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The Top 25 Most Narcissistic CEOs in Tech

Sep 16, 2013 - Forbes

A Forbes contributor uses research from Professor Don Hambrick to analyze the levels of narcissism in CEOs of major technology companies:

"Of all of Don’s measures, I like the use of first person singular pronouns in public comments the most because it seems best able to get at the unguarded CEO. I decided to go back and put on my academic hat and do a mini-study on CEO narcissism focusing only on the tech industry (which I follow most closely)."

Authorized Users: Adding Them, Building Credit & What to Watch Out For

Sep 17, 2013 - CardHub

An article on adding authorized users to credit accounts quotes Associate Professor of Marketing Lisa Bolton:

"'Ask yourself if it's a good idea to get involved in a financial relationship with this person,' Lisa Bolton, a marketing professor at Pennsylvania State University who focuses on consumer insights, recommends. 'The more established of a relationship and the more trust between the people, the better off it's going to be.'"

Twitter's 'secret' IPO puts investors in the dark

Sep 14, 2013 - Euronews

J. Edward Ketz, an accounting professor at Pennsylvania State University, said the idea of having a confidential filing process is “dead wrong":

“It goes against everything the SEC is about,” he said. “The whole purpose of having the SEC in the first place is to get corporations to provide full and complete information about what they’re doing.”

Penn State approves student-made bags for sporting events

Sep 07, 2013 - Centre Daily Times

Smeal College of Business students were involved in producing a new bag made to comply with Beaver Stadium security regulations:

"The invention is called My Event Bag and its creators are recent grads Taylor Turrisi and George Paganos and seniors Chris Marthers and Susie Clark. They worked on it as interns for Surge Business Development, an incubator in State College that also funded the project."

Former Yardley resident establishes endowment to connect Schreyer Scholars with Smeal trading room faculty at Penn State

Sep 06, 2013 - Bucks County Local News

An article on a new endowment created by a Smeal alumnus mentions the college's Rogers Family Trading Room:

"When Ryan Newman, a vice president in the Investment Management Division of global investment bank Goldman Sachs, talks about the Smeal College of Business’ trading room – a real-time, networked environment where students monitor financial markets and strategize on investments — a tinge of awe creeps into his voice."

Innovative Institutions Enhance Teaching, Learning and Support with Technology

Sep 01, 2013 - University Business Magazine

Penn State Smeal College of Business' AMX Innovation Award Honorable Mention is cited in University Business Magazine:

"Penn State University's Smeal College of Business created an interactive lecture theater classroom that's in high demand on the busy campus."

Smeal Research Shows CEO Narcissism Can Have Its Advantages

Aug 27, 2013 - MetroMBA

A post from MetroMBA talks about recent research from Don Hambrick, Smeal Chaired Professor of Management, on the way narcissistic CEOs may impact technological adoption:

"According to recent research from Penn State Smeal College of Business Professor Donald Hambrick, narcissism can sometimes serve a CEO well. The more narcissistic the CEO, the more likely he or she is to embrace revolutionary technologies with the potential to change everything about the way a business is run – at least that’s what Hambrick’s research shows."

In region and state, return of house flipping

Aug 25, 2013 - The Times-Tribune

An article on the return of house flipping to one Pennsylvania region indicates a stabilizing housing market, quotes Austin Jaffe, chair of the Department of Risk Management:

"The return of flipping is a signal of a return toward a normal housing market. ... When housing prices stabilized in recent days, downsize risk is limited for investors who wish to flip."

Accounting: A Stable Career Choice

Aug 27, 2013 - eFinancialCareers

An article on the importance of accounting to financial careers and the stability of jobs in the market mentions the 100 percent placement rate of Smeal's One-Year Master of Accounting class of 2013:

"The first graduating class of the Penn State Smeal College of Business One-Year Master of Accounting (MAcc) Program boasts a 100% internship placement rate at Big Four accounting firms and a 100% job placement rate at graduation. The majority of students are placed at KPMG, Ernst & Young, Deloitte and PwC, which recruit heavily at Penn State."

Narcissistic CEOs adopt disruptive tech. So?

