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    Two Albers Alums in PSBJ Top 40 Under 40

    Two graduates of our MBA program were elected to this year’s Puget Sound Business Journal “Top 40 Under 40.” Matt Iseri (MBA ’05) is founder and president of TokuSaku Consulting, a management consulting firm in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. David Wasielewski (MBA ’01) is managing partner and general manager at Din Tai Fung Restaurant in Bellevue’s Lincoln Square. The restaurant is one of five West Coast locations for the Taiwan-based dumpling chain.

    25th Anniversary for Mentor Program

    The Albers Mentor Program will kick off its 25th year with the Mentor Fair on Friday, October 3rd beginning at 6:00 PM in the PACCAR Atrium. This year we expect 300 students and 150 mentors to participate in the program.

    Albers Convocation

    Over 70 faculty and staff gathered for the 2014-15 Albers Convocation on September 18th. It featured discussions of strategic planning and assurance of learning. It also included a visit from the Provost, Isiaah Crawford, and a presentation on the Starfish student retention system.

    Bosanko Lecture

    The second annual Bosanko Lecture on International Development will take place on October 16th with a lecture by Dean Karlan (Yale University ) titled, "Pragmatic Optimism in the Fight Against Poverty: Lessons from Behavioral Economics". The lecture begins at 5:30 PM in Pigott Auditorium.

    New Student Orientations

    On September 23rd, over 300 new undergraduate students, faculty and staff gathered for the Albers New Student Orientation in the PACCAR Atrium. The students met with faculty and learned about activities and clubs they can be active in. On September 12th a similar event was held for new graduate students, with 150 in attendance.

    Dean Travelling

    Dean Joe Phillips will be leaving on Saturday for a trip to Seoul, Koreato do an AACSB accreditation visit to Konkuk University. This will be followed by a visit to Orange County the following weekend to participate in the Western Association of Collegiate Schools of Business meeting (aka “Western Business School Deans.”). The following weekend he is off to Scranton, PA for the AJCU Business School Deans meeting at the University of Scranton.

    Albers Cracks US News Top 100; Accounting and Finance in Top 20

    Albers is tied for 93rd in the 2015 US News and World Report Undergraduate Business rankings. We are tied with such schools as Marquette, Creighton, LMU, DePaul, and WSU and ranked third in the Northwest, behind UW and Oregon. This is the first time we have made the US News Undergraduate Business Top 100 ranking, which has a heavy large-public institution bias. Among private schools, we rank in the Top 40 nationally. In specialty rankings, we rank 15th in the nation in finance (number 2 in the West) and 19th in the nation in accounting (number 5 in the West)!

    Greg Scully Leavin

    After serving for the last six years as Corporate Relationships Manager for the Albers School, Greg Scully has decided to leave SU to pursue an exciting next chapter in Non-Profit Leadership consulting. Greg has been instrumental in securing projects for our consulting and project-based classes and also in connecting faculty members with guest speakers. He has also served as one of our liaisons with the Seattle University Youth Initiative. We wish Greg well in his new venture and thank him for all his good work at SU.

    Bridge MBA Hooding On August 16th

    The hooding ceremony for our first Bridge MBA class took place with nearly 100 faculty, staff, family members and friends in attendance. Fourteen students participated in the program and Robbie Bach, retired president of Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices division, gave the keynote address.

    PACCAR CEO to Speak

    Ron Armstrong, CEO of PACCAR, will be participating in the Albers Executive Speaker Series on January 14th, 2015. The event will take place in the Pigott Auditorium from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.

    New Arrival

     Congratulations to Megan Spaulding and her husband, James, on the arrival of their second son, Cameron Joseph, on Wednesday, Sept. 3rd. C. Joseph weighed in at 8 lbs. 3 oz. Megan plans to be on leave until the end of November.

    Empowering Workers Panel

    The Albers Executive Speaker Series will host three area leaders in a panel discussion on empowering employees. Major General Stephen Lanza, Base Commander at Joint Base Lewis McCord, Melanie Dressel, President and CEO of Columbia Bank, and Harvey Kanter, President and CEO of Blue Nile will convene on November 13th from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in Pigott Auditorium.

     IEC Garners $100k JPMorgan Chase Grant

    The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center has received a $100,000 grant from JP Morgan Chase to offer small business training groups/cohorts in the Seattle area. Congratulations to Sue Oliver on receiving the grant.

