Dean’s Message  

We are celebrating many impressive accomplishments this semester, which would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff. Thank you for all you do to make these successes possible.  

First, we achieved our highest national ranking ever in the 2021 Best National University Rankings for undergraduate business programs, published September 14 by U.S. News & World Report. I couldn’t be more excited about this news. This is a tribute to the outstanding work our faculty and staff do every day. You can read the details in this news release. Also, the Ivy professional (part-time) MBA program is number one in Des Moines for the third year in a row! This was announced in the Des Moines Business Record’s Best of Des Moines issue on September 25. This is fantastic news and shows the Des Moines community, and our alumni, feel strongly about our high-quality program. Read this news release. 

Thank you to everyone who nominated Ivy students to serve as convocation speaker. We received 33 nominations from faculty and staff, which is outstanding! Thank you to Suzanne Lyndon for setting up that new process and for making it so easy. 

We are inviting alumni and friends of the college to join in celebrating our fall 2020 graduates. Since the university commencement ceremony and the college convocation ceremonies are both being held virtually, we have a unique opportunity to include more well-wishes from alumni, faculty, and staff. If you could take a few minutes to film a 15-second video on your cell phone to share your excitement and congratulations, it would mean the world to our students. For details on how your video may be considered for inclusion in the college convocation video, click here 

Thank you to everyone in the undergraduate Business Career Services office who helped make this semester’s virtual Business, Industry, and Technology Career Fair a success for our students. 

United Way Campaign update: We are now a couple weeks into the 2020 campaign.  Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. We still have work to do to meet our goal.  The COVID-19 pandemic has hit our county hard and I know we can step up to the plate and make a difference to so many in need.  Donating is easier than ever. You can use payroll deduction in Workday, which only takes a few minutes. You can make a one-time donation directly to the United Way of Story county’s website, or you can drop off cash or a check to Monica Sasse in 2200 Gerdin.  I’m so proud of how our college has contributed to the United Way annual campaign. Let’s make this year even better!  

As you know, our students will finish this semester in time to spend Thanksgiving with their families, and stay home through the New Year. The spring semester will begin January 25, 2021. When students return for the spring semester, the Gerdin Business Building expansion will be completely finished, with classes being held in the new space. What an exciting time to be part of the Ivy family! 


Department of Accounting 

Diane Janvrin, William L. Varner Professor of Accounting, had a teaching case, “How Would You Respond to High Profile Cybersecurity Breaches? Examining the Capital One, Equifax, and Target Frauds,” presented by Scott Boss at Brigham Young University’s 17th Annual Accounting Research Symposium on September 25. It was co-authored with Scott Boss and Joy Gray (Bentley University).   

Suning Zhang, associate professor of accounting, along with co-authors Sanjeev Bhojraj (Cornell University) and Partha Mohanram (University of Toronto), had their paper, “ETFs and Information Transfer Across Firms,” accepted for publication in Journal of Accounting and Economics. 


Department of Finance  

Tyler Jensen, assistant professor of finance, had a solo-authored paper titled, “Do Funding Conditions Explain the Relation Between Cash Holdings and Stock Returns?” accepted for publication in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. 


Department of Management and Entrepreneurship   

Deidra SchleicherJohn and Deborah Ganoe Professor and chair of the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, presented the workshop “Advancing Talent Management in Academia: A Conversation about Attracting, Retaining, and Developing Women and Persons of Color,” on September 24. The workshop was sponsored by ISU ADVANCE, a university program to recruit, retain, and advance all Iowa State University faculty. 

Tom Swartwood,associate professor of practice in management and entrepreneurship, was featured in the spring 2020 issue of Atanasoff Today, the alumni magazine for the Iowa State University Department of Computer Science. As a guest lecturer in the department’s senior design course, Swartwood introduced entrepreneurship principles to Simanta Mitra’s software development class.  Read more. 

Mike Lerman, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship, had a paper titled, The (not so) Dark Side of Entrepreneurship: A Meta-analysis of the Well-being and Performance Consequences of Entrepreneurial Stress accepted for publication in the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. 

Marc Anderson,Dean’s Fellow in Management and Entrepreneurship, had a paper titled, “Citation Context Analysis as a Method for Conducting Rigorous and Impactful Literature Reviews,” accepted for publication in Organizational Research Methods. The paper was co-authored with Russ Lemken (‘17 PhD), assistant professor of marketing at East Carolina University.  

Scott Johnson,associate professor of management and entrepreneurship, had a paper titled, Endogeneity: A Review and Agenda for the Methodology-Practice Divide Affecting Micro and Macro Research,” accepted for publication in theJournal of Management.  


