Oklahoma State University’s School of Entrepreneurship is being recognized as one of the top schools in the nation, with 2018 representing the school’s third time since 2013 in rankings published by The Princeton Review and featured in the December issue of Entrepreneur magazine.
The School of Entrepreneurship is ranked 24th on the list of Top 25 Undergraduate Schools for Entrepreneurship Studies for 2018. OSU is one of only 13 public schools to be ranked among more than 300 schools considered by The Princeton Review.
“I’m gratified by our top 25 ranking,” said Bruce Barringer, head of the OSU School of Entrepreneurship. “It’s a testament to our faculty, alumni and especially our students. I’m also happy for our students. They can now confidently say that they’re part of a nationally ranked program.”
Scott Warren with Generation Citizen recently visited the Spears School of Business to discuss the possibility of collaborative efforts to empower young people across the United States to become engaged and effective citizens.
Warren, chief executive officer of Generation Citizen, met with students, faculty and staff in Spears Business, including the Department of Management and the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship. His passion for the importance of youth political engagement stems from his experience growing up abroad.
Warren co-founded the organization at Brown University with fellow student Anna Nina during their senior year. He has worked the last seven years to build GC’s programming and expand civics engagement throughout the U.S. The group works to ensure that every student in the nation receives an effective civics education, which provides them with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the democracy as active citizens.
Longtime Oklahoma State University professor Dursun Delen was recently appointed as one of the two editors-in-chief of the Journal of Business Analytics, a new addition to the rich collection of journals sponsored by the Operational Research Society and published by Taylor & Francis Publishing company.
After a year-long application, selection and evaluation process, Delen was selected for one of the two Editor-in-Chief positions, and will begin his five-year term on Jan. 1, 2018.
“Business analytics is the art and science of converting a wide variety of data assets to actionable insights for accurate and timely decision making. In essence, it is the process of discovering new and useful knowledge from Big Data (or small data) for the betterment of all organizational practices,” said Delen, Regent Professor, William S. Spears Chair in Business Administration, Patterson Foundation Chair and management science and information systems (MSIS) professor in OSU’s Spears School of Business.
Babak Taheri from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland recently met with Spears School of Business administration and faculty to discuss increasing the collaboration between the two institutions.
Spears Business currently has three exchange students from Heriot Watt and usually sends a couple students per year to the school’s campus in Edinburgh, where OSU students get to experience of living in an amazing city.
Babak also had a meeting with Mike Schuster, assistant professor of legal studies in Spears Business, to discuss potential visits to their campus in Scotland during the Study Abroad program from the CAGLE Department. Babak also met with Marlys Mason, Kevin Voss and Jose Sagarnaga to discuss research collaboration and reciprocal exchange student support with the intention to further the existing relationship between the two universities.
United States Bankruptcy Judge Jeff Bohm will be the featured speaker for the Puterbaugh Ethics Lecture on Nov. 14 at Oklahoma State University’s Stillwater campus.
Bohm, in conjunction with Spears School of Business professor Mike Schuster, will address “Legal Bullying: Ethical Pitfall or Smart Business?” during the lecture at 2 p.m. in 317 Engineering South. Admission is free and is open to all OSU students, staff, and faculty.
“As a federal judge, Jeff Bohm routinely faces those accused of ethical lapses through abuse of the legal system,” said Griffin Pivateau, Puterbaugh Professor of Legal Studies and Ethics in Business in Spears Business. “Judge Bohm’s lecture will provide students with a glimpse into how ethical challenges present themselves and how they should be addressed.
“Having the chance to hear a sitting federal judge discuss ethical pitfalls in the legal system will benefit the entire OSU academic community. We are looking forward to this event.”
The impact Amazon’s new sorting center in Oklahoma City will have on the state will be one of the topics addressed during the 2018 Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference on Dec. 6 from 8:30 a.m.-noon at the Metro Technology Centers at the Springlake Campus in Oklahoma City.
The conference is hosted annually by the Oklahoma State University Center for Applied Economic Research in the Spears School of Business.
