UST Faculty regulary answer questions in the Star Tribune‘s Ask The Consultant column. Here’s a round-up of a few recent questions.
Super Bowl Sunday has become more than just a day of (great) football and partying with family and friends. To businesses, it’s a $3.8 million investment in a 30-second spot and hoping that somehow the message will be delivered in the midst of the clutter. To consumers, it’s about which ad is the funniest or most memorable.
Randall J. Hogan, chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pentair, will deliver the commencement address at the Opus College of Business Graduate Commencement Saturday, May 25.
For many, an occupation is just that, a job and a paycheck. The majority of the population will have to work 40+ years, for some even longer, before the possibility of retirement is an option. But for those who have found occupations that offer meaningful challenges, opportunities for growth and play up an individual’s passions, counting the days until a possible retirement seem far less important.
An engaging group of more than 100 people heard Laura Goodrich’s presentation on “Creating A Mindset for Change” at the Master’s Connection last month. Goodrich touched on the elements of change within organizations as well as how we as individuals adapt to change.
Having trouble opening new career doors? Consider the ways an MBA can help. The upcoming UST MBA Forum, featuring Kaplan, helps MBA candidates learn more about opportunities to open new doors in their careers and personal lives and take the first step in preparing for the GMAT.
Melissa Hoffbeck '10 M.B.A. was crowned the 2013 Aurora, Queen of the Snows of the St. Paul Winter Carnival last week. For Hoffbeck, 35, a senior financial analyst at Best Buy, the recognition was the realization of a longtime dream,
Remember when Netscape, Buena Vista and Excite were our options for internet searches and we had to dial up to get to the internet? Then, we were introduced to the Yahoo yodeler and heard from a talking dolphin in the 2002 Superbowl ad touting the fact he learned to talk using Yahoo. Yahoo grew through acquisition, but much of that growth was in response to the more rapid growth of a company called Google.
The Graduate Business Career Services Department organized Shadow Day experiences with 40 professionals from General Mills, Target, UnitedHealth Group and many other local organizations. The Job Shadow experience provides MBA students an opportunity to interact as well as see the world of a leading professional.
Did you know that during the NFL season the average football fan spends 12 hours a week interacting with NFL brands? That goes beyond just watching a game on Sunday, said Minnesota Vikings CMO Steve LaCroix at the Intersections in Brand Marketing event at the Opus College of Business last night. LaCroix was joined by associate professor of marketing John Sailors, Ph.D., for a wide ranging discussion of the marketing challenges and opportunities of the Minnesota Vikings
As an entrepreneur, a seasoned marketing professional and a mother, Joelle Purvis-Allen has her plate full as a first-year Full-time UST MBA student. In the thick of final projects, papers and final exam preparations, she took a break over lunch to share her background and aspirations.
In the present day, there are those associated with the media who rationalize overtly questionable activities with “complicity.” Every public relations practitioner knows the driving force behind news headlines has less to do with news than it does attracting eyeballs, all too often at any cost.
Undergraduate students in the Opus College of Business have the opportunity to study abroad during the fall semester on a UST sponsored study abroad trip called the London Business Semester. A group of about 50 students travel to London during their junior or senior year accompanied by two OCB faculty members each fall to not only learn a new perspective of business but also to learn a significant amount about themselves, methods of getting around in foreign countries and to quickly convert dollars to Pounds or Euros.
Each year we resolve to spend more time with family, to exercise more, to stop and smell the roses and so on. Though these are all noble resolutions, one area that often gets left out is your resolutions for the year ahead in terms of your career. Even if you have already given up on your initial resolution, there is no time like the present to kickstart your career goals.
Before my grandfather died, I said to him that someday I would write a book about our family. I’m not sure that the book on meaningful work that I recently began will turn out to be the book he was expecting, but I would like to think he would recognize its origins.
In Foundations of Entrepreneurship, designed by Dr. Alec Johnson and Dr. Jay Ebben, students learn the concepts of opportunity scanning and opportunity recognition; conduct a self-assessment to help them better understand their personal values and aspirations to help guide their entrepreneurial career; and are exposed to the variety of types of entrepreneurial ventures.
UST Analysis: 2012 Will Be Seen as the Year the Housing Market Finally Hit Bottom and Began Its Recovery
December’s median prices continue to show gains over last year; momentum is expected to continue into 2013.
How this professor’s business experience impacts his teaching and research.
Social media gets maligned for infringements on privacy, but for all its transparency there are still mirrors among the glass walled maze that offer reflections that are not genuine.
Looking for a super-local gift idea this season? Maybe you can find a something from the artist sitting next to you in class. UST MBC student Dave Dougherty’s follow-up to his first album, Sometimes, All Time, is here.
The housing market, in a slump since 2007, will have “unquestionably turned the corner” if current momentum continues through spring.
A team of three St. Thomas accounting students, Diana Matveychuk, Erin Moore, and Robert Polacek recently completed a project to assist a local nonprofit organization with an accounting project. Benefits include improvement of balance, increase of core strength, development of self-confidence and improvement of social skills.
Sue Warner describes how Walmart is a good partner for her community in Brooklyn Center. It’s helping stabilize the local economy, create much-needed jobs, and help redevelop even more retail in the overall Shingle Creek Crossing project.
What exactly is a social entrepreneur? To Dr. Mark Spriggs, director of the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship isn’t narrowly defined. The social challenges and problems we face today are complex, and won’t be solved by one approach.
Check out Gail Rosenblum’s column in the Star Tribune describing some very thoughtful and enterprising students in our ENTR 200 “Foundations of Entrepreneurship” course. The student project, "Love Your Melon" fits our mission of using business knowledge and skills to help make our world a better place.