Recent CoB Online

September 2015


 Dean’s Message

I hope that your semester is off to a great start. It was great to see so many of you and your family members at the annual Welcome Back Picnic. I would like to thank Elizabeth Salton for her work organizing the event. It was especially fun to have Cy and the Cheer Squad in attendance this year!


I would like to highlight another opportunity to get together as we host a reception to welcome our new faculty and staff. Please join us Thursday, September 3 from 4:00-5:30 in the Bergstrom Commons. Drinks and appetizers will be served. Please RSVP to Elizabeth Salton if you plan to attend:


I was very pleased with the turnout for the first cohort in the Master of Business Analytics program, which began here with 47 students. That’s the largest launch of a graduate program at Iowa State University in nearly 25 years. I would like thank everyone who was involved in making that a successful launch, in particular Sree Nilakanta, program director.


There is more good news to share. A new report published in Transportation Journal (Vol. 54, #3) shows we are now ranked #7 in the world for research productivity in Supply Chain Management! The report comes out every three years. We were ranked #16 in the last report. This is outstanding news that we will promote in our marketing efforts. Congratulations to everyone involved.


As you will see, there are many exciting activities coming up in September, including the Greater Iowa Credit Union Lecture, which we co-sponsor, Sept. 21. The speaker is Frank Abagnale, whose story you may remember from the movie “Catch Me if you Can.” We also look forward to Business Week (Sept. 23-29), the Business, Industry, and Technology Career Fair (Sept. 30) and many other events. Please continue to check the CoB Events calendar on our web site, promote these events with our students and encourage their participation.


Accounting Department

Diane Janvrin, Ph.D., William L. Varner Associate Professor of Accounting:

  • Received the Outstanding Service Award by the American Accounting Association Accounting Information Systems section at the AAA annual meeting on August 11th.
  • Was also one of the authors on the paper titled “Examining Social Technology Risks:  An Internal Control Framework for Future Research,” co-authored with Brett Considine (London School of Economics), John Krahel (Loyola University – Maryland), and Margarita Lenk (Colorado State University). The group presented on August 12th at the American Accounting Association (AAA) annual meeting in Chicago.  

The Master of Accounting program welcomes 24 new students this fall boosting total enrollment to 46 students.  The MAcc program is looking forward to a great year as we will be offering some new opportunities to our students including a CPA exam review course on campus.  If you or any students you are working with have questions, please feel free to direct them to Kayla Sander.  Basic program information can be viewed via our new promotional video:


Michael Bootsma, Dean’s Teaching Fellow and Senior Lecturer of Accounting, and John Murphy Lecturer of Accounting and Beta Alpha Psi Advisor, traveled to Rockwell Collins to listen to student intern presentations on July 30.  Bootsma, Bill Dilla, Ph.D, Union Pacific/Charles B. Handy Professor in Accounting and Sarah Van Vark, Raisbeck Career Services Center, traveled to John Deere to hear student presentations on August 6, 2015. 


Business Career Services

Employer Development:

Kathy Wieland, Melanie Gella, and Angela Wagner traveled to Kansas City, Missouri August 3-4 for meetings with representatives from UMB Financial Corporation, State Street, Garmin International Inc., Cerner Corporation, and FleishmanHillard. During the month of August, our staff also met with representatives from the City of Dubuque, United Suppliers Inc., Kingland Systems, and Brownells.


Internship Presentations:

Kathy Wieland, Sarah Van Vark, and Meredith Williams attended John Deere internship presentations at their world headquarters location in Moline, Illinois on August 4, 5, and 6.


Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) Teaching Symposium:

Kathy Wieland, Sarah Van Vark, Meredith Williams, and Angela Wagner attended the CELT Teaching Symposium at the Scheman Building on August 18th. The event focused on policies, practices and resources that effect teaching and learning at Iowa State University. Topics and discussion included: academic integrity, ISU policies, student assistance and outreach, classroom management, course preparation, student disability resources, and promoting an inclusive learning environment.  


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 30th 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.

 Finance Department 

  • Mark L. Power, Ph.D., Principal Financial Group Finance Professor, published an article, “Sharing and Analyzing Data to Reduce Insurance Fraud,” in the Proceedings of the Midwest Association for Information Systems (MWAIS 2015), Pittsburg, KS, May 14, 2015. It was co-written with Daniel J. Power, (University of Northern Iowa)
  • Arnie Cowan, Ph.D., Wells Fargo Professor in Finance, has been appointed as an associate editor of the Quarterly Journal of Finance and Accounting. The QJFA has published diverse authors such as John Maynard Keynes, Paul A. Volcker, Murray Weidenbaum, Hyman Minsky, Juanita Kreps, Robert Solow, and Paul McCracken.   

