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Spring 2015

Department News

Our Beta Alpha Psi Chapter has continued its success. In 2012 and 2013, the Chapter achieved Superior status and in 2014 they achieved Distinguished status.

Francis Bennett, last year’s Beta Alpha Psi president, represented our chapter by participating on the winning team in Project Run With It at the Annual Beta Alpha Psi meeting. Each year, the CPA firm of Moss Adams sponsors the competition which gives teams of students the opportunity to work on a real-world consulting project.

Francis was one of only 72 students out of more than 1,200 meeting attendees who were selected to participate, so just being chosen was an honor. His team won the competition and he brought home a plaque and $1,000 prize!  While our students have been selected to participate in Project Run With It in the past, this is the first time that we’ve had a participant on the winning team.

For the last two years, SIUE accounting majors have been selected by the Illinois CPA Society to participate the Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program in Chicago. This is a three-day intensive program in downtown Chicago that aims to prepare up to 25 students for life in the accounting profession. The third day of the program provides the participants with the opportunity to interview for paid internship slots with some of the most prestigious accounting firms and companies in Chicago. In 2013, Angela Jordan was our first-ever nominee and participant. In 2014, Brandi Jackson was selected. You can read more about Brandi’s experience in the Student Spotlight article, below.  

In the last two years, Dr. Linda Lovata has redesigned our Senior Assignment to update the topic and incorporate a presentation judged by our Advisory Board members. You can read more about the new Senior Assignment in the Focus on Faculty, below.

This semester, Susan Murray is offering the first sustainability course in our graduate programs. Experts from Nestle-Purina, AB InBev, Madison County, Midwest Coalition of Sustainable Investment, the St. Louis Rams, and Express Scripts have met with our students to discuss their organizations’ approaches to sustainability.

We have recently received approval to offer a set of online transition courses aimed at getting MSA applicants with non-accounting undergraduate degrees into the MSA program. The courses, based on a grant written by Greg Sierra, will allow applicants to acquire the necessary accounting skills in just three eight-week sessions. If you know someone with a non-accounting undergraduate degree who would like to start the MSA, have them contact Mike Costigan.

Many of you know that our Beta Alpha Psi Chapter sponsors a very successful Meet the Firms event each year prior to on campus interviews. This past year, 21 employers and two CPA review providers attended. Both students and employers report that contacts made at Meet the Firms have led to job offers.

Some of our students participated in the annual School of Business Scholarship and Awards Luncheon on April 21, where the following awards were presented:

  • Denise Suhrenbrock Award - Jessica Winkler
  • Stuart White Award - Jonathan Bettis & Kristen Drainer
  • Rosner Award - Ashley Bass
  • Phoenix Award - Richelle Gonzalez
  • Anders Award - Claire Rogers
  • BKD Award - Connor Zelasko
  • Accounting Alumni Award - Jordan Mendez & Wen Lian
  • Accounting Service Award - Patrick Meyer
  • BAP Scholarship - Patrick Meyer

Beta Alpha Psi continues to sponsor its annual golf outing with the proceeds going to charity. During the past three years, the Chapter has donated more than $5,800 to Relay for Life. This year’s outing was April 24 at Oak Brook in Edwardsville with proceeds once again being donated to Relay for Life. 

Alumni in the News

An SIUE alumna who was able to quickly move to the top of her career field, Kelly Malson has certainly compiled an impressive career in accountancy. Malson, who earned a BSA in 1993, currently serves as auditing chair on Conn's, Inc. board of directors. Prior to joining Conn's, Inc., Malson spent 11 years in public accounting and served as a financial compliance manager. In March 2006, World Acceptance offered her a job as vice president of internal audit before quickly promoting her to chief financial officer, a position she held until December 2013.

A native of Alton, Ill., Malson is now retired from the corporate world and living in Anderson, S.C. "It is an absolute honor to serve on the Board of Directors for Conn Appliances," Malson said. "But because we only meet four or five times a year, I have definitely enjoyed retirement and being able to travel!"  

