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Corporate governance in the age of shareholder activism

Corporate governance in the age of shareholder activism

Since joining the faculty at Oklahoma State University in 2001, much of Dr. Ramesh Rao’s research has examined the workings of corporate managers and boards of directors, and the organizations that invest in those companies. Sometimes the interests of those who manage and those who invest are at odds and the stories behind those differences are rich in material for business researchers like Rao.

Race, gender and rising above stereotypes

Race, gender and rising above stereotypes

No person is just a teacher or just a mother or just an African American or just any other descriptor. We are all a combination of identities that collectively make up how we see ourselves and how society perceives us. And it only gets more interesting when looking at where all of a person’s various identities meet. For Dr. Alexis Smith Washington, that intersection of identities and how they play out in our lives is a central theme of her research.

Spears Business student Elise Wade excelling in world of marketing

Spears Business student Elise Wade excelling in world of marketing

Spears Business student Elise Wade keeps herself busy. In addition to being a full-time student, she's traveling across the United States working for companies like Wrangler, Justin Boots, Cavender’s and Ride TV.

OSU hosts scholars examining cannabis industry

OSU hosts scholars examining cannabis industry

Nearly three dozen researchers from across the United States and Canada met in Oklahoma City Feb. 28 to explore legal, ethical and business issues confronting the nation’s rapidly expanding cannabis industry. The research symposium was the first organized by the new Center for Legal Studies & Business Ethics at Oklahoma State University.

Three School of Accounting alums to be recognized by Oklahoma Society of CPAs

Three School of Accounting alums to be recognized by Oklahoma Society of CPAs

Three Oklahoma State University School of Accounting alumni were recognized in the recent 2020 Path Finders & Trailblazers issue of CPAFocus, published by the Oklahoma Society of CPAs.

Graduate students place fourth at South Carolina’s Big Data Case Competition

Graduate students place fourth at South Carolina’s Big Data Case Competition

A group of Oklahoma State University business analytics students placed fourth out of nearly 20 teams at the Big Data Case Competition Feb. 7-9 prior to the University of South Carolina’s National Big Data Health Science Conference.

Award-winning research offers insight into gender gap in economics education

Award-winning research offers insight into gender gap in economics education

Female college students who took an online principles of microeconomics course have been shown to earn higher grades in a follow-on intermediate microeconomics course than females who took the introductory class in a traditional classroom, according to a study by Oklahoma State University researcher Dr. Laura Ahlstrom. The research suggests class format could affect the success of women studying economics.

OSU to host research symposium exploring the cannabis industry

OSU to host research symposium exploring the cannabis industry

The Center for Legal Studies & Business Ethics at Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business will host its first research symposium, "Legal, Ethical, and Compliance Issues in Emerging Markets: Cannabis in the States," Feb. 28-29 at the Skirvin Hilton in Oklahoma City.

Cyber Security Conference attracts national information technology leaders, experts

Cyber Security Conference attracts national information technology leaders, experts

The OSU Spears School of Business Management Science and Information Systems Department and the Center for Executive and Professional Development are presenting the fifth annual Cyber Security Conference April 7 at the Hilton Garden Inn at Edmond, Okla.

Alumnus Wilguess becomes president of Oklahoma Dental Association

Alumnus Wilguess becomes president of Oklahoma Dental Association

Dan Wilguess, a 1994 Oklahoma State University biology graduate, is president of the Oklahoma Dental Association.

The language of food 9,500 miles away

The language of food 9,500 miles away

The language of food is not difficult to learn but can take years, even decades, to master. For Kai-Sean Lee, a Ph.D. student and instructor in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Oklahoma State University, the language of food spans more than 9,500 miles from Malaysia to Stillwater, Oklahoma.

OSU’s School of Accounting to honor five at Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame Banquet

OSU’s School of Accounting to honor five at Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame Banquet

Oklahoma State University’s School of Accounting will honor five outstanding alumni and friends of the school during the 2020 Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet April 30 at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.

