Recent CoB Online

May 2014

Dean’s Message

With graduation right around the corner, I would like to thank all of our faculty and staff for making this a great year in the College of Business. I am particularly thankful for all the help and ideas you have given me in my first year as dean. I feel we’ve continued to build on the great momentum here and I am very optimistic about what the future holds for this college.


I hope that you all will attend the College of Business graduation ceremony on Friday, May 9 at 3:30 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum. Your presence means a great deal to our students and their families. I hope you are as excited about this event as I am. Ric Jurgens, a 1971 graduate of our program and the chairman emeritus of Hy-Vee, will be our featured speaker. Mohamed Hrezi, an accounting graduate and student-athlete on Iowa State’s track and cross country teams, will be our student speaker.


For this spring’s university graduation ceremony, Tyler Dunleavy will serve as the student marshal for the College of Business. He has chosen Kayla Sander, lecturer of accounting, as his faculty escort. Congratulations to both Tyler and Kayla.


The promotion and tenure process is complete and the following College of Business faculty received promotions. Congratulations to all:


  • Jennifer Blackhurst, Walker Professor in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, promoted to full professor of supply chain management
  • Yoshinori Suzuki, Sturgeon Faculty Fellow in Business, promoted to full professor in supply chain management
  • Dengpan Liu, promoted to associate professor with tenure in information systems
  • Kayla Sander, promoted to senior lecturer of accounting


Bill Dilla, along with co-authors Paul Steinbart (Arizona State University), Graham Gal (Univeristy of Massachusetts—Amherst), and Robyn Raschke (University of Nevada—Las Vegas) had the research proposal “Is There an Association Between Internal Control Findings and Measures of Information Security Effectiveness?” accepted for sponsorship by the Information Management and Technology Assurance (IMTA) section of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). This proposal provides access to practitioner research participants. It is one of two research support proposals accepted in a competitive call for proposals jointly sponsored by the Journal of Information Systems and the IMTA section of the AICPA.


Bill Dilla received an Iowa State Faculty Senate Foreign Travel Grant to support presenting a paper at the European Accounting Association 2014 Annual Congress in Tallinn, Estonia.


Cynthia Jeffrey has been selected as an ISU Exemplary Faculty Mentor for the 2013-2014 academic year. She will receive the award from Provost Wickert at a reception on Wednesday, May 7.

Business Career Services

New salary and employment data is available! In addition to our 2012-13 salary information, you can also find our six month report and the full annual report on our website.


Meredith Williams attended the 2014 P&S Professional Development Conference on April 17. Meredith was also awarded the P&S Superior Service award this month. Congratulations Meredith!


Tammy Stegman, along with four seniors from Wei Zhang’s capstone marketing class, visited Kohl’s Corporate office in Wisconsin on April 25.


Kathy Wieland attended the Voorhees Supply Chain Conference Luncheon on April 25.


Our staff met with the following employers in April: John Deere, Wells Fargo, Vermeer, Art’s Way Manufacturing, Kohl’s Stores Corporate, General Mills, Seaboard Foods, Lennox Industries, Principal Financial Group, Market Rate Consulting, Texas High School Guidance Counselors, Illinois High School Guidance Counselors, and Athene USA

Iowa Small Business Development Centers

Ted Bair is the Interim State Director for the Iowa Small Business Development Center, the Interim Associate Director for the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Interim Regional Director for the ISU Small Business Development Center. You might say that Ted is wearing many hats, and we’re very glad he is able to do so. Ted came from Mason City, where he most recently was the Regional Director of the North Iowa Area Small Business Development Center since 2006. If you wish to reach Ted, you can call him at 515-294-2030 or 515-296-7828, or you can email him at

Graduate Programs

Mark Peterson, Director of Graduate Business Career Services, presented at the MBA Focus “Connections14” MBA employment recruitment conference in Columbus, OH, April 28-30.


Manjul Gupta’s paper “Organizational Culture and the Three V’s of Big Data” has been accepted as part of the 9th Annual Midwest Association for Information Systems Conference (MWAIS 2014) that will be hosted by Iowa State University at Gerdin Business School from May 15-16, 2014.


