Bin Liang, associate professor of sociology, received the President’s Outstanding Faculty Award for Research.
“These faculty exemplify the quality of the education that students receive as they earn an OSU degree in Tulsa,” said OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett. “Dr. White and Dr. Liang have provided extraordinary service to thousands of students and have garnered the respect of students and colleagues that makes them tremendous assets to our university.”
Three Spears School of Business faculty members were recognized for their outstanding performance in the classroom during the 2015 Watson Graduate School of Management Scholarship and Awards Banquet on April 19.
Those honored were Ajay Sukhdial, Outstanding MBA Faculty Award; Cynthia Wang, Greiner Graduate Excellence in Teaching Award, and Rick Wilson, Chandler Frates and Reitz Teaching Excellence Award.
“These professors are among the best any program can hope to have,” said Ramesh Sharda, vice dean of the Watson Graduate School. “They motivate and challenge our MBA students, they cover difficult topics but in an engaging fashion, and their classes introduce current topics and relate management theories and models to practice.”