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september 12, 2008

GWSB Professor Presents at Harvard Business School Research Symposium

Salah Hassan, GWSB chair and professor of marketing addresses group at Harvard Business School research symposium.

School of Business Chair and Professor of Marketing Salah Hassan was a guest speaker at a research symposium hosted by Harvard Business School. His presentation was titled “Harnessing ‘lead user’ Innovation: From Collaborative User Communities to Mass Market,” and highlighted findings of his ongoing research project on next generation laptop innovations. The event, titled “Lead Users and Open Innovations,” was part of Harvard Business School’s centennial celebration. Academic and industry leaders from around the world were invited to address cutting-edge research and industry cases. The symposium was held on August 4-6.

School of Business MSPM Program Shines at International Research Conference

(from right to left): Homayoun Khamooshi, Young Kwak, Frank Anbari, and Sanjay Jain. All are professors who teach decision sciences in the School of Business MSPM Program.

Professors from the GWSB Masters of Science in Project Management (MSPM) program were front and center during the bi-annual Project Management Institute (PMI) research conference held last month in Warsaw, Poland. In the opening plenary speech, Gregory Balestrero, PMI president and CEO, announced the release of “Impact on Project Management of Allied Disciplines: Trends and Future of Project Management Practices and Research,” a report authored by Decision Sciences Assistant Professor Frank Anbari and Associate Professor Young Kwak.

Anbari, Kwak, Assistant Professors Sanjay Jain, and Homayoun Khamooshi represented the GW School of Business during the three-day conference. They presented various papers, conducted workshops, and sponsored a banquet that was attended by some of world’s foremost project management researchers.

GW’s MSPM program is among the oldest and most reputable specialized degree programs of its kind in the world. With over a decade of educating successful project managers, this unique program blends the study of project management with grounding in general management principles, and guides students in mastering advanced project management techniques. The innovative curriculum balances practice and theory, developing the skills that professionals need to become effective project managers. To learn more about the program visit the MSPM website.

Back 2 Business

Dozens of students turned out for GWSB’s annual welcome back event, “Back to Business,” on September 4. The event featured a student organization fair for undergraduate business groups, great food, live music, and fun giveaways! This year’s theme was “Saved by the Bell,” so students could relive the best of Bayside High School with free shakes, brightly colored t-shirts, and slap bracelets! Representatives from Apple Inc., GWSB faculty, the F. David Fowler Career Center, Alumni Programs, Study Abroad, and academic advisors were also on hand for the event.

Management Department Contributes to the Development of Young Leaders

The School of Business Department of Management served as a key sponsor for the annual Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) World Leadership Congress (WLC), held recently on the Foggy Bottom Campus.

The WLC is HOBY’s flagship program that brings together more than 400 of the top high school students from around the world for a week-long, intensive educational program.

Members of GWSB’s Management Department contributed a significant amount of time and energy to help make HOBY’s WLC successful. For a third consecutive year, Tjai M. Nielsen, assistant professor of management, developed and led the first day which focused on leadership. The program featured lectures and interactive exercises designed to educate students about the importance of leadership development and motivate them to realize their potential.

“We are indebted to GWSB’s Department of Management for its steadfast support of our young ambassadors and the WLC,” said Helen S. Ryan, HOBY’s WLC program director. “We rely on organizations and individuals committed to the development of young leaders, and could not do what we do without GWSB.”

George Solomon, associate professor of management, along with David Tomczyk, Ayman El Tarabishy, and Michael Battaglia from GWSB’s Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence (CFEE), conducted a workshop that introduced students to the world of entrepreneurship through an “elevator-pitch” competition focused on their new business ideas.

HOBY was founded in 1958 with a mission to provide lifelong leadership development opportunities that empower individuals to achieve their highest potential.

Summer School in Chile

AMBA Chile Program students and Professor of International Business Fernando Robles at the Ventisquero Winery.
School of Business AMBA Chile Program students visiting El Teniente, the world's largest underground copper mine operation.

School of Business Professor to Meet With Alumni in Paris

The GWSB Office of Alumni Relations and The GW International Alumni Relations team invite all GW alumni in Paris to join us on September 30, 2008 for “Cocktails and “Conversation.” Alumni will meet with Larry Singleton, associate dean of undergraduate programs for GWSB. Dean Singleton will speak about the new undergraduate curriculum, undergraduate programs, upcoming events, and will be available to answer questions. For more information, visit the calendar of events.

