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Gundars Kaupins: Faulty employee-related sensors threaten HR decisions

image Gundars "Gundy" Kaupins,In a recent article for the Idaho Statesman’s Business Insider magazine, Gundars Kaupins reflects on the possible conflicts related to employee location-monitoring systems. Many companies use electronic sensors to track the movement of their employees throughout the work day. However, those sensors can be inaccurate due to problems such as irregular maintenance, power outages, and more.

Read the full article to learn more about how faulty technology can threaten a company.

COBE Hult Prize Team Interviewed by KIVI-TV Channel 6

image Boise State Hult Prize Team: Hannah Coad, Connor Sheldon, Haley Schaefer, and Taylor Reed

Hannah Coad, Connor Sheldon, Haley Schaefer, and Taylor Reed

Boise is bubbling with ideas that will positively impact the world. In fact, this spring COBE celebrates two Boise State University student teams who are responding to a call for business ideas that will double the income of populations in crowded urban spaces. The Hult Prize issued this challenge to students around the world who will compete for a $1 million prize to launch their business idea to a global scale. Two Boise State teams will advance from the regional competition to the national championship in Shanghai and San Francisco.

Boise’s first-place winner is a team from COBE’s Career Track MBA program. Team captain Haley Schaefer and teammates Connor Sheldon, Hannah Coad and Taylor Reed will take their business pitch to a panel of judges in Shanghai. Through adaptable and inexpensive transportation, this team’s business model addresses the often overlooked challenge of transporting goods and services in crowded spaces. The team has strong support from COBE faculty and community business partners. KIVI-TV Channel 6 interviewed the COBE team on March 3.

The second team, from the department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering, has developed a fully-functional computer the size of a GoPro camera. In a growing digital age they seek to give ten million people access to modern computing power to generate income as virtual workers.

It is remarkable to see business and entrepreneurial spirit expand outside the walls the Micron Business and Economics Building. These bright teams are tackling the complexity of economic improvement in vastly different and exciting ways.


Josh Filzen Published in Journal of Accounting Education

Josh Filzen, assistant professor in the Department of Accountancy, co-authored a paper titled, “Why use multiple choice questions with excess information?” The paper was published in the Journal of Accounting Education. Co-authors are Jason Bergner and Mark Simkin, both from the University of Nevada, Reno.

The Journal of Accounting Education (JAEd) is a refereed journal dedicated to promoting and publishing research on accounting education issues and to improving the quality of accounting education worldwide. The Journal provides a vehicle for making results of empirical studies available to educators and for exchanging ideas and instructional resources that help improve accounting education.

Read Filzen’s article here.

CR Superstar — John Bernardo, COBE Executive-in-Residence


John Bernardo has been named to CR Magazine’s Corporate Responsibility Superstars list. Bernardo is an executive-in-residence for the College of Business and Economics and an adjunct professor for the Department of Management.

CR Magazine’s Corporate Responsibility Superstars list includes leaders in practicing corporate responsibility, sustainability and shared value. These leaders were nominated by their industry peers and by CR Magazine staff for their innovative thinking and leadership.

Samia Islam, Department of Economics, Quoted in Idaho Business Review

image Samia IslamSamia Islam, associate professor of economics, was quoted in the Idaho Business Review in an article titled, “Lawmaker: It will take us a long time to dig ourselves out of system of lower pay.” Read the full article.

Mary Olson, Department of Marketing and Finance, Receives Golden Apple Award

Mary Olson, a lecturer in business communication, has been honored with a Golden Apple award. Each year students from across campus nominate outstanding professors for this award sponsored by the Associated Students. Nominees have shown exceptional dedication to their students inside and outside the classroom. More than 380 student nominations were received for more than 70 faculty members.

Congratulations, Mary.

Nancy Napier: Squeamish? Don’t read this. Curious about problem solving? Read this.

In her most recent blog post for the Idaho Statesman, Nancy Napier,  Executive Director of the Centre for Creativity and Innovation, discusses the lessons that Zoo Boise can teach other business owners. First, Napier reveals just how little the zoo spends on animal food. Then, she explains all of the carefully considered products that give versatile solutions to multiple problems.

Read Nancy Napier’s full article to learn more. Hopefully, you aren’t squeamish!