Three Opus College of Business students discuss some of the lessons learned by organizing the first-ever Midwest Tomato Fest.
The event founders used their entrepreneurial, marketing and business skills to throw 200,000 pounds of overripe tomatoes
To many people, the discipline of “operations” calls to mind the mundane movements of assembly lines, or perhaps the landscape of boxes in a warehouse. But Dr. Sheneeta White sees operations differently, and brings her perspective to her students at both the undergraduate and MBA level.
Lisa Abendroth, associate professor in the marketing department recently presented research she conducted with James Heyman on the ethical implications and role of incentives in word of mouth marketing. We hear about celebrities being paid to tweet about brands or students being offered perks to talk about products, but how does this change the effectiveness of the message? We asked Profesor Abendroth five questions to find out.
This month, the GMAT added a new section called Integrated Reasoning in place of one of the essays. Their blog discussed the relevance of this new section in B-school and beyond: I thought I would share with you the perspectives of test takers who have participated in our research to develop the Integrated Reasoning section [...]
Question Scrubadoo.com is an e-commerce site through which we sell brand-name uniforms for both the medical and restaurant industries nationally. My question is about winning the local market. It would be incredibly helpful for us to build a strong local customer base to help stabilize revenue and provide a platform to continue to expand nationally. Unfortunately, [...]
Prices and sales volume continue to increase while the number of homes for sale is at a historically low level; these are signs that the market is taking steps in the right direction, according to the Residential Real Estate Price Report Index, a monthly analysis of the 13-county Twin Cities area prepared by the Shenehon [...]
I recently traveled to New York to participate in a panel discussion hosted at the New York Stock Exchange. I joined Marty Evans, board member and compensation committee chair for Office Depot and board member of Weight Watchers, and Gary Hourihan, senior vice president of Farient Advisors, LLC, a compensation consulting firm. Together, we explored [...]
As a final year student of Health Care UST MBA cohort 18, I have been challenged with in-depth knowledge regarding the current health care system and the various problems that still exist, such as the rapidly-increasing health care costs, number of uninsured individuals, questionability of the ongoing health care reform, shortage of primary care physicians, etc. The [...]
All across the country, the new full-time MBA class of 2014 is preparing for their journey… not quite sure what to expect about the road ahead of them, but definitely ready to dive into the list of items that they received as part of their admitted student acceptance packet.
In a debriefing conversation with Scott Rader about his teaching the UST MBC course “Communication Technology” via the Internet, an unforeseen development occurred. Scott informed me that on a student peer-evaluation of final project presentations (which I attended), one student noted that I had been “nasty.”
While we all have our own beliefs and feelings about the issue of marriage equality, and we all need to respect the beliefs and values of each other, what makes the decision of General Mills significant is that they are basing it on the business case, saying that for them to continue to attract and retain the best possible talent of all cultures and orientations, it is imperative that everyone feel valued and included in the society where they live.
Ron Johnson, CEO of JCP (J.C. Penney’s for everyone who has not adopted the company’s new branding) has an impressive resume of retail successes. Now that he has taken the reigns of JCP, he is working to reenergize the company that, quite simply, was in need of a new strategy.
Delivering the keynote address at the 13th Annual Minnesota Business Ethics Awards Luncheon, John Taft, chief executive officer of RBC Wealth Management – U.S., addressed the pressing need for restoring hope in Wall Street. Taft candidly stated that “the Wall Street culture is broken and needs to be fixed.”
Hearts & Hammers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding elderly and disabled homeowners with exterior home improvement projects, was pleased to have members of the Graduate Business Alumni community help for a third year in a row.
Being from Beijing, China it took Maria Wang ’13 M.B.A. a while to get comfortable with the rules of American business culture. “I appreciate that the UST MBA program allows me to start practicing early enough before I totally embarrass myself in front of my future colleagues and business associates,” she says. “Simply beginning with a firm handshake, I am adapting in various business events as well as comparing how people from different backgrounds interact with each other in this special environment.”
One of the biggest considerations in pursuing a graduate education is cost. But while graduate school is never cheap, the University of St. Thomas has worked to make our MBA program as attainable as possible. Our efforts have been recognized was recently recognized by US News as the third most affordable private business school in the country.
The Entrepreneur Awards ceremony allows Opus College of Business students to meet and network with alumni, successful entrepreneurs from the community and key St. Thomas stakeholders. The event also allows the university, the Opus College of Business and the Morrison Center the opportunity to publicly renew their commitment to and support of the entrepreneurial spirit.
In a world where are constantly interacting with others through email, social media, and many other grand things that smartphones provide (such as Words with Friends or Draw Something), a company’s brand will fall behind if they do not understand these shifts occurring in how consumers interact with their brands.
Last week, students in the Business Law and Ethics in the European Union class met with a worldwide food production company and representatives from the European Commission in Belgium, and in Germany met with legal professionals from the German Institution of Arbitration. The underlying message from each of these meetings was no matter what, when it comes to international business, you should aim for win-win.
UST’s High Performance Health Care blog recently talked with Peter Southard, Ph.D., an assistant professor of operations and supply chain management, about his research on capital investment decisions in health care.
In the 10 years I have known Dick Schulze, both in his role as a University of St. Thomas trustee and as the chair of the Opus College of Business Strategic Board of Governors, writes Opus College of Business Dean Chris Puto, he has always acted with the highest standard of integrity and unquestioned commitment to his values, which include fairness, honesty and loyalty.
100 Strong Who Care is an initiative of Minneapolis Public Schools that has developed partnerships with employee resource groups and other business units to provide “inspirational models” for students and encourage them to graduate college and pursue successful careers.