Experts from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce will be speaking on the future of the Amazon production center and how it will affect the economic dynamic for Oklahoma and its importance to the state. In addition, participants will have the opportunity for a question-and-answer session after each presenter.
“We are excited to be able to host such an informative conference here in Oklahoma City,” OSU professor of economics Dan Rickman said. “It is crucial that participants understand where Oklahoma’s economy stands at a national level in order for us to grow and prosper as a state.”
Homecoming was still one week away but Oklahoma State University economics alumnus James Bishop (Ph.D., 2016) made an early pilgrimage back to his alma mater at Spears School of Business in early October.
Born and raised on the big island of Hawaii, Bishop made his decision to come to OSU as an undergraduate student like he appears to make every decision, methodically and well-researched.
“I knew I was a National Merit Scholar, and when the scholarship offers started coming in, the very best offer was from OSU. So, that made my decision for me,” he said. “I looked it up and the best LSAT scores came from economics and math majors, so I majored in economics.”
Oklahoma State University’s Master’s in Business Analytics program was well represented last week as a group of students and faculty were participants in the 2017 South Central SAS® Users Group (SCSUG) Educational Forum in Addison, Texas.
The three-day conference allows OSU Spears School of Business analytics students to come together with SAS® users in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and New Mexico with the purpose of learning and sharing about the software, network with SAS staff and other users, and provide a platform for everyone to expand their knowledge of SAS.
“This is the sixth year in a row that our students have participated in and won scholarships to the SCSUG Conference,” said Miriam McGaugh, clinical professor for business analytics in Spears Business. “In addition to the nine scholarship winners from OSU, we had three additional students participate in the student symposium for the fifth year.”
Oklahoma State University’s George Krull was honored Sunday with the Gold Medal Award of Distinction by the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA) at the Fall Council and Annual Members’ Meeting in San Antonio.
Krull was named this summer as interim head of the OSU School of Accounting, and he also assists Eddy Ditzler in teaching the Financial Accounting Research seminar.
Since 1944, the AICPA has given the Gold Medal Award of Distinction to CPAs who have made outstanding contributions to the profession.
“Dr. Krull is very deserving of this award as he has distinguished himself in all aspects of the accounting profession,” said Ken Eastman, dean of Spears Business. “He has done so much to improve accounting in the academic and professional realms. We are very pleased he received this award and we are honored to have him back working with us.”
Entrepreneurs are seen to be synonymous with success and innovation, but that innovation can disrupt the market and increase inequality. On the other hand, an entrepreneur who enters the market can increase equality by offering competition, as well. So, why isn’t this topic as simple as we think it is?
Oklahoma State University assistant professor of entrepreneurship Per Bylund researches all things entrepreneur. By researching the topic of inequality and how it relates to entrepreneurial activity, Bylund felt the term “inequality” needed to be defined more clearly. He partnered with Mark Packard, assistant professor at the University of Nevada at Reno, to do just that.
“Inequality is a very provocative and hot topic right now, and what we argue in this paper is that it’s misunderstood and made a little too simple in the debate,” Bylund said. “We think there might be more to it, and a deeper analysis might help us understand the concept and all the nuances to the concept. What we look at is how entrepreneurs, in different ways, contribute to inequality or equality.”
A group of Oklahoma State University Master’s in Business Analytics students were among those participating in the 2017 MidWest SAS® Users Group (MWSUG) Conference earlier this month in downtown St. Louis.
The OSU Spears School of Business graduate students participated in the two-day conference which included paper presentations from other SAS® users, hands-on workshops, live demonstrations, and opportunities to network with other SAS® users. In addition, they were able to visit with staff from SAS® that was able to provide their unique expertise and insight.
Twenty students have been selected as the Top 10 Freshmen Men and Top 10 Freshmen Women at Oklahoma State University for the 2017-2018 academic year, and five of those students are from the Spears School of Business.
Jacob Swanson, entrepreneurship and management major; Brent Cunningham, accounting; Corey Collins, business management, and Coleman Bourke, business, were selected to the Top 10 Freshmen Men while Hadley Reuter, management information systems and statistics major, was selected to the Top 10 Freshmen Women.
