When our Professor Peter Rachor was in high school, he was already well on his way to being an entrepreneur. One of his projects was selling 25-foot long telephone cords for the rotary phones attached to the walls of what seemed to be every home in America. We have one of these in our UP Museum if you want to know what it looks like! These phones had a three-foot cord so you could not go anywhere to have a private conversation. Twenty-five feet meant you could go into your room and shut the door! That was freedom in a world without cell phones!
Be willing to get out of your comfort zone even though it is not an easy thing to do. Doing so will allow you to experience new things, gain knowledge, and more confidence in yourself. You probably do not know what career path you want to follow, so getting yourself out there, meeting new people, taking on internships, talking to your professors, participating in extra-curricular activities will not only develop your skills but also expose you to what you like and don’t like, as well as your strengths and weaknesses. Even when things you try don’t work out well, hopefully you learned something and met interesting people!
Read the full story on his Meet the Faculty page.
Shari Dunn is a adjunct instructor who will be teaching our 515 Social Venture Management class in the Spring of 2018. She is a former news anchor and attorney as well as the current Executive Director for Dress for Success Oregon. Shari is a board member of the Women’s Foundation of Oregon and the Oregon Workforce Investment Board (OWIB), appointed by Governor Kate Brown.
She was previously a Nonprofit Consultant in California and Milwaukee, Vice President at Power of Attorney, Inc. in New York, a nation-wide grant maker, Special Correspondent for the Oprah Winfrey Show, and the Senior Attorney in the Civil Division of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association.
Shari has lobbied the federal government, represented victims of domestic violence and managed a national foundation with a multi-million dollar portfolio. As a nonprofit executive, she developed and directed national collaborations on advocacy and funding projects.
In her current position as Executive Director for Dress for Success Oregon, she leads the mission to empower women to achieve economic independence. The vision is a world where women do not live in poverty, and are treated with respect and dignity. To achieve this goal, the organization provides long lasting solutions through professional development, a network of support, professional attire, and the tools to thrive at work and in life. People don’t get out of poverty by getting a job. They get out by keeping one.
The Social Venture Management course will address various areas in business such as public relations, promotion, revenue generation, strategic planning, governance, financial controls and the use of data to make informed decisions. The curriculum will be taught through lectures, discussions and case study analysis.
We are delighted that Shari will bring her wealth of knowledge and experience to our business students. Her class begins in Spring 2018! Students better hurry and sign up!
Did you know that blood has an expiration date? Platelets last 5 days and blood cells 42. Just like the fruits and vegetables you buy at the store, it is all perishable. As we know, we usually need more during a crisis situation but in recent years there has been a drop in the unpredictable demand due to changes in medical practices. Our hospitals aren’t using as much as they used to so this is contributing to a surplus in overall supply. Economics 101 tells us, an increase in supply over demand will result in a price drop of your widget. This is also true with blood. Coupled with the fact that we don’t know what we will need on a regular basis, the overall management of the supply chain becomes challenging.
Supply chain management is not the first thing we would associate with healthcare since we think of places like Tesla, where they are having issues with their current ability to supply the Tesla3 due to overwhelming demand.
The inefficient supply chain management of blood has its own issues. Dr.Anna Nagurney of the Isenberg School of Management at University of Massachusetts in a recent article said, “Our inefficient blood supply chain has resulted in a relatively strong supply and a weak demand for blood at the blood banks, which gives the hospitals the upper hand while negotiating with suppliers.”
Hospitals have begun looking at alternative blood banks for lower prices because the excess supply has created increased competition. Dr. Nagurney explains, “The hospital cost of a unit of red blood cells in the U.S. suffered an almost 10 percent drop from 2011 to 2014. A simultaneous drop in the demand and the price of blood products has tremendously affected the players involved in the blood supply chain, with the blood banking industry revenue dropping to $1.5 billion per year in 2014, down from $5 billion in 2008. Being hit by a such a severe revenue loss over a short period, one of the first actions taken by blood providers was to lower their costs by cutting jobs.” The resulting outcome is a loss of 12,000 jobs over the next few years.
The unrecognized outcome of lower prices and lower demand, is the reduction in investment into research and development for blood products and services. “Such an impact may not only threaten the effectiveness and safety of various activities in the blood supply chain but may also negatively affect the responsiveness at times of crises and disasters,” said Dr. Nagurney.
Dr. Anna Nagurney, Dr. Amir Masoumi and our professor Dr. Min Yu have been studying blood supply chains to in an effort to discover how to minimize costs, risk, waste and optimize the blood supply chain network design. As we have explained in this blog, blood supply chain management is a complicated affair with many outcomes to consider. Dr. Yu and her team’s research led them to the assessment of mergers and acquisitions (M&A). The lessons from the corporate world of M&A can also be applied to the blood supply chain. For example, how different blood supply chains can benefit from sharing facilities, testing practices, as well as delivery methods and transportation assets.
