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February 2016

Dean’s Message

We are starting the New Year off with a bang!


I’m proud to announce that the College of Business is the only school in Iowa, and one of only 30 world-wide, to have received a prestigious Innovations That Inspire Award from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), our accrediting organization. This award highlights the good work being done with our global experiences. We have high-caliber faculty who are pushing the envelope every day to make the student experience the best it can possibly be. Congratulations to Scott Grawe and Russ Laczniak for making this happen. Please read the news release on our web site for full details.


We had a wonderful turnout at our annual holiday social on January 8 at the Alumni Center. I’m pleased to report the success of the new food drive we held that evening. Our faculty and staff members donated 115 non-perishable food items, plus a full bag of essential personal care products. Those items were all collected and donated to The SHOP, which is an on-campus food pantry benefiting Iowa State University students. They appreciated our efforts and sent a thank you card expressing their sincere gratitude. Thanks to all of you who made a difference with your donations.


Wednesday, February 10 is our spring Business, Industry and Technology Career Fair. Please make every effort to support our Career Services staff, students, and employers. I would like to thank our Career Services staff for ensuring that this most important event runs smoothly.


I strongly encourage you to help us promote the many study abroad programs. We have three trips planned this summer: SCM 301 in Dublin, Ireland with Scott Grawe; ACCT 285 in Rome, Italy with Jim Cannon; and MGMT 370 in Valencia, Spain with Pol Herrmann. Please contact those faculty members for details.


It is now time to solicit for award nominations for the annual College of Business Faculty and Staff Awards, which are funded by the Dean’s Advisory Council. This is always a great opportunity to recognize our faculty and staff who have made significant contributions to the college throughout the past year. All nominations should be submitted to Julie Lelonek in the Dean’s Office by March 1. A full description of each award, the award criteria and nomination guidelines are available from our college’s Awards webpage.

Accounting Department

Bill Dilla, Ph.D., Associate Chair of Accounting and Finance, recently made the following presentations:


  • The Influence of IT Governance Structures on Information Security Effectiveness: Perceptions of Audit Professionals co-authored with Paul Steinbart, Arizona State University; Robyn Raschke, University of Nevada—Las Vegas; and Graham Gal, University of Massachusetts—Amherst at the Pre-ICIS workshop on Accounting Information Systems.
  • Management Control for Sustainability: The Development of A Fully Integrated Strategy co-authored with Peter Beusch, J. Elisabeth Frisk, and Magnus Rosèn of Gothenburg University, at the AAA Management Accounting Section Midyear Meeting.
  • Discussion of Subjectivity in Employee Performance Rating and Promotion Decisions: The Analysis of Job Levels, by Paula Jong-Yu Hao, UC—Irvine
  • He was also a panel presenter on Using Technology and Cases to Develop a Data Mindset in the Classroom at the Excellence in Audit Education Workshop held in conjuction with the AAA Auditing Section Midyear Meeting.


Melvin Lamboy Ruiz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Accounting, presented the paper titled Discrepancies in Hospital Financial information: Comparison between Audited Financial Statements and Medicare Cost Reports, at the 2016 AAA Accounting Information Systems Section Meeting, January 23 in Houston, Texas. He co-authored the paper with Won G. No (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey). He also co-authored a paper with Diane Janvrin, Ph.D., William L. Varner Professor and Associate Professor of Accounting, and Maureen Mascha (Purdue University Calumet), titled “Auditing the Financial Close Process: An Investigation of Current Procedures and Implications for Research,” which was presented at the AIS conference.


America’s SBDC Iowa

America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) America’s SBDC Iowa was honored in the 2015 Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence, which is Iowa’s National Baldrige-based process designed to recognize role model organizations in education, manufacturing, nonprofit, health care, and business. They were honored at the Tier 1 Commitment Level. In the past five years, America’s SBDC Iowa, a national outreach entity funded in part by the Small Business Administration, has counseled over 6,600 clients, helped start 1,148 businesses, and counseled almost 14,000 clients. An article was published in the Des Moines Register:


Business Career Services

New salary and employment data is now available. Our 2014-2015 six-month employment report is available online in this handout. In addition, you can also find the full annual report on our website.


