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Baylor Business Review: The latest 'goings-on' from Hankamer alumni.

The Supreme Sacrifice

Baylor Business Review: Library Information Specialist Frank Jasek chronicled all 240 plaques and memorial lampposts throughout campus in his self-published hardback.

It All Goes Back to the Beginning

Baylor Business Review: Alumnus Wayne Swearingen reflects on his career in real estate and the U.S. Air Force.

Fortifying Concurrent Careers

Baylor Business Review: When Dane Harris saw a young Marine decked out in a crisp military uniform, he knew what he wanted to be. So after finishing his junior year at Baylor in 1988, he tried to enlist with the Marine Corps. Denied entry, he signed up with the U.S. Army, and that began his 30-year career as a reservist.

Read to Achieve

Baylor Business Review: After leaving the Army in 2013, Franco enrolled at Baylor to study Entrepreneurship. It was not a difficult decision, she said. Baylor’s program was and continues to be highly ranked, plus it was not far from her family in Dallas.

Students, Faculty: Free Access to Barron’s Continues

Baylor University continues its partnership with the Barron's in Education program from Dow Jones, made possible by Tommy McBride of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. This program includes 24/7 access to Barron's, the leading financial portal and magazine.

Best of Both Worlds

Baylor Business Review: Starting with the 2005-2007 class, Army-Baylor partnered with the School to offer an additional joint MBA/MHA degree. While offered through the military, it functions like any other graduate-level program offered at other institutions.

Right Place, Right Time

Baylor Business Review: Salazar enrolled in the MBA program at Baylor in the spring of 2020. He was fascinated with the idea of how cybersecurity and business intersect and decided to earn a cybersecurity certificate as well.

Most Powerful Women of 2021

Fortune: Baylor MBA alumna Thasunda Brown Duckett is ranked number 10 in Fortune Magazine's "Most Powerful Women" of 2021.

All About the Pluses

Baylor Business Review: For Melissa Thomas, MBA/MHA '12, it has always been about helping others. This led her to Baylor, where she enrolled in the Army-Baylor Program in San Antonio to obtain a dual MBA/MHA degree.

Into Open Water

Baylor Business Review: Navy Lt. Cmdr. Michael Speciale was only two weeks into his online MBA program at Baylor University when he was deployed to East Africa. He was just starting to get into the rhythm of lectures and assignments when he found himself nearly 9,000 miles from Waco.

Ready for Action

Baylor Business Review: For many veterans making the shift from the military to a civilian workplace, it is not the actual hard skills they learned while serving that makes them good employees. Instead, it is all those other things they picked up along the way that help make the transition a smooth one.

Uninsured Motorist Statistics 2021

Professor of Finance J. Franklin Potts provides insurance tips in this article about uninsured drivers.

Watch Dean Mazumder’s Conversation with Business Students

Sandeep Mazumder, the William E. Crenshaw Endowed Dean of the Hankamer School of Business, hosted students from the Business School for a series of questions on Sept. 6.

Light will Rise in the Darkness: Join the BU 58:10 Project

The Baylor Department of Accounting and Business Law is partnering with The Pack Shack to pack 50,000 meals for our community. Students, faculty and staff from all departments can help at the packing party Oct. 20, 2021, 4-6 p.m., at the Meyer Conference Center, Foster 250.

Baylor’s Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise Opens Applications for 2022 New Venture Competition

WACO, Texas (Sept. 21, 2021) – Baylor University’s John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise has opened applications for the 11th annual Baylor New Venture Competition (BNVC), a two-day business plan and elevator pitch competition for collegiate entrepreneurs across the world.

The Perfect Workday Hours To Maximize Motivation

Thrive Global: This article cites research from Management professors Emily Hunter and Cindy Wu which finds that taking a coffee break in the mid-morning offers the greatest benefit.

Which Comes First: Economic Decline or Hospital Closure?

