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Riding the Waves of a Sea Change

This post was written by Evening UST MBA student Larissa Rodriguez, a full-time marketing and communications executive. Two weeks from Monday I begin my last semester (ever!) as an MBA grad student. This...
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MBA supplies: calculator, textbooks…passport?

It's no surprise to Opus Magnum readers that commerce is truly global today.  Large international conglomerates choose locations for their operations based on factors such as cost, availability of efficient...
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The signature St. Thomas look

This post is republished from The Bulletin. Much of the Anderson Student Center is encased in plastic these days. But peel back the plastic and you might be surprised at what you find. More than 30 masons...
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MBA: The first step to a career in…politics?

While the nation's elected officials come from a wide variety of professional and educational backgrounds, law degrees are the most common type of advanced degree held by American politicians.  Our current...
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Twin Cities No. 4 Job Market In U.S.

A new report by Forbes Magazine calls the Twin Cities one of the nation’s top job markets, perhaps offering a little hope for people who have long been looking for work.  --Lindsey Seavert, WCCO-TV The...
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Textbook trends: do you prefer print or digital?

It seems that the days of the humble printed textbook, while they may be numbered, have not yet come to an end.  I was very surprised to read the results of a survey by the Book Industry Study Group showing...
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How do you land a major client for the first time?

Lorman Lundsten, chair of the Marketing Department recently took to the the Star Tribune's Business Q&A Column: Q: How do you land a major, name-brand, client for the first time without having other name...
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St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business Earns AACSB Accreditation

Business education at the University of St. Thomas -- a hallmark of the university since adding a “commercial course” to its liberal arts curriculum in 1895 -- has earned accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) effective immediately.
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7 Billion

The world's population will hit the 7 billion mark this year. National Geographic gives some context to what that really means....
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A New Year and a New Love for Google

I have just discovered www.google.com/publicdata, and I think I’m in love. Admittedly, I am “one of those” who can’t wait for the census data to be released. Yes, American FactFinder is one of my...
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Happy holidays!

The University of St. Thomas is closed from December 23 through January 2 for the Christmas and New Year holidays.  Enjoy your holiday season, and we'll be back with new Opus Magnum blog content on January...
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Some Holiday Cheer: Minnesota is Seeing Job Growth

Here's some good news for the end of the year and looking ahead. From Bloomberg/AP: Minnesota's unemployment rate held steady at 7.1 percent in November, remaining nearly 3 percentage points lower than the...
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Engaging Ads in Streaming Video

Because of teaching class on Monday nights, I have taken to watching the CBS situation comedy “Two and a Half Men” as a streaming video from the network website .  This is a beautiful model.  The network...
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An Enduring Mission (Statement)

Last week Jack Militello, a management professor here at the University of St. Thomas' Opus College of Business and director of our Executive UST MBA program was interviewed by the Star Tribune about mission...
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Taking a look at the "mommy penalty" for women MBA's

The New York Times recently posted an article discussing the “mommy penalty” faced by professional women in today’s workforce.  Women MBA's may wish to pay special attention to this study: “The study...
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Roof Collapse at Mall of America (Field)

This post by Steve Baird 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. Do you suppose that...
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Grown Up Leadership

Yesterday I attended an MN AMA event on Grown Up Leadership hosted here at St. Thomas. Martha Carlson, an experienced leader and executive coach with The Bailey Group, discussed improving your leadership...
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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...