When Bernard J. Milano, BS ’61, led the formation of the PhD Project in 1994 to support African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in attaining their business PhDs and becoming professors, there were fewer than 300 people of color in the country with doctorates in business.

As the PhD Project celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, more than 1,230 minority professors teach in business schools (slightly over 4 percent of the total), and there are about 330 minority doctoral students in business disciplines.

“We’ve multiplied the role models and the awareness, and more and more students are going to experience seeing a faculty member of color, which means that if they’re a person of color this might be a career they aspire to because they’ve experienced it firsthand,” said Milano, who in May 2014 received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Fox School’s Department of Accounting.

The PhD Project includes five minority Doctoral Students Associations (DSAs) to support members who are pursuing business doctoral degrees in accounting, finance, information systems, management and marketing. The organization hosts summer conferences for doctoral students in conjunction with meetings of professional associations — for example, the American Accounting Association — so current doctoral students and those who are about to embark on their programs can establish their networks from the beginning.

The PhD Project also leads an invitation only conference in the fall for those considering applying to doctoral programs. Last year, the over 350 attendees could network with more than 100 U.S. doctoral programs.

“A doctoral program is like walking into a house with lots of rooms,” Milano said, emphasizing that for many students it’s a complete departure from their careers to shift focus to academics. “You don’t know what’s in the next room, and you might be shocked at what you see. We open all those doors so that even before a person starts, they know what happens at each successive stage so they have more confidence and more courage.” The supportive network pays dividends:

The completion rate among doctoral students affiliated with the PhD Project’s DSAs is approximately 90 percent. And 97 percent of PhD recipients who come through the PhD Project stay in academia, serving as role models and  mentors on business-school faculty.

When Milano started the PhD Project, he was leading national recruiting for KPMG. During the five decades Milano has been with the firm, he has held positions of increasing responsibility, including national partner in charge of university relations and national partner in charge of human resources.

He is currently president and board  member of the KPMG Foundation, which  supports business schools and students  with special emphasis on accounting  programs; the KPMG Disaster Relief Fund, which provides funds to qualified charitable organizations and to KPMG partners and employees who have suffered financial losses due to natural disasters; and the PhD Project.

“People in the academic world have said this is the most powerful, most successful diversity initiative they have experienced, and when you think about it, we’ve put in a sustainable, long-term change,” said  Milano, who was awarded the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education’s 2013 Advocacy Award.

“We know that when a person becomes a professor and stands in front of that classroom and teaches three sections a week over a 20-year career, they’re going to be impacting thousands of lives,” he added. “Almost all of us can point to a teacher or a professor who has turned our head and given us confidence to pursue a certain direction.” –Brandon Lausch

International exchanges are a common occurrence for Global Executive MBA (EMBA) students. For the first time, however, the Fox School has taken travel out of the equation and brought students from its Philadelphia campus together with those from its international campuses for a two-hour Global EMBA integration workshop using WebEx™ conference technology.

While distance learning and remote conferencing have both existed for years, very few EMBA programs have used these tools to unite students from around the globe into a live learning experience.

“We had already begun efforts to create more collaboration among our Global EMBA students through social media groups, expanded opportunities to study abroad and international immersion trips,” says Rebecca Beeman Geffner, director, International and Executive Programs, IGMS/CIBER, Fox School of Business. “There was still a desire, however, to simultaneously connect these students across time zones in a meaningful way.  Based upon our success using WebEx™ for our Online MBA students we decided that this was the best tool for us to achieve our goal of an international, integrated experience for busy executives.”

The workshop – titled, “Frugal Innovations: Doing Well by Doing Good” – took place in late April and focused on how the power of business can be scaled to alleviate poverty and promote environmental sustainability.

“When I was asked to design and deliver the inaugural Global EMBA integration workshop I knew that I wanted to choose a subject that was new, universally important and appealing to EMBA students around the world,” explains MB Sarkar, PhD, the HF ‘Gerry’ Lenfest Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Academic Director of the Fox Global Immersions Program. “It was a challenging assignment but also very fulfilling and I think that the team and I succeed in pioneering an initiative that fits into Dean Moshe Porat’s vision of a Global EMBA program that mirrors the interconnected world.”

According to Dr. Sarkar, the preponderance of ‘wicked’ societal problems – poverty, access to healthcare, food and water shortages, and environmental challenges to name a few – is forcing a new compact between business and society.

“There is increasing emphasis on inclusive business, shared value and the triple bottom line,” he says. “More and more, innovations that are driving this approach are being seeded in emerging markets, which are extremely resource-constrained and house the majority of the world’s poor and under-served population. Interestingly, through a reversal of the traditional directionality of innovation, such ‘frugal innovations’ are increasingly finding application in the developed countries. To sensitize students to this shifting strategic paradigm, I decided to design the workshop around a frugal innovation-related challenge.”