Lauren G. Block, Sonya A. Grier, Terry L. Childers, Brennan Davis, Jane E.J. Ebert, Shiriki Kumanyika, Russell N. Laczniak, Jane E. Machin, Carol M. Motley, Laura Peracchio, Simone Pettigrew, Maura Scott, and Mirjam N.G. van Ginkel Bieshaar have been voted as the recipients of the Thomas C. Kinnear/Journal of Public Policy & Marketing Award for their article “From Nutrients to Nurturance: A Conceptual Introduction to Food Well-Being” which appeared in the Spring 2011 (Volume 30, Issue 1) issue of Journal of Public Policy & Marketing.


The award honors articles published in Journal of Public Policy & Marketing that have made a significant contribution to the understanding of marketing and public policy issues.  This year, eligible articles needed to have been published between 2010 and 2012. The marketing community was called upon to nominate articles for the award. JPP&M Editorial Review Board members and Associate Editors then voted among the nominees.


Generously funded by Thomas C. Kinnear, his colleagues, friends, and former students and administered through the AMA Foundation, the awards purpose is to recognize authors who have produced particularly high quality and impactful research in marketing and public policy.


The award will be presented at the 2014 Marketing and Public Policy Conference.


Smarandescu, Laura and Terrence Shimp, “Drink Coca Cola, Eat Popcorn, Choose Powerade: The Limits of Subliminal Persuasion,” accepted for publication at Marketing Letters.


Laura Smarandescu gave a presentation to the doctoral students in the College of Business on the Effect of Dynamic Digital Displays on Perception and Food Choice.


Laura Smarandescu was a guest speaker for a graduate class in Economics on the Effect of Mood on Comparative Judgment: A Neuroscience Perspective.


Kiss, A.N., Barr, P.S. New venture strategic adaptation: The interplay of belief structures and industry context. Strategic Management Journal (Forthcoming).


King, D.R., DeMarie, S. 2014. Organizational Jazz: Furthering the Understanding of Organizational Culture using Music, Graziadio Business Review, 17(1)


Conference paper accepted and nominated for an award: Schriber, S., King, D. 2014. “Competitive dynamics: An explanation for parity in acquisition performance was nominated for the “best paper” award for practice implications at the Strategic Management Society conference, Madrid, Spain, September 20-23.


Andreas Schwab gave an invited presentation titled “The Case Against Null-Hypothesis Significance Testing: Flaws, Alternatives and Action Plans” and conducted a workshop on “How to Publish in Top Entrepreneurship Journals: Opportunities, Challenges and Recent Trends” at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia on April 29-30, 2014.


The College of Business will host the 9th annual Midwest Association for Information Systems conference on May 15 & 16. Joey George is the conference chair, and Zhengrui Jiang and Kevin Scheibe are the program co-chairs. This is the first time the conference will be held in Iowa.


Wu, Y., Xiao, J.H., Xie, K, and Hu, Q. “Controlling the Abuse of Guanxi: A Multi-Case Study from the Perspective of Supply Chain Information Systems,” to be presented and published in the proceedings of the 18th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS 2014), June 24-28, 2014, Chengdu, China.


Gao, L., Feng, Y.Q., Liu, L.N., and Hu, Q. “Understanding Individual Level ERP Assimilation from a Social Network Perspective: A Multi-Case Study,” to be presented and published in the proceedings of the 22nd European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2014), June 9-11, 2014, Tel Aviv, Israel.


Eric Smith and Sree Nilakanta represented SCIS at the IT-Olympiad on April 25-26 at the Hilton Coliseum. IT-Olympiad this year brought close to 800 students from middle and high schools in Iowa to participate in various IT challenges including Cyber defense, robotics, etc. SCIS contributed $500 scholarships to IT –Olympiad and the National Council on Women in IT (NCWIT) Iowa chapter.


Joey George was invited to present a talk on media, culture and deception at the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University on April 11, 2014.


“A Grounded Theory Approach to Information Technology Adoption,” by Wen-Lung Shiau and Joey George was accepted for publication in Communications of the AIS.


Joey George was an invited member of a panel on sponsored research at the Big XII+ MIS Research Symposium, held April 4-6 at the University of Oklahoma.


Scott Grawe was invited to speak at Texas A&M’s Galveston campus as part of the MARA seminar series on April 24-25. Scott spoke about emerging trends in logistics research and presented findings from his research on logistics innovation and shipper-3PL relationships. The MARA seminar series was established to highlight logistics research and recognize emerging and established scholars in the field.


