/September 2019

September 2019

September 2019

2019-09-09T12:35:59-05:00 September 4, 2019|

Dean’s Message

To all of our new and returning faculty and staff, welcome to the new academic year! It’s wonderful to have everyone back. I was pleased to see so many of you at our Faculty and Staff Picnic August 23. I would like to thank Suzanne Lyndon for organizing this annual event. Special thanks go out to the volunteer clean-up crew: Scott Johnson, Abhay Mishra, and José Rosa!

This academic year begins like no other as we watch the progress of the 45,000 square foot expansion to the Gerdin Business Building. As you noticed, many of our windows are covered. We miss the natural light, but it will be back again soon. Speaking of windows, are you wondering why the windows across from the Droste Den were frosted? This is to provide protection against the bright intensity of arc welding flash as Story Construction welds the columns and beams.

As this exciting project continues, you can stay up-to-date on the progress by visiting a special web page our Ivy marketing and communications team has created. You can access it from any computer or mobile device. Feel free to share that with your friends, families, and colleagues at other institutions to show them we are a college on the move!

At the end of July, our faculty and staff successfully kicked off three academic programs for working professionals: master of business analytics, master of real estate development, and executive MBA. Thank you to everyone who helped with those important details.

We have many exciting events already planned for the fall semester, including Business Week September 16-20. Read about the many Business Week events on our college events web page. We are also thrilled to welcome Beth Ford, CEO of Land O’Lakes, for her second appearance in our CEO Speaker Series September 24. This lecture will be held in connection with Monica Gordillo’s Management 370 class in 1148 Gerdin, and is co-sponsored by Collegiate Women in Business.

I encourage you to visit the events web page on our website regularly to see what is being planned at the college.

The 2019 United Way Campaign begins September 13, and you will receive your United Way envelope in campus mail. Let’s continue to show everyone that the Ivy College of Business faculty and staff care for those in need within our own communities. Our goal as a college this year is $50,000.

Please help us influence programs in Story County that make a difference in the lives of families who struggle financially. Donations of all sizes are important and appreciated! Consider these examples of how your donation will make a difference:

  • $1 a day can provide a one year supply of healthy after-school snacks for 10 children at the Boys & Girls Club
  • $1 a week can provide a Special Olympics registration fee for one athlete through the Arc of Story County
  • $1 a month can provide mileage to take a home-delivered meal through Heartland Senior Services

These programs and so many more can be touched by your generosity.

Interested in joining an affinity group? Here are your options to link your philanthropy with other like-minded donors:

  • Leadership donors give $1,000 annually and have a substantial effect on how United Way can act on its mission.
  • Women United donors contribute $1,000 or more to enhance the finan­cial literacy and self-confidence of women. Money management work­shops, continuing education, and a scholarship program are included.
  • Young Leaders Society (YLS) members are age 40 and under who contribute a minimum of $250 a year. YLS members become engaged and edu­cated about the needs in our community and United Way solutions.

So please, take a few moments, fill out the donation card, and put it in campus mail. Your donation is confidential; the envelopes are delivered unopened to the United Way office.

More emails will be sent out within the next few weeks regarding this year’s campaign and new special events you can participate in to support the United Way Campaign. If you have any questions or ideas, please contact Tara Fisher (tfisher@iastate.edu) or Monica Sasse (sasse@iastate.edu).


Diane Janvrin, William L. Varner Professor and associate professor of accounting, presented a teaching case titled “Introducing Textual Analysis into the Accounting Classroom,” co-authored with Ingrid Fisher (State University of New York – Albany) and Mark Hughes (State University of New York – Albany) at the American Accounting Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, on August 14.

Business Career Services

Welcome back to the fall semester! We are excited to work with students and continue to guide them on their individual career search. Faculty and staff play an important role supporting students and their goals. Helping students in their job searches may have legal and ethical implications. Please read the guidelines for providing references and faculty/staff interaction with recruiters: A Faculty Guide to Ethical and Legal Standards in Student Hiring.

Fall 2019 Career Events – Mark Your Calendars!

The Business, Industry, and Technology Career Fair will be held on Wednesday, September 25, in Hilton Coliseum from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Our annual Career Fair Breakfast will be that morning prior to the Career Fair from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at the Sukup End Zone Club. If you have not already done so, please consider having a career coordinator come speak to students in your classes about the Fall Career Fair.

