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School of Business: GWSB News

April 11, 2008

GW-CIBER Gets New Director

Coelho Professorial Fellow and associate professor of international business and international affairs Jennifer Spencer, has been named the new director of GW’s Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). She replaces marketing professor Pradeep Rau.

“I am delighted to take the reigns at such a vibrant research center and excited about the opportunities for GW-CIBER to continue to foster research and teaching innovation across the university. In its first two years, GW-CIBER funded 28 projects to facilitate faculty research and provide resources to support teaching and outreach in international business,” said Spencer. “Under the leadership of Pradeep Rau, GW-CIBER has hosted a number of very successful events that have enhanced GW’s reputation locally and globally. My goal is for GW-CIBER to remain a source of pride for the university.”

GW-CIBER serves as a vital portal for businesses, policy makers, citizens, students, and faculty throughout the nation to increase their international skills and awareness of the internationalization of our economy. To learn more about GW-CIBER, visit

Board of Advisors Spring Meeting

Mitchell E. Blaser, B.B.A. ’73, chairman of the GWSB Board of Advisors, shares a moment with GW President Steven Knapp at the board’s spring meeting.

Board of Advisors Awards

Patrick McHugh (left). Sylvan Von Burg (right)

Each year the GWSB Board of Advisors recognizes members of the School of Business for their outstanding commitment to the school. A faculty member, staff member, doctoral student, M.B.A. candidate, and undergraduate student are nominated by students, faculty, and colleagues as recipients of the award. Congratulations to this year’s recipients:

Faculty Award

Patrick McHugh, associate professor of management

Staff Award

Sylvan Von Burg, F. David Fowler Career Center senior career consultant

Student Awards

Doctoral: George Hrivnak
M.B.A. : Jason Morris
Undergraduate: Karyn Shaprio

Ric Duquès Returns to GWSB

The Finance & Investments Club, will host Ric Duquès, B.B.A. ’65, M.B.A. ’69, on April 16. Duquès will speak to a small group of students about private-equity financing in challenging credit environments. Duquès, and his wife Dawn, B.A., ’68, donated $5 million to construct Duquès Hall, the home of the Business School.

Where: F. David Fowler Career Center — Board Room
When: Wednesday, April 16, 5 p.m. — 6 p.m.

School of Business Offers One-of-a-Kind M.B.A. Program in Sports Management

GW’s School of Business is offering a unique master’s degree program for a select group of M.B.A. candidates, who will work as paid executive trainees for the Washington Redskins or the Washington Nationals while earning their degrees. During their time at GW, the students will take elective sports management courses on-site at the new Nationals Ballpark in Washington, and at Redskins facilities in Maryland and Virginia. The program will be offered in the fall.

“This program will provide GW School of Business students a competitive advantage while also assisting our industry partners," said Lisa Delpy Neirotti, associate professor of sports management and tourism studies. “This is an extension of our existing partnerships with the Nationals and the Redskins. In addition to the paid trainees, we will continue to provide interns to each organization.“

Candidates must meet the criteria of GW’s M.B.A. program, participate in the interview process, and be accepted by the Nationals or Redskins organizations. Students selected for the program will complete core M.B.A. courses in an accelerated format, which will allow time to fulfill the required 30 hours of work for the sports teams during the week. The paid executive trainees will be assigned to various departments including marketing, media, and community relations. Students will complete 48 credit hours, 24 of which mainly sports-management electives.

The George Washington University Sports Management Program was founded in 1991 and continues to offer unique programs that meet the needs of students as well as industry. GW has some of the most established connections in the sports field not only in the U.S., and around the world. Distinguished sports executive alumni include: David Falk, CEO and founder of FAME; Randy Levine, president of the New York Yankees; Jerry Reinsdorf, owner of the Chicago Bulls and White Sox; Abe Pollin, owner of the Washington Wizards; and Ted Lerner, owner of the Washington Nationals.

Maxon Lecture

Richard Sandor, chairman and chief executive officer of the Chicago Climate Exchange, spoke to a GW audience of nearly 200 on April 13. Sandor was the 2007-2008 Robert P. Maxon Lecturer. His speech was entitled, “Global Warming and the Use of Markets to Solve Environmental Problems.”
From left to right: Prabir Bagchi, senior associate dean and professor; Richard Sandor; and Dean Susan M. Phillips during a reception following the Maxon Lecture.

Just in Time Career & Internship Fair

For students who are still searching for that perfect summer internship or full-time job the

F. David Fowler Career Center is sponsoring a forum to link you with employers still in search of top talent.

The Just in Time Career & Internship Fair is open to all GWSB graduate and undergraduate students. More than 60 employers will be on hand. Interested students should don their business attire, freshen up their resumes, and benefit from the event.

Just in Time Career & Internship Fair

When: 2:00-6:00 p.m. April 16th
Where: Duquès Hall, 4th and 5th Floors

For those who need additional preparation, the Career Center will conduct a workshop called, “How to Work a Career Fair,” on April 14th at 1:00 p.m., and again on April 15th at 4:00 p.m., in Duquès Hall, Suite 552. A preliminary list of employers can be viewed at: Last year’s fair connected over 350 students with employers.