Department of Marketing  

José Antonio Rosa, John and Deborah Ganoe Faculty Fellow, Faculty Fellow in the Iowa State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and professor of marketing, served on a pre-conference panel September 30, that focused on how strategic and managerial marketing activities, particular in the marketing of consumer goods, can help improve equitable consumer access, beneficial brand loyalty, responsible social media and shopping behaviors, and other consumer outcomes for all marginalized consumer groups. Consumer groups can be marginalized based on race, ethnicity, gender and sex identity, religion, and physical characteristics. The panel conversation was hosted by the Association for Consumer Research (ACR), a large and highly influential consumer science-focused global organization. ACR organized two pre-conference panel discussions on the general theme of how marketing research and practice can help advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in societies and markets around the world. 

Beatriz Pereira, assistant professor of marketing: 

  • had her paper titled, “Collective Health versus Individual Freedom: Goal Centrality and Political Identity Shape Covid-19 Prevention Behaviors,” accepted for publication in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research. The paper will be included in a special Covid-19 issue, which received 137 manuscripts and accepted less than 20 for publication. You can read it here. 
  • was honored as one of the 36 Iowa State University faculty receiving the Spring 2020 Teaching Innovation Awards, which recognized faculty who had outstanding transitions to online instruction during the pandemic. 

Khashayar (Kash) Afshar, PhD candidate of marketing, Raj Agnihotri, associate professor of marketing and Ashley Goreczny, assistant professor of marketing, had the paper titled, “The Impacts of Proactive Post Sales Services on Customer Solution’s Success” accepted at the 2020 AMA Conference, which took place virtually August 18 – 20. Kash presented the paper.  

Samantha N. N. Cross, associate professor of marketing:

  • was invited to join the editorial review board of the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing. 
  • was invited to join the editorial review board of the Journal of Consumer Psychology. 


Department of Supply Chain Management 

Peter Ralston, assistant professor of supply chain management, and Scott Grawe, Robert and Jane Sturgeon Fellow and chair of the Department of Supply Chain Management, had their paper titled, “Collaborative Process Competence as an Enabler of Supply Chain Collaboration in Competitive Environments and the Impact on Customer Account Management,” accepted for publication in the International Journal of Logistics Management. Peter and Scott co-authored the paper with Scott Keller (University of West Florida). 

Isidro Liñan, PhD candidate in supply chain management, has been selected to participate in the 2020 Future Faculty Diversity Program, held October 4-7, at Virginia Tech. Liñan will be a fellow in the Department of Business Information Technology at the Pamplin College of Business. It is a competitive program, as only 16 percent of applicants were accepted.  

Johanna Amaya Leal, assistant professor of supply chain management, delivered the following presentations: 

  • “On the Brink of Collapse – Disaster Response Logistics and its Implications” as part of the Learn@Lunch Seminar Series, organized by the Ivy College of Business on September 3. 
  • Stakeholders Perceptions to Sustainable Urban Freight Policies in Emerging Markets” during the Seminar Logistica Aplicada de Extremo a Extremo, organized by Universidad Nacional de Colombia on September 28. 


Crews are pouring concrete outside of the Gerdin Business Building expansion to restore Wallace Road, which has been closed since May 13, 2019. The road is expected to open to traffic in early November. Sidewalks have been poured and bike racks installed. Inside, IT installation is underway and furniture is scheduled to arrive in October. 


Marketing and Communications Services  

Michele Appelgate, director of marketing and communications, presented the Ivy branding story to Samantha Cross’s Brand Management class on September 29 (two classes).  

Emily Bowman, graphic designer, attended the virtual Reiman Entrepreneur Speaker Series event featuring Alex Timm, presented by the Iowa State University Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship on September 29.  

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News Coverage  

August 6: The 2020 CYstarters cohort was mentioned in the Business Record’s innovationIOWA weekly newsletter for their virtual Demo Day celebration. 

September 15: The Ivy College of Business was mentioned in an article by the Iowa State Daily about college rankings released by U.S. News and World ReportRead more 

September 17: Judi Eyles, director of the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, was quoted in an article published by The Daily Iowa, “University of Iowa, Iowa State University share $100,000 Kaufman Grant.” Read more. 

September 18: A study conducted by Hua Sun, associate professor of finance, and Lei Gao, assistant professor of finance, was mentioned in an article in The New York TimesRead more 

September 21: Tracy Turner, associate professor of finance, was quoted in an article published by SF Gate, “As More Work from Home, Future of Office Space is Unclear.” Read more.