Tradeoffs: This article about hospital closures cites recent research by Economics professor Michael Richards which investigated the economic impact of rural hospital closures.

Provost Honors Baylor University Faculty as 2021-2022 Baylor Fellows

WACO, Texas (Sept. 15, 2021) – Ten Baylor University faculty members have been selected by Provost Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D., to serve as 2021-2022 Baylor Fellows for their excellence in teaching and desire to transform student thinking through innovation.

Baylor University To Celebrate Boundary Breaking Women

WACO, Texas (Sept. 14, 2021) – Baylor University’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program will host the Boundary Breaking Women’s Panel from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday on the fifth floor of the Cashion Academic Center. Baylor students, faculty and staff are invited.

Baylor Rises to No. 75 in Latest U.S. News Rankings, in Top 10 for Undergraduate Entrepreneurship, Among Nation’s Best for First-Year Experience, Undergraduate Research

WACO, Texas (Sept. 13, 2021) – Baylor University moved up to No. 75 among National Universities – with several academic programs and opportunities for undergraduates highly rated – in the latest rankings for 2022 released today by U.S. News & World Report.

Audio: Business Review: Performance Review

KWBU (NPR): Professor of Management Van Gray shares how companies should continually evaluate their company in order to grow.

2021 iPhone Survey: 24% Of Americans Plan On Spending More on Their Phone Due to COVID-19

Wallet Hub: Professor of Marketing James Roberts is featured as a smartphone consumer behavior expert in this article about smartphone spending during the pandemic.

Expert in Time Management Gives Advice

Baylor Lariat: Management Professor Sara Perry offers advice to students on time management and tips to structure the day.

Totaled Car Guide: Key Things To Know in 2021

Wallet Hub: Professor of Finance Franklin Potts is featured as an expert in this article about totaled car costs.

Audio: Baylor Connections: JaeHwan Kwon

Baylor Connections: JaeHwan Kwon, professor of Marketing, discusses his research utilizing eye-tracking technology to determine attention and physiological responses to uncover clues about what draws and keeps our attention.

New Michaels CEO is also a Baylor Bear

Ashley Buchanan (BBA '96, MBA '98) was tabbed as Michaels president and CEO last year after a long tenure at Walmart.

Laurie Burney Named IMA’s Professor-in-Residence

IMA (Institute of Management Accountants), the association of accountants and financial professionals in business, has named Accounting professor Laurie Burney as IMA’s Professor-in-Residence.

Audio: Business Review: Fear-Based Marketing

KWBU (NPR): Marketing professor Meredith David shares how and when fear-based marketing can be effective.

"Business Review" Radio Series Earns Awards in International Competition

The "Business Review" radio series produced by Livingston+McKay and Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business continues a long streak of recognition with an Award of Excellence and an Award of Distinction from the Communicator Awards.

Best Student Credit Cards of 2021

MoneyGeek: Franklin Potts, professor of Finance, is quoted as a featured expert in this article about student credit cards.

Why Home Team Fans Are So Valuable to Sponsors

Forbes: Executive director of Sports Strategy & Sales, Kirk Wakefield reviews a large-scale study of sports fans compared to the national population that reveals insights to help explain why brands flock to sports sponsorships and programming.

Seeds of Faith

Sandeep Mazumder brings passions for God and learning into his new role as Hankamer dean.

7 Traits of High-Quality Remote Job Candidates

Business 2 Community: This article about traits that indicate whether a candidate will be successful in a remote role cites recent research by Management professor Sara Perry on the effect of remote work environments on different personalities.

Spurs Add Michael Dell to Investor Group as Peter J. Holt Gains Full Control of NBA Team

San Antonio Report: Professor of marketing and executive director of the Center for Sports Strategy and Sales Kirk Wakefield is quoted in this article about the San Antonio Spurs new investor group that includes Austin billionaire Michael Dell.