Business Week September 16-20
Business Week Speaker Series September 16-25
Beta Alpha Psi Meet the Firm Accounting and Finance Career Night September 24
Management Information Systems Club Career Night September 24
Marketing Club and Sales Club Career Night September 24
Supply Chain Management Club Career Night September 24
Ivy College of Business Career Fair Breakfast September 25
Business, Industry and Technology Career Fair September 25
Interview Day September 26


Employer Development

In August, our staff engaged with Accenture, Collins Aerospace, ConAgra, CRST, Geico, Grant Thornton, Great America Financial Services, Hub Group Distribution, John Deere, Principal Real Estate Investors, and Transamerica.

Professional Development

Brooke Long, Haley Flores, Tami Corcoran, Tanya Austin, Sarah Van Vark, and Kathy Wieland attended the CELT Faculty and Staff Symposium and they engaged in a Consulting Careers Training led by Wei Zhang.

The Business Career Services staff also attended an All Career Services Retreat where they participated in a Diversity and Inclusion training led by Denise Williams-Klotz from the Multicultural Student Affairs Office.

Information Systems and Business Analytics

A paper written by Joey George, John D. DeVries Endowed Chair in Business, associate dean for research, and professor of information systems; Kevin Scheibe, chair of the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics, Kingland Faculty Fellow, and associate professor of information systems; Tony Townsend, associate professor of information systems; and Brian Mennecke (deceased), titled “The Amorphous Nature of Agile: No One Size Fits All,” won the outstanding paper award in the 2019 Emerald Literati Awards. This was the best paper in the Journal of Systems and Information Technology in 2018.


Marc H. Anderson, Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Management and associate professor of management, had a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Management Studies (an FT50 journal), titled “An Empirical Assessment of the Influence of March and Simon’s Organizations: The Realized Contribution and Unfulfilled Promise of a Masterpiece,” co-authored with Russell Lemken.

Melissa Chamberlin, assistant professor of management, had a paper conditionally accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Psychology (an FT50 journal) titled “’I’m tired of listening!’ The Effects of Supervisor Appraisals of Group Voice on Supervisor Emotional Exhaustion and Performance,” co-authored with H. Sessions, J.D. Nahrgang, and D. W. Newton.

Analeena Parhankangas, associate professor of management:

  • Had a paper published in the Journal of Business Venturing (an FT50 journal) titled “Bellwether and the Herd? Unpacking the U-Shaped Relationship between Prior Funding and Subsequent Contributions in Reward-Based Crowdfunding,” co-authored with C.R. Chan, A. Sahaym, and P. Oo.
  • Had an edited book on crowdfunding that just came out: Landstrom, H., Parhankangas, A., and Mason, C. 2019. Handbook of Research in Crowdfunding. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Ishva Minefee, assistant professor of management, won the Best Paper in Global Strategy Award given by the IM Division of the Academy of Management for his paper titled “Who Stays and Who Goes? The Role of Reputation in Firms’ Divestment Decisions.”

Maartje Schouten, assistant professor of management, won the Outstanding Reviewer Award from the Academy of Management Review (for the second year in a row!).

Three PhD students made successful paper presentations at the annual Academy of Management meeting in Boston, Massachusetts:

Cyriac Pattathil Joy

  • “Attributional Uncertainty Affecting Sustained Performance” with Marc H. Anderson and Patrick Kreiser.
  • “Mid-Level Manager Succession Management: Integrating HRM System Strength and HR Attributions” with Marc H. Anderson, James K. Summers, Max S. Wortman, Jr. Professor and associate professor of management, and Deidra J. Schleicher, John and Deborah Ganoe Professor and chair of the Department of Management.

Mehdi Samimi

  • “CEO Construal Levels and Firm Strategic Orientations: Applying Construal Level Theory to UET” with Samimi, M. and Herrmann, P.
  • “Learning from Prior Innovative Project Experiences: A Study of Entrepreneurs Developing Google Apps” with Andreas Schwab, Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Management and associate professor of management, Nosrati, M., Fan, T., and Geng, X.

Aakash Sapru

  • “A Focus on Venture Performance” with Brandon Mueller, assistant professor of management, and Marcus Wolfe.