Swanson is the son of Chris and Ashley Swanson and grew up in Cache, Okla. He is the vice-president of the E-Club, serves as the Homecoming chair for the Business Student Council, is a part of the Student Alumni Board and the Chaplain of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity at OSU. Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business will recognize several distinguished alumni and a group of former coworkers who are making the difference in the lives of students at the 2017 Hall of Fame banquet at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 3 at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.
The annual banquet recognizes OSU graduates with distinguished professional careers who have given back to their communities and displayed leadership skills. Diane Tuttle, Steve Tuttle and the ExxonMobil Controllers Alumni Group will be honored as inductees into the Spears Hall of Fame, the highest honor awarded by Spears Business.
Also, Rob Haight, Craig Ireland and Brandi Surine will be honored as Outstanding Young Alumni at the banquet.
“For the past 52 years, we’ve been honoring some of our finest graduates and this year’s honorees are certainly deserving to join this impressive group,” said Ken Eastman, dean of Spears Business. “Both Diane and Steve Tuttle are an inspiration to all of us at the Spears School through their professional and personal success and the ExxonMobil Controllers Alumni Group includes eight ExxonMobil retirees (and their spouses) who are great examples of the impact a unified group can have when pooling their resources and working together.”
Under special circumstances, George Abraham traveled to Stillwater, Oklahoma from India on his own to speak with graduate students in the Professional Development class on September 29. Abraham encouraged students to follow their dreams despite other’s negativity. He also shared his experiences and challenges living visually impaired.
Growing up, people did not have faith in a future for children who were visually impaired. It was common for people to express their doubts about his future to him and his parents. Fortunately for Abraham, his parents saw much more in him than just a blind child, and they did everything they could to give him the opportunities to succeed in regular school.
One of these opportunities included participating in athletics. He enjoyed running, but he did not start out as a fast runner and continued to come in last place. As he continued to practice, he gradually improved his skills. Eventually, he became the fastest runner in the school. Continue Reading
Before the Fall 2017 semester began, Oklahoma State University MBA students enrolled in the Corporate Strategy class had the opportunity to travel to China for 10 days. While abroad, students experienced culture, sightseeing and collaboration with Chinese students from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, followed by a final stop in Hong Kong.
The trip began in Beijing with tours and visitations to local businesses. The culture and cuisine largely differs from that in the United States. This highly populated city constantly bustles from activities of the everyday citizen. The delicious cuisine is served family-style around a large circular table with a Lazy Susan in the middle. This setup allows for the sharing of not only food but also conversation among those at the table.
Students traveled around this part of China, including a partial trek along the Great Wall of China and visit to Tiananmen Square. Continue Reading
While students typically learn from leaders with numerous years of career experience, those attending the September 15 professional development course were given a chance to listen to early career advice from recent MBA alumnus, Austin Murch. Murch, a project controller with Sandia National Laboratories, was once the MBA Association president and received his MBA degree from OSU in 2015.
Murch began his talk by explaining how he learned from and embraced each obstacle he faced when going into the workforce.
“I took something from every stop, every challenge, and shaped my career path,” Murch said.
This led the discussion into the topic of failure and success. Murch suggests one way to overcome the feeling of failure is to change your outlook on situations because you may not be failing at all.
The School of Accounting at Oklahoma State University will be hosting the 13th Annual Oil and Gas Accounting Conference and the 17th Annual Accounting and Financial Reporting Conference on Nov. 16-17 in Tulsa.
“The School of Accounting is thrilled to bring these industry experts to Oklahoma and the accounting and business community,” said George Krull, interim head of the School of Accounting. “These conferences provide an excellent opportunity for participants to learn and network with other professionals who are facing the same issues.”
This conference is for all professionals involved in accounting and financial reporting. Attendees will earn five CPE credits by attending the 13th Annual Oil and Gas Accounting Conference and eight CPE credits including two hours of ethics by attending the 17th Annual Accounting and Financial Reporting Conference.