Waco's Stages Bring Shakespeare, Billie Holiday, Tennessee Williams to Life With Weekend Productions

Waco Tribune-Herald: Marketing professor and professional vocalist Tyrha Lindsey-Warren will perform an homage to Billie Holiday in the local production of "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill."

Baylor Online MBA and Executive MBA Programs Offer New Concentration in Global Trade and Supply Chain Management

WACO, Texas (June 16, 2021) - To help supply chain managers effectively navigate supply chain risks and disruptions ranging from a worldwide pandemic to ransomware attacks, Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business has added a new concentration in Global Trade and Supply Chain Management beginning this fall in its nationally ranked Baylor Online MBA and Baylor Executive MBA programs in Dallas and Austin.

2021's Best & Worst States for Working Dads

Wallet Hub: Dawn Carlson, professor of Management, is a featured expert in this article and shares the biggest issues facing working dads today.

Seeking something beyond a traditional major? These Baylor programs are for you

Baylor is annually ranked among the best universities in the nation, with 140+ highly regarded baccalaureate programs. But even that’s not enough for some students, who are looking for something extra rigorous (and perhaps something that crosses the borders of more traditional majors). For such Bears, Baylor offers three distinct scholar programs — Business Fellows, […]

Increased Organizational Support for Employees’ Adoption Efforts Yields Positive Benefits At All Levels, Baylor Study Shows

WACO, Texas (June 14, 2021) – When an organization supports its employees who choose to adopt children, the employees, their families, the adopted children and the organization itself experience positive benefits and outcomes, according to new research from Baylor University.

Audio: The Pandemic Challenged Conventional Thinking About Work. Can We Go Back to Business as Usual?

Texas Public Radio: Professor of management and remote work expert Sara Perry discusses the future of work in a post-pandemic world.

Precarization or Protection? How Labour Policies Influence the Effects of Globalization on Informality

WIDERAngle (United Nations University): Lourenço Paz, professor of economics, co-authored a recent study on the impacts of globalization on the economy in Brazil and important findings as a result.

Audio: Business Review: Insincere Negotiations

KWBU (NPR): Management professor Chris Meyer discusses negotiators whose purpose is strategic and not deal closing.

The 3 Keys to Success (and Failure) In Family Businesses

CO (U.S. Chamber of Commerce): Lee Grumbles, entrepreneurship professor, is quoted in this article about traits that lead a family-run business towards success or failure.

The 5 Best Homeowners Insurance Companies in Texas

MoneyGeek: Franklin Potts, finance professor, is quoted as a personal finance expert who offers first-time homebuyers on how to look for homeowners insurance in Texas.

Baylor Bear named president & CEO of one of America’s 100 largest companies

In late February, TIAA — a leading financial services provider that ranks among the 100 largest corporations in America — named one of Baylor’s own as its president and CEO. As of May 1, Thasunda Brown Duckett (MBA ’01) now calls the shots for one of the nation’s largest providers of secure retirements and outcome-focused […]

The State of Modern Economics

The Austrian: Professor of entrepreneurship Peter Klein shares his insights about the state of the economics profession.

Jerry Johnson, 'Quintessential Baylor Professor,' Voice of Marching Band for 46 Years, Dies

Waco Tribune-Herald: Dr. Jerry Johnson, recently retired professor of marketing, passed away on May 4th. This article shares details about his career of service and multiple tributes from colleagues whose lives he touched.

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage

Wallet Hub: Allen Seward, director of the Baylor Business Fellows, is a featured expert in this article about motorist coverage.

Baylor Professor Named "Emerging Scholar in Sport Marketing"

Lane Wakefield, a Baylor Marketing professor, has earned multiple national recognitions from the American Marketing Association (AMA).

Hagins Named to Lead Development for Baylor's Hankamer School of Business

In early 2021, the Development team at the Hankamer School of Business saw new leadership and additional growth as Charles B. "Trey" Hagins III was appointed Managing Director of Development for the Business School.

