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    Nordstrom Stores President Scheduled for Speaker Series

    Jamie Nordstrom, President of stores for Nordstrom, will be participating in the Albers Executive Speaker Series on November 12th, 2015. The event will take place in Pigott Auditorium from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.

    New Marketing Faculty Member

    Ajay Abraham will join Albers in the fall as Assistant Professor of Marketing. Ajay is finishing up his PhD at the University of Maryland, and has his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Mahatma Gandhi University and the Indian School of Business. His research is in the areas of pricing and the morality of marketing. He is published in the MIT Sloan Management Review and worked as a systems engineer for six years in India. 

    New Staff Member

    Justin Dolce will be joining the Albers Placement Center as Graduate Student Career Advisor starting in January. Previously, Justin worked in recruiting at Moss Adams and Amazon.

    Colette’s Research Highlighted

    Colette Hoption’s research on leaders using humor, which appeared in the Leadership and Organization Development Journal, has been featured on the Association for Psychological Science website. You can read the article on the Association's website.

    Mentor Program Launched for 25th Year

    The Albers Mentor Program is off and running in its 25th anniversary year. This year we have 275 students working with 165 mentors. A celebration is being planned for some time in March.

    Business Ethics Week 2015

    Business Ethics Week has been scheduled for May 4-8, 2015. During Business Ethics Week, business professionals visit Albers classes to discuss ethical challenges faced in the workplace.The event is organized by the Center for Business Ethics. Stay tuned for details!

    Teams and Leadership

    On November 13th, the Albers Executive Speaker Series featured a panel discussion on, "Leadership: Building Agile and Adaptive Teams in a Complex Environment." Harvey Kanter, Chairman, CEO, and President of Blue Nile, Lieutenant General Stephen Lanza, Base Commander at Joint Base Lewis McCord, and Melanie Dressel, President and CEO of Columbia Bank, spoke to the topic and answered questions from the audience.

    New Bridge MBA Director

    John Merle will serve as Albers' next Bridge MBA Program Director. John had more than 30 years of industry experience in accounting and finance with Castle and Cooke and then Weyerhaeuser before he started teaching for Albers on a part-time basis in 2008. In 2012 he switched to full time teaching. John’s successful teaching experience at both the undergraduate and graduate levels will serve him well in this new role, as will the fact that he made the same switch that many Bridge students make – from a liberal arts undergraduate degree to an MBA!

    School Meeting

    Over 70 Albers faculty and staff members gathered on November 14th. The agenda included an update on the core curriculum launch for the Professional MBA program, changes to graduate admission standards, and the integration of advising and placement.

    Installation Ceremony

    On November 14th, three faculty members were installed as new endowed chair and professorship holders: Suzanne de Janesz as the Thomas Gleed Chair for 2014-16; Bridget Hiedemann as the Robert O’Brien Chair for 2014-16; and Bonnie Buchanan as the George Albers Professor for 2014-17.

    Date Change

    The date has been changed for the appearance of Bill Ruckelshaus, CEO of Blucora, in the speaker series. The new date is February 3rd, 2015, same time and place. The previous date was January 28th

    New Shrontz Chairholder

    Dr. Jeffery Smith will be the next holder of the Frank Shrontz Endowed Chair for Professional Ethics. Currently, Jeffery is Professor of Business Ethics at the University of Redlands, where he has also directed the Banta Center for Business, Ethics, and Society. Jeffery is a distinguished scholar, with publications appearing in the Journal of Business Ethics, the Business Ethics Quarterly, and Business Ethics: A European Review, among others. He has also edited a book and published a number of book chapters. He serves on the board of directors for the Society for Business Ethics and is a member of the Editorial Board of Business Ethics Quarterly.

    New Finance Faculty Member

    Dean Diavatopoulos will be joining us as Assistant Professor of Finance in September, 2015. Dean is currently Assistant Professor of Finance at Villanova University. He teaches in the areas of derivatives and fixed income and has articles have appeared in the Journal of Investing, Journal of Banking and Finance, and the Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management, among others.

    Trip to HK and Guangzhou

    From November 15th to 21st Dean Joe Phillips travelled to Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China with Jim Hembree. They visited with a number of alumni and friends of SU, including many Albers alums. On the trip to Guangzhou the visited the Chimelong theme parks, which were founded by the family of one of Albers students.

    Fair Trade University

    Seattle University has become the first Fair Trade University in the Pacific Northwest and one of only 26 schools in the country to earn that designation by Fair Trade Colleges and Universities USA. Quan Le and students in the Global Business Club were instrumental in moving the Fair Trade initiative forward. In becoming a Fair Trade University, SU pledges to make Fair Trade-certified products available through its dining facilities, catered events, offices and stores. The initiative also includes an educational component that encourages faculty to incorporate Fair Trade issues into their teaching.

     Graduateprograms.com Ranks PMBA 16th

    Graduateprograms.com 2014 ranking of part-time MBA programs ranks Albers 16th in the nation. Last year Albers was ranked 19th by Graduateprograms.com. The ranking is based on reviews posted by more than 70,000 students participating in over 1,600 graduate programs nationwide.

    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)!

    Albers Undergrad Program Ranked by Businessweek

    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

    Suzanne de Janasz article co-authored with Maury Peiperl (IMD), “Lonely at the Top? How some CEOs are using high-powered mentors to increase performance,” has been accepted for publication in the Harvard Business Review.

    Claus Portner published a chapter on, “Fertility in Developing Countries,” in The Economics of the Family: How the Household Affects Markets and Economic Growth, edited by Ester Redmount and published by ABC-CLIO.

    John McLean and Vinay Datar had their article, “Mastering the Chargemaster: Minimizing Price-gouging and Exposing the Structural Flaws in the Healthcare ‘Market,’” accepted for publication in the Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law.

     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.