• Opus Magnum Blog

    • Say Goodbye to the Balance Burden

      Maggie Tomas of UST’s Graduate Business Career Services office recently wrote this post on the Women of HR Blog. “The balance what?” you ask. I am referring to the burden and guilt trip we give ourselves each day over our attempt, and quite often failure, to balance all aspects (mom, caretaker, professional, student, friend etc.) [...]

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    • Kentucky Derby – Doping in Equestrian Sports – 5 Questions for Prof. Wendt

      In light of this weekend’s Kentucky Derby, we talked with John Wendt, JD,  associate professor in the ethics and business law department about his research in equestrian sports. His article “The FEI and The Continuing Fight Against Doping in Equestrian Sport” was recently accepted for publication by the International Sports Law Journal.      Q. Why is the fight [...]

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    • 5 Habits That Can Create Lasting Positive Change (and Success) #TED

      From TED: We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk from TEDxBloomington, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity. [custom_field field="ted-achor" limit="0" between=", " /] When our brains are at “happy” that positivity will ripple out to others and can increase [...]

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    • Evening UST MBA Program Pioneers Change – Again

      As director of the Evening UST MBA Program and a proud 2009 alumnus, I know firsthand the challenges of completing a rigorous graduate program while balancing a full-time job with other family and personal responsibilities. My wife and I both earned M.B.A.s while working full-time, and our weeknights were often filled by our two kids’ [...]

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    • The Business Case for Teamwork Skills

      This post, by Neil Hamilton and Verna Monson, Ph.D. comes from the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership blog and was published in Minnesota Lawyer on April 16, 2012 Over a century ago, entrepreneur Andrew Carnegie observed “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision – the ability to direct individual accomplishment toward [...]

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      Student Profile: Annelise Larson

      May 19, 2012 will be a momentous day for Annelise Larson and her classmates. For Larson, it will mean chasing a dream job in organizational development and change management freshly equipped with her UST MBA.

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    • Student Profile: Annelise Larson

      May 19, 2012 will be a momentous day for Annelise Larson and her classmates. That will be the day when they walk across the stage in the new Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex, receive their diplomas and start a new stage of life. For Larson, it will mean chasing a dream job in organizational development [...]

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    • Ethics and Consumer Marketing: Can Happiness Be Bought or Sold?

      As Americans continue to battle debt and the economy still sputters, the 19th Annual Stakeholder Dialogue on April 10 featured provocative discussion around the culture of consumerism and its impact on happiness. Keynote speaker Dr. James A. Roberts ’82, Baylor University marketing professor, researcher and author of Shiny Objects: Why We Spend Money We Don’t [...]

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    • Ask the consultant: Is Pinterest worth my time?

      Q. I’ve noticed an explosion of interest in Pinterest.com. How can I determine if it is a worthy pursuit for the marketing of my business? Does it deserve resources that would otherwise be invested in other social media sites like Facebook and Twitter? Albert Hepp Buyself Realty Inc. A. The dilemma you face regarding Pinterest.com will continue to haunt [...]

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    • The GMAT is Changing – Should You Worry?

      In little over a month—June 5—the GMAT exam will include a new section: Integrated Reasoning. Today’s post, by GMAC’s Lawrence Rudner, vice president for research and evaluation comes from the Official GMAT Blog and asks, “Do I really need to worry about the new IR section?” This 12 question, 30-minute section introduces new item formats requiring you to effectively [...]

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    • Real Estate Development and CBAs – 5 Questions for Prof. Musil

      Thomas A. Musil, D.P.A., assistant professor in the finance department recently presented his research on Regulation of Real Estate Development Through the Use of Community Benefit Agreements. Here then are five questions with Prof. Musil: Q. What are Community Benefit Agreements? A.  CBAs establish a process for real estate developers to include community objectives as [...]

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    • Go ahead, kick me…and please retweet

      Ten years ago I attended a meeting organized by Dennis Todora as he attempted to bring together a “dream team” to start a software company.  He and I became partners with a handful of others and had a good little run, starting with microscopic investments and building on “sweat equity” and revenue (a story for [...]

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    • UST SIFE team wins regionals, prepares for national competition

      The St. Thomas Students in Free Enterprise team won its third consecutive regional championship this week at the SIFE USA Regional Competition in Chicago. The UST SIFE team has qualified for the national competition next month in Kansas City. From the UST Bulletin: Every year SIFE teams across the world create and implement a variety [...]