In the weeks leading up to the workshop, WebEx™ test sessions were conducted with all participants to help avoid technical issues. Readings and specially recorded lecture videos by Dr. Sarkar were uploaded on a Blackboard site created specifically for this workshop. An Edmodo discussion board was also launched to generate excitement and start a dialogue about frugal innovation among students.

“Edmodo is like the academic version of Facebook,” says Geffner. “Using this, our students were able to share information and comments relative to the subject. There was strong participation on this forum both before and after the workshop.”

On the day of the event, 70 students and EMBA faculty members representing all five of the Fox School’s cohorts (U.S., Colombia, Singapore, Japan and France) logged into the workshop. The event was organized in the Fox School’s in-house studio and was successfully executed by the online team consisting of  Darin Kapanjie, PhD, Dan Lantz, Chris Miano, Carly Haines and Kevin Donahue.

“Since we were working with three different time zones we had to choose a time and day – in this case Saturday – that worked for everyone,” says Geffner. “Students in the U.S. and Colombia were signing on in the morning while our cohorts in France and Asia were joining us in the afternoon and late evening.”

In addition to the lecture, which was presented by Dr. Sarkar in Philadelphia, the workshop included virtual breakout sessions.

“We used the registration list to separate students into 10 diverse groups in advance,” explains Geffner. “When it was time, we used WebEx™ to ‘move’ the members of each group into their own room where they could interact and share one another’s desktops.”

According to Geffner, the event was a resounding success with emails, text messages and posts on Facebook and LinkedIn circulating for weeks afterward. She gives much of the credit to the Fox School’s global partners for helping to market the course and shares that plans are already underway for additional workshops.

“It was not only the students who learned from this workshop,” she says. “While international travel will always be an integral component of the Global EMBA program and for global business in general, this experience certainly opened our eyes to other impactful ways in which we can successfully foster global exchange and dialogue among our executive students.”

Dr. Paul A Pavlou, the Chief Research Officer and Associate Dean of Research at the Fox School of Business, recently earned recognition as a world leader in scientific research.

Pavlou was named one of Thomson Reuters’ 2014 World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds, which published its list of honorees in June. Pavlou earned the distinction from the Intellectual Property and Science business branch of Thomson Reuters for citations of his work in a 10-year period, between 2002-2012.

The Milton F. Stauffer Professor of Information Technology and Strategy at the Fox School, Pavlou joined more than 3,000 fellow scholars across 21 fields of study for being among the world’s most-highly cited researchers in his or her specialty. Pavlou’s papers registered more than 12,000 citations over the last decade, as he became one of 95 researchers honored by Thomson Reuters in the field of Economics & Business.

“I do research for my own personal motivation, because I like to discover new things,” Pavlou said, “but it is a great recognition that others rely on your work and cite your work.”

This is not the first such recognition of Pavlou’s research. In 2011, he was rated as the world’s most-productive researcher by top management information systems journals MIS Quarterly and Information Systems Research, according to an analysis by the Association of Information Systems for the period 2010-2012.

Pavlou said he anticipates that his latest personal accolade, from Thomson Reuters, will render a double-edged impact at the Fox School. One of Pavlou’s goals, he said, is to continue to build Fox’s sterling reputation through highly cited, published papers from its students.

“I like to push the mentality that it’s not only (important) to get published, but to get published in well-read, well-respected journals,” he said. “Getting published by itself is not easy. Some may say, ‘It got published. I don’t care if nobody cites it. It’s there.’ But if you can take it to the next level and say, ‘This is something people will read, publish, cite,’ that’s what I’m trying to do.”

The Executive MBA program at the Fox School of Business has called the Philadelphia suburbs home for nearly 30 years, but in that time Center City Philadelphia and executive education have each undergone a renaissance. In keeping with the evolution of both, the Fox School Executive MBA program is moving to a downtown location – The HUB at Commerce Square, an innovative executive meeting facility at 20th and Market streets.

In addition to relocating the EMBA, the Fox School is launching an Executive Doctorate in Business Administration (EDBA) program at the same location in September. This innovative program will join the ranks of a handful of AACSB accredited executive doctoral programs, fill an increasingly important niche within business administration education, and round out a life-cycle approach by providing an advanced, practice-driven research degree to those who already hold MBAs and are in advanced stages of their careers.

Offering both the EMBA and EDBA at The HUB will allow the programs to take advantage of the innovative executive meeting facility and to expand their market reach. For students and executives in Philadelphia, bringing the EMBA to Commerce Square and launching the EDBA will help strengthen the Fox School’s Center City presence.

“We strongly believe that moving to Center City is going to expand our market, particularly into New Jersey and Delaware, and make us more marketable within the Washington, D.C.-to-Boston Amtrak corridor,” said William Aaronson, associate dean for graduate programs at the Fox School.

