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August 2014

Dean’s Message

Welcome back to another great year in the College of Business! Students will be rejoining us before we know it. As always, please do everything you can to help them transition back and make their experience at Iowa State a great one. The Iowa State brand is built around its great people, and you’re the reason why we’ve become the university of choice in the state of Iowa!


Watch your email next week for your invitation to our Welcome Back Picnic on Friday, August 22nd at 6:00. The event will take place at the Big Bluestem Shelter of Moore Memorial Park, and We Three Catering will be catering the event once again. You and your family are invited for this chance to catch up with old colleagues and meet new ones before the semester begins. Please send your RSVPs to Elizabeth Salton at by August 15, and include your meal choices of chicken, pork, hot dog, or vegetarian burger.


I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Lisa Shimkat as the new statewide director for the Iowa Small Business Development Centers. She replaces Jim Heckmann, who retired earlier this year. Lisa has had great success in nine years of leading the SBDC’s Fort Dodge office, winning numerous awards. (And perhaps the best part of all – she is an ISU MBA alum! She also earned her undergraduate degree here.) Lisa’s experience will help her lead the SBDC forward and continue to grow Iowa State’s role as an economic development engine for Iowa. Please join me in congratulating Lisa!


Business Career Services

Midwest Association for Colleges and Employers (MWACE)
Melanie Gella, Tammy Stegman, Kathy Wieland, and Meredith Williams attended the MWACE conference in Indianapolis, IN July 21-23. During the conference, we participated in various conference sessions as well as visited the Indianapolis location for Total Quality Logistics.


Employer Development
During the month of July, our staff met with WebFilings, Land O’ Lakes, and Wells Fargo regarding recruiting efforts. We are planning a trip to Minneapolis area employers during the month of August.


Career Professionals of Iowa Conference
Tammy Stegman and Kathy Wieland presented a session at the CPI conference held July 10-11 at Grinnell College. The title of the presentation was: “Give Me Some Credit! Review of Year One in a Graded, for Credit, Career-Related Course”.


Pella Corporation – Kaizen
Kathy Wieland participated in a college recruiting Kaizen event at Pella Corp. on July 7-8th


Employers Circle

Business Career Services will host the 9th Annual Employers Circle July 31 at Reiman Gardens. The Employers Circle will include our staff, several faculty/administrators and representatives from the top hiring organizations for the College of Business.


Staffing Update
Tammy Stegman has been promoted to Assistant Director, Business Career Services effective July 2, 2014. Tammy’s new role involves serving in a leadership role for the professional development of College of Business students including oversight of the Careers in Business and Professional Employment Preparation (BUS AD 203X) required course. She will continue to work with the employers, faculty and students/alumni in the areas of Marketing and Management. Tammy will have new supervisory responsibility and will continue to lead in the areas of social media/web page content development and business development.


Fall 2014 Upcoming Career Events – Mark Your Calendars!
• Mock Interview Day for College of Business students is Wednesday, September 17
• The Speaker Series for Business Week 2014 will be September 17-23. Specific speakers, dates, locations, and times will be announced in early September.
• The Business, Industry, and Technology Career Fair will be held on Wednesday, September 24 in Hilton Coliseum from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. Our annual Leadership Breakfast will be that morning prior to the Career Fair from 9-10:30 a.m. at Scheman.

Graduate Programs

Deborah Martinez is now serving at the Chair of Technology for the Midwest Association Graduate Enrollment Management board of directors.


Stephen Kim’s paper entitled “When does new business model addition benefit an incumbent?” is accepted for Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. The paper is coauthored with Sungwook Min at Cal State Long Beach.


Stephen Kim presented a study entitled “How does contract incompleteness shape transaction adversity?” at 2014 Marketing Science Conference. This study’s co-author is Amrit Tiwana at University of Georgia.



Brad Shrader and Jeff Kuskowski’s paper titled “Developing a core list of journals in an interdisciplinary area: Implications for academic faculty and librarians demonstrated in the business literature’ published in Library Resources and Technical Services, Vol. 57, No. 1, January, 2013, pp. 51-65, won the Iowa Library Association ILA/ACRL Research Award, July 2014.