 Graduate Department

  •  Diana Sloan, Director of Graduate Marketing & Alumni Relations, wrote an article on GMAT Prep for Non-Native English Speakers. It was featured on GMAC’s Blog “Ask the School Expert.” You can read it here:
  •  Inmyung Choi, a doctoral student of SCIS department, presented the paper “How Does the Rivalry between Firms Explain the IT Capability Gap, Leanness, and Performance of Firms?,” which was co-authored with Joey George and David Cantor, at the Americas Conference on Information Systems 2015, Puerto Rico. He also participated in the Doctoral Consortium of Americas Conference on Information Systems 2015, in Puerto Rico.  

 ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship / CyBiz Lab

 CyBiz Lab students traveled to Union Pacific (UP) in Omaha August 14th to give their final presentation over a six-week summer project. The project was to analyze the flour markets for UP to leverage existing and future opportunities for the UP Senior Sales department. The end result the CyBIZ Lab team presented was a visual map representing 176 flour mills across the US and the proximity of UP railroads and their competitor’s railroads to base market decisions and recommendations. Students who worked on the project were Winston Stalvey (Sr, Marketing), Jessica Graham (Sr, Management), Chris Helland (Sr, SCM) and Luke Knott (Sr, SCM).


“It was interesting as we had to become flour experts within a few short months. It was hard at first to know that we were presenting to the real experts. But after the presentation their team all came up to us telling us great job and appreciated the new ideas we gave them. That to me was the most satisfying part of the project.” 
— Chris Helland, senior in supply chain management


 Marketing/ Management Department

Andreea N. Kiss, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, presented a paper titled, “The role of serendipity in International Opportunity Recognition,” at the Annual Academy of Management conference in Vancouver in August. She also served as a discussant in a session titled “Internationalizing Entrepreneurship” at the conference.


Andreas Schwab, Ph.D.  Associate Professor of Management and Dean’s Fellow in Management:

  • Conducted a symposium for the Research Methods Division titled “How to Improve on Statistical Significance: Effect Sizes, CIs, Graphs and Baseline Models” at the Academy of Management Conference, Vancouver, August 11, 2015. He was joined by Bill Starbuck (University of Oregon), Eric Abrahamson (Columbia University) and Sam Holloway (University of Portland).
  • Conducted a workshop for the Research Methods Division titled “Bayesian Statistics: How to Conduct and Publish High-Quality Bayesian Studies” at the Academy of Management Conference, Vancouver, August 8, 2015. He was joined by David Krackhardt (Carnegie Mellon University), Bill Starbuck (University of Oregon), Eugene Hahn (Salisbury University) and Jerker Denrell (Warwick University).
  • Presented a study “Racial Disparity in Promotion Rates of National Football League Coaches” at the Academy of Management Conference in Vancouver, August 10, 2015. The study was conducted with Chris Rider (Georgetown University), James Wade (Emory University), Anand Swaminathan (Emory University).
  • Served as a panel member of the OMT Doctoral Consortium at the Academy of Management Conference, Vancouver, Canada, August 7, 2015.

David King, Ph.D, associate professor of management:

  • Served as a panelist at the Iowa M&A conference on factors making M&A transactions more or less successful. Hosted by Faegre Baker Daniels LLP in Des Moines on 6 August 2015.
  • Served as chair during an Academy of Management session on experience transfer in M&A in Vancouver BC, August 10, 2015.
  • Published an article titled “Institutional Forces and Divestment Performance of South African Conglomerates: Case Study Evidence,” in the South African Journal of Economics and Management Science, 18(3): 1-16. King wrote the article with David Coldwell, Tasneem Joosub and David McClelland, all from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Had a book Chapter accepted: written with Pankaj Patel (Villanova University), forthcoming, titled “Performance in cross-border, high-technology acquisitions,” in Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions, Volume 15.  Finkelstein, S., and Cooper, C. (eds). Emerald Publishing: Bingley, UK. 

Stephen K. Kim, Ph.D., professor of marketing, has a paper accepted for publication. “Discriminating IT Governance,” co-authored with Amrit Tiwana (University of Georgia), has been accepted for publication in Information Systems Research.


Samantha Cross, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Marketing:

  • was an invited speaker on the panel session, “A Love Affair with Methods: Developing a Diverse Methods Toolbox,” at the Marketing Doctoral Student Association (MDSA) pre-conference (hosted by the PhD Project), held prior to the American Marketing Association summer conference, August 2015 in Chicago. Dr. Cross presented on Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research.
  • had a paper, “Problem or Opportunity: Marketplace Access and Legitimacy for the Multiracial Consumer” (w/co-authors Robert Harrison and Kevin Thomas) accepted for presentation in a special session titled “Access in Transition: Understanding Evolving Marketplace Access for Stigmatized Consumers” at the upcoming Association for Consumer Research (ACR) conference, to be held October 2015 in New Orleans. 
  • is an invited faculty participant at the 2015 ACR Doctoral Symposium, to be held in conjunction with the ACR conference.


