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May 2015

Dean’s Message

As we prepare for spring graduation, I’d like to take a moment to thank all of our faculty and staff for a wonderful school year. Your passion and dedication to our students continues to impress me.


I hope that you will attend the College of Business graduation ceremony on Friday May 8 at 3:30 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum. Your attendance means a lot to our students and their families. Chelsey Rouse, a Marketing and Finance major from Curlew, Iowa will be our student speaker at the ceremony. Christina Ling, an MIS major from Cedar Rapids, Iowa will serve as the university student marshal for the College of Business at the Iowa State University Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 9. She has chosen Dr. Abhijit Rao, Director of College of Business Communications Center as her faculty escort. Congratulations to both Chelsey and Christina.


I’m very pleased to announce some special awards that will soon be presented to three members of our faculty and staff. Brad Shrader will receive the University Morrill Professor Award in September. The Morrill Professorship recognizes excellence in teaching and is awarded to faculty members whose professional work has demonstrated outstanding success in teaching and learning in undergraduate, graduate and/or Extension/outreach programs, which is reflected by a national or international reputation in the nominee’s discipline. Brad also received the inaugural MBA EAC Teaching Excellence Award.


University Awards will also be presented in September to Ron Ackerman, who will receive the P&S Excellence Award, and Judi Eyles, who will receive the ISU Award for Achievement in Economic Development in Iowa. Congratulations to them for their excellent work at the College.


Congratulations to the faculty and staff members who were nominated for the 2015 College of Business Faculty and Staff Awards, which are funded by the Dean’s Advisory Council. The winners were announced in a ceremony Friday April 10:

P&S Superior Service Award: Elizabeth Salton
P&S Student Impact Award: Greg Buttery
Merit Superior Service Award: Michele Kohrs
Merit Student Impact Award: Debbie Johnson
Non-Tenure Eligible Faculty Superior Service Award: Kayla Sander
Junior Faculty Research Award: Dave Cantor
Senior Faculty Research Award: Patrick Kreiser
Junior Faculty Teaching Award: Doug Walker
Senior Faculty Teaching Award: John Wong


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

Dr. Ginka Borisova (Finance) promoted to associate professor with tenure
               Dr. William (Bill) Dilla (Accounting) promoted to professor
               Dr. Scott Grawe (SCIS) promoted to associate professor with tenure
               Dr. David King (Management) awarded tenure
               Dr. James Summers (Management) promoted to associate professor with tenure


As you can see, we have much to be proud of here at the College of Business. Our faculty and staff members receive these awards because of their talent and dedication to the success of our students.


Congratulations to all!


Diane Janvrin paper coauthored with Gary Schneider, Jun Dai (Rutgers University), Kemi Ajayi (University of Colorado – Denver), and Robyn Raschke (University of Nevada – Las Vegas) titled ‘Infer, Predict, and Assure: Accounting Opportunities in Data Analytics’ was accepted by Accounting Horizons (an AAA journal).

Business Career Services

Melanie Gella attended the Commercial Real Estate Trends & Issues Forum in Urbandale, IA and the Conference on Global Citizenship at Central College.


In May, our staff met with Federated Insurance, Wal-Mart, and Pella.


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.


Fall 2015 Upcoming Career Events – Mark Your Calendars!

  • Mock Interview Day for College of Business students is Wednesday, September 23.
  • The Speaker Series for Business Week 2015 will be September 23-29. 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 30 in Hilton Coliseum from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. Our annual Leadership Breakfast will be that morning prior to the Career Fair from 9:00-10:30 a.m.


The paper “Government Ownership and the Cost of Debt: Evidence from Government Investments in Publicly Traded Firms” by Ginka Borisova, Veljko Fotak, Kateryna Holland, and William L. Megginson has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Financial Economics.

Graduate Programs

Russ Lemken paper, entitled, “Managing Succession for Key Client Executives – Strategic Adaptation and the Succession Process” was accepted for presentation in a competitive paper session at the 2015 AMA Summer Educators’ Conference


Russ Lemken paper entitled, “Quantifying the Value of Disciplined Execution in Relationship Selling – a Quasi-Experiment using Bayesian modeling” was accepted for presentation at the 2015 Theory + Practice in Marketing Conference in June at Georgia State University


Deborah Martinez attended the NAGAP Conference in New Orleans, LA where she moderated two sessions: The Effectiveness of Alumni Engagement in the Recruitment Process: How Alumni Make Your School “Shine” and Attitude Makeover: How to Reignite Your Employees’ Passion for Work! She also attended the MAGAP Board Meeting where she currently serves as the Chair of Technology and worked at the MAGAP Booth to share information with other Midwest Schools in attendance at the national conference.


