Marriott School News
BYU MBA Students Collaborate on “Happiness Index” Survey
Tuesday Jul 29 2008
A study conducted by four Brigham Young University MBA students in conjunction with The Harris Poll recently asked Americans about nine areas in their lives that contribute to their overall happiness. The responses were then used to create a “National Happiness Index” that can be used to track changes in happiness over time.
Marriott School Professors Run 178-Mile Wasatch Relay
Wednesday Jul 23 2008
As Marriott School Professor Steve Thorley began ascending the 1,400 foot rise, his heart began to pound.
“I was psyched out of my mind,” says Thorley, “It was one of the most difficult sections of the race, and all I could think about was getting to the top.”
During the MyoMed Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back, teams of 12 trek over mountains and run through valleys as they tackle the 178-mile route from Logan to Park City, Utah.
Marriott School Holds Its First Private Equity Case Competition
Friday Jul 18 2008
More than 100 Brigham Young University students teamed up with private equity and investment banking professionals at the first-ever BYU Private Equity Case Competition, giving students the opportunity to find out what it takes to work in the private equity industry.
Students combined in teams of two to four members to develop a plan to buy an underperforming business and make it more profitable before re-selling it. Professionals from around the world served as trainers, mentors, and judges to help the teams make their leveraged buyout proposals.
Two BYU Teams Win Honors at Moot Corp
Monday Jul 14 2008
Two student businesses from BYU’s Marriott School of Management, Klymit and SchoolTipline, won honors and cash awards at the 25th annual Global Moot Corp Competition — the Super Bowl of business plan competitions. Klymit, creator of a revolutionary insulation system for outdoor gear, won $5,000 as the first runner-up and was also recognized with the Outstanding Written Plan and Outstanding Product awards.
Professor Awarded Grant to Study Family Businesses
Wednesday Jun 25 2008
BYU entrepreneurship professor W. Gibb Dyer received a $5,000 grant from the Family Owned Business Institute to study how owning a business affects family relationships. “This is a very exciting research study to be involved in,” Dyer says. “I believe it’s going to have a significant impact in the field of family science.” Beginning May 1, 2008, Dyer and his son Justin will serve one-year FOBI Research Scholar appointments.
India Hotel Plan Wins 2008 Social Venture Competition
Friday Jun 20 2008
A group of BYU students is one step closer to building self-sustainable schools in India after winning the 2008 Social Venture Competition — which includes a $10,000 award to fund their goal. Established in 2004 by the BYU Center for Economic Self-Reliance, the Social Venture Competition is designed for students who, through a business venture, are combating social issues in areas such as healthcare, poverty and education.
ISys Students Earn Top Marks at National Competition
Friday Jun 13 2008
A group of Marriott School students took top marks during a national information systems competition held by the Association of Information Technology Professionals in Memphis, Tenn. “This competition allows students to measure themselves against some of the best in the nation,” says Rayman Meservy, associate professor of information systems and one of the team’s advisers.
OB Professor Honored at Oxford World Forum
Thursday Jun 12 2008
The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University recognized BYU professor Warner Woodworth as a leading innovator in social entrepreneurship education. Woodworth involved his business class in responding to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami — guiding student-led relief projects in Thailand.
BYU Study Reveals Results of City's Four-Day Work Week
Tuesday Jun 10 2008
Thank goodness it’s Thursday.
According to a new Brigham Young University study, city employees who work four 10-hour days a week experience lower levels of at-home conflict, which they report translates to higher job satisfaction and productivity.
The paper, authored by Rex Facer and Lori Wadsworth of BYU’s Romney Institute of Public Management, appears in this month’s issue of Review of Public Personnel Administration.
