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Baylor Angel Network Reports Record-Breaking Year
[2/26/2015]
Baylor Angel Network (BAN) members invested more than $3 million in 12 companies in 2014, more than twice the amount invested in 2013.
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Constantly Checking Your Phone May be a Sign of Depression
[2/23/2015]
Good Housekeeping: Research conducted by Baylor University found that individuals who frequently check their cellphone may be trying to improve how they feel emotionally. Similar to substance addictions, cellphone addiction could be an attempt at mood repair, the study found. Baylor researchers recruited 346 men and women with an average age of 21 and analyzed their personalities and level of mobile phone addiction through their answers to a detailed questionnaire.
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Can Money Buy Us Happiness?
[2/19/2015]
U.S. News & World Report: The adage “money can’t buy you happiness” may have some exceptions. According to this article, there are a few purchases that can lift consumer’s spirits. James Roberts, The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is quoted saying the thrill of purchases are short-lived while paying for experiences allows one to “savor the memories…for a lifetime.”
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Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone?
[2/18/2015]
Wall Street Journal This Morning: AUDIO: Hosts of the radio program, Wall Street Journal This Morning, discuss the Yahoo! Tech column by James Roberts, The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, that walks readers through the six signs of smartphone addiction. At the end of the column, readers are asked to consider 12 statements to gauge whether they’ve reached (or surpassed) the “tipping point” of smartphone addiction. Roberts is widely recognized for his research on consumerism and cellphone addiction.
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Prison Program Helps Keep Inmates From Reoffending By Equipping Them With Business Skills
[2/13/2015]
Huffington Post: Inmates at Cleveland Correctional Facility in Texas are being offered the opportunity to participate in a unique Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP). Participants take on MBA-level coursework such as business plan and pitch writing, and are paired with a mentor in the business field. At the end of PEP, prisoners are awarded a certificate of entrepreneurship from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business. PEP boasts more than 1,000 graduates since its creation more than a decade ago, with almost all of the ex-inmates finding jobs within 90 days of their release, according to the Associated Press.
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This May be the Way to Eliminate the Biases White Students Don’t Even Know they Have
[2/12/2015]
The Washington Post: This Washington Post blog post features a National Bureau of Economic Research study co-authored by James West, Ph.D., W.H. Smith Professor of Economics in Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business, which shows that increased contact between majority groups and higher-aptitude members of minority groups leads to improved attitudes and behaviors. Specifically, the research analyzes the roommate choices of cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
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Student-managed Investment Fund Provides Scholarships
[2/10/2015]
For the 11th consecutive year, the student-managed Philip M. Dorr Alumni & Friends Endowed Investment Fund has provided a generous financial contribution for student scholarships. This year, $150,000 will be distributed by the fund.
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Why Managers and Employees Have Wildly Different Ideas About Work-Life Balance
[2/5/2015]
Fast Company: Finding a balance between work and personal time is next to impossible, but according to Emily Hunter, Ph.D., assistant professor of management in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, the responsibility of balance is left on the shoulders of the staffers. Hunter states that it is difficult to apply policies in the workplace that satisfy everyone and that Human Resources departments are underutilizing family-friendly offerings.
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Hankamer Student Awarded Prestigious Scholarship
[2/2/2015]
Senior Emily McWhirter, a human resource management major, is the recipient of a Society for Human Resource Management Foundation’s student scholarship award. SHRM confers only five undergraduate education awards each year.
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Super Bowl Ads Win by Playing to Viewers' Emotions, Experts Say
[1/28/2015]
Pittsburgh (PA) Tribune-Review: Kirk Wakefield, Ph.D., The Edwin W. Streetman Professor of Retail Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is quoted as an expert source in this article examining the impact of emotional and celebrity advertising during the Super Bowl. Celebrities offer a way to establish a quick connection without spending 30 to 60 seconds teasing out a story, Wakefield explained.
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Per Bylund – Research Professor at Baylor University
[1/27/2015]
IdeaMensch: An in-depth Q&A profile with Per Bylund, Ph.D., research professor in the John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, who addresses his day-to-day habits, his passion for entrepreneurship and how to bring ideas to life. “As an academic, I think an idea may be inspiring in itself. But to be of value, it needs to speak to someone’s emotions, fantasies, or imagination, then evolve as it’s taken on by someone who realizes its potential,” Byland said.
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Women’s exit of IT studied at Baylor
[1/30/2015]
Cindy Riemenschneider, Ph.D., professor of information systems and associate dean for research and faculty development in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is interviewed in this story about her research, which shows that occupational culture and informal social networks at IT firms are areas that need to be addressed to help keep women from fleeing IT jobs. “Because of the imbalance with regard to gender, a woman that wants that type of a mentor may need to seek out a mentor from another organization,” Riemenschneider said.
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Clarity of Purpose
[1/29/2015]
Entrepreneur Kevin Rustagi says the people who survive, even thrive, in the start-up world, all tend to be “hard-wired” the same. He says gritty people have deeply thought out, long-term goals and a “stick-to-it-ive-ness.”
