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July 2015

Dean’s Message

Happy 31st Anniversary to the College of Business!


Even though summer months tend to be somewhat quiet in the halls, there has been a lot of activity. If you’ve been on campus, you have surely noticed the many construction projects taking place, including the extensive work on Wallace Road. Campus project details continue to be outlined on Inside Iowa State. Please plan your travels accordingly, and walk safely around campus.


We’ve also enjoyed having future students and their families in the building this summer during orientation. They brought a lot of excitement and energy into the building again. Organizing orientation is no easy task. Please join me in thanking the many people who helped organize all of the visits, in particular those in the undergraduate office, as well as others who assisted. You’ve all done a wonderful job to make orientation such a positive event for incoming students and their families.


I would also like to send a warm welcome to our new Department Chair in Supply Chain and Information Systems, Dr. Jacquelyn Rees Ulmer, who comes to us from the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, where she was an Associate Professor of Management. Please help me in welcoming Jackie to the College of Business.


Please mark your calendar for the College of Business Welcome Back picnic on Friday evening, 6:00-8:00 p.m. August 21. You will receive an email invitation soon.


I hope you are enjoying a restful summer and some extra downtime with your friends and families. See you all very soon!


Bill Dilla presented the paper “Integrated Reporting: The Influence of Non-Financial Assurance Report Level and Format on Investor Judgments,” (co-authored with Diane Janvrin and Jon Perkins of Iowa State and Robyn Raschke of the University of Nevada–Las Vegas) at the European Accounting Association Annual Congress, Glasgow, Scotland. This paper will also be presented on August 26 at the 27th International Congress on Social and Environmental Accounting Research, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.


Bill Dilla presented the paper “Management Control for Sustainability: The Evolution of a Fully Integrated Strategy,” (co-authored with Peter Beusch, Elisabeth Frisk, and Magnus Rosén of the University of Gothenburg) at the European Network for Accounting and Organizational Change (ENROAC) Conference, Galway Ireland.


Bill Dilla was a discussant at the ENROAC conference on the paper Non-institutionalization of Clinical Budgeting Practices: Existing Institutions Matter, by Geraldine Doyle and John Burns .


Diane Janvrin has been invited to be on the Program Advisory Board for the American Accounting Association’s Accounting IS Big Data Conference to be held on September 3-4, 2015 in New York City. The goals of this first organizational-wide conference on Big Data are:


  • Develop a brief statement about how accounting is going to be affected by Big Data that will be broadly disseminated.
  • Develop a research agenda, including working with professional accountants to identify opportunities for the academy to inform practice about the implications of big data on the profession, and to identify ways that accounting scholarship can be enhanced with the use of big data and emerging analytical techniques to address research questions.
  • Develop a collaborative plan between technology firms, professional accountants, and academics for creating educational materials that can be shared with members

Sam Lee presented the paper titled “CEO Ability and Analysts’ and Markets’ Information Environment” at the 2015 Conference on the Convergence of Financial and Managerial Accounting Research at Calgary, Canada on June 15.


Jon Perkins’ paper with Cynthia Jeffrey entitled “An Examination of the Determinants of Integrated Reporting Existence and Quality” has been accepted for presentation on August 25 at the 27th International Congress on Social and Environmental Accounting Research, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.

Business Career Services

National Association of Employers and Colleges (NACE)

While attending the National Association of Employers and Colleges (NACE) conference in Anaheim, CA, Kathy Wieland, Melanie Gella, Meredith Williams, Sarah Van Vark and Angela Wagner had the opportunity to meet with employers from: Baker Tilly, Discover Card Services, Gallup, Hormel, Kum & Go, Southwest Airlines, Principal Financial Group, Union Pacific, and Zappos.


Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers (MWACE)

Angela Wagner and Melanie Gella will attend the Annual MWACE (Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers) Conference

July 20-22 in Lombard, IL. This conference includes professional development opportunities for our staff relating to career services and trends. We are also finalizing several meetings with employers during our time in Lombard.


Career Professionals of Iowa Conference (CCPI)

Meredith Williams and Angela Wagner will attend the Annual Career Professionals of Iowa Conference July 9-10 at the University of Iowa.


Professional Development

Meredith Williams, Melanie Gella, and Angela Wagner attended training from the CareerLeader Career Coaching Institute on Using CareerLeader with Your Students on June 22 in Dallas, Texas. Career Leader-College is the assessment tool we use with undecided students within the College of Business.


Employer Development

Our staff spoke with the following employers during the month of June: Wild Rose Casino, Anderson Trucking Service, Textron Aviation, Iowa Energy, and ZS Associates.


We are organizing employer visits to the Kansas City area in the month of August. 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 – 10:30 a.m.


The paper “Government ownership, informed trading, and private information” by Ginka Borisova and P.K. Yadav was accepted for publication in The Journal of Corporate Finance.


Jamie Brown presented his paper ‘Law and Finance Matter: Lessons from Externally Imposed Courts’ at the 2015 World Bank Conference on Development Economics in Mexico City.


Jamie Brown was a panelist at the Mercatus Center symposium on ‘Financing the Future: The Role of the Financial System in Fostering Economic Growth’ in Washington, DC.


Jamie Brown presented his paper ‘What Promotes Innovation? Comparative Evidence from Around the World’ at the 2015 Entrepreneurial Finance and Innovation Conference in Beijing, China.

