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CEBC Announces Best Paper Competitions

To promote and recognize research in corporate responsibility, the Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC) at the Universit of St. Thomas has launched two best paper competitions – both titled the CEBC...
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Jargon Genesis: Across the Board

“Management is making cuts ‘across the board’ to balance the budget next year.” Isn’t that an unpleasant phrase to hear at a company meeting? We all know that “across the board” means inclusive...
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The Talented Woman behind “House of Talents”

Has answering the telephone ever changed your life?  For entrepreneur and Full-time UST MBA alumna Kate Herzog, it did!   Kate had recently visited the University of St. Thomas’ Full-time MBA website and...
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Jargon Genesis: Actionable

In the last Jargon Genesis, we learned that business people shamelessly stole “benchmark” from surveyors. The time before, it was the poor circus folks that originated the “bandwagon,” which we stole....
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The outsourcing forecast: Becoming cloudy

For the past 20 years, outsourcing has reshaped the world's economy.  Most manufacturing operations have shifted to developing countries, while technology service providers have thrived in countries such...
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Top Women in Finance: Call for Nominations

Organizations such as the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) and the Forte Foundation have done much to support the promotion of talented women into corporate leadership positions. The UST NAWMBA chapter has grown exponentially in recent years as it helps prepare women for careers in finance and a variety of other business disciplines.
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“Hey” is for horses

Recently, I’ve noticed a shift in tone when it comes to email messages from those with questions. Overall, there seems to be a lax feeling with many emails to the point that I’ve received notes that use simply “Hey” for their salutation.
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Alternatives to the traditional MBA degree

An MBA isn't necessarily the right graduate degree for everyone. I've met with many prospective students over the years who would be better served by pursuing a specialized master's degree in business.
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Jargon Genesis: Jump on the Bandwagon

Next time you feel particularly politically inspired, and you’re inclined to jump on the band wagon, just be grateful modern technology has allowed you to do so figuratively, without having to tour the town with a prattling politician.
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Trying to get a lot done? Take a break.

The way most of us work isn’t working. Study after study has shown that companies are experiencing a crisis in employee engagement. A 2007 Towers Perrin survey of nearly 90,000 employees worldwide, for instance, found that only 21% felt fully engaged at work and nearly 40% were disenchanted or disengaged.
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Heading for the top: considering CEO pay

It used to be that CEOs made something like 40 times their average worker's salary, in recent years that has jumped to three or four hundred times the average worker's salary. Many aspiring MBAs are really aspiring CEOs. Who wouldn't say they want a shot at that top spot and the big compensation packages that come along with it?
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Finding balance between social media and "real life"

In an age where social media reigns and networking is continuous, it got me thinking about boundaries and to a greater extent how much balance people have in their lives. It’s one thing to own an iPhone or regularly check your wall on Facebook, but how much time and energy should one expend each day in order to remain connected?
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Coupon clippers…a community engaged with the brand

Coupon and discount promotions have long been a staple of marketing strategy and as such deployed by communication professionals. We know that redemption rates are low, but for purveyors of toothpaste, breakfast cereal or any item at a big box retailer, the redemption rate can generally be predicted based on decades of data.
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Ten years of MBA grads show the power of their degree

The overall value of a graduate management degree remains high among alumni. About two-thirds (64%) of respondents rated the value of their degree as outstanding or excellent. Classmates, a relevant curriculum and committed faculty were the primary driving forces of value.
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A view from the classroom chair: Into Thin Air

To summarize a 24-page article in one sentence, it discusses the much-acclaimed May 1996 Everest Expedition and how the lessons of achievement and tragedy relate to the accomplishments and challenges that business leaders face on a day-to-day basis.
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Ask the expert: How to hire for growth

Our company is growing quickly and we are anticipating a hockey-stick growth curve within the next year. This growth will require us to hire people quickly, and I don't want to hire too many or too few. Is it better to start off with less or more human resources?
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Jargon Genesis: Break the Ice

The origin of this phrase is perhaps obvious. At times, nautical travel has required ships to break ice in order to cross rivers and oceans. This is no different today than it was hundreds of years ago, though the technology has evolved somewhat.