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Jargon Genesis: Brand

I find the use of “brand” in a business context to be one of the most logical jargon thefts in our vernacular. The word brand comes from the Norse term brandr, meaning “to burn.” The concept of...
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Business Impact of #Blizzaster 2010

As we are digging out from what I am attempting to coin "Blizzaster 2010" (in response to the East Coast's "Snowmageddon"/"Snowpocalypse"...it looks like some people thought of it before us) I thought it...
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First-Year MBAs Delivering Final Presentations Today

Our first year students today are presenting the results of their semester-long business simulation, LINKS. This sophisticated business simulation project is a launching pad for students in the first semester...
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Twin Cities residents are prepared for retirement

The financial turmoil of the past three years has greatly impacted many Americans' financial plans for retirement.  However, Twin Cities residents may be faring better than most, according to a recent survey...
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What it Takes to Become CFO of the Year

Kim Nelson has only been a chief financial officer since 2007, when she joined SPS Commerce Inc. But she’s already achieved one thing few other CFOs have in that time: A successful initial public...
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2011 Julie Hays Teaching Award call for Nominations

Award recognizes faculty committed to teaching and learning Nominations for the second annual Julie Hays Teaching Award are now being accepted. Introduced in 2009, this annual award was created to recognize...
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Learning to Fail

This post was written by Evening UST MBA student Larissa Rodriguez, a full-time marketing and communications executive. Last week in my New Venture Strategies class, our professor invited Dan Hanlon (a...
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America's hottest holiday toy is from….Minnetonka?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx6mxDIKnYs Surprisingly, the hottest holiday gift for the age 4 to 8 demographic is not made by Mattel or Hasbro or one of the other big players in the multi-billion dollar toy...
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Is a “contemporary translation” smart?

Unless you know the author personally, and have been scientifically proven to be a better writer than the originator, it’s probably best not to attempt a direct “translation” of a major work or seminal document.
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Small token? Yes. Big impact? Certainly.

A view from the classroom chair... As I said in my previous entry, I plan on writing in this blog to give you a ground-level look at the UST Classroom – I apologize I have neglected you on that duty…it...
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Jargon Genesis: Champing at the Bit

Dr. Michael Porter recently informed us that “chomping at the bit” is, in fact, incorrect when referring to being impatient or anxious. Admittedly, this was news to me! So, armed with my newfound...
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Reporting from Taipei

I'm writing this from my hotel in downtown Taipei, just a few kilometers from the tallest building in Asia, Taipei 101. In my two stops so far on the World MBA Tour, I have met a number of very interesting...
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Holloran Center to host forum on Petters case

In a public discussion format designed for substantial audience interaction, the University of St. Thomas will host an upcoming forum on “Unweaving a Tangled Web: Inside the Petters Ponzi Scheme.” Hosted...