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True Grit
[1/22/2015]
How do certain people achieve such great things? What really separates people who really seem to have an almost other-worldly level of commitment to their ideas? Entrepreneur Kevin Rustagi says some people have a kind of “energy about them” to create new things… and a lot of staying power has to do with grit.
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Social Security Needs Dependability, Even If Benefits Decrease: Retirement Scan
[1/23/2015]
Financial Planning: Compilation of advice from articles in major news outlets on social security and financial planning. From the Wall Street Journal, William Reichenstein, Ph.D., professor of finance and The Pat and Thomas R. Powers Chair of Investment Management at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, says Congress needs to revamp Social Security to ensure that retirees will receive about 75% of their benefits in case the trust fund is depleted. He suggests using a new measure that yields a lower inflation than what the current formula provides. "I believe most of us would rather have a slightly lower level of promised benefits that we can depend on than to have a potentially dramatic reduction in benefits about 2033,” Reichenstein said.
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A Crucial Resume Tip for Seniors Looking for Work
[1/21/2015]
The Wall Street Journal: William Reichenstein, Ph.D., professor and The Pat and Thomas R. Powers Chair of Investment in Management in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, writes that senior citizens searching for jobs should tailor their resumes for “the job opening in question.” While it is important to seem qualified for a position, a resume should not be bogged down with previous accomplishments. Instead, applicants “can remove some items and better highlight” other achievements, Reichenstein says. Dr. Reichenstein is part of “The Experts,” a group of industry, academic and cultural thinkers who weigh in on the latest debates in The Journal Report.
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Emily Hunter Interview on “Is the Customer Always Right?”
[1/17/2015]
KGO-AM “Consumer Talk”: AUDIO: Emily Hunter, Ph.D., assistant professor of management in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is interviewed by San Francisco radio talk show host Michael Finney regarding her research of food service workers who retaliate after encountering disagreeable customers. Hunter describes a number of the behaviors and, knowing that there will always be such customers, she suggests employers and managers take steps – including specialized training and instituting an open-door policy – to help servers reconsider acting out.
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The Best Online Tools for Retirement Planning and Living
[1/15/2015]
The Wall Street Journal: A growing array of apps and websites makes it easier to complete many of the most basic — and most important — tasks, from saving money and creating legal documents to figuring out a second career and where to live. Quoted is William Reichenstein, Ph.D., professor and holder of The Pat and Thomas R. Powers Chair of Investment in Management in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. “Our research has shown that an optimal Social Security strategy, combined with tax-efficient withdrawals, can extend the life of a portfolio by as much as 10 years or longer,” he said.
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Service employees need to focus on customer experience
[1/15/2015]
Suncoast News: Emily Hunter, Ph.D., assistant professor of management in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is featured in this story regarding her research of food service workers who retaliate after encountering disagreeable customers. Hunter provides a list of tips to help managers create a work atmosphere in which servers are less inclined to engage in counterproductive work behavior. “Providing servers with more control, flexibility and empowerment to handle customer issues can buffer buildup of stress and prevent employees from retaliating at their customers,” Hunter said.
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Why you should take the Practicum in Portfolio Management
[1/16/2015]
Thinking about taking the Practicum in Portfolio Management course? Danny Huizinga, editor-in-chief of the Baylor Business Fellows Newsletter, discusses his experience in this article.
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Texas prison goal: Business-savvy inmates
[1/14/2015]
The Salt Lake Tribune: This article cites the success of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program based in Houston, with whom Baylor's Hankamer School of Business has partnered to help male prisoners reestablish themselves by giving them the opportunity to earn certificates of entrepreneurship. According to the article, over the past 11 years, PEP “has graduated more than 1,100 students” who have opened 165 businesses “grossing more than $1 million.”
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Women in IT
[1/15/2015]
According to Cindy Riemenschneider, professor of information systems, there are a number of challenges for women in IT today. Barriers stem from the fact that so few women are in the higher levels of organizations to begin with. In addition, the way work-family balance is viewed is still gender biased.
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Yes, Nasty Restaurant Customers, Servers Will Indeed Sabotage Your Food
[1/13/2015]
AdWeek: This article focuses on a study of customer-directed counterproductive work behavior co-authored by Emily Hunter, Ph.D., assistant professor of management in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. The study of more than 400 frontline food service workers showed that the majority had participated in adverse behavior following an interaction with a disagreeable customer. Hunter, an expert on workplace deviance, is quoted in the story. "Behavior of frontline employees has a real impact on the company's bottom line," Hunter said. "Therefore, preventing counterproductive behaviors where employees yell at, ignore or degrade customers is critical."
