Dean’s Message

It’s June and that means we are busy offering online summer classes. We are also planning and preparing for our fall return to campus. In addition to the university’s planning efforts, we have an internal COVID-19 Task Force working on the details of how we return to the Gerdin Business Building and maintain safety standards for everyone in the college. Task force members are currently visiting Gerdin to explore the options. They are considering social distancing, traffic patterns, and safety measures for open workspaces. I’ve asked them to create a recommended action plan for our return to campus. Once completed, those details will be shared broadly.

 

I would like to thank our award-winning marketing and communications team (Michele Appelgate, Fritz Nordengren, Suzanne Lyndon, Emily Bowman, and Meredith Francom) for planning, developing, and sharing our first virtual convocation video. Pulling this together, and working from a distance, took weeks to coordinate. It was extremely well done and has over 1,500 views. Our chosen student speaker, Kate Howell, had such amazing remarks that the Wall Street Journal included her in a graduation article. Our video honored our graduating students with a heart-felt video that included best wishes from some of our students, faculty, and staff.

It’s orientation time at Iowa State University. Normally, our staff in the Union Pacific Undergraduate Programs Office would be busy preparing to greet hundreds of incoming students and their families in person. Beginning June 1, students will access their online orientation experience using Comevo, a platform that will share university and college information. Students will work through the information in the system, including specifics from Ivy (shared by video, voiceover, and print materials), and then select a date for a phone or virtual advising appointment. Advisers will meet with the students and help create their schedules. Once registration is complete, students then join the ranks as new Ivy Cyclones!

Online orientation materials and appointments will run throughout the month of June. Kelly Pistilli, Ivy orientation coordinator, and Sarah Eastlund, orientation assistant, have taken the lead on our orientation programming and processing. Kelly did the heavy lift of pulling together our college-specific information in the Comevo system. Sarah is managing advising appointments and processing tasks. My thanks to Kelly, Sarah, and everyone who helps with orientation. This is such an important event!

Thank you to all who attended the recent Desserts with David and for taking a brief survey before the meeting to share your questions. As I mentioned, we are in uncharted times. Even though I do not yet have all of the answers about how this pandemic affects the college, I pledge to do my best in keeping you informed as information comes to me. We will continue to keep an open dialogue as things change. Another Desserts with David event will be scheduled soon. I welcome your questions and feedback.

Congratulations to Jim Summers, the Max S. Wortman, Jr. Professor of Management, who was just named one of the “World’s Best 40 Under 40 MBA Professors” by Poets & Quants! More than 2,000 faculty were nominated from top universities around the globe. Candidates were selected based on their research acumen and teaching prowess. Read more about this impressive achievement here.

Please mark your calendar for the annual Faculty/Staff Welcome Back Picnic on Friday, August 21. It will be different than our previous picnics, but know we are exploring some great ways to be together while still maintaining social distance recommendations.

Thank you to all who donated to the 2020 Live United (Virtual) Food Drive. Your contributions make a huge impact. Online monetary contributions will be distributed to 13 Story County food pantries, including HELP, the food pantry here on campus, ensuring children and families have access to food through the summer. Tara Fisher will provide a recap when details are available.

I realize how challenging these past weeks have been and I want you to know much I appreciate all that you are doing for our students and for each other!

Business Career Services (undergraduate)

Student Development

  • at-graduation destination reporting was completed by the staff, having contacted those holding the 792 May bachelor degrees conferred with a response rate of 90 percent.
  • hosted three WebEx Meet Ups related to job seeking for students at the end of the term with participation of 30 students.
  • 40 Ivy students reported having their summer internships rescinded (800-900 summer internships are generally reported). Six full-time offers were rescinded, according to student reporting.

Employer Development

Staff worked with the following employers to enhance recruiting in the past month:

Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Grinnell Mutual, Insight Global, John Deere, Kent Corporation, Pella Corporation, and Transamerica.

Professional Development

Tami Corcoran, Haley Flores, and Kathy Wieland participated in the NCDA webinar “Holistic Support of International Students returning to home country during the Covid-19 crisis.”

Tanya Austin, Haley Flores, and Kathy Wieland participated in the Business Record’s “Labor Market Outlook” webinar.

Tanya Austin, Tami Corcoran, Haley Flores, Brooke Long, and Kathy Wieland participated in the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Outlook “Future of the Profession” webinar.

Haley Flores participated in a NACE virtual roundtable on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Tami Corcoran, Haley Flores, and Kathy Wieland participated in the Career Professionals of Iowa Town Hall webinar.

Kathy Wieland participated in the Big XII Career Services Directors virtual meeting.

Business Career Services staff held two partial day staff retreats in May.