Malson credits the SIUE School of Business as being the starting step toward achieving all the successes of her career. "The accounting program was ranked one of the highest at the time of my graduation, so accounting firms recruited from SIUE," Malson said. "I received a fantastic education and was able to create friendships with accounting students who still remain my lifelong friends today."

Malson noted that one accounting professor in particular gave her a specific tool she used rather frequently throughout her career. "Dr. Linda Lovata has the ability to explain difficult material and make it easy to understand," she said. "I have used Dr. Lovata’s teaching techniques in my own career when teaching people how to audit, and her methods have been highly successful."

She credits SIUE for providing a great education at a very reasonable price. "It gives a great education for the money," she said. "Even if I would have attended Harvard, I feel like my career would have ended up in the same place, and I spent a lot less money at SIUE."

Spotlight on Students

Brandi Jackson is scheduled to graduate from SIUE with her BSA in fall 2015. It’s been a long trip. Although her Army family is originally from St. Louis, she lived in Texas and Georgia and, most notably, Germany. In fact, she attended and graduated from a Department of Defense Dependent School in Germany before moving onto college. She especially remembers traveling to Switzerland, Amsterdam, and her senior class trip to Disney-Paris.

Why St. Louis? After high school, she visited relatives in St. Louis and later met her husband through a church connection. Her husband is from Florida and from a military family but was residing in Glen Carbon at the time they met. Incredibly, his family and her family know many of the same people in Germany and across the U.S. They live in Granite City with their three children, which is convenient to his St. Louis job and SIUE. Amazingly enough, her father (retired) and mother (early childhood school director) remain in Germany.

Why SIUE accounting? Brandi worked in financial services for a few years, but realized she needed a business degree to find more opportunities. SIUE had a solid reputation and was affordable. So, she entered the SIUE School of Business in fall 2012. She decided on an accounting major after taking Introduction to Financial Accounting with Jim Dixon and speaking with Professor Costigan. As no one in her family is involved in professional accounting, she has learned about the profession through her academics, extra-curricular activities (such as Beta Alpha Psi) and discussions with faculty.

SIUE Experience? “The quality of instruction is very high, but what stands out is the great support from faculty that goes way beyond just the academics,” said Jackson. She said the faculty has been instrumental in her enthusiasm for a public accounting career. For example, the faculty helped direct her to the Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program (MTWW), a multi-day program for students interested in accounting careers. MTWW improved her interview skills and gave her the opportunity to network with peers and professionals. Biographical stories from accountants/presenters at MTWW, in particular, solidified her interest in public accounting. The SIUE accounting program experiences and SIUE faculty played into Jackson’s current internship with BKD’s St. Louis office in the tax area.

The Future. After graduating with her BSA in fall 2015, Jackson plans to intern again in the spring of 2016 and begin the SIUE MSA. Her professional goals are to complete the SIUE MSA, pass the CPA exam and have a career in public accounting. In the meantime, she and her husband will continue honing their time-management skills as she completes her degrees, he manages his career and they raise their children.

Focus on Faculty

Many of you will remember Professor Linda Lovata from accounting information systems or cost accounting. For the last two years, she has taken on responsibility for reinvigorating our Senior Assignment.

Every SIUE graduate is required to complete a senior assignment, which provides a culminating experience in the student’s area of study. You may know that SIUE has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of 17 universities with outstanding senior capstone experiences. Others on the list include Yale, Princeton, Harvard and MIT. In the BSA program, the project was a paper prepared in one of the Intermediate Accounting and/or Auditing classes. Over time, the assignment became just like any other class paper, rather than a culminating experience.

Two years ago, Professor Lovata moved from teaching systems and cost to the third intermediate class where the senior assignment is housed.  Over this time period, the assignment has evolved to be a more comprehensive project.

