Watson Graduate School

Forecasting stock returns using
fluctuations in trading costs

Ariel West
  (July 12, 2017 at 7:50 am)

Assistant professor of finance Greg Eaton’s research shows the importance of monitoring fluctuations in trading costs.

Have you ever wondered when you should invest or make a trade in your stock?

By using United States equity market-level data from 1926 through 2015, Oklahoma State University assistant professor of finance Greg Eaton nailed down the predictive power of trading costs in his latest research, “Micro(structure) before Macro? The Predictive Power of Aggregate Illiquidity for Stock Returns and Economic Activity,” which was accepted into the prestigious Journal of Financial Economics. Eaton cut out the volatility component from trading cost measures and found that embedded volatility was causing misleading results.

“One important aspect of our study is how we measure trading cost,” Eaton said. “We document that most measures of trading cost mechanically embed a volatility component, and it’s important to extract that component so we make sure that our results are driven by actual trading costs as opposed to volatility in disguise. Making this adjustment does have an important impact on our results. What we find is that the trading costs before we made the adjustment did not forecast stock returns, but once we extracted the embedded volatility component, we found strong evidence that trading costs do forecast future stock returns.” Continue Reading

Big Data Boot Camp drills Spears business
analytics students in preparation for internships

Ariel West
  (May 24, 2017 at 10:45 am)

Master of Science in Business Analytics students attended the 2017 Big Data Boot Camp to hone their skills in preparation for internships.

Oklahoma State University Master of Science in Business Analytics students recently got a taste of their future career path at the annual Big Data Boot Camp hosted by the Spears School of Business.

The weeklong boot camp is required for MSBA students completing their first year in the program. The camp not only covers the basics technical skills students will need to have for their future careers but also covers some soft skills that companies look for when making hiring decisions. The boot camp is provided free by Spears Business in partnership with SAS.

“No business can survive without making data-driven decisions,” said Miriam McGaugh, Spears Business clinical assistant professor of marketing and instructor for the Big Data Boot Camp. “Analytics isn’t going away. We train students to utilize software and technology to make processes more efficient in business.” Continue Reading

Spears School’s Kinda Wilson recipient of
2017 Excellence in Teaching/Training Award

Terry Tush
  (May 4, 2017 at 2:01 pm)
Kinda Miller and Shona Gambrell

Kinda Wilson and Shona Gambrell, director of Online Learning at the Spears School, at the USDLA National Conference.

Spears School of Business marketing professor Kinda Wilson was recently awarded the 2017 Excellence in Teaching/Training Award at the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) National Conference in Indianapolis.

Wilson was nominated for the award by the Spears School Online Learning office staff. They worked with her over the past year on the development of her online undergraduate and graduate level Innovative Marketing Social Media Strategies courses. The online learning staff provided video production, instructional design and animation support for the course and nomination.

Wilson has taught for the School of Marketing and International Business for more than 10 years at the OSU-Tulsa campus. “She has proven to be one of the very best teachers I have ever had; and, having been a department head for over 20 years, I have seen many, many teachers,” said Josh Wiener, head of the School of Marketing and International Business.

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Graduate students recognized at
annual awards banquet

Taylor Mullan
  (April 26, 2017 at 3:09 pm)

From left, Imran Selim and Duygu Phillips were honored at the awards banquet.

The Watson Graduate of Management hosted its annual awards banquet on April 7. MBA student Duygu Phillips was recognized as the Outstanding Masters Student for the MBA program, the Outstanding SAS Student Certificate and received OSU Marketing Analytics recognition. MBA student Imran Selim was recognized with an Outstanding SAS Student Certificate and OSU Marketing Analytics.

Phillips is an Exxon Mobil Scholar with a concentration in marketing analytics and entrepreneurship, so she is taking classes such as CIE Scholars. She has been the editorial assistant to Marketing Journal (JMPTP), which has helped her become involved in academia and learn through articles and research. Phillips learned about the publishing process for an academic paper, which is great preparation to pursue a PhD.