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iPhone Separation Anxiety is Really a Thing, Researchers Say
[1/12/2015]
Network World: Article on research that shows that cellphone separation can have negative physical and mental effects on iPhone users references a 2014 Baylor study that found that women college students spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cellphones, and men almost eight hours. “That’s astounding,” said James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. “As cellphone functions increase, addictions to this seemingly indispensable piece of technology become an increasingly realistic possibility.”
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Travel has its Advantages
[1/8/2015]
Professor of information systems, Cindy Riemenschneider, says studying overseas gives students a leg up on their resume and opens the door for internships abroad. “It offers opportunities for students that there is no way to replicate that in a classroom. It opens their eyes to see that there are many different ways that people do things that are not like the United States. Their philosophy with regard to work is very different.”
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Where Does CRM Go from Here?
[1/1/2015]
CRM Magazine: Article about customer relationship management quotes Jeff Tanner, Ph.D., professor of marketing and executive director of Baylor Business Collaborative in the Hankamer School of Business, about predictions for shifts in 2015 in sales, marketing and customer service. Tanner says that “businesses have been emphasizing the wrong technology and incentivizing the wrong behaviors. We've been promising that technology would empower salespeople, but that hasn't happened. CRM is still mostly used as a management tool.”
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How Dreams and Money Didn’t Mix at a Texas Distillery
[12/27/2014]
The New York Times: Article addressing the challenges surrounding Waco’s Balcones distillery quotes Matt Wood, Ph.D., assistant professor of entrepreneurship in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business and an expert on business start-ups and venture capitalists, who was contacted by The New York Times to provide commentary. Wood says that entrepreneurs often have “strong identification with their businesses” and that can make it hard to give up control to investors who don’t always have that same connection to the enterprise. “When you compound that mentality with the textbook problems of entrepreneurs giving up control, it’s almost kind of a perfect storm,” Wood said.
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New Year’s Resolutions for Soon-to-Be Retirees
[12/22/2014]
The Wall Street Journal: William Reichenstein, Ph.D., professor and The Pat & Thomas R. Powers Chair of Investment in Management in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is among the Wall Street Journal’s “The Experts,” a group of retirement-planning specialists who answer the question: What’s one practical New Year’s resolution soon-to-be retirees should make? Dr. Reichenstein suggest that they should “practice retirement.”
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Financial Terms Those Nearing Retirement Often Misunderstand
[12/22/2014]
The Wall Street Journal: William Reichenstein, Ph.D., professor and The Pat & Thomas R. Powers Chair of Investment in Management in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is among the Wall Street Journal’s “The Experts,” a group of retirement-planning specialists who discuss the words and phrases that they think pose the biggest problems for people nearing retirement. Dr. Reichenstein tackles the term “sustainable withdrawal rate” which tends to trip up retirees.
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Pair that tweets together, stays together?
[12/18/2014]
The Houston Chronicle: Article originally published Dec. 3 in the New York Times about the negative effects that technology can have on interpersonal relationships references a study by James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professorship in Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, which found that paying too much attention to a cellphone could ruin relationships with loved ones and friends. “Phubbing your significant other by giving precedence to your phone activities over paying attention to your significant other is a path to strained relationships,” Roberts said.
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Rising cellphone use hurts young people, experts say
[12/15/2014]
Times Colonist: Column about the dangers of being a cellphone junkie mentions a recent study on cellphone addiction by James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. Roberts found that women spent an average of 10 hours per day and men nearly eight on their electronic devices.
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How to Overcome Recruiter Cold Call Resistance
[12/15/2014]
Recruiter.com: Article about “cold call reluctance” and the specific psychological fear that fuels the reluctance cites research from the Keller Center for Research in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business that found 12 types of sales call reluctance that could undermine the effectiveness of salespeople or agency recruiters.
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Students Working to Improve Quality of Life in East Waco (Video)
[12/11/2014]
KWTX-TV: A story about students in Baylor’s Business Excellence Scholarship Team (B.E.S.T.) class who are working with Waco civic and economic leaders as well as business owners along East Waco’s Elm Street to discuss and develop plans to help revitalize the area. The class is taught by Marlene Reed, D.B.A., senior lecturer in entrepreneurship in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. Reed was interviewed for the story, along with B.E.S.T. students Bryce Garoutte, Michael Summers and Jin Know.
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When Discounting Is Bad for Business, and How Marketing Can Help
[12/9/2014]
The Huffington Post: Column by Vala Afshar, chief marketing officer with Extreme Networks, and Jeff Tanner, Ph.D., professor of marketing at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business and author of “Analytics & Dynamic Customer Strategy: Big Profits from Big Data,” about data-driven scientific marketing that can help businesses readily see results. However, not all companies are yet taking advantage of the data. Tanner provides a real example of a business that posed a marketing hypothesis – in this case one that went against conventional discounting wisdom – set up an experiment and received great data to validate the hypothesis and improve the business.
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Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business Wins 2014 Best University Mobile App for the Baylor Business Review iPad App
[12/15/2014]
Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business earned the 2014 MobileWebAward for Best University App for its Baylor Business Review (BBR) iPad application. The BBR is the student and alumni magazine of the School and the first magazine app published by Baylor University.