The one-weekend-per-month format of both programs, coupled with easy access to Philadelphia International Airport, makes the programs attractive to international as well as domestic students. Already, the EDBA has attracted two students from Mauritania – a small country in northern Africa.

The EMBA Program, ranked highest in the Philadelphia region, next to only Wharton, is specially designed to foster such international connections. The 16-month, one-weekend-per-month format, with courses beginning in January, makes it easy for students in any of the Fox School’s four Global EMBA programs to take courses in Philadelphia or for students based in Philadelphia to take courses in Cali, Colombia; Paris, France; Singapore or Tokyo, Japan. Each of the programs is strengthened by a dynamic curriculum and expert faculty with real world experience.

“The Temple brand is synonymous with Philadelphia,” said Tom Kegelman, director of graduate marketing for the Fox School. “It only makes sense for our flagship program to be delivered in a modern facility, conveniently located for virtually any prospective student.”

Like the EMBA program, the EDBA will have a hybrid format, in which students will complete course material online and attend three weekend sessions at The HUB each semester. The EDBA program is about creating new knowledge, and one of the distinguishing factors to the Fox School’s program is its singular focus on using the tools of academic research to solve practical business problems. The EDBA is primarily looking to help seasoned professionals solve the kinds of problems they encounter in their daily experiences with better tools to break those problems apart, come up with solutions and measure the results.

“We want executives to be able to take what they learn back to the industry and solve complex business problems,” said David Schuff, academic director of the EDBA. “It’s really about increasing their understanding of the world, but it is all motivated by what the students are interested in studying.”

The HUB at Commerce Square

Perhaps as significant as the EMBA’s move is the facility it will call home.

The HUB at Commerce Square is one of three The HUB facilities in downtown Philadelphia, where businesses can rent high-end, cutting-edge and fully serviced executive meeting spaces for short or long term use.

“The HUB has the distinguished aura of a facility designed for today’s leading executive,” Aaronson said. “Everything from the way the space is designed to be bright and flowing, to the modern art and sleek furniture – everything tells you, “This is designed for today’s business leaders.”

The magic of The HUB is in the details.

“We’ve understood from the beginning that people gather in a learning environment or business setting to be productive, but humans do not respond as well to drab environments with maroon drapes and no window lines, no aesthetic appeal, no energy – so we built our facility with that in mind,” said John New, The HUB CEO and founding partner. “It’s very vibrant. It has character and energy that you see as soon as you walk in. That just sets the tone.”

Nearly all of The HUB meeting rooms at Commerce Square have floor-to-ceiling windows, and many overlook a lush Center City plaza complete with restaurants, fountains and a large, LED screen. Bright colors and natural elements, like water features and birch trees, keep the interior from palling in comparison. Breakout areas with lounge-style seating ensure students can step away to digest the course material or just get a change in scenery.

All of these details help foster “state-of-the-art” instruction.

The HUB’s “flat classrooms,” for instance, allow students to gather around flexible pods on a level plane, rather than in fixed seats in a tiered amphitheater.

“In a flat classroom, the focus shifts away from the faculty being the ‘sage on the stage,’ to the faculty being the coach on the sideline,” Aaronson said.

The learning becomes less about faculty-to-student knowledge transfers and more about student-to-student problem solving.

The HUB also takes care of important logistical details.  “We take care of all the headaches,” New said. “We sell productivity on a daily basis, and executive program students demand that we use their time as efficiently and best as possible and that the environment and tools kind of fit into that equation.”

According to Aaronson: “Executives who have traveled the world, and participated in global conferences and international business meetings, will certainly be at ease in this facility – where they know that everything they need in order to learn best is at their fingertips.  ”

May 2014 – Fox Update

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Anthony Di Benedetto ranks sixth globally among innovation management scholars

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Discussed in this issue:
• Michael E. Porter discusses U.S. competitive challenges
• Fox innovation and entrepreneurship program attracts scholars
• TechConnect workshops, NSF grant highlight commercialization efforts

Celebrating 80 Years: Inaugural Department of Accounting Alumni Reunion Abounds with Connections and Humor

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Discussed in this issue:
• Bernard J. Milano receives Fox School Distinguished Accounting Alumni Award
• Department of Accounting welcomes Reginald F. White
• PwC hosts global forum on women and leadership featuring Sheryl Sandberg

John Castellani, President and CEO of PhRMA (Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America), an organization representing America’s leading research-based biopharmaceutical companies, visited the Temple University campus on April 16. Castellani’s visit brought out a wide mixture of administrators and faculty interested and involved in pharmaceutical research and related issues.  The almost 2-hour engagement with administrators and faculty included Provost Hai-Lung Dai, Dean M. Moshe Porat of the Fox School, Dean Peter Doukas of the School of Pharmacy, and faculty from the Schools of Business, Medicine, Pharmacy, Science and Technology, and Fox Chase Cancer Center.  Castellani also spoke to a diverse group of Temple senior undergraduate and graduate students from various schools across Temple and outside invited guests to hear him speak.