Also, she is the MBA Association Vice President of International Affairs, and started the Brown Bag Lunch Series, where business professionals and students meet over lunch, network, exchange ideas and get advice. She has been developing her own business and was accepted into the incubator in accelerateOSU, the student startup center. Continue Reading

OSU MBA students learn about
different aspects of consulting

Taylor Mullan
  (April 24, 2017 at 1:21 pm)

Ajay Gupta spoke to MBA students in April.

Ajay Gupta, consultant at McKinsey & Company, shared his insight on the various sides of business and consulting with Oklahoma State University MBA students this April.

Gupta began with one of his favorite aspects of consulting. He shared what keeps him at his job and why he enjoys it. Gupta enjoys his job because he has a variety of work and clients, which provides him with quite a bit of exposure to various industries. Emphasizing these aspects helps him develop his personal value.

“Every engagement with the client offers an exciting challenge,” Gupta said. “Customers have a choice, so I make sure I provide plenty of value to each of them.”

Gupta explained the type of people who enjoy working for McKinsey & Company. He says it is a good system if you like to do work and be rewarded for it.

His message shifted to matching career paths with interests. Consultants pursue career paths that match their interests. The generalists work across industries and functions to get a range of experiences and skills. The practice consultants focus on a certain industry or function. An implementation coach helps organizations develop the capabilities they need to continuously deliver sustained improvement. Continue Reading

Oklahoma State student startup team
sees great success at business competitions

Taylor Mullan
  (April 24, 2017 at 1:11 pm)

From left, Haley Kurtz and Kevin Keith of MITO Material Solutions takes first at the 2016 Governor’s Cup in Oklahoma City.

MITO Material Solutions is a student startup team created by Oklahoma State University MBA student Haley Kurtz and mechanical engineering technology student Kevin Keith.

Kurtz, chief executive officer, and Keith, chief operating officer, are under the guidance of assistant professor of entrepreneurship Richard Gajan and professor Ranji Vaidyanathan of the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. Kurtz and Keith are also a part of the accelerateOSU program.

Kurtz says the opportunity to work with this startup is because of resources provided through the MBA program and working for accelerate OSU. While she is only a part-time MBA student, she dedicates her time to school, MITO Material Solutions, and traveling to competitions. She also works full-time for accelerateOSU, the OSU School of Entrepreneurship’s newest division that aids student startups.

Kurtz was interested in the Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) class, which provides its students with a project. This is a one semester class offered in the fall with the goal for its students to understand and commercialize technology. To enroll in the class, students must complete the interview process where only 30 students are selected for the class, and only 10 of the 30 students are MBA students. This class presented Kurtz the opportunity to work with MITO. Continue Reading

OSU MBA students learn about interacting
with different personality types

Spears School News Staff
  (April 19, 2017 at 4:16 pm)

Ann Dyer spoke with OSU MBA students.

Oklahoma State University students learn quite a bit about themselves and their classmates during their course studies and how to interact with others. Ann Dyer spoke with OSU MBA students about leadership and working with various personality types inside and outside of business.

Dyer begins her discussion with critical success factors to leading successful change programs. She emphasizes the importance of doing research on the company or organization you seek to work with to drive change. This principle applies to an external consultant as well as a new employee.   Dyer also discussed the need to build a case for change by comparing market positions, including threats, and create a vision for what success could look like. The case for change should include a financial business case, approach to achieving the outcomes, aligned budgets, and finally, an understanding of what the risk of doing nothing would be.

The topic then switched to the students and how they should present themselves. This is the importance of a personal leadership brand, including how you speak, what people say about you and what impact you make; that is your legacy. While developing a personal brand, it is important to learn from mistakes, trial and error, and never take things too personally. Dyer discussed the concept of recognizing key observable behaviors, assertiveness and responsiveness. These behaviors can help you understand your social style and determine the style of others who you are working with. She stressed that it is important to determine and adapt your style to other’s style if you seek to make an impact. Continue Reading

Three Spears School graduate students
recognized during Graduate Education Week

Spears School News Staff
  (April 19, 2017 at 10:52 am)

Master’s student in telecommunications management Siddharth Suresh won first place in the 3MC and was awarded $2,000.

Three Spears School of Business graduate students were recently honored during the Graduate College’s Graduate Education Week activities on the campus of Oklahoma State University.