 Marketing Team (Dean’s Marketing)

 You may have seen that we are taking applications for a Web Manager who will join our marketing team. This person will be supervised by the Director of Marketing and Alumni Relations and will lead the effort of creating a new web site. Once on board, the Web Manager will meet with all departments in the building to seek input before design begins for a new web site. In the near future, this person will also lead efforts in creating brief videos to promote the CoB. Stay tuned as more details become available!  


With the help of many people in the building, we created a new “Points of Pride” fact sheet that showcases our most important bragging points. Please contact Michele Appelgate or Leah Ripperger if you would like copies. These are nice when you have a table display or have an event where you would like people to walk away with something brief and eye-catching.


 Supply Chain/ Information Systems Department

The Master of Business Analytics program began August 3, with 47 students in the first cohort. This is the largest launch of a graduate program at Iowa State University in nearly 25 years.
Master of Business Analyitcs_first class

Joey George, John D. DeVries Endowed Chair in Business:

  • Was one of the faculty advisers for the 2015 Americas Conference in Information Systems (AMCIS) doctoral consortium, held in Puerto Rico, August 12, 2015.
  • Had three articles accepted for publication:
    • McHaney, R., George, J.F. & Gupta, M. “An Exploration of Digital Deception Detection: Are Groups More Effective than Individuals?” To appear in Communication Research.
    • George, J.F., Giordano, G. & Tilley, P.A. “Website Credibility and Deceiver Credibility: Expanding Prominence-Interpretation Theory.” To appear in Computers in Human Behavior.
    • Zhao, J., Chi, M., & George, J.F. “Mediation and Time-Lag Analyses of E-Alignment and E-Collaboration Capabilities.”  Industrial Management & Data Systems, 115(6), 2015, 1113-1131 

 Undergraduate Department

Course Registration Reminders:

  • Prerequisites for fall College of Business courses have been monitored over the past few weeks. Students who are in violation of a prereq have been notified by email and will be notified again in the second week if they have not yet taken appropriate action. Please remind students to take prompt action if they’ve been notified by their advisor or John Wageman. Instructors will receive a list of students who remain in violation the second week of classes. We ask that you follow-up with these students about their missing prereq if/when they attend your class(es). (“Blanket” waivers of the course prerequisite(s) by instructors is not helpful, nor equitable to the students who have already been asked to make adjustments otherwise, so PLEASE do not offer that solution to them.
  • Please note that Business faculty cannot sign students into Business classes using an add slip. Refer students to John Wageman in 1200 Gerdin to assist students in the registration of Business courses.
  •  Registration for Business classes remains open on AccessPlus through the fifth day of the term (August 28th).  On the sixth day, class registration closes and courses may only be added in 1200 Gerdin with special permission. If you have other wishes (e.g. no adds after the second class meeting, adds are okay until the end of week two, etc.),  please contact John at

August orientation programs served 40 new domestic students and 55 new international students. Our “preparing to enter F15” orientation programs from April through August have served 994 new incoming students (transfer, International, and freshman)!!


Welcome to Nick Stanford, new graduate assistant in our office! He takes Kelsie Poe’s place, who graduated in May and took a full-time position in residence life at the University of South Dakota. Nick is a spring 2015 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa where he majored in Anthropology and served as the Panther mascot! He is now full-time in the student affairs master’s program in the School of Education and serves as an advisor in our office. He joined us on August 10 and is learning the ropes quickly. Welcome Nick!


A BIG thank you to all faculty who assisted with prospective student visits and EIS programs while we were assisting new students at our summer and fall orientation programs. Also, many thanks to those faculty who presented to the students and families at Summer Orientation – you were great! We truly appreciate your help in recruiting and welcoming our incoming students. We couldn’t make this happen without your help, and we are very grateful, as are those students and their families!

Save the Date! Come and greet our incoming students at the New Student Welcome Thursday, August 27 from 5:00 to 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!


Linda Garbisch was married on Friday, Aug. 28, and is now Linda Svenson. Please note her name change and congratulate her the next time you see her!



 News Coverage

Iowa State professor (David King, associate professor of management) weighs pros and cons of mergers for business and consumers. Coverage can be found at:

Sekar Raju, Ph.D., Interim Associate Chair of Management and Marketing and associate professor of Marketing, was quoted in Iowa Public Radio and National Public Radio (Here and Now) on a segment titled “How Des


Moines Really Ranks.” Listen to a recording and read the article:


CoB adds 12 new faculty (Iowa State Daily)


Onawa Business Chosen for America’s SBCD Iowa Board


Big Data Analysts in High Demand (Des Moines Register)





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