Media Mentions

From the Spring 2012 edition of Vanderbilt Business

The Associated Press

March 7: Michael Burcham, Lecturer of Entrepreneurship, has been chosen as a “champion of change” as part of President Barack Obama’s “Winning the Future” initiative. Burcham was honored at a White House ceremony for his leadership in mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Bloomberg Businessweek

Nov. 2: MF Global Holdings Ltd.’s bankruptcy, the eighth-largest in U.S. history, is exposing a lack of internal controls that may have prevented a last-minute rescue of Jon Corzine’s futures broker. Hans Stoll, the Anne Marie and Thomas B. Walker Jr. Professor of Finance and Director of the Financial Markets Research Center, is quoted.

Jan. 11: B-school electives have taken a turn for the creative, tackling everything from New York City’s problems to health care to humanitarian relief. In the Fundamentals of Quality Improvement in Health Care elective, students from the Owen School join nursing and medical students to focus on process improvements at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.


Feb. 3: Worried that the Federal Reserve and the U.S. dollar are on the brink of collapse, lawmakers from 13 states, including Minnesota, Tennessee, Iowa, South Carolina and Georgia, are seeking approval from their state governments to either issue their own alternative currency or explore it as an option. David Parsley, the E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Economics and Finance, is quoted.

Feb. 4: For some, Super Bowl Sunday is all about the game. For others, the ads take center stage. Jennifer Escalas, Associate Professor of Marketing, offers three keys to a killer Super Bowl ad: a meaningful narrative, strong linkage to the brand, and “equity,” which occurs when brands that appear perennially build up a positive association in consumers’ minds.

The Dallas Morning News

Feb. 14: Life-threatening problems persist at Parkland Memorial Hospital and are more widespread than previously known, enabled by a “business as usual” culture that has kept it from fixing serious breakdowns, according to a new report. Ranga Ramanujam, Associate Professor of Management, is quoted.

The Economist

Jan. 3: As Brazil’s economy booms, U.S. business schools are catering to increased interest in the country by seeking new partnerships and programs with local institutions. Vanderbilt’s Americas MBA for Executives program is mentioned.

Financial Times

Jan. 30: The Owen School ranks No. 4 nationally and No. 7 internationally in the human resources category of the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2012.

Jan. 30: Interest in joint J.D. and MBA programs is being driven by changes in the demand for legal services, says Dean Jim Bradford.


Dec. 2: Insurance is not a wealth redistribution tool in which good risks cover the bad ones to ensure that everyone pays the same rate, writes Larry Van Horn, Associate Professor of Management and Executive Director of Health Affairs.

Jan. 26: Bruce Barry, the Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Professor of Management, is quoted about clichés and jargon used all too frequently in the business world.


Nov. 23: MBA applicants from India and China face significantly higher rates of rejection by many top U.S. business schools than either domestic candidates or those from Europe or Latin America, according to a new study by Poets & Quants. John Roeder, Director of Admissions, is quoted.

Dec. 9: The Owen School rose three places to 25th this year in a new ranking by Poets & Quants. The list is a composite of the five major MBA rankings published by Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist, Financial Times, Forbes and U.S. News & World Report.

The Globe and Mail

March 13: Diverse in scope, new executive MBA programs often share similar features: an international learning component, a blend of in-class and online study, and curriculum delivered by multiple partners. The Americas MBA for Executives program is mentioned.

Investor’s Business Daily

Feb. 14: Companies can teach people to boost their what-if mindsets and can learn how to generate new approaches by working with employees in a number of brain-building drills. For example, David Owens, Professor of the Practice of Management and Innovation, suggests allowing workers to get out from behind their desks and try thinking in a new place. Read more about David Owens.


Nov. 29: Opponents of Dodd-Frank financial regulations have been emboldened by a circuit court ruling that faulted the Securities and Exchange Commission for failing to determine the full costs of implementing the law. The SEC responded to the ruling by bulking up its Division of Risk, Strategy and Financial Innovation, a sort of in-house think tank created in 2009 to examine the economic impact of the rules. The appointment of Craig Lewis, the Madison S. Wigginton Chair of Management, to lead the division is mentioned.


Dec. 11: There is one way to steady a stock portfolio without unloading shares: an options strategy known as “covered calls.” The idea is to collect extra income now in exchange for giving up potential gains later. Bob Whaley, the Valere Blair Potter Professor of Finance, is quoted.

U.S. News & World Report

Feb. 23: Business students seem to be increasingly seeking jobs in the policy, technology and management of education, say education professionals. The Owen School is among the top-ranked business schools that have student-run education clubs.

Feb. 29: Three-year programs are increasingly being explored by colleges and college-bound students and parents as a more affordable route to a degree. Others, like Vanderbilt alumnus Ted Griffith, BS’08, MSF’09, earned both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in four years.

March 13: The Owen School improved to No. 25, three spots better than last year, in U.S. News & World Report’s latest rankings of business schools. Read more about the rankings.

March 21: Read McNamara, MA’76, Executive Director of the Career Management Center, discusses sectors that are hiring and offers advice to B-school graduates.

April 3: Admissions officers at the Owen School discuss what they look for in applicants and what sets the school apart.

The Wall Street Journal

March 28: Alumnus Doug Parker, MBA’86, Chairman and CEO of US Airways, is interviewed about consolidation in the airline industry.

April 5: The Owen School has increased support for job-seeking foreign students by hiring a dedicated career-services staffer for the international contingent; scheduling “how I did it” presentations by international students who successfully secured jobs in the U.S.; organizing job-hunting trips to Asia; and offering webinars to address cultural gaps and identify companies that are more open to sponsorship. Tami Fassinger, BA’85, Chief Recruiting Officer, and alumnus Juan Jose Thorne, MBA’10, are quoted.

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