• Opus College of Business

    • Student Business Profile

      Today’s post comes from the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship newsletter, with a profile of a new venture launched by some undergraduate business alumni, who among other clients are helping the UST MBA with some marketing and social media consulting. Business name: The Social Lights, LLC Owner(s): Martha McCarthy and Emily Pritchard Type of business: Marketing [...]

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    • What's in store for the new year?

      The Star Tribune took to predicting the future in this weekend’s paper, with the Help of some UST business faculty. “We asked experts across the Twin Cities to forecast the months ahead — or make their best, bold guesses about how life may change this year.” Minneapolis has nothing if not ambitious plans. In December, [...]

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    • Resolve to be "flawsome" in 2012

      Today is January 2, and hopefully most of you have not given up on your resolutions for the new year already.  One of the mistakes that many people make is that they look at resolutions as an “all-or-nothing” proposition.  The thought process goes something like this:  “Well, I said I’d be on time for work every day [...]

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    • Happy holidays!

      The University of St. Thomas is closed from Friday, December 23 through Sunday, January 1.  Look for new blog posts in 2012! To get into the holiday spirit, be sure to watch “A St. Thomas Christmas” on your local public television station this weekend.  Full details and the broadcast schedule can be found here.  

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    • 2012 Challenge: Email on a “Human Scale”

      This post originally appeared in The Scroll, a blog for the University of St. Thomas community.  It was written by Dr. Carol Bruess, a professor in the Communication & Journalism department.   My smart colleague Dr. Wendy Wyatt passed along an opinion piece published earlier this fall in the Star Tribune. She knew I would [...]

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    • How's Your Twitter Resume – #Twesume

      This post, by Pavi Andaloo, a second-year full-time MBA student, comes from the “CareerLink” blog by UST’s Graduate Business Career Services office. Are you an avid twitter user and cognizant of using 140 characters or less to make your point? If so, you will excel at Twesume – it is a new trend where one [...]

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    • Wall of Failure

      Odd title for a business school blog post, isn’t it? Well, when I read Jeff Stibel’s blog “Why I Hire People Who Fail” from the HBR Blog Network, I was intrigued by his approach to creating a “company culture where employees can take risks without fear of reprisal.” He selected a wall in the break [...]

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    • BizTube: Market Research

      All I Needed to Know about Business I Learned from YouTube [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_lh5fR4DMA[/youtube] This video has been overtaking my life in recent weeks, thanks to the many friends I have on Facebook who see fit to post it with various and supporting exclamations. Once again, YouTube, the source of all knowledge, has taught me an important [...]

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    • Why You Should Job-Hunt During the Holidays

      This post, by Pavi Andaloo, a second-year full-time MBA student, comes from the “CareerLink” blog by UST’s Graduate Business Career Services office. Are you like me, who thinks of the holiday season as a break from job hunting due to the low recruitment activity going on in companies? If so, I believe we need to [...]

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    • Are business schools failing at teaching business ethics?

      A recent Bloomberg Businessweek article featured two guest columnists debating whether or not business schools are doing a good job teaching MBA students about business ethics.  Dr. Kenneth Goodpaster, the David and Barbara Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics at the Opus College of Business, wrote a response to this article.  It was published online by [...]

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    • MBA alum, former Peace Corps volunteer to Uganda team up for business-related book drive for Burundi university

      This article was written by Jackie Milbrandt, Research Associate at the Family Business Center.  It was originally published in the UST daily bulletin for students, staff and faculty.   Guillaume Ndayizigiye, an alum of the Full-time UST MBA program, sent an email wondering if we could help develop a Family Business Center at Great Lakes University in [...]

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    • The Art of the Hand-Written Thank You Note

      This article was written by Deb Basarich, Associate Director of Student Life for the Full-time UST MBA program. When was the last time you purchased resume paper with a matching envelope and put it into a typewriter and started typing a resume?  Or how about the last time you wrote a thank-you note with a [...]

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    • ‘Tis Better to Give than to Give Back

      By Christopher Michaelson, Ph.D. ‘Tis the season to give back. Last year in the United States, total charitable giving of more than 2% of GDP was redistributed from wealthy corporations and the well-to-do to comparatively needy organizations and the poor whose activities do not earn them enough in the free market. Much of that giving [...]