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    • Life Beyond the Midwest

      As a non-native Minnesotan one thing that strikes me is how loyal Minnesotans are to this land of 10,000+ lakes.   Don’t get me wrong, this state, specifically the Twin Cities, has much to offer from boasting home to 20  Fortune 500 companies (third largest of any U.S. metro) to an array of outdoor adventures appeasing any [...]

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    • 8 Qualities of Remarkable MBA Students – A Peer Perspective

      This post is by Dr. Rodney G. Alsup from myeEMBA, a Blog designed to help MBA students live and work smarter while earning their MBA degree. Alsup has almost 30 years of higher education teaching and administrative experience, most of which is working with MBA students. While reading a recent article by Jeff Haden, “8 Qualities [...]

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    • Cross-border Joint Ventures – 5 Questions for Prof. Georgieva

      To highlight our faculty research, we’re introducing a new Q&A column today on Opus Magnum. Dobrina Georgieva, Ph.D., assistant professor in the finance department recently presented her research on the impact of laws, regulations, and culture on cross-border joint ventures. Here then are five questions with Prof. Georgieva. Q. How would you summarize your research on cross-border [...]

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    • Corporate Responsibility: Going “Beyond Stakeholder Approaches”

      last month, CEBC conducted its fifth session in the series Beyond Compliance: Conversations about Strategies and Practices for Sustaining Ethical Cultures, focused on the role that balancing the interests of stakeholders plays in shaping and sustaining ethical cultures. Member company representatives from a range of disciplines participated. Our conversation starter was Kenneth Goodpaster, Ph.D., holder [...]

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    • UST's Integrated Approach to Undergraduate Business Education

      By Christopher Puto, Dean of the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas The recent Wall Street Journal article on shortcoming in undergraduate business majors reflects that medium’s bias in favor of so-called “brand name” schools at the expense of the many outstanding colleges and universities that take the role of business [...]

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    • 2012 Multicultural Forum Wrap-up

      The 24th annual Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity, A Time for Innovation, was held last month at the Minneapolis Convention Center. More than 900 participants joined by over 750 exhibitors and career fair candidates filled the convention center halls and meeting rooms to hear presentations by diversity experts and to interact with each other. Attendees [...]

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    • Academics: How to Make "Social Citations"

      ᔥ (via) The Curator’s Code; ↬ On the Media One of the most magical things about the Internet is that it’s a whimsical rabbit hole of discovery – we start somewhere familiar and click our way to a wonderland of curiosity and fascination we never knew existed. What makes this contagion of semi-serendipity possible is an [...]

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    • Corporate Responsibility: A View from an NGO, Business and Academia

      “The purpose of business is to serve people” was the mantra of one of the Center for Ethical Business Cultures’s founding members, David Koch, the former CEO of Graco Inc. Following four years of research from prominent academics from around the country, the center is nearing the publication of a landmark book, Corporate Responsibility –  [...]

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    • One Alum's ‘Best for the World’ Business @thedatabank

      Karen Graham, MBA ’03, can now say she truly has one of the “Best for the World” jobs.  Her employer, thedatabank, inc., was recently recognized by B Lab, a nonprofit organization committed to building a portion of the ecomony dedicated to solving social and environmental problems, as one of the ‘Best for the World’ companies. [...]

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    • Six Practical Principles for Business from the Catholic Social Tradition

      The University of St. Thomas will be closed for the Easter holiday April 6 to 9. This post comes from UST’s John A. Ryan Institute, which explores the relationship between the Catholic social tradition and business theory and practice by fostering a deeper integration of faith and work. Opus Magnum will return with new posts on [...]

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    • The Sweet Spot Between Experts and Generalists from @craigpladson

      This post is by Craig Pladson, M.B.A. ’10., Director, Interactive Innovation at Colle+McVoy. You can follow Craig on Twitter @craigpladson and read his blog. The market is filled with self-proclaimed experts. People and organizations. Especially the social media kind. There are probably even Pinning and +1’ing experts to be found. Claiming expertise in the world of modern marketing is limiting, if [...]

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    • 2012 Diversity Awards Winners Announced

      Four champions of workplace diversity were honored during the 24th annual Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity, the nation’s leading conference on diversity and inclusion,  March 22 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWSQSKpesGE[/youtube] The forum is designed for professionals who manage a diverse workforce, are responsible for diversity within their organization or work with a multicultural clientele. [...]

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