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June 19, 2009

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Obama Administration Expert Speaks at GW School of Business

Prabir Bagchi, senior associate dean and professor of decision sciences, shakes hands with John Beale, Barbados’ ambassador to the United States. Also pictured are (from left to right) Antonio Patriota, Brazil’s ambassador to the United States; and Albert Ramdin, assistant secretary general of the Organization of American States.
(From left to right) Albert Ramdin, assistant secretary general of the OAS; Inés Bustillo, director of the Washington office of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean; and Thomas Shannon, assistant secretary of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

A standing-room-only crowd of 150 turned out to hear two high-profile experts speak about the future of inter-American relations. The GW School of Business’s Center for Latin American Issues (CLAI) hosted a June 8 dialogue with Albert Ramdin, assistant secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), and Thomas Shannon, U.S. assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs. The men discussed the results of the Fifth Summit of the Americas held in April in Port of Spain, Trinidad, and the just-concluded OAS general assembly in Honduras. They addressed a number of developments at the two international gatherings, including the OAS ’recision of its 47-year-old suspension of Cuba’s membership in the organization. The OAS decision, they concluded, signaled an era of closer collaboration among nations in the Americas.

Visiting Professors Polish Their Skills at GWSB Workshop

Workshop participants gather at Washington’s Pangea Artisan Market & Café for a discussion on government decentralization.

Nearly 30 visiting professors and doctoral candidates found themselves on GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus – but as students, not teachers. The international business educators took part in a faculty-development workshop, “Succeeding in Emerging and Developing Markets: Understanding How Institutions Impact Firms and Managers.”

The workshop was sponsored by the GW School of Business Center for the International Business Education and Research (CIBER). It provided in-depth information on how institutions forge corporate strategies and the actions that managers take in developing and emerging countries.

Participants explored how fragile institutions face special challenges, including corruption, political risk, regulatory obstacles, social divisions and civil strife—and the ways firms and managers can cope with these issues. The professors also examined how nongovernmental organizations, social entrepreneurs, diaspora communities and multilateral organizations work to strengthen institutions in these markets and how this affects companies and managers.

Workshop speakers included representatives from the World Bank, International Finance Corp. (IFC) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Marketing students Andi Cross, B.B.A.,’09, (left) and Caroline Emanuel, B.B.A.,’09, present the GWSB team’s advertising campaign “You Know. Be There.”

A GWSB team claimed fifth place in the National Student Advertising Competition sponsored by the American Advertising Federation (AAF). The national victory came shortly after the team’s first-place finish in the district-level competition.

For their social marketing campaign slogan, the GW students chose “You know. Be there.” The aim of the campaign was to reduce over-consumption of alcohol on college campuses. The GWSB team beat nine other schools to claim the District 2 award before going on to compete against other district winners at the AAF’s national conference in Washington, D.C., in early June.

The AAF’s National Student Advertising Competition is the premier college advertising competition, giving more than 3,000 college students real-world experience each year by allowing them to develop a strategic advertising, marketing or media campaign for a corporate sponsor.

M.B.A. Students Select Finalists for Dell Award

As part of a class assignment, a group of M.B.A. students participated in an interactive judging session to select the Top 10 U.S. entries for the 2009 Dell Global Small Business Excellence Award (GSBEA).

The 12 judges are students in Professor of Management Erik K. Winslow’s Strategic Entrepreneurship class. Dr. Winslow, with assistance from the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) and Ayman El Tarabishy, visiting assistant professor of management, has incorporated the Dell GSBEA competition into his curriculum. Dr. Winslow’s students are assigned the task of analyzing, judging and learning from today’s leading entrepreneurs.

“There’s no better way to prepare our future business leaders for the entrepreneurial challenges that await them in the global marketplace than to immerse them in the business plans and balance sheets of dynamic small business,” said Dr. Winslow.

The students were randomly divided into two groups. Each identified 10 small businesses that innovatively use information technology to expand their businesses and create positive customer experiences. Then the judges came together to collectively discuss the selections and, through consensus, draft a final Top 10.