Spring 2016 Career Week – Important Dates

There are still openings for Mock Interview Day, Wednesday, February 3, for students interested in a practice interview with an industry recruiter. They may sign-up on CyHire.


The Career Week Speakers Series for students in the College of Business will be held Wednesday, February 3 – Tuesday, February 9. A complete schedule of speaker presentations can be found at: Career Week Speaker Series.


The Leadership Breakfast will be held Wednesday, February 10 in Scheman room 179 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This event is an opportunity for students and faculty to network with company recruiters. Students may register to attend within CyHire under ‘Attend Events.’


The 2015 Spring Business, Industry & Technology Career Fair will be held Wednesday, February 10 in Hilton Coliseum (12:00-6:00 p.m.).  There will also be a networking reception held after the career fair. If you have not already done so, please consider inviting a career services staff member into your class to briefly share information about the career fair with your students.


Interview Day will be held in the Memorial Union Thursday, February 11.  Students can apply for on-campus recruiting positions in CyHire NOW and meet with employers at the career fair to be considered for opportunities.


Student Outreach

Angela Wagner presented to 20 students of the Global Business Club on how to attain and market global career experiences.


Employer Development

During the month of January, our staff had meetings with ATI Metals, Crandic Railway, CRCC Asia, Insight Global, ISA, Shoreline Group, and Tones Spices.


 Finance Department

Cynthia J. Campbell, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Finance, received the “Best Paper Award” at the 29th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference. In addition to the “best paper” certificate there was a $500 award which the authors donated for a student scholarship. Other authors of the award winning paper, titled The Impact of the Prevalence of CEO Long-term Compensation Incentives on National Economic Peak Performance, include: Jack DeJong, Nova Southeastern University; Lars Oxelheim, Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) & Lund University; Trond Randøy, University of Agder; Rosita Chang and Robert Doktor, both from the University of Hawaii.


During the break, Roger Stover, Professor of Finance, was a Visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch New Zealand.


Jamie Brown, Ph.D., Dean’s Professor of Finance, has a paper titled, Law and Finance Matter: Evidence from Externally Imposed Courts (with Tony Cookson and Rawley Heimer) that:

  • Won the best paper award (in financial markets) at the Financial Management Association Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL.
  • Was accepted for presentation at the American Finance Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. 
  • Was conditionally accepted for publication in The Review of Financial Studies.


How to Succeed Ethically When Others Bend the Rules: The VW & GM Scandals -Frank Bucaro

Thursday, 25 Feb 2016 at 8:00 pm

Great Hall, Memorial Union

Frank Bucaro is Senior Ethics Advisor and Content Provider for the Automotive Institute of Ethics, and ethics content provider for Compliance Velocity, a mobile app for Pharmaceutical companies. A leading expert on the importance of ethics and the power of values-based leadership, he works with leaders at some of the world’s most successful companies. His presentation highlights companies like Volkswagen and General Motors as examples of the problems and consequences that can arise when ethical behavior is not defined, understood or demonstrated. He is the author of the book TRUST ME! Insights into Ethical Leadership and is internationally recognized for his training programs on building business practices that are both responsible and profitable.


Frank Bucaro took a unique career path from the classroom to the board room. After a succession of high profile media reports on unethical practices in the marketplace captured his attention, he left his position as a teacher of moral theology to start his own business.


Cosponsored By: Bacon Center for Ethics, College of Business, College of Engineering, Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)



How Kickstarter Is Redefining Success – Perry Chen

Wednesday, 02 Mar 2016 at 8:00 pm

Great Hall, Memorial Union

Perry Chen is cofounder and CEO of Kickstarter, the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Since its launch in April 2009, more than ten million friends, fans, and inspired strangers have pledged more than $2.1 billion to projects on Kickstarter, funding almost 100,000 creative projects including Oscar-winning documentaries. Kickstarter measures success by how well they achieve that mission, not by the size of their profits. Because of the commitment to their mission, Kickstarter recently reincorporated as a benefit corporation. Benefit corporations are for-profit companies that are obligated to consider the impact of their decisions on society, not only shareholders.