“He’s not just on the pulse of what’s going on in this industry.  He’s in the vortex of policy changes being discussed that can alter the course for the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare in this country,” said George Chressanthis, the professor of healthcare management and marketing who arranged Castellani’s visit.  Chressanthis, who serves as Director of the Center for Healthcare Research and Management at the Fox School, also has a secondary appointment in the Temple School of Medicine Department of Clinical Sciences.  “People walked away with a new-found appreciation and insights about the challenges, opportunities, and uncertainties facing this critical industry that is so vital to our national well-being” noted Chressanthis upon hearing feedback from faculty and students on Castellani’s visit.

Castellani leads PhRMA’s efforts to preserve and strengthen a healthcare and economic environment that fosters medical innovation, new drug discovery and access to life-saving medicines.  Before his discussions with faculty and students, Castellani sat for an interview about his organization and priorities.

What’s the most enjoyable aspect of being President and CEO of PhRMA?

JC: What really gets my blood flowing is the promise of what medicine can do for patients.  That’s really the heart of what gets me in the office every day.  We have never been in a time when the promise of medicine has been more exciting.  Globally, there are 5,400 medicines in or awaiting clinical trials right now, and 70 percent of those are first in class; there’s nothing else like them out there.  There is some outstanding potential out there.  More than anything, that’s what gets me up.

Research and development can be incredibly costly.  What are some of the opportunities and challenges associated with the industry’s R&D timeline?

JC: If you step back and look at all medicines and at what they cost and how long they take, over the past several years, medicines by nature cost about $1.2 billion to $1.5 billion to bring to a patient and takes about 12-15 years.  For every 10,000 compounds you start with at the laboratory, you get one to a patient, and for every hundred that go into clinical trials you get 25.  For those related to neurology, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s, you get about four out of 100, so it is a very expensive and time-consuming process.

When you think about it in the context of business, being a CEO of a biopharmaceutical company, the investment decisions you’re making now in R&D will probably be realized in your successor or even further down the line, and if you were defensive about protecting the shareholder assets you would have a better track record if you said no to everyone than if you said yes.  Yet, despite that, unlike any other industry in the world, we put 20 percent of our revenue into R&D every year.  No one else comes close.

So what’s incumbent on us (the industry) is that we have to bring down that cost of discovery because what we’re developing are more and more medicines that are aimed at a genetically homogenous population, so it’s fewer people.  If you have fewer people over which you can spread that cost of development you have to do two things: you have to bring down the cost of R&D by being smarter, better and faster, and secondly you’re going to have to better demonstrate the value, not the cost, of that medicine before you start researching.  It’s an enormous challenge – and it’s exciting.

To bring down the cost of R&D, how do those conversations typically go with lawmakers?  What challenges do you face?

JC: What’s amazing after 24 years of trying, if you were a type-2 diabetic, which about 34 million Americans are, if you do not manage your disease, you get to an end state where you require dialysis.  Dialysis is about an $80,000 a year regime.  A management regime, like insulin or other diabetic drugs, typically averages $1,200 a year.  The way we’ve hand-structured accounting for cost in the healthcare system was we look at the $1,200 a year and not the $80,000.

Last year for the first time the federal budget finally recognized, based on very good research, something that is very interesting: The first time you brought a prescription drug benefit into the Medicare system in 2006, scientists looked at those patients who for the first time had access to prescription drugs, and they found out that they were saving $1,300 a patient to Medicare. Why?  Because they were avoiding acute care and long-term care.  They ultimately saved $13 billion on the first year alone.

Why are you interested in an opportunity to speak with Temple students and faculty?

Because I always learn something when I come to universities, and I particularly learn it from the students because they are skeptical and they are fresh and not entrenched.  But another reason why I’m here is if you look at the future of biopharmaceutical development, really what you see here at Temple are all the elements that are going to be necessary.

In an integrated way, if you’re going to be successful, you have to be smart from a science standpoint, you have to have the good basic research, which you have here, you have your clinical trial capability here, you have the School of Pharmacy with its capability, and you have to be able to convince people they should invest in you.  You really have all aspects of the R&D and commercialization process for the industry for its future.  There’s not a lot of places you can go in the country where you find them all in one place.

Rinku Singh (top) and Dinesh Kumar Patel (left) became the   first Indians to sign professional sports contracts in North America   after winning the Million Dollar Arm competition, co-founded by Fox   PhD alumnus Ash Vasudevan (right).
Rinku Singh (top) and Dinesh Kumar Patel (left) became the first Indians to sign professional sports contracts in North America after winning the Million Dollar Arm competition, co-founded by Fox PhD alumnus Ash Vasudevan (right).

