• Opus College of Business

    • Where Mission and Market Intersect for the Common Good

      By Katherine Kirchner, a student in the Full-time UST MBA Program [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPK35JoSHtM[/youtube] What is my way of causing change? How will I make an impact in society and leave this world a better place? These are some of the questions that I had when I began the full-time UST MBA program. The UST Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship, held [...]

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    • The high price of loyalty

      Have you heard about the approaching “Bank Transfer Day” — on which “thousands are signing up to leave large banks in favor of credit unions on or before Saturday, November 5″? It’s no easy task to just change your bank account, especially if you’ve got automatic payments and direct deposit. I’m not sure how many will [...]

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    • Rethinking your Weaknesses

      This post comes from the “CareerLink” blog by the Graduate Business Career Services office in the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota. The idea of doubling your strengths by transforming the way you look at your weaknesses sounds good in theory but is it practical or realistic? A recent article [...]

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    • Campus Scenes

      Follow the Sun

      While I was aware of life and commerce outside of “The Land of 10,000 Lakes,” I didn’t need to operate in a global environment on a daily basis, until now.

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    • Peter Young: the 3M Endowed Chair in International Business

      “There is a real insistence [at UST] that all theories and ideas be translated into meaningful applications, and I think this reflects our distinct competitive advantage as a business school.” – Peter Young If you have ever been so excited for school to start year after year that you believe September 1 should be New [...]

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    • QS World MBA Tour visits Minneapolis on Friday

      For more than a decade, the QS World MBA Tour has organized MBA fairs in major cities on every inhabited continent in the world.  While New York, London, Shanghai, and Buenos Aires have long been part of the tour, this is the first year that the World MBA Tour has come to Minneapolis. On Friday, [...]

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    • Intersections: Where theory and practice converge

      Last week the Opus College of Business announced the launch of its “Intersections” speaker series. The four-part series for the 2011-2012 academic year will put top local executives and academics on the same stage to converse about important and emerging business issues and related best practices. The events are designed to be a place where [...]

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    • Ask the Ethics Officer: Pulling Your Own Weight

      Dear Ethics Officer, I have a group member who does not pull their weight, yet their name ends up on all group assignments. I want to learn to address this situation without conflict, so I know how to deal with it in the ‘real world.’  Where should I draw the line between understanding that there [...]

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    • Dirt is Always in Style: Building a premium brand in household cleaning

      Caldrea is a company devoted to creating luxurious, fragrant and earth-friendly household cleaners through two distinct brands – Caldrea for the specialty retail market, and Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day for the mass market. Monica Nassif founded the Caldrea Company in 1999. As chief executive officer, Nassif built a team to grow the company to more [...]

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    • Becoming a Social Entrepreneur

      By Larissa Rodriguez, MBA (’11), a full-time marketing executive in the health care industry When I graduated with my MBA degree this past May, I expected to spend my first summer in three years enjoying a lot of free time since I no longer needed to take two evening classes. That plan lasted for all [...]

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    • Internships and networking go hand-in-hand

      The Financial Times recently reported on the results of a Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) survey, which showed that MBA graduates who completed an internship during their studies were significantly more likely to find a job than their classmates who did not have an internship.  The study also noted that in some industries, such as consulting, [...]

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    • The latest and greatest in interactive marketing – Lessons learned at the MIMA Summit

      One of the best things about working at a university is being surrounded by a significant number of very smart people. There are people at St. Thomas who can provide great insight on almost any topic – management strategies, investment decisions, best ways to negotiate, insights into effective communication, buyer decision making on eBay, what [...]

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    • Microthinking from Microsoft: Lost brand opportunity with Windows Phone

      Editors note: With the launch of the iPhone 4S today we thought it appropriate to share some insights on the mobile phone industry. This post is by Evening UST MBA student Vitaly Demin, a strategy consultant at Eames Management Group. “The total is much greater than the sum of the parts” -Steve Jobs In October 2010 Microsoft released [...]

