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Research – the Key to Interview Success

This post by Jessica Bauer, a Career Specialist in the Graduate Business Career Services office, originally appeared on the Career Link Blog.


To show knowledge of the company you hope to obtain employment with, research is key.  While knowing their mission statement is a great start, the research should venture much farther than that.  Interviewers expect that research of the company has been completed, but in most cases, research of the interviewer themselves should also be done.

Here are a few sure fire ways to get the most from your research: Continue Reading

Faculty, Newsroom

UST Work and Well-being Study: Examining the Link Between Life Issues and Work Engagement

by Rita Kovtun, senior at the University of St. Thomas, Communication & Journalism

Have you ever been at work and had trouble engaging with your job because of what’s happening in the rest of your life? Financial stress, a rocky relationship with a family member or a particularly nasty cold – this sort of thing can keep you from performing to the best of your ability on the job.

Teresa Rothausen-Vange, Ph.D., Annelise Larson and Sara Christenson are working to quantify this in the UST Work and Well-being Study (UST-WWS). Rothausen-Vange, a professor of management , connected with Larson and Christenson while the latter two were students in the Full-time UST MBA program. Common professional interests led the women to ideating and carrying out the study.

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Faculty, Newsroom

Two of “the most talented professors at UST” Honored with Achievement Awards

The Opus College of Business prides itself on the quality of its faculty. In keeping with this pride, two awards are presented annually to recognize faculty achievement.

The Julie Hays Teaching Award is given to an OCB faculty member for exemplary achievement in the classroom in the previous academic year. Awarded since 2010, the Hays Award was presented to James Shovein this month.

James Shovein“Professor Shovein is among the most talented professors at the University of St. Thomas,” wrote one nominating student. “He has a knack for bringing core concepts and real world experience together. His classes are not only enjoyable to attend but also make learning seem natural and easy while continually challenging and expecting the most out of students.”

The Susan E. Heckler Research Excellence Award recognizes outstanding faculty achievement in research. The Heckler Award was given for the first time in May 2012 to Dr. Avinash Malshe.

Avinash Malshe“His work stood out among a strong pool of candidates for its ability to contribute to both the academic discussions and provide real guidance to managers struggling with a difficult problems, such as designing and managing the interface between sales and marketing, another nominator wrote. “He exemplifies what we were hoping to honor with the Susan Heckler Award for Research Excellence”

Congratulations to these accomplished members of our faculty!

Faculty, Newsroom, real estate

Real Estate Development and CBAs – 5 Questions for Prof. Musil

Tom Musil

Thomas A. Musil, D.P.A., assistant professor in the finance department recently presented his research on Regulation of Real Estate Development Through the Use of Community Benefit Agreements. Here then are five questions with Prof. Musil:

Q. What are Community Benefit Agreements?

A.  CBAs establish a process for real estate developers to include community objectives as part of the development. The developer enters into a private contract, usually with a coalition of community, faith based and/or special interest groups in exchange for their support, cooperation or forbearance regarding the proposed development. The community group typically gets the developer to agree to include any of several components in the project or in the development process. This includes things like local hiring, hiring from under-represented groups, creation of minority owned businesses, and paying for support of the community coalition. In fact, in some cases the community coalition has an approval process and monitors the development activity and final management of the development.

Q. What are you hoping to accomplish with your research?

A. Very little is known about CBAs. There is scant evidence of how these agreements produce outcomes and enhance the project and/or the community. In my research, I specifically looked at 28 of the 50 projects nationally where CBAs have been used in the development process. I reviewed at each of these projects in terms of their impact on environmental justice – the fair treatment and inclusion of all people regardless of their race, color, gender, national origin or income. Of the CBAs reviewed, 28% involved hiring in the agreement, 57% required communication between developer and community, 53% contained requirements in terms of minimum wage or living wage jobs and 53% related to contracting with certain groups such as those who are local or typically harder to employ. Continue Reading

biztube, Media, Newsroom

BizTube: Market Research

All I Needed to Know about Business I Learned from YouTube

This video has been overtaking my life in recent weeks, thanks to the many friends I have on Facebook who see fit to post it with various and supporting exclamations. Once again, YouTube, the source of all knowledge, has taught me an important business principle. In this case, the video is a great example of what not to do.

The creators of the video introduce it as an ethnographic market research project, though they don’t call it that, attempting to determine if men and women can be “just friends.” However, I noticed significant flaws in their research methodology in this video. Continue Reading

FTMBA, Local business, Newsroom, Student Life

Real-world perspectives on market research

consumer researchI appreciate how the Full-time UST MBA program offers a combination of academics and professional experience. An example of this is the integration of special speakers’ days into the regular class schedule. Faculty members are always looking for the best speakers that can complement the the lectures and in class discussion. This was the case two weeks ago in our Applied Business Research (ABR) class. Continue Reading