Ash Vasudevan, PhD ’96, describes himself as being driven to make a difference and drawn to the unknown.

Case in point: He co-founded a nationwide talent search in India to find the next big-league-caliber baseball pitcher in a country where cricket dominates sports. Launched in 2007, that reality TV competition spanned a dozen cities and attracted 35,000 participants.

The theory behind the competition is that innate athletic ability can be applied across sports requiring similar skills, such as from cricket to baseball. It culminated in 18-year-olds Rinku Singh and Dinesh Kumar Patel—javelin throwers who disliked cricket and had never heard of baseball—becoming the first Indians to sign professional sports contracts in North America (both with the Pittsburgh Pirates).

By now the story might sound familiar. Disney’s Million Dollar Armbased on the competition of the same name—premieres nationally May 16 with Vasudevan being played by Aasif Mandvi of The Daily with Jon Stewart.

The movie chronicles the first season of Million Dollar Arm, which Vasudevan launched with sports agent JB Bernstein (portrayed by Jon Hamm) and Will Chang, who has ownership stakes in a number of professional teams, including the San Francisco Giants and the D.C. United. Vasudevan, who co-founded Seven Figures Management with Bernstein and Chang, is managing general partner of San Mateo, Calif.–based Edge Holdings, which creates and funds ventures in technology, media and entertainment.

“Life really would be boring if you didn’t take risks,” Vasudevan said of his business philosophy. “I’m drawn to the uncertainty. It’s the tried-and-true methods I don’t find particularly appealing. I like trying something nobody has tried before.”

Vasudevan has been involved in ventures ranging from reQall, a global business focusing on personal-assistance technology, to Gigante, a documentary about Major League Baseball player Andres Torres, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Going to India to find a star pitcher did not resonate with many of Vasudevan’s friends. Some suggested he and his colleagues should recruit in markets such as Japan or South America, which have produced numerous big leaguers, but Vasudevan countered that established scouting systems in those markets are much more likely to identify premier talent, leaving fewer gunslingers available to compete for reality TV.

Production of Season 3 of Million Dollar Arm is expected to start in the fall. Before that, of course, Vasudevan and colleagues will experience what it is like to inspire a feature film and to be portrayed in a movie shown around the world.

“The first time I watched myself on the screen, it was weird,” Vasudevan said of Mandvi’s performance. “To see Jon Hamm addressing my character, and reliving some of those conversations, is a lot of fun. We never imagined we would have such a wonderful global platform to tell our story.”

While college seniors across the country prepared for their last undergrad finals and applied for jobs, William Thorsson and his Fox School of Business peers flew to Denver, Co., for a national competition in which they gave a presentation in front of 100 risk management industry leaders.

On April 30, moments after finalist presentations ended, Gabriel and her three teammates learned they won the Risk and Insurance Management Society’s inaugural Spencer-RIMS Risk Management Challenge.

“I wasn’t actually in the room when our victory was announced, so I didn’t believe it right away,” the senior risk insurance and healthcare management major said. “I was beyond excited when it sunk in.”

The competition has taken place for the last three years. This was the first year the conference was hosted at the RIMS conference, and the second consecutive year Temple University’s Fox School team won.

“It’s a testament to their hard work and training,” said Professor Robert Drennan, chair of Fox’s risk, insurance and healthcare management department. “We’ve always felt our undergraduate program at the Fox School is the very best in the country. A lot of objective evidence points to that, and this victory is just one more piece of evidence.”

Thorsson and his teammates Cathleen Gabriel, Martin Leicht and Steven Costa entered the challenge back in February when they and the 14 other contestants were presented with a risk management situation for Snap-on Inc. Each team had to respond to a proposal and create a presentation to win Snap-on’s business.

Each team submitted proposals to RIMS and by March, judges narrowed the running to nine teams. The nine schools were invited to the annual RIMS conference in Denver and gave oral presentations to a panel of 10 judges.

At the conference, judges chose narrowed the competition to three finalist teams who gave their presentation in front of industry leaders and professionals on the conference’s last day.

The Fox School team was awarded $4,000 for their first place victory. Florida State University and the Virginia Commonwealth University, won second ($3,000) and third ($2,000) places, respectively.

Thorsson was also thrilled for the exposure to the industry the challenge provided to him and his team.

“It highlights how fortunate we are to have a such a great risk management program and how, as Fox students, we’re given a holistic view of business,” he says.

Gabriel, who accepted a job at America International Group (AIG) Inc., says the entire challenge experience and victory made her grateful for the quality of education she received at Fox.