The Kentucky Derby Makes the Fastest Two Minutes in Sports a Year-Round Party

Forbes: How did the fastest two minutes in sports become an important strategic event for sponsors and sports marketers? Professor of marketing, Kirk Wakefield, shares his expert insights.

Baylor Supply Chain Case Competition Team Earns "Final Four" Recognition

Four students representing the Hankamer School of Business placed fourth at the 8th Annual National Undergraduate Supply Chain Case Competition this month.

Your EMBA Guide: What Is an Executive MBA and How to Choose the Right University

Discover what the executive MBA degree program is all about and what to look for when choosing the right EMBA for you.

2021's Best & Worst Small Cities to Start a Business

Wallet Hub: T. Stevens Chair of Free Enterprise Steve Bradley is a featured expert in this article about starting a business in small cities and offers advice on what entrepreneurs should look for in a small city.

Car Insurance For Teens & Young Drivers: Cheapest and Best Companies in 2021

MoneyGeek: Franklin Potts, finance professor, is quoted as a personal finance expert who offers teens on a budget advice on shopping for a car with insurance rates in mind.

Audio: Baylor Connections: Terry Maness

In this Baylor Connections, Terry Maness reflects on his 24 years of service as dean of the Hankamer School of Business ahead of his retirement this summer.

The Best Cheap Car Insurance for College and High School Students on a Budget

MoneyGeek: Finance professor and personal finance expert Franklin Potts offers his advice for high school students on a budget on how to select the right auto insurance.

Dr. Sandeep Mazumder Appointed Crenshaw Dean of Baylor's Hankamer School of Business

WACO, Texas (April 1, 2021) – Following a nationwide search, Baylor University Provost Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D., announced today that Sandeep Mazumder, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Economics at Wake Forest University, has been selected as The William E. Crenshaw Endowed Dean of Baylor's nationally ranked Hankamer School of Business. His appointment is effective July 1.

Phishing Tests Are Necessary. But They Don’t Need To Be Evil

Harvard Business Review: Covered in this article is recent research by professor of information systems, Daniel Pienta who found that companies who use phishing tests with questionable tactics have the potential to harm the company's relationship with their employees.

Baylor Graduate and Professional Programs Ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Edition of Best Graduate Schools

Several Baylor University graduate and professional programs were among those nationally ranked in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings, released March 30.

Baylor Study: What Motivates People To Prevent COVID-19?

Baptist Standard: Professors of marketing James Roberts and Meredith David have found that fear of COVID-19 is the primary driving factor that motivates people to take preventive measures to safeguard against it.

Pandemic Propels Sports Sponsorships to Outperform Expectations

Forbes: Executive director of Sports Strategy & Sales, Kirk Wakefield, discusses the effectiveness of sports sponsorship campaigns in 2020 due to digital transformation and pent-up demand.

Audio: Business Review: The Crossover Effects of Work and Home

KWBU (NPR): Professor of management, Dawn Carlson, is interviewed about her research that looks at how work can affect home life.

Why a Baylor MBA: Student & Alumni Perspectives

Ask any graduate business student or alum and they'll tell you that earning an MBA is a tedious process. Some of our MBA students and alumni share their top reasons why they chose to obtain a Baylor MBA.

From Plebe to Partner

When faced with challenges, retired Army Capt. Kerry McNair learned early on that if he gave his best efforts, even adversity could present opportunity. It was true when he attended West Point and it is true today, as he helps companies deal with the fallout of a global pandemic.

Popular Stocks That Hedge Funds Are Buying

Wallet Hub: William Reichenstein, professor of finance, offers tips for investors about sectors that are expected to grow in the coming years.

4 Things You Need to Know About Earning Your Online MBA

Choosing the right MBA program format can be challenging. Here are the top things you need to know about earning your MBA degree online.

Taking the GMAT or GRE at Home: Standardized Testing in the Age of COVID-19

In the past century, standardized testing has become a topic of educational and philosophical debate for exam administrators and prospective students alike. One thing is for certain: the pandemic has shifted the model for standardized testing and preparation.

