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Project HMC – an MBA Student's Journey to Uganda

Two Full-time UST MBA students recently returned from a J-term Study Abroad trip to Uganda. Not your typical MBA study abroad experience, we wanted to share with Opus Magnum readers some of the experience,...
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Jargon Genesis: Throw in the Towel

“If we don’t get any traction with our sales in Asia this year, we’ll have to throw in the towel.” Ever wondered about that phrase? You who are fans of boxing might be well versed in its etymology....
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The Context of “New and Improved”

As a product of the UST Evening MBA (’97), I would be disappointed – and on my way out the door – if the critical elements of my graduate business education were missing in order for OCB to wave the AACSB banner.
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School is starting!

A 700-page marketing textbook has accompanied me to lunch most days. A huge sheet of paper covers my table at home as I prepare to make a mind map for my stats/decision making class. And a stack of articles has been filed in a binder and will be read this weekend.
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"Stackable Knowledge Units"–the next MBA innovation

In a blog post last July, I let you know about a contest sponsored by the Graduate Management Admission Council called the Ideas to Innovation Challenge.  Last week, after reviewing more than 650 entries,...
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All Aboard! Express Bus vs. Commuter Rail

Metro pass in hand, I board the Ramsey Star Express. As a commuter living in the northwest suburbs, I have access to riding the Ramsey Star Express (the bus) or the Northstar Commuter Rail (the train). My choice--the bus. But why?
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Q&A on Managing a Partner in Business and in Life

Teresa J. Rothausen-Vange, Ph.D., professor of management at the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas, with primary responsibility as Leader Development Professor in the full-time UST MBA...
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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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Why You Should Get Your MBA

I don’t think you have to get your MBA to be successful, writes guest blogger Craig Pladson. And, no, I don’t think it makes sense for everyone to get their MBA. The most important thing is to get your MBA for the right reasons. Here are three compelling reasons for you to get your MBA.
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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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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...