/September 2017

September 2017

September 2017

Dean’s Message

We started this school year in a very special way when we announced — on the second day of classes — a $7 million commitment from the Gerdin Charitable Foundation! The Gerdin family are long time leaders, friends and donors to the College of Business. Ann and her late husband, Russell Gerdin, provided the foundational gift for the college’s facility – the Gerdin Business Building – in 1998. The couple established Heartland Express, a nationwide company specializing in logistics and transportation, with headquarters in North Liberty, Iowa. Their generous gift will allow us to expand our facility, which has become a high priority for the college due to years of growth and record enrollment. The new addition will benefit all of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the college. I’d like to thank all of those people who took the time to write a personal note of thanks to the Gerdin family. For more information, and to see photos from the announcement celebration, please read our news release.

With the start of a new school year, we have many exciting events coming up. I encourage you to visit our events page on the CoB website regularly to see what is being planned. We are excited to host a variety of events for our students during our annual Business Week celebration, September 11-15. During that week, we host our CEO Speaker Series and welcome Kenneth Sullivan, president and CEO of Smithfield Foods. The title of his lecture will be “From Donut Salesman to CEO,” which sounds very interesting! I hope you can join us. Please encourage your students to attend.

I’d like to thank all faculty and staff for their hard work getting this semester off to a great start. Hopefully, you saw the new video our dean’s marketing team coordinated as we welcomed everyone back to campus. This important video highlights how much we value our students, faculty, staff, and visitors – those who come from all over the country and around the world. All are welcome here. If you have not seen it, you can find it on the CoB YouTube Channel.

It was great to see so many of you at our welcome back picnic. A special thank you to Monica Sasse and Michele Appelgate for organizing another great picnic!

The 2017 United Way Campaign begins Friday, September 8. You will receive your United Way envelope in campus mail on Monday, September 11. Let’s continue to show everyone that the College of Business faculty and staff care for those in need within our own communities. Our goal as a college this year is $45,000.

A recent study revealed that 42 percent of working people in Story County struggle to provide the basic needs for their families. Facts on hunger in Story County:

  • More than one in four children in Story County (26 percent) qualifies for free or reduced lunch at their school, some buildings have rates as high as 50 percent. Some of these families are unable to provide food for their children outside of school, especially over the weekend or summer months.
  • Story County has the highest rate of food insecurity (15.4 percent) in the state (12.4 percent).

Please help us impact programs in Story County that make a difference in the lives of families who struggle financially. Donations of all sizes are important and appreciated. Consider these examples of how your donation will make a difference.

  • Two boxes of food through the Senior Food Program = $20
  • Formula for one infant for two weeks at the University Community Childcare = $50
  • One year of the Backpack Program (a bag of food a child receives to prevent them from being hungry over the weekend) for one child = $150
  • 2,600 pounds of food for the food pantry purchased at the Food Bank of Iowa = $365 ($1/day)

More emails will be sent out within the next few weeks regarding this year’s campaign and new special events you can participate in to support the United Way Campaign. If you have any questions or ideas, please contact Tara Fisher (tfisher@iastate.edu) or Monica Sasse (sasse@iastate.edu).


Zhejia Ling, PhD, assistant professor of accounting:

  • Had a paper titled “Social Connections within Executive Teams and Management Forecasts”, co-authored with Ruihao Ke (Southern Methodist University), Meng Li (University of Texas at Dallas), and Yuan Zhang (University of Texas at Dallas), accepted for publication at Management Science.
  • Presented a paper titled “Management Forecasting Behavior of Newly Public Firms with Valuable Proprietary Information”, co-authored with Mei Feng (University of Pittsburgh), Ioannis Floros (Iowa State University), and Shane Johnson (Texas A&M University), at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology workshop series.

Bill Dilla, PhD, associate chair of accounting and finance, was a panelist for the Hot Topics in Forensic Accounting session at the American Accounting Association meeting in August. He also was recently rated an “Excellent” speaker by the Central Iowa Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and has joined the IIA’s Chapter Speaker Database.