Siddharth Suresh, master’s student in telecommunications management, was the first-place winner in the President’s Fellows’ Three Minute Challenge (3MC), and was the recipient of a $2,000 award. Also, Varsha Akkaloori, a master’s in business analytics student, received the People’s Choice Award in the 3MC competition and a $2,000 prize.

The 3MC competition includes the top five Three Minute Presentation (3MP) competitors for non-thesis masters, education specialists and graduate certificate students and the top five Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competitors for thesis master’s and doctoral students. Continue Reading

SAS Analytics Day brings in national
and regional experts to Oklahoma State

Alyssa Wahrman
  (April 19, 2017 at 9:19 am)

SAS Analytics DayThe seventh annual SAS Analytics Day will be May 5 in the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center at Oklahoma State University. Registration and continental breakfast will begin at 8 a.m., and the conference will conclude at 3:30 p.m.

SAS Analytics Day will bring in national and regional speakers to share their expertise and knowledge with the Oklahoma business and analytics community. The primary goal of this conference is to link OSU’s master’s in business analytics’ students with members of the local and regional business community to help students grow their professional network.

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OSU student team places first in Love’s Cup,
qualifies for Tri-State Competition

Ariel West
  (April 19, 2017 at 8:44 am)

From left, David Thomison, Jaquelyn Lane, Rachel Davis and Chance Imhoff make OSU history by being the first OSU team to win the Undergraduate Division.

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

Spears School business analytics students
reap success at 2017 SAS Global Forum

Ariel West
  (April 17, 2017 at 2:19 pm)

Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business master’s in business analytics students and faculty.

Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business master’s in business analytics students and faculty took home several awards earlier this month while attending the annual SAS Global Forum in Orlando, Florida.

Business analytic graduate students Anirban Chakraborty and Indra Kiran Chowdavarapu received the SAS Student Ambassador award, which included an all-expense paid trip to the conference to attend and present their papers. Only 15 awards are given each year to students worldwide, and this is the seventh year in a row that an OSU student has received the award.

Business analytic graduate students Indra Kiran Chowdavarapu (left) and Anirban Chakraborty (right) received the SAS Student Ambassador award.

An OSU team of students competed in the SAS Student Symposium and was named a Top 8 Finalist, which awarded the entire team an all-expense paid trip to attend the conference and present their research symposium ideas. The team consisted of master’s in business analytics full-time students Jayant Sharma and Sid Grover, who was also awarded the SAS Student Scholarship award, and online learning students John Eacott and Par Aravazhi. This is the second year in a row that an OSU team has competed and finished in the Top 8 and the eighth year in a row that an OSU student was awarded the SAS Student Scholarship.
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OSU student team receives more than $90,000
at Rice Business Plan Competition

Ariel West
  (April 10, 2017 at 4:32 pm)

Haley Kurtz and Kevin Keith with MITO Material Solutions places second in the Rice Business Plan Competition.

Oklahoma State University student startup team MITO Material Solutions has once again proved itself by placing second at the prestigious Rice Business Plan Competition, an annual collegiate pitch competition hosted by Rice University.

MITO is composed of MBA student Haley Kurtz, chief executive officer, and mechanical engineering technology student Kevin Keith, chief operating officer, and are coached by assistant professor of Entrepreneurship Richard Gajan in the Spears School of Business and professor Ranji Vaidyanathan of the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.

MITO’s product is an adhesive epoxy additive which allow manufacturers to double the durability or significantly decreases the weight of composite materials utilized in the aerospace, recreation and automotive industries. It is based on technology developed at the Helmerich Research Center in Tulsa.

MITO received $50,000 in investment prizing for placing second, provided by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship and sponsored by Finger Interest and the Anderson Family Fund at the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Keith placed fifth in the Mercury Fund Elevator Pitch Competition and received $500 in cash. Kurtz received a total of $40,000 in investment prizing for winning the Courageous Women Entrepreneur award, provided by nCourage Entrepreneurs Investment Group. Continue Reading

Spears School Alumni Q&A with Harlan Beverly

Dollie Elliott
  (March 28, 2017 at 2:07 pm)

Harlan Beverly at the Navigating Entrepreneurship in Austin event and Texas Venture Lab at McCombs School of Business. Photo by Lauren Gerson.

