The Fogelman College is opening a new chapter in its history!
With this new e-newsletter format and in other promotional and informative publications to come, we want to tell you about the Fogelman College’s ongoing programs and exciting new initiatives being developed by its new dean, Dr. Rajiv Grover. We’ll begin with four articles in this e-newsletter. One sets the tone for our new efforts to forge a tighter relationship between the college and the Memphis business community. Another describes our new MBA concentrations, designed to produce graduates who will fill pressing needs in local industry. A third talks about the college’s efforts at developing advisory boards. And the fourth describes some of our professors’ ongoing research.
The Memphis business community is one of the best-kept secrets in the country and it’s high time to let the secret out! The supermarket concept, the motel concept, and the overnight package delivery concept were all invented here. Today, Memphis is progressing from being the Distribution Center of America to being the Logistics Center of America, with the largest tonnage cargo airport in the world and a major road and rail crossroads. Memphis is home to the foremost package delivery company in the world, the largest paper goods company, and the largest auto parts store chain. Memphis always has been and still is the center of the American cotton and hardwoods industries. Memphis is home to the world’s premiere children’s research hospital, is a major center of the medical devices industry, and boasts a medical school complex that includes an orthopedics department that continues to be responsible for the “bible” of orthopedics textbooks. Memphis is also a major financial center known especially as a bond trading center.
A world-class business center deserves to have a world-class business school and that school is the Fogelman College of Business and Economics. The Fogelman College has a new dean and a new attitude. Dean Rajiv Grover has joined us from the University of Georgia. Under his leadership, the Fogelman College is determined to become a key resource for the Memphis and greater Mid-South business communities. As the only AACSB-accredited business school in this region and with a world-class faculty, the Fogelman College wants to partner with local businesses in a myriad of ways. We want to invite local business leaders to give guest lectures and to serve on our advisory boards. We want to send our students out into the local business community for internships and, eventually, for permanent positions. We want to develop research relationships between our faculty and their local business counterparts for mutual benefit.
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The Fogelman College of Business & Economics is pleased to announce the launch of a customer-driven, full-time MBA program that will begin in the Fall of 2009. This program will help companies (the customers!) overcome the problem of talent shortage by participating in the recruitment and education of high-caliber students.
This MBA program, with its unique features, will attract top students from around the world. Its set of core courses in the key business disciplines will have an international focus that will prepare the students for today’s competitive global landscape. In addition, the students will be specifically recruited to enroll in one of several sets of four specialty courses designed with the needs of Memphis businesses in mind. In fact, Memphis companies will sponsor the students, making it a mutually attractive arrangement. Initially, the specialty areas will be biomedical, to support the Memphis medical devices industry, marketing, to support the package shipping industry, and entrepreneurship. Here are the details.
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The Fogelman College is reaching out to the Memphis business community to seek its continuing advice and support through the means of several new or reconstituted advisory boards. These include an Accounting Advisory Board, an Executive MBA Advisory Board, and a Real Estate Advisory Board, with others being conceived and formed. Participation on the advisory boards is an excellent way for leading members of the Memphis business community to help in shaping and supporting the college’s programs into excellent business resources.
The Accounting Advisory Board’s mission is to work with the School of Accountancy’s faculty to help assure that its programs are current and supportive of the Memphis accounting community. The Accounting Advisory Board is currently developing plans to administer the new Kimmelman Scholarship fund, made possible by Eloise Moxely Kimmelman, an alumna, class of 1945, through a generous bequest from her estate. This scholarship will fund high achieving, honors undergraduate accounting majors. The members of the Accounting Advisory Board will mentor the scholarship students on an individual basis and will have group meetings with them.
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As a leading, doctoral degree granting business school, the Fogelman College encourages its professors to undertake leading-edge research projects. Some of these are supported by the Fogelman College, some are supported by the Memphis business community, and some are supported by federal and other governmental grants. Here are a few samples of the faculty’s current research projects:
The Causes and Consequences of Service Worker Burnout
Researchers are investigating the potential impact of service worker job burnout and its consequences, including job performance and turnover. The research team is comprised of researchers from the Fogelman College of Business & Economics in collaboration with researchers from two other universities.
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