• Academics

    • Jargon Genesis: Play by ear

      “Play by ear” has infiltrated the English language to mean that a situation is handled in an impromptu manner, not pre-planned. In the business world, I have most often heard it used in the context of events planning and scheduling. For example, “When we get to the conference, we’ll play by ear whether we need [...]

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    • Opus Distinguished Speaker Program: "America's Competitiveness in a Global Environment"

      In December 1997, Opus Corporation funded an endowment at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business to develop an international speakers program. Today, the Opus Distinguished Speakers Program brings nationally recognized leaders of business, government and academia to campus for periods of up to five days. Those leaders invited to serve as Opus [...]

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    • Jargon Genesis: Thrown Under the Bus

      For some weeks, I’ve wondered where “thrown under the bus,” and its variations originated. Unfortunately, my etymological research availed little. I like to think the phrase comes from a well-publicized event where someone gave in to their natural, Lord of the Flies inclinations and saved their own life by pushing someone else, likely a person [...]

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    • Bringing Binders to Business: from Concept to Commerce

      On Friday, September 24, 2010, Christine Plantan, Founder and creative director of russell+hazel engaged the University of St. Thomas’ graduate business community in a Master’s Pub business conversation, I’d like to call, “Bringing Binders to Business.” Founder and creative director of russell+hazel since it’s inception in 2002, Plantan has directed the world of russell+hazel, positioning [...]

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    • Full-time UST MBA team takes first prize at national Intercollegiate Business Ethics Case Competition

      A team of four University of St. Thomas (UST) Full-time MBA students won their division and received the highest overall honor at the national Intercollegiate Business Ethics Case Competition hosted by Loyola Marymount University (LMU) and the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association (ECOA) at the ECOA’s annual meeting held September 22-24 in Anaheim, Cal. The [...]

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    • Student Profile: Annemarie Hansen

      Evening UST MBA student Annemarie Hansen realized that “incorporating business practices into non-profit organization management is fundamental.” Annemarie Hansen embodies the claim that a UST MBA can take you anywhere you want to go, to a corner office, a multinational startup, or perhaps a Jesuit High School. Annemarie was born and raised a “true Minnesotan” [...]

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    • A Teachable Moment From "Wall Street"

      Wall Street is a mess, a morass, a snarl of contradictions large and small — a magnet for envy and indignation, fear and worship. Why should “Wall Street” be any different? — The New York Times Flash back with me to 1987, a darkened movie theater somewhere in America, and a scene where Gordon Gecko, [...]

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    • Zen and the Art of…Business Communications?

      Back in high school, or shortly after, a close friend recommended a book he claimed changed his life. I’ve meant to read it for all those years since, and happened to buy it this summer for one of my sons. Recently I got tired of pushing Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance around the [...]

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    • "Reports of the death of the MBA have been greatly exaggerated"

      In the past two years of global economic turmoil, it has become fashionable to “blame” market woes on MBA graduates.  While certainly some of the people at the root of banking, real estate, and other financial scandals hold MBAs, many other MBA alumni have been working diligently to stabilize the markets, build sustainable businesses, and strike [...]

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    • UST MBA Forum featuring Kaplan GMAT Preparation

      The UST MBA Forum featuring Kaplan GMAT Preparation takes place Saturday, September 25. Register online! I am regularly asked, “Is the GMAT required to get into the UST MBA Program?” To which I respond, “Yes, and let me tell you why that’s a good thing for you.” Every MBA needs to know how to do [...]

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    • Interesting Jobs

      From time to time we’ll bring you a little idea of what life is like in different lines of work. Here’s one with no MBA required, just electrical expertise, a lot of strength…and courage. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFVjtJaU1Qc[/youtube] This helmet-cam video is not for anyone with an extreme fear of heights. Engineers climb a 1,768 foot broadcast tower. [...]

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    • UST MBA visits Chicago

      Farms.  Tundra.  Vikings.  Yes, these may be some of the first words you think of when you hear the word “Minnesota.”  However, it may surprise you to know that Minneapolis-St. Paul is the 16th largest metro area in the U.S., with a population of more than 3 million.  It’s home to renowned arts institutions such [...]