The 10 businesses will participate in Dell’s competition. The national winner, announced in September, will compete with finalists from 12 countries for $50,000 in prizes from Dell.

To learn more about the 2009 Dell Global Small Business Excellence Award, visit

The Caribbean: Challenges to Governance and Security

The territories that make up the Caribbean may be small in size, yet their stability and security are vital to the Caribbean region and the hemisphere as a whole. An expert panel will examine the challenges faced by the culturally diverse Caribbean region in ensuring effective government and security for its peoples.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009
10 a.m. – noon

The George Washington University
Duquès Hall, Suite 451
2201 G St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20052
(Enter on 22nd Street, between G and H Streets)

Panelists include Norman Bailey, adjunct professor of economic statecraft, Institute ofWorld Politics, and president of the Institute for Global Economic Growth; Anton Edmunds, executive director and CEO of Caribbean-Central American Action; and Ransford Palmer, professor of economics at Howard University. Max Manwaring, senior research professor of national security affairs at the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, will chair the panel.

The event is sponsored by the GWSB Center for Latin American Issues (CLAI) and the Strategic Studies Institute of The U.S. Army War College. The program is free and open to the public. To RSVP, please send an e-mail to

Getting to Know: Thomas Loper


Title: Advertising Consultant

Years at GW: Two months.

Best part of working at GWSB: Meeting so many interesting and intelligent people.

What co-workers do not know about me: I love college football, especially Alabama. Roll Tide!

Family: Single. Wonderful parents, Tommy and Paula, a younger brother, John, and an older sister, Kim — all in Alabama. I love seeing my nieces, Maddie and McKinley, and my nephew, Lathan.

Favorite things to do on the weekend: Work in my garden.

Favorite Vacation Spot: Oaxaca state in Mexico. Everyone is just so friendly there.

Favorite Book: “The Wealth of Nations” by Adam Smith.


Amy K. Smith, former associate professor of marketing, published “Customer Rage Episodes: Emotions, Expressions and Behaviors” in the Journal of Retailing, vol. 85, no. 2, pp. 222-237. The paper was co-authored with Janet McColl-Kennedy, Paul Patterson and Michael Brady. (June)

Getting Ink

The GWSB Center for Latin American Issues’ conference, “The Future of Inter-American Relations,” was covered by media outlets including BBC Brazil, U.S. Geological Survey, Agence France-Presse,, Folha de São Paulo, European Broadcasting System, O Globo, Valor Econômico, O Estado de S Paulo and TeleSur-TV. (6/8)

Philip Budwick, visiting professor of finance and director of the Capital Markets Trading Lab, was interviewed by Voice of America reporter Mario Ritter. Budwick discussed the origins of the financial crisis. (6/15)

George Solomon, associate professor of management and director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence, was interviewed by Wall Street Journal reporter Raymund Flandez about small business owners. (6/15)


Jennifer Griffin, associate professor of strategic management and public policy, was elected as a representative-at-large for the Social Issues in Management (SIM) Division of the Academy of Management. She also joined the Journal of Business Ethics Education editorial review board for book reviews.

Jorge Rivera, associate professor of strategic management and public policy, had his paper “Institutional Pressures and Voluntary Environmental Behavior in Developing Countries: Evidence From the Costa Rican Hotel Industry” listed on the Social Science Research Network’s “Top Ten” download list for papers on the environment. As of June 1, Rivera’s paper was downloaded some 140 times.

Class Notes

Miranda Anderson, M.B.A., ’04, married Roger Ballentine, president of Green Strategies, on May 16, at the Gunpowder River State Park in Maryland. The couple resides in Washington, D.C., where Anderson is director of sustainability for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Lisa R. Baudot, M.B.A., ’02, formerly Lisa R. Karasiewicz, married Regis H. Baudot on Aug. 30, 2008, at Ile-de-Noirmoutier, France. The couple lives in Paris, where Lisa will begin working on a Ph.D. in accounting at the École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales (ESSEC business school) in September 2009.

Claudia D. Booker, B.P.M.,’99, now owns a company called Birthing Hands of D.C. It provides birthing services to women and families in the Washington, D.C., area.

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