B-School Bulletin: Teaching In View Of #MeToo

Darden professor emeritus Robert Spekman recently published his most personal book yet chronicling his decades-long fight with Parkinson’s disease. Photo: Darden School of Business

Former Professor’s Battle With Parkinson’s Disease Leads To Inspirational Book

News from University of Virginia Darden School of Business

“Professionally, Robert Spekman was at the top of his game as 1994 drew to a close.

“He had earned a dream job on the faculty of the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, published several well-received business books and was in high demand as a corporate consultant, known for his expertise in strategic partnerships, marketing and supply chain management.

“He was, according to longtime colleague and fellow Darden professor Paul Farris, ‘one of the favorite professors at Darden.’

“’Robert was so at home in the classroom, so comfortable with students and had an inexhaustible supply of stories and jokes to illustrate his points,’ Farris said. ‘He had a connection with students that very few faculty are able to achieve.’”

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Matt Rosebaugh. Courtesy Ohio State

Ohio State MBA Student Named Tillman Scholar

News from Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

“An Ohio State University graduate student has been named a 2018 Tillman Scholar. Matt Rosebaugh is an MBA student in the Max M. Fisher College of Business, is one of just 60 scholars selected by the Pat Tillman Foundation for the prestigious award.



“In recognition of their service, leadership and potential, the newly selected class will receive more than $1.3 million in scholarship funding to pursue higher education and continue their service in the fields of medicine, law, business, policy, technology, education and the arts.

“Rosebaugh enlisted in the Army in 2002, wanting to make an impact after watching the events of September 11, 2001. He served 15 years of active duty and reserve time, including one long-term deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and several short-duration special operations contingency missions. During his service, he earned many military honors, including the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medals.”

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96% Of U.S. Professionals Say They Need Flexibility, But Only 47% Have It

News from Harvard Business School

“Employers today know that employees want flexibility, and many companies say they offer it. But there are lots of people out there who need flexibility but don’t have access to it.

“In our study on flexibility in the modern workforce, we set out to determine whether a gap exists between flexibility supply and demand. In other words, how many people need flexibility, and how many people actually have it? To find out, we surveyed 1,583 white-collar professionals representative of the U.S. workforce at large.”

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The Technologies Senior Leaders Plan To Deploy In The Coming Years

News from INSEAD

“Despite all the hype, augmented reality, virtual reality, mixed reality, blockchain and 3D printing have had a small impact on businesses in the last few years. Big data analytics has had the biggest impact, according to a survey I conducted with my colleague Nathan Furr of 317 INSEAD MBA alumni and participants in our Executive Education programmes. Our respondents were mostly senior executives and around 50 percent of them worked in large companies.

“Big data analytics, cloud and machine learning have all had a significant impact on business in the past two years. Big data analytics seems to have changed almost all business areas (creation of new revenues, core business protection, improvements in operational efficiency, new customer acquisition, increased retention and loyalty of existing customers). Cloud computing primarily helped improve operational efficiency.”

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At the annual Eliot Society dinner in April, John Berg (seated), who served as vice chancellor for admissions for over 20 years, received the Search Award. Photo: Joe Angeles/Washington University

Eliot Society Members Gather To Celebrate University’s Accomplishments

News from Washington University in St. Louis Olin Business School

“The 51st annual William Greenleaf Eliot Society dinner honored Washington University in St. Louis’ group of dedicated supporters for their contributions toward advancing its institutional mission. The event took place April 19 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

“Eliot Society members provide the largest source of unrestricted gifts to the university and are leaders in supporting the annual fund. Members help the university address a broad range of critical needs, including scholarships, student assistance programs, educational resources, faculty development and recruitment, and facility improvements. At last count there were 10,310 members.

“Eliot Society President Merry Mosbacher, who earned a master’s in business administration in 1982 from the Olin Business School, welcomed more than 700 guests and acknowledged members’ integral role in the university’s current campaign.”

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