The George Washington University

School of Business: GWSB News

January 25, 2008

GWSB Students Tour Dubai

Professors Hassan & Dyer standing tall in Dubai

A group of GWSB M.B.A. students spent an exciting two weeks studying business practices, and visiting local businesses and business leaders in Dubai. The study-tour is part of the Global M.B.A. program, which requires students to visit and learn about the business dynamics of a foreign country.

“We have conducted study programs in various places around the world, including China, India, and London, but this is the first time we have brought the students to the Middle East. We chose Dubai because we consider it a gateway to the region,” said Salah Hassan, GWSB chair and professor of marketing. “This trip was a significant eye opener for the students on the economic potential of the region.”

The students visited corporations, consulting firms, and non-government organizations (NGO’s) from Dubai as well as some U.S. companies that operate in the region. All the site visits included lectures, executive presentations, and guided tours. The group visited the Dubai Chamber of Commerce, the Dubai Travel & Commerce Marketing Department, Dubai Holding, Jabel Ali Free Trade Zone, Schnider Electric, Internet City, Media City, Booz Allen Hamilton, Nakheel, DubaiLand, Emaar, Emirates Airlines, Marriott Global, Burj Al Arab, and Dubai Quality Group (DQG).

“Dubai Quality Group plays an important role in the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) economic development by helping cultivate a culture of excellence across all sectors. It has been a pleasure showcasing DQG’s aims, achievements and plans to our visitors from George Washington University, who have been impressed by the rapid economic gains made by the UAE,” said DQG Chairman Marwan Al Sawaleh.

“The trip was a phenomenal experience. I was able to see a city and its infrastructure developed from just about nothing 30 years ago, into the economic powerhouse it is today,” said M.B.A. student Tiffany Lippy.

In addition to Dubai, the study-abroad experience included visiting the emirates of Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. In Sharjah, the GW delegation was invited to a formal dinner at the Palace of the Ruler, His Highness, Dr. Shaikh Sultan Al Qasimi. “It was a great opportunity for all to learn about Sharjeh’s status as an educational, academic, and cultural hub in the region,” commented Hassan.

Dean Singleton Meets & Greets

Dean Singleton Meets & Greets

“How valuable is a degree from the School of Business,” “How do you plan to improve undergraduate programs,” and “Can GWSB have more events that include prominent alumni,” were just a few of the questions Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs Lawrence Singleton fielded from students during a “Meet and Greet” session on January 23.

“The GW School of Business is one of the best business schools in the nation. This was a great opportunity for me to personally connect with our undergraduate students and hear their comments and concerns," said Singleton.

Many of the students who attended were pleased with what they heard. “It’s really helpful to hear about the direction Dean Singleton is moving in. I think the School of Business is on the rise. I’m really excited about the future of the school, and Dean Singleton is going to be a big part of that,” commented GWSB junior Betsy Smith.

Singleton became Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs last September. He is also an associate professor of accountancy with expertise in financial accounting, managerial accounting, mergers and acquisitions, and issues facing technology companies.

Campus Sustainability Listening Session

The Presidential Task Force on Sustainability held a listening session on January 17 for the GW community to share views and provide feedback on campus sustainability efforts. Panel representatives included President Steven Knapp, task force co-chair Mark Starik, professor and director of GWSB’s Institute of Corporate Responsibility’s Environmental Sustainability Program, and student representatives.

Author Visits GWSB

By Sharmeen Ahsan-Bracciale

Dr. Michael Maccoby

A leader is: someone people follow. But why do people follow? That’s the question Dr. Michael Maccoby addressed when he spoke to a GWSB audience. In his new book, “The Leaders We Need: and What Makes Us Follow,” Maccoby examines the motivations of followers. He told the GWSB students, many followers associate their leaders to an important person from the past — a parent, a sibling, a close friend. With major shifts in family structure and other social changes, including changes in technology and work life, these “transferences” have grown complex, making leaders‘ work more challenging.

According to Maccoby, the key for modern-day leaders is to be sensitive to how a group’s collective psychology and social context shape its leadership needs. He outlined the profound shift from a more bureaucratic society and leadership model to an interactive, collaborative one—and provided crucial advice on how to become a “leader we need.“

Maccoby is an anthropologist, psychoanalyst, and leadership consultant. He is also the author of, “The Gamesman,” “Why Work? Motivating the New Work Force,” and co-author of “Agents of Change: Crossing the Post Industrial Divide.” He is the president of The Maccoby Group in Washington, D.C. and director of the Project on Technology, Work and Character, a not-for-profit, research organization. He has served as a consultant and coach to leaders in many corporations, unions, universities, the World Bank, and the State and Commerce Departments of the U.S. Government.