Cosponsored By: College of Business, College of Business Bacon Center on Ethics, Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)


Marketing/ Management Departments

Hui (Sophia) Feng, Assistant, Ph.D., Professor of Marketing, along with co-authors Neil A. Morgan, and Lopo L. Rego (2016), have an article titled Firm Capabilities and Growth: The Moderating Role of Market Conditions, that has been accepted for publication in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science (JAMS).


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

  • Article published: Meglio, O., King, DR., Risberg, A. 2015.  Improving acquisition performance with contextual ambidexterity. Human Resource Management, 54(S1): 29-43.
  • Presentation:  “Importance of Culture” to Iowa State University’s Society for Human Resource Management, Ames, IA: 14 January 2016.
  • Paper accepted: Bauer, F., Schriber, S., King, DR. Wettbewerbsdynamiken bei Akquisitionen – Einflüsse, Konsequenzen und prozessuale Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten, M&A Review.
  • Recognized as “Outstanding Reviewer” by Canadian Journal of Administrative Science for 2015

 Marketing Team (Dean’s Marketing)

We are in the process of hiring a new graphic designer to join our team. During this transition, it’s especially important for us to funnel all marketing requests the Director of Marketing. We appreciate your patience during our transition and look forward to working with you on your upcoming marketing needs.


 News Coverage

Jan. 25: David King, Associate Professor of Management, was interviewed merger and acquisition activity for Iowa Public Radio’s Marketplace program.


Jan. 14: David King, Associate Professor of Management, talked with Matthew Patane, Des Moines Register reporter, for an update on the Meredith and Media General merger:


Andreas Schwab’s research of racial disparity in the hiring of NFL coaches was published in many publications, including:




 Supply Chain and Information Systems Department

Toyin Clottey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management, wrote an article (with co-author W.C. Benton, Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University) that was selected as the Best Paper in the IIE Transactions Focused Issue on Design and Manufacturing for 2016. The 2014 paper is titled Determining Core Acquisition Quantities when Products have Long Return Lags. The award is selected by an examining committee from all papers published from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015, issues 46:7 through 47:6.  Toyin was invited for the award recognition at the Honors and Awards Dinner during the ISERC (Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference) to be held in California in May 2016.


Haozhe Chen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management has the following new publications:


  • Zong-Bao Zou, Jian-Jun Wang, Gui-Shi Deng, and Haozhe Chen (2016). Third-Party Remanufacturing Mode Selection: Outsourcing or Authorization? Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, 87: 1-19.
  • Haozhe Chen, Patricia J. Daugherty, and Angela L. Jones (2016). Ensuring Returns Management Software Effectiveness through Joint Development Orientation:  Transportation Journal, 55(1): 1-30.
  • Haozhe Chen, James E. Zemanek Jr, Enping Mai, and Yu Tian (2015). Relationship Flexibility in a 3PL Context: Impacts of Network Embeddedness, Guanxi, and Explicit Contract. Journal of Marketing Channels, 22(4): 253-264.

The Analytics Research Group (headed by Sree Nilakanta and Kevin Scheibe and featuring 15 graduate students in Information Systems) presented a poster titled Metadata for Big Data at the Workshop on Big Data on January 27, 2016. The workshop was sponsored by the Data Driven Decision Sciences Group and the VPR at Iowa State. The student contributors on the poster are Deepti Chevvuri, Swatie Bansal, and Laharish Guntaka. The group is currently working on several research projects.


 Undergraduate Department

 Brenda Thorbs-Weber, CoB Multicultural Liaison Officer will again be hosting weekly “Snack & Chat” sessions for students from 3:00-4:00 pm. Locations rotate between 1301 and 2320 Gerdin, but exact sites can be found listed in our office.  Also, the first Lunch and Learn of the semester will be held February 2 over the noon hour.  Katie Mott will be presenting on FAFSA and financial aid processes.  Please encourage interested students to contact Brenda for details or questions.


Brenda also volunteered at the 18th Annual “I’ll Make me a World in Iowa” in Des Moines on Jan. 29 This festival features an Education Day where hundreds of students in middle school and high school come to learn about African American Culture and explore higher education. The following day is designated for Celebrating African American Art’s Culture and Contributions at the Iowa Events Center.


Shannon Grundmeier, Kathy Weaver, and Diann Burright attended the Mid-Year Learning Community Institute on Jan. 29 in the Memorial Union.


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