PhD in Business for Executives
Harlan Beverly, a graduate of the Oklahoma State Ph.D. in Business for Executives Program – Cohort II, was recently named best entrepreneurship professor at the University of Texas at Austin during Entrepreneurship Week by Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency. Harlan teaches Lean Startup Essentials at UT and is Assistant Director of the Texas Venture Labs at UT. He shares how OSU helped him pursue his passions for his higher education, entrepreneurship and helping students achieve their goals.
Why did you choose to participate in OSU’s Ph.D. In Business for Executives program?
The OSU Ph.D. in Business for Executives program offered me a chance to continue my goals of lifelong learning and personal achievement. As a lover of video games, I am always looking for ways to push myself and level up. The OSU executive Ph.D. program was the best choice for me because it offered a real Ph.D. experience, including research requirements and a full dissertation while allowing me to continue to run my own business.
What specific OSU experiences or memories do you value most from your time at OSU?
I fondly remember sitting in the big auditorium inside Boone Pickens Stadium and looking up at my family sitting up in the stands as I waited to be hooded for my Ph.D. That proud moment, sitting next to my Ph.D. dissertation chairman Dr. Tom Brown, is sealed in my memory forever.
How has your OSU degree helped you get where you are today?
My Ph.D. from OSU has allowed me to give back to the entrepreneurship community of Austin, Texas in a way that was bigger than I ever expected. Now, I get to teach full-time at UT Austin, where I get to teach and nurture more than 200 young student entrepreneurs each semester.
You just published your first book, “Lean Startings.” How was that experience and what is it about?
One of the best things about being a professor at a university is having summers off. I wrote the book last summer because I always wanted to write a book, and because I felt I had an important story to tell. The book is a fiction business novel, written in a style similar to E. Goldratt’s famous book, “The Goal.” My book “Lean Startings” is the story of a young man and a young woman, both of whom have a startup idea, but no clue as to where to begin. They both end up succeeding in their own way, and while learning entrepreneurship together, also fall in love.
You were just named best entrepreneurship professor at the University of Texas. Can you tell us about that honor and your role in Entrepreneurship Week at UT?
Entrepreneurship week at UT is a celebration of the year’s many entrepreneurship activities, professors, and students. It is the culmination of the entire UT Austin’s entrepreneurship programs. To be named best entrepreneurship professor is actually a huge deal and honor, because it is the only such award given out all year, and is a result of my year-long entrepreneurship teaching efforts.
Tell us about some achievements you are most proud of since graduating from OSU.
I am most proud of my students’ achievements. One of my students, a sophomore at UT Austin, created a business selling survival backpacks in one semester as part of my class and generated over $3,000 during the semester. I have had dozens of students go on to create actual companies after graduating and that is what makes me most proud.
Want to add anything else?
As always, I want to encourage everyone to follow your dreams. Hard work, passion, and focus will yield results. The only way to fail is never to have tried. The only way to lose is to give up.
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.”
Patti Jordan is just one of many professionals from around the world benefitting from Oklahoma State University’s innovative program targeting executive leadership. The 2014 graduate of the Ph.D. in Business for Executives program was recently hired as a professor at TCU’s Neeley School of Business.
Jordan’s doctoral degree is her third from OSU, and her second from the Spears School of Business. She has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and management from OSU, as well as an MBA from the Spears School. She was one of 11 professionals in the inaugural class of the Ph.D. in Business for Executives to earn their doctoral degrees during OSU Graduate College commencement exercises on Dec. 12, 2014.
“When we first envisioned this program at OSU, one of the goals was to produce graduates that would fill the ever-increasing need of business school professors,” said Craig Wallace, executive director of the Ph.D. in Business for Executives program and William S. Spears Chair of Business Administration in the Department of Management.
Oklahoma State University’s innovative doctoral program for executives continues to grow after graduating its inaugural class of participants in December. The fourth class of the Ph.D. in Business for Executives in the Watson Graduate School of Management features 13 participants from the United States and Mexico.
The three-year doctoral program in OSU’s Spears School of Business kicked off Jan. 15-17 with an orientation session at the Helmerich Research Center on the OSU-Tulsa campus. The fourth cohort joins 24 participants from across the world already taking part in the Ph.D. in Business for Executives program.
