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Jack Marr Presented at the Academy of International Business Northeast

Jack MarrJack Marr, clinical associate professor of international business in the Department of Management, gave a research presentation at the Academy of International Business Northeast at Temple’s Fox School of Business on Oct. 21. Marr’s work is around how informal social networks, when tied with corporate strategy and public policy, can increase global economic clustering without relying too heavily on tax incentives and subsidies.

COBE Accountancy Graduate, Ron Crouch, Receives Distinguished Alumni Service Award

Ron CrouchRon Crouch (’77, BBA, accountancy) is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Service Award. Crouch is a retired program manager for the State of Idaho Division of Building Safety. He is the current president of the Intercollegiate Knights Alumni Chapter.

The Distinguished Alumni Service Award honors inspirational recipients for their professional achievements and extraordinary dedication and commitment to volunteer service for the university and the Boise State Alumni Association.

Honorees will be celebrated at the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala. The Alumni Associate in also celebrating it’s 50th year. The theme for the gala will be a nostalgic journey back to 1967, the ballroom will be transformed to an era of 60s glamour.


Diversity and Inclusion Summit Featured in Boise Weekly

Wells Fargo sponsored Diversity Summit 2016 at Boise State UniversityThe third annual Diversity and Inclusion Summit was held yesterday at the Alumni and Friends Center. More than 30 employers, including private businesses and nonprofits, were represented at the summit. The summit was produced by COBE’s Responsible Business Inactivate. The program included keynote speakers, panel discussions and a workshop. The theme of the summit was the positive impact inclusion can have in business.

See “Boise State Summit Focuses on Inclusion, Workplace Diversity” in the Boise Weekly.

Partnering sponsors: Boise State’s College of Business and Economics, Wells Fargo, the City of Boise, the Boise Valley Economic Partnership, University of Idaho- Boise, Idaho Power, Saint Alphonsus and Micron.

Cristina Bailey Won KPMG Best Paper Award

Cristina Bailey

Cristina Bailey’s paper “Watching the Glass Ceiling: An Investigation of Financial Presentation Modality and Gender Bias” won the 2017 KPMG Best Paper Award in the American Accounting Association’s Gender Issues and Work life Balance Section. Coauthors are Steve Buchheit, University  of Alabama, and Kevin Kim, University of Memphis.

“In our paper we investigate how presentation modality (text vs. video) and executive gender influence investor perceptions of management competence and the future performance potential of that executive’s company,” explains Cristina. “We find that video financial reports that are male-delivered enhance participant views of CEO competence while female-delivered reports do not. In addition, male-led firms have expectations of enhanced future company performance that are only partially mediated by views of CEO competence. Our findings provide a potential explanation for gender bias at the business executive level: holding all else equal, only males enjoy the benefit of ‘being visible’.”

Cristina Bailey joined the COBE faculty fall of 2017. She is an assistant professor in then Department of Accountancy.

College of Business and Economics, Providence University Form 2-plus-2 Program

COBE Dean Ken Petersen and Providence University President Augustine C.Y. Tang signed a further memorandum of understanding with the goal of sending and welcoming Providence international business students to COBE in a 2-plus-2 program with COBE international business.

Ric Gale, Ken Petersen and others at the signing ceremony.

Rick Gale and Ken Petersen, second and third from left in Taiwan at the signing ceremony.

A 2-plus-2 program allows students to attain two bachelor’s degrees in four years by completing a selection of courses mutually agreed upon by two universities. In this case, the Providence students would complete most of their pre-approved 100- and 200-level courses in Taichung and then complete most upper-division courses at Boise State University.

The ceremony was held in Taichung City, Taiwan, and witnessed by Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-Lung, Providence Chairman Martin Yao-Wen Su, Executive Secretary Taiwan-USA Industrial Cooperation Promotion Office Steve CH Lin, vice chair of the Boise State University Foundation Ric Gale, and director of the Idaho-Asia Trade Office Eddie Yen.

“We are excited to continue making great progress on this program and looking forward to bringing the first group of Boise State students over next summer,” said Jack Marr, clinical associate professor for COBE and director of the Global Project. “These programs provide a great platform for students and faculty to learn, understand, work and create long-term relationships between Boise State and Taiwan on a scholarly, cultural, as well as economic level.”