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    • The View from Dubai

      I am on the road this week, recruiting students for the Full-time UST MBA program in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. This is a relatively new market for us to explore, but with all of the growth here in the last decade there is increasing demand for business leaders. I am doing my best to learn [...]

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    • High Fructose Corn Syrup, Thy Name is Not Corn Sugar

      This post by Dan Kelly originally appeared on DuetsBlog, which was born out of the chasm that can divide legal and marketing types and seeks to facilitate collaborations among them. More than a year ago, I blogged about high fructose corn syrup getting a makeover.  The Corn Refiners Association has undertaken a campaign to rename high fructose [...]

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    • Abusing a strategic asset – Kirkland Signature of Costco

      This post is by Evening UST MBA student Vitaly Demin, a strategy consultant at Eames Management Group. I knew that the Kirkland Signature brand was being stretched beyond possible but I never really thought how bad it was till recently. I was at a Costco store the other day and I bought a $20 Robert [...]

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    • Ask the Ethics Officer: Embellishing Your Résumé

      Dear Ethics Officer, I overheard a colleague saying that she often “embellished” on her résumé about her experience and that it helped her to steadily improve her career.  She said that she could embellish because she could always learn the skill once she started her job.  Is embellishing on your résumé okay and are there [...]

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    • Small Is Beautiful

      This post is from the Fall 2011 edition of B. Magazine, by Kate Norlander ’07 M.B.C. When Chris Cook joined FRWD as a senior analyst in August 2009, it was a new company, and he was its fifth employee. The company, which assists clients such as St. Jude Medical and 3M with digital media strategy [...]

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    • Could you be the first Opus Scholar?

      The Full-time UST MBA program recently announced an exciting new scholarship initiative for fall 2012 applicants.  Twelve full-tuition scholarships will be awarded to top candidates, and several additional half-tuition scholarships will also be awarded.  Candidates for the Opus Scholars program are asked to submit their applications by February 1.  Competitive applicants will have several years of [...]

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    • Faculty Profile: Dr. Teresa Rothausen-Vange

      Susan E. Heckler Endowed Chair in Management If you are a CPA or an aspiring CPA and you feel daunted by the exams, consider yourself lucky that at least you can take the exams electronically. Dr. Teresa Rothausen-Vange attained her CPA, passing all four exams on her first attempt, using pencil and paper. Dr. Rothausen-Vange’s [...]

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    • It gets easier: a pep talk for new MBAs

      This post is by Lindsey Buhrmann, student in the Evening UST MBA program and comes from her blog, Lead Changes. “It goes by fast,” was one of the first things I was told by veteran MBA students when I began my program back in February. As I fumbled through my first semester, I thought to [...]

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    • Ethics and the Economy

      By Christopher Puto, Dean of the Opus College of Business As I write this, the U. S. economy is either in an extended stagnation or one of the slowest recoveries since such activities have been tracked. An important consideration for all of us in business is “what happens to ethics when the economy goes ‘south’?” [...]

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    • Where theory and practice meet…on marketing

      By Jeff Kaczrowski Assistant Director, Graduate Business Alumni More than 200 UST students, alumni, and friends of the university gathered for the inaugural UST Intersections speaker series November 10.  The event featured General Mills Chief Marketing Officer Mark Addicks and Opus College of Business Dean Christopher Puto. The dialog between Mr. Addicks and Dr. Puto [...]

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    • Save Thanksgiving: Petition to Target Gathers 190,000+ Signatures

      On Monday, a Target employee delivered a petition to Target Corporation in downtown Minneapolis asking for the retailer to delay the opening of its stores on Black Friday.  Target is scheduled to open at midnight Friday morning to compete with retail giant Wal-mart.  Target is making it mandatory for their (scheduled) employees report to work [...]

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    • BizTube: Capitalism and Monopolies

      All I Needed to Know about Business I Learned from YouTube [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpBkc2jK-6w[/youtube] Before you curse me for wasting one minute and thirty seconds of your life, allow me to explain the business lesson learned from this, um, inspiring video. Those of you in the Minneapolis area, did you ever shop at the local grocery, Almsted’s [...]

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