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Baylor Professor’s New Research Geared to Keep Women from Fleeing IT Profession
[12/12/2014]
For years, employers and experts have been trying to reverse the exodus of women from information technology positions. They're failing.
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Retirement Planning and Social Security Claims for the Non-Traditional
[12/11/2014]
The decision on how and when to claim Social Security benefits is a large financial decision in a person’s life. Many claimants are uninformed, and therefore, aren’t making the best financial decision for his or her family. Finance Professor and Pat and Thomas R. Powers Chair in Investment Management William Reichenstein decided to lend his expertise and help those maneuvering the complexities of retirement planning.
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Happy, Happy, Happy
[12/11/2014]
Shawn Achor researches how people can re-wire their brain to be happier. He says there are two things that accelerate the brain toward growth – the perception of progress and seeing the finish line as being close.
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The Influence of Professional Skepticism
[12/10/2014]
Professional skepticism is a foundational concept for auditors. A job well done hinges on exhibiting appropriate levels of professional skepticism, which includes a questioning mind, a critical assessment of evidence, and an alertness to the potential for accounting mistakes. Some large financial scandals may have been prevented if an auditor had shown more professional skepticism.
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Put down that phone! ‘Technoference’ may be hurting your relationship
[12/5/2014]
NBC’s Today Show: This article incorporates findings from a study by James Roberts, Ph.D., holder of The Ben H. Williams Professorship in Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, revealing that paying too much attention to a cellphone could ruin relationships with loved ones and friends. “Cell phone attachment is positively related to an increase in stress and anxiety and even depression,” Roberts said.
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Are Gadget-Free Bedrooms the Secret to a Happy Relationship?
[12/3/2014]
New York Times: Article about the negative effects that technology can have on interpersonal relationships references a study by James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professorship in Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, which found that paying too much attention to a cellphone could ruin relationships with loved ones and friends. “Phubbing your significant other by giving precedence to your phone activities over paying attention to your significant other is a path to strained relationships,” Roberts said.
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Happy is as Happy Does
[12/4/2014]
Happiness fuels success – not the other way around – says Shawn Achor in his book “The Happiness Advantage.” He says that research shows us when we raise somebody’s level of happiness first by deepening their optimism and deepening their social connection, every single business outcome we can test for improves. Productivity rises 31%, sales rise cross industry by 37%, and you’re 40% more likely to receive a promotion. Happiness is actually a precursor to greater levels of success, not merely the result of it.
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Why ‘Bad’ Leaders Actually Make the Best Leaders
[12/2/2014]
Healthcare Daily: An article by Gary Carini, Ph.D., professor of management and associate dean for graduate business programs at the Hankamer School of Business, about the qualities of successful leaders. “Somehow, an imperfect leader, one who is transparent about their past and current difficult experiences, can have more credibility when he or she communicates how they have learned from their very imperfection,” Carini wrote. Carini points out that the best leaders are transparent about their failures and well-practiced in their areas of expertise.
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How Withdrawal Rates Trip Up Retirees
[12/1/2014]
The Wall Street Journal: William Reichenstein, Ph.D., The Pat and Thomas R. Powers Chair in Investment Management in Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business, is one of “The Experts,“ a group of industry, academic and cultural thinkers who weigh in on the latest debates in The Journal Report. This week, Dr. Reichenstein answers the question: What financial term do you wish those nearing retirement better understood?
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Waco ‘Geek’ Gets Rare View of Earth with Near Space Balloon Launch
[12/1/2014]
Waco Tribune-Herald: Josh Ward, a senior academic consultant in the Casey Computer Center of Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, used off-the-shelf consumer technology to explore the stratosphere and capture pictures of Earth and sky. He and a volunteer crew attached a foam box fitted with two GoPro cameras and a GPS device to a weather balloon and launched it in November near Gatesville, tracking it with his smartphone as it went into “near space” more than 20 miles up and later recovering more than two hours of footage. Ward said he plans to speak to school groups that supported the launch, hoping to inspire young people to chase after their dreams.
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The Formal Side of Sales Training
[11/19/2014]
Business Talk 1110 KTEK-AM: Kevin Price, host of The Price of Business on KTEK 1110 in Houston, interviews Andrea Dixon, Ph.D., holder of The Frank M. And Floy Smith Holloway Professorship in Marketing and executive director of Baylor University’s Center for Professional Selling and the Keller Center for Research in the Hankamer School of Business. Dixon gives a thorough overview of Baylor’s award-winning professional selling program. She highlights alumni success, internships and the unique features of the program.