Olena Watanabe, PhD, assistant professor of accounting:

  • presented a paper titled “The Influence of Ownership and Regulatory Scrutiny on Earnings Management in U. S. Hospitals” (co-authored with James Cannon, PhD, assistant professor of accounting, and Melvin Lamboy-Ruiz, PhD, assistant professor of accounting) at the American Accounting Association Annual meeting in Sand Diego, California.
  • presented a paper titled “Short Sellers and the Contagion Effect of Audit Failures” (co-authored with Truong Duong, PhD, assistant professor of finance) at the American Accounting Association Annual meeting in Sand Diego, California.
  • had her paper titled “The Effects of the EU’s Transparency Directive on Stock Price Informativeness” (co-authored with Michel Imhof and Semih Tartaraglu, Wichita State University) accepted for presentation at the AAA Midwest Region Meeting to be held in Chicago, Illinois, in October.

Business Career Services

Welcome back to the fall semester!

We are excited to work with students and continue to guide them on their individual career search. Faculty and staff play an important role supporting students and their goals. Helping students in their job searches may have legal and ethical implications. Please read the guidelines for providing references and faculty/staff interaction with recruiters: A FACULTY GUIDE TO ETHICAL AND LEGAL STANDARDS IN STUDENT HIRING

Fall 2017 Upcoming Career Events – Mark Your Calendars!

The Business, Industry, and Technology Career Fair will be held on Wednesday, September 20, in Hilton Coliseum from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. Our annual Leadership Breakfast will be that morning prior to the Career Fair from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. at Sukup End Zone Club. If you have not already done so, please consider having a career coordinator come speak to the students in your classes about the fall Career Fair.


Business Week September 11-15
Business Week Speaker Series September 11-19
Beta Alpha Psi Meet the Firm September 19
Management Information Systems Club Career Night September 19
Marketing and Management Club Career Night September 19
Supply Chain Management Club Career Night September 19
College of Business Leadership Breakfast September 20
Business, Industry and Technology Career Fair September 20
Interview Day September 21


Employer Development

Angela Wagner attended the Business Record Women of Influence Awards with CWIB student organization on August 10, at the Marriott Downtown in Des Moines.

Melanie Gella attended Rockwell intern presentations Wednesday, August 2, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and HNI intern presentations Friday, August 4, in Muscatine, Iowa. Kathy Wieland, Meredith Williams, and Sarah Van Vark attended the John Deere intern presentations on Wednesday, August 9, in Moline, Illinois.

In August, our staff met with DB Schenker, Kingland, and REG.

Professional Development

Tanya Austin, Melanie Gella, Angela Wagner, Kathy Wieland, and Meredith Williams attended CELT’s Inclusive Classroom Faculty Development Workshop on Friday, August 18, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Curtiss Hall.

Dean’s Marketing

Do you need assistance from the dean’s marketing team? As we start the new school year, we’d like to welcome all new faculty and staff and explain who is on our marketing team and what we can do for you:

  • Michele Appelgate, director of marketing and alumni relations — supervises and leads the team. Under the direction of the dean, she aligns the marketing efforts with the College of Business strategic plan. She leads the team to create a variety of marketing materials that promote the college, our events, programs, students, alumni, faculty, research, and others as needed. She collects entries for the monthly CoB Online, writes for and prepares the college magazine, Prospectus, each fall and spring. She also writes and coordinates the college e-newsletter, Discover Business, which reaches all alumni and key stakeholders (distributed twice per semester).
  • Amanda Severson, (formerly Amanda Scott) assistant director of marketing and alumni relations. Amanda is our primary event coordinator at the college. She also helps with alumni relations, writing and marketing/communications. She also serves as back-up when the director of marketing is away from the office. If you have an upcoming event, please contact Amanda early in your planning stage to ask how she can assist. Amanda assists as a back-up photographer as needed.

Please make note: Amanda’s name has changed to Amanda Severson and her new email is amandas@iastate.edu.