The following faculty received exemplary teaching evaluations (4.33 or above on the instructor item) in their summer 2019 courses: Will Bond, lecturer of management, Jim Croxdale, lecturer of management, Monica Gordillo, associate teaching professor of management, and Bill Malone, professor of practice of management.

Ann Wright, lecturer of management, earned her Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential through the International Coaching Federation this summer. She has been a certified Life and Leadership Coach, and this was the next credential she had been working towards.


José Rosa, the John and Deborah Ganoe Faculty Fellow and professor of marketing, had a paper recently accepted for publication in Social Science Quarterly. The paper received a note of appreciation from Sujiro Seam, the French ambassador to Fiji.

  • Upadhyaya, Shikha and José Rosa (2019), “Resilience in Social Innovation: Lessons from Women Market Traders,” Social Science Quarterly (DOI: 10.1111/ssqu.12716).

José also guest curated the ReACT exhibition, “It Starts with Us: Civility and the 21st Century Land Grant Mission,” on display through October 4 in the Reiman Gallery in Morrill Hall. He will lead a gallery chat about the exhibit from 12:00-12:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 5.

Raj Agnihotri, Dean’s Fellow in Marketing and director of Ivy Sales Consortium:

  • Had his paper, co-authored with Valter Vieira, Marcos Severo, Nôga da Silva, and S. Arunachalam titled “In Pursuit of an Effective B2B Digital Marketing Strategy in an Emerging Market,” accepted for publication in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science.
  • Had another paper, titled “Under Pressure: The Pros and Cons of Putting Time Pressure on Your Salesforce,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Research. His co-authors are Amin Rostami, marketing PhD candidate, and Colin Gabler,
  • Received the Best Paper in Selling and Sales Management Track at the 2019 Summer AMA Conference. The paper, titled “A Little Something of Everything: Exploring the Unconventional Relationship Between Job Stressors and Salespeople’s Service Adaptive Behavior,” was authored by Raj Agnihotri, Ashish Kalra, Michael T. Krush, and Prabhat K. Dwivedi.

Ju-Yeon Lee, assistant professor of marketing, was the winner of the 2019 Davidson Award for the best paper in the Journal of Retailing in 2018. The paper, titled “The Effect of Online Shopping Platform Strategies on Search, Display, and Membership Revenues,” focuses on which online platform firm strategies are attractive to both buyers and sellers. You can see her research featured here in an article on Iowa State University’s website.

  • Ju-Yeon Lee, Eric Fang, Jisu J. Kim, Xiaoling Li, and Robert W. Palmatier (2018), “The Effect of Online Shopping Platform Strategies on Search, Display, and Membership Revenues,” Journal of Retailing, 94 (3), 247-64.

Marketing and Communications Services

Emily Bowman, graphic designer:

  • Assisted at the Iowa State University booth at the Iowa State Fair, on August 8.
  • Attended the third annual Des Moines Ad Day, hosted by the American Advertising Federation in Des Moines, on August 16.

Visit our college events web page often to stay in touch with what is happening around the college. This comprehensive listing will also help you avoid conflicting schedules as you plan your own events.

News Coverage

August 1: Jackie Rees Ulmer, associate dean for professional masters programs, discussed Ivy College of Business’ masters programs for an article with the Business Record, “New Master’s Programs to Launch at Ivy College of Business.” Read the article here.

August 1: The Business Record’s InnovationIOWA newsletter covered CyStarters’ Demo Day events in the article, “CYstarters Debut Final Pitch by 15 Student/Graduate Businesses.” Read the article here.

August 1: An Iowa State News Service article featured an announcement about the Iowa State Fair pitch-off competition. Read the article here. Fourteen Ivy students participated in the competition on August 15.

August 2: ISU News Flash also caught wind of Ivy launching three new graduate programs this fall and wrote about it in their biweekly newsletter. Find it here.

August 7: Iowa State’s exhibit at the 2019 state fair, “The Great Iowa State Pitch Off: STANDING InnOVATION!” was featured in the Alliance for Iowa State newsletter. The article highlighted the Ivy College of Business’ undergraduate entrepreneurship major and PhD specialization. Read more about it here.

August 13: Lisa Shimkat, state director of the Iowa Small Business Development Center, recently had a column published in The Waterloo Courier titled “Internet Keeps Iowa Businesses Expanding.” Read the column here.

