Media Coverage

Washington, DC
Friday, July 26, 2013

Pop culture, white privilege and widening the lens

Ann Hornaday is the chief film critic for The Washington Post

"As a drama about the needless death of a young, unarmed black man, the shattering new movie “Fruitvale Station” has found particular resonance with audiences in the past few weeks. The film stars Michael B. Jordan as Oscar Grant, who was shot by a white Oakland, Calif., transit police officer in 2009. But the scene from the film that has most haunted me does not address racial profiling or any of the events directly related to the shooting.

"It’s New Year’