Aug 14, 2013 - FierceFinanceIT

A blogger examines research on narcissistic chief executive officers from Smeal's Don Hambrick and applies it to the information technology industry:

"How can we clean up the data and the myriad systems when no one will press the button and launch a system refresh? I know that this is apocryphal but Wall Street could use a few more narcissists to get its IT up to date."

Engineering Plus Business Fuels Growth

Aug 02, 2013 - New Global Citizen

A blog post by an alumnus of the Penn State Smeal MBA Program, Paul Belknap '13 MBA, on his path though engineering and an MBA degree to his current position with the MBAs Without Borders:

"At Penn State, I built a strong business foundation and further clarified my career goals. During my time as president of Penn State Net Impact, I worked with a dedicated board to reenergize the chapter and achieve Gold Status recognition. Leading Penn State Net Impact confirmed my interest in social entrepreneurship."

'Retail Therapy' Might Not Be So Bad After All

Aug 02, 2013 - HealthDay

An article examining research on the effects of retail therapy quotes Meg Meloy, associate professor of marketing:

"In her own research, she found that people need an outlet when they are hungry, stressed or busy. 'Talking to someone is one way,' Meloy said. Vigorous exercise is another. But for others, shopping is that outlet."

Penn State's Smeal College of Business Automates MBA Admissions Processes with Enrollment Rx

Jul 23, 2013 - Wall Street Journal Marketwatch

The Penn State Smeal MBA Program has adopted a customer relationship management solution to automate admissions processes.

Go for "Mad" Not "Sad" When You've Got the Burden: Listening to Juror B37

Jul 18, 2013 - Persuasive Litigator

A legal expert analyzes a juror's reactions to a recent trial using research from Assistant Professor of Marketing Karen Winterich:

"Perhaps the better expression is 'emotional blunting,' (Winterich 2010, 2011) which means that a person experiencing sadness first will blunt later experiences of anger and vice-versa."

Iraqi Oil Imports Pump up Asian Nation's Economy, U.S. Closes In on Self-Sufficiency

Jul 15, 2013 - Oil & Gas Monitor

Fariborz Ghadar, William A. Schreyer Professor of Global Management, Policies and Planning, authored an article on middle eastern oil:

"Although it is a source of ongoing debate—whether the United States given forecasts of self-sufficiency in oil and gas should reconsider its commitment (economically, politically, financially) to the region—one thing is clear: Iraq has emerged from the American-led invasion of 2003 as the No. 2 oil exporter in the region (behind Saudi Arabia), free of international sanctions against the Saddam Hussein regime."

Tech Molded Plastics, Inc. & Penn State Smeal MBA Program

Jul 15, 2013 - Industrial Machinery Digest

An article in the Industrial Machinery Digest talks about Tech Molded Plastics, Inc.'s partnership with Smeal MBAs through the APEX Program:
"Students from the APEX program worked closely with the staff at Tech from December of 2012 through April 2013 to prepare a consulting report which served as a capstone project for their MBA experience."

Who wins if immigration reform passes?

Jul 02, 2013 - MSN Money

Fariborz Ghadar, William A. Schreyer Professor of Global Management, Policies and Planning, is quoted in an article examining the impact of immigration reform on key economic sectors:

"Transport companies such as FedEx, United Parcel Service and trucker Swift Transportation should also benefit because they suffer from a shortage of drivers, says Fariborz Ghadar, the director of the Center for Global Business Studies at Penn State's Smeal College of Business. Legalizing undocumented workers will help these companies, because their new legal status will allow these immigrants to more easily get driver's licenses and insurance."

A Lease Accounting Case Study: Applying the recently proposed standards to a real company

Jul 01, 2013 - AccountingToday

Accounting professor J. Edward Ketz authored an article on newly proposed accounting standards for AccountingToday:

"These alterations are absolutely necessary, as an analysis of drug retailers and pharmacy chain CVS Caremark demonstrates."

Penn State Actuarial Science - Ben Pugh

Jul 01, 2013 - ValuePenguin

Smeal alumnus Ben Pugh '13 is profiled on his Penn State experience, particularly what it was like to major in Actuarial Science:

"I took a statistics course in high school. I vaguely learned about the career of an actuary, but then went to Penn State faculty to explore the career further. I met Ron Gebhardtsbauer and after having a meeting with him I became interested in studying Actuarial Science at Penn State."