Getting to Know: Nadia Sookar

Title: Administrative Manager for the Department of Information Systems and Technology Management.

Job Duties: Managing financial operations in the department, HR representative (staffing, recruiting, hiring, etc), providing administrative faculty support, supervising student workers and support staff, serving as department liaison to other University departments.

Years at GW: 6 (4-undergraduate, 2-graduate school)

Best part of working for the GWSB: Having the opportunity to work with co-workers who have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with me.

Favorite place on campus: Au Bon Pain (I love the smell of coffee and baked goods).

What co-workers don’t know about me: I recently started mentoring incoming freshmen through a new program at GW called “Guide to Personal Success” (GPS).

Favorite things to do on the weekends: Yoga and meditation, trying new restaurants, getting together with friends, dancing, and spending quality time with mom and boyfriend.

Favorite Book: “The Namesake” by Jhumpa Lahari


Prabir Bagchi, senior associate dean and professor of operations and supply chain management, presented, “Supply Chain Capability as a Determinant of Foreign Direct Investment” at the Third World Conference on Production and Operations Management, in Tokyo, Japan on August 2008. The paper was presented with Arshad Alam, GWSB PhD student.

Sanjay Jain, assistant professor of decision sciences, presented, “Towards a Simulation and Gaming Framework for Incident Management,” at the Modeling and Simulation for Emergency Management and Health Care Systems workshop sponsored by the National Institute of Standards. The primary objective of the workshop was to encourage developing guidelines and standards for modeling and simulation in the emergency management and emergency healthcare systems environment.

Tjai M. Nielsen, assistant professor of management, presented, “OCB and Team Performance: A Group-Level Meta-Analytic Review,” at the 2008 Annual Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference in San Francisco, Calif. The paper was co-authored with George Hrivnak, GWSB management doctoral student, and Megan Shaw, GWSB organizational sciences doctoral student.


Prabir Bagchi, senior associate dean and professor of operations and supply chain management, published, “Key Success Factors, Performance Metrics and Globalization Issues in the 3rd Party Logistics Industry: a Survey of North American Service Providers,” (with S. Mitra) in Supply Chain Forum: an International Journal, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2008; and “Decision-making in Mergers: An Application of Analytic Hierarchy Process,” (with R. Rao) in Mergers and Acquisitions, ed. Jeffrey A. Krug, Sage Publications, Vol. 2, part 7, August 2008.

Salah S. Hassan, chair and professor of marketing, published, “An Extension and Further Validation of a Community-based Consumer Well-being Measure,” in the Journal of Macromarketing, Volume 28, Number 3, 2008, pp. 243-257. The paper was a co-authored article with Joe Sirgy.

Janet Stern Solomon, adjunct professor of management, published, “Bratproofing Your Children: How to Raise Socially and Financially Responsible Kids.” The first half of the book includes character values and the second half provides an easy to understand guide to intelligent wealth transfer from parents / grandparents. Solomon’s husband, Lewis D. Solomon, co-authored the book..

Getting Ink

James R. Bailey, the Tucker Professorial Fellow of Leadership and professor of management, was quoted in the Washington Business Journal article, “Business barometer.” The article highlighted tools and strategies for growing businesses and careers as well as the uncertainty of the economy. “It’s the uncertainty that causes anxiety,” commented Bailey. (8/29-9/4)

Vanessa G. Perry, assistant professor of marketing, was quoted in the article, “Cryptic, costly credit scores. Consumers could save if they understood the tools better.” The article was about how credit scores can often be confusing for consumers. “Perry says those who need to understand their credit scores often lack motivation to learn.” (9/1)


James R. Bailey, the Tucker Professorial Fellow of Leadership and professor of management, was recognized by the Academy of Management for “Outstanding Leadership and Service” for serving as the editor of the Academy of Management Learning & Education.

Jeffrey Lenn, professor of strategic management and public policy, won the SIM (Social Issues on Management) 2008 Sumner Marcus Award. The award is given for outstanding service to the SIM community and is the highest award the Division offers.

Tjai M. Nielsen, assistant professor of management, was recognized as one of three world-wide finalists for the “OBTS (Organizational Behavior Teaching Society) New Educator of the Year Award.” The OBTS is the oldest international professional organization dedicated to teaching and learning excellence in the organizational and management sciences.

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