Each semester, a particular accounting topic is chosen. The topic is one that affects various companies and has complex accounting rules. In the past two years, the projects investigated multiple element arrangements, asset retirement obligations, franchise accounting or construction accounting.

Each student is assigned a different SEC-traded company. The student first evaluates the footnote on that semester’s topic in the company’s 10-K. Given that information, the student develops data for a typical transaction. For example, a student researching DirectTV would design a multiple element arrangement for a typical contract including hardware, installation, and programming. After researching the Accounting Standards Codification, the student writes a memo to recommend the proper accounting for the transaction in question.

Professor Lovata reads the memos and provides feedback to the students. Unlike prior senior assignments, that is not the end of the process. The primary innovation with the senior assignment is to bring you, the alumni, on board to help evaluate the students’ projects.  We reserve the new Cougar Business Research Center and have students present their results to teams of alumni and faculty. The setup is that this is the audit firm’s first year with this client, so the student is presenting recommendations to the client and audit partner.

Some comments from students include: 

  • “The ability to present to alumni and faculty was nerve-racking, but extremely useful.”
  •  “The whole process was an advantage. ‘Creating’ and following through to the end helps complete understanding.”
  • “Presenting the project in front of people like we would for an actual business meeting was a great part of the process.”
  •  “I liked it. It wasn’t as bad as I thought. I feel more comfortable about presenting now.”
  •  “All the pieces finally fit together. The revenue recognition methods and the codification were finally easy to understand.”

Given these comments, the participation of alumni in the presentations contributes immeasurably to our student’s education. It is clear this new senior assignment process is a culminating experience which develops life-long learning skills for our students.

The Department is grateful to Linda for assuming this responsibility and, as always, doing a great job! Linda is in her 25th year on the SIUE accounting faculty, and she thanks all of her former students for making it an enjoyable and rewarding 25 years. If you would like to participate in the presentations or have suggested topics for the senior assignments, contact Linda at llovata@siue.edu.

Economics and Finance

Spring 2015

Spotlight on Students

The School of Business student team won the 2014 Case Competition organized by the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) that is comprised of successful corporate leaders and small business owners in the St. Louis area. Under the dedicated supervision of Dr. Shrikant Jategaonkar, the student team (Tyler Miller, Mark Webster and Ryan Price from economics and finance and Rajesh Pudota representing the MBA program) demonstrated their superiority against formidable teams from Washington University, Saint Louis University and University of Missouri-St. Louis. 

In 2014, Dr. Shrikant Jategaonkar planned and implemented the first ever Mutual Fund Contest organized by the School of Business. Funded by one of our generous MBA alumni, Dr. Charles Alvin Wentz, Jr., more than 40 students participated in the competition. Kevin Doak and Darren Wright from Bank of Edwardsville provided the participating students with a presentation entitled “How to Invest in Mutual Funds?" Each student’s portfolio was tracked for about six months and the top 5 students received cash prizes. 

Dr. Shrikant Jategaonkar served as faculty advisor and worked with our students Forest Knight and Jason Januska on the 2014 annual All-American Student Analyst Competition, a nationwide online competition with more than 1,000 student participants organized by the Institutional Investor. Forest and Jason performed very well and their names, along with SIUE, were published in the Institutional Investor.

Alumni in the News

When discussing SIUE alumni who are heavily involved in their communities, the name Kate (Kramer) Mayfield will not be far from the top of the list. A 2002 BS undergraduate and 2005 MS graduate of the economics and finance program, Mayfield now serves in several professional groups and organizations, including such positions as president of the Risk Management Association Young Professionals Group for St. Louis, member of the Risk Management Association's National Committee for Young Professionals, and cabinet member of the United Way Women's Leadership Society. 

A St. Louis native, Mayfield now works for Regions Bank at a branch in Clayton, Mo., holding the title vice president of government and institutional banking. Her job duties include structuring private placement debt for municipal governments, educational institutions and not for profits. Mayfield has received several accolades for her professional successes, having recently earned the Certified Treasury Professional designation.   

