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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.
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The Scroll: The Dean and Scooter

St. Thomas has lost two beloved figures with the deaths of retired Dean of Students Bill Malevich earlier this month and Monsignor James Lavin three years ago. Doug Hennes, who knew them as a student, admired them as an alumnus and worked with them as an administrator, pays tribute to the two gentlemen today in The Scroll.

Found in Translation

St. Thomas professor Xiaowen Guan shares how her study abroad experience became a passion for improving intercultural communications.

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.

Working Beyond Boundaries

Associate professor Mary Maloney explores the benefits – and challenges – of working in cross-cultural teams.

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.