Andreas Schwab with Rene Bakker (Queensland University) and Joerg Sydow (Freie Universitaet Berlin) chaired the subtheme track titled “Studying Project-based Organizing through a Temporal Lens” at the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) annual conference in Rotterdam, Netherlands, July 3-5, 2014.


Andreas Schwab gave an invited presentation titled “The Case Against Null-Hypothesis Statistical Significance Testing: We Can Do Better!” at Malaysia University of Science and Technology, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 14, 2014.


King, DR. Forthcoming. The influence of complementary resources on firm boundary decisions. In Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions. Finkelstein, S., and Cooper, C. (eds). Emerald Publishing: Bingley, UK. (book chapter)


King, DR. Forthcoming. Managing the dark side of competitive rivalry. Graziadio Business Review


King, DR., DeMarie, S. Forthcoming. Management: Start with organizational culture. Industrial Engineer.


King, D.R., Meglio, O., Risberg, A. 2014. Strategic windows: Achieving the benefits of speed in acquisitions, European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, July 3-5, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.


Dengpan Liu has been appointed as Associate Editor of Decision Support Systems.

Undergraduate Programs

Fall Orientation programs will be held August 20 & 21 for new incoming International and domestic freshman and transfer students. Destination Iowa State will begin at 5:00 p.m. on August 21 with check-in at Scheman Courtyard. Business Council will host a College of Business tent with activities and giveaways for the new students.


BusAd 101 has now become BusAd 103x starting fall semester. It will be offered for 1 credit and will be graded (as will BusAd 102, which was already 1 credit). The Undergraduate Programs staff (led by Lee Van Brocklin, course coordinator), has worked throughout the past academic year to expand and develop the academic components of the course to provide an even richer learning experience for our incoming students.


Diann Burright is a member of the E-Catalog task force, who is looking at ways to redesign the current web-based E-Catalog. The task force’s work will continue throughout this year, and will likely include opportunities for feedback from faculty, student, and adviser groups. The goal is to have a recommendation by May 1, 2015 for implementation in early 2016.


Leah Berte served on the University Academic Advising Innovation Grant committee, reviewing proposals submitted in early July. It is this grant that last year funded the purchase of our Appointment Scheduling/Advising software (Insight), which will be implemented early this fall.


Diann Burright and Scott Elston met with two instructors and the Business Administration District Chair from DMACC to review the Intro to Business course and the possibility of aligning the DMACC course for direct substitution to ISU. Work is in progress, with the goal of having this completed by the end of fall semester.


Course Registration Reminders:
• Prerequisites for fall College of Business courses have been monitored over the summer break. Students who are in violation of a prereq have been notified throughout the summer and will be notified again later in August. Instructors will receive a list of students who remain in violation before the semester begins and we ask that you follow-up with these students about their missing prereq if/when they attend your class(es).

• Please note that Business faculty cannot sign students into Business classes using an add slip. Refer students to Sarah Wilson in 1200 Gerdin to assist in the registration of Business courses.

• Registration for Business classes will remain open on AccessPlus through the 5th day of the term (August 29th). On the 6th day, class registration will close and courses may only be added in 1200 Gerdin with special permission. If you have other wishes (e.g. no adds after the 2nd class meeting, adds are okay until the end of week 2, etc.), please contact Sarah at


Save the Date!
Come and greet our incoming students at the New Student Welcome Thursday, August 28, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Bergstrom Commons. Students value this opportunity to meet faculty and staff; it helps to start their academic careers in the College of Business in a positive way. Plus, there will be pizza! The event is sponsored by the Business Council. We hope to see you there!

Media Hits

Vipin P. Veetil and Akshaya Vijayalakshmi’s article titled “Private Schools Can Tackle Caste; Low-caste Indian students are better off in for-profit, not government, schools.” was published in Wall Street Journal, Asia on July 30, 2014. Read the article Private Schools Can Tackle Caste.



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