Mayfield explained that many aspects of the education she received at SIUE have transitioned into her career. Whether she is constructing financial models, analyzing financial statements, comparing key ratios, understanding or mitigating risks, Mayfield is reminded almost daily of her educational experiences.  

"I had a great time at SIUE," Mayfield said. "There was a great sense of camaraderie and teamwork among all of the economics and finance students when I was there, which really contributed to my academic success."  

She summed up her appreciation for the School by using one simple phrase: SIUE cares about students. "I received a high quality education in a very supportive environment," Mayfield said. "Faculty members were always very accessible, had great senses of humor, told interesting stories from working in industry, and were great at taking complex concepts and breaking them down into understandable pieces. They genuinely cared about the academic and professional achievements of their students." 

Focus on Faculty

Economics and Finance Faculty Research Activities

In 2014, our department’s research output continued to be of high volume and high quality. Here are some of the publication highlights:

  • Public information arrival and investor reaction during a period of institutional change: An episode of early years of a newly independent central bank (J. Brzeszczynski and A. Kutan), Journal of Comparative Economics, forthcoming.
  • Monetary and fiscal policy interactions: Evidence from emerging European economies (E. I. Cevik, S. Dibooglu and A. Kutan), Journal of Comparative Economics, forthcoming.
  • Policy uncertainty and the demand for money in the United Kingdom” (with S. Bahmani, M. Bahmani-Oskooee, A. Kones and A. Kutan), Applied Economics, forthcoming.
  • Financial market reaction to Federal Reserve communications: Does the global financial crisis make a difference? (B. Hayo, A. Kutan and M. Neuenkirch), Journal of European Economics, forthcoming.
  • Investor wealth, the IMF and the Asian Crisis (A. Kutan and G. Muradoglu). International Review of Financial Analysis 33: 130-137.
  • Impact of global shocks and volatility on herd behavior in an emerging market: Evidence from Borsa Istanbul (M. Balcilar and R. Demirer), Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, forthcoming.
  • What drives herding in developing stock markets? Relative roles of own volatility and global factors (M. Balcilar, R. Demirer and S. Hammoudeh), North American Journal of Economics and Finance 29: 418-440.
  • The competing values framework for corporate communication: Theoretical and practical implications (T. Belasen and A. Belasen), Journal of Promotion Management, forthcoming.
  • When oceans attack: Assessing the impact of hurricanes on localized taxable sales (A. Belasen and C. Dai), Annals of Regional Science 52: 325-342.
  • Happiness, Economic Freedom and Culture (A. Evrensel), Applied Economic Letters, forthcoming.
  • Insider trading in REITs: Evidence from informed stock option exercise around seasoned equity offerings (Brandon N. Cline, X. Fu, T.M. Springer and T. Tang), Journal of Real Estate Research, forthcoming.

Additionally, the economics and finance faculty continues in their collaboration on research. Examples for collaborative research activities are:

  • Do ADR Investors Herd? Evidence from Advanced and Emerging Markets (R. DemirerA. Kutan and H. Zhang), International Review of Economics and Finance 30: 138-148.
  • Economic Freedom and State Bond Ratings (A. Belasen, R. Hafer and S. Jategaonkar), Contemporary Economic Policy, forthcoming.
  • How Does Implementation of a Smoking Ban Affect Gambling? (J. Navin, W. Richards and T. Sullivan), Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Gambling (eds. L.V. Williams and D.S. Siegel), 87-107.

The department values faculty-student research collaborations, as well. An example for such collaboration is:

  • Does Inflation Targeting Lower Inflation and Spur Growth? (K. AyresR. Belasen and A. Kutan), Journal of Policy Modeling 36: 373-388.