    Professional MBA Program Ranked 20th

    Albers' Professional MBA program is ranked 20th in the nation by Graduateprograms.com. The ranking is based on student survey responses. According to Graduateprograms.com, it reaches out to current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. These program rankings cover a period from September 1, 2012 to April 15, 2014. Rankings cover a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network. To see the rankings,visit graduateprograms.com.

    Albers Undergrad Program Ranked by Business Week

    Albers is ranked 61st in the nation in Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2014 Best Undergraduate Business Schools ranking, moving up from 67th in the previous year. This puts Albers in the Top 35 among private schools, makes us the top private in the Northwest, and places us number two among all schools in the Northwest.

    US News Ranks Albers MBA Program

    US News and World Report ranks our Professional MBA program 68th in the nation and second in the Northwest. Our graduate accounting program is ranked fourteenth in the nation, and is tops in the Northwest and among Jesuit universities. The magazine recently released its 2015 rankings for graduate programs.

    Publications

    Katya Emm and Ruben Trevino had their paper, “The Changing Risk-Return Characteristics of Value and Growth Investing,” accepted for publication by the Journal of Financial Planning.

    Claus Portner's article, “Effects of Parental Absence on Child Labor and School Attendance in the Philippines,” has been accepted for publication in the Review of Economics of the Household.

    Gareth Green's article, "Environmental Choices and Hyperbolic Discounting: An Experimental Analysis,” co-authored with Timothy J. Richards (Arizona State), has been accepted for publication in Environmental and Resource Economics.

    Brian Kelly, Dean Peterson, and Gareth Green had their article, “Using Integrative Graphic Assignments to Promote Deep Learning of the Market Mechanism,” co-authored with John Bean (Department of English), accepted for publication in the Journal of Economic Education.

    Katya Emm's paper, “Intra-Industry Diversification and Firm Efficiency: A Study of the U.S. Insurance Industry,” has been accepted for publication in The International Review of Accounting, Banking and Finance.

    Quan Le's paper, “The Impact of an Integrated Microcredit Program on the Empowerment of Women and Gender Equality in Rural Vietnam,” co-authored with Katherine Dineen, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Developing Areas. Dineen graduated from SU with a degree in Public Affairs and now works for AmeriCorps. The study grew out of her work in the International Development Internship Program.

    Brian Kelly's article, “Product Heterogeneity and Cost Allocations in Contingent Trade Protection,” has been accepted for publication in The World Economy.

    Marc Cohen's paper, “Transcendence and Salvation in Levinas’s Time and the Other and Totality and Infinity,” has been accepted for publication in Levinas Studies.

    Al Ansari's paper, "The Impact of Technology Transfer from Foreign Direct Investment in Developing Nations: A Case Study in the United Arab Emirates," co-authored with Batoul Modarress and Emil Thies (both at Zayed University), has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Economics and Finance.

    Colette Hoption's paper, “Learning and Developing Followership,” has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Leadership Education.

    Jot Yau has had three articles published recently:

    • Business Ethics Research: Predominant Partners and Dissemination Channels," in Business Ethics: A European Review, with K.C. Chan (Western Kentucky University) and H.G. Fung (University of Missouri, St. Louis).
    • "Political Connections and Firm Overinvestment: Evidence from China," in the International Journal of Accounting and Information Management, with Z. Su (Zhejiang University of Technology), and H.G. Fung.
    • "Recent Policy Changes Toward the Internationalization of the Renminbi: A Review," in The Chinese Economy, with H.G. Fung and J.Y. Wu (National Formosa University).

    Vinay Datar's article, "The Value of Mutual Fund Fees: A Model," co-authored with Richard Borgman (U. of Maine), has been accepted for publication in Financial Decisions.

    Peter Raven's and Quan Le's paper, "Woman Entrepreneurship in Rural Vietnam: Success and Motivation Factors," has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Developing Areas.

    Jot Yau's book, Dim Sum Bonds: The Offshore Renminbi (RMB)-Denominated Bonds, co-authored with Hung-Gay Fung (University of Missouri, St Louis) and Glenn Ko (UBS), has just been published by Wiley.

    Eunice Rhee's paper, "Framing Controversial Actions: Regulatory Focus, Source Credibility, and Stock Market Reaction to Poison Pill Adoption," co-authored with Peer Fiss (USC), has been accepted for publication in the Academy of Management Journal.

    Bonnie Buchanan and Peter Brous had their paper, "Valuing "Raise Your Rate" Certificates of Deposit," co-authored with Albers alum Tony Orcutt, has been accepted for publication in Managerial Finance.

