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The Top HBCU Feeders to U.S. MBA Programs

February 22nd, 2021

Maya McWhorter went from Howard University to a career in supply chain consulting before joining the MBA program at Georgetown University.

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My Story: Bardia Kamrad

February 19th, 2021

An article by Bardia Kamrad, senior associate dean for executive degree programs and professor of operations.

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We Owe it to Our Grandchildren: 2 Ways to Make a Difference

February 17th, 2021

In his new book, “Good Business: The Talk, Fight, Win Way to Change the World,” former AARP CEO Bill Novelli writes about how we can make a difference in the lives of others and make significant contributions to solving the world’s major social problems. The excerpt below has advice from Novelli — a grandfather of seven — on ways we can make a better world for our grandchildren.

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Small Business Strikes Back: The Numbers Behind the Next 1000

February 16th, 2021

“In spite of all the trials and tribulations that small businesses face, Covid-19 has actually provided an opportunity for them to level up due to their nimbleness, creating a competitive advantage against many larger companies struggling to be flexible,” says Melissa Bradley, managing partner at 1863 Ventures as well as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

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How to Make More of Your Meetings and More Tips For Store Owners

February 16th, 2021

If your staff tends to be rather taciturn when it comes to greeting customers or even each other, Christine Porath, a management prof at Georgetown University, suggests adopting the 10-5 rule: if someone is within 10 feet of a customer or another employee, acknowledge the person, make eye contact and smile; if you’re within 5 feet, say hello. It’s an idea she witnessed at a healthcare company, which soon after adopting the rule found improvements in referral rates, patient satisfaction scores, and overall effectiveness. “It makes people feel respected, valued and that they belong,” she says in her book Mastering Civility: A Manifesto For The Workplace.

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Jane Fraser has to Fix Citigroup. It will be a Tough Job.

February 10th, 2021

Catherine Tinsley, a professor of management at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, said researchers had found that corporate boards were more likely to appoint women to positions of power — as leaders or to positions on boards — if their companies were struggling.

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Marketers Play it Safe as Pandemic’s Effects Linger

February 10th, 2021

Major retailers are catching up on that front — mostly out of necessity, said Ronald Goodstein, associate professor of marketing at Georgetown University. “The expectation that all the customers are going to return to the stores is not reasonable. I think that they are training customers that you can shop and do everything you needed to do [online],” he said. He added that “the big danger for all these stores going online is, what are you doing to continue to build your brand?”

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A CEO’s Guide to Crafting a Message that Reassures and Inspires Staff During a Crisis

February 9th, 2021

Especially during a crisis, employees will be curious to know how leadership is thinking about the future. In the Harvard Business Review, management professors Brooks Holtom and Amy Edmondson and TINYPulse CEO David Niu write that leaders should clearly communicate their plans — and how they came up with those plans.

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Episode #86: What MBA Applicants Need to Know About the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business

February 8th, 2021

Shelly Heinrich is the Associate Dean, MBA Admissions, and Director of Marketing at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, as well as a McDonough MBA Alum. During our conversation, Shelly spoke about what makes McDonough unique, and some of the programs that McDonough students can take advantage of as MBA students. She also spoke about what she and her staff look for in MBA applications, what they have seen so far in admissions, and her advice to prospective MBA applicants.

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Why New Survey That Shows Low Public Confidence In States To Distribute Covid-19 Vaccine Is A Wake-Up Call For Business Leaders

February 4th, 2021

Bob Bies is a professor of management a Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He works with executives on building trust with their employees and customers and clients. The following steps he said states can take to build public confidence in their ability to distribute the vaccine may provide insights and inspiration to business executives on how to restore public trust in their companies during and after a crisis.

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Apply to These MBA Programs to Get the Highest Starting Salary

February 4th, 2021

Doreen Amorosa adds the following additional qualifiers, apart from median salary and sign-on bonuses, for what really sets an MBA program finished at Georgetown McDonough apart from competing programs. “Dean Paul Almeida asked our McDonough Alumni to support MBA students still seeking jobs and internships. In the following weeks, over 200 of them stepped up with job and internship postings, virtual consulting projects, assistance with technical training and mentorship. Second, 75 percent of our graduates went into industries where they either had an opportunity to convert their summer internships or accept a new full-time offer before the pandemic began.