The economics and finance faculty also received recognition for their published papers. For example:

  • Dr. Jategaonkar’s paper entitled “If it is good for the firm, it’s good for me: Insider trading and repurchases motivated by undervaluation” was recognized as one of the best papers published in the Financial Review.
  • Additionally, Dr. Jategaonkar’s paper entitled “Oil price risk exposure and the cross-section of stock returns: The case of net exporting countries” (with R. Demirer and A. Khalifa) received the Best Paper in Finance Award and recognized in the ERF Newsletter of Spring 2014.

Our faculty also produces impact studies for the University. For example, J. Navin, W. Richards and T. Sullivan prepared an economic impact study for the University (The Economic Impact of SIUE on the St. Louis Metropolitan Area).

Our faculty attended 12 conferences during the 2013-14 academic year. Additionally, some of our faculty members received invitations to conferences as well as awards on their conference papers. For example: 

  • Dr. Kutan received an invitation to give a talk on “The Evolution of the Polish Stock” in a conference entitled “25 Years of Poland’s Transition to a Market Economy” held in Warsaw.
  • Dr. Jategaonkar’s conference paper “The privatized firm payout premium” (with A. Goyal, W. Megginson, and C. Muckley) made it to the semi-final list for the Best Paper Award at the FMA conference. The same paper won the Best Paper Award at the India Finance Conference.

In terms of external grants, Dr. Kutan received the Trilateral Research Partnership Grant from the British Council, which supports research on economic reforms and development finance in developing countries. The partner universities are SIUE, Aston University (U.K.) and Indian Institute of Management (India).

Computer Management and Information Systems

Spring 2015

Department News

CMIS is taking two very exciting steps to enhance the opportunities for our graduate students:

  • Creating a new specialization in business analytics
  • Establishing project management as a formal specialization

We have heard the message from our corporate partners in the St. Louis metropolitan area about the importance of business analytics and project management in corporate decision-making and strategic implementations. By establishing business analytics and project management as formal specializations, our students will have their efforts in these areas officially recognized on their transcripts and diplomas. This is extremely valuable to our students and a real competitive differentiator!

So what is the business analytics specialization? This is a six-course, 18-credit sequence that takes a decidedly business and managerial view of business analytics – using information to improve decision-making. In the BA specialization courses, students will be challenged to understand what it takes to leverage “big data,” to identify the best data to use to answer specific questions, and to utilize a variety of approaches to analyze that data in order to generate real business insights. And perhaps most importantly, the students in the business analytics specialization will focus on how to effectively communicate the results of their analytical efforts to a senior management audience.

Our concentration in project management has been around for many years. This focus area of study leverages the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) and other core topics in project management to position our students to operate in and lead project teams successfully. It also prepares students to pursue the PMP® certification. Students completing the PM concentration indicated a desire to see this focus of study reflected on their transcripts. We listened! The five-course, 15-credit sequence will soon be classified as a formal specialization further enhancing the value of their degrees in the marketplace.

If you have questions about the business analytics specialization, please contact Clay Williams, PhD, MS CMIS Program Director, at cwillaa@siue.edu. If you have questions about our project management specialization, please contact Jo Ellen Moore, PhD, PMP at joemoor@siue.edu.

Undergraduate Curriculum News

Industry certifications are an important way our students can demonstrate there IS/IT knowledge and differentiate themselves from other applicants in the job market. While earning a certification is not the main focus of any of these courses, adding content to the courses we offer can help position students who wish to take certification exams for success!

As you may remember, the senior capstone course (CMIS 470) includes an assessment that can lead to the Information Systems Analyst (ISA) certification. The ISA assessment covers the most common skills employers seek from new graduates including information technology skills, organizational and professional skills, and strategic systems development skills. This exam has provided evidence of student learning in the BS in CMIS program for several years.

Advanced topics in project management is a new elective course being offered at SIUE. Students are introduced to PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) that forms the foundation for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification. PMI designed the CAPM certification specifically for undergraduates, and it does not require work experience. The course is designed to prepare students to take the CAPM exam and potentially achieve CAPM certification.

