Tag: economics

It’s Here! Impact Magazine Fall/Winter 2011 Issue

The third issue of Impact features the Business Development Experience, an experiential learning component of undergraduate business curriculum.

Impact is Michigan Tech’s School of Business and Economics semi-annual publication. It illustrates how our students, alumni, School, and University are changing our world.

This issue discusses the future of business education, renewed AACSB accreditation, successful alumni stories, the spring 2011 undergraduate trip to Silicon Valley, two faculty who have become co-editors of an influential policy journal, and MBA student research on survey data. Read Impact now.

See past issues of Impact on our website.

The School of Business and Economics would like to recognize key people who have continued to make Impact a reality. University Marketing and Communciation’s Crystal Verran, Dennis Walikainen, and Bill Tembruell. Also, writer Erin Kauppila. Thank you all for your hard work.

Pat Joyce Retirement Reception Announced

Professor of Economics Pat Joyce retires after almost 40 years of teaching.

You are cordially invited to a retirement social in honor of Pat Joyce and his 39 years of teaching within the School of Business and Economics at Michigan Tech. Be prepared for memories and storytelling on Friday, December 2, from 5:30 – 8pm in the MUB Peninsula Room. All are welcome.

Take the 2011 iOMe Challenge!

Calling all students!

Lecturer in economics, Emanuel Oliveira, is looking for students this fall to enter the iOMe Challenge. The challenge, started in 2009 discusses how local organizations might engage the so-called Y or Millennial generation to think about their own future, 40 years from now.

The iOMe challenge they designed consists of two components; an essay and a video.

Essay Contest (due October 31, 2011): Write an essay of no more than 10,000 words that answers why do people today feel it is much harder to engage in financial savings than earlier generations when, on average, the earlier generations were much poorer than today? What would you propose as a solution to change and increase savings rates?

Video Contest (due November 21, 2011): Produce a short video (60 seconds or less in length) that compellingly illustrates some of the findings, either the reasons for the decline in savings or solution(s). The video should be crafted as a visual representation of the key elements of the Essay. You might think about the essay as the screenplay and the video as the movie.


Winning team: $10,000 + $2000 (faculty advisor) + presentation in D.C. to members of Congress.
Honorable Mention(s): $2,000 + $500 (faculty advisor)

Last year students Coleman Segal and Adam Eidelsafy were finalists in the competition and created the video below to illustrate the truth about the personal savings rate.


Are you interested?

Contact Emanuel Oliveira if you are interested as an individual or as a team at emolivei@mtu.edu.

New Faculty Present to Michigan Tech Campus

New faculty in the School of Business and Economics will each give a 10-minute presentation, based on recent research, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 5, in Academic Office Building 101. A reception will follow.

Visiting Assistant Professor Haiyan Huang will present “Identity and Cross-cultural Management in Globally Distributed Information Technology Work.” Huang’s research sheds light on how global virtual team members construct their identities when facing cultural differences. As well, she will suggest managerial strategies for leveraging diverse cultural backgrounds in cross-cultural management.

Assistant Professor Becky Lafrancois will present “A Lot Left Over: Reducing CO2 Emissions through the Use of Natural Gas.” She will address CO2 emissions from the US electricity sector by evaluating its ability to switch from electricity fueled by coal to electricity fueled by natural gas.

Assistant Professor Andre Laplume will present “Windows of Opportunity for Independent Discovery, Invention and Innovation.” He will focus on how do windows open; how long do they stay open; how do they close; and what are the implications for strategic/opportunity recognition?

Assistant Professor Daya Muralidharan will present “Sustainability Economics of Groundwater Usage and Management.” She will address how the general principles of economic sustainability (accumulation of natural, physical and human capital) are applied to groundwater management and groundwater extraction for sustainable growth.

Lecturer Emanuel Oliveira will present “Barriers to Technological Adoption in Spain and Portugal.” He will investigate transformations in the Iberian economies and barriers to the adoption of technology.