Managerial Responses to the Childhood Obesity Crisis
Childhood obesity has become a critical problem across the United States. Researchers
at the University of Memphis are tackling the problem by focusing on the development
and enactment of school-based obesity policies in Mississippi and Tennessee, two of
the worst performers in the U.S. with respect to childhood obesity problems. The research
team includes Dr. John Amis (Department of Management), Dr. Paul Wright (Department of Health & Sport Sciences,
University of Memphis), Dr. James Vardaman (Mississippi State University) and Dr.
Ben Dyson (University of Auckland).
Managing Innovation and Organizational Transformation
Researchers in the Fogelman College of Business & Economics are investigating the
ways in which new innovation management models are adopted by organizations. In moving
away from a traditional, vertical functional design, senior management at a technology-intensive
firm anticipated that introduction of a new team-based innovation process would improve
the efficiency and effectiveness of product development. These expectations are assessed
in a project that involves collecting data on seven teams over a three year period.
Specifically, the project is exploring the ways in which changes are enacted within
the firm, the different ways in which teams function, and how variations across teams
influence the propensity for team success.
The research team comprises Dr. John Amis (Department of Management), Dr. Maria Gondo (University of New Mexico), and Dr. Brian
Janz (Department of Management Information Systems).
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