New Master’s Degree in Business Operational Excellence Approved
Boise State will offer a new master’s degree, the executive master of business operational excellence, beginning in May 2013. The Idaho State Board of Education approved the new program Aug. 16.
A unique partnership between Boise State’s College of Business and Economics and the Kaizen Institute Consulting Group—a worldwide leader in Lean and Six Sigma training—supports the new program. Both Boise State and Kaizen Institute instructors will help managers become organizational leaders in operational improvement during the 12-month master’s program.
Participants will blend distance education, four one-week on-campus sessions, project work at their own organizations, and a study mission to Tokyo, Japan. The focus is on the leadership, change management and process improvement skills necessary for those in health care, manufacturing, service industries, education and the public sector to compete on a global basis. The emphasis on Lean Six Sigma skills will make graduates particularly well suited to drive business excellence in any organization. (more…)
Boise Young Professionals Provide Mentoring to Career Start MBA Program
Boise State’s College of Business and Economics Career Start MBA program has partnered with Boise Young Professionals (BYP), a program of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, to offer b|linked, a peer mentoring opportunity between students and BYP members. The program will kick off at the end of August with up to 40 mentors paired with 40 first-year MBA students.
The idea behind b|linked is to introduce students preparing to enter the workforce to BYP and the community by pairing them with other young professionals that have already paved the way. (more…)
Faculty Spotlight – Nina Ray
John Bieter, History, and Nina Ray, Marketing and Finance and International Business, jointly presented “Dilution vs. Dancing: Scots-Irish and Basques in the American West” at the Ulster American Heritage Symposium in Omagh, Northern Ireland on June 30.
They compared the two cultural groups in terms of their migration patterns and modern day economic impact on America. They also discussed the ongoing peace processes in Northern Ireland and the Basque Country, of particular relevance given that the Queen was in Northern Ireland as part of the jubilee celebrations and participated in a historic handshake and meeting with the former commander of the Irish Republican Army.
Faculty Spotlight – Regis Terpend
Regis Terpend, Supply Chain Management, has had an article accepted for publication in the Journal of Supply Chain Management along with his colleague Bryan Ashenbaum from Miami University (Ohio). The paper is titled “The Intersection of Power, Trust, and Supplier Network Size: Implications for Supplier Performance.” A second article by Terpend titled “Managing Buyer-Supplier Relationships: Empirical patterns of Strategy Formulations in Industrial Purchasing” appeared in the same journal