Category: Events

Brown Bag Lunch Seminar

The School of Business and Economics will host its second brown bag lunch research seminar of the semester on Friday, October 14 at 12:00pm in Academic Office Building 101.  Dr. Emanuel Oliveira will present his recent study.

Title: Union density and entrepreneurship: A motivational approach

Abstract: Prior economics literature has examined the role of union density on rates of
entrepreneurial entry and found a negative relationship. Reasoning that strong unions increase
costs and risks for entrepreneurs, researchers found that raw counts of new entries declined with
increasing union density. By differentiating between necessity and opportunity entrepreneurship,
and looking to motivation theories, our study challenges at least part of these earlier findings.
The results of our multilevel modeling analyses deployed on a large cross-country sample of
entrepreneurs suggest that: (1) union density is positively associated with opportunity-based
entrepreneurship; and (2) union density is negatively associated with necessity-based
entrepreneurship. The entrepreneurship literature suggests that only opportunity entrepreneurship
is positively associated with economic development. Thus, our findings may transform the
understanding of the role of union density and lead to alternative policy recommendations.

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Information Session: BS in Engineering Management

Consider attending the information session on the Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management.  This is one of the Crazy, hot majors at Michigan Tech!

  • Great degree for those who have an interest in both the technical and business sides of a company
  • Option for primary or dual degree (MEEM, MET, Civil Eng, Materials Eng, and others with approximately 33-42 credits more)
  • Fastest growing major in the School of Business and Economics
  • Increased interest by employers coming to the Career Fair
  • Participate to learn more about the BSEM even if you have declared it as a major

Waupaca Foundry (1)

Wednesday, October 5 at 4:00pm in Academic Office Building 101

Questions?

Dana Johnson, PhD dana@mtu.edu

Jodie Filpus-Paakola jrfilpus@mtu.edu


Accelerated Tech MBA Info Session

Come learn about the School of Business and Economics’ new Accelerated Tech MBA program!

Dr. Rebecca Middlebrook will be hosting an info session on Wednesday, October 12 in Academic Office Building 101.  Stop by to learn how to double count undergraduate courses, utilize the Senior Rule and graduate with your Tech MBA in one year!  Pizza and soda will be provided.

For more information, visit the Accelerated Tech MBA Program website, or contact Dr. Rebecca Middlebrook, ramiddle@mtu.edu.

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Derek Thompson Lecture

On October 5, Derek Thompson, a senior editor at The Atlantic, will be visiting our campus and giving a lecture at the Rozsa Center. His lecture, sponsored by WGGL, Minnesota Public Radio, will discuss educational, economic, and political topics: What Will Election 2016 Mean to YOUR Future.

Wednesday, October 5th
7:30 PM – Lecture
8:00 PM – Panel Discussion / Q&A
9:00 PM – Reception: All interested members of the MTU community are invited

The School of Business and Economics strongly encourages our students and faculty to attend the event, not only because of the relevance of the topic, but the SBE’s faculty (Dr. Emanuel Xavier-Oliveira) and students (Jerrid Burdue and Patrick Hufnagel) will also serve as the panelists to lead the discussion.

About Derek Thompson:

Derek Thompson is a senior editor for The Atlantic magazine and the author of its 2015 cover story “A World Without Work” about the future of technology and employment. He also writes the business column for the magazine and contributes to the website on issues ranging from behavioral psychology to the economics of entertainment. Thompson is a weekly contributor to “Here and Now,” the national afternoon news show on NPR, and he appears regularly on CBS and MSNBC. He has served as an adjunct professor at the Columbia Journalism School. He has appeared on numerous lists, including Folio’s 15 Under 30 in Media. Thompson is currently working on his first book about the science of hits in pop culture.

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Brown Bag Lunch Seminar

The School of Business and Economics will host its first brown bag lunch research seminar of the semester on Thursday, September 15 at 12:00pm in Academic Office Building 101.  Dr. Tom Merz and Professor Russ Louks will present their exciting new study.

Title: Scorecasting: A Laboratory Experiment of the Framing Effect on Risky and Safe Choices in a Strictly Competitive, Repeatedly Played 2X2 Game.

The experiment consists of two players (subjects) playing repeated rounds of a “simple” game involving binary choices for each player.  The game is one of pure conflict – constant sum, with each round having only one winner.  Players choose simultaneously – without knowledge of the choice of his or her opponent.  The stage game has a unique Nash equilibrium in mixed strategy (the minimax solution).  With two players each making one of two choices, each round has four possible choice combinations.  Once each player makes a choice, the winner of a round is determined by a random draw, with the odds of winning being dependent on the choice combination.

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