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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 [...]

On the Cover – Fall 2012

Posted in: Fall 2012, On the Cover

From the Dean

Posted in: Fall 2012, From the Dean

This July, I took a bike trip with my oldest son through Glacier National Park and the Canadian Rockies. Having been to Glacier on photographic journeys before, I had a good appreciation for what I was about to experience. Or so I thought.

Three new hires

Posted in: Fall 2012, Inside Owen

Yasin Alan, Assistant Professor of Management, comes to Owen from Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management, where he recently completed his doctorate. His research interests lie in the interface of operations management and corporate finance. He conducts theoretical research to study the relationship between operational decisions and financial considerations such as capital structure, growth and bankruptcy [...]

New admissions director

Posted in: Fall 2012, Inside Owen

The Owen School has named Christie St-John, MA’94, PhD’99, as its new Director of Admissions, effective Oct. 1, 2012. St-John returns to Vanderbilt from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where she served as Senior Associate Director of Admissions and Recruiting since 2004. St-John began her MBA admissions career at Vanderbilt in 1997, [...]

Hands On – Photo Essay

Posted in: Features, Spring 2012

This past October’s Immersion Week encompassed health care, finance, marketing and global education, all of which are highlighted in a photo essay.

From the Dean

Posted in: From the Dean, Spring 2012

I’m pleased to report that Owen—as many of you already know—placed 25th in the latest MBA rankings published by U.S. News & World Report this past March. That showing marks our second-highest ranking in the history of this important survey and reflects the hard work and dedication of many in the Owen community. Together we have built great momentum for the school that I believe will soon put us in the top 20.

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