Gender Discrimination Is Still Alive and Well in the Workplace in 2021

Forbes: Included in this article is a reference to a study by management professor Kaylee Hackney who researched the link between mothers on maternity leave and gender discrimination in the workplace.

Baylor Prof Leads Innovative Team Working To Disrupt Human Trafficking

Baptist News Global: Stacie Petter, professor of information systems and business analytics, has earned a nearly $250,000 planning grant from the National Science Foundation to provide law enforcement a technological edge in combatting human trafficking.

Baylor Researcher Exploring Technology's Role in Sex Trafficking Fight

Waco Tribune-Herald: The National Science Foundation has funded the efforts of Stacie Petter, information systems and business analytics professor, who studies how technology plays a role in human trafficking and how law enforcement can fight it.

Ten Best Books For MBA Students

In the new year, pastimes like writing and reading return for many eager and intellectually hungry students. If you are looking to start your year off strong with books about business and leadership, take a look at our top ten best books for MBA students.

Audio: Baylor Connections: Peter Klein

Baylor Connections: Peter Klein, the W. W. Caruth Chair and professor of entrepreneurship, shares his thoughts on the impact of COVID-19 on business leaders and how the entrepreneurship department has established itself as a top 10 national program.

This Type of Manager Will Eventually Create Unethical Employees

Ladders: Covered in this article are recent findings from a study by management professor Matt Quade who found that managers without morals can lead employees' to engage in unethical behavior.

Waco Family & Faith Film Fest Goes Drive-in on Return

Waco Tribune-Herald: Marketing professor Tyrha Lindsey-Warren is the founder of the Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival and is quoted about the return of the annual festival.

As GameStop Shares Surge Amid National Attention, What’s Next For the DFW Company?

Dallas Business Journal: Shane Underwood, chair and professor of finance, insurance and real estate, is quoted in this article about GameStop and the challenges it faces.

From the Ground Up

More than four decades ago, Baylor became one of the nation’s first universities to establish an entrepreneurship center. It quickly became the focal point for entrepreneurial development at Baylor, building new curriculum, conducting research and acquiring additional resources.

From Salutes to Sic 'Ems

Baylor ranked 47th nationally among Best Colleges for Veterans in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings — second among Big 12 Conference schools and in Texas — due, in part, to the program known as VETS (Veteran Educational and Transition Services).

SIUE’s Giddens Teams With Baylor Mentor to Combat Human Trafficking

RiverBender: Stacie Petter, professor of information systems and business analytics, is joined by Baylor alumna Lauren Giddens from Southern Illinois University to form an interdisciplinary team that will use a $250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to propose solutions and training to law enforcement in the fight against human trafficking.

Is an MBA Worth it? Examining the ROI of an MBA Degree

One of the most basic and frequently used performance measurements in business is Return on Investment, or ROI. When the primary goal of an organization is to increase revenue in a cost-efficient manner, ROI is a great place to start. Similarly, evaluating ROI is quite relevant when considering whether or not to earn an MBA. For many, the ROI ends up being a compelling factor in their decision.

Management Without Morals Can Lead to Employees' Unethical Behavior, Study Finds

Phys.org: Covered in this piece is the findings of a study by management professor Matt Quade who found that managers without morals can decrease moral courage amongst employees.

Baylor's Online MBA Moves Up in 2021 U.S. News Online Rankings

Baylor University's online graduate program that leads to a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree continues to move up in the latest U.S. News 2021 Best Online Programs rankings released today.

Baylor Graduate and Professional Programs Ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Edition of Best Graduate Schools

WACO, Texas (March 30, 2021) – Several Baylor University graduate and professional programs were among those nationally ranked in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings, released March 30.

Baylor Study: What Motivates People to Mask Up, Social Distance, Vaccinate?

WACO, Texas (March 29, 2021) – As the United States continues its march to vaccinate millions of citizens against COVID-19, marketing researchers from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business have discovered a messaging model that motivates people to take preventive actions to battle the virus.

