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Research Helps Businesses Go Green

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Tom Gattiker

Most companies get it when it comes to going green. In addition to being good for public relations, environmentally friendly practices can help eliminate waste. And when you eliminate waste, such as excess packaging or unnecessary energy consumption, you save money.

But getting from good intentions to meaningful change is not without its obstacles.

Business professor Tom Gattiker’s research identifies barriers to successfully implementing environmental goals in the workplace and ways to break down those barriers, particularly as they relate to a company’s supply chain – the organizations, people and activities that transfer a product from company to company, and eventually to the consumer. (more…)

The Strategic Experience: A Program for Management Development

Faculty Spotlight: Rob Anson

Business professor Rob Anson coaches students who work directly with Idaho business clients.

Business professor Rob Anson coaches students who work directly with Idaho business clients.


Textbooks and coursework can teach budding programmers to write code. But they won’t teach them how to work through detailed negotiations with clients, how to recognize nuanced differences between projects, or a whole host of other skills that will help them succeed in the workplace.

Boise State business professor Rob Anson uses an innovative approach to bridge the gap. “There are things that just don’t come from a book and knowledge that is difficult to impart in a full classroom,” he said.“If I can model processes and behaviors for my students, they can learn so much more.” (more…)

Boise State University Meets Fundraising Challenge, Will Begin Construction on New Business Building

Thanks to support from friends and alumni, Boise State University plans to begin construction later this year on a new $37 million home for the College of Business and Economics.

The Micron Technology Foundation committed to a $12.5 million lead gift for the business building in 2007, with $5 million of it contingent on Boise State raising matching funds by Dec. 31, 2009.

“Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our alumni and friends and their faith in our mission, we have met the match,” said Patrick Shannon, dean of the college. “More than 750 different donors supported us on this project, even during a difficult economic time.” (more…)

Executive MBA Informational Open House

The Executive MBA program will hold an open house for prospective students and interested companies on Jan. 27.

The informational session will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in The Loft on the fifth floor of the Stueckle Sky Center on the west side of Bronco Stadium. Those planning to attend should e-mail or call 426-4034 to reserve a space. (more…)

Alumni Spotlight – Lisa Grow, EMBA Graduate

grow2008 Executive MBA (EMBA) graduate, Lisa Grow, was recently promoted to Senior Vice President of Power Supply for Idaho Power. Prior to this new promotion, Grow served as Vice President of Delivery Engineering and Operation. As part of her EMBA culminating project, Grow helped the Idaho Youth Ranch come up with a new business model that has significantly improved their bottom line (For more information on this project, see Real World Results). Grow credits her participation in the EMBA program for  having been the single greatest learning experience she has had both professionally and personally. See her EMBA experience testimonial below: (more…)

Faculty Spotlight – Mark Cowan

Cowan_MarkSeveral tax research publications by professor Mark Cowan, Department of Accountancy, were cited in an extensive article published in the November/December 2009 issue of Accounting Horizons, an American Accounting Association journal. The article, titled “The Impact of Academic Accounting Research on Professional Practice: An Analysis by the AAA Research Impact Task Force,” highlighted research publications that have had a significant impact on tax practice, tax policy and congressional deliberations.