“I’m excited by all of the excellent information that these national industry experts will be bringing to the conference,” said Dan Gillam, Oil and Gas Accounting Conference chair and moderator. “Conference attendees will learn technical and invaluable information on pertinent issues related to the current conditions of the industry.” Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University student groups of hipsters, hackers and hustlers rehearsed their pitches and refined their business ideas to compete in the inaugural Pitch and Poster Competition hosted by accelerateOSU.
The competition divided student groups in to three tracks: Hipsters (STEM or high-tech products), Hackers (application or web-based solutions), and Hustlers (physical products or retail). Each team was required to create a poster and present their pitch to the judges.
“I am so glad we brought the Pitch and Poster Competition back to OSU,” said Haley Keith, coordinator for accelerateOSU. “It was accelerateOSU’s first time hosting it and we wanted to make sure that the high-energy entrepreneurial buzz was felt throughout the competition. The students came up with some pretty amazing ideas that rounded out the three tracks, Hipster, Hacker, and Hustler. It was such a joy to see the students come together to share their ideas and prepare to pitch. We look forward to watching them grow and compete again this spring in the Business Plan Competition.”
The winners in each track are: Continue Reading
Spears School’s Aaron Hill, co-authors release ‘The Circle Blueprint,” benefits student scholarships
Have you ever felt unfulfilled and wondered why you are unhappy? There’s a new book written by an Oklahoma State University professor that might help you – while your purchase will benefit student scholarships.
“The Circle Blueprint” is a book co-written by Spears School of Business associate professor of management Aaron Hill along with OSU alumnus Greg Miller (PhD, 2015) and friend Jack Skeen, an executive coach. Throughout the book, the authors explore the various options for expanding and improving one’s circle and include specific exercises to assist in making changes in life. The book introduces and explains both concepts and key elements required to sustain a person who is struggling in their career.
“If you’re like me, there are times you’ve asked yourself, why I don’t feel happier,” Hill said. “Greg and Jack had similar experiences in their work – many people ask this same question daily. The ideas and exercises in our book and the supplemental workbooks helped me dig to the root of the problem and break the conscious and unconscious habits and patterns that held me back from being truly happy. We hope it can help others too – and, we hope the proceeds can go a long way toward building scholarships as well.” Continue Reading
Eleven Master’s in Business Analytics students from Oklahoma State University attended the annual SAS Analytics Conference to compete against students from across the nation Sept. 18-20 in Washington, D.C.
The annual conference brings together analytics professionals and students to collaborate and learn more about data analytics. Prominent keynote speakers such as Earvin “Magic” Johnson, chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, presented on a wide variety of topics related to the data analytics industry, and more than 150 sessions and demos were offered to attendees.
“We are delighted to participate for the 11th consecutive year at the SAS Analytics Conference,” said Goutam Chakraborty, SAS professor of marketing analytics and director of the Master’s in Business Analytics program at the Spears School of Business. “Our MS in Business Analytics (MSBAN) students presented 11 posters. This is by far the largest number of posters presented by students from any other university.
“Our MSBAN students also won four out of six best poster awards given by SAS. That is an outstanding achievement of our students. Our students have won best poster awards consecutively for the last seven years. This sustained exemplary performance at the national level over the years is a testament to the quality and the hard work of our students and faculty in addition to the strength of our curriculum.” Continue Reading
A new venture has opened in downtown Stillwater that will join Oklahoma State University students and the Stillwater community for entrepreneurial success.
On Sept. 19, OSU’s School of Entrepreneurship and the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Riata Center for Entrepreneurship – Downtown Stillwater, 619 S. Main St. Speakers included OSU President Burns Hargis, Spears School of Business Dean Ken Eastman, Stillwater Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Justin Minges, and School of Entrepreneurship department head Bruce Barringer.
“Whether they realized it or not, everyone who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony was supporting entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Stillwater community,” said Alexces Bartley, manager of the Riata Center. “We chose to launch the Riata Center – Downtown Stillwater location to increase our ability to educate and assist members of Stillwater’s growing entrepreneurial community. We want to engage the community and assist in developing a nurturing environment for entrepreneurs and small business owners that will be a hub for networking and educational resources.” Continue Reading
Incoming Oklahoma State University MBA students received their first taste of the graduate program during a three-day orientation. During this time, they experienced an introduction to courses, got to know fellow MBA students, and collected information about programs and involvement.
