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How Simple Questions Lead to Great Innovations

There is a myth that successful companies begin with grandiose ambitions. The implication is that entrepreneurs should start with megalomaniac goals in order to succeed. To the contrary, 2015 Opus Distinguished speaker Guy Kawasaki’s observation is that great companies began by wondering about simple things, and this leads to asking simple questions that beget companies.

Diversity is More Than an Initiative

While corporate diversity departments have not been at the forefront of the minds of corporate executives, diversity initiatives and programs are making a comeback.

For want of a .jpg the war was lost?

Whether you are in communication or some other area, and at a tactical or strategic level, think about what you did this week. Did you miss any opportunities for the organization because getting approval might have been difficult?

2015 Susan E. Heckler Research Excellence Award: Muer Yang, Ph.D.

Muer Yang, Ph.D., a professor in the Opus College of Business Department of Operations and Supply Chain Management, was awarded the 2015 Susan E. Heckler Research Excellence Award. We asked Professor Yang to share some of his thoughts on how improving service operations can directly impact public policies and health care operations, what he’s working on now and how to spark curiosity in the classroom.

The China Effect

An Asian residency offers Executive MBA participants a glimpse into emergent markets

Crossing Boundaries in Advertising

I didn’t expect the outcome we received when I scheduled a session on diversity in advertising for the June 17 Diversity Insights Breakfast. I had hoped, of course, for an impact—and we got it, but it was a reaction from participants I hadn’t expected.

A Powerful Purpose

Chairman, president and CEO of U.S. Bancorp Richard Davis advocates for values-based leadership.

2015 Faculty Service Award: Dawn Elm, Ph.D.

We asked Professor Elm to share some of her thoughts on business and ethics, what makes a supportive and successful learning environment and what makes the Opus College of Business different from other business schools.

Out of Office Messaging

It’s summer, and the livin’ is… better than frostbite. But for the marketing communicator, these are troubling months, particularly for the B2B marketer.
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Alumnae among 2015 Women in Business Honorees

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal recently honored its 2015 Women in Business award winners. Of the 51 women entrepreneurs, executives and leaders honored, five were University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business alumnae.

Ever Tried, and Now Graduated

"Unique to this MBA degree, there were many professors who shaped the experience to whom I owe a special debt," writes Carl Atiya Swanson '15 M.B.A.

The Mini-Masters of Life

Archie Black, president and CEO of SPS Commerce, one of the pioneers of cloud computing, addressed the more than 200 students who were hooded in the Graduate Business Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 23.

J-Term Abroad: Marketing in Emerging Markets

One of the recurring themes in MBA study abroad is not necessarily the amazing cities we visited writes Kressen Anderson but the relationships we formed with each other while we were there.

Advancing Women in Health Care Professions

It was empowering to be surrounded by women who have accomplished so much and also have the same goals as I do to further ourselves in the health care profession, writes incoming Health Care MBA student Danielle St. Mane, MS, OTR/L.