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.

Harlan Beverly (left) at the University of Texas at Austin during Entrepreneurship Week hosted by the Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency.

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.

Harlan Beverly’s book can be found at http://leanstartings.com or http://amzn.to/2nK9mjP

Venkat Tadanki presents about international
business relations to OSU MBA students

Taylor Mullan
  (March 2, 2017 at 10:02 am)

Venkat Tadanki, CEO of Secova, visited OSU MBA students Feb. 24.

Attending a university provides students with opportunities to study business internationally. Oklahoma State University MBA students listened as Venkat Tadanki shared “the local twist to a global dream” on Feb. 24.

Tadanki shared his thoughts on the secret “sauce” for international entrepreneurship. He began by explaining how to leverage the global corridors. By developing the business locally, it becomes stronger to move global.

After moving to the U.S. in the 1990s on behalf of a large Indian company, Tadanki made observations of the global market. He realized cultural differences impacted business approaches. Also, he noticed social and regulatory expectations differ significantly.

“Understanding the cultural context is critical to understanding the customer,” Tadanki said. Continue Reading

OSU teams bring home $47,000
from New Venture Competition

Ariel West
  (March 1, 2017 at 1:31 pm)

OSU teams Redcedar Products (left) and MITO Material Solutions (right)

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.

Kevin Keith (left) and Haley Kurtz (right) of MITO Material Solutions win second place at the Baylor Business New Venture Competition

“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

OSU engineering grad turns to
Spears Business for a different path

Ariel West
  (February 24, 2017 at 10:55 am)

Kyle Lake

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

Three Spears Business students place in 3MT®
competition, one selected to move on to OSU Finals

Ariel West
  (February 23, 2017 at 3:02 pm)

First place: Durba Chakrabarty

Three Spears School of Business students placed in the college-level round of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition Feb. 23.

In this competition, each student has a maximum of three minutes to present his or her thesis. The student is limited to a single PowerPoint slide and must verbally present the information.

Oklahoma State University economics and legal studies student Durba Chakrabarty placed first in the competition and received $300. Marketing student Yasamin Vahadati received $200 for placing second, and Peter Liang, management science and information systems student, placed third and was also the People’s Choice winner, receiving a total of $400. Continue Reading

OSU MBA students receive advice
to help prepare for a career

Taylor Mullan
  (February 23, 2017 at 1:49 pm)
Mackenzie Wilfong

Mackenzie Wilfong

Oklahoma State University MBA students learn quite a bit of material to help them in their professional careers. On Feb. 17, Mackenzie Wilfong shared with the OSU students some things she wished she knew before starting her career.

Wilfong earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law. Following law school, Wilfong practiced litigation at Spencer Fane Britt and Browne, a national law firm, where she specialized in education and employment law, practicing in Kansas and Missouri.  

After leaving private practice, she joined the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights as an enforcement attorney investigating allegations of harassment and discrimination in educational institutions. She is the Associate General Counsel for the Board of Regents of the Oklahoma State University and Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges, located in Stillwater. 

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City of Stillwater vice mayor
speaks with OSU MBA students

Taylor Mullan
  (February 14, 2017 at 3:43 pm)
Pat Darlington

Pat Darlington speaks to OSU MBA students.

Students at Oklahoma State University are presented with great opportunities for networking and creating connections. Patricia Darlington spoke to OSU MBA students Feb. 10 about the importance of moments and maintaining connections.

Darlington attended Regis College in Denver, before transferring to the University of Missouri-Kansas City where she received her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene in 1973. Following this, she worked as a hygienist and taught dental hygiene in Midwest City, Oklahoma.

In 1991, Darlington completed her master’s of religious education from Loyola University-New Orleans. She was the director of religious education St. John’s/St. Francis parishes in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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OSU’s online Master’s of Entrepreneurship
program ranked as the best in the nation

Ariel West
  (February 14, 2017 at 3:09 pm)

Oklahoma State University’s School of Entrepreneurship has been selected as the top program in the nation offering an online Master’s in Entrepreneurship (MSE).