Focus on Research: PSU researchers examine tactics for balancing work, family in family-owned business

Jun 30, 2013 - Centre Daily Times

The Centre Daily Times features a summary of recent research on family businesses from Associate Professor of Management Glen Kreiner:

"New research from Glen Kreiner, associate professor of management in the Penn State Smeal College of Business, and his colleagues examines how individuals who work in family businesses manage the boundaries between the domains of family and business — or, in other words, how they manage their dual family and business identities"

Where Retail Chains Miss the Mark: Decisions about store openings and closings often leave the stock market cold

Jun 28, 2013 - Strategy+Business

An article at Strategy+Business summarizes research from Assistant Professor of Marketing Hari Sridhar that examines how store openings and closings affect investor perceptions:

"A chain’s decision to open stores to compete in new markets or to close struggling outlets to stanch losses can have very different outcomes depending on a variety of factors, the authors say, including a firm’s advertising exposure, age, market share, and size."

Column: Acceptance and pragmatism, American style

Jun 24, 2013 - FindLaw

Fariborz Ghadar, director of the Center for Global Business Studies, talks to the Associated Press for an article about immigration and social policy:

"'Whether it's the war on terror or the recession or this or that, society then reacts to those periods, and change usually results,' says Fariborz Ghadar, a global business scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Affairs. These days, he says, 'the younger generation is getting more accepting, the pace of change is much faster, data is available to us more quickly, we're more plugged in to the world around us, and it's all combining to allow people to develop their own opinions and be open to others'.'"

AMX Congratulates 2013 Innovation Award Winners for their Outstanding Contributions to Higher Education

Jun 10, 2013 - AMX.com

The Smeal College of Business was named an honorable mention in the 2013 AMX Innovation Awards.

Ask the Experts: How to Maximize the Impact of Charitable Donations

Jun 10, 2013 - CardHub

Assistant Professor of Marketing Karen Winterich talks about how people choose which charitable organizations to support:

"Generally, people tend to donate to organizations with which they feel closest or those they can identify with. In doing so, donors tend to be more familiar with what the organization does and what funds are used for, allowing them to gain a general sense of legitimacy of the organization."

Smeal EMBA Students Visit Santiago, Chile

Jun 07, 2013 - MetroMBA

The MetroMBA blog featured the Smeal Executive MBA Program's global immersion trip to Chile.

Big retailers' same-day shipping challenges small shops

Jun 07, 2013 - Central Pennsylvania Business Journal

Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management Vidya Mani talks to the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal about why large retailers' are making efforts toward offering same-day shipping:

"Amazon and Wal-Mart are so big that their primary growth strategy isn't getting new customers, she said. Both companies have great supply chain and fulfillment infrastructure, she said. Translating those advantages into customer convenience lets them position themselves as 'your one-stop shop for everything,' she said."

Research suggests modular design competence can benefit new product development

May 22, 2013 - R&D Magazine

An article summarizes new supply chain management research by faculty member Veronica Villena:

A new research study suggests that supplier integration into the new product development process can be more beneficial if buyers increase their competency in modular design.

Why Shopping Can Be Good for Your Health

May 20, 2013 - U.S. News and World Report

An article on "retail therapy" quotes marketing professor Meg Meloy:

"Yet sometimes a quick pick-me-up is necessary. Margaret Meloy, a professor of marketing at Pennsylvania State University and co-author of the 2011 study 'Retail therapy: a strategic effort to improve mood,' says people must diffuse negative emotions before they worsen, or they could lose control of their shopping behaviors and act recklessly with money. Such untreated depression or frustration can push people to spending extremes."

Accounting Change Could Boost Companies' Debt

May 16, 2013 - Wall Street Journal

An article on a new accounting standards proposal quotes J. Edward Ketz:

"'It's mostly a good proposal,' said J. Edward Ketz, a Penn State University associate professor of accounting. 'We get some transparency we haven't had in the past.'"

Zimbabwe: Steps in Tackling Ethical Challenges

May 14, 2013 - The Herald (Zimbabwe)

An article cites Linda Trevino as it lays out eight steps for organizations to adopt in preventing ethical challenges.

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