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Students Say Thanks

Posted in: Class Acts, Spring 2013

Current Owen students honored outgoing Dean Jim Bradford on April 18 during their last Thursday Social at Owen of the academic year. The students surprised him with a specially designed and created Hatch Show Print recognizing Bradford’s tenure as dean. The poster was one of only 100 made using hand-carved images and letterpress printing in [...]


Posted in: Class Acts, Spring 2013

Nelson Andrews III, BA’89, EMBA’95, grew up around the automobile business, but he didn’t see himself making it his career. His father owned a dealership in Michigan before the family moved to Brentwood, Tenn., to establish the area’s first Cadillac dealership. As a teen, Andrews found himself doing whatever needed to be done for the [...]

Happy Travels, Tricia

Posted in: Class Acts, Spring 2013

Tricia Siegfried, EMBA’83, retired at the end of 2012 after 17 years as Owen’s chief financial officer. “With an overriding passion for this school’s success over the years, she has time and again proven her dedication to Owen,” said Dean Jim Bradford in announcing her retirement. “Her husband, John, has finally convinced her that they [...]

Media Mentions

Posted in: In the News, Spring 2013

The Associated Press Feb. 18: Doug Parker, MBA’86, CEO of US Airways, is profiled. Parker will lead the newly merged US Airways and American Airlines. April 18: The Pilot Flying J headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn., was raided by FBI and IRS agents due to allegations of rebate fraud. The raid signaled fresh scrutiny of competition [...]

Q & A with Christie St-John

Posted in: Campus Visit, Spring 2013

Christie St-John returns to Owen as director of admissions. Hear her plans for recruiting and outreach…and how alumni are key.

Matter of Life and Death

Posted in: Informed Opinion, Spring 2013

“Safety is too important to be left to chance.” Owen professor Ranga Ramanujam weighs in on safety in a Dallas hospital and the lessons to be learned.

Honoring Three of Our Best

Posted in: Inside Owen, Spring 2013

The Vanderbilt University Board of Trust has bestowed emeritus status on three of Owen’s most acclaimed faculty. Germain Böer, Richard Daft and Hans Stoll were honored during Commencement as the school’s newest faculty emeriti. Böer, who was professor of accounting, as well as director of the Owen Entrepreneurship Center, is now professor of accounting, emeritus. [...]

Not So Safe

Posted in: Inside Business, Spring 2013

New research from Nicolas Bollen, the E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Finance, says those hedge funds that are hardest to imitate—something investors look for and for which they often pay a premium—are the ones most prone to failure.

When Is Cheap Not Cheap?

Posted in: Inside Business, Spring 2013

We’ve all been exposed to them—the marketing strategies promising bargains or high value. Yet as alluring as those pitches can be, consumers draw very different—and sometimes contradictory— conclusions when it comes to sale prices or value.

Vanderbilt’s $8.6 Billion Impact on State

Posted in: Inside Owen, Spring 2013

A recent independent economic analysis has found that Vanderbilt University had an $8.6 billion impact on the Tennessee state economy during fiscal year 2011-12. Among the factors measured were Vanderbilt’s direct spending on operations and construction, spending by students and visitors, and spending by businesses as a result of Vanderbilt’s presence in the state. The [...]

Global Acclaim

Posted in: Inside Owen, Spring 2013

In the 2013 global MBA survey by the Financial Times, Owen climbed five spots to No. 25 among U.S. MBA programs and eight spots to No. 53 globally. In addition, Financial Times ranked Owen No. 35 globally for job placement and No. 37 globally for academic research. This continues a strong showing in popular rankings. [...]

Newly Tenured

Posted in: Inside Owen, Spring 2013

Timothy J. Vogus has been promoted to associate professor of management and organization studies, with tenure, effective fall 2013. Vogus, who joined Owen in 2004, teaches in the MBA core curriculum on leading teams and organizations as well as an elective MBA course on negotiation. Vogus’ area of research involves the mechanisms through which organizations [...]

M. Eric Johnson Named New Dean

Posted in: Inside Owen, Spring 2013

M. Eric Johnson, current associate dean at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and former Owen faculty member, has been named dean of the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management effective July 1. He succeeds Dean Jim Bradford, who announced his retirement in December.


Posted in: Editor's Memo, Spring 2013

The Grand Ole Opry is entertainment unlike any other. It broadcasts as a radio show, so the live audience sees artist and equipment changes. Seeing transitions is part of the experience.

A Final Message from the Dean

Posted in: From the Dean, Spring 2013

I’ve often said that this has been the hardest—yet most rewarding—job I’ve ever had.

Global Element

Posted in: Personal Assets, Spring 2013

You never know where a blind ad will lead you. It led Tim Murray from Knoxville, Tenn., to the Kingdom of Bahrain in the Middle East. Murray is CEO of Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), one of the world’s top 10 aluminium producers.

The Long Haul

Posted in: Fall 2012, Personal Assets

In 1986 Jacqueline Parker had to make one of the toughest decisions of her life: either complete her senior year in college and earn a bachelor’s in nursing, or join her husband, David, in an ambitious startup in the trucking business.

