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Ninassi to Direct Strategic Initiatives for Penn State Executive Programs

August 14, 2012


Carlo J. Ninassi has joined Penn State Executive Programs as associate professor of practice for strategy and innovation and director of strategic initiatives. As part of the executive education unit at the Penn State Smeal College of Business, he will help client organizations to develop and implement innovative strategies to meet their objectives and create competitive advantage.

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Smeal Faculty Honored for Excellence in Teaching

July 30, 2012


The Penn State Smeal College of Business has presented faculty members Saurabh Bansal and Brian Davis with Dillwyn P. Paiste, III Teaching Awards.

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Rogers Trading Room Receives $150,000 Gift From "Goldman Sachs Gives"

July 27, 2012


The Smeal College of Business has received a gift of $150,000 from Goldman Sachs Gives, a donor-advised fund, in support of the Rogers Family Trading Room in the Business Building. The donation was made at the recommendation of David Marcinek, a Penn State alumnus and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, and will provide for internship opportunities in the Rogers Trading Room for students with demonstrated financial need.

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Creating a Silicon Valley for Life Science

July 24, 2012


Fariborz Ghadar, director of the Center for Global Studies at Smeal, writes in Harvard Business Review about the need for the “Silicon Valley” effect to take place in the life sciences industry. Ghadar and his coauthors suggest that in order for the study of human DNA to advance to its full potential, an industry cluster must be created with both technological and governmental support.

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Strategies for Sustainable Freight Transportation

July 19, 2012


Among an array of logistics activities, the most environmentally damaging is extensive freight transportation. According to recent study by Smeal's Evelyn Thomchick and co-author Kusumal Ruamsook, visiting research associate at Smeal, the future of freight transportation will involve a balancing act between economic welfare and environmental sustainability. In order to strike this balance, and assure long-term success, the researchers insist on a wider adoption of sustainable efforts, with support from both the public and private sectors.

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Chobor Pledges $50,000 in Support of Smeal's Trading Room

May 22, 2012


Penn State alumnus Craig Chobor has committed a gift of $50,000 to the Smeal College of Business in support of the Rogers Family Trading Room in the Business Building. The gift is part of the Rogers Trading Room Challenge, which was established by Penn State alumni and longtime benefactors J. David and Patricia Maloney Rogers.

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Ambrose Appointed Ph.D. Director

May 21, 2012


The Penn State Smeal College of Business has appointed Brent Ambrose, Smeal Professor of Risk Management, to direct the college's Ph.D. program, effective July 1. Ambrose replaces Susan Xu, professor of management science and supply chain management.

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Simons Commit $50,000 to Establish Trustee Scholarship in Smeal

May 21, 2012


Penn State alumni William and Jeri Simon have established the Simon Family Trustee Scholarship in the Penn State Smeal College of Business. With gift-matching funds from the H.J. Heinz foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports charitable giving by all H.J. Heinz Co. employees, the endowment will be valued at $50,000, and its impact will be doubled with support from the University's Trustee Matching Scholarship Program.

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Why Employees Do Bad Things

May 14, 2012


Reports from the IRS and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners show that billions of dollars are lost annually as a result of tax evasion and global fraud. Linda Treviño, Distinguished Professor of Organizational Behavior and Ethics at Smeal and coauthors examine the cognitive process behind unethical behavior to better understand organizationally embedded deviance. The findings suggest ways that managers may identify such behavior in individual employees before it impacts the organization as a whole.

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Faculty Named to Distinguished Positions at Smeal

May 10, 2012


Two faculty at the Penn State Smeal College of Business have recently earned distinguished positions. Dan Guide, professor of operations and supply chain management, and Duncan Fong, professor of marketing and chair of the college's marketing department, have been named the Smeal Professor of Supply Chain Management and the Calvin E. and Pamala T. Zimmerman Endowed Fellow, respectively, in recognition of their past research accomplishments and the promise of continuing contributions.

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