This isn’t the first time OSU’s School of Entrepreneurship has received nationwide recognition. The program started in 2008 and quickly gained recognition a short four years later, debuting in the Princeton Review as the No. 23 program in the Top 25 Graduate School of Entrepreneurship Studies.

SuccessfulStudent.org’s ranking of the of the 15 Best Online Entrepreneurship Colleges in the United States placed OSU as No. 1 on the list. The School of Entrepreneurship had also been ranked the No. 1 Best Online College for Entrepreneurship by OnlineColleges.com, No. 2 for the Most Affordable Top Ranked Online MBA Entrepreneurship Program by EDsmart.org and BestMastersDegrees.com. Continue Reading

OSU MSIS doctoral student wins third place
at international INFORMS competition

Ariel West
  (February 13, 2017 at 2:29 pm)

Pankush Kalgotra

Out of thousands of international participants, Oklahoma State University Management Science and Information Systems doctoral student Pankush Kalgotra’s research impressed the judges at the annual INFORMS poster presentation in Nashville, Tenn.

The three-round poster competition involves a series of reviews and evaluations by experts in the field. Out of 25 finalists per day, the judges select three winners over the course of two days. Kalgotra was selected as the third-place winner for one of the competition days.

“Our poster analyzed the network of diseases,” Kalgotra said. “We created a comorbidity network and examined how this network impacts a patient’s length of hospital stay. For example, if a patient develops a disease that highly relates to other diseases, the patient is likely to get other diseases as well over time. This can impact his/her length of stay. Our model can be directly implemented in to hospitals today because our model beats the existing models.” Continue Reading

OSU MBA alumnus Matthew O’Brien
returns to Stillwater to share with students

Taylor Mullan
  (February 7, 2017 at 2:57 pm)

MBA students learned ways to manage a career with advice from Oklahoma State University MBA alumnus Matthew O’Brien on Feb. 3.

In 1982, O’Brien received his MBA and began working at Lockheed Martin Corporation. O’Brien is vice president emeritus and former chief financial officer for Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Corporation subsidiary. Also, he is owner and president of M.J. O’Brien and Associates LLC, a business consulting firm, and he serves as chair for the OSU MBA Advisory Board.

O’Brien gave an overview of managing a career through leadership, while keeping in mind that someone is always watching. Managing a career takes a lot preparation, hard work, emotional intelligence, timing, luck and work ethic, he says.

“Present yourself in a way that somebody will remember you,” O’Brien said. Continue Reading

OSU alumna Anne Greenwood continues
to play an important role in helping students

Taylor Mullan
  (February 2, 2017 at 1:22 pm)

Oklahoma State University distinguished alumna and Spears School of Business Hall of Fame inductee Anne Greenwood spoke about tips to separate oneself from the crowd in a business setting. Greenwood provided information to MBA students Jan. 27 about business that many people do not think to share.

Greenwood is one of OSU’s greatest and most tireless supporters, and her contributions to OSU is quite numerous, earning her a spot in the OSU Alumni Association Hall of Fame. In addition to the extensive list of her support, Greenwood is a tireless volunteer for anything to benefit her alma mater. She completed her bachelor’s degree in accounting from OSU in 1979 and worked as a corporate accountant in the oil and gas industry and public utilities.

The main reason Greenwood gives so much to OSU and students is to provide a way for students to have the greatest success in school and their careers. She feels a connection to students and wants to see a change in their lives. This carries into her first topic of change is difficult at times but it often works out for the best. Continue Reading

OSU associate professor Griffin Pivateau’s
research cited by Supreme Court of Nevada

Ariel West
  (January 24, 2017 at 2:12 pm)

Griffin Pivateau, associate professor of legal studies, OSU Spears School of Business

Let’s put the blue pencil down and be specific: the non-compete agreement is not an agreement at all.