We are proud to announce that Professor Yu and her team have submitted their research paper, Mergers and Acquisitions in Blood Banking System: A Supply Chain Network Approach, to the International Journal of Production Economics and it has been accepted for publication. We congratulate Professor Yu and her team for their achievements in this field.
To learn more about our professor, visit her faculty page, click here!
Link to their paper: Mergers and Acquisitions in Blood Banking System: A Supply Chain Network Approach
Source credit: Dr. Anna Nagurney, John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management, University of Massachusettes Amherst.
Diversity and inclusion is the hot topic on many people’s minds. Here at the University of Portland, in the Pamplin School of Business, we are especially proud to say that we have the most diverse faculty and staff on campus. As far as classes go, Dr. Sam Holloway’s class, Cross Cultural Management BUS 511, easily personifies diversity as his class is made up of only three students from the United States, and the rest from countries around the world.
On the last day of class, Paavan Shetty, a student from Bangalore, India, gave a presentation on expatriate paradoxes and cultural involvement. The presentation sets out to explore and explain how nine paradoxes inherent to the expatriate experience affected different areas in business, including the degree to which an expatriate becomes involved in a foreign country and works interdependently with host country nationals, referred to as cultural involvement. The outcome indicated that the more an expatriate became involved in the local culture, the more they were likely to experience the paradoxes. These paradoxes fall into four categories of cultural intelligence, mediation, self-identity, and cautious optimism. This lesson is important in today’s global business environment as organizations are having to learn how to mediate between many different cultural values, while ensuring intercultural effectiveness.
Since a majority of the Prof. Holloway’s is in the seat of an expatriate, it was an even more informative lesson as each person was able to bring their cultural points of view to the discussion.
Professor Holloway stated, “This is the best part of my job! I have learned so much more from my students during this semester than any other.”
For the next segment of the class, Jay Lindmann, Senior Director of Strategic Brand Planning & Operations for NIKE North America, came to discuss his experience as an expatriate in China. He was able to put into context the paradoxes and cultural involvement that he had experienced working in China for a small shoe company in his early 20’s and then for NIKE Asia in more recent years.
The Pamplin School of Business is proud to consistently offer classes that are more than presentations from textbooks, as they incorporate speakers who can bring real world experience to the materials taught in class.
|Jimmy Buell, Oregon USA||Danny Rehr, Maryland USA|
|Caitlin Mitchell, Oregon USA||Anna Al Buainain, Doha Qatar|
|Masahiko Nagai, Chiba Japan||Pavaan Shetty, Bangalore, India|
|Hamad Alketbi, Dubai UAE||Ahmad Aljumah, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
|Onome Uduebho, Lagos, Nigeria||Khalid Albugami, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
We are happy that all our International Students feel welcome, included and contented to share their intercultural views with the class. We wish them every success going forward. Go Pilots!
We are proud to announce that our Operations and Technology Management Students have won nine scholarships this year! Two graduate students and seven undergraduate students were given this honor. The Society for Information Management (SIM) Portland Chapter President Mr. Pardeep Kumar awarded their Operations and Technology Management Scholarship Awards to the following undergraduate students, Ashley Hanna, Erin Stephens, Katie Twineham, Erin Lawyer, and Nathan Nusaputra.
Two more undergraduate students, Michelle McLaren and Nicole Simmons, received scholarships from the Portland Bottling Company and the Operations and Technology Management Executive Advisory Board.
And lastly, two graduate students in the Masters of Operation Technology Management degree program, Robert Krebs and Kevin Mowrey, received the Operations Technology Management Faculty Annual Scholarship Award. This scholarship/award was established and funded by the OTM faculty expressly for the purpose of recognizing an outstanding OTM student or students. Recipients of the award are selected for their high academic achievement and engagement in the OTM program and chosen with unanimous approval of the entire OTM faculty.
We congratulate all nine students for their outstanding work and achievement in Operations and Technology Management. Go Pilots!
“The Business Journal this week first reported the sportswear giant has given retailers permission to advertise 25 percent off Nike products year round. The sportswear giant previously limited how many weeks retailers could offer 25 percent discounts. The shift in minimum advertised price has already started to result in a steady stream of discounts advertised in Sunday newspapers and circulars.”
Our Prof. Ian Parkman said,”Discounts can diminish a brand’s value in the eyes of consumers, but the University of Portland’s Ian Parkman said Nike may be an exception.”