    Carl Obermiller and April Atwood had their paper, "Measuring Sustainability Literacy: Scale Development," has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Jesuit Business Education.

    Matt Isaac's paper, co-authored with Aaron Brough (Utah State), "Judging a Part by the Size of its Whole: The Category Size Bias in Probability Judgments," was accepted for publication by the Journal of Consumer Research.

    Jot Yau has had three articles accepted for publication: 

    • "A Leader of the World Commodity Futures Markets in the Making? The Case of China's Commodity Futures," with H.-G. Fung and Y. Tse (University of Missouri, St. Louis), and L. Zhao (Elon University), accepted for publication in the International Review of Financial Analysis.
    • "Offshore Renminbi-Denominated Bonds: Dim Sum Bonds," with H.-G. Fung (University of Missouri, St. Louis) and D. Tzau (Rainier Investment Management and Albers MSF alum), accepted by The Chinese Economy.
    • "The Dim Sum Bond Market and its Role in the Internationalization of the Renminbi," with H.-G. Fung (University of Missouri, St. Louis), accepted for publication in the European Financial Review.

    Sarah Bee' case, "Using Peachtree Software to Increase Your Knowledge of the Revenue and Expenditure Cycles," co-authored with David Hayes (James Madison University), has been accepted for publication in Compendium of Classroom Cases, published by the American Accounting Association.

    Peter Raven's article, "Microenterprises in Malaysia: A Preliminary Study of Factors for Management Success," co-authored with Mark Munoz (Millikin University), Dianne Welsh (UNC-Greensboro), and Sow Hup Chan (University of Macau), has been accepted for publication by the International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal.

    David Arnesen and Bill Weis had their article, "Did the US Supreme Court Decision in Koontz Threaten Rational Regulation or Provide Greater Stability for Real Estate Development?" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Law, Business, and Ethics.

    Brian Kelly's article, "Market Economies and Concurrent Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Remedies," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of International Economic Law.

    Gail Lasprogata's article, "Values Change for Survival," has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Law, Business, and Ethics.

    Bonnie Buchanan's article, "Improving International Students’ Understanding of Local Culture and Financial Institutions: A Service Learning Application," has been accepted for publication by the Journal of International Education in Business.

    Marc Cohen's paper, "Genuine, non-calculative trust with calculative antecedents: Reconsidering Williamson on trust," has been accepted by the Journal of Trust Research for a special issue on Calculativeness and Trust.

    Cathy Cao's article, "Underwriter Reputation and Pricing of Risk: Evidence from Seasoned Equity Offerings," co-authored with Chongyang Chen (UT Dallas) and Joyce Qian Wang (Kean University), has been accepted for publication in the Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting.

    Stacey Jones' textbook, Understanding Business Statistics, co-authored with Ned Freed (University of Portland) and Tim Bergquist (Northwest Christian University), has just been released by Wiley Publishers.

    Tina Zamora's article, "Contextual and Individual Dimensions of Taxpayer Decision Making, co-authored with Jeff Cohen and Gil Manzon (both at Boston College), has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Ethics.

    Katie Fitzpatrick's article, "The Effect of Bank Account Ownership on Credit and Consumption: Evidence from the United Kingdom," has been accepted for publication in the Southern Economic Journal.

    Claus Portner's paper, "High School Dropouts and Sexually Transmitted Diseases,"  co-authored with Mark Anderson (Montana State), has been accepted for publication in the Southern Economic Journal.

    Terry Foster's paper, "Navigating through the Fog of Cloud Computing Contracts," has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Information Technology & Privacy Law.

    Matt Isaac's article, "The Top-Ten Effect: Consumers’ Subjective Categorization of Ranked Lists," co-authored with Robert Schindler (Rutgers), has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Consumer Research.

    Al Ansari's and Diane Congratulations to Matt Isaac.  His article, "The Top-Ten Effect: Consumers’ Subjective Categorization of Ranked Lists," co-authored with Robert Schindler (Rutgers), has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Consumer Research.  JCR is on the Albers "Big Hit" list!Lockwood's article, "Emiratization: From Policy to Implementation," co-authored with Batoul Modarress (Zayed University), has been published in the International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management.

    Katya Emm's and Vinay Datar's paper, "Demystifying Free Cash Flow Valuation," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Economics and Finance Education.

    Bonnie Buchanan, Chips Chipalkatti, and Bruce Koch had their article, "Enhancing Value in IT Services Off-shoring: Real Options Matter," co-authored with Jonathan Doh (Villanova), accepted for publication in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Risk and Insurance.