“Everything I’ve learned in the classroom, I’ve been able to apply to real life situations,” Gabriel says. “Attending and winning the Spencer-RIMS Challenge with my teammates was an amazing way to end a tremendous college career.”

University-wide Big Data Institute to harness multi-disciplinary potential of data analytics

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Discussed in this issue:
• Statistics Department uniquely advances high-dimensional statistics research
• Center for Data Analytics and Biomedical Informatics sees opportunity in business research
• Center for Online and Social Data Analytics looks at consumer behavior at microscopic level

Fox School of Business students paced back and forth, quietly practicing their presentation for the 8th Young Scholars Interdisciplinary Forum held on April 23rd in the MBA Commons of Alter Hall.

Over fifty students and faculty members enjoyed lunch while the record-breaking number of nineteen proposal groups presented their posters and explained their research projects to the evaluation committee members and guests.  The afternoon’s program began with a welcome from Dean. M. Moshe Porat and Associate Dean Paul Pavlou, who is the founder of the Young Scholars program and the school’s Chief Research Officer.

“Each semester marks a greater success than the last, such as this year’s record number of nineteen proposals,” said Pavlou.

So far, over sixty proposals have been funded, which includes more than 115 faculty members and PhD students from the Fox School of Business and School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, but also includes group members from colleges across Temple University, and numerous universities around the world.

The Young Scholars Interdisciplinary Forum is open to current Fox School of Business PhD students and junior members of the Fox School faculty, where they are eligible to submit proposals for seed initial funding to undertake interdisciplinary research projects. An annual amount of $25,000 is dispersed among the proposals to encourage and support early stages of interdisciplinary collaborative research. Proposals typically receive funding ranging from $50 up to $5,000.

The aim of the Young Scholars program is to provide seed funding for students and faculty to pursue high-quality interdisciplinary research that can result in journal publications, additional outside funding grants, and broader recognition of the Fox School of Business’ research work.

For more information on the Young Scholars Interdisciplinary Forum, including recipients of seed-funding for their research work, can be found on the Fox School’s research website.

Provost Hai-Lung Dai recently announced that 767 faculty at Temple will receive merit awards. One hundred-eight of that faculty comes from the Fox School of Business.

These awards recognize all of the meritorious activities of Temple’s faculty in the 2012-13 academic year. During the Fall 2013 semester, faculty were nominated or self-nominated. Departments, colleges and schools, deans and the provost conducted reviews to select the merit award winners.

The faculty will receive a record number of 2,056 units of $600 each, in terms of merit awards, this month.

“A merit award reflects our faculty’s continued dedication and commitment to scholarship and students, and highlights the exceptional drive for excellence in teaching, innovation and performance,” Provost Dai said.

Temple recognizes faculty for outstanding performance in teaching and instruction, research, scholarship, creative activity and/or service to the university or their individual professions or disciplines, each year.