“We are very excited to welcome our fourth cohort to the Ph.D. for Executives program,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School of Business. “This program has proven to be very popular with executives as it has built a reputation as a rigorous and high-quality program. We look forward to what this new cohort can accomplish as they help build the legacy of the program.”
Oklahoma State University’s creation three years ago of an innovative program targeting executive leadership is now paying dividends for a number of professionals across the United States. The inaugural class of the Ph.D. in Business for Executives will graduate Dec. 12 during OSU Graduate College commencement exercises.
The Class of 2014 from the Ph.D. in Business for Executives program includes:
- David Altounian, Austin, Texas
- Scott Anderson, Guymon, Oklahoma
- Tom Bennett Jr., Tulsa, Oklahoma
- Fred Cleveland, Calgary, Canada
- Durand Crosby, Oklahoma City
- Warren Dyer, Edmonton, Canada
- Toby Joplin, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
- Patti Jordan, Tulsa, Oklahoma
- Philip McMahan, Edmond, Oklahoma
- Dessie Nash, Dallas, Texas
- Tom Totten, Indianapolis, Indiana
The first graduates from the innovative program will participate in commencement exercises at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 inside Gallagher-Iba Arena on the Stillwater campus.
“The program has brought our research faculty and senior executives together to study real business problems and develop research models to address the issues,” said Ramesh Sharda, director of the program and Vice Dean for the Watson Graduate School of Management. “Our program has had international participation from the very beginning. Indeed, two of the graduates in the very first group are from Canada.
Oklahoma State University’s Ph.D. in Business for Executives program and the Watson Graduate School of Management will host the Fourth Annual International Conference on Engaged Management Scholarship in Tulsa from Sept. 11-14.
Nearly 200 scholars and practitioners from across the world will participate in the conference organized yearly by the Executive Doctorate in Business Administration Council (EDBAC), which has broad international representation of executive doctoral providers.
Ramesh Sharda, interim vice dean of the Watson Graduate School and director of OSU’s Ph.D. in Business for Executives program, successfully campaigned in June 2012 to bring this year’s conference to Oklahoma State. Previous conferences have been hosted in Cleveland, England and Atlanta.
“We are proud to host this conference here at Oklahoma State. EDBAC’s decision to let us host the conference speaks well about our young and growing executive doctorate program,” Sharda said.
Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business continues to grow its doctoral program for executives. The third class of the Ph.D. in Business for Executives in the Watson Graduate School of Management features 13 participants from nine states.
The three-year program kicked off Jan. 10-11 with an orientation session at the Helmerich Research Center on the OSU-Tulsa campus. The 13 participants were welcomed to the program by OSU/A&M Board of Regents Chairman Tucker Link, Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis, Spears School of Business Interim Dean Ken Eastman, Spears School Interim Vice Dean Ramesh Sharda, and Ph.D. in Business for Executives Program Research Director Craig Wallace.
Longtime Spears School of Business professor Ramesh Sharda has been named to the new position of interim vice dean of the Watson Graduate School of Management. He will coordinate all of the school’s graduate programs, including the Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and Ph.D. in Business for Executives programs.
Sharda, a member of the Oklahoma State University faculty for 32 years, will begin in his new role immediately. He joins the Spears School executive leadership team of interim dean Ken Eastman and associate deans Mark Weiser and Carol Johnson.
“We are delighted that Dr. Sharda has accepted the position as interim vice dean and look forward to the contributions he will make to the Watson Graduate School and the Spears School,” Eastman said.
A group of business leaders participating in Oklahoma State University’s groundbreaking Ph.D. in Business for Executives program were recognized for their outstanding presentation during the third annual International Conference on Engaged Management Scholarship earlier this year.
OSU Spears School of Business doctoral students Fred Cleveland, Warren Dyer and Patti Jordan joined Craig Wallace, research director of the Ph.D. program, in earning top honors in the poster competition. Their submission of “Funding Climate and its Impact on New Venture Success: Towards Construct Identification and Validation,” won first place at the conference, hosted in Atlanta by the Executive Doctorate in Business Administration Council (EDBAC).
“All of us in the group were obviously very excited to know that our research efforts were recognized by the judges,” said Dyer, who is one of 18 students who will graduate in December 2014 from the three-year program in the Spears School’s Watson Graduate School of Business. “It was exciting for the three of us, and it was nice to receive interest from the CEOs and other company executives, and colleagues around the world, who wanted to visit with us about our research.”