Mark Peterson, Director of Graduate Business Career Services, was the invited speaker at MBA Career Services & Employer Alliance’s 2015 New York regional Employment Reporting Standards Training seminar, hosted by NYU Stern in New York City, March 30. The event was attended by MBA Career Services Directors and Staff from MBA programs throughout the Northeast US.


Mark Peterson co-led MBA CSEA’s annual Media Update Presentations, where the newly-released edition of MBA CSEA’s Global “Standards for Reporting MBA Employment Statistics” were shared with MBA rankings media representatives. Peterson, along with Damian Zikakis (Director of Business Career Services, Michigan Ross School of Business), and Megan Hendricks (Executive Director, MBA CSEA) met with the MBA ranking survey senior managers and staff from Bloomberg/BusinessWeek and Forbes in New York City, and US News in Washington, DC. Phone conferences were held with Financial Times and


Diana Sloan has recently joined the Steering Committee for Iowa Women Lead Change (IWLC). Scholarships for students and professionals interested in attending the Central Iowa conference are now available. While the speaker line-up has not been finalized yet, we have confirmation that Arianna Huffington will be the keynote speaker. The conference will take place on October 28, 2015 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa.


Xinxue (Shawn) Qu’s paper “Optimal Database Update Policy in the Age of Big Data” was accepted as part of the 13th Annual Big XII+ MIS Research Symposium (2015) hosted by Iowa State University at Gerdin Business Building, April 10-12, 2015.


Akshaya Vijayalakshmi successfully defended her PhD dissertation early April. She will be joining University of South Dakota, Vermillion in Fall. She has two forthcoming publications and the second essay from her dissertation has been accepted for a special session at the Marketing and Public Policy Conference 2015.


An Investigation of Consumers’ Responses to Comparative “Attack” Ads (with Darrel Muehling and Russell N. Laczniak) forthcoming at the Journal of Promotion Management


The role of medium content and ad format congruity in influencing advertising outcomes (with Deanne Brocato and Melissa Bishop) forthcoming at the Journal of Marketing Communications


When violence becomes acceptable: The case of violent-humorous commercials (With Russell N. Laczniak). Accepted for the special session on Violence in Advertising: New Directions and Agenda for Social Change at the Marketing and Public Policy Conference 2015    


Invited presentation: King, DR. “A competitive dynamics perspective on acquisition performance,” at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: April 16, 2015.


Updated case studies and teaching notes for 3rd edition of Rothaermel strategy text:

  • Grigoriou, K., Retana, G., Rothaermel, F., King, DR. “IBM at the Crossroads” in Rothaermel, F. Strategic Management 3e, McGraw-Hill, Burr Ridge, IL.
  • Rothaermel, F., King, DR. 2015. “Apple Inc.” in Rothaermel, F. Strategic Management 3e, McGraw-Hill, Burr Ridge, IL.
  • Rothaermel, F., King, DR. 2015. “Tesla Motors, Inc.” in Rothaermel, F. Strategic Management 3e, McGraw-Hill, Burr Ridge, IL.

Priyanka Jayashankar, Sekar Raju, and Paromita Pain (UT Austin) worked on a poster called “Food Deserts of the Mind: Going beyond structural barriers.” This poster was selected for presentation at the Global Food Security Consortium, ISU, Ames.


Dr. Priyanka Jayashankar (Adj Assistant Professor, Dept of Management, College of Business and Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture) has worked on a research paper “Exploring new complementarities to the global microfinance sector: the case of social investment in US agriculture and communities” with her collaborators  Dr. Arvind Ashta, Banque Populaire Chair in Microfinance, Burgundy School of Business, Dijon, France and Dr. Mark Rasmussen, Director, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University. The paper has been selected for a presentation at the European Research Conference on Microfinance, which will be held during June 1-3 at the University of Geneva.


Steve Kim is appointed to the editorial review board for Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science.


Steve Kim is appointed to Senior Associate Editor position for Marketing Channels Research (South Korean Academic Journal).


The research by Qing Hu, Rob West, and Laura Smarandescu on the role of self-control in information security violations from a cognitive neuroscience perspective was published in the recent issue of Journal of Management Information Systems, and was reported in multiple news media outlets, including The Gazette, Ames Tribune,, and Science Daily. Qing Hu was also interviewed by Iowa Public Radio’s River to River show on April 24.