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Thanksgiving and Gratitude: The Science of Happier Holidays
[11/28/2014]
The Wall Street Journal: During the holidays, it’s easy to get caught up in spending and materialism. But a Baylor University finds that materialistic people are less satisfied with life and suffer higher levels of anxiety, depression and substance abuse. Jo-Ann Tsang, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, surveyed 246 undergraduate students to measure their levels of materialism, life satisfaction and gratitude. Study co-author was James Roberts, Ph.D., holder of The Ben H. Williams Professorship in Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. The study was published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.
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Tap Your Portfolio With Taxes in Mind
[11/21/2014]
Jewish World Review: Research by William Reichenstein, Ph.D., professor of finance and The Pat and Thomas R. Powers Chair in Investment Management in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is referenced in this article written by Susan Garland, editor of Kiplinger’s Retirement Report magazine. Reichenstein’s research focuses on Social Security, financial planning, retirement investing and tax-based investment strategies.
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The New Era of Marketing: Adaptive Customer Engagement
[11/23/2014]
The Customer Edge: Jeff Tanner, Ph.D., professor of marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is quoted in this article addressing the “new era” in marketing, specifically, the move away from marketing campaigns and the focus on adaptive customer engagement. “If we’re going to listen, we want to do that so we know what the next thing is to say,” Tanner said. “And it’s not always, ‘Buy this!’ … It’s got to be that longer-term conversation that extends well beyond the transaction.”
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Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business Earns Six MarCom Awards for Communications & Marketing Materials
[11/24/2014]
Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business earned six MarCom Awards for its communications and marketing materials. The awards included three gold awards and three platinum awards.
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Baylor Unveils New Business School
[11/21/2014]
KCEN-TV: VIDEO: Since 2001, Baylor has invested more than $1 billion in new facilities and on Friday, construction of the $100 million Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation reached the halfway point. Media were given a tour of the Foster Campus, which will be the new home of the Hankamer School of Business when it opens in fall 2015. Interviewed for the story are Jonathan Cole-Mckay, MBA/MSIS candidate from Oklahoma City, OK; Gary Carini, Ph.D., associate dean for graduate studies in the Hankamer School of Business; and Terrance Ganaway, B.S.Ed ’10, MBA candidate.
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Study: U.S. Workers Not Taking Paid Time Off Work
[11/19/2014]
KWTX-TV: VIDEO: Emily Hunter, Ph.D., assistant professor of management in Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business, was interviewed for this story about the trend of U.S. workers not taking advantage of their paid time off. Hunter is an expert in issues regarding work-life balance.
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Student Research Team Studies the Conflicts of Information Technology Consumerization
[11/20/2014]
What started out as a class paper quickly progressed into a compelling study, when Hope Koch's doctoral students analyzed data she and Lt. Col. Pat Curry collected about information technology (IT) consumerization.
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Texas Bank and Trust honored as Business of Year
[11/20/2014]
Tyler Morning Telegraph: Baylor University’s Institute for Family Business honored Texas Bank and Trust as the Texas Family Business of the Year on Nov. 6. The firm was recognized for its commitment to each other and to business continuity, and for its responsiveness to the needs of employees, communities and industries.
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Business Students to Share New Foster Campus Media Tour in Real Time on Social Media
[11/20/2014]
Three students from the Hankamer School of Business will join regional television and newspaper journalists as they get an inside look at the new Paul L. Foster Campus for Business & Innovation on Friday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m.
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Big Data Strategies: A Q&A with Jeff Tanner of Baylor University
[11/16/2014]
BeyeNetwork: A Q&A with Jeff Tanner, Ph.D., professor of marketing in Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business, explores his work with the Baylor Business Collaboratory, an initiative through which businesses and Baylor business faculty work together to develop solutions to market challenges through innovative research. Tanner discusses innovation, Baylor programs and his recent book, “Analytics and Dynamic Customer Strategy: Big Profits from Big Data.”
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Baylor Business Student Studies Effect of Gold Prices on South American Economy
[11/17/2014]
In the summer of 2013, Luke Smith, a former Baylor Business Fellow, member of the honors program and 2014 graduate, served as an economics research fellow in the South American country of Suriname at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) under Baylor alumnus Musheer Kamau. While working at the bank, he assisted on two research projects while also composing and presenting one of his own.
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Baylor Entrepreneurship Students Present, Publish Case Studies
[11/13/2014]
Three teaching case studies from student teams within Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business were recently accepted for publication.

The students were all members of the Business Excellence Scholarship Team (BEST) course and were asked to write a case study, about a real organization or business, which could be integrated into the classroom learning experience.
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San Antonio student beats homelessness to attend Baylor
[11/10/2014]
KSAT-TV: KSAT-TV reporter and Baylor alumna Jessie Degollado relates the story of Baylor sophomore Alex Gonzalez, who has found success at Baylor after overcoming homelessness while living in San Antonio. Alex, with the help of the nonprofit Haven for Hope, applied to Baylor and now serves as a Wi-Fi coach at McLane Stadium, assisting fans with gaining access to the stadium’s wireless network. Haven for Hope benefactors, along with Baylor support, allowed Alex, a top student at his high school, to attend Baylor. Alex’s mentor, Hope Koch, Ph. D., associate professor of information systems in the Hankamer School of Business, also was interviewed and remarked about how he inspires her.
