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Message from the Dean

  Dean Mohan Tanniru *
A focus on the future

As a new decade begins, we continue to focus on understanding how the business transformations in this region are impacting our strategies in the way we help students better prepare themselves to compete in this marketplace as well as how our research can help successful business transformation.

Whether it's in the classroom with our undergraduate, graduate and professional students, across the world through research and global partnerships, or working with individuals and organizations to transform the economy, we continue to operationalize the integration theme of the business school through experiential learning, global understanding and integrative thinking.

In this issue of SBA Insight Online you'll read about how our global understanding efforts are supporting student leadership to encourage Chinese businesses to invest in the United States, while at the same time, partnerships with faculty member from Hohai University in China enhance research results and create real value for the business world.
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*Image created by and supplied courtesy of Michael G. Mitchell owner of Paonia Peddler Gallery, Paonia, CO. Mitchell is former president/CEO of an automotive supplier which sponsored OU SBA students in the ATiB program.

Accounting and finance department supporters work together to raise money to enhance program

Countless alumni and businesses recognize the strength and quality of the SBA's Accounting and Finance Department -- and responded to a call to action during last year's Elliott-Stinson Challenge. The department's advisory board members, friends and alumni raised an unprecedented $180,000 (including Elliott-Stinson match) to support students and faculty, and research and academic activities.

With a strong reputation built on the quality of its programs and graduates, businesses turn to the SBA's Accounting and Finance Department to educate students who are prepared to make a meaningful contribution on their first day on the job. Employers value the program that is centered on a strong foundation taught by experienced faculty in a classroom setting stressing experiential learning.

Sustaining and enriching the program to ensure it remains strong is a priority for Mohinder Parkash, chair, Department of Accounting and Finance. When he proposed a plan to the department's advisory board to gain additional support for the department by leveraging the Elliott-Stinson Challenge, which matched every gift made to the SBA from November 2008 through December 2009, board members immediately threw their collective support behind it.
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Tapping displaced workers, students, SBA's CIBRE helps reshape Michigan's economy

Through its integrative thinking philosophy, the Center for Integrated Business Research and Education (CIBRE) at OU's School of Business Administration (SBA) is helping small manufacturers explore innovation and shift the industry into emerging sectors such as defense, energy and aerospace.

A donation from the Society for Information Management (SIM) Foundation combined with a matching contribution from Craig Stinson SBA '84, chairman, Norma Group, and chair, SBA Board of Visitors, provided the seed money to initiate several pilot projects through CIBRE, under the umbrella of the Tool and Die Futures Initiative (TDFI).

The TDFI and CIBRE are bringing together teams of displaced white collar business and technical professionals, small manufacturers and OU students to work on economic transition projects to help reshape the manufacturing industry in southeastern Michigan.
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Collaborative research compares business pace with performance on a global scale


Ravi Parameswaran, Yuan Ding and Joi Jiang 

Identifying factors that lead to success in rapidly emerging markets offers insight and direction to multinational companies. Thanks to the collaborative research efforts between scholars at OU's School of Business Administration and Hohai University in Nanjing, China, companies across the globe may soon have answers to the questions: What factors guide companies toward rapid foreign expansion? And, does fast-paced growth lead to business success or negatively impact corporate performance?

Research Scholar Yuan Ding, of the Strategic Management Institute, Hohai University in Nanjing, China, came to Oakland University to explore those questions. Once there, he discovered a team of like-minded and equally curious SBA professors ready to collaborate.

What the team discovered will support future academic research and assist corporations in evaluating expansion strategies. 
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EMBA helps Beaumont's Physician President build leadership skills and bridge gap between doctors and administrators

 Dr. Luke Elliott
Dr. Luke Elliott's dual roles as medical staff president of Beaumont, Grosse Pointe, and as a family physician at Shorepoint family practice professionally complement and parallel each other in many ways. Yet, it is the differences and complexities between the two positions which have brought new focus and challenge to his life.

"I want to bridge the gap between administrators and doctors," Elliott says. "In my role as medical staff president I serve as an administrator, but I think and act like a doctor. I realize it's sometimes hard for a doctor to understand the administrator's point of view, but to truly serve our patients, the communication between the administration and doctors must be stronger. It needs to be a collaborative effort."
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MSITM degree creates IT management opportunities for graduates

 Pete Pfeiffer
Some people spend years climbing the corporate ladder. Not Pete Pfeiffer (CAS '98, MSITM '09), who quickly rose through the ranks while simultaneously earning his Master of Science in Information Technology Management (MSITM) degree at OU's School of Business Administration.
"I was literally applying what I learned in class on Tuesday night to my job on Wednesday morning," says Pfeiffer. "It wasn't just theoretical knowledge that I was getting, but real-world instruction that was directly relevant to what I was doing every day."
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The China Connection: SBA student aims to build bridges with Asia's booming economy

 Daniel Szubielski
Four years ago, Daniel Szubielski's budding interest in doing business in China made him something of a curiosity to his friends.

The U.S. economy was, at the time, in high gear, with no end in sight. Why, they wondered, would anyone be interested in a poorly understood emerging market in a far-away communist state?

Today, Szubielski is looking less like an oddball and more like a wizard to his former detractors. Indeed, with China now one of the most dynamic economies on the planet, the OU finance major has proved himself to be an astute businessman.
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Unique ELI program enhances classroom learning, creates business connections

 ELI students Dean Pryzmusinski and
  Abishke Subramanian
While researching graduate schools, Abishake Subramanian was looking for a program that would complement his technical background with business credentials. He chose OU's SBA Master of Science in Information Technology Management (MSITM) program, and then earned a coveted spot in its Experiential Learning and Innovation (ELI) program, where he is spending a semester at Physician Healthcare Network gaining real-world experience.

A unique component of the SBA graduate educational experience, the ELI program pairs top SBA graduate students with partner organizations to help them solve complex business problems. The competitive program enhances the SBA's already strong graduate programs by giving the students priceless on-the-job experience and allows them to put their education into practice immediately.
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Gorlin Lecture March 10

A major public intellectual, economist and professor at the University of California at Berkley, J. Bradford DeLong will deliver the School of Business Administration Alice Conner Gorlin Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 10, in the Oakland Center, Banquet Room B.  The topic of the lecture is "The Great Panic in Historical Perspective."

DeLong is an internationally renowned scholar and expert on international economics and finance, He currently serves as chairman of the Political Economy of Industrial Societies major at Berkeley and is a research associate of the prestigious National Bureau of Economic Research. DeLong also served in the U.S. government as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy from 1993 to 1995. He worked on the Clinton Administration's 1993 budget, on the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, on the North American Free Trade Agreement, on macroeconomic policy, and on the first health care reform effort. He was educated at Harvard University, where he received his PhD.
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Learn how to use the Web to reach new customers; new workshops start March 20

The Internet offers an inexpensive way for companies to reach new customers and better serve existing ones. Learning how to harness the power the Web offers isn't difficult, but small and medium-sized business owners faced with the challenge of running their daily operations often don't have the time to delve into this amazing resource.

A new series of workshops on e-business and diversification can help. The workshops focus on how a variety of inexpensive Web-enabled technologies can serve business goals and help businesses reach new customers, better serve existing customers and search for new markets.
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