Dean’s Visit to Microsoft

Posted in: Class Acts, Fall 2012

Mini Reunion in Istanbul

Posted in: Class Acts, Fall 2012

Child By Child

Posted in: Class Acts, Fall 2012

Jim Steele, MBA’82, knows what it’s like to be up against tough odds. Eight years ago he was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and spinocerebellar ataxia, both genetic neuromuscular conditions that have since left him disabled. “I have partial symptoms of both, but the doctors can’t do anything for either one,” he says. “They’re progressive diseases, [...]

Media Mentions

Posted in: Fall 2012, In the News

Bloomberg Businessweek June 4: Every year around this time, a wave of anxiety ripples through most of the nation’s newly admitted business school students: How to depart a job without burning any bridges, and ideally, leaving a positive, lasting impression? Tami Fassinger, Chief Recruiting Officer, writes in this op-ed about how to resign gracefully. July [...]

Q & A with Financial Markets Expert Hans Stoll

Posted in: Campus Visit, Fall 2012

Professor Hans Stoll shared some thoughts with Vanderbilt Business about the FMRC’s past quarter century and where it goes from here.

Fully Recognized

Posted in: Bottom Line, Fall 2012

Peter Veruki didn’t attend Owen or any other school at Vanderbilt. He doesn’t teach or conduct research at the university either. But ask many alumni which person had a big impact on their lives while at Owen, and odds are Veruki’s name is near the top of the list.

Postcards from China

Posted in: Fall 2012, Features, Photo Essay

This past April the Executive MBA Class of 2012 traveled to China, where they toured Beijing, Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Macau. What follows is a collection of photos and observations that capture their experience.

Taking Off

Posted in: Fall 2012, Features

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and economics in 2011, Tim Maloney decided to stay at Vanderbilt for one more year. Having a master’s in finance, he believed, would be an important differentiator in a difficult job market.

On the Job

Posted in: Fall 2012, Picture This

Read McNamara, MA’76, Executive Director of the Career Management Center at Owen, describes the CMC’s mission as something akin to moving mountains.

Plugging In

Posted in: Fall 2012, Features

In addition to running her own company, Lazenby has a national advocacy role in the oil and gas industry, serving as Board Chair of the Independent Petroleum Association of America. Often the only woman in the room, she promotes understanding about industry concerns, including taxation, accessibility and regulation.

Policy Matters

Posted in: Fall 2012, Special Section

Mark Cohen, Professor of Management and Law, is a University Fellow with Washington, D.C.-based Resources for the Future (RFF), an independent, nonpartisan research institute focusing on environmental and natural resource economics policy issues. In 2010 he led an RFF research group that consulted with and wrote key position papers for the National Commission on the [...]

In the Long Term

Posted in: Fall 2012, Inside Business

From research scientists working in drug discovery to portfolio managers waiting for the markets to bear out their investment theses, how do certain types of professionals sustain their energy and enthusiasm over long periods? That’s the question undertaken in a new study co-authored by Bruce Barry, the Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Professor of Management. “Why [...]

Fertile Valley

Posted in: Fall 2012, Inside Business

In a pivotal scene from the film The Social Network, the Hollywood retelling of Facebook’s founding, an exasperated Mark Zuckerberg exhorts business partner and Harvard classmate Eduardo Saverin to join him in Silicon Valley. “You’ve gotta move here, Wardo. This is where it’s all happening,” the Zuckerberg character pleads. Whether this piece of dialogue is [...]

What’s My Line?

Posted in: Fall 2012, Inside Business

From Bob Hope’s hawking American Express Travelers Cheques in the 1950s to quirky actress Zooey Deschanel’s selling the latest iPhone today, celebrities have long served as the advertising industry’s not-so-secret weapon. As consumers, we want the same services and products as the good-looking, glamorous set—or if nothing else, we tend to remember the famous associations [...]

High marks in The Economist

Posted in: Fall 2012, Inside Owen

The Vanderbilt MBA program fared well in the 2012 “Which MBA?” rankings from The Economist: No. 22 in North America among full-time MBA programs (up one slot from last ranking) No. 32 globally among full-time MBA programs (up two slots) Other highlights: No. 1 globally in diversity of recruiters No. 8 globally in alumni effectiveness [...]

Free online courses with Coursera

Posted in: Fall 2012, Inside Owen

David Owens, Professor of the Practice of Management and Innovation, is participating in Vanderbilt’s first institution-wide foray into offering free online courses worldwide via the digital learning consortium Coursera. Owens’ course—Innovation Strategy: Managing Innovation and Creativity in Individuals, Groups, and Organizations—is one of five being offered in spring 2013. For more information, visit

Strong Current

Posted in: Editor's Memo, Fall 2012

I’m reminded how much I’m in the dark about energy every time that I’m, well, literally in the dark. All it takes is just a few hours without power to make me realize how little I understand it and how much I depend on it.

Vanderbilt Business Staff
for Fall 2012

Posted in: Fall 2012, Staff

Dean Jim Bradford Editor Seth Robertson Contributors Nelson Bryan (BA’73), Sherie Edwards (EMBA’12), Jennifer Johnston, Sandy Smith, Cindy Thomsen, Ryan Underwood (BA’96), Brett Wade (EMBA’12), Amy Wolf Photography Daniel Dubois, Lauren Owens, Anne Rayner, John Russell Designer Michael T. Smeltzer Art Director Donna Pritchett Chief Marketing Officer Yvonne Martin-Kidd Associate Dean of Development and Alumni [...]

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