In addition, some of our more technical classes are also adding content to help students prepare for certification exams, if they choose to do so. We will continue to focus on the business aspects of IT and its theoretical foundations, but now we can offer more in-depth technical training as well. The certification material in the below classes includes online virtual labs where students can get hands-on experience with different platforms and technologies.

  • Many large companies are requiring their network administrators to have Network+ certification. Additional content to encourage students to sit for the Network+ certification has been added to our network class. Since those wishing to earn a Network+ certificate are encouraged to have the A+ certificate, new content is also being added to our technology hardware course so that those students wishing to take the A+ certificate will have access to resources to study for (and hopefully pass) the exam.
  • Three electives (information security, end user systems support, and Unix & server systems) have added content to include material for the Security+ certification, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician Certification, and Linux+ certification, respectively.

CMIS students with a degree, an internship and a few certifications on their resume, should make the next generation of CMIS Cougars the most successful ever!

Alumni in the News

Joe Randazzo ('13 BS CMIS) expresses gratitude for the valuable opportunities available to him during his academic career at SIUE. A recent CMIS graduate, Randazzo has since accepted a position as a software developer at Coolfire Solutions; a small company created in 2010 which specializes in mobile, software, and hardware developments for the defense and health industries. In addition to his career, Randazzo is studying part-time in the SIUE School of Engineering. 

When asked about his professional goals, Randazzo confidently expressed how important his education will be as he continues his career. "The CMIS program provided a great foundation for where I am now," he said. "The professors and instructors built the curriculum based upon technologies which are being used in modern industries."

Randazzo was very active as a student, participating in the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), Delta Sigma Pi, and a co-op through Emerson Electric. "I built many friendships and learned about new technologies such as Android, which is the operating system I primarily develop for today," he said.

As he reflected on his academic growth, Randazzo described SIUE in three words: opportunity, community and value. "My time at SIUE has been great," he said. "From the abundance of organizations to participate in to the hands-on work completed in class, the experience has been invaluable." 

Focus on Faculty

Welcome New Faculty

Connie Barber comes to us from the University of North Carolina Greensboro where she completed her PhD in 2014. Her interests include the unintended consequences of social media in society, critical community building in online classes, and IT and cultural competence. Additionally, she is intrigued by the implications of online video games for businesses and managers. Her industry background focused on the design, development and maintenance of databases using a variety of software. As such, she will be teaching undergraduate database courses. 2014-2015 is Dr. Barber’s first year at SIUE.

Tim Jacks also comes to us from the University of North Carolina Greensboro where he completed his PhD in 2012. His interests include IT occupational culture, strategic IT/business alignment, and healthcare informatics. Dr. Jacks began at SIUE in the 2012-2013 school year. He has taken over teaching the telecommunications/networking classes, as well as the information security class.

Recent Retirements

Douglas Bock, after 25 years as a professor at SIUE, retired in May 2012. Dr. Bock served as chair of the CMIS department for 11 years. He served on numerous University, School and departmental committees. His research included 27 journal articles, three books, a half dozen book chapters and numerous conference presentations. Teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, he was a well-liked and favorite professor of many. He served as a mentor to not only students, but to the junior faculty he hired. He demonstrated his commitment to excellence in all that he accomplished. Now he spends his days, you guessed it, golfing! 

Terri Keister, after 19 years as an instructor at SIUE, retired in May 2013. Ms. Keister taught a wide variety of courses at SIUE, from programming classes to senior design classes. She was instrumental in developing the introduction to CMIS class taken by all School of Business majors, adding ERP components to the course. Students and CMIS faculty alike miss her sense of humor.  

Mary Sumner, after 32 years as a professor at SIUE, retired in May 2014. Dr. Sumner was instrumental in developing several executive education programs including Construction Leadership Institute, the Project Management Professional Program, the Project Management Symposium, the Technology and Commerce Roundtable, the Hannover Financial Institute, and the Certificate Program in Health Informatics for BJC Healthcare. Teaching both undergraduate and graduate level courses at SIUE, she consistently used innovative methods to facilitate student learning. With her strong industry ties, she facilitated learning opportunities within corporations for our seniors in the undergraduate capstone course.

