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April 2015

Dean’s Message

It’s hard to believe we are nearing the end of another school year and making plans for spring commencement.


Before the school year concludes, we have a few exciting things to still look forward to:

  • On Monday April 6, I invite faculty and staff to join us for the Bacon Lecture on Ethics, in Gerdin 0330 from 9:00-9:50 a.m. Dr. Paul Melendez, whose talk is titled “Leadership Ethics: Revelations and Reminders,” is known to be very engaging speaker on the issue of ethics. Please also invite your students so they have this opportunity to learn from an expert about the importance of ethics in business. 
  • On April 20 the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship and Reiman Entrepreneurial Speaker Series present John Pappajohn, who will speak from 4-5 p.m. in Gerdin 1148 with a brief reception to follow in the commons. This event is open to the public. It’s not every day John Pappajohn is in our building, so this is a special treat. Please attend if your schedule permits.
  • On Friday, April 24, the Voorhees Supply Chain Conference is once again hosting top speakers in the field of logistics, operations, and supply chain management. This is FREE for ISU faculty, staff and students. Registration closes April 17. Register online at If you have questions, please ask Elizabeth Salton.

And last, but not least, I would like to congratulate the nominees for the 2015 Dean’s Advisory Council funded College of Business Faculty and Staff Awards. Winners will be announced during the awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in 1148 Gerdin. There will be a reception immediately following the ceremony in the Bergstrom Commons. Congratulations to the nominees and we look forward to seeing everyone at the ceremony!


P&S Superior Service Award
Soma Mitra
Elizabeth Salton
Diana Sloan
Sarah Van Vark


P&S Student Impact Award
Leah Berte
Greg Buttery


Merit Superior Service Award
Patty Hefflefinger
Michele Kohrs
Karen Mallas
Pat McGriff


Merit Student Impact Award
Patty Hefflefinger
Debbie Johnson
Karen Mallas
Pat McGriff


Non-Tenure Eligible Faculty Superior Service Award
Shoba Premkumar
Kayla Sander
Eric Smith


Junior Faculty Research Award
Dave Cantor
Samantha Cross
Andreea Kiss
Valentina Salotti
Todd Thornock


Senior Faculty Research Award
Jen Blackhurst
Arnie Cowan
Diane Janvrin
Stephen Kim
Patrick Kreiser


Junior Faculty Teaching Award
Mike Bootsma
Ginka Borisova
Bobby Martens
Doug Walker
Robbie White


Senior Faculty Teaching Award
Cyndie Jeffrey
Mark Power
Kevin Scheibe
Howard Van Auken
John Wong


Jim Cannon received a “Best Paper Award” at the Association for Business Simulation and Experiential Learning conference for the following paper, “Developing Educational Strategies for Experiential Learning: An Application of Service Dominant Logic from Marketing”.


Diane Janvrin co-chaired with David Wood (Brigham Young University) the Journal of Information Systems Conference on Information Technology Auditing held at the Offices of the American Institute of CPAs in Durham NC on March 26 and March 27.


Diane Janvrin’s paper co-authored with Urton Anderson (University of Kentucky) and Margaret Christ (University of Georgia was recently accepted for  in the American Accounting Association’s Auditing section journal Current Issues in Auditing. The paper’s title is “Comments by the Auditing Standards Committee of the Auditing Section of the American Accounting Association on The Institute of Internal Auditors’ Proposed Enhancements to the International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF),”


Todd Thornock had two papers accepted to the Global Management Accounting Research Symposium to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark in June 2015. The paper entitled “Level Up: The Effect of Contract Design on Skill Development in a Skill Transfer Task Environment” is co-authored with Jeremy Douthit (University of Arizona) and the paper entitled “Me vs. We: The Effect of Incomplete Team Member Feedback on Effort Allocation Between Individual and Team Performance” is co-authored with Tyler Thomas (University of Wisconsin-Madison).


This annual conference “aims to promote a ‘global village’ of management accounting research by bringing together a diverse set of the highest quality research papers, plenary speakers and researchers from around the world” and rotates between Copenhagen Business School, Michigan State University, and the University of New South Wales.


