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Dick's Sporting Goods CEO to Deliver Retail Lecture at Smeal

April 7, 2010


Ed Stack, chairman and chief executive officer of Dick's Sporting Goods, is scheduled to speak at the Penn State Smeal College of Business on April 13 at 1 p.m. in the Business Building's Struthers Auditorium.

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PPG Executive to Discuss Chemical Supply Chain Trends

April 2, 2010


Sharon Piciacchio, vice president, chlor-alkali marketing, services, and cal-hypo and derivatives for PPG Industries, will deliver a supply chain lecture on April 8 at the Penn State Smeal College of Business.

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Kohl's Executive to Speak at Smeal April 16

April 1, 2010


The Penn State Smeal College of Business will welcome Jon Grosso, executive vice president and director of stores for Kohl's Department Stores, to campus on April 16 as a guest of its Leadership in Focus: Executive Insights speaker series.

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'Smeal for Chile' Holds Auction for Chile Earthquake Recovery

April 1, 2010


Smeal for Chile, a fundraising effort started by Smeal College of Business MBA student Phillip Jarpa, is holding an online auction featuring Penn State sports memorabilia on its Facebook page starting today and running until April 15.

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Digital Music Publishing Team Wins IdeaPitch Competition

March 29, 2010


A team of students from the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) won first place in the third annual IdeaPitch competition, a Penn State-wide entrepreneurship challenge hosted by the Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Smeal College of Business.

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MBAs Discuss Chinese Economy After Global Immersion Week

May 10, 2010


Twenty-six first-year MBA students at Smeal recently returned from their global immersion week in Shanghai, China. Scott Garrison, David Jones and Susan Slopek share their thoughts on some of the business issues they encountered while abroad.

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MBAs Share Their Global Immersion Experiences in India

March 10, 2010


Seventeen first-year MBA students from Smeal recently returned from their global immersion week in New Delhi, India. Students Sasha DiVirgilio, Bob Long and Kate Roberton share their thoughts on some of the business issues they encountered while overseas.

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MBA Class Reunion Scheduled for Blue-White Weekend

March 10, 2010


Smeal College of Business MBA alumni from the classes of 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, and 2005 are invited to attend this year's MBA reunion on April 24, the Saturday of the annual Blue-White football game. The day begins with a light breakfast served in the Business Building Atrium from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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Wal-Mart Gives Smeal MBAs Hands-On Research Project

March 18, 2010


Having the chance to research and improve Wal-Mart’s distribution network as a student is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Bob Novack, associate professor of supply chain at Smeal, guided his second-year MBAs as they took on this seven and a half week project. After analyzing all aspects from suppliers to consumers to inventory and transportation, Novack and his students were able to add flexibility into the network and help reduce cost of lost sales.

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Smeal Team Wins U.S. Business Competition, Moves On to Global Final in Paris

March 18, 2010


A team of undergraduates from Penn State's Smeal College of Business is headed to Paris next month to represent the United States in the international final of the 2009-2010 Danone TRUST, an international business simulation challenge for college students from 10 countries.

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Smeal Students to Host Conference on Diversity Issues in Business

March 17, 2010


Corporate executives from Altria, Boeing, and PNC will join students and community leaders to discuss business initiatives in diversity at the 11th annual Smeal College of Business START Conference next week on Penn State's University Park campus.

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Faculty Members' Book Named December 2009 Top Seller

March 12, 2010


Trafford, a leading on-demand book self publisher, recently announced that a book coauthored by faculty members at Penn State's Smeal College of Business was the company's bestselling book for December 2009.

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Smeal Up Three Spots to No. 10 Among Public Business Schools

March 5, 2010


The Penn State Smeal College of Business improved nine spots to 29th overall and up three spots to 10th among public schools in the 2010 rankings of undergraduate business programs by Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

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Incorporating Deep-Level Diversity into Work Design

March 4, 2010


Smeal’s David Harrison and Stephen Humphrey look at the social nature of tasks and how deep-level diversity characteristics play a role in team design at work. Bringing together their expertise on diversity and work design, the researchers address issues such as typecasting and status differences and offer suggestions for “optimal diversity” in team settings.

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Newspaper Article Addresses Smeal's Efforts During Economic Slump

March 3, 2010


A recent article in The Centre Daily Times highlights the focus at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business on teaching the principles of risk management, accountability, and responsibility in a challenging economic environment.

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Integrating Ethanol into the Petroleum Supply Chain

February 25, 2010


A group of researchers from Smeal take an in-depth look at the integration of ethanol into the existing petroleum supply chain and identify five strategic priorities for policy makers, managers, and other researchers. From consolidation terminals to the efficient and cost-effective transportation of ethanol, their study serves as a foundation for this current shift.