Oklahoma State University’s Griffin Pivateau, associate professor of economics and legal studies in business for the Spears School of Business, was recently cited by the Supreme Court of Nevada. The Court relied heavily on Pivateau’s article, “Putting the Blue Pencil Down: An Argument for Specificity in Noncompete Agreements,” to shape the law of Nevada regarding blue pencil doctrine, where a count finds portions of a contract void but other portions are enforceable. Pivateau’s article argues that permitting courts to alter non-compete agreements, a contract that states an employee will not compete with his or her employer upon leaving employment for a specific period of time, violates public policy. Continue Reading

OSU Spears School continues to impress with
No. 2 ranking for online MIS master’s degree

Ariel West
  (January 19, 2017 at 4:06 pm)

Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business has been recognized as having the No. 2 most affordable online Management Information Systems (MIS) master’s degree program among the nation’s Top 30 degree programs as judged by BestMastersDegrees.com.

Spears’ MS in MIS program focuses on preparing students to be problem solvers using unique and state-of-the-art technology and analytic solutions in today’s business world. This is done through an engaging and cross disciplinary combination of development, analytic and data focused classes providing technical and business knowledge and skills to its students.   

The MS in MIS program has a long history of appearing in program rankings. In 2015-16, the program was also recognized by Eduniversal as a top institution for MIS degrees and more recently was recognized as a top 10 online program by GradSource.com in its 2016-17 rankings. Continue Reading

OSU’s online MBA, other online business programs
excel in U.S. News & World Report rankings

Ariel West
  (January 10, 2017 at 11:21 am)

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

OSU master’s in business analytics students
gain experience by working with companies

Ariel West
  (January 9, 2017 at 10:02 am)

This article appeared in Discover Spears Research, the quarterly research newsletter released by the Spears School of Business.

Goutam Chakraborty

For more than seven years, Spears School of Business’s marketing professor Goutam Chakraborty has fostered relationships with companies across Oklahoma and beyond through data analytics.

Chakraborty sets up contracts with major companies such as Elevate, OG&E and PennWell and has graduate students research the companies’ desired projects. The student projects are fully funded assistantships that boost the students’ résumés and experience in data extraction, data visualization and modeling.

“I seek out the companies to take on my graduate students and start building relationships with them,” Chakraborty said. “The projects are usually a semester long and focus on whatever the company’s needs are, whether that’s determining customer lifetime value, customer satisfaction, predictive modeling or something else. I meet with the students once a week to see their progress, and then we meet with the company every month or so to make sure we are heading in the right direction.”

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Improve retention, improve lives: Why student retention
is important to society

Ariel West
  (January 5, 2017 at 10:25 am)

This article appeared Discover Spears Research, the quarterly research newsletter released by the Spears School of Business.

Dursun Delen

It’s a common issue all universities share, and it’s an issue that affects the entire United States.

For years, researchers have looked in to what causes students to drop out of college one factor at a time. Is it difficulty adjusting to college life? Does past academic success contribute? Is it a lack of commitment? Per Oklahoma State University’s Dursun Delen, a Regents Professor of management science and information systems, it’s all of the above.

“Past researchers have considered the phenomena of student attrition from a narrow perspective, one factor at a time, but we used data mining techniques to observe all of the factors at once, holistically,” Delen said. “We found that while adjustment issues, academic difficulty and isolation all contribute, the most important factor of attrition is the amount of credit hours completed in comparison to the amount of credit hours the student enrolled in their first semester of college. But, it’s a mixture of social and emotional factors as well. It’s a complex issue.” Continue Reading

The changing U.S. audit market structure and pricing: Is there enough competition?

Ariel West
  (December 15, 2016 at 10:49 am)

This article appeared in Discover Spears Research, the quarterly research newsletter released by the Spears School of Business.

Prior governmental and academic research on the structure of the U.S. audit market suggests either no association between market concentration and audit fees or even a negative association, implying that greater concentration actually results in lower audit fees. However, this finding is opposite of what many would expect.

Brad Lawson, assistant professor of accounting at Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business, and another researcher decided to take a closer look into this phenomenon in their research titled “Audit Market Structure and Audit Pricing,” which is forthcoming in the Accounting Horizons journal. What they find is that prior studies did not consider the influence of individual city-level characteristics on the association between concentration and audit fees.

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Gender differences in performance are declining, says research

Ariel West
  (December 15, 2016 at 10:23 am)

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.

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