Ronald Anderson – Finance
Paul K. Asabere – Finance
Hilal Atasoy – Accounting
Craig Atwater – Marketing and Supply Chain Management
Derek Avery – Human Resource Admin
Steven Balsam – Accounting
Sudipta Basu – Accounting
Gary J. Blau – Human Resource Admin
Jeffrey R. Boles – Law S.B.M
Andrea K. Brooks Lopez – Human Resource Admin
Lawrence Brown – Accounting
Dmitri Byzalov – Accounting
Alexandra D. Carides – Statistics
Stephen J. Casper – Finance
Rajeswarar S. Chaganti – Strategic Management
Hua Chen – Risk Management and Insurance
Pallavi Chitturi – Statistics
J. Jay Choi – Finance
George Chressanthis – Risk Management and Insurance
Mary Conran – Marketing and Supply Chain Management
John D. Cummins- Risk Management and Insurance
C. Anthony DiBenedetto – Marketing and Supply Chain Management
Angelika Dimoka – Marketing and Supply Chain Management
Yuexiao Dong – Statistics
Martin J. Doyle – Management Information Systems
R B Drennan Jr. – Risk Management and Insurance
Eric Eisenstein – Marketing and Supply Chain Management
Elyas E. Elyasiani – Finance
Richard Y. Flanagan – Management Information Systems
Nathan Fong – Marketing and Supply Chain Management
Mary A. Gaffney – Accounting
Deanna Geddes – Human Resource Admin
Mark E. Gershon – Marketing and Supply Chain Management
Katherine W. Gerst – Marketing and Supply Chain Management
Elizabeth Gordon – Accounting
Manak C. Gupta – Finance
Terry A. Halbert – Law S.B.M.
Robert D. Hamilton – Strategic Management
Xu Han – Statistics
Crystal M. Harold – Human Resource Admin
Arthur Hochner – Human Resource Admin
Samuel D. Hodge –Law S.B.M.
Brian Holtz – Human Resource Admin
Andrea Hornett – Marketing and Supply Chain Management
Forrest E. Huffman – Finance
James M. Hunt – Marketing and Supply Chain Management
Alan J. Izenman – Statistics
Steven Johnson – Management Information Systems
Satyajit Karnik – Finance
Howard Keen – Finance
Masaaki Kotabe – Strategic Management
A.J. Kreimer – Accounting
Jayanthi Krishnan – Accounting
Jagannathan Krishnan – Accounting
Seok-Woo Kwon – Strategic Management
James M. Lammendola – Law S.B.M.
Vanessa J. Lawrence – Law S.B.M.
Yan Li – Finance
Marco Malandra – Accounting
Barbara B. Mancano – Risk Management and Insurance
Xiangdong Mao – Finance
John A. Mccloskey – Human Resource Admin
Michael Mccloskey – Risk Management and Insurance
James P. Miller – Marketing and Supply Chain Management
Neha Mittal – Marketing and Supply Chain Management
James C. Moustafellos – Management Information Systems
Susan Mudambi – Marketing and Supply Chain Management
Shreeram R. Mudambi – Strategic Management
Lalitah Naveen – Finance
Katherine Nelson – Human Resource Admin
In-Sue Oh – Human Resource Admin
Arvind Parkhe – Strategic Management
Tony Petrucci – Human Resource Admin
Robert S. Pred – Statistics
Eric Press – Accounting
Steven Nevin Pyser – Human Resource Admin
Bruce B. Rader – Finance
Sheri Risler – Accounting
Edward C. Rosenthal – Marketing and Supply Chain Management
David H. Ryan – Accounting
Oleg Rytchkov – Finance
Sanat Sarkar – Statistics
Mitrabarun Sarkar – Strategic Management
David Schuff – Management Information Systems
Jonathan A. Scott – Finance
Andrew Sfekas- Risk Management and Insurance
Amir Shoham – Finance
Jagbir Singh – Statistics
Indrajit Sinha – Marketing and Supply Chain Management
Michael F. Smith – Marketing and Supply Chain Management
John Soss – Finance
Michael A. Valenza – Law S.B.M.
Vinod Venkatraman – Marketing and Supply Chain Management
Krupa S. Viswanathan – Risk Management Insurance
Sunil Wattal – Management Information Systems
William W. Wei – Statistics
Howard J. Weiss – Marketing and Supply Chain Management
Mary A. Weiss – Risk Management and Insurance
Guntram Werther – Strategic Management
Sheryl Winston Smith – Strategic Management
Jacqueline Wise – Risk Management and Insurance
Gary Witt – Statistics

Fox School of Business alumni , faculty and students and industry professionals flocked to the Hyatt at the Bellevue Hotel Tuesday, April 22, to celebrate and honor students past and present for the 26th Annual Awards for Excellence Dinner.

Co-hosted by the Department of Risk, Insurance and Healthcare Management and the Sigma chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma, Dean Moshe Porat commented on event’s growth from a small luncheon 25 years ago.

“The idea behind it was to raise the profile of the department, to further connect students to employers, and to attract well-known speakers,” Dr. Porat said. “I think you will agree that we succeeded on all accounts – more people, more illustrious speakers and more successes to celebrate.”

The keynote speaker of the event was J. Hyatt Brown, president and CEO of Brown & Brown, Inc. who had an active career as a Florida state representative in the 1970s, and whom Time Magazine named one of the U.S.’s 50 young leaders in 1979.

Among the more than 30 Fox School students receiving awards were graduating seniors Richard Lee, BBA ’14, and William Thorsson, BBA ’14, who received the G. William Glendenning Award for Excellence in Actuarial Science; Cathleen Gabriel, BBA ’14, and Regina Ross, BBA ’13, recipients of the Joseph E. Boettner Award for Excellence in Risk Management and Insurance; H. Wayne Snider Award in Risk Management winner Martin Leicht, BBA ’14; Allison Cross, CEBS, BBA ’14,, who won the Jerry S. Rosenbloom Award in Employee Benefits; and Nancy Barret, BBA ’14, who was honored with the Baglini Memorial Award for Professionalism and Ethics.

Three Fox alums received the prestigious awards from the department. Cassidy A. Starkey, BBA ’99, manager of the designs Claims Management Programs for The Graham Company – and a Temple University Beasley School of Law grad – received the Norman A. Baglini Distinguished Young Alumni Award in Risk Management and Insurance.

Cigna Global Health Benefits Actuarial Manager Richard Huynh, BBA ’08, was honored with the G. William Glendenning Distinguished Young Alumni Award in Actuarial Science.

John Hannah, BBA ’90, was given the H. Wayne Snider Distinguished Alumni Award in Risk Management and Insurance. Hannah currently serves as senior client executive of Marsh’s Philadelphia Operations.

