Commentary

Innovation in Executive Education

Recently, we sat down with Jacque Anderson, new Assistant Dean for Executive Education to find out about what’s next for the Executive Education program at St. Thomas.

So…About That Message Strategy

Once upon a time, writes Dr. Michael C. Porter, there was a little boy who stepped on a bee. It was an accident. The bee got startled and did what anxious, barb-ended critters do, and the child was stung. Crying and running ensued, and a genuine hatred of “bees” was born.

Why is Workplace Diversity Important?

To gain the full benefit of their understanding of difference from around the globe, diverse people need to find a sense of belonging and a connection to the common goal of their organization, says Steve Humerickhouse of The Forum on Workplace Inclusion.

The Beauty in Trying

Engineering professor Katherine Acton teaches students how to find beauty in the search for the best answer.

A Series of Surprises

UST School of Law professor Julie Oseid reflects on the surprises that have led to her career as a professor, researcher and author.

A Reflection on the Benefits and Joys of Faculty Research

With internal grants from the University of St. Thomas, Arijit Mazumdar has been able to carry out research about his home country of India – and the South Asian region – while sharing his unique perspective with the students he mentors.

Designing a Different Way of Thinking

A group of 10 St. Thomas entrepreneurship students, sophomores to seniors, are in the midst of a two-week cultural immersion in the Silicon Valley. Students in this first-ever “Study Abroad” J-term course are studying how products and services are brought to market in the global technology hub, learning a different way of thinking.

Short Answers to Five Questions about Succession

Among listings of a family business’s primary goals is often a successful transition of ownership to future generations, as 88% of family business owners believe the same family or families will control their business in five years. Unfortunately, they’re most often wrong.
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The Scroll: Humans of St. Thomas and Steven Winkel

The popular “Humans of St. Thomas” series returns to The Scroll with a profile of custodian Steve Winkel, described by writer Carol Bruess as a “very cool” person who is a dedicated dad of three teens, loves video games, winter and cats, has a passion for Civil War non-fiction and is “extremely afraid” of spiders.

New in 2015: Public Benefit Corporations

As of January 1 Minnesota joins about two dozen other states that offer a specific statutory option for the organization of for-profit but socially minded businesses. For some explanation, we reached out to Daryl Koehn, a professor of Ethics and Business Law.
Legos

Everything. Is. Awesome.

Rico Ferrarese, senior strategic risk manager of The LEGO Group, discusses how conscious choices help manage business uncertainty.

And the Bully Wins!

It is the perception of potential to harm, not actual ability to harm that bullies have depended on for millennia, writes Mike Porter. Today the channel to communicate that threat has magnified from a shaking fist on the playground to a worldwide web of chatter.

Plan, Execute, Win in 2015

If we don’t plan, we have no shot at winning in the year ahead, says guest blogger Patrick J. Stroh '03 M.B.A. And if we don’t execute against that plan in 2015, we will certainly fail.
Future Classroom

Teaching in the Age of the Jetsons

Revamped classrooms are a direct response to the way workplaces, and the world, are changing, becoming collaborative and networked environments that often rely on a team approach to solving problems.

Edusling Advances to Hult Prize Regional Finals

Earlier this month 10 teams competed in the inaugural Hult Prize at St. Thomas competition, for the chance to automatically advance to the Regional Finals in one of six cities around the world.

I Work for Pope Francis

Joseph Grodahl Biever put off the bar exam to be the first intern to work with the Caritas in Veritate Foundation, an organization that provides research support for the Catholic voice in Geneva.

Those Black Friday Numbers

Are black Friday spending reports wrong? Professor Emeritus Lorman Lundsten says that's not the question we should be asking.

The Evolution of HR

Guest blogger Chris Dardis dives into why the HR function is ready for an overhaul.

Networking IS for the Holidays

Does networking take a ‘holiday’ this time of year? Should you wait until the New Year to start your search or continue the networking that you’ve been engaged in up to this point?

Depth of Field: Photo Services’ Best of 2014

The quiet contemplation of a documentary videographer. The excitement of a football fan. The rapture of a musical performance. We’ve picked these moments, and the others you see here, from the more than 5,000 we collected in 2014 as our favorites of the year.

2015 IT Salary Guide

As the demand for IT professionals increases, it is especially important for these employees to know what their expertise is worth.