Recent Faculty Research

During 2014, faculty members presented their research at several academic IT conferences and published in IT academic journals. Research of CMIS faculty focuses on a variety of subjects, including: impact of new technology on end users and organizations, security issues in IT, IS governance, management of IT professionals, wiki technology, and Big data issues.

Yager, S. E., and Szabo, Zs. (2014) “Using electronic resources to teach computer literacy: students’ perceptions and use,” International Journal of Education and Psychology in the Community.

Powell, A. (2014) “Teaching Systems Analysis and Design to Undergraduates,” panel presentation at the Eleventh AMCIS SIG Systems Analysis and Design symposium.

Abulkhair, A. and Powell, A. (2014) “User resistance to information systems: Literature review,” Proceedings of the Eleventh AMCIS SIG Systems Analysis and Design Symposium.

Bordoloi, B., and Jacks, T. (2014) “An efficient stochastic update propagation method in data warehousing,” Proceedings of the Twentieth Annual Americas Conference on Information Systems.

Williams, C.K., Wynn, D., Karahanna, E., Madupalli, R., and Duncan, B. (2014) “Explaining users’ security behaviors with the security belief model,” Journal of Organizational and End User Computing.

Hester, A.J., Moore, J.E., and Yager, S.E. (2014) “The Role of voice in the retention of IT workers: Paving the higher road,” Proceedings of the 47th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.

Hester, A.J. (2014) “Socio-Technical systems theory as a diagnostic tool for examining underutilization of wiki technology,” The Learning Organization: Special issue on implementing Web 2.0 tools in Organizations.

Jacks, T. (2014) “Qualitative Analysis Workshop,” Proceedings of Fifteenth Annual Global Information Technology Management Association.

Jacks, T. and Palvia, P. (2014) “R.I.P. – Do demographics matter in IT occupational culture?,” Proceedings of Fifteenth Annual Global Information Technology Management Association.

Barber, C. (2014) “Deconstructing the online grooming of youth: Toward improved information systems for detection of online sexual predators,” Proceedings of the Thirty Fifth International Conference on Information Systems. 

Editorial Boards

Professional Journal

Bijoy Bordoloi

Associate Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Information Processing and Management

Tim Jacks

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Global Information Technology Management

Jo Ellen Moore

Editorial Board Member, MIS Quarterly Executive

Senior Editor, The DATABASE for Advances in Information Systems

Anne Powell

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Organizational and End User Computing

Clay Williams

Senior Editor, The DATA BASE for Advances in Information Systems

Susan Yager

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Information Systems Education

Management and Marketing

Spring 2015

Spotlight on Students

SIUE’s Management 331, Managing Group Projects, teaches students about group dynamics, communication, motivation and personality differences in group settings using classroom lectures, exercises and team cases. Each semester, every three-person team prepares three Harvard Business Review cases with the third case treated as a case competition with up to 300 students competing to be one of the three team finalists. The winning teams receive extra-credit points for the course. 

Student teams act as consultants and build a case analysis, solutions and action plans for the cases. The case competition is held at the end of the semester in an auditorium setting with 3-4 judges presiding. These judges are SIUE School of Business alums and prominent business people from the area. Each team has 15 minutes to present their case to the judges, students and faculty attending the competition, plus time for questions and answers. Management 331 is taught by Dr. Mary Sue Love, and Instructors Katie Robberson and Jenni Hunt.