Spears School of Business students impressed with their performances at the SAS Analytics 2013 Conference in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 21-22.
A team of Oklahoma State University’s distance-learning students won third place out of more than 60 teams in the data mining shootout. The team included Linda Schumacher, Pradeep Podila, Rakesh Karn and Rom Khattri. OSU is the only university that has consistently placed a team in the top three spots throughout the tournament’s history.
This is the seventh consecutive year that at least one OSU student team has placed in the top three of the shootout, the largest data mining competition in the world, allowing students to demonstrate their expertise in data mining alongside industry professionals.
Also, OSU students submitted 22 of the 50 posters at the conference. Three of the six awards were won by OSU students. Winners and their poster titles are:
• Anuashka Sharma, Detection of Crime rate dependency across the different locations in U.S.
• Ajay Guyyala and Patti Jordan, Application of SAS Text Mining to analyze quality defects of materials in a Manufacturing Industry
• Prakash Giri and Jaya Nair, Americas Engagement in Fitness & Outdoor Activities: Sentiment Analysis of Tweets Using SAS Sentiment Analysis Studio
Goutam Chakraborty, professor of marketing and founder of the SAS and OSU Data Mining Certificate program, is proud of the students’ success.
“I am very proud of our students’ achievements and it was wonderful to see their efforts being recognized by the analytic community and SAS as evidenced by the many awards our students received,” Chakraborty said.
Analytics 2013 is an industry-leading conference for the latest ideas, research and best practices in the field of analytics. More than 40 OSU students and alums were present at the conference that brought together about 1,000 analytics professionals.
For more information about the data mining certificate program at the Spears School, go to the Business Analytics and Data Mining Certificates Program website, contact Goutam Chakraborty at 405-744-7644 or email@example.com.
A Spears School of Business professor authored a recently released book, “Launching A Business: The First 100 Days,” that was named an Editor’s Pick by CHOICE Magazine. Bruce Barringer, head of the School of Entrepreneurship at the Spears School, is the author of the 238-page self-help book.
Barringer’s book is recognized in CHOICE Magazine, the top library and book buyer magazine in the United States.
The following review, written by J. J. Janney of the University of Dayton, will appear in the November issue of CHOICE:
“Everyone knows starting a new business takes work, but many potential entrepreneurs become unnerved by the fear of things they do not know, but which matter. Beyond knowledge of the actual business and industry, this can entail knowing whether to incorporate, establish an online media presence, or even how to complete required forms. These types of unknowns can unnerve entrepreneurs. Barringer (entrepreneurship, Oklahoma State Univ.) wrote Launching a Business to calm those nerves.
“A book of advice and sources, it breaks the launch process into two sections, prelaunch (days 1-30) and postlaunch (days 31-100). While it covers all functional areas of launching a business, the book particularly highlights the mechanics of establishing an online presence. Each chapter provides checklists, encouraging entrepreneurs to document their efforts. Entrepreneurs seeking to write a business plan will find this information valuable.
“While this title overlaps with works such as Mike McKeever’s How to Write a Business Plan (CH, Apr’13, 50-4538), it differs by offering more tactical advice on things important during early launch of a business that an experienced founder should know but a novice likely will not. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels of undergraduate students; practitioners; aspiring entrepreneurs; general readers.”
To read the review online, go to the Choice Review Online website: http://www.cro3.org/content/51/03/51-1579.full
Oklahoma State University’s Bruce Barringer has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Entrepreneurship Professors of 2013.
Barringer, Professor and N. Malone Mitchell, Jr. Chair in Entrepreneurship, and head of the School of Entrepreneurship at OSU’s Spears School of Business, was the only professor honored from the state of Oklahoma and one of only four chosen from Big 12 schools, in the announcement by 3 Day Startup.
“Barringer has been the director of the School of Entrepreneurship’s master’s program since 2010 and was recently selected to head the entrepreneurship program for the university. He has taught courses at the Spears School of Business on ‘Entrepreneurial Thinking and Behavior,’ ‘Entrepreneurship and Venture Management,’ ‘Advanced Entrepreneurship Practicum,’ and ‘Launching a Business: The First 100 Days,’” 3 Day Startup stated in a release on the top 25 professors.