Zhengrui Jiang and Kevin Scheibe served as co-chairs for the 13th annual Big XII+ MIS Research Symposium at Iowa State University, April 10-12, 2015.


Dengpan Liu’s paper “Whos Next? Scheduling Personalization Services with Variable Service Times” (with Sumit Sarkar and Chelliah Sriskandarajah) has been accepted for publication at ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems.


Dengpan Liu has been invited to serve as a senior editor for the special issue of Production and Operations Management on “Operations Management and Information Systems Interface”.


Dr. Drew Zhang won the Schulze Award for his article “Data Analytics Help Entrepreneurs Decide where to Boldly Go” published in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Exchange.


Sixteen dedicated business-students formed the ISU Case Study Competition Team in November of 2014. This semester the team grew to 25 students.  These students met weekly to work on their analysis and presentation skills.  The team sends groups (typically of four) around the country to various supply chain case competitions. Eric Smith, is the faculty advisor.


Congratulations to the following students who competed and to all of the students that worked so hard to make this team a success!


March 2015, First Place, APICS Heartland Case Competition: Alexandria Lemke, Rachel LoBianco, David Pedersen, Johnathon Laudner


March 2015, Third Place, APICS Heartland Case Competition: John Anderson, Sarah Harvieux, Jordan Mitchell, Chenxiao Qiu


April 2015, Third Place, University of Minesota National Case Competition: Laura Frazer, Rachel LoBianco, Olivia Reicks, Megan Sweere

Undergraduate Programs

Congratulations to the Business Ambassadors, Lyle Fredericks III and Colby Siebersma for completing their Gerdin Citizenship Program certificate.


The Business Ambassadors elected their new executive board for Fall 2015-Spring 2016.

Sydney Yazbec (SCM) – President, Austin Keeney (FIN) Vice President. Lyle Fredericks III (ACCT/FIN) treasurer and Mason Stoufer (SCM) and Jennifer Klodt (ACCT) will serve in the role of secretary.


We would like to thank Dean David Spalding for speaking with Multicultural students at the Lunch & Learn on March 31. Lunch & Learn is coordinated by the Multicultural Business Network (MBN) and Brenda Thorbs-Weber.


Jerry Wellington (SCM) received the 2014/2015 Student Change Agent Award from the Multicultural Student Affairs Office. He was nominated by Brenda Thorbs-Weber.


Congratulations to Shannon Grundmeier, new Academic Adviser in our office, who is the recipient of the ISU Award for Early Achievement in Academic Advising! She was nominated by her colleagues in the College of Engineering (home of her previous position). She will be formally recognized at the University Awards Ceremony in September. We are very lucky to have Shannon on our staff and back home in the College of Business (she’s a 2007 MGMT alum)!!


Shannon Grundmeier (along with Jenny Gibbs, adviser in Chemical and Biological Engineering) will also be receiving the Learning Communities Outstanding Innovations award at the 2015 Learning Communities Institute to be held on campus May 11.


Farewell and a sincere THANK YOU to Kelsie Poe, Graduate Assistant Adviser, who will graduate with her Master’s degree in Education (Student Affairs) on Friday, May 8. Kelsie served in this role for the past two years, and is now seeking positions in residence life as a hall director. We wish her the very best and hope that she’ll keep in touch!


Congratulations and farewell to four graduating seniors who’ve served as Student Office Assistants in our office: Nate Catus (FIN), Erin Franklin (MKT/MGMT), Rita Nelson (Int Des), and Jen Peters (AMD). They served us and our students admirably these past few years and will be sorely missed!


Congratulations to Michele Kohrs for her receipt of the Merit Superior Service Award! Well deserved, and we’re proud of you!!

Media Hits

April 29, 2015
Iowa Small Business Development Press Release
Iowa SBDC announces new regional director for its Iowa State University regional center


April 23, 2015
Iowa Small Business Development Press Release
Small Business Development Center awards Spencer man


April 22, 2015
ISU News Service
Iowa State researchers test brain activity to identify cybersecurity threats


April 10, 2015
Iowa Small Business Development Press Release

Small Business Development Center awards Davenport baker


April 7, 2015
College of Business Press Release

Jurgens to receive Iowa State University Distinguished Alumni Award


April 1, 2015
College of Business Press Release
Young Women in Business Conference for Senior Leaders







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