  • Gracen Kostelecky, web manager, is the lead person for creating and managing our new website. He is also our main photographer and videographer.
  • Emily Bowman, graphic designer, creates flyers, posters, banners, plasma screen promotions, advertisements, and rotator images that you see on the home page of our website. Emily manages the college’s social media sites, and serves as back-up for photography as needed.
  • Molly Ryan, marketing intern, is a junior in marketing. She joined us in May and assists with planning and executing all of our events, collecting content for the CoB Online, and a variety of other duties. She is already proving to be an excellent addition to our team!

Important messages about:

  • Promotional items: If you or someone in your department is interested in purchasing promotional items for the college (t-shirts, giveaways, etc), please contact Emily Bowman or myself to let us know about the plans. Anything that is ordered with the words Iowa State University or College of Business must go through Trademark for approval. Emily is an excellent resource for you, and can help design your item within Iowa State branding guidelines. This helps you get through Trademark quickly.
  • Social media pages: if your department would like help with social media promotions, please contact Emily Bowman before creating new social media sites. It would be great to have a conversation before new sites are added so we can make sure you are getting the best possible promotion of your messages. Thank you!

ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship 

While school was out over the summer, the CYstarters student accelerator was in session!  A total of 12 student startups from Iowa State participated in the 10-week program.  Shout out to the College of Business for their returning support and sponsorship for student entrepreneurs.  Here is the recap of the program, in case you missed it. Photo taken at the CYstarters’ Finale Event on July 28, at the ISU Economic Development Core Facility.

September is a busy month full of events for students to take part in! Check out the full calendar for entrepreneurial events and programs.

Spotlight event: ISU Innovation Pitch Competition taking place this year on Thursday, September 21, from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the ISU Maintenance Shop! Registration is open for all Iowa State students, open to first 30 spots. Please feel free to share to your classes and students.


Graduate Programs Office

Diana Sloan, director of graduate marketing and alumni relations, will serve as the College of Business graduate inclusion officer.


Andreea Kiss, associate professor of management, received the 2016 Best Reviewer Award from the Journal of World Business.

Andreas Schwab, PhD, associate frofessor of management and Dean’s Fellow in Management:

  • Joined the editorial board of Group and Organization Management.
  • With James Werbel (emeritus professor of management), he won the 2016 best macro paper award in Group & Organization Management for their paper titled “Managerial Gender Diversity and Firm Performance: An Integration of Different Theoretical Perspectives.”
  • With David Krackhardt, Gene Hahn, Willie Stromeyer, Jerker Denrell, and Bill Starbuck, he conducted a research methods workshop on “Bayesian Statistics: How to Conduct and Publish High-Quality Bayesian Studies” at the Academy of Management conference in Atlanta, August 3-8.
  • With David Krackhardt, and Bill Starbuck, he conducted a symposium on “Bayesian Statistics: Why We All Should Be Bayesians” at the Academy of Management conference.
  • With Chet Miller and Bill Starbuck, he conducted a symposium on “Moving Beyond Tradition: Why and How to Replace Statistical Significance Tests with Better Methods” at the Academy of Management conference.
  • With Chris Rider, Jim Wade, and Anand Swaminathan, he presented a paper titled “Estimating the Effect of Network Ties on Inter-Organizational Mobility: A Study of National Football League Coaches” at the Academy of Management conference.
  • Joined the Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB) as a visiting U.S. Fulbright scholar to support an empirical research project focused on “Entrepreneurial Eco-Systems in the Indonesian Textile Industry” on August 12.


Stephen Kim, Dean’s Professor of Marketing, and Pushpinder Gill, PhD student of marketing, presented a paper entitled “When Does a Manager Matter in Franchising?” at 2017 Summer American Marketing Association conference in San Francisco. Their paper received a best paper award for Interorganizational Issues in Marketing Track of the conference.