The first day of orientation began with presentations of academic guidelines and professionalism, along with general information about the MBA program.
“Orientation for the MBA program was an awesome experience,” Colin Kuzdak, first-semester MBA student, said. “It wasn’t just lectures about the program and meeting our professors but it was more about us students getting to know each other and understanding the tools we have to be successful as MBA students.”
After lunch, students learned about career readiness from Abbey Davis with Charles Machine Works and Garrett Purdum with Chesapeake Energy Corp. To conclude the day, a presentation about the MBA case completion was explained. The case competition is required for full-time MBA students, and gives them the opportunity to work as a team to develop a plan to solve a given business problem and present it to executives. Continue Reading
The Spears School of Business’s Legal Studies Group presented its research at several major conferences across the country. This research has been published in highly ranked journals and law reviews – from the American Business Law Journal to The Business Lawyer – in addition to being cited by the courts. Members of the faculty also serve in various leadership roles in several national academic and practitioner-oriented organizations. The Legal Studies Group’s research and outreach are focused on providing impactful research for academics, legal practitioners, and the courts. Here’s a brief overview of the work they’ve been doing this past academic year:
Greg Day, Assistant Professor of Economics and Legal Studies
Day’s most recent research, The International Competition of Patent Laws and Strategic Firm Behavior, was a finalist for the Ralph Bunche Award, established to recognize unpublished original legal research in the area of international business law, at the 2017 national conference for the Academy of Legal Studies in Business.
He also presented his work, Innovative Antitrust and the Patent System, which is forthcoming in The Nebraska Law Review (2018), at the 2017 National Business Law Scholars Conference. Additionally, Professor Day presented Competition and Piracy, which is forthcoming in the Berkeley Technology Law Journal (2017), at the 2016 Southeastern Academy of Legal Studies in Business’s regional conference, where he received the award for best proceedings paper. In 2016, he also published Irrational Investors and the Corporate Inversion Puzzle in the SMU Law Review.
Oklahoma State University alumnus Taber LeBlanc is the man behind Oklahoma City home building industry leader Homes by Taber. And it was at OSU’s business school that LeBlanc learned about leadership, marketing and achieving success in today’s ever-changing business climate.
Born in Wichita, Kansas but raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, LeBlanc came to Stillwater on a football scholarship and graduated with a management and marketing degree in 1999. Shortly thereafter, he married his high school sweetheart and began the business that is known today as a market leader, boasts increasing profits and continues to expand with its consistent success.
We recently asked LeBlanc how his business degree from OSU helped him to become the successful entrepreneur he is today. Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University international business management graduate Abigail Crosby has traveled all over the United States and Europe before turning 18 years old.
Crosby was born in West Virginia and quickly moved to Seattle after about a year and a half. At age 3, her family decided to move back to England, where her mother had been born and raised. At age 6, the family finally settled down with her father’s Northern Ireland roots, where Crosby would stay until she was 18. After that, it was a 40-minute flight to Edinburgh, Scotland, to attend Heriot-Watt University.
“Actually, a year after I moved to Scotland, my parents moved back to England,” Crosby said. “So, when I go ‘home,’ I’m going to England, but that’s not where I grew up. It only takes me about four hours to get home by train.” Continue Reading
Seven outstanding Spears School of Business students were named Top Freshman by the Oklahoma State University Mortar Board Honor Society for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Students who received this honor were selected based on scholarship, community service, campus involvement and leadership during their freshmen year. The seven Spears Business students will join 13 other OSU freshmen being honored at OSU president Burns Hargis’s home Sept. 26.
The students are:
- Madeline Betts, management and marketing major from Calumet, Okla.
- Hadley Reuter, management information systems and statistics major from Stillwater
- Coleman Bourke, business major from Tulsa
- Corey Collins, business management major from Piedmont, Okla.
