• Opus College of Business

    • Superbowl flashback: Minnesota's halftime show doesn’t rock Metrodome

      Last weekend, I flew home from the Indianapolis International Airport. After narrowly passing my body scan, (fun fact: bling on your jeans pockets sets off the security warnings), I was accosted on every side by Super Bowl XLVI kiosks. It’s safe to say that Indianapolis was very excited for last weekend’s festivities. For 45 years, [...]

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    • “Them vs. Us”—8 Ways to Bridge the Gap

      Workplaces are one of the few places in society where we don’t get to choose who we associate with. With this in mind, understanding different backgrounds and viewpoints is important for being successful in business. Each person’s background defines their world, said Howard Ross. When we hear “diversity,” for many it brings up a “them v. [...]

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      Faculty Profile: Dr. John Sailors

      Perhaps Dr. Sailors’ most notable contribution to the OCB is his Applied Business Research class taught in the Full-time UST MBA program. In this class, students are required to complete extremely complex research projects for real clients.

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    • Faculty Profile: Dr. John Sailors

      At the beginning of Dr. John Sailors’ undergraduate studies, he had no intention of ever being called “Dr.” He began his studies at the University of Michigan in the college of liberal arts and was considering a degree in political science. But he felt that academia would be the inevitable future for him if he [...]

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    • Ask the consultant: What outsiders are important to business success?

      The University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business invites you to participate in the Outside Consultant Q&A column, which appears weekly in the Star Tribune’s Monday Business Insider. Submit a question. This week’s question: What outsiders are the most important to business success (e.g., bankers, accountants, investors, board of advisers, mentors)? CAMI ZIMMER PRESIDENT, [...]

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    • Mann Meets Humanity in Davos – Huffington Post

      Christopher Michaelson, Ph.D., assistant professor of ethics and business law here at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business published an article about the World Economic Forum in Davos on the Huffington Post Tuesday. As world leaders prepared for the World Economic Forum‘s annual fête in Davos, Switzerland in January, the event continued [...]

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    • How to Become Beyond Average

      In Graduate Business Career Services we have long been addressing the importance of differentiating, standing out, and making yourself desirable to prospective employers. As we continually invite professionals on campus to provide insight on hiring practices and share professional development tips, we repeatedly hear that today’s MBA and MBC students need to be educating themselves [...]

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    • Excellence…Conveniently Presented in 4,096 PowerPoint Slides?

      Maybe I’m a little young but when I heard the name Tom Peters, my mind was drawn to Tom Petters, Minnesota’s own Bernie Madoff. You may know that actually Peters—with one “t”—is author of one of the biggest selling and most widely read business books ever, In Search of Excellence, along with more than 15 [...]

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    • Picturing Success

      Inc. magazine recently featured an article titled “How to Excel at Anything.” Author, Jeff Haden offers a clever comparison between sports and work, detailing the steps one needs to take to master a specific skill.  He provides 4 tips to mastery; Go Fast, Go Slow, Go Piece by Piece, and March to a Different Drum.  All valid tips that [...]

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    • Open New Doors (with an MBA)

      Having trouble opening new career doors? Consider the ways an MBA can help. (We had a great post this spring titled “Why You Should Get Your MBA.”) The upcoming UST MBA Forum, featuring The Princeton Review, helps MBA candidates prepare for the GMAT and learn more about opportunities to open new doors in their careers and personal lives. [...]

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    • UST MBA Students Go Head to Head With "Corporate Titans"

       The fifth annual Junior Achievement Corporate Titan Challenge took place last week at Best Buy Headquarters. The event attracted 67 corporate teams going head-to-head in this computer simulation competition for the title of “JA Titan of Industry Champion”. Teams strategically reviewed their profits or losses and managed company resources in this fun and competitive team-building [...]

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    • The Value of the Capstone

      Upon returning from the holiday break, my first order of duty was to conduct a survey of recent UST MBC “capstone” students. Communication Leadership Priorities—usually taken during the last semester of the program—offers students the opportunity to coalesce their education into a final research project, among other things. The group surveyed represented all the students [...]

