Recent CoB Online

April 2016

Dean’s Message

We have more impressive news to share this month, including some excellent rankings.


In less than a year since its launch, our online Master of Business Analytics program was ranked #16 in the country (Top 50 Online Big Data Programs, by ValueColleges). I’d like to thank Sree Nilakanta for his leadership. This could not have been done without him.  


Our accounting program recently received two impressive rankings. It was ranked 30th most affordable accounting degree (Accounting Degree Review) and also ranked 53rd in the 2015 BYU rankings for research articles published during the last six years.



YWIB Leadership Activity

We welcomed more than 50 young women from a variety of high schools to attend the Spring Young Women in Business Senior Leadership Conference. Thank you to the faculty and staff who planned and implemented that exciting event. 


Please consider attending the inaugural Spring 2016 Analytics Symposium Wednesday April 6 in Des Moines, which is sponsored by the CoB in collaboration with PwC and CIRAS. Several members of our faculty will be presenting. 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.


And last, but not least, I would like to congratulate the nominees for the 2016 College of Business Faculty and Staff Awards, funded by the Dean’s Advisory Council. Winners will be announced during the awards ceremony 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.  


P&S Superior Service Award

Sarah Adams

Ted Bair

Dawn Just

Julie Palmer

Jenn Wiederin


P&S Student Impact Award

Deborah Martinez

Sarah Van Vark


Merit Superior Service Award

Karen Mallas


Merit Student Impact Award

Patty Hefflefinger


Non-Tenure Eligible Faculty Superior Service Award

Mike Bootsma

Shoba Premkumar


Junior Faculty Research Award

Ginka Borisova

Hui (Sophia) Feng

Andreea Kiss

Sachin Modi

Qian Wang


Senior Faculty Research Award

Marc Anderson

James Brown

Diane Janvrin

Stephen Kim

Frank Montabon


Junior Faculty Teaching Award

James Cannon

Toyin Clottey

Andreea Kiss

Beatriz Pereira

Valentina Salotti


Senior Faculty Teaching Award

Mike Bootsma

Sekar Raju

Travis Sapp

Kevin Scheibe

Charles (Brad) Shrader

Accounting Department

Bill Dilla presented the paper “A Test of a Model of Fraudulent Behavior in a Purchasing Card Context,” co-authored with Andrew Harrison and Brian Mennecke at the American Accounting Association Forensic Accounting Section Conference. 

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:

Business Career Services

There are many internship and full-time job opportunities that we continue to identify and are posted on CyHire. There are more than 360 business internship positions and 600 full-time positions we are working with today. Please encourage students who are seeking to check CyHire on a regular basis and talk to Business Career Services for additional internship and comprehensive job seeking resources.


Employer Development

In March, our staff met with Capture Marketing, Cerner Corporation, Fareway, Hy-Vee, Integer Group, and Sentry Insurance.


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 Iowa State, please let us know and we will reach out to the firm or organization.


Student Development

Angela Wagner coordinated and attended the 2016 Union Pacific Marketing Case Competition dinner and competition on March 3-4.


Mark your calendars! The Fall Career Fair will be held on Wednesday, September 21 in Hilton Coliseum from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Dean’s Marketing

From Michele Appelgate, Director of Marketing and Alumni Relations


  • We are pleased to announce our graphic designer position has been filled. Emily Bowman began Monday March 28. She comes to us from Julsdesign Inc. in Ankeny. Emily has a graphic design degree from UNI. She will lead our graphic design projects, including posters, advertisements, postcards, and other marketing materials. She will also be the point-person on the CoB social media sites. Please help me welcome Emily to the college!
  • Watch for the spring issue of Prospectus, which will be hitting the mailboxes next week. The magazine features many student athlete stories, which had to be edited down due to space. With that in mind, we created a special section on our web site to showcase these expanded stories > The Business of Athletics.
  • Web site planning: we are in the information-gathering phase of creating a new website for the CoB. Gracen Kostelecky, our web manager, and I have been meeting with small groups of faculty and staff by department. Please watch for upcoming meetings for your department. Your feedback is very helpful and much appreciated.