- Brent Cunningham, accounting and finance major from Bartlesville
- Hunter Perdue, marketing major from Yukon, Okla.
- Jacob Swanson, business entrepreneurship and business marketing from Lawton, Okla.
The Achafoa Chapter of Mortar Board selected students through an extensive interview process and will narrow the Top 20 Freshmen down to the Top 10 Freshman Oct. 2.
She may have been born in Sherman, Texas, in 1956, but Jeretta Horn Nord has always been an Oklahoma gal.
The management science and information systems professor grew up on a ranch in Colbert, Oklahoma, with an older sister and a younger brother. She was always active, playing the piano, twirling a baton or participating in 4-H. A strong work ethic was instilled in her early; waking up at 5 a.m. to feed show calves is not for the faint of heart.
“I notice a lot of students who come [to OSU] from rural areas have a really good work ethic, and I believe it’s because they have been required to help with feeding cattle or horses, doing chores or perhaps participating in other work-related activities as a child,” she says.
To further illustrate that point, the 12-year-old Nord would ride her bicycle across rural Colbert selling greeting cards from a catalog. She waited to collect the money until she delivered the product but ran into an unexpected problem when she realized she wouldn’t have any money to order the stationery and cards.
“Rather than my parents giving me the money, my dad took me to the bank, and I made a personal loan at the age of 12,” Nord says. “I paid it back immediately after I collected the money from the customers and used the profits to buy Christmas presents that year. It’s one of my most vivid memories from my childhood and a good lesson to learn about managing money. This is just one example of the love, time, and effort my parents invested in our family for which I am eternally grateful.” Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University’s innovative doctoral program for executives continues to grow as the sixth cohort of the Ph.D. in Business for Executives features 15 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 Student Union on the Stillwater campus. The sixth cohort joins 78 participants from across the world who have already taken part in the Ph.D. in Business for Executives program.
“We are very excited to welcome our sixth cohort to the executive doctoral program,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School of Business. “The program is making a significant impact and continues to attract the quality and diversity of individuals we expected including representatives from such companies as American Airlines, Bank of America, Citigroup, Deloitte, 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.”
Rain or shine, a mile or 10 miles, neither element nor distance can slow down Nathan Herrmann. The accounting student at Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business knows all about determination. He runs 40 to 50 miles a week in his free time.
“It’s the sort of sport where you set a goal, sometimes months away, and you plan your training accordingly,” said Herrmann. “It’s something you have to go out for six or seven days a week to make it a possibility.”
It’s in Herrmann’s nature to commit to a long-term goal and achieve it. His career and education aspirations are no different. He is currently in the Spears Business Professional Program in Accounting, which allows students to earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting in five years. His favorite thing about accounting is the way that everything fits together, neat and organized.
His passion for accounting was influenced by his father, Don Herrmann, long-time OSU accounting professor, who has always referred to accounting as the “language of the business world.”
“People assume, oh you love math; it’s like, not really. You don’t need anything past Algebra. You do need to understand how things relate to one another and how to organize things to get info to people in a concise manner,” Herrmann said. Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University Economics professors Dan Rickman and Hongbo Wang have been gaining media attention from both national and international sources for their research about recent tax cuts in Kansas and Wisconsin.
Rickman and Wang analyzed the 2011 tax cuts in both Wisconsin and Kansas to determine whether the cuts actually spurred the economic growth that was intended. Using a new analyzing method called the synthetic control method, Rickman and Wang grouped like-states into units to make better comparisons.
“We analyzed Kansas and Wisconsin from 2011 to 2015 by comparing them to states that had similar economies,” Rickman said. “Looking at employment, population, per capita income, poverty, and housing prices, we used this new technique to compare states with similar economies. As a result, we saw that states that cut income taxes performed worse when the claim was that the states would perform better. Government expenditures had to decline. The new businesses never came because businesses didn’t value lower taxes as highly as, say, an educated workforce or good roads.”
Wisconsin Public Television aired an interview with Dan Rickman on July 14, 2017. Rickman was also contacted by Radio France Internationale in June and was interviewed over the phone on air. The Washington Post published the study in June.