José Antonio Rosa, John and Deborah Ganoe Faculty Fellow, participated in two presentations at the Summer 2017 American Marketing Association Conference in San Francisco, California:

  • The first, with Professor Shikha Upadhyaya from California State University Los Angeles, was titled “Social Innovation and Bottom-of-the-Pyramid Markets: Responding to Gender, Social Status, and Utopic Indeterminacy Innovation Constraints.” This was presented at the Innovation for Good in an Interconnected World AMA Preconference Workshop.
  • The second, with first-year ISU PhD student Verónica Martín Ruiz (presenter), was titled “Methods to Improve Construct Measurement Equivalency in Cross-Cultural Consumer Research.” It was part of the Global, Emerging Market, and Cross-Cultural Issues Competitive Track.

News Coverage

Many news outlets published articles relating to the expansion of the business building. They include:

August 29: Johanna Amaya Leal, assistant professor of supply chain management, was interviewed by several media outlets to discuss logistics of disaster response to Hurricane Harvey. Media coverage includes:

Supply Chain and Information Systems

Haozhe Chen, PhD, associate professor of supply chain management:

  • Published the following article: Jian-Jun Wang, Haozhe Chen, Dale S. Rogers, Lisa M. Ellram, and Scott J. Grawe (2017), “A Bibliometric Analysis of Reverse Logistics Research (1992-2015) and Opportunities for Future Research”, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 47, No. 8. pp. 666-687.
  • Appointed to co-chair Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)’s 2017 Academic Case Collection initiative.

Johanna Amaya-Leal, assistant professor of supply chain management, was a guest speaker at the Seminar for Humanitarian Logistics organized by the College of Engineering at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Cali, Colombia. The seminar took place on August 11 and she gave two presentations:

  • Research in Disaster Response Logistics and its Implications
  • Field Work in Disaster Response Logistics

Rui (Ray) Chen, PhD, associate professor of management information systems, received the Best Paper Award at the 23rd Americas Conference on Information Systems for his paper titled “Modeling Public Response to Data Breaches.”

Zhengrui Jiang, Thome Professor of Business and associate professor in information systems:

  • Served as an editor mentor at the MISQ Author Development Workshop held in Boston, Massachusetts, on August 9.
  • Presented his research at Dalian University of Technology, Tianjin University, Zhejiang University, and Tongji University, all top-ranked institutions in China, in June and July.

Toyin Clottey, PhD, associate professor of supply chain management, presented his paper titles “ Evaluating Progress Information Sharing for Recovered Materials Usage in Eco-Products” at the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) symposium on innovation and sustainability, in Hong Kong.


Kathy Weaver led a “Work Session for Live-Out Mentors” and “Referral Case Studies” at the University Peer Mentor Training on August 14 and 15.

August orientation programs the week of August 14, served 63 new domestic students and 54 new international students. Our “preparing to enter F17” orientation programs from April-August have served 1008 (up from 957 last year) new incoming students (transfer, international, and freshmen)!

Sarah Adams, Lucy Berger, and Taylor Shire hosted a College of Business information booth and hands-on activity at the Iowa State Fair on August 10. Approximately 500 participants had the opportunity to create their own playdough while learning more about business opportunities at Iowa State.




Kelly Pistilli, Sarah Adams, and students from Business Ambassadors and Business Learning Teams Peer Mentors hosted a College of Business table at the Destination Iowa State Kick-off on August 17. The golf-themed booth featured putting mats, “Guess the Tees” contest, and CoB golf tees giveaways. Destination Iowa State is a program held prior to the beginning of fall and spring semesters, designed to ease the transition to college for new Iowa State students.





At the end of the fifth day/first week, online class registration closed and students will not be added to business courses or allowed to change sections without an extenuating circumstance – students must see John Wageman. Please do not discuss available seats with students as this makes enforcement issues more difficult.

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 via email and 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 receive a list of students who remain in violation the second week of classes, and we ask that you follow-up with these students about their missing prereq if/when they attend your class(es). Students who refuse to drop the course will receive an “F” for a grade. If a student believes the information is inaccurate, they must see John Wageman in 1200 Gerdin.