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Message from the Dean of the SBA

Dean Mohan TanniruTransforming business education

With the business world constantly shifting, changing and adapting to new models, it has never been more important than now to make sure business schools educate students in the important theories of business, as well as in the actual application of those theories and development of related skills, including cultivating global understanding.

That means business education has to change as often as – or even more than – than the business world. It is also imperative to the success of our students and the world economy that the core foundation remains steadfast. The education our business students receive must equip them with the framework to adapt and operate in a business climate that evolves daily.                 >> Read more >>

SBA unveils center connecting business, students and researchers to advance economic development 

This month, Oakland University’s School of Business Administration announced its new Center for Integrated Business and Research Education (CIBRE) focusing on preparing businesses, professionals, researchers and students for the rapid changes in today’s business world through the power of integration.

Through CIBRE, SBA is putting a mechanism in place so area businesses have a place to build the region’s economic future together with other professionals and researchers, while educating a workforce that’s fully prepared for that future.

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SBA earns reaccreditation

Oakland University’s School of Business Administration received the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)-International reaccreditation of its business programs in December.


To achieve this accreditation, the SBA’s programs must satisfy a wide range of quality standards relating to strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students in the educational process, achievement of learning goals in degree programs and contributions to knowledge in business fields. These standards are mission-linked.   >> Read more >>

Linked In with the SBA
Linked in logoWith nearly 14,000 alumni, Oakland University's School of Business
Administration is represented worldwide by its graduates who are involved in all levels, in every business sector. Tap into the power of that network, get involved in discussions about the future of the SBA, get the latest information about upcoming events, or simply reconnect with classmates by joining the Oakland University School of Business Administration Alumni Network on LinkedIn, a professional/social networking site.   >> Read more >>

Turning around Michigan's Economy with business transformation expertise
Turbulent times on Wall Street, dramatic industrial changes and the globalization of the marketplace have businesses scrambling to restructure their organizations and searching for the expertise to lead them toward the transformation necessary to survive this volatile climate. Michigan, leading the nation in unemployment and lost business revenue, is hit hardest by these challenges, as it struggles to nurse an ailing auto industry back to profitability.

Oakland University’s School of Business Administration, situated in the heart of metro Detroit’s business hub, is helping turn around the Michigan economy by ramping up research efforts and expanding educational offerings to provide this sorely-needed expertise.

Rajeev Singhal, assistant professor of finance, and an expert in financial distress and bankruptcy, is leading the SBA’s Accounting and Finance department’s initiative for curriculum coverage of transformational analysis and business restructuring. Singhal is also spearheading an initiative to propose a master’s-level program to emphasize this area.    >> Read more >>

Executive in Residence program gives SBA new perspective
Dean Mohan Tanniru with SBA  Executives in Residence Van Jolissaint, Dave Rooney, Ken McCarter and Don Kaegi Oakland University’s School of Business Administration is joining forces with experienced business leaders who want to give students and faculty the benefit of their experience.

The business leaders – the SBA has four today – are participants in the SBA’s Executive in Residence (EIR) program, now in its third year. The program is yet another way the SBA is integrating real experience with education.    >> Read more >>

Professor reflects on marketing program’s growth
Professor Ravi ParameswaranRavi Parameswaran is quick to extol the strengths of each of the programs Oakland University’s Department of Management and Marketing offers.

But Parameswaran can take a special sense of pride in his department’s marketing program. He helped create it.

“We’ve gone from no marketing majors at all to as many as 140 declared majors a year, says Parameswaran, the Department of Management and Marketing chairman.   >> Read more >>

Scholars make the research their own
OU senior Carlena Janiak and Ron Tracy, SBA associate dean. Photo courtesy of Looking into the Future, OU's research publication.“Research experience” listed on a student’s resume usually means assisting faculty members with their research. At OU’s School of Business Administration (SBA) research scholars not only serve as paid research assistants to faculty, they also design, develop and complete their own research projects – all at the undergraduate level.

Initially funded through a Chrysler LLC grant, the program introduces highly motivated students to an exciting new challenge, while providing faculty with rewarding results and new mentoring opportunities. After a highly successful inaugural year, the SBA has expanded the program to include additional students, more diverse research topics and a new theme scholar program in Social and Public Policy, with support from OU’s Office of the Provost. 
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Turnaround CEO, SBA alum inspires students and others
Jim Norrod presents Segway on OU campus.Tooling around in the Segway PT, a two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicle, Jim Norrod (SBA ’70), CEO of Segway Inc., captured the attention of students, members of the SBA’s Business Futures Council and the OU Police Department, and inspired them with his message of innovation, teamwork and entrepreneurial spirit.

During his talks with students and others, Norrod emphasized the need for teamwork and planning to have a successful career as an entrepreneur. “Don’t let luck dictate your career” he advises. “Hire people smarter than you are. Get them to do things together outside of work and they will work better as a team.” >> Read more >>

Area executive sees value in supporting SBA
When John O’Reilly was invited to join the Board of Visitors for Oakland University’s School of Business Administration in 2005, he requested time to give the offer some thought.

“I didn’t graduate from OU, but our organization had a deep relationship with the university,” says O’Reilly, executive vice president of Palace Sports and Entertainment (PSE). Not only does PSE manage OU’s amphitheater, it also handles sponsorships and promotions for OU’s athletic teams. Plus, a number of PSE employees currently attend or have graduated from OU. “I thought it (board service) might be an opportunity to learn about the university and contribute to a great asset in the community,” O’Reilly says.    >> Read more >>

Business leader’s management philosophy shaped at OU
Ask Keith Sorgeloos, SBA ’81, where he lives, and he’ll tell you he’s at home in Atlanta, New York City or on an airplane. 

The founder and president of Atlanta-based Home Source International (HSI) travels the globe to oversee the production of his company’s home textiles, including sheets, blankets and towels.

Sorgeloos, who grew up in Grosse Pointe Woods, attributes much of his success to the education and experiences he gained as an Oakland University student. Sorgeloos was drawn to OU because of its affordability – he paid for his entire education. >> Read more >>

SBA business conference addressed timely issues, challenges
With a focus on the global business market from the perspective of lean thinking, information systems leadership and health care, the fall business conference hosted by Oakland University’s School of Business Administration offered valuable information and insight to attendees.

The conference brought business practitioners and academic leaders from across the country together to collaboratively identify and answer questions challenging businesses today to advance business, research and education. In all, more than 30 academic and business leaders in various industries shared their insight and expertise with more than 150 attendees.

The multiple tracks available over the two-day conference allowed attendees to select from a variety of topics facing industry today.         >> Read more >>

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