Dr. Gary Trennepohl, founding president of Oklahoma State University-Tulsa and current ONEOK Chair in Finance, will be inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame by the Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the Jim Thorpe Museum in Oklahoma City.
“Dr. Trennepohl was instrumental in establishing the OSU-Tulsa campus and facilitating the expansion and development of higher education in Tulsa,” said Howard Barnett, president of OSU-Tulsa. “His induction into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame showcases the far-reaching impact he has had on higher education as an educator and administrator.”
Trennepohl served as the first president of OSU-Tulsa from 1999-2009 and guided the university’s transition from the consortium model to a stand-alone entity providing undergraduate and graduate OSU degree programs for Tulsa. During his tenure, enrollment increased from 870 students to almost 2,700 students and the OSU-Tulsa Helmerich Research Center was constructed.
Prior to his role as president, Trennepohl served as dean of the Spears School of Business at OSU-Stillwater and held faculty and administrative appointments at Texas A&M University, the University of Missouri-Columbia and Arizona State University. He has co-authored two college level finance texts, contributed chapters for four readings books, and co-authored more than 30 professional journal articles.
Since 1987 he has served on the instructional faculty for the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) presenting seminars to institutional investment managers and market regulators about the use of derivative strategies to manage portfolio risk. He’s also been a regular session leader since 1989 at the yearly “Risk Management Conference” sponsored by the CBOE, Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
Trennepohl, who is also a Regents Service Professor, teaches finance courses in the OSU Spears School of Business on both the Tulsa and Stillwater campuses. He was honored during the 2006 “A Stately Affair,” for his leadership, contributions to education and commitment to OSU and the city of Tulsa.
The Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame was established in 1994 to recognize and honor individuals for outstanding service to higher education in Oklahoma. This year’s class represents the 20th year to honor higher education educators and administrators as well as those who support higher education with distinguished contributions.
To be eligible for induction, an individual must have been employed by one or more institutions of public and private higher education in Oklahoma on a full-time basis for a minimum of ten years. Individuals not so employed, but who have performed outstanding service to higher education in the state, or organizations or institutions, are also eligible for consideration, such service to be above and beyond financial contributions.
The Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society was established in 1991 as a nonprofit to support awareness of higher education’s vital role in Oklahoma history.
Two Spears School of Business professors were recognized Friday for their expertise and dedication to teaching during the September meeting of the Oklahoma State University/A&M Board of Regents.
Craig Wallace, associate professor and Spears Chair in the Department of Management, was one of eight faculty members named as the recipients of the Regents Distinguished Research Award for 2013-14.
Dursun Delen, professor, the Spears Chair in Business Administration and the Patterson Foundation Chair in the Department of Management Science and Information Systems, was one of nine faculty members selected to receive the Regents Distinguished Teaching Award for 2013-14.
The Regents Distinguished Research Award recognizes research excellence at OSU. Recipients are selected based on evidence of outstanding and meritorious achievements, a distinguished record of past and continuing excellence in research, and national and international recognition. Each will receive a permanent salary increase of $2,000.
Each college nominates up to three people for the Teaching Award. A review and selection committee composed of an undergraduate and a graduate student, two faculty members at large, two department heads and the provost or her designee, identifies the winners. Each college has one recipient except the College of Arts and Sciences, which has two recipients due to the large number of faculty. Each also receives a permanent salary increase of $2,000.
Bruce Barringer has been selected as head of Oklahoma State University’s award-winning entrepreneurship program.
Barringer, the Johnny D. Pope Entrepreneurship Chair in the Spears School of Business for the past three years, will lead both the School of Entrepreneurship and the outreach branch, the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship, said Ken Eastman, interim dean of the Spears School.
Barringer’s appointment is pending approval of the OSU Board of Regents at the Sept. 6 meeting.
“I’m very excited. We have a great group of students, we have a very engaged and skilled faculty, and a lot of support from the OSU community. We are confident that the best days of the School of Entrepreneurship and the Riata Center are ahead of us,” said Barringer, who has served an interim head of the School of Entrepreneurship since May 2012.
“Dr. Barringer has great plans for the school and the Riata Center and I look forward to more great things from the school. We greatly appreciate his willingness to accept this important, leadership role,” said Eastman.
Oklahoma State University marketing professor Goutam Chakraborty was honored Monday with the 2013 SAS Distinguished Professor Award at the SAS Global Forum in San Francisco.