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    • ’07 Alumni Repeat Golf Title

      By Jeff Kaczrowski Assistant Director, Graduate Business Alumni The Third Annual Full-time MBA Student and Alumni golf outing recently took place at Theodore Wirth Golf Course.  Fifty students and alumni competed for the top honors but there was no match for the ’07 grads. With an impressive ten under par, the alumni foursome; Cameron Zuege MBA ’07, [...]

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    • Full-time MBA students take top honor at national business ethics competition

      A team of three University of St. Thomas Full-time MBA students placed first in the graduate division at the national Intercollegiate Business Ethics Case Competition in September. Team members Annelise Larson, Dan Jackson and Kristian Olson presented “Micro-Finance and Ethical Advice to Interested Parties” for the win. The competition was held Sept. 20-23 at the [...]

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    • Avoiding the snooze fest

      This post is by Karin Gelschus, a student in the Evening UST MBA program. With less than a year to go, I’m counting the months until I can have my weeknights and weekends back. Besides the light at the end of the tunnel, there’s another bright spot to being more than halfway through my MBA [...]

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    • The glass doors

      By Lindsey Buhrmann, a student in the evening MBA program. Glass doors separated the women executives from the rest of the patrons at the restaurant. My pal, A., who is also earning her master’s in the Evening UST MBA program kept watch on this group of seasoned and accomplished career women while I shoved lobster [...]

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    • Supply Chain Management Opportunities Growing for MBAs

      A recent article in BusinessWeek highlighted the often underappreciated business function of supply chain management, and the growth in opportunities for business students who focus their studies in this critical operations function. While perhaps not as flashy as finance or marketing, it is an important and increasingly complex area of the value chain, given the [...]

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    • There's a reason we pick what we pick.

      The Star Tribune had a great article earlier this month digging in to why we, as consumers, make the choices we do—particularly as it comes to local businesses. “Our decisions about everything from beer to briefs say something about us.” Reporters Kristin Tillotson and Bill Ward asked several local advertising experts what our choices reveal [...]

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    • Is knowledge of operations the pathway to becoming CEO?

      This post is by Sheneeta White, an assistant professor in the Operations and Supply Chain Management Department For many companies, the chief operating officer (COO) is often considered to be the CEO-in-training. For example, prior to Tim Cook becoming the new CEO of Apple, he was the company’s chief operating officer. He oversaw the management [...]

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    • Opus College of Business ethics institute renamed ‘Veritas’

      An institute at the University of St. Thomas that fosters ethical and socially responsible conduct by businesses and other organizations has changed its name. The SAIP institute, established five years ago at the university’s Opus College of Business, is now the Veritas Institute. The institute will continue its goal of advancing the common good through [...]

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    • The Business of Being the Bike Man

      By Lindsey Buhrmann, a student in UST’s Evening MBA program. Few people can say that they’ve held only two jobs in their lives. Even fewer can say they founded their own successful business at the age of 13. Then again, those people aren’t Erik Saltvold, better known throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin as “Erik the Bike [...]

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    • Faculty Feature: Dr. Regina Anctil

      If you have ever considered owning a horse, and you have compared the cost of caring for it versus the monetary benefits, you’re likely to find yourself at a loss for how to financially justify the purchase of the animal. This was the quandary that first led Regina Anctil to use math and accounting when [...]

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    • Do we need a "moral operating system"?

      Technology gives us  enormous new powers: to know more — and more about each other — than ever before. Think about the amount of data a company like Google has about you: what you’ve searched for, who you’ve emailed, your birthday, address, etc. Now consider the ethics of what a company can do with all [...]

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    • Volunteering for the Right Reasons

      As I was checking off items on my morning to do list, I came across an article posted on LinkedIn titled, People who Volunteer Live Longer which captured my attention. What a great way to convince more students to volunteer, I think.  Not only will it help expand their network, build their resume, but it will [...]

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