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On the Cover — Winter 2013

Posted in: On the Cover, Winter 2013

Dean Eric Johnson seeks breakthroughs in his return to Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management

Fresh look for a familiar place

Posted in: Owen News, Winter 2013

Owen News Briefs

Posted in: Owen News, Winter 2013

Administratively Speaking Dean Eric Johnson announced several appointments and reappointments recently. Salvatore T. March, the David K. Wilson Professor of Management, has been named associate dean for faculty. Nancy Lea Hyer, associate professor of operations management, and Karl Hackenbrack, associate professor of management and faculty director, MAcc Programs, continue in their roles as associate deans. [...]

New faculty, new strengths

Posted in: Owen News, Winter 2013

Five new faculty joined Owen this year. With diverse backgrounds and experience, the new Owen professors combine teaching with research interests that include finance, marketing, accounting and labor contracting. Nicholas G. Crain Crain, assistant professor of management, served as associate professor of naval science at the University of Idaho and as a division officer in [...]

Vanderbilt Business Staff — Winter 2013

Posted in: Staff, Winter 2013

Editor Nancy Wise Designers Chris Collins, Michael T. Smeltzer Art Director Donna Pritchett Photography Daniel Dubois, Steve Green, Lauren Holland, Joe Howell, Anne Rayner,  John Russell, Susan Urmy Contributors Joan Brasher, Debbie Clapper, Bonnie Arant Ertelt, BS’81, Jennifer Johnston, Seth Robertson, Sandy Smith, Fiona Soltes, Ryan Underwood,BA’96 Dean M. Eric Johnson, Ralph Owen Dean and Bruce D. [...]

The Journey Begins

Posted in: @DeanEricJohnson, Winter 2013

  It’s been 14 years since I was on faculty at Owen, and now that I’m back, things sure have changed. Beyond the plethora of great new restaurants and things to do in Nashville, Vanderbilt as an institution has solidified its place as one of the premier research and teaching institutions in the world. As [...]

Health care conference explores winds of change

Posted in: Owen News, Winter 2013

Transformation and innovation were watchwords at the sixth annual student-organized Vanderbilt Health Care Conference and Career Fair on Oct. 25. Morning keynote speaker Dr. Rushika Fernandopulle offered challenging and inspiring advice to the more than 350 students, faculty, community leaders and health care professionals gathered at Nashville’s new Music City Center convention facility. The practicing [...]

Nashville‘s Odds

Posted in: Features, Spring 2013

Restoring Music History…Again

Posted in: mini-feature, Spring 2013

As general manager of the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville, revered as the Mother Church of Country Music, Steve Buchanan oversaw the building’s million dollar renovation and reinstatement as one of the world’s premiere music venues.

Nashville’s Champion

Posted in: Cover, Features, Spring 2013

Behind television’s hit show Nashville and behind the scenes of the legendary Grand Ole Opry is Vanderbilt Owen alumnus, Steve Buchanan, president of Opry Entertainment and co-creator and executive producer of the new nighttime TV drama.

On the Cover — Spring 2013

Posted in: On the Cover, Spring 2013

Steve Buchanan in the balconey of Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium.

Vanderbilt Business Staff — Spring 2013

Posted in: Spring 2013, Staff

Dean Jim Bradford Editor Nancy Wise Contributors Joan Brasher, Stephanie Dozier, Bonnie Arant Ertelt (BS’81), Jim Patterson, Rangaraj “Ranga” Ramanujam, Sandy Smith, Ryan Underwood (BA’96), Amy Wolf Photography Daniel Dubois, Steve Green, Lauren Holland, John Russell Designer Michael T. Smeltzer Art Director Donna Pritchett Chief Marketing Officer Yvonne Martin-Kidd Associate Dean of Development and Alumni [...]

A Seat at the Table

Posted in: Features, Spring 2013

Changes in the corporate world and the reputation of Owen’s Human and Organizational Performance program put Owen HOP MBAs in high demand.

On Their Own Time

Posted in: Photo Essay, Spring 2013

So what do Owen faculty do outside the classroom? Meet a champion trick water-skier, charcutier, screenwriter, barkeep (and builder) and owner of a multimillion-dollar company.

Jim Bradford—Passing the Baton

Posted in: Features, Spring 2013

What do you say about a 40-year career in both the private sector and academia in just a couple of paragraphs?

Meeting Warren Buffett

Posted in: Bottom Line, Spring 2013

A few times a year, the second richest man in the U.S. invites students from business schools to meet him. Recently, Owen students traveled to Omaha, Neb., for a day with Warren Buffett.

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

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