Read the full article here! Putting a price on Nike’s brand – Portland Business Journal
Last week, the Pamplin School of Business had it’s annual Seniors Gala where awards were given out in various categories to our graduating seniors. Along with awards, there were also 10 raffle prizes that were handed out. We are happy and proud of the award recipient and wish everyone graduating much success going forward.
Two alums, Court Reeves and Marcus Fuchs, joined the Gala and handed out the first raffle prize. Awards were given to:
Sierra M. Zeiger – Highest Scholastic Achievement
Isaac J. Mansuetti – Deans Award & Pamplin Award for Excellence in Accounting
McKena S. Miyashiro – Pamplin Award for Excellence in Economics
Lucia Butkovska – Pamplin Award for Excellence in Finance
Susanne K. Fernald – Pamplin Award for Excellence in Marketing
Ashley S. Hanna – Pamplin Award for Excellence in Operations and Technology Management
Hannah R. Olney – Pamplin Award for Excellence in Global Business
Keaton R. Alexander – Pamplin Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
Christopher T. Jordan – Robin and Jean Anderson Outstanding Entrepreneur Scholar Award
Michael D. Williamson – Robin and Jean Anderson Outstanding Entrepreneur Scholar Award
Congratulation to all our award winners! Click on any photo above to see the slide deck of all the photos.
What do you wish you could have learned when you were in college? Practitioners, educators, students, and all other stakeholders in the Portland design community are invited to participate in a collaborate workshop helping the Innovation Task Force at the University of Portland apply tenets of design thinking to develop the structure, content, and mission of a newly proposed cross-disciplinary Innovation Minor.
This minor intends to provide a platform for collaboration and learning for students across the UP campus—Engineering, Business, Nursing, Education, and Arts & Sciences– to develop the necessary skills, knowledge, and experiences to become innovators in areas of interest related to their individual academic and professional goals. The minor is to be built upon a foundation of Design Thinking; Empathy, human-centered design and observational research, prototyping, and innovative problem solving, however, the exact form and content of the program remains undefined.
Your experiences and expertise are requested to help the Task Force design the best possible program: What do students need to know? What classes should be offered? How should the courses be structured? What should be the class sequence? How flexible/ proscriptive should the program be? How do you bring students from diverse backgrounds together to learn the mindset, skill set, and toolsets associated with design and innovation? What types of problems and projects should the students address? How can the program benefit from the unique capabilities and resources in the Portland area?
Workshop participants will be provided a brief introduction to the background and context of the proposed Innovation Minor before breaking into small groups to use design thinking and visual learning techniques to explore possibilities of what a user-centered Innovation Minor program could be and define the content and structure of a program that benefits the end user (the students).
Design Week Portland: Thursday April 27 3pm-5pm A few seats are still available.
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Tapping into Design: Creating User Personas in Craft Beer
Craft beer is an integral part of the Portland community. Still, with 105 breweries in the metro area alone, how can great beers stand out in our increasingly saturated marketplace? Further, as craft beer consumers become increasingly promiscuous, how can craft breweries build consumer loyalty? This workshop provides attendees with an introduction to developing user personas, a component of the design process that has the potential to provide craft breweries with the insights into their customers that will allow them to build better businesses. Design thinking and marketing tactics are integral components of the University of Portland’s Online Continuing Education Certificate: Craft Beer Business Strategy. Personas are a design methodology that develop empathy for an organization’s consumers by creating fictitious characters that embody specific characteristics of target consumers. The goal of the persona creation process is to move breweries away from standard ways of categorizing their consumers by product type or price point and toward embodiments of core traits and a holistic understanding of consumers’ needs, motivations, aspirations, and desires. Whether you’re a brewery owner, home-brewer, beer enthusiast, designer, or you own a small business; this workshop will guide you through developing user personas—all over a beer, of course.
In this session, attendees will:
• Be introduced to the key terminology, concepts, and perspective of design and design thinking from the context of craft beer
• Be guided through an interactive, template-based methodology for building user personas for their own organizations
• Gain insight on how to develop a unique identity and product mix for target users that builds consumer loyalty while reinforcing your brand
• Develop empathy towards their organization’s consumers in a way that quantitative reports of marketing or sales data cannot accomplish
• Receive detailed copies of handouts of notes from the session, worksheets and templates for applying the concepts and frameworks that will be presented, and a curated packet of readings and articles drawn from the workshop
A workshop presented by:
• Sam Holloway, PhD, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
• Mark Meckler, PhD, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
• Ian Parkman, PhD, Assistant Professor of Marketing
• Jennette Lovejoy, PhD, Associate Professor Communication Studies
• Keith Carrato, Director Global Merchandising & Product Management (Mens), KEEN