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Baylor Student Wins Major Human Resources Scholarship
[11/10/2014]
Baylor’s own Melanie Prada is this year’s recipient of the HR Southwest Conference (HRSWC) Excellence in Education Student Scholarship, which includes a $1,000 scholarship and the net proceeds from the HRSWC silent auction.
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Cold Calling Tips & Best Practices for Real Estate Agents
[10/30/2014]
Trulia.com: Article about research on the effectiveness of “cold calling” in real estate conducted in fall of 2011 by Baylor’s Keller Center for Research and a team of Baylor MBA students partnered with the research and development department at Keller Williams Realty International (KWRI). Dale Lampertz, part-time lecturer in marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, led the study, which found that with enough time and effort, cold calling can lead to a set of qualified appointments with prospective clients.
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Other Voices: Let's take online harassment seriously
[10/31/2014]
Go Upstate: An article that references the findings of research by James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, on cell phone addiction. A recent study by Pew Research Center revealed that 40 percent of Americans have experienced online harassment either on a social media site or app, or in comments sections on media and other websites. The article correlates the excessive use of technology and social media use with increased vulnerability to virtual harassment.
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Baylor Honors Family Businesses for Commitment to Community, Employees and Industry
[11/3/2014]
INSTITUTE FOR FAMILY BUSINESS CELEBRATES 25 YEARS -- Baylor University’s Institute for Family Business will honor the 2014 Texas Family Business of the Year Award winners and finalists at an awards banquet Nov. 6 at Baylor University’s Bill Daniel Student Center.
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Enlightening the “Black Box of Behavior” Around the World
[10/31/2014]
Research can take you places. Literally. In addition to the academic benefits and intrinsic rewards of researching topics, research can lead you to travel. Just ask Laurie Burney, associate professor of Accounting.
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Companies May Overreact to Activists
[10/31/2014]
Companies may overreact to social or environmental activists protesting their business practices, according to an article in the Academy of Management Review.
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Acclaimed Baylor Economics Professor to Give Award Lecture
[10/30/2014]
Joseph A. McKinney, Ph.D., the Ben H. Williams Professor of International Economics in the Hankamer School of Business and recipient of the 2014 Cornelia Marschall Smith Teaching Award, will present the lecture “Reflections of Globalization,” in honor of the award on Tuesday, Nov. 4.
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They Aren't Just Suppliers, They're Partners
[9/30/2014]
Inc.: Article in Inc., a national publication that targets CEOs and other top management executives of fast-growing companies, gives business owners and managers steps to take to build a strong supply chain. Pedro Reyes, Ph.D., associate professor of operations and supply chain management in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business and director of the Center for Excellence in Supply Chain Management, is quoted about technological advances in the industry – particularly regarding the use of radio frequency identification.
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Dr. Tyler Cooper (BBA '94), CEO of Cooper Aerobics, to give Fall 2014 Distinguished Lecture
[10/27/2014]
The rising cost of health care in the United States affects not just individuals, but also the functionality of the economy and government, according to Dr. Tyler Cooper, CEO of Cooper Aerobics in Dallas.
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Business Managers Prefer to Deceive Face to Face
[10/29/2014]
When John Carlson, associate professor of Information Systems (IS), set out to conduct research about why people, business managers in particular, choose certain modes of communication, the results surprised him.
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The Psychological Contract Between IT Professionals and Their Profession
[10/29/2014]
Rene Moquin, a PhD candidate in Information Systems (IS), conducted qualitative research about information technology (IT) professionals, their expectations working in the IT field. This common relationship is called the psychological contract.
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Gas prices plunging toward $2.50 in Waco
[10/27/2014]
Waco Tribune-Herald: Article quotes Tom Kelly, Ph.D., professor and director of The Center for Business and Economic Research in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, who tracks trends in Central Texas. He says consumers have several reasons to be enthusiastic about the dropping gas prices, among them more disposable income and a feeling of optimism about their cost of living.
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Middle Management Affects Strategy
[10/28/2014]
With more than 30 years of practitioner experience in Information Technology, Michael Milovich, a third year Information Systems (IS) PhD student, conducted a quantitative study that focuses on middle management awareness in business and involvement in the IS strategy of organizations.
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Competition is Fierce in the Lake Waco Wetlands
[10/28/2014]
Two undergrad Business Fellows majors designed a poster and research for a research-based biology course directed by Marty Harvill, Biology senior lecturer.
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Baylor Study Finds College Students Addicted to Cellphones
[10/22/2014]
WOR-AM Radio: Report on a recent study by James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, which shows female college students spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cellphones, and male students spend about eight hours on the devices.