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    • Is greed still good? UST discussion and special screening of “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”

      In the 1980s, Gordon Gecko pronounced “Greed is good.” Is greed still good? Was it ever? The Opus College of Business invites students to a special screening of “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” preceded by a discussion of business, greed, ethics and lessons learned or unlearned, moderated by Ron James, president and CEO of the [...]

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    • Poverty and Prosperity

      Evening UST MBA student, Mustafa Omar, says, “I look at poverty as an untapped asset, not a social liability,” and he would know. Mustafa Omar was born in war-torn Afghanistan to an academic family. His father was a nuclear physicist and oncologist, his mother an educator and school principle. Given this rich academic upbringing, it [...]

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    • UST to host lecture on economic development in China

      The Ping An School was formally established in 2006 to train employees of Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd., which was established in 1988 in Shekou, Shenzhen. The group is the first insurance company in China to have a shareholding structure. Today it has developed into an integrated financial services conglomerate with insurance, [...]

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    • Fowler Business Concept Challenge energizes entrepreneurial spirit

      The Schulze School of Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business is pleased to announce the second annual Fowler Business Concept Challenge, with a top prize of a $10,000 scholarship. Focused on energizing the entrepreneurial spirit of UST students across campuses and colleges, the competition will challenge students to develop a business concept [...]

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    • Evening New Student Orientation Satisfies Minds, Stomachs

      The Opus College of Business last week welcomed its incoming class of Evening UST MBA students with New Student Orientation.  All of the students had previously met one-on-one with their academic adviser to go over curriculum guidelines, program requirements, college and university resources but orientation is the official beginning of students new life as a [...]

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    • MBA Applicants: What's on your mind?

      An article posted on businessweek.com yesterday announced that, contrary to popular belief, salary increases are not the main motivator for students to apply to MBA programs.  While the desire to learn about how business affects society as well as create positive changes were cited as the main motivators to pursue graduate business education, the article [...]

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    • UST MBA programs visit Target Field

      On Tuesday night, students and staff from the Evening and Full-time UST MBA programs braved the chilly autumn winds to watch the Minnesota Twins defeat the Kansas City Royals at Target Field.  The highlight may have been Jim Thome’s 452-foot home run to deep right field, but there were many other exciting events for our group. [...]

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    • Jargon Genesis: Like

      Our usual Jargon Genesis author, Shanna, is on vacation this week, so this week’s post comes by way of, TYWKIWDBI, a blog of Things You Wouldn’t Know If We Didn’t Blog Intermittently, that recently discovered the Oxford University Press blog, and found an essay on the history of the filler-word “like.” (Not necessarily the Facebook-style [...]

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    • The fair means more than just fun and food–think finance

      With the Minnesota State Fair wrapping up yesterday I’m sure many vendors and concession stand owners are happy to have some time off – in fact I’ve heard that some of them make so much money during the fair, they don’t need to work the rest of the year. (I’m accepting ideas for my own [...]

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    • Strategic %$&#@! Swearing

      Bob Sutton, Stanford University professor and author of The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t was recently interviewed on HBR’s Ideacast on “The Subtleties of Strategic Swearing.” He argued that using an occasional curse word can convey a “level of contempt unparalleled by non-taboo words”…there’s no way to convey [...]

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    • Agir dans l'intérêt du public la compréhension -or- Act in the interest of audience understanding

      Earlier this month I was in Montreal for a conference, where my total immersion French language and culture course from undergraduate school proved to be far too dusty to be of much use.  However, on entering one of the restaurants I frequented and greeting the host with “bon jour,” he immediately began rattling on at [...]

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    • NBMBAA Golf Classic supports Leaders of Tomorrow

      The National Black MBA Association – Twin Cities Chapter hosted its second annual “Leaders of Tomorrow Golf Classic” this week at Braemar Golf Course in Edina. The event brought together professionals from around the Twin Cities to “benefit the Leaders of Tomorrow programs and Omega Psi Phi’s Heritage Park students to continue building a robust [...]

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    • New MBA Students Begin a Lifetime of Learning

      The class of 2012 in the Full-time UST MBA program began their studies Monday. The first week of the program, orientation,  is called Launch–and for good reason: the incoming class was quickly launched into intense discussions and debates on business and ethics that will set the foundation for their 21 months in the program. This [...]

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