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5 Challenges Awaiting Amazon’s New CEO

February 3rd, 2021

Tensions can arise when a CEO moves to the board and still has a hand in the business, said Jason Schloetzer, a business professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. The new CEO may want to end some of Bezos’ initiatives that Bezos doesn’t agree with. Or other executives may keep reporting to Bezos, leaving Jassy out of the loop.

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Your New Hires Are Not Doing As Well As You Think.

January 31st, 2021

Among the many surprising findings from Dr. Brooks Holtom, Professor of Management, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, Dr. Elora Voyles Assistant Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and David Niu, Founder and CEO of TINYpulse who commissioned the work, is the conclusion that new hires are saying they’re fine, but their behavior suggests they’re not.

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$3.2M Gift to Create New ESG Group at Georgetown McDonough

January 30th, 2021

“Issues of ESG are vitally important today and will only gain strength overtime across the business landscape,” Robert Steers said in a news release. “We believe that the ESG Solutions Group will bring an unbiased, research-first approach to developing knowledge for the commercial real estate industry.”

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Wall Street’s Cops Weren’t Ready for GameStop. They’re Paying Attention Now

January 29th, 2021

James Angel, a professor at Georgetown University who specializes in market structure, said that while short sellers are often vilified — some rightfully so — they serve an important function in markets. “You want the stock price to reflect reality, and that means the bad news as well as the good,” he said.

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Lawmakers Demand Action on GameStop Saga, Robinhood Ban

January 29th, 2021

“The rollercoaster is a very enjoyable ride on the way up, but there’s always a ride down,” said Tom Cooke, professor of business law at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. “The saddest thing we’re going to find is that young, unsophisticated investors will jump on this bandwagon based on the volatility and the upside, and they will in many cases come out as losers in a very big way.”

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Winners and Losers in the GameStop Stock Tug of War

January 28th, 2021

If the price did fall, those funds would make money, said John Jacobs, director at Georgetown’s Center for Financial Markets and Policy. “A group of investors — hedge funds and other investors, traders — that believe GameStop is overvalued because it is a brick-and-mortar chain.”

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Do Well By Doing Good

January 26th, 2021

An article by Bill Novelli, founder, Business for Impact: “When I began my career at Unilever some fifty years ago, the idea of doing social good as a corporation or as a businessperson was an afterthought — something to pursue after succeeding at making money. But what I discovered, and have proven over my fifty-year career, is that you can make a positive social difference. Whether you are in business, government, or civil society; whether you are just starting out as a newly minted graduate, at midcareer, or in an encore period of your life, you can make a dent in the universe. In other words, you can do well (creating economic and financial success for yourself and your company or organization) by doing good (helping to solve the world’s and society’s major problems).”

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Chinese Stocks: Gauging Risks Under Biden

January 25th, 2021

“I do believe the overall tenor in terms of friction between the U.S. and China will continue, and that’s been made very clear by the incoming U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken,” says Arthur Dong, professor of strategy and economics at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

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3 Questions Leaders Should Be Asking Their Remote Employees

January 18th, 2021

The cliché goes, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” The cliché exists because it’s true. Research by Tony Schwartz and Christine Porath found that “feeling cared for by one’s supervisor has a more significant impact on people’s sense of trust and safety than any other behavior by a leader. Employees who say they have more supportive supervisors are 1.3 times as likely to stay with the organization and are 67% more engaged.” Asking “How are you feeling?” is the most explicit way to show that you care.

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CEO Succession Practices in the Russell 3000 and S&P 500

January 15th, 2021

Matteo Tonello is Managing Director of ESG Research at The Conference Board, Inc. This post relates to CEO Succession Practices in the Russell 3000 and S&P 500: 2020 Edition, an annual benchmarking study and online dashboard published by The Conference Board, with Professor Jason Schloetzer of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, and ESG data analytics firm ESGAUGE, in collaboration executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles.

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