The December event was co-sponsored by the GWSB Executive Development Program and the Department of Management; it is the first in a series of events. To learn more about upcoming EDP events, please email

Career Center Appoints New Assistant Director of Employer Relations

Philip Flaherty

Philip Flaherty, is the new assistant director of employer relations for the F. David Fowler Career Center. Flaherty will be responsible for the cultivation and maintenance of employer relations through contact with hiring decision- makers, outreach and marketing campaigns to increase employer awareness of GWSB students, coordination of special events to encourage employer-student interaction, managing on-campus recruiting, collecting and analyzing employer-recruitment and student-placement data, and producing associated reports.

London Summer-Abroad Information Session

Students interested in learning more about the 2008 Summer Study-Abroad Program to London, England should plan to attend an optional information session. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 30, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in Funger Hall, Suite 420.

For more information, visit Summer Abroad Program 2008.

Getting to Know: Jonathan O'Brien

Jonathan O'Brien

Title: Senior Secretary

Job Duties: Provide administrative assistance and support to the Dean’s office staff, GWSB faculty, and students.

Years at GW: Three years as a student, two months as a staff member.

Best part of working for the GWSB: The people who I work with on a daily basis. Everyone is friendly and very supportive of each other’s work, which helps to make the day go by much more smoothly.

Favorite place on campus: 8th Floor of the University garage. It has a wonderful view of the city, and I sometimes go there to eat lunch.

What co-workers don’t know about me: I was interviewed by NBC local news when I was in elementary school because I had witnessed a child abductor try to kidnap one of my friends while we were walking home from school. A few months later my parents were contacted by the producers of the Oprah Winfrey Show. They wanted me to appear on the show in a segment about child abductors. I chose not to go because the date conflicted with an important little league game, which my team ended up losing anyway.

Family: I have a 27-year-old brother who who lives in the area. My parents still live in Vienna, Virginia in the house where I grew up. My father owns a car dealership and my mother is a flight attendant for United Airlines. Needless, to say I’ve had benefits in two very useful modes of transportation my entire life!

Favorite things to do on the weekends: Much of my weekends is taken up by the tennis leagues that I play in. I play on a USTA team, which has matches during the week, and also in a D.C. league called the Capital Tennis Association, on the weekends. The latter of the leagues is more of a social league and hosts activities outside of tennis.

Favorite vacation spots: Some of my favorite places that I’ve been, include Sydney, Australia, South Beach, Buenos Aires, and Beijing. My trip to Beijing will always be the most memorable because it was such an eye-opening experience to see such a different culture and part of the world.


Robert Weiner

Robert Weiner, professor of international business, and Reid Click, associate professor of international business, presented “Resource Nationalism Meets the Market: Modeling Political Risk and the Value of Petroleum Reserves,” at the 2008 Allied Social Science Association meeting and the 2007 Academy of International Business Emerging Research Frontiers meeting.


Stuart Umpleby

Stuart Umpleby, professor of management, published “Reflexivity in Social Systems: The Theories of George Soros” in Systems Research and Behavioral Science. Umpleby was also appointed to the editorial board of the journal Technological Forecasting and Social Change.

Getting Ink

Washington Examiner

The Business School was mentioned in the Washington Examiner article, “Metro-area B-schools see increased interest in social, environmental responsibility courses.” The article was about business schools increasing the number of courses about corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability. “In a study by the Aspen Institute, George Washington University’s business school ranked 13th overall worldwide and sixth for exposing students to the topics. The institute looked at how well business schools incorporated these issues into their class schedules, student experience and faculty work.” (1/15/08)

Susan Aaronson

Susan Aaronson, adjunct professor of strategic management and public policy, was mentioned in the Reuters article, “Colombia trade fight could cripple U.S. fast track.” The article was about a U.S. trade pact with Columbia. “Susan Aaronson, a George Washington University associate professor who has written extensively on trade policy, said she believes approval of the free trade agreement, combined with a U.S. technical assistance program, would help Colombia improve its record on human rights.” (1/18/08)

Salah Hassan

Salah Hassan, professor and chair of marketing, was interviewed by several Mid-East news media organizations during the GWSB Study Abroad Program to Dubai. He was quoted in TradeArabia, EmiratesWeek, Khaleej Times, Dar Al Khaleej, Al Byan, Zawya, Business Intelligence, and Business Maktoob.

Robert Weiner, professor of international business, was quoted in the Platts Oilgram News article, “Investing flows increasingly seen as factor in high WTI prices.” “Robert Weiner, a professor at George Washington University, said investment funds flows have no immediate bearing on crude prices. But they can contribute to market volatility, which may over the long-term build price pressure. ‘Volatile prices can be associated with high, medium or low prices,’ Weiner said. But he cautions that investors are not trading uniformly — roughly 55% of investors are buying and 45% are selling, he estimates, minimizing the chance for a direct investment-to-price correlation.” (1/9/08)