Student Selected to Attend NBA Teams Job Fair

GWSB senior Alyssa Greco was chosen as the winner of the, “NBA Teams Job Fair.” This exclusive, all expenses-paid opportunity will allow Alyssa to attend the “NBA Teams Job Fair,” in Los Angeles on April 3—5, where she will meet with recruiters from NBA teams nationwide.

Alyssa will graduate in May with a degree in business administration with concentrations in sports, event, and hospitality management/marketing. Her passion for sports started at a young age, and the goal of her college career is to work in professional sports, specifically with NBA teams. Alyssa has been the GW men’s basketball head manager since 2006, leading a group of six assistants to support basketball operations at the University. She also interned with the Washington Wizards and Mystics organizations.

Case Interview Workshop with Marc Consentino

When: 1:00 p.m.— 4:30 p.m. April 18, 2008
Where: Duquès Hall, Suite 552
Cost: $15 for members; $30 for non-members

Join the Consulting Club in welcoming Marc Cosentino for an interactive workshop on case interviews. Cosentino is the author of three books involving cases and consulting. Cosentino is the president of and the former associate director of career services at Harvard University.

The George Washington University Consulting Club (GWCC) is a student association aimed at increasing the professionalism of all GW students interested in a career in consulting. To become a member or learn more about GWCC, students should visit

Getting to Know: Floriena “Floortje” Blindenbach-Driessen

Title: Visiting assistant professor.

Job Duties: Teach “Organization, Management and Leadership” course.

Years at GW: Seven months.

Best part of working for the GWSB: My very friendly and collaborative colleagues and the beautiful building.

Favorite place on campus: Enjoying lunch on a quiet bench somewhere in the sun (in the spring) or shade (in the summer).

What co-workers don’t know about me: Over the summer, I will be moving back to Europe to start at the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School in Belgium.

Family: My husband Wim and our beloved children; Maaike (10); Jaap (8); and Pieter (5).

Favorite things to do on the weekends: Hike or cycle with the family.

Favorite Book: “The House of the Mosque” by Kader Abdolah

Favorite vacation spots: Skiing in the Alps (when in Europe), the canyons of southern Utah, and (closer to Washington D.C.) the mountains in W.Va.


D. Jeffrey Lenn, professor of strategic management and public policy and associate vice president for academic operations, lectured at Dai Nam University and Vietnam University of Commerce in Hanoi, Vietnam during the week of March 17-21. He spoke to faculty and students on “Managing Organizational Change Effectively” and “Trends in Business and Management Education in the U.S.”


James R. Bailey, the Ave Tucker Professorial Fellow of Leadership and professor of management, published, “Philosophical Ties that Bind: The Case of Creativity,” in the Journal of Managerial Inquiry. The article argues that the philosophical assumptions behind business research are incompatible to capture important practice dynamics like creativity. It was co-authored by Cameron Ford from the University of Central Florida, and Jonathan Raelin, a 2007 GWSB doctoral graduate.

Bailey also had a book chapter, The Research-Teaching Nexus: Tensions and Opportunities, accepted in the “Handbook of Management Learning, Education, and Development.” The chapter argues that there is no evidence to support the idea that good researchers are necessarily good teachers, and thus that business schools should adopt a “portfolio model” of faculty talent management. The chapter was co-authored by Roy Lewicki from Ohio State University.

William Halal, Professor Emeritus of science, technology, and innovation, published, “Technology’s Promise: Expert Knowledge on the Coming Transformation of Society.” The book is based on the work of the TechCast Project, conducted over the past decade at GW. It merges the knowledge of 100 high-tech CEOs, scientists, engineers, academics, consultants, futurists, and other experts from around the world, the resulting book is one of the best forecasts of upcoming technological breakthroughs.

Getting Ink

Neil Cohen, associate professor of finance, was mentioned in the Prague Post article, “Mini program — maximum results.” The article was about a new strategic management program at the University of New York Prague (UNYP). The two-week seminar, scheduled to launch in mid-May, will be split into four parts — marketing, strategy, finance, and leading change. “Finance is every company’s biggest concern, and the seminar will dedicate three full days to the topic. Neil Cohen, a faculty affiliate with WDI [William Davidson Institute] and an associate professor of finance at George Washington University, plans to focus his presentation on showing operational managers how their work is tied to the company’s bottom line and how to prepare project proposals that will get funded by their financial managers. Cohen has taught in Zagreb and Bratislava,” wrote reporter Jacy Meyer. (3/26)

The GW School of Business, was cited in a column by Chris Howard of the Daily Courier. The article, “Visiting the big show at Indian Wells,” was about the new venue for the Pacific Life Open, a professional tennis tournament. The competition is being held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Calif. “The new site and stadium, built at Indian Wells in 2000 by partners Charlie Pasarell and Raymond Moore, has the largest economic impact in the Coachella Valley to the tune of almost $220 million based on a study done by George Washington University’s School of Business,” wrote Howard. (3/20)

Class Notes

Richard Marks, M.A., ’58, taught American Government at Howard County Community College during the 2007 fall semester. Marks also taught a course for Central Texas College aboard the U.S. Navy carrier USS Essex stationed in Japan and the Philippines. The course was part of the PACE (Program Aboard College Education) program. This was Marks fifth PACE tour serving aboard a number of ships throughout the world.

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