    Brian Kelly's article, "The Pass-Through of Subsidies to Price," has been accepted for publication by the Journal of World Trade.

    John Dienhart has co-authored "Encouraging Employee Reporting through Procedural Justice," a report recently published by the Ethics Resource Center. Co-authors included Tom Tyler (Yale), Celia Gonzalez (Harvard), Debra Shapiro (Maryland), and Linda Trevino (Penn State).

    James Lee's paper, "The Effect of Business Characteristics and ERP Implementation on Business Outcomes: An Exploratory Study of Korean Manufacturing Firms," co-authored with Pairin Katerattanakul (Western Michigan) and Soongoo Hong (Dong-A University, Korea), was accepted for publication in Management Research Review.

    Greg Magnan's paper, "Trust and Relational Embeddedness: Exploring a Paradox of Trust pattern Development in Key Supplier Relationships," co-authored with Marc Day (University of Reading), Stanley Fawcett (Weber State), and Amydee Fawcett (Arkansas), has been published in Industrial Marketing Management.

    Madhu Rao's book chapter, "Collaboration in Global Intra-Organizational Systems Development," will appear in Global Sourcing of Services, published by the IDEA group.

    Vidya Awasthi, Carlos Mello-e-Souza, and Chips Chipalkatti had their paper, "Selecting a Free Cash Flow Metric that Matters: Accuracy, Bias, and Ability to Predict Value," accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Finance.

    Bridget Hiedemann's article, "Increased Risks of Needing Long-Term Care Among Older Adults Living with Same-Sex Partners, co-authored with Lisa Brodoff in the School of Law, has been accepted for publication in the American Journal of Public Health

    Sharon Lobel's article, "Predicting organizational responsiveness to poverty: Exploratory model and application to Brazil and the United States," has been accepted for publication in a Special issue of the European Management Journal on "National Context in Work-Life Research."

    Harriet Stephenson and Leo Simpson had their article, "Using Adjunct Faculty to Teach Entrepreneurship at an AACSB-Accredited Business Program: Synergies and Opportunities," co-authored with Kirk Heriot (Columbus State), published in the Small Business Institute Journal.

    Peter Raven's paper, "Microenterprise performance and micro-enterprise zones (MEZOs) in China", co-authored with Dianne Welsh (North Carolina Greensboro), J. Mark Munoz (Milliken University), and Shengliang Deng (Brock University), has been accepted for publication in Management Decision.

    Matt Isaac had a paper accepted for publication in the Marketing Science Institute (MSI) Working Paper Series. "Taking the Customer’s Point-of-View: Engagement or Satisfaction?" was co-authored with Bobby J. Calder and Edward C. Malthouse (both at Northwestern). MSI is an organization that bridges academic research and marketing practice. Working paper submissions are evaluated by a review committee, and accepted papers are published online and later consolidated into annual volumes, called MSI Reports. The paper is available here.

    Gareth Green and Dean Peterson had their article, "Deep Learning in Intermediate Microeconomics: Using Scaffolding Assignments to Teach Theory and Promote Transfer," co-authored with John Bean (Department of English), accepted for publication in the Journal of Economic Education.

    Marc Cohen's article, "Empathy in Business Ethics Education," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Ethics Education.

    James Lee and Ben Kim had their article, "The Semiotic Structures of Information Systems," co-authored with Bandula Jayatilaka (SUNY Binghamton) and Pairin Katerattanakul (Western Michigan), has been published in Issues in Information Systems.

    Al Ansari's article, "The Effect of Transnational Threats on the Security of Persian Gulf Maritime Petroleum Transportation," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Transportation Security

    Greg Prussia's article, "Does Employee Safety Influence Customer Satisfaction? Evidence from the Electric Utility Industry," co-authored with Geoff Willis (Central Oklahoma) and Karen Brown (Thunderbird), has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Safety Research.

    Leo Simpson's article, "Organizational Efficacy of Small and Medium-Sized Suppliers," co-authored with Shanan Gibson, Michael Harris, and Bill McDonald (all at East Carolina), has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Small Business Strategy.

    Rubina Mahsud and Greg Prussia had their article, "Ethical and Empowering Leadership and Leader Effectiveness," co-authored with Gary Yukl (SUNY-Albany) and Russell Hassan (Ohio State), has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Managerial Psychology.

    David Reid's article, "Intellectual Property Rights: A Comparative Perspective on Asia, the EU, and North America," has been published in NORTEAMÉRICA.

