College of Business and Economics News
The COBE Living Learning Community (LLC) welcomed President Robert Kustra to their final class of the semester on December 6. Faculty-In-Residence Jonathan Krutz reviewed the LLC’s activities, including business tours, service projects, social activities and the LLC’s innovative partnership with campus food vendor Aramark.
Kustra congratulated students on choosing to live in the Living-Learning Community. He said statistics show that performance and satisfaction are higher for LLC students. The Living Learning Community gives support, builds camaraderie and helps connect what is learned in the classroom to daily life.
Kustra thanked the students for their service to the community, specifically mentioning their help at the PurpleStride walk of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. He told students that their service is not disconnected to real life. You might not always see it, but you have a positive impact on people.
LLC resident August Henning asked Kustra about the university’s five-year plan. Kustra highlighted the improvement of undergraduate programs and helping students to navigate studies while having clear career objectives. Kustra said the university is focused on aligning the curriculum to job opportunities.
The community had hand-painted soup mugs for their weekly Soup Sunday social gatherings and presented Kustra with a personalized mug for his use.
Eric Gooden, assistant professor in the Department of Accountancy, coauthored a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Ethics. The paper is titled “The Usefulness of Social Norm Theory in Empirical Business Ethics Research: A Review and Suggestions for Future Research.”
The Journal of Business Ethics publishes only original articles from a wide variety of methodological and disciplinary perspectives concerning ethical issues related to business that bring something new or unique to the discourse in their field. Contributors examine moral aspects of systems of production, consumption, marketing, advertising, social and economic accounting, labor relations, public relations and organizational behavior. In order to promote a dialogue between the various interested groups as much as possible, papers are presented in a style relatively free of specialist jargon.
Ryan Baxter, an assistant professor in the Department of Accountancy, coauthored a paper that has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Technoentrepreneurship. The paper is titled “Stakeholder enrollment and business network formation: A process perspective on technology innovation.”
The Journal of Technoentrepreneurship (JTE) is specifically focused on creating a sound, coherent literature on entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial activities of existing/developing companies operating in technology-intensive environments. JTE provides in-depth discussion on a wide range of topics covering activities, institutions, policies, strategies and technologies.
The College of Business and Economics (COBE) co-hosted a summit on diversity and inclusion as a business driver with a focus on attracting and retaining top talent in the Treasure Valley. Held on November 17, the summit was a collaboration between COBE, Wells Fargo, the City of Boise, the Boise Valley Economic Partnership (BVEP) and the University of Idaho-Boise.
The morning started off with a powerful keynote address on business responsibility for human rights by Alejandro Hernandez, senior VP at Wells Fargo.
Two panel sessions followed. Panel one comprised Lisa Cooper, Figure 8 Investments; Marwan Sweedan, MD, CTBS; Matthew Burns, Idaho Bureau of Laboratories; Tawna Miles, St. Luke’s Health System and discussed “Our refugee community as a source of top talent.” Shannon Rush-Call, Micron Technology; Joanne Chu, EcoEthos Solutions; Thomas Kellogg, Mentor Artists Playwright Project; and Francisco Salinas, Boise State University, made up the second panel and covered the topic “How to build a workplace culture of inclusion.”
A compelling and eloquent closing keynote was given by Boise State mechanical engineering student, Camille Eddy, who presented her research on bias in machine learning and shared her experience as an African-American woman in tech.
The afternoon comprised hands-on workshops that sought to give attendees practical skills to create inclusion in their workplaces. They included:
- Creating inclusive meetings using the Collaborative Operating System, led by Joanne Chu, EcoEthos Solutions and Shannon Rush-Call, Micron.
- Finding your voice: playwriting as a tool for workplace inclusion led by Thomas Dean Kellogg, Mentor Artists Playwright Project (MAPP).
- From campus to career: a student lunch conversation on inclusion, led by Alejandro Hernandez, senior VP, Wells Fargo.
If you judge on the fullness of room, the Diversity and Inclusion Summit was a huge success at standing room only capacity. But, event organizers are not judging by attendance. Success will only be claimed when attendees complete their action items. Attendees accepted the challenge to publicly post their commitments do doing one thing to make workplaces and our community more inclusive and to report on achievement at the next diversity and inclusion event. Some of those include:
- Expand diversity on board of directors/leadership team/advisory group/membership.
- Contact Global Talent Idaho / work with my company to create job placements/externships/internships for refugees.
- Integrate two new tools in my company’s culture strategy work — Collaborative Operating System and Courageous Conversations.
- Help create a community coalition for diversity and inclusion.
- Start a diversity think tank.
- Expand the ethical discussion in my class to include the role, benefits and importance of diversity and inclusion.
In closing, Angeli Weller, director of the Responsible Business Initiative, asked audience to “remember, this is the beginning, not the end, of an important conversation and there is no more important a time for each one of us to take responsibility for making our workplaces and our community more inclusive.”
The Gem State Business and Accounting Conference provides the latest updates and perspectives on a variety of accounting, audit, tax and reporting matters that impact both private and public companies.
See the details on the Department of Accountancy’s website
COBE Career Services recently received a generous donation from Mike and Ann Sadler to install a high-tech video conferencing room with a Sharp 60 inch Class LED Smart TV and a Logitech high-definition webcam with a 90 degree field of view which students may use for job interviews.
Virtual interviews, including Skype and Google Hangout, are changing the way companies hire new employees. This technology has a prominent place in the interview process. While a Skype interview might not replace face-to-face interviews for some companies, it allows human resource personnel to get a feel for a potential hire early on in the process. Further, students and companies can expand their job/personnel search outside of their geographical area, save time and reduce travel costs.
Location and Reservations
The Skype Room is located in Career Service, room 1120 in the Micron Business and Economics Building. To reserve the room, call 426-3862 or email email@example.com.
Women of the Workplace Social
STOP BY! (take a break from studying)
3:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
in the Jackson Commons
Featuring Ted Talks with W.O.W. topics
Hot Cocoa • Hot Apple Cider • Cookies • Popcorn