Executive in Residence

Brad Holiday

Brad Holiday

The spring Executive in Residence will take place on April 13-14 with Brad Holiday (’76 Industrial Administration) as our featured guest.  Brad is the chief financial officer at ZAGG Inc., a leading mobile device accessories company.  The company offers solutions such as keyboards, cases, screen protection, audio, power management and gaming products. He joined ZAGG Inc. in June 2015 and has been on the company’s board since 2012.


An accomplished global financial executive with leading consumer product companies, Brad has a proven track record with successful companies including Nike, Pizza Hut and General Mills. Most recently, Brad was senior executive vice president and chief financial officer for Callaway Golf Company.


The Executive In Residence program is designed to bring senior-level executives to the college to help enrich the learning environment of both undergraduate and graduate students, foster research ideas for faculty and graduate students, and provide faculty and staff involved in outreach activities with new ideas and perspectives on how to serve the business community.


Unlike past EIR’s we will not be holding a public lecture. However, we have scheduled a reception and faculty/staff discussion for 3:30 and 4:00 pm respectively in 2200 Gerdin on Wednesday, April 13.  Please make plans to attend and kindly RSVP for both events to Michele Morales, More details of our Executive In Residence program can be found on our web site.

 Finance Department

Arnie Cowan, Ph.D., Wells Fargo Professor in Finance, presented “The Consequences of Prohibiting Selective Disclosure to Analysts: Evidence from Europe” (co-authored with Valentina Salotti), at the Southwestern Finance Association annual conference March 10 in Oklahoma City.


James R. Brown, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Finance had a paper, titled “Courting Economic Development” (co-authored with Tony Cookson and Rawley Heimer), accepted from publication in The World Bank Economic Review.

 Information Systems Department

  1. Jiang, Zhengrui, Kevin Scheibe, Sree Nilakanta, and Xinxue Qu have a paper titled “The Economics of Public Beta Testing,” accepted by Decision Sciences.
  2. Xinxue (Shawn) Qu, a Ph.D. student in Information Systems, presented a research project coauthored with Dr. Zhengrui Jiang and titled, “Understanding Consumers’ Cross-Generation Adoption and Frequent Shopping Patterns,” at a Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative (WCAI) Symposium held in the Wharton School in Philadelphia on March 4, 2016.
  3. Zhengrui Jiang and his co-author Shaobai Jiang, a Ph.D. student in Economics, presented a paper titled “Examining Price Competition In Online Hotel Booking Market” at the 2016 Winter Conference on Business Intelligence held in Snowbird, Utah, March 3 – 5.

ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship

  • Craig photoCraig Culver will be the spring speaker at The Reiman Entrepreneurial Speaker Series at Iowa State on April 11 from 11:30-1:00 p.m.  Craig Culver will be sharing the Culver’s recipes for success, the home runs they hit over the years and the obstacles they overcame. Registration is required for the luncheon, to be held at the Memorial Union Sun Room, courtesy of the ISU Pappajohn Center.  Register at  Open to students, faculty/staff, and the public.  Limited spots available. 


  • New summer program announced, please share!  cystarters1CYstarters is a 10-week summer student accelerator for Iowa State students or recent graduates to focus on their startup or business idea.  Students will receive $6,000 for individual or up to $12,000 per student team for the opportunity to spend their summer dedicated to achieving their startup goals and pursing entrepreneurial aspirations.   Applications are open till April 4. Please encourage any of your students to apply, if interested.   (see News section below for DSM Register article).  


  • Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition deadline is Friday, April 1.  Iowa State students have chance to compete for $5,000 cash prize for their business or startup idea.  Please share to students!  Information and online application:

Marketing Department

Russ Laczniak, Ph.D., Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research, attended the 2016 American Academy of Advertising Conference in Seattle, WA.  With ex-Ph.D. students Akshaya Vijayalakshmi and Jenny Lin, he presented a paper titled, “Look Mom, That’s an Ad But It’s Useful: Parental Mediation of Internet Advertising and Children’s Persuasive Knowledge.” 