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5 Questions with Kirk Wakefield
[10/23/2014]
Get After It Sales: Interview with Kirk Wakefield, Ph.D., The Edwin W. Streetman Professor of Retail Marketing and executive director of the Sports Sponsorship & Sales (S3) Program in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. The S3 program is the only one of its kind in North America and features degrees in ticket sales, sponsorship sales, or CRM/analytics.
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Formal Research on an Informal Economy
[10/27/2014]
Baylor senior and Business Fellows major Daniel Lin presented a research project in July to staff members of the Vice President of Suriname, a South American country.
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Shareholders Lose Their Voice… and Don’t Care
[10/27/2014]
The field of finance faces big questions like, “Is the investment good?” or “Is it bad?” Especially when it comes to mergers and acquisitions. After all, mergers and acquisitions are the biggest projects companies face. In addition, they provide some of the greatest insight into a company’s decision-making processes.
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Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business Hosts Dale P. Jones Business Ethics Forum on Leading with Ethics
[10/26/2014]
The 2014 Dale P. Jones Business Ethics Forum will take place in Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business Nov. 4-14. This year’s theme, “Leading with Ethics,” aims to engage students, faculty, alumni and business leaders in discussions of major ethical issues facing the business world today.
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Thinking Outside the Big Box (BBR)
[10/17/2014]
A fitness club should be more than a sweat box. This belief guided the planning of Fit Athletic Club in downtown Houston, and this philosophy continues to inspire its direction today. Thousands of professional men and women have voted with their time and wallets to let us know they agree.
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Learning in 360: Lighting Up the Competition (BBR)
[10/16/2014]
The story of Light Bohrd begins with a young skateboarder and his engineer father who envisions photographing his son on a lighted skateboard. Essential to the plot is a university that encourages technological innovation and entrepreneurship, and a multibillion dollar apparel company that seeks new products to improve athletic performance.

The end of the story is not yet written, but Chris Forgey, Light Bohrd’s president, is developing the plot.
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How America Shops Now
[9/25/2014]
Yahoo!/Consumer Reports: After seven years of belt-tightening, Americans are showing new optimism, according to a study by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, which serves as the centerpiece of this article. James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, was interviewed for this story regarding the spending habits of Americans.
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Baylor Business Students Shine at Sales Decathlon
[10/14/2014]
Three professional selling students in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business earned six top finishes and placed in the top 10 at an Oct.4 sales decathlon at Northern Illinois University.
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Sales and Marketing – It’s Complicated But Does It Have To Be?
[10/10/2014]
The Customer Edge: (Audio link included) Historically, the relationship between sales and marketing has been tumultuous, with both sides playing the “blame game” and pointing fingers on the reasons for lost revenue. This article cites – and links to – a podcast interview featuring Jeff Tanner, Ph.D., professor of marketing in Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business. Tanner, who helps lead the Baylor Business Collaboratory, was interviewed by Bonnie D. Graham, host of “The Customer Edge with Game-Changers” as part of a panel to discuss how sales and marketing professionals can coexist.
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Baseball is Dying? Don’t Be Stupid
[10/8/2014]
Forbes: Article that disputes the claim that baseball is dying in America quotes Kirk Wakefield, Ph.D., The Edwin W. Streetman Professor of Retail Marketing and executive director of Sports and Entertainment Marketing at Baylor's Hankamer School of Business, from a Variety article about declining ratings for the NFL.
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Your Brain On: Your iPhone
[10/8/2014]
Shape: Article on how iPhones affect the brain that mentions recent research by James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, which found that female college students spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cellphones, and male students spend about eight hours on the devices.
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The Evolution of Workplace Wellness Programs (BBR)
[10/9/2014]
Workplace wellness programs have evolved in waves. In the 1960s and 1970s, wellness-oriented large corporations built expensive employee fitness centers. In the 1980s and 1990s, companies began to offer personalized health risk assessments using biometrics and other health indicators.

With the dawn of a new century, wellness programs have entered a third wave that looks at both health and productivity.
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Indian-Origin Researcher's Model To Empower Women In IT
[8/28/2014]
The Times of India: Research by Cindy Riemenschneider, Ph.D., professor of information systems and associate dean for research and faculty development in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is cited in this article that shows occupational culture and informal social networks at IT firms are areas that need to be addressed to help keep women from fleeing IT jobs. Other areas of focus include mentoring and co-ed social activities among employees.
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Complex Problem of Hunger Demands Collaborative Response
[10/3/2014]
The Baptist Standard: Article about the national “Together at the Table: Hunger and Poverty Summit” held last week at Baylor that focused on creating a public and collaborative conversation focused around poverty and food insecurity on a local, state and national level. Quoted in the article are several speakers at the summit, including Bob Aiken, chief executive officer of Feeding America; Linda English, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor of economics in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business; Rebecca Middleton, chief operating officer of the Alliance to End Hunger; and Audrey Rowe, administrator for Food and Nutrition Service with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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The Rapidly Changing, Highly Disruptive Business of Being Healthy (BBR)
[10/7/2014]
Anyone looking into business opportunities broadly related to healthcare these days can expect to develop an acute case of blurry vision.