August 22: Dermot Hayes, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Chair of Agribusiness and professor of finance, was quoted in the article “As Trump Presses Trade War, Farmers Feel the Squeeze,” published by the Chicago Tribune. Read the article here.

August 23: Manjot Bhussar, assistant professor of management, was recently asked about the current mergers and acquisition environment by Perry Beeman from the Des Moines Business Record, for the article “M&A Slowdown?”

August 26: The Gerdin Business Building expansion project was mentioned in the Iowa State Daily article about campus construction projects happening this year. Read the article here.

August 27: Dermot Hayes, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Chair of Agribusiness and professor of finance, was mentioned in an article titled “U.S. Pork Producers Celebrate Trade Agreement With Japan,” published by the National Pork Producers Council. Read the article here or from other sources listed below:

August 28: The Iowa State Daily recognized the 72 women who were named to this year’s ISU Cardinal Women leadership program. Among those named, four participants were selected from the Ivy College of Business: Shanon Grundmeier, Ivy College of Business Undergraduate Programs Office, Ke (Karen) Huang, Ivy College of Business Undergraduate Programs Office, Brooke Long, Ivy College of Business Careeer Services and Jamie Sass, Ivy College of Business Communications Center. Read more about this program here.

Supply Chain Management

Toyin Clottey, associate professor of supply chain management, and co-author W.C. Benton (the Ohio State University), had their paper titled “Sharing Quality-Distribution Information for Selective Assembly of Intermediary Components in the Automotive Industry,” accepted for publication in Production and Operations Management (POM). Scott Grawe, chair of the Department of Supply Chain Management, noted that “POM is a premier outlet for SCM research” when he shared the news with the supply chain management department.

The August issue of Reverse Logistics Magazine provided an overview of RLA’s first Women in Logistics Reverse Logistics VIP Luncheon.  Pat Daugherty, Ivy Chair in Business and professor of supply chain management, was the distinguished guest speaker for the inaugural event. The event’s sponsor noted, “Pat’s presentation and information encourages logistics leaders to put women’s career advancement on their agenda and make a commitment to promoting diversity throughout their organizations.”

Dave Cantor, the Mark and Terri Walker Professor in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and professor of supply chain management, and Pam Cain are leading an effort to provide specialized training on Workday financial reporting to department and unit leaders. Diane Janvrin, the William L. Varner Professor and associate professor of accounting, Christine Denison, associate professor of accounting, Joshua Redmond (WorkCyte student associate), and Jo Anne Powell-Coffman (associate dean of research, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) are key members of the Workday financial reporting training team. They are responsible for developing the content and delivering the Workday financial reporting training. The purpose of the course is to introduce the foundations of accrual accounting, Workday terminology and concepts to senior leaders from academic and non-academic units (e.g. vice presidents, deans, directors, associate deans, and department chairs) and the business unit managers/cost center managers who support their units.

Undergraduate Programs Office

Kelly Pistilli, Sarah Adams, and students from Business Ambassadors and Business Council hosted a College of Business table at the Destination Iowa State Kick-off on Thursday, August 22. Incoming students created a “We Our Ivy” banner that will be on display in Gerdin. Destination Iowa State is a program held prior to the beginning of fall and spring semesters, designed to ease the transition to college for new Iowa State students.

Tara Fisher and Haley Flores assisted the Greek Affairs Office with ISU Panhellenic Primary Recruitment Preference Night on Wednesday, August 21—helping close to 700 women enter their final sorority preferences late into the night before Bid Day 2019 that following morning on Central Campus.

The Undergraduate Programs Staff held a fall office kick-off on Aug. 12 at the Core Facility. Tanya Austin from Business Career Services led a workshop on Strengths and how the team could best work together, having a new understanding of each others’ strengths and preferences.

Diann Burright spoke at the SCM, ISBA, and ACCT departmental retreats last week, to provide an overview of the office’s services and activities, clarify roles and responsibilities, and offer (and ask) for collaboration/assistance where possible.

Two fall orientation sessions were held on Aug. 20 and 22, to welcome the last groups of new incoming students (both freshman and transfers). International student orientation on the 20th saw 35 students and the session on the 22nd saw 25 additional students. Students not attending these sessions (nor a prior orientation) were seen on Friday – an additional 8 students. Fall incoming new student numbers are very similar to last year (970 as of Aug. 1 Admission reports; 975 in 2018 at the same time).