On April 25th, over 110 industry professionals, students, faculty and staff attended the 22nd annual Voorhees Supply Chain Conference. This year’s theme was supply chain partnership and our speakers paired up with others within their institution or with other companies to discuss how partnerships are a key component to a successful supply chain. Our presenters were:

  • Jeannie Artley & Jackie Bailey from Cargill
  • Dave Elsenbast from REG & Bob Weil from Restaurant Technologies
  • Graham Page from Ruan & Rishi Raina from Capgemini

A special thanks to Jen Blackhurst, Bobby Martens, and Mike Crum for their help on the committee and Elizabeth Salton who coordinated the event. 


For more information about this conference, please visit the conference webpage.

Undergraduate Programs

The College of Business Commencement Ceremony will be Friday, May 9 at 3.30PM at Hilton Coliseum. We have over 650 students graduating this spring and summer, and have over 350 planning to attend the ceremony.

Prerequisites for summer College of Business courses will be reviewed before the beginning of each 4 week summer session (May, June, and July). Students who do not have the required prereq will be contacted, and instructors will receive a list of students who remain in violation before the beginning of each 4 week summer session. Prerequisites for fall College of Business courses will be monitored over the summer break. Students who are in violation of a prereq will be notified throughout the summer, and instructors will receive a list of students who remain in violation in mid-August.


For the upcoming academic year, we have selected 19 Business Ambassadors that will continue to assist the Undergraduate Programs Office with prospective student visits, and other outreach related activities. If you have any questions, please contact Leah Berte in the Undergraduate office.

Alison Anker Austin Keeney
Amber Bachman Kourtney Krumm
Carly Bro Rachel LoBianco
Kate Fennelly Hieu Nguyen
Kelly Gifford Kwisha Patel
Megan Girard John Rolf
Jessica Graham Jordan Schill
Brylee Groskruetz Briann Wieland
Rachel Hagg Sydney Yazbec
Katie Kallin  

We have 3 Business Ambassadors graduating this year: Adam Hibbs/FIN, Kelsie Mills/ACCT and Teal Richards/ MKT.


Congratulations to Michele Kohrs for winning the Merit Student Impact Award!


Diann Burright will co-chair the University Academic Advising Committee for a 2-year term beginning July 1.


Diann will also be chair of the University Tuition Appeal Committee—her assignment starts in June.


Linda Garbisch and Ben McCarty will be receiving the 2014 Learning Communities Outstanding Innovations award at the Learning Communities Institute on May 12. This award recognizes their efforts in the design of course materials and peer mentor outlines for the BusAd 102 (Expanded Orientation for BLTs) course.


Preparation and implementation steps are in progress for EMS room/space scheduling software and Insight Advising software (an appointment scheduling/advising tool). Sarah Wilson is leading the efforts with EMS and will be providing training and user information this summer.  The implementation and soft roll-out for Insight Advising will also be this summer, with full roll-out for students in August.  A core team from Undergraduate Programs (Diann, Lee Van Brocklin, Sarah Wilson, and Michele Kohrs) including Greg Buttery from IT will be working to get this system in place.  Look for more information to come.

Media Hits

April 18, 2014

Iowa Public Radio

Samantha Cross interviewed with Ben Kieffer of Iowa Public Radio


April 17, 2014

WHO Radio

Sue Danielson, WHO Radio, interviewed Wei Zhang, marketing, about his study of hotel reservations and consumer satisfaction. This is the result of a News Service story.


April 16, 2014

ISU News Service

Zhang: book early and after work if you want to enjoy your next hotel stay


April 14, 2014
ISU News Service

Time for marketing campaigns to reflect cultural differences within families


April 11, 2014

ISU News Service

Industry leaders to share experience of building effective supply chain partnerships


April 7, 2014

ISU News Service
Health South co-founder Aaron Beam to discuss securities fraud scandal at Iowa State April 21


April 3, 2014

The Wall Street Journal

Can MBA students afford to wait for that perfect job?


April 1, 2014

College of Business hosts doctoral logistics symposium April 3 – 5


March 26, 2014

Don’t shop for travel at work, study says







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