Whose Data is it Anyway?

Innovative Business at Baylor: Dorothy Leidner, Ferguson Professor of Information Systems, synthesized years of research to develop a theory diving into personal data being digitized and its implications on a person’s dignity.

A Fiscal “Big Brother”

Innovative Business at Baylor: Paul Mason, assistant professor of Accounting and Business Law, researches the impact of IRS monitoring on a manager’s likelihood to commit accounting fraud through financial misreporting.

Skin in the Game

Innovative Business at Baylor: Peter Klein, professor of Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation, researches the perceived disconnect between ownership and value creation with a new term in strategic management literature.

The Source of the Problem: Comparing Pre- and Post-Qualification Screenings for Strategic Sourcing 

Innovative Business at Baylor: Wen Zhang, assistant professor of Management, researches when the ideal time is to screen potential suppliers in an open-bid auction for re-sourcing to help reduce the procurement costs for a company.

Hankamer Professors Share Grant-Gaining Advice

Innovative Business at Baylor: As Baylor University continues its pursuit of Research I/Tier I (RI/TI) recognition, professors in the Hankamer School of Business are doing their part by contributing to this vision.

Inaugural Baylor Impact Awards to Celebrate Entrepreneurial Success

Nominations are open for the inaugural Baylor Impact Awards. The new award program from the John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise, is designed to honor the accomplishments of Texas family-owned and Baylor alumni-owned businesses.

Baylor Ranks Among the Top at the National Collegiate Sales Competition

Baylor University's sales team ranked 13th out of 70 universities this month at the 22nd National Collegiate Sales Competition (NCSC), sponsored by Kennesaw State University.

Top Finishers Announced for the BBSO

Baylor's Center for Professional Selling revealed the final results of the Baylor Business Selling Outside (BBSO) competition on February 12 in a countdown style Zoom meeting with over 100 participating students, faculty and executives.

Baylor MBA-Healthcare Team Earns “Best in Category” and “Best in Show” at Healthcare Innovation Pitch Competition

A team of MBA-Healthcare candidates represented Baylor at Trinity University's Healthcare PRISm Pitch Competition in January, bringing home "Best in Category" and "Best in Show" awards with their hospital price/quality patient empowerment tool, Lantern Health.

Study: Management Without Morals Can Lead to Employees’ Unethical Behavior

WACO, Texas (Jan. 28, 2021) - An organization that projects an ethical face but whose managers fail to respond to internal ethical situations sends mixed messages to its employees, which can lead to a lack of employees' moral courage and an increase in unethical behavior, according to a study led by a Baylor University researcher.

Baylor Business Professor, Alumna Earn National Science Foundation Grant to Combat Human Trafficking

WACO, Texas (Jan. 27, 2021) - A Baylor University professor and a former student have received a National Science Foundation grant to address technological challenges that face law enforcement as they try to break up illicit networks and rescue individuals caught up in human trade.

Baylor's Online MBA Moves Up in 2021 U.S. News Online Rankings

WACO, Texas (Jan. 26, 2021) – Baylor University's online graduate program that leads to a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree continues to move up in the latest U.S. News 2021 Best Online Programs rankings released today.

Audio: Baylor Connections: Stacie Petter

In this Baylor Connections, Stacie Petter discusses information systems' role in the fight against human trafficking and slavery.

Global Business Forum Returns Amid World-Wide Change

Current and upcoming economic issues will be in the spotlight as the Global Business Forum returns this spring. This year's forum, which will be co-presented by Baylor University and the World Affairs Council of Dallas and Fort Worth, will feature a series of Zoom webinars focused on "Economic Issues for the Next Decade."

Hankamer Faculty Lead Seminar on Finding, Securing Grants

Baylor's Hankamer School of Business hosted a virtual seminar on Thursday, Dec. 10, to inform professors about ways to identify and obtain external research grants.

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