That’s because the traditional healthcare industry is in the throes of historical change, thanks to regulatory reform, technological breakthroughs and changing consumer expectations.
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Baylor Business Review Wins W³ Awards
[10/6/2014]
The Baylor Business Review (BBR), Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business alumni magazine, won three W³ Awards for its virtual content.
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Baylor Bear speaks at local alma mater about preparing for college
[10/1/2014]
Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor football student-athlete Troy Baker, BBA ’12, spoke to a group of 80 students at Connally High School in Waco who are part of AVID — Advancement Via Individual Determination — the school’s program that prepares students for a college education. A Connally High alumnus, Baker emphasized the importance of maintaining good grades and preparing for college earlier on in high school. “If you’re not willing to work hard, you won’t reap the benefits,” Baker said. Currently Baker is working towards his MBA in the Hankamer School of Business.
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Gambling States Addicted to Easy Money
[9/25/2014]
USA TODAY: A USA TODAY editorial on states that rely on gambling revenue mentions a 2011 study by Earl Grinols, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Economics in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, who examined the social costs of gambling and reported that the cost of one compulsive gambler on society is about $9,393 per year.
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Are you addicted to your cell phone? Consumer behavior expert Dr. James Roberts explains
[9/22/2014]
WTIP-FM: Radio interview with James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, about his study that examines cellphone addiction. Roberts talks in depth about the study and how cellphone use affects areas like academics and relationships. The study found that female college students spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cellphones, and male students spend about eight hours on them. Roberts explains how people are not addicted to their cellphones but the activity available through cellphones.
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How to Stop Looking at Your Phone All the Time
[9/25/2014]
Refinery 29: A story and slide show identifying ways people can break away from their cellphones references research published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions by James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. The research found that female college students spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cellphones, and male students spend about eight hours on them. Out of 164 students surveyed in the study, 60 percent claimed to feel addicted to their phones.
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Four Women Professors Honored With Distinguished Awards
[9/18/2014]
Women In Academia: Andrea Dixon, Ph.D., The Frank M. and Floy Smith Holloway Endowed Professor in Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is featured in an article highlighting four outstanding female college professors who received national awards this year. Dixon was awarded the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Marketing Association Sales SIG.
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Don’t Panic!
[9/20/2014]
Barron’s: To find the best moves for anyone near or just into retirement, Barron's spoke to retirement experts and financial advisors, including William Reichenstein, Ph.D., professor of finance and The Pat and Thomas R. Powers Chair in Investment Management in Baylor's Hankamer School of Business, who looks at the option of retirees having money in tax-deferred accounts so deductions can minimize withdrawal taxes.
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Pinched Consumers Going on Saving Spree, Looking for Deals
[9/22/2014]
Chicago Tribune: Personal finance article originally in The Dallas Morning News about how today’s consumer is more prudent and less inclined to go on rampant spending sprees is picked up by numerous national papers, including the Chicago Tribune. The article quotes James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. “We really are a little bit scared — memories of how catastrophic it was and how much worse it could have been in 2007-2008,” Roberts said. “I think we all still see an economy that we don’t trust — that the other shoe’s going to drop.”
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The NFL’s Biggest Challenge? Keeping Younger Viewers
[9/17/2014]
Variety: The average audience between 18 and 49 for NFL broadcasts across CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and the NFL Network has declined by about 10.6 percent over the last four seasons, according to this article which quotes Kirk Wakefield, Ph.D., The Edwin W. Streetman Professor of Retail Marketing and executive director of Sports and Entertainment Marketing at Baylor's Hankamer School of Business. “This segment is not passionate about the NFL like older age groups,” Wakefield said. “The social status of NFL teams and players may be deteriorating compared to other pastimes or interests that are more personally engaging.”
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Digital Media Transforming our Funerals, Memorials
[9/21/2014]
The Waco Tribune-Herald: Article about how technology and the explosion of social media are shaping how people share loss and remember the departed. Quoted in the article are Jim Moshinskie, Ph.D., part-time lecturer in information systems in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, who is president of OakCrest Funeral Home, and Candi Cann, Ph.D., assistant professor of religion in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core in the Honors College, who writes about the dynamics of online grief and memorials in her book “Virtual Afterlives: Grieving the Dead in the Twenty-first Century.”
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Assistant Professor’s Study on Food Service Goes Viral
[9/22/2014]
When Emily Hunter, assistant professor of Management and Entrepreneurship started working on, The Waiter Spit in My Soup! Antecedents of Customer-Directed Counterproductive Work Behavior, with her adviser and mentor Lisa Penney, associate professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Houston, she never expected it to get much exposure. By Sept. 5, just two months after the article was published online in the Human Performance journal, a variety of news outlets from Fox News to The Today Show picked up their article and ran stories on their findings.
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