Marriott School News

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  • BYU biz prof's system gets more timeshare owners the weeks they want Wednesday Oct 22 2008

    As the holidays approach, timeshare vacation owners are taking advantage of vacation weeks to plan family gatherings and winter getaways. Research has shown that the majority of timeshare vacation owners desire to exchange their resort-weeks each year. But exchanging timeshares can be discouraging, since it is often difficult to get a desired resort-week. A new exchange method, developed at Brigham Young University, helps timeshare exchange companies better schedule vacation time at affiliated resorts, leading to happier customers and opportunities for increased revenue.


  • BYU-TV to Premiere George Romney Documentary Wednesday Oct 01 2008

    "The Romney Code: The Life and Ethics of George W. Romney" will premiere on BYU Television Monday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m. MDT. The premiere will include the 30-minute documentary followed by a special 30-minute discussion with Romney family members. An advanced preview of the documentary will air on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 12:30 p.m. between sessions of general conference.


  • BYU Accounting PhD Prep Track Prepares Students for Careers in Academia Tuesday Sep 30 2008

    The Marriott School of Management's Accounting Ph.D. Prep Track is helping to correct a nationwide shortage of accounting professors by rapidly placing students in top doctoral programs across the country and setting graduates on the fast track for rewarding careers in academia.


  • Professor Brings Expertise to Mongolia as Fulbright Scholar Monday Sep 22 2008

    Former Marriott School Professor Gloria E. Wheeler will teach as a Fulbright Scholar at the Institute of Finance and Economics in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.


  • Alumnus Leads Sustainable Development in Mozambique Thursday Sep 04 2008

    An innovative self-help program engineered by Marriott School graduate João Bueno, recently reached the 10,000-person milestone as it aims to alleviate poverty and improve the quality of life in villages throughout Mozambique.


  • MBA Students Organize Learning Trip to Dubai Thursday Aug 28 2008

    Some enterprising students, equipped with scholarships, business contacts and a faculty-inspired challenge, orchestrated the Marriott School of Management’s first foreign business excursion to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


  • MPA Students Help Bring Electricity to Schools in Ghana Wednesday Aug 06 2008

    On a recent Marriott School of Management field study trip to Ghana, BYU MPA students teamed with a charity powering rural schools with merry-go-rounds to help alleviate poverty. Empower Playgrounds, which installs playground equipment that converts kid’s energy into real energy, asked BYU MPA students to use their management skills to better place their electricity-generating merry-go-rounds, which are used to power rechargeable lanterns the children can use to study at night.


  • 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.


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