Staff News

Colby Geniec is currently working part-time, temporarily with Business Career Services in the role of recruiting coordinator in addition to her role in the dean’s suite.

#GerdinGrows

After more than a year of adorning the Iowa State skyline, Story Construction’s 110-ton crane has been dismantled and removed from the Gerdin expansion site. The crane arrived in April 2019 and was removed on May 7, 2020. The contractor has finished installing the exterior brick on the third floor and the south end of the Gerdin expansion. Crews are starting to install limestone on the exterior of the building and in the ground floor entrance corridor. Inside, most of the drywall has been installed on the ground floor, and taping and sanding is underway. Electrical, plumbing, and HVAC rough-in continues on floors 1-3, along with the framing of interior walls, and concrete is being poured to create risers and ramps in the classrooms.

Information Systems and Business Analytics

Rui Chen, associate professor of information systems, had the following papers accepted for publication:

  • Sun, Y., Wu, L., Chen, R., Lin, K., Shang. R.A. (2020) “Enterprise Social Software Platforms and Team Improvisation,” International Journal of Electronic Commerce
  • Mousavi, R., Chen, R., Kim, D.J., Chen, K. (2020) “Effectiveness of Privacy Assurance Mechanisms in Users’ Privacy Protection on Social Networking Sites from the Perspective of Protection Motivation Theory,” Decision Support Systems

Management

Melissa Chamberlin, assistant professor of management, has been accepted into a competitive paper development workshop for the Academy of Management Journal.

Sebastian Cortes Mejia, PhD student in management, and Pol Herrmann, the Bob and Kay Smith Entrepreneurship Professor of Management, had a “best paper” accepted at the Academy of Management conference, “CEO Humility, Power Decentralization, and Ethical Culture.”

Ke Gong, PhD student in management:

  • received a 2020 Iowa State University Graduate College Teaching Excellence Award
  • had a paper accepted at the Strategic Management Society conference, “The Effect of Factional Politics on Corporate Financial Fraud: Evidence from China”

Mike Howe, associate professor of management, was awarded tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor.

Younggeun Lee, PhD student in entrepreneurship:

  • successfully defended his dissertation in May, becoming the very first entrepreneurship PhD graduate from the Ivy College of Business
  • won the 2020 Ivy College of Business Research Excellence Award

Mike Lerman, assistant professor of management:

  • had a paper accepted by Organizational Research Methods (ORM), “Tracing Ideas from Langley (1999): Exemplars, Adaptations, Considerations, and Overlooked”
  • was selected to the editorial board of the Journal of Business Venturing
  • was selected to the editorial board of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice

Brandon Mueller, associate professor of management:

  • was awarded tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor
  • was selected to the editorial board of the Journal of Business Venturing

Maartje Schouten, assistant professor of management:

  • has been accepted into a competitive paper development workshop for the Academy of Management Journal
  • was selected to the editorial board of Academy of Management Review

Maartje Schouten, assistant professor of management, and Phoebe Pahng, PhD student in management, had an article, “Managing Team Diversity in the Workplace,” accepted for publication in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Business and Management.

Andreas Schwab, Dean’s Faculty Fellow and associate professor of management, has been elected to the five-year leadership track of the Research Methods Division of the Academy of Management.

Brad Shrader, Morrill Professor in Management, had a paper published in Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education (Shrader, C. B., Ravenscroft, S. P., Kaufmann, J. B., and Hansen, K. (2020). The paper is titled, “Classroom Collusion: Data Visualization and Topic Modeling of Student Interviews Using Latent Dirichlet Allocation.”

Brad Shrader, Morrill Professor in Management, and Marc Anderson, Dean’s Fellow and associate professor of management, had a paper published in Journal of Documentation (Kushkowski, J. D., Shrader, C. B., Anderson, M. H. and White, R. E. (2020). The paper is titled, “Information Flows and Topic Modeling in Corporate Governance.”

Jim Summers, Max W. Wortman, Jr. Professor and associate professor of management, was selected for the Poets & Quants “2020 Best 40 Under 40 Professors.”

Jake Telkamp, PhD student in management, and Melissa Chamberlin, assistant professor management, had their paper on artificial intelligence accepted at the Academy of Management Review’s “Hackathon.”

Howard Van Auken, professor of management, has been designated University Professor Emeritus of Management.

David Wo, assistant professor of management, had his paper, “Extending the Trickle-down Model of Abusive Supervisor. The Role of Moral Disengagement,” accepted at The Journal of Social Psychology.