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    • Worst Practices: SMS Scam

      This post, by Steve Borsch, is being republished from Minnov8, a website that focuses on technology innovation in the State of Minnesota. Sick with the flu all weekend I’d gone to bed early Sunday night only to be awakened by two back-to-back text messages arriving on my iPhone. Having been in the internet/web industry since its [...]

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    • Campus Scenes

      A Snapshot of J-term

      How would I handle back-to-back days of class on what was supposed to be my downtime from a very busy job? Surprisingly well, I found out, because I love my class, writes Lindsey Buhrmann.

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    • Twin Cities’ home prices drop 10.25 percent during 2011

      The median price of a Twin Cities traditional-sale home (not a short sale or foreclosure) dropped 10.25 percent during 2011, according to an analysis released today by the Shenehon Center for Real Estate at the University of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business. The St. Thomas Residential Real Estate Price Report Index tracks the median [...]

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    • Why the web is "going dark" today

      The website Copyblogger has a great post on the Stop Online Piracy Act—the reason sites like Wikipedia are “dark” today. Here are a few highlights. SOPA is the Stop Online Piracy Act, written with the intent of more vigorously protecting copyright around the web. The entertainment industry wants to come down harder on file sharing [...]

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    • Twelve Statements to Ponder as You Build Your D&I Leadership Potential

      This guest post from Richard Friend, Ph.D., Friend and Associates originally appeared on the Multicultural Forum blog. If leadership involves the use of self to influence others, and leaders at their best are lifelong learners, this is the perfect time of year to commit to the ongoing self-development required to enhance YOUR diversity and inclusion [...]

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    • 10-240 OCB MBA Arun Deivasigamani

      Meet Arun Deivasigamani ’08 M.B.A.

      The Evening UST MBA was the perfect choice for me, writes Arun Deivasigamani ’08 M.B.A. The courses were demanding but highly relevant and rewarding. The workload was appropriate for a working professional, and I was able to balance my school, work, family and social life successfully while completing the program in less than three years.

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    • Construction jobs created by Anderson buildings despite economy

      Editor’s note: With the opening of the New Anderson Student Center on UST’s St. Paul Campus next Tuesday we thought this post by Kate Metzger from The Bulletin provided an interesting insight in to the local construction economy. During recessionary times, one of the industries that feels the heaviest impact is construction. But thanks to [...]

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    • Being Honest

      By Deb Basarich, Full-time UST MBA Associate Director of Student Life I was once asked in a job interview “When is it OK to lie?” I’ve often thought about this question and have asked it to others. The answers I receive vary, but I’ve found most people can identify a time when it’s OK to [...]

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    • The (Business) "Benefits" of Lard

      Just how powerful is branding?  National Public Radio recently posted an interesting segment in regards to lard of all things and its lack of popularity due in large part to branding.  You can find this podcast as part of their Planet Money feature: On today’s podcast, we ask — who killed lard? Was it Upton [...]

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    • Nominations Open for Star Tribune's "Top Workplaces"

      From the Star Tribune: For the past two years, the Star Tribune and the Pennsylvania research firm WorkplaceDynamics have set out to identify Minnesota’s Top Workplaces. University of St. Thomas management professor Mick Sheppeck explained how valuable a top workplace can be: “An engaged workforce has a financial return on investment. If the workforce is [...]

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    • Reading Outside of the Classroom

      Learning is life-long; take it from leading business thinkers and strategists.  The Wall Street Journal recently posted thisarticle where notable business professors such as Warren Bennis, from USC and Jeffrey Pfeffer, from Standford, shared what books top their lists as must reads for anyone seeking success in the business world. Research and acquisition of new [...]

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    • Rethinking Your Every Word

      This post is by Evening UST MBA student Vitaly Demin, a strategy consultant at Eames Management Group and co-founder of the Russian technology blog Gridder.ru. Al Ries, one of the world’s top marketing strategists today, wrote in his best-selling book “Positioning” back in 1981 that the purpose of advertising is to support the position of [...]

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    • When is the best time to buy?

      I need to replace the carpet in my home. When should I buy my hubby that big screen TV he’s been drooling over? This Minnesota winter weather (even if it is mild) is starting to get to me…I need to go somewhere warm, FAST! When is the best time for me to book my cruise [...]

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