    Matt Isaac's article, "For Sale by Owner for Less than it is Worth," co-authored with Aaron Brough (Pepperdine), has been published in the Graziadio Business Review. You can read it here.

    Marc Cohen and John Dienhart had their chapter on "Citizens, Kant and Corporate Responsibility for the Environment," will be published in Kantian Business Ethics: Critical Perspectives, edited by Denis G. Arnold and Jared D. Harris, and to be published by Edward Elgar.

    Madhu Rao's paper, "Control and Coordination of Information Systems in Multinational Corporations: An Empirical Examination of Subsidiary and Host Country Factors," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Global Information Technology Management

    Greg Prussia's article, "Development and Validation of the Performance Management Behavior Questionnaire," co-authored with Angelo Kinicki, Suzanne Peterson, and Kathryn Jacobson (Arizona State), has been accepted for publication in Personnel Psychology.

    Colette Hoption's article, "Submitting to the Follower Label: Followership, Positive Affect and Extra-Role Behaviors," co-authored with Amy Christie (Wilfred Laurier) and Julian Barling (Queens), has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Psychology.

    Peter Raven's article, "The Entrepreneurial Orientation of Family Microenterprises in Malaysia," co-authored with Dianne Welsh (North Carolina Greensboro), Mark Munoz (Millikin), and Sow Hup Chan (University of Macau), has been published in International Business: Research, Teaching, and Practice.

    Bill Weis' article, "Hypocrisy at The Lectern: Do Our Personal Lifestyle Choices Reflect Our Spoken Commitment to Global Sustainability? ," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Management for Global Sustainability. The JMGS is a new journal sponsored by the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools and housed at Ateneo de Manila University.

    Marilyn Gist's article, "Self Efficacy," co-authored with Angela Gist, has been accepted for publication in the forthcoming edition of the Oxford Bibliographies in Management.

    Marinilka Kimbro's paper, "Does Voluntary Corporate Citizenship Pay? An Examination of the UN Global Compact," published in International Journal of Accounting and Information Management, has been chosen as a Highly Commended Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence in 2012.

    Tina Zamora's article, "One Laptop per Child: The $100 Challenge," co-authored with Andrea Roberts (University of Virginia), has been accepted for publication in Issues in Accounting Education.

    Fiona Robertson and Bonnie Buchanan had their article, "The Economics of Sallie Mae," co-authored with Tom Arnold (Richmond), accepted for publication by the Journal of Structured Finance.

    Carl Obermiller's article, "Process Evidence for the Question-Behavior Effect: Influencing Socially Normative Behaviors," co-authored with Eric Spangenberg, David Sprott, Ronn Smith (all at WSU), and Anthony Greenwald (UW), has been accepted for publication in Social Influence.

    Jessica Ludescher's article, ""Caritas in Veritate: Promises and Challenges of the Catholic Contribution to Sustainability," has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Catholic Social Thought.

    Chips Chipalkatti's article, "Estimating Marketability Discounts: A Comparison Between Bid-Ask Spreads and Longstaff's Upper Bound," co-authored with Carl Luft, (De Paul University), Craig Levine (McGladrey & Pullen), and Lummezen Mondal (McGladrey & Pullen), has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Finance.

    Susan Weihrich, Teresa Ling, and Joe Phillips had their paper, "Online Teaching Evaluations vs. In-Class Paper Teaching Evaluations: A Paired Comparison," accepted for publication by the Journal of the Academy of Business Education.

    Bonnie Buchanan's article, "Shareholder Proposal Rules and Practices: Evidence from a Comparison of the US and UK," with Jeffry Netter (Georgia), Annette Poulsen (Georgia), and Tina Yang (Villanova), has been accepted for publication in the American Business Law Journal.

    Bonnie Buchanan's article, "How Much Value within Foreign Direct Investment Can a Government Destroy?" co-authored with Tom Arnold (University of Richmond) has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Wealth Management.

    Carl Obermiller, David Arnesen, and Marc Cohen had their article, "Customized Pricing: Win-Win or End Run?" accepted for publication in the Drake Management Review.

    Marc Cohen's article, "Moral and amoral conceptions of trust, with an application in organizational ethics," has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Business Ethics.

    Matt Isaac's paper, "Finding a Good Home for Products We Love: How Buyer Usage Intent Affects the Pricing of Used Goods," co-authored with Aaron Brough (Pepperdine), has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Marketing.