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Smeal Professor Addresses CEO Confidence and Risk-Taking

February 18, 2010


Don Hambrick, the Smeal Chaired Professor of Management and internationally recognized scholar, recently received an honorary doctorate degree from the Université Panthéon-Assas in France. In his acceptance speech, he discussed his world-renowned research on strategy, executive over-confidence, and risk-taking behaviors.

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Smeal Sports Center Moves Forward

February 12, 2010


One of the main goals for Smeal's Center for Sports Business and Research is to bridge the gap between research, education, and the sports industry. By studying the topic of fan avidity, providing students with career counseling, and reaching out to industry professionals, executive director Wayne DeSarbo and associate director Andrew Bergstein continue to move forward in spite of a challenging economy.

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Smeal Alumnus Named Los Angeles' 2010 Distinguished Business Leader

February 12, 2010


The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce last week presented Smeal College of Business alumnus Anthony Buzzelli '71, vice chairman and regional managing partner for the Pacific Southwest region of Deloitte, with its 2010 Distinguished Business Leader Award.

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CEO Pay For Performance, Not Luck

February 11, 2010


An important part of a CEO’s job is to forecast market movement and optimize its firm’s exposure to such movement. Fenghua Song and his coauthors argue that an increase in sector performance should be reflected in the CEO’s pay, indicating the increase was due to the CEO’s strategy, skill, and vision, not sheer luck of the market.

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New Leadership Roles for Two Smeal Faculty Members

January 15, 2010


Penn States Smeal College of Business has appointed two faculty 'members to new leadership roles within the college, effective Jan. 1. Susan Xu, professor of management science and supply chain management, has been named director of the Smeal Ph.D. Program. Xu replaces Professor of Marketing William Ross, who served as Ph.D. director since 2007 and has been named chair of Smeal's Department of Marketing.

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Penn State Executive Programs Leads Product Development for Thermo Fisher Scientific

February 5, 2010


Penn State Executive Programs yesterday concluded the second week of a two-week custom executive education program in Philadelphia for Thermo Fisher Scientific titled Strategic Thinking and Product Commercialization.

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French University Honors Smeal's Hambrick with Honorary Doctorate

February 5, 2010


Donald Hambrick, Smeal Chaired Professor of Management at Penn State's Smeal College of Business, has received an honorary doctorate degree from the Université Panthéon-Assas, one of the major affiliates of the prestigious Universities of Paris.

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Smeal Professor Testifies Before Congress on Iran Policy

February 5, 2010


Fariborz Ghadar, director of the Center for Global Business Studies at Penn State's Smeal College of Business, testified on Wednesday before the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, regarding the implications of U.S. policies on Iran.

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Professor Testifies Before House Subcommittee on Iran Policy

February 5, 2010


Dr. Fariborz Ghadar, director of the Center for Global Business Studies and the William A. Schreyer Professor of Global Management Policies at Penn State's Smeal College of Business, testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia on America and the Iranian political reform movement.

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Penn State Names Three Smeal Graduates as Distinguished Alumni

February 4, 2010


The Penn State Board of Trustees recently selected three Smeal College of Business alumni among the six recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award, the University's highest award for an individual. The 2010 recipients from Smeal are Joan Amble '75, executive vice president and corporate comptroller for American Express Co.; Daniel S. Mead '75, '77 MBA, chief operating officer of Verizon Wireless; and Richard L. Trumka '71, president of the AFL-CIO.

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Changing the Real Estate Landscape at Smeal

January 29, 2010


The Institute for Real Estate Studies serves as the foundation of the real estate community at Smeal by funding faculty research and providing student support. With the help of their advisory board, IRES offers internships for students, holds campus seminars, and fulfills one of their main initiatives, research. As they look to the future, director Brent Ambrose and assistant director Richard Button have high hopes for IRES.

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Episcopal Church Launches Campaign Based on Smeal Professor’s Research

January 20, 2010


The Episcopal Church recently launched its “Around One Table” campaign, a landmark project promoting the common attributes, feelings, and beliefs of Episcopalians based on research coauthored by Smeal professor Glen Kreiner.

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Two Guest Speakers Slated for 'Executive Insights' at Smeal This Semester

January 19, 2010


Leadership in Focus: Executive Insights, the executive guest speaker series at Penn State's Smeal College of Business, will welcome two guests to the college this semester to discuss leadership issues, current business events, and trends affecting their respective businesses and industries.

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Video: Why Consumers Prefer One Product over Another

January 19, 2010


Weighing the pros and cons of various options during the decision-making process can be difficult. Smeal’s Meg Meloy says consumers develop a preference for one product over another early on and both benefits and price have an impact on which product consumers choose. In order to help retailers and marketers close the sale, the findings determine the most effective time to reveal product benefits and price to the consumer.

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