Info Systems Professor and Students Win Best Paper Award
Wednesday Jun 04 2008
Brigham Young University Information systems assistant professor Paul Lowry and three of his former Ph.D. Prep students won the 2008 Rudolph J. Joenk, Jr. Award for best paper in IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, a scholarly journal published by the Professional Communication Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Gary Cornia Named Dean of BYU’s Marriott School of Management
Replaces Ned C. Hill Wednesday May 28 2008
Brigham Young University Academic Vice President John Tanner announced the appointment of Gary C. Cornia as the new dean of the Marriott School of Management. Cornia, the Stewart Grow Professor of Public Management, has been serving as director of the school’s George Romney Institute of Public Management since 2004.
Joan Dixon Honored with 2008 Dyer Distinguished Alumni Award
Thursday May 22 2008
The Marriott School of Management’s Department of Organizational Leadership and Strategy presented Joan Dixon with the 2008 William G. Dyer Distinguished Alumni Award. The Dyer Award is presented annually to an alumnus or alumna who makes a significant contribution in the field of organizational behavior.
Marriott School Announces 2008 Merrill J. Bateman Awards
Wednesday May 21 2008
Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management announced the winners of the 2008 Merrill J. Bateman Awards, the only school-wide awards selected entirely by students.
Christy Hellewell, from Bountiful, Utah, and Michael Flett, from Teresopolis, Brazil, received Merrill J. Bateman Outstanding Student Awards, and J. Michael Pinegar, professor of finance, received the Merrill J. Bateman Student Choice Award.
World’s Largest Rock, Paper, Scissors Contest Promotes Entrepreneurship
Tuesday May 20 2008
In an effort to promote entrepreneurship and raise money for charity, the BYU Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization hosted its 2nd annual Omniture Throwdown — the world’s largest rock, paper, scissors tournament. Last year’s event set a record for the largest tournament of its kind with more than 500 participants.
MPA Students Win First Place at Utah Case Competition
Friday May 16 2008
BYU Master of Public Administration students won first place at the third annual Utah City Managers Association Case Competition held April 7-9 in St. George, Utah.
“This is a competition I look forward to each year,” says Rex Facer, assistant professor of public finance and management and the team’s faculty adviser.
Accounting Students Win Deloitte Case Competition
Thursday May 15 2008
A team from Brigham Young University’s School of Accountancy won first place at the 13th Annual Deloitte National Student Case Study Competition in Scottsdale, Ariz., in April.
BYU will receive a $10,000 prize for the victory, and each team member will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Six schools competed at the national invitational event sponsored by the Deloitte Foundation.
14 MBA Students Awarded Eccles Scholarships
Monday Apr 28 2008
The Kay and Yvonne Whitmore Global Management Center at Brigham Young University presented 14 MBA candidates with Eccles Scholarships for outstanding achievement in international business. Each Eccles Scholar will receive $10,000 to defray the cost of tuition and international experiences during their enrollment. “This year’s Eccles Scholars carry on the fine tradition of outstanding MBA students who are interested in careers in international business,” says Lee Radebaugh, director of the Whitmore Global Management Center.
Humanitarian Named 2008 Administrator of the Year
Thursday Apr 24 2008
Brigham Young University’s Romney Institute of Public Management named Carolyn Grow Dailey, president and CEO of ASCEND Alliance, as the 2008 Administrator of the Year.
The award is given annually to an outstanding man or woman who has achieved distinction after many years of management in the public or nonprofit sector.
Entrepreneurship Professor Named 2008 Outstanding Faculty
19 Recognized for Contributions to the Marriott School Wednesday Apr 23 2008
The Marriott School of Management honored W. Gibb Dyer with its 2008 Outstanding Faculty Award, the highest faculty distinction given by the school. The award was presented at a banquet March 28 where 11 other individuals and seven retiring professors were recognized for significant contributions to the school.
Students Learn About Ups and Downs at Financial Market Simulation
Thursday Apr 17 2008
Students at Brigham Young University hustled to maximize profits and minimize risks as they traded shares in the same high-tech, fast-paced and unpredictable stock market simulation used to train traders, strategists and salespeople at Goldman Sachs.
“The market moves very quickly, and you need to anticipate things before they happen,” says Brian Ames, a senior from North Ogden, Utah, majoring in finance.