Marketing and Communications Services

The college received two American Marketing Association of Iowa (AMA Iowa) NOVA Awards in the 15th annual statewide marketing competition. The college took first place in the video category (“Making a Name for Myself in Supply Chain Management” video featuring Ivy alumna Haley Ruegemer) and Marketing Department of the Year (team of Michele Appelgate, Emily Bowman, Suzanne Lyndon, Fritz Nordengren, and Meredith Francom).

Do you follow the college on social media? If not, please do! Also, when sharing news of the college on social media on your personal profiles, please consider tagging/mentioning:

  • LinkedIn: @Iowa State University – Ivy College of Business
  • Facebook: @ISU.CollegeofBusiness
  • Twitter: @ISU_CoB
  • Instagram: @isucollegeofbusiness

Emily Bowman and Suzanne Lyndon attended a virtual visit with Magellan Promotions on May 20.

Emily Bowman attended the CYstarters Community Virtual Kick-Off on May 21.

Michele Appelgate:

  • attended the American Marketing Association (AMA) Leadership Series: Leaders Who Use Coaching Techniques Have More Effective Teams, May 7, virtually.
  • attended the ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors meeting, May 15, as a representative of the college and the ISU Alumni Relations Council, virtually.
  • attended the CYstarters Community Virtual Kick-Off on May 21.
  • attended the Business Record innovationIOWA Magazine launch event, where Dean Spalding presented the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, May 21, virtually.

Here are a few examples of recent promotions our team has worked on:

News Coverage

May 6: Bill Dilla, Union Pacific/Charles B. Handy Professor and Chair, Department of Accounting, was a guest on a two-part podcast titled, “Hitting the Books with Professor Bill Dilla,” by Off the Books. Listen to part one and part two.

May 6: Jim Summers, Max W. Wortman, Jr. Professor and associate professor of management, was selected for the Poets & Quants “2020 Best 40 Under 40 Professors.” Read the Ivy news release here. Read the Poets & Quants article here.

May 11: Scott Grawe, the Jane Sturgeon Fellow and Chair, Department of Supply Chain Management, was featured in the article, “Supply Chain Challenges to Remain as States Start to Reopen,” by Iowa State University News Service. Read about it here and the other news stories that resulted due to this article, listed below:

  • “Iowa State Supply Chain Expert Says Challenges Will Remain as States Reopen,” by WHO TV/KDSM. Click here.
  • “ISU Food Supply Chain Expert: Disruption Will Continue,” by We Are Iowa. Click here.
  • “Iowa State Supply Chain Expert Says Challenges Will Remain as States Reopen,” By Fox 17. Read here.
  • “Supply Chain Hiccups Could Take Time to Correct,” by KCRG.
  • “Supply Chain Challenges to Remain as States Start to Reopen,” by org. Read here.
  • “ISU Supply Chain Expert Says Reopening Will Pose More Challenges,” by Radio Iowa. Read here.

May 11: Dermot Hayes, the Pioneer Hi-Bred International Chair of Agribusiness and professor of finance, was quoted in the article, “Congress, NPPC Seek Ways to Support Producers Euthanizing Hogs,” by Feedstuffs. Read here.

May 13: Scott Grawe was quoted in the article, “What You Can Do If There’s a Shortage of Disinfectants in Your Area,” by Healthline. Read here.

May 18: Jackie Rees Ulmer, Union Pacific Professor of Information Systems and associate dean for professional masters programs, had a guest column, “ISU Class Makes History with Gender Equity,” published in the Business Record’s Lift Iowa newsletter. Read here.

May 18: Jackie Rees Ulmer, associate dean for masters programs, had a guest column, “ISU Class Makes History with Gender Equity,” published in the Business Record’s daily newsletter. Read here.

May 21: Inside Iowa State wrote an article, “Gerdin Addition on Schedule for a Fall Completion.” Read here.

May 28: The marketing and communications services team was mentioned in the Business Record’s daily newsletter for receiving the Marketing Department of the Year Award from American Marketing Association’s Iowa chapter.

Supply Chain Management

Johanna Amaya Leal, assistant professor of supply chain management:  

  • was invited by the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California Davis to give a lecture as part of their ITS-Davis Seminar Series, May 15. The title of the presentation is “Building Trust to Enhance Preparedness: An Analysis of Community Perceptions.”
  • was invited to be part of the program committee of the XXI Pan-American Congress of Transport and Logistics (PANAM 2020) that will take place in Lima, Peru, in October. PANAM is the largest and most prestigious conference in transportation research and logistics in Latin America. She is in charge of the track titled, “Sustainable Transport Policies.”

Union Pacific Undergraduate Programs Office

Tara Fisher was awarded the Iowa State University Interfraternity Adviser of the Year Award for her work with Chi Phi-Alpha Pi fraternity during a virtual ceremony in the spring.