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NASDAQ OMX Group Inc. is introducing new indexes from Bob Whaley, the Valere Blair Potter Professor of Management and creator of the VIX volatility index, and Jacob Sagi, the Vanderbilt Financial Markets Research Center Associate Professor of Finance.

From the Spring 2011 edition of Vanderbilt Business

The Wall Street Journal

Nov.1: NASDAQ OMX Group Inc. is introducing new indexes from Bob Whaley, the Valere Blair Potter Professor of Management and creator of the VIX volatility index, and Jacob Sagi, the Vanderbilt Financial Markets Research Center Associate Professor of Finance. The new indexes will track popular stocks’ performance against the broader market. A Feb. 9 follow-up article mentions the approval of the Alpha Indexes by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Read the Nov. 1 article.

Read the Feb. 9 article.

Nov. 4: U.S. business schools, faced with a decline in applications from overseas, are stepping up international recruiting efforts to preserve what they say is an essential component of an institution’s credibility. John Roeder, Director of Admissions, is quoted.

Read the Nov. 4 article.

Nov. 8: By assigning a price tag that sums up medical, economic and other burdens, researchers are hoping to influence policymakers who weigh spending on these concerns against other priorities. Mark Cohen, the Justin Potter Professor of American Competitive Enterprise and Business and Professor of Law, one of the experts studying the issue, is quoted.

Read the Nov. 8 article.

Nov. 29: The popularity of the VIX index, which has become a widely watched barometer of investor fear since the financial crisis, is generating a host of spinoffs, copycats and derivatives. It is adding up to big business for VIX’s owner, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, as well as partners and competitors. Bob Whaley is quoted.

Read the Nov. 29 article.

Jan. 14: Hedge funds are crowding into more of the same trades these days, amplifying market swings during crises and unnerving investors. The pack behavior undermines the image of hedge fund chiefs as savvy money managers who sniff out investment opportunities that others don’t see—thereby justifying the hefty fees they charge clients. It also suggests that hedge funds are having a harder time coming up with money-making ideas in rocky markets. Nick Bollen, the E. Bronson Ingram Professor in Finance, is quoted.

Read the Jan. 14 article.

Feb. 21: The recession has made many companies leery about hiring specialized employees who may not be able to adapt to volatile market changes. That’s why experts say it’s important to routinely re-evaluate your skill set. Tim Gardner, Associate Professor of Management, is quoted.

Read the Feb. 21 article.

March 17: Marketing researchers and psychologists say that using “regular” people to model products, as the online shoe seller Zappos does, can be especially effective in certain cases. Steve Posavac, the E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Marketing, is quoted.

Read the March 17 article.

Financial Times

Nov. 19: Ponzi schemes and other hedge fund frauds could be more easily identified, suggests recent research by Nick Bollen.

Read the Nov. 19 article.

Jan. 31: Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management ranked 25th in the U.S. and 51st worldwide, according to the 2011 Global MBA survey published today by Financial Times. Compared to 2010, Owen moved up five spots in its U.S. ranking and six spots in its global ranking. In addition, Owen ranked high among schools worldwide in two key measures: job placement and faculty research (both No. 31 globally).

Read the Jan. 31 article.

Bloomberg Businessweek

Nov. 5: The job market for 2010 MBA graduates made a slow but steady recovery this year, beginning to rebound from one of the worst MBA hiring seasons in recent history. Read McNamara, MA’76, Executive Director of the Career Management Center, is quoted.

Read the Nov. 5 article.

Nov. 8: Should businesses crack down on workers who visit recreational websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, on company time? Bruce Barry, the Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Professor of Management, authored the “Con” opinion.

Read the Nov. 8 article.

Jan. 21: The Graduate Management Admission Council announced a contest in July that would award $50,000 to the best idea for how to improve management education. Dawn Iacobucci, the E. Bronson Ingram Professor in Marketing, won second place.

Read the Jan. 21 article.


Nov. 30: Larry Van Horn, Associate Professor of Management and Faculty Director of the Health Care Program, introduces his new blog for Forbes, titled “Second Opinion.” In subsequent entries Van Horn writes about Americans’ unwillingness to cut Medicare, the impact a certain provision in the health care reform bill will have on the insurance industry, why thoughtful people will never agree on health care reform, and prescription drug ads.

Read Van Horn’s blog.

U.S. News & World Report

March 15: Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management climbed eight spots to No. 28 in the latest U.S. News & World Report business school rankings. Owen ranks No. 19 among private U.S. graduate business schools, and is one of seven programs in the top 30 to focus only on full-time graduate management education.

Read a press release about the rankings.


The Globe and Mail

Dec. 13: The Executive and the Elephant: A Leader’s Guide to Building Inner Excellence by Dick Daft, the Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Professor of Management, has been selected by The Globe and Mail as one of its top 10 business books of 2010.

Read the Dec. 13 article.

Motley Fool

Jan. 4: Companies with dissatisfied customers will eventually fail. Research by Bruce Cooil, the Dean Samuel B. Richmond and Evelyn R. Richmond Professor of Management, into the relationship between customer satisfaction and stock prices is mentioned.

Read the Jan. 4 article.


Feb. 7: Assuming the score is remotely close, expect the losing team to go for it on fourth down as time runs out in the Super Bowl on Sunday. New research conducted by Ranga Ramanujam, Associate Professor of Management, and David Lehman of the University of Singapore is mentioned.

Read the Feb. 7 article.


Feb. 17: Assistant Professor of Management Tim Vogus has been named one of the 40 best B-school professors under the age of 40.

Read the Feb. 17 article.

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