He also participated in the Pre-Conference/ Doctoral Consortium titled, “Everything you wanted to know about the publication process, but where afraid to ask.”

Management Department

Florence Honore, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Management, received a three-year grant from the Kauffman Foundation to study “The Antecedents and Consequences of Individuals’ Mobility & Entrepreneurship.” The award is the result of a collaborative proposal with principal investigator Benjamin Campbell (Ohio State University) and co-investigators Rajshree Agarwal (University of Maryland); Seth Carnahan (University of Michigan); Martin Ganco (University of Wisconsin).


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

  • was appointed chairperson of the awards committee for the Research Method Division of the Academy of Management (one-year term).
  • had a paper accepted for publication in Strategic Organization. The paper, titled “Collegial Nests Foster Critical Thinking, Innovative Ideas, and Scientific Progress,” which he co-authored with William H. Starbuck (University of Oregon).

David King, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management:

  • Paper published: King, DR., Schriber, S. 2016. Addressing competitive responses to acquisitions, California Management Review, 58(3): 1-16.
  • Paper published: Bauer, F., Schriber, S., King, DR. 2016. Wettbewerbsdynamiken bei Akquisitionen – Einflüsse, Konsequenzen und prozessuale Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten, M&A Review, 27(March): 65-70.
  • Conference paper accepted: Bauer, F., King, D., Schriber, S., Matzler, K. 2016.  Acquisition Characteristics, Integration Choices, and Performance: A Process Perspective. EURAM, Paris, 31 May- 4 June.
  • Conference paper accepted: Meglio, O., King, D., Risberg, A. 2016. Speed in acquisitions: advancing a process perspective. EURAM, Paris, 31 May- 4 June.
  • Conference paper accepted:  King, D., Gupta, V., Baker, A., Tempio, M., Nalick, M., Pierce, C. 2016. Impact of the Disclosure of Executive Workplace Social-Sexual Behavior on Firm Performance. Academy of Management, Anaheim CA: 5 -9 August.
  • Conference panel accepted: Huy, Q., Reus, T., Bertrand, O., Betschinger, M., Ellis, K., Haleblian, J., King, D., Mirvis, P., Lamont, B., Schijven, M., Weber, Y., Zollo, M.  2016. Mergers & Acquisitions: Research, practice & Teaching. Academy of Management, Anaheim CA: 5 -9 August.

 News Coverage

March 22: Tony Craig, Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management, was interviewed for an article in The Wall Street Journal. “What’s More Eco-Friendly: Going to the Mall or Shopping Online?

New study by nation’s largest mall landlord looks at impact of consumer choices.”


March 17: Des Moines Register reporter Matthew Patane wrote an article for his weekly Tech Talk column, “ISU wants to pay students to help them start companies,” featuring the new Cystarters program. It’s a 10-week program that will focus on helping students (working as individuals or in teams) develop their company ideas.


March 11: “Marketing Corporate Social Responsibility: Tips for B2B enterprises,” featuring Sachin Modi.


Des Moines Register reporter Matthew Patane asked to talk with someone about the CYstarters program. Patane was referred to Diana Wright with the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship. 


Feb. 8: Creston News Advertiser-ISU students experiment with new technology


 Supply Chain

Scott Grawe, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management served as a panelist to discuss the following at the SCM Director’s Conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology:

  1. “Digital Learning and Online Certificates”
  2. “Experiential Learning”

 Undergraduate Department

Kathy Weaver was awarded an “Exemplary Peer Mentor Supervisor” at the Learning Community Peer Mentor Recognition Ceremony on March 30.


Shannon Grundmeier serves on the Board for the IowAAN (Iowa Academic Advising Network), who hosted their annual drive-in conference on March 24thDiann Burright attended this conference along with Shannon.


Summer and Fall registration continues for all students, with assigned registration times through April 18th.

Brenda Thorbs-Weber and Diann Burright attended ISCORE (Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity) at the Memorial Union on March 4th.

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