Connecting Spears Business Graduate Communities

Connecting Spears Business Graduate Communities

The Watson Graduate School of Management at Oklahoma State University is launching the Graduate Leadership Association of Spears (GLAS), a student-led organization for the school’s graduate programs.

Spears Business to host 29th Annual Women’s Business Leadership Conference

Spears Business to host 29th Annual Women’s Business Leadership Conference

The OSU Spears School of Business will host its 29th Annual Women’s Business Leadership Conference on March 4 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tulsa.

Management research productivity climbs

Management research productivity climbs

In 2019, the Management Department at the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University was ranked 12th in the nation for publishing in top-tier management journals. The TAMUGA rankings (a joint effort by Texas A&M University and the University of Georgia) placed the productivity of the department's researchers at the top of the Big 12 Conference.

HTM students power success of Craft Beer Forum

HTM students power success of Craft Beer Forum

The second Craft Beer Forum of Oklahoma will again bring together the state’s best craft breweries and lovers of all things beer and food in an educational event April 3-4 that is organized and run by students of Oklahoma State University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM).

Students claim $45,000 in prize money in Riata Business Plan Competition

Students claim $45,000 in prize money in Riata Business Plan Competition

The Oklahoma State University School for Entrepreneurship and the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship have named winners of the annual student competition to create business startups at the event finals Jan. 31. The Riata Business Plan Competition at the Spears School of Business promotes entrepreneurship and small business development by focusing on student created, managed and owned ventures.

Students pitch business plans for prize money

Students pitch business plans for prize money

Semi-finalists in the annual student Riata Business Plan Competition have been selected to compete Friday, Jan. 31, for $45,000 in prize money in the competition’s finals. Hosted by the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship and the School of Entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business, the competition promotes entrepreneurship and small-business development by focusing on student created, managed and owned ventures.

Spears Business alum Michael Guillory reflects on balancing passion and career

Spears Business alum Michael Guillory reflects on balancing passion and career

Bartlesville native Michael Guillory graduated in 1988 with a marketing degree. As a student, he was heavily involved. He was a member of the OSU marching band, OSU Wind Ensemble, Sigma Phi Epsilon, American Marketing Association as well as Spring Sing, Freshman Follies, local church charities, and intermural sports.

Former Disney executive Dan Cockerell featured during OSU speaker series

Former Disney executive Dan Cockerell featured during OSU speaker series

Former Walt Disney World Vice President Dan Cockerell will be the featured speaker Feb. 25-26 during the Executive Management Briefings and the Tulsa Business Forums speaker series. Cockerell will present “The Magic Behind Disney: Secrets to Success,” on his visit to Oklahoma.

Spears Business program receives top honor from national continuing education group

Spears Business program receives top honor from national continuing education group

The Center for Executive and Professional Development (CEPD) in the Spears School of Business is being recognized with the 2020 Outstanding Noncredit Program Award, given annually to noncredit professional, continuing or online education programs for excellence in achieving their educational objectives.

OSU online MBA a top-ranked value

OSU online MBA a top-ranked value

Not only is Oklahoma State University’s online MBA program one of the best rated in the nation, it is also one of the most affordable, making it an outstanding value in graduate education, according to recent rankings of colleges and universities.

Refusing to let evil win

Refusing to let evil win

Visiting Munich, Germany, in the fall means a trip to the world-famous Oktoberfest, the huge celebration where a nation comes together to share its love of beer. For Cindy Crenshaw-Martin, vacationing in Munich with friends in 1980, the fun she expected when she walked through the festival’s main entrance vaporized before it began. Instead, fire and carnage would mar the rest of her life.

OSU Alumni Association Hall of Fame to celebrate accomplished alumni

OSU Alumni Association Hall of Fame to celebrate accomplished alumni

Three Spears School of Business alumni will be inducted into the 2020 class of the OSU Alumni Association Hall of Fame. The three Oklahoma State University business graduates include Linda Parrack Livingstone, president of Baylor University, the late Neal L. Patterson, co-founder of Cerner Corporation, and Bruce T. Benbrook, chairman and CEO of Stock Exchange Bank.