Over the past few years, the Fogelman College of Business and Economics has experienced a significant change in its culture. The result of this change has been improved performance of our students, faculty, and staff. In my opinion, such a positive shift is the result of the development and implementation of the culture of student centeredness. In this message, I would like to share some of what we are doing to inculcate student centeredness in our culture.
The University of Memphis Fogelman College of Business College has launched an innovative new program with great success. The Complete Professional Program (CPP) is a student-centric program designed to teach students the necessary skills to succeed in a professional environment. It is offered through the College's Avron B. Fogelman Professional Development Center. The Complete Professional Program's philosophy is to holistically prepare students for a career in the real world and, hence, provide them with a competitive edge. The program emphasizes the importance of a strong educational foundation and also trains students to become ethical, polished, healthy and community-oriented professionals. Some of the programs that help polish students include business etiquette, communication (presentation and written skills), emotional control, critical thinking, creativity, inspiration for peak performance, discipline-specific coaching for careers and individualized attention to applying for and preparing for job interviews.
The Fogelman College of Business and Economics is comprised of a research-active faculty which allows our school to stay abreast of cutting-edge information and knowledge dissemination. Take a look at some of their most recent interesting findings:
Did you know that public firms are able to grow more efficiently than private firms?
Dr. Sandra Mortal, a professor of finance at Fogelman College, helps determine why in an article titled "Capital Allocation by Public and Private Firms." To read the article in its entirety, review the February 2013 edition of Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.
Did you know that the saying 'different strokes for different folks' can also explain why people continue to share their ideas in open innovation communities?
Dr. Chen Zhang discusses this phenomenon in her recently published article, "Continued Participation in Online Innovation Communities: Does Community Response Matter Equally
Did you know that investing in fast growing firms, regardless of whether they grow
through mergers or organically, is a bad idea?
Dr. Sandra Mortal, FCBE professor, and Dr. Michael Schill determine these interesting findings in an article titled "The Post-Acquisition Return of Stock Deals: Evidence of the Pervasiveness of the Asset Growth Effect" in the Journal of Financial and Quantities Analysis.
Some of the biggest names in business visited Memphis for the inaugural Hall of Fame
and Investors in Excellence ceremonies this past fall. Executives from companies such
as Home Depot, FedEx, Saks Incorporated, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and
many more were among the individuals who were enshrined onto the walls of the College.
While a tribute to successful alumni and friends is not uncommon amongst other universities, in an era of reduced discretionary spending and closely-monitored budgets it is sometimes difficult to find the dollars for projects such as these. But, there was a big reason to cough up the cash – it was an opportunity to inspire our students.