Graduate Programs

Doug Lenhart, MBA alumnus (’15) is being featured on the Iowa State University Graduate Homepage.


Mark Peterson co-presented four conference sessions at the MBA Career Services & Employer Alliance (the global professional association for MBA Career Services professionals and MBA Employment Recruiters) 2015 annual Global Conference in Dallas, TX:

  • Emily Anderson (Vanderbilt U.), Nicole Hall (Wake Forest U.) and Mark Peterson, “Specialty Masters Programs – Using Employment Data to Tell Your Story”
  • Mark Peterson (facilitator) and Jonathan Rodkin, Research & Rankings Manager-Bloomberg Businessweek, “Businessweek Rankings Q&A”
  • Shannon Caldwell (U. of Georgia) and Mark Peterson, “MBA CSEA Employment Reporting Standards Training”
  • Nicole Hall (Wake Forest U.), Tom Kosicki (U. of California-Irvine), Mark Peterson, Jeffrey Rice (Ohio State U.), Damian Zikakis (U. of Michigan), “Past Presidents Panel: The Next Frontier.”

Mark Peterson has been awarded MBA Career Services & Employer Alliance’s 2015 Service Award for “Significant Contributions Over Time” during his role as a long-time member of its Board of Directors, President, and President Emeritus. The award was presented at the organization’s 2015 Global Conference in Dallas, TX. MBA CSEA is the global professional association for MBA Career Services professionals and MBA Employment Recruiters.


Diana Sloan, Director of Graduate Marketing and Alumni Relations is being featured on the Iowa State University Graduate Homepage.


David King’s book chapter entitled “The Influence of Complementary Resources on Firm Boundary Decisions” published in Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions edited by Finkelstein, S., and Cooper, C. has been selected as an Outstanding Author Contribution in the 2015 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence recognizing it as one of the most impressive pieces of work the publisher’s editorial team saw during 2014.


David King facilitated a strategy offsite for Iowa Department of Transportation IT division leadership in Ames on June 17, 2015.


David King was invited to serve as an external member of a dissertation committee by the Aalborg University in Denmark.


Book published: Risberg, A., King, D., and Meglio, O. 2015.  Companion to Mergers and Acquisition. Routledge: Oxford UK


Book Chapter published: Patel, P., King, D. 2015. Acquire or get acquired: Defensive acquisitions in medium-sized family firms. In Companion to Mergers and Acquisition.  Risberg, A., Meglio, O., and King, D. (eds). Routledge: Oxford, UK.


Andreas Schwab, Jim Werbel, Heike Hofman and Paulo Henriques had their paper, “Managerial Gender Diversity and Firm Performance: An Integration of Different Theoretical Perspectives” accepted for publication in Group and Organization Management.


Andreas Schwab and Brian Boyd (City University of Hong Kong) discussed “How to Address Typical Methodological Reviewer Comments” in an online session for the Doctoral Student and Early Career Faculty Consortium organized by the Research Method Division of the Academy of Management and the Center for the Advancement of Research Methods & Analysis (CARMA) on June 17, 2015.


Chris Rider (Georgetown), James Wade (George Washington), Anand Swaminathan (Emory) & Andreas Schwab presented their study “Racial Disparity in Promotion Rates of National Football League Coaches” at the IE Business School, Madrid, Spain, June 26, 2015.


The paper “Marketing Department Power and Firm Performance” by Hui Feng (Sophia), Neil A. Morgan (Indiana University) and Lopo L. Rego (Indiana University) was accepted for publication at the Journal of Marketing, 2015 (September issue).


Dai, J., Cantor, D.E., and Montabon, F., “How Environmental Management Competitive Pressure Affects a Focal Firm’s Environmental Innovation Activities: A Green Supply Chain Perspective,” Journal of Business Logistics, forthcoming.


Scott Grawe served as an invited panelist to discuss “Developing and Managing Innovative Collaborations with Suppliers” at TCU’s Driving Innovation in the Supply Chain Conference held June 3-5 in Fort Worth, TX.

Undergraduate Programs

Brenda Thorbs-Weber coordinated a program for 32 high school juniors in the Early Outreach Program who visited the College of Business, Tuesday, June 23. Judi Eyles talked with students about what it takes to be an Entrepreneur. Students had the opportunity to create businesses addressing problems at their high schools. We would like to thank Samantha Cross, Melvin Lamboy-Ruiz, Deborah Martinez, and Leah Berte for taking time to evaluate the students’ Business Pitch. A thank you goes to Leah Ripperger for taking pictures.


Outreach Program


Summer EIS (Experience Iowa State) programs will be held on July 20, 24, 27, and 31. The Undergraduate Programs advisers will host business guests at 10:00 a.m. in 2118 Gerdin. Also attending will be Career Services and a faculty member from each department.


New student orientation for freshmen wrapped up on June 29, with an additional transfer orientation on July 2. Approximately 608 new freshmen were seen at summer orientation, along with 80 new transfer students in the two summer sessions. Transfer students also attended orientation sessions in April, and are continuing to complete the online orientation and schedule classes, so numbers continue to add up. Please welcome new students and families as you see them in the building.

Media Hits

June 23, 2015
College of Business Press Release
ISU College of Business Prepares to Launch Mater of Business Analytics Program


June 8, 2015
SBDC Press Release
Des Moines business chosen for America’s SBDC Iowa Award


June 4, 2014
SBDC Press Release
SBDC announces new regional director for its Creston regional center







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