Associate Professor and Department Chair R.B. Drennan made remarks about the state of the insurance industry’s recruitment and future before awarding students and alumni. He proudly noted that the Fox School is educating future generations in this industry, and “we have been doing it longer and better than anyone else.”

“There is great concern over where the next generation of talent and leaders will come from,” Dr. Drennan noted. “Might I suggest to you, based on the facts as presented, that we in the Fox School have assumed the role as the leader in risk management education and research in the country and that we are also playing a major role to close this gap.”

Photo from the 2014 Be Your Own Boss BowlGuiding Technologies (GT), a startup company focused on improving outcomes and quality of life for autistic children, won the coveted $125,000 grand prize at the 16th annual Be Your Own Boss Bowl®, Temple’s university-wide business plan competition – one of the most lucrative and comprehensive in the nation.  Over $225,000 in cash and prizes was awarded, and more than 450 senior executives, entrepreneurs and investors supported the competition through service as mentors, judges and coaches.

GT’s founder is Temple College of Science and Technology Professor John Nosek, the first-ever faculty member to win grand prize in the contest, which is open to Temple students, faculty, alumni and staff.  GT won more than $125,000 in cash and professional products and services at the April 24 finalist presentations held at the Fox School’s Alter Hall.

“Winning the BYOBB means development and field testing of GAINS™ will be accelerated. This will translate into helping individuals with autism and their families sooner – what a great outcome from this competition,” Nosek said.

Nosek has developed a mobile technology platform that systematizes and standardizes Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), the gold standard in treatment for autistic children.  Currently, one of every 68 children is diagnosed on the autism spectrum (over 1.1 million currently).  ABA is exceptionally costly, its effectiveness ranges due to inconsistency from one therapist to the next, and there is a scarcity of qualified ABA therapists.  Without ABA therapy between the ages of two and five, autistic children lead diminished lives with a 10-fold increase in lifetime costs.   GT will revolutionize the treatment of autism through its flagship product GAINS™ (Guidance, Assessment and Information System) because anyone with a smart phone or tablet can be coached step-by-step in real time to provide high-quality therapy.   GAINS™ will improve the consistency of ABA therapy, therefore increasing its efficacy while reducing costs.

“Guiding Technologies offers autistic children and their families around the world hope for greatly improved long-term outcomes,” said Jaine Lucas, executive director of Temple’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute. “This is a classic example of the right product at the right time.  Judges were impressed by the overall sophistication of the plan, including its disruptive technology, smart and creative go-to-market strategy, revenue model, and potential to do well and do good.”

Other winners were:

  • First Place Undergraduate Track:  F.O.G. Systems – Pooja Thakkar, Clifford Greenfield and Robert Alexander, College of Engineering ’14; Second Place Undergraduate Track:  Manouk Hovhannesian and Sivon Pichoto, Fox School of Business ’14
  • First Place Social Innovation Track:  Philadelphia Urban Creators – Alex Epstein, College of Liberal Arts ’14, Devon Bailey, Denzel Thompson and Jeaninne; Second Place Social Innovation Track:  Citadelle Shades – Elizabeth Darnel, Fox School of Business, EMBA ’12, Colleen Gill, Penn State University and Mark Onesky, Fox School of Business, EMBA
  • First Place Graduate Student/Alumni/Faculty/Staff Track:  Whose Your Landlord – Ofo Ezeugwu, Fox School of Business ’13, Felix Addison, George Mason University, Kacper Rams, College of Science and Technology ’15, and Nik Korablin, College of Science and Technology ’13; Second Place Graduate Student/Alumni/Faculty/Staff Track:  Heart Upbeat! – Maria Cecilia Scimia, MD, PhD, Associate Scientist, Temple School of Medicine
  • Best Written Plan by a Woman:  Elizabeth Darne, Fox School of Business, EMBA ’12
  • Best Written Plan by a Minority:  Ofo Ezeugwu, Fox School of Business ’13
  • Best Written Cleantech Plan:  Scott Draper, Fox School of Business ’14

The annual Be Your Own Boss Bowl® competition is the flagship co-curricular program of Temple’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI), which is based in Fox School of Business but serves students, alumni faculty and staff from all 17 schools and colleges at the university.  The IEI has been a top 15 ranked program nationally in entrepreneurship for 11 consecutive years.  Previous winners have been recognized by Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur magazine and other prestigious publications.

Michael E. Porter discusses regional and global competitiveness in Innovation Leadership Speaker Series

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Discussed in this issue:
• Fox offers 5% scholarship to Temple alumni returning for graduate programs
• Milton Hershey School exec, a Fox alumnus, partners with Temple
• Fox Global MBA elevates to Top 50 in U.S. News rankings