Wang, Q. and Ettredge, M. Discretionary Allocation of Corporate Income to Segments. Research in Accounting Regulation, forthcoming.


Wang, Q. Determinants of Segment Disclosure Deficiencies and the Effect of the SEC Comment Letter Process, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, forthcoming.

Business Career Services

There are many internship and full-time job opportunities that we continue to identify and are posted on CyHire. There are over 250 business internship positions and over 600 full-time positions we are working with today. Please encourage students who are seeking to check CyHire on a regular basis and talk to Business Career Services for additional internship and comprehensive job seeking resources.


Salary information for 2013-2014 is available on our website.


Employer Development

In March, our staff met with Federated Insurance, StratasFoods/ADM, and NewLink Genetics. We are currently in the process of planning summer travel and employer visits. If you are aware of an employer you believe should recruit business students from ISU, please let us know and we will reach out to the firm or organization.

Communication Center

On March 27, 2015 the Communications Center hosted the Iowa Writing Center Consortium through the College of Business.


Paula Morrow was quoted for the March 13, 2015 cover story in Business Record. The title of the article was titled, “Unlimited PTO” by Perry Beeman.


David King was one of a dozen faculty nationally invited to a Wiley EdTechFocusGroup in Hoboken, NJ to discuss Strategic Management texts and current teaching tools.


Previously accepted article published online: Meglio, O., King, DR., Risberg, A. In press. Improving acquisition performance with organizational ambidexterity. Human Resource Management


Hui (Sophia) Feng has three papers accepted for presentations at the The 5th Theory+ Practice in Marketing (TPM) Conference at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, June 10-12 2015.

1. “Complement or Substitute? The Contingency Value of Firm Capabilities under Different Market Conditions” (with Neil Morgan and Lopo Rego)

2. “Say ‘Goodbye’ to your Unprofitable Customers? A Signaling Perspective.”(with Neil Morgan and Lopo Rego)

3. “Does CMO Compensation Matter? A Benchmarking Perspective.”(with Kimberly A. Whitler and Neil Morgan)


Hui (Sophia) Feng’s paper titled “Does Crowd Wisdom bring Wealth? The Impact of Crowd-sourcing on Firm Performance”, co-authored with Zixia Cao, has been accepted for presentation at the INFORMS Marketing Science Conference, in June 17-20. 2015, Baltimore, Maryland.​


Stephen Kim served on the selection panel for Hong Kong government scholarship for Ph.D. students.


Russ Laczniak was the 2015 recipient of the prestigious “Ivan L. Preston Outstanding Contribution to Research Award” presented by the American Academy of Advertising. According to AAA, “The Ivan L. Preston Outstanding Contribution to Research Award honors individuals who have made sustained and systematic contributions to advertising research.” Russ is a past president of the American Academy of Advertising and a former editor of the Journal of Advertising.


Qing Hu and co-authors Zhen Shao and Yuqiang Feng have a paper accepted for publication in European Journal of Information Systems. The paper is titled “Effectiveness of Top Management Support to Enterprise System Success: A Contingency Perspective of Fit between Leadership Style and System Lifecycle.”

Undergraduate Programs

The Undergraduate Programs Office has selected new Business Ambassadors for the upcoming academic year. The Ambassadors assist with outreach and recruitment efforts for the College of Business. The returning members are also included. For any questions about the Business Ambassadors organization, please see Leah Berte in 1200 Gerdin.


Lyle Fredericks, ACCT

Clayton Korrell, FIN

Jennifer Klodt, ACCT

Timothy Mckeague, ACCT

Andrew Rushenberg, MKT/MGMT

Colby Siebersma, ACCT

Mason Stoufer, Pre-BUS/SCM

Brylee Groskruetz*

Rachel Hagg*

Austin Keeney*

Kourtney Krumm*

Rachel LoBianco*

Hieu Nguyen*

Jordan Schill*

Sydney Yazbec*

Media Hits

March 30, 2015
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March 10, 2015
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March 2, 2015
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