For the kickoff, Marr will lead a select group of Boise State students from business, engineering and other disciplines to Providence in summer 2018 with the next phase implementing the 2-plus-2.

The Boise State delegation also held meetings in Taipei and Hanoi, Vietnam, where COBE is working in a longstanding relationship with the National Economics University as well as a number of local companies led by Boise State alumni.

MBA Students Immersed in the Process of Commercializing Intellectual Property

technology commercialization group meetingA new program known as Tech2Market, developed for Idaho universities by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), is being piloted at Boise State University this fall with support from the Idaho Technology Council.

As part of the program, teams of students draw from Boise State’s large bank of intellectual property created by students and faculty from the College of Engineering. Four teams were selected for the pilot and are made up of MBA candidates from Boise State’s College of Business and Economics and students who are researching the intellectual property from the College of Engineering.

Paul Cooperrider, technology commercialization program director for the Idaho SBDC, said it’s estimated that the impact from commercialized technology to the U.S. GDP over the past two decades from universities and public research institutions, like Boise State, is close to $600 billion.

“We believe this collaborative and multidisciplinary approach can open the door to a greater student experience while contributing to the state’s tax base and economic vitality,” said Cooperrider.

Sydney Axtell, an MBA candidate in the program, said she’s excited to be a part of it.

“Once you learn the process of starting a business, it’s addictive. I’ll jump on any potential project I can get my hands on just to experience that process in different industries and applications.”

MBA candidate Jessica Streib works with Axtell on a team.

“My experience with Tech2Market is related to customer discovery for a unique hydration sensor being developed by PhD Materials Science candidate, Twinkle Pandhi,” said Steib. “Sydney Axtell and I are working as entrepreneurial leads to uncover the best customer segments and/or industries for the sensor. Each week the results vary but we are moving closer to best use situations, which is very exciting. Our results come from hypothesizing, interviewing, and having Ed Zimmer from the Venture College and Paul Cooperrider from SBDC, guide the process.”

Eldar Sakebaev, MBA candidate, is working with fellow MBA student Sierra Morris (both are entrepreneur leads) and material science graduate student Andreas Savva is a principal investigator for the team.

“My job in the process is to figure out where the technology can be applied, find the customers’ pain points and narrow down the options,” explains Sakebaev. “We are working on improved chemistry of energy storage technology and potential commercialization of batteries. Tesla, Panasonic and other large corporations are pushing the boundaries in this arena and it is exciting to see what is happening in the battery field.”

Another students team is working on possible commercial uses for a smart antenna that allows for faster data rates, more secure connections and reuse of frequency spectrum. Team members are Billy Bateman and Ali Sharifi Shalmani are MBA candidates and entrepreneurial leads for the team; and Ahmed Kausar is an engineering PhD student and a principal investigator for the team.

If the Tech Push program is successful, the overarching Tech2Market program will be implemented at other state universities. The program is hosted and run by the Boise State Venture College through Tech Push.

Professional Networking Week Success

COBE Career Service - Career ExpoMore than 250 COBE students engaged in a series of events during our 3rd annual Professional Networking Week (PNW) presented by COBE Career Services earlier this month. The events included Beta Gamma Sigma Networking Breakfast, Etiquette Dinner, Career Expo, and panel discussion in classrooms. More than 50 students took advantage of complimentary professional photographs to use on LinkedIn profiles. The goal of PNW is to connect our students with employers and job opportunities and prepare them for the workplace post-graduation.

The companies participating in PNW numbered more than 30 unique employers and 100+ business professionals. Professional participants spoke highly of the event, were positive about their  experiences and were impressed with how Boise State students presented themselves. Zach Townsend of Verified First (@VerifiedFirst) was one such praiser. He blogged about his experience at the COBE Career Expo and summarized his classroom panel discussion into four takeaways of great job-seeking and career advise from Boise professionals. Read Townsend’s blog here.

Participating for the first time were Textron Aviation and Goldman Sachs COBE. Career Services is working with these two companies to develop a recruiting program for the college.

Sponsorships from generous companies funded the event and will go toward serving and supporting our increasing number of students and help COBE Career Services grow.

Textron Aviation rep. talking to studentstudent at Career Expo

student talking to an employer at a career expo