Recently, one of the three team finalists presented their case to that particular group of judges which included Brandon Roche, director of cloud computing and storage engineering at AT&T. After the team case presentations, the students are introduced to the judges and have an opportunity to talk with them about their careers and companies. Brandon talked with and was very impressed with student team member Eric Ricchezza. Eric was equally impressed with Roche and spent time networking with him to hear more about his job at AT&T and other opportunities with the company. Brandon made sure Robberson and Hunt gave Eric his contact information. Eric immediately contacted Brandon, who gave Eric his personal employee ID to include with his application for an AT&T internship. With Brandon’s help, AT&T subsequently contacted Eric for an interview. Eric starts his internship June 1, 2015.

“Networking with the judges at this competition is a great opportunity," Eric said. "My team, consisting of myself and two amazing ladies, Hailey Fritcher and Hayley Kelley, really enjoyed the competition. Being able to meet and talk with area professionals is an added bonus. Our team didn’t win the case competition, but I won something very important to me—a chance at a career with AT&T. It was all possible because of management 331 and the case competition.”

Management 331 is a required course for students entering the School of Business.

Alumni in the News

Sean Jordan (BSBA '08 summa cum laude; MMR '09) credits SIUE as being the turning point that established his career path. A native of O'Fallon, Ill., Jordan is currently employed by The Research & Planning Group, a full-service marketing research firm in St. Louis. Serving as the research director, Jordan is involved in each step of the marketing research process, including survey design, focus group interviewing, report development and presentation execution.

A list of his recent accomplishments includes being a featured speaker at a DIY Opinion Research workshop, presenting on qualitative and quantitative research at a 2013 meeting for the American Marketing Association (St. Louis chapter), authoring many marketing research papers, and regularly presenting on research and best practices for the Association of Organ Procurement Organization (AOPO).

When asked about his educational experiences, Jordan is quick to share that his academic journey has been far from perfect. He started his college career in 1998 studying journalism at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Late in his journalism program, Jordan decided that he no longer had the passion to pursue a career as a journalist. He decided to leave school and worked several positions in grocery, clothing retail, video game retail, comic book journalism, marketing and public relations, and fast food. Based upon his experiences in the field of marketing, Jordan decided to return to school in 2007 and selected SIUE based on its proximity to his home, School of Business AACSB accreditation, and the School's reputation for faculty-student collaboration. 

One faculty member in particular, Dr. Madhav Segal, made a lasting impression on Jordan's decision to pursue marketing research as a future career. "After taking his marketing class, I was able to build a relationship with him that was unlike anything I had ever experienced at any other school," Jordan said. "He encouraged me to pursue the MMR program." 

Jordan has found the MMR program to be enormously helpful at providing him with the skills required to manage and facilitate marketing research projects. That knowledge, integrated with practical experiences, provided him with a tremendous head start in the field. "I'm very proud of the time I spent at SIUE, and I am also proud to be a representative of both its undergraduate and graduate programs," explained Jordan. "When my degrees are referenced in an introduction before I speak, SIUE reflects well on me ... and I strive to reflect well on my alma mater."

Focus on Faculty

In today’s world of ever increasing product complexity, marketers often struggle to understand how to best market these functionally complex products. Assistant Professor of Marketing Dr. Timucin Ozcan (PhD '08, University of Rhode Island), may have some answers for these marketers. In research conducted over the past three years, Ozcan and his colleagues have uncovered some interesting insights into how consumers evaluate these complex products.

In a series of articles published in Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice, Journal of Product and Brand Management, and Marketing Letters, Ozcan finds that expressing “product completeness” and the use of round numbers in brand names can contribute to generating more positive reactions to brands that are otherwise complex, or what he calls “multi-attribute products.”

“Brand names that use round numbers such as 10, 50 or 100 are seen by people as being more complete, and when products are perceived to be complete, then people tend to be less worried that these complex products sacrifice one feature for another,” Ozcan said. “This is especially true when the product has a lot of competition in the market, such as the market for automobiles.” Ozcan hopes that by learning more about how consumers value brands, it could help marketers create better brands and products that consumers want. Ozcan and his colleagues plan to continue this line of research to determine if these phenomena occur across other types of products.

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