Chakraborty earned the prestigious Distinguished Professor Award for using SAS (originally known as Statistical Analysis Systems) in teaching and/or research and supporting successful students use of SAS, a leader in business analytics software and services.
“I feel very honored and humbled by receiving this award from SAS. However, the success of our data mining and analytics programs would not have been possible without the support of Marketing and MSIS faculty and the hard work by OSU students,” said Chakraborty, founder of OSU’s SAS Data Mining Certificate program in the Spears School of Business.
Chakraborty was the only individual recognized as two other group awards were announced at the national convention in San Francisco. “These honorees represent the best analytics innovation in colleges and universities,” said SAS CEO Jim Goodnight. “Their applications of SAS technology demonstrates the diverse ways SAS impacts higher education.”
Few have had the impact of Chakraborty in producing data mining experts who are in high demand. The Spears School’s data mining program had the most applicants and graduates since its launch eight years ago. All 75 graduates in 2012 received job offers within three months of graduation, including from companies such as Capital One, Apple, Google, Verizon and FedEx.
The Spears School marketing professor’s specialty in quantitative marketing inspired him to teach data mining to students. Chakraborty specifies SAS because it works well for university-based research and is valued in the business world.
Chakraborty has expanded the coursework to include text analytics and plans to offer high-performance analytics. Recently, Chakraborty’s students used SAS Text Analytics to analyze tweets for a company interested in measuring the value of customer sentiment.
Chakraborty will be one of the featured speakers Friday at SAS Analytics Day, hosted by the Spears School of Business. Click to learn more about SAS Analytics Day.
Tony Kang of the Spears School of Business was recently the recipient of one of the most prestigious awards presented at the American Accounting Association’s Mid-Year Section meeting in Savannah, Ga.
Kang, associate professor and Arthur Andersen and Co. Centennial Professor in the School of Accounting, was honored with the 2013 Lee Radebaugh Notable Contribution to International Research Award from AAA. The award is presented in recognition of the paper published in the Journal of International Accounting Research in the past decade that has made the greatest contribution to the field.
“In Fall 2002, the first issue of the Journal of International Accounting Research appeared. After 10 years, 18 issues and five editors, the International Section feels this is something to celebrate,” was the description used in the call for nominations for the award. Continue Reading
Edward E. Lawler III, a professor in the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, will present “Management Reset” to the Oklahoma State University business community.
The presentation will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in the Jones Conference Room of the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center. The event is sponsored by the Ph.D. in Business for Executives program and the Department of Management of the Spears School of Business.
“This is a great opportunity to hear a renowned scholar discuss solutions to pressing business problems,” said Aaron Hill, assistant professor in the Department of Management. “This is applied research at the highest level.” Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University’s new Center for Health Systems Innovation is the first in the nation dedicated to harnessing entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation to improve health and health care systemically. Health care visionaries from some of the world’s top organizations were in Stillwater last week to celebrate the opening of the Center.
The new Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI), a collaborative effort of the Spears School of Business and the OSU Center for Health Sciences, will focus on creating a comprehensive and coherent vision for health care problem solving through market-based solutions.
“Could there be a more important issue in America today, and certainly in our state, than health care? It is pretty clear that we cannot attempt to solve it with just money. It’s going to have to be solved with creativity and innovation, and that is precisely what this Center is all about,” said OSU President Burns Hargis.
Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business is going international with its unique program for executive development. The second class of the Ph.D. in Business for Executives in the Watson Graduate School of Management features 18 participants, including international students from The Netherlands and Canada, and representing seven states across the United States.
The three-year program kicked off Jan. 11-12 with an orientation session at the Helmerich Research Center on the OSU-Tulsa campus. The 18 participants were welcomed to the program by OSU/A&M Board of Regents members Andy Lester and Jay Helm, Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis, Spears School of Business Dean Larry Crosby, Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett, and program directors Ramesh Sharda and Craig Wallace.
INFORMS is the largest professional society in the world for professionals in the field of operations research (O.R.), management science, and business analytics.
INFORMS serves the scientific and professional needs of Operations Researchers and those in the Management Sciences including educators, scientists, students, managers, and consultants. The Institute serves as a focal point for O.R. professionals, permitting them to communicate with each other and reach out to other professional societies, as well as the varied clientele of the profession’s research and practice. Continue Reading