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March 2016

Dean’s Message 

It’s a pleasure to share more good news this month!


The College received one of the prestigious Innovations That Inspire Award from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the accrediting body for business schools around the world.  This was the first year for the award. We are the only school in Iowa, and one of only 30 worldwide, to receive this award. 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 for initiating this live case study. You can read the details in our news release. Please stop to see the award in the glass display case outside the Dean’s Suite.


The good news continued when we learned on February 22 that Mike Bootsma was voted as Best Professor by students who voted in the ISU Daily Student Choice Awards. Anne Clem was first runner up. It sends a strong message across campus that the top two spots were from the CoB. It’s great to have students recognize the high quality faculty we have at the CoB. Congratulations to both.


The inaugural spring 2016 Analytics Symposium in Des Moines is an event presented by the Iowa State University College of Business in collaboration with PwC and CIRAS. This event grew from a past round-table event held for the actuaries. Today, it has evolved and is expected to draw managers in the field of analytics who work in actuarial science, accounting, analytics, and manufacturing. Thank you to Rahul Parsa and Sree Nilakanta for organizing this event. More information is available on our web site.


Please mark your calendars! The DAC sponsored College of Business Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in room 1148 Gerdin, the Stark Lecture Hall, with a reception immediately following in the Bergstrom Commons.  


Accounting Department


 The paper titled Investor Views, Investment Screen Use, and Socially Responsible Investment Behavior by Bill Dilla, Diane Janvrin, Jon Perkins (all of Iowa State) and Robyn Raschke(University of Nevada—Las Vegas) was accepted for publication in the Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal.


The Department of Accounting is 53rd in research productivity over the last six years, according to the recently released 2015 BYU accounting rankings. The department also ranks 4th in AIS research, 23rd in experiment-based accounting research, 48th in managerial accounting research, and 9th in accounting education publications (research and cases combined).


America’s SBDC Iowa

Lisa Shimkat, State Director of America’s SBDC Iowa, has been chosen to serve on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies. Read the SEC press release here:


Lisa Shimkat

Business Career Services

Thank you to the faculty and staff for their support of the career events for our students in the College of Business. Your attendance and support of student attendance at the Career Week events, Pre-night’s, Leadership Breakfast, Career Fair, and the Networking reception are all appreciated.


168 organizations participated in the 2016 Spring Career Fair to recruit College of Business students (-4.5% from Spring 2015). There were 1286 College of Business students that attended the Career Fair (-8.6% from Spring 2015).


For Interview Day, the day after the Career Fair, there were 428 interviews conducted (-19.5% from Spring 2015.)


491 students attended one or more of the 15 career-related presentations during Career Week 2016.


This time of year, students are busy interviewing for internships and full-time positions. As you talk with students, please encourage them to submit salary offers, acceptances, and employment information to Business Career Services and to meet with us if they need assistance finding a job or internship.


Employer Development

In addition to the Career Fair, our staff has taken meetings in February with the following employers regarding recruiting of College of Business students: CAT, College Pro, Nationwide, Textron Aviation, and US Bank. Please let us know if there are employers you would like us to contact.


Student Outreach

Melanie Gella, Sarah Van Vark, Jake Waddingham, Kathy Wieland, and Meredith Williams spoke to 100 Memorial Union student workers on Resume Strategies. Angela Wagner spoke to students from the Collegiate Women in Business on Choosing the Right Major.


 ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship / CyBiz Lab

CyBIZ Lab students got the chance to recently team up with Ruster Sports as part of ExporTech, a national export assistance program through the partnership with the Center for Industrial Research & Service (CIRAS) at Iowa State. Read the full article:


March JPEC photo

Photo taken at Ruster Sports in Des Moines. Pictured L to R: Kyle Passini, MBA and senior in industrial engineering at ISU; Luke Knott, senior in supply chain management at ISU; Ethan Davidson, COO at Ruster Sports; Reed Strauss, Account Manager at Ruster Sports.


ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship:  

Please help us to encourage students to participate in the upcoming events and opportunities!   


Innovation Pitch Competition is March 3 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. This is where students get 90 seconds to pitch in front on judges for the chance to win $1,000 for top prize!  Please share with students: . We are also still looking for one female judge, so if anyone feels up to it within CoB, please reach out to Diana Wright,


Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture CompetitionThe application deadline is April 1. The Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition is back this year where college students all across Iowa can compete to win $5,000 in seed grants sponsored by John Pappajohn and Equity Dynamics, Inc.  Students with an interest in starting their own business are encouraged to apply. Teams will be judged by concept and viability of the business idea.  Seed grants in the amount of $5,000 each will be awarded to each of the top three teams in the final competition. More information for ISU students and application at


Last year, two of the three finalists were Iowa State teams. We would love to have Iowa State come out on top again this year!  


Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute:  Application deadline is March 21.   The Okoboji Entrepreneurship Institute is a week long, advanced study of entrepreneurship that includes an entrepreneurial simulation; seminars with successful entrepreneurs, business, and community leaders; networking and mentoring to enhance their understanding of entrepreneurship opportunities in Iowa; and a little bit of fun, too.   This year’s institute will be held from August 5-12.  Students can apply at



How Kickstarter Is Redefining Success – Perry Chen

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

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 10 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
Murray Bacon Center for Business Ethics 
Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)

Marketing/ Management Departments

Stephen Kim, Ph.D., Dean’s Professor of Marketing, had a manuscript titled Concurrent IT Sourcing: Mechanisms and Contingent Advantages, accepted for publication at Journal of Management Information Systems. It is coauthored with Amrit Tiwana at University of Georgia.


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

  • Invited to review grant proposal for the Israel Science Foundation (ISF)

Beatriz Pereira, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Marketing, presented a paper February 27 at the 2016 Society for Consumer Psychology Winter meeting, titled Sadness Reduces Decisiveness, with co-author Scott Rick (University of Michigan).


Hui (Sophia) Feng:


  • Her paper Firing’ Customers: Does It Pay Off and When? Exploring the Impact of Customer Divestment on Stock Returns has received the “Overall Best Paper Award in Conference” and “Best paper Award in Customer Relationship Management and Sales Track” in 2016 AMA Winter Educators’ Conference, Las Vegas, February 26-28. This paper is coauthored with Neil Morgan and Lopo Rego at Indiana University.
  • She served as the session chair and presented two papers at Winter AMA Conference.
    • Firing’ Customers: Does It Pay Off and When? Exploring the Impact of Customer Divestment on Stock Returns.” co-authored with Neil A. Morgan and Lopo L. Rego at Indiana University.
    • “Does Crowd Wisdom bring Wealth? The Impact of Crowdsourcing on Firm Performance.” co-authored with Zixia (Summer) Cao at University of Colorado Denver
  • Hui (Sophia) Feng is invited to present as one of the panelists on “Is the Marketing Function Influential or Not? We Should Really Be the Ones to Know!” together with Bernie Jaworski, Linda Price,Oc Ferrell, Martin Key, Terry Clark, and David Stewart at Academy of Marketing Science Annual Conference  in May, Orlando, FL.

 Marketing Team (Dean’s Marketing)

Michele Appelgate attended the American Marketing Association (AMA Iowa) event, 2016 AMA Iowa Experience Event, February 5 in Des Moines.


Michele Appelgate and Gracen Kostelecky attended the Professional and Scientific Council Professional Development Conference February 11.


Other news:

  • The second of our new postcard series, SupplyChainPostcard, is scheduled to be mailed this Friday to all of the AACSB business school deans who rank us in the U.S. News & World Report survey.  
  • Are you traveling with students as part of a study abroad experience? Please talk to us about ways we can promote your trip while you’re gone!

 News Coverage

“Marketing key to return on corporate social responsibility investment, ISU study shows,” which was generated from a news release sent by University News about Sachin Modi’s latest research. News coverage includes:

February 19: David King was interviewed on implications of Dow DuPont announcement on Iowa for Iowa Public Radio.


 Supply Chain and Information Systems Department

Zhengrui Jiang, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Information Systems and Thome Professor in Business, has been appointed a guest editor for a special issue of ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems, a high impact journal in the field of Management Information Systems.

 Undergraduate Department

Registration for summer and fall 2016 begins the week after spring break.  Seniors will begin registering on Tuesday, March 22, and registration will continue for all students through the week of April 18.


Please remember that Business faculty cannot sign students into Business classes. Registration for fall classes will remain open on AccessPlus through the fifth day of the term (summer deadlines are much more compressed). If you have a student approach you to get into your class, please refer them to AccessPlus or have them see John Wageman in 1200 Gerdin for assistance.


“Snack & Chat” sessions will continue Thursdays from 3:00-4:00 p.m. throughout March. These programs are coordinated by Brenda Thorbs-Weber.  Brenda met with multicultural students and parents at the EIS Breakfast Feb. 15 and on February 17 she volunteered at the Academic Advisers’ Appreciation Breakfast.


Interviews and selection processes are in progress for the 2016-2017 BLT Peer Mentors. These students assist with freshman, transfer, and international student learning communities in the fall semester.  Staff leads for the Business Learning Teams are Kathy Weaver and Shannon Grundmeier.


Diann Burright attended the ISU P&S Annual Conference on February 11, held in the Scheman Building.


Stephanie Larson and Nick Stanford participated in Interview Days on February 23 for prospective graduate students in the Student Affairs program in the School of Education.  The COB is hiring one student as a graduate assistant in our office for the upcoming two-year period while they complete their master’s program.  The “matching process” and hiring offers will occur in March.


Rob Musselman and Sarah Adams participated in the ISU “Passport” Days at North Iowa Area CC, Marshalltown CC, and Iowa Central CC.  These visits are outreach opportunities to prospective transfer students at these institutions and connecting points for us with advisors there as well.  The visits are coordinated by ISU Admissions and include representatives from all the Colleges on campus.


Cindy Sheehy attended the NACADA Assessment Institute in Mesa, Arizona February 11-13, for her role as a member of the Advising Research and Assessment Committee on campus.


 Supply Chain and Information Systems Department

Zhengrui Jiang, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Information Systems and Thome Professor in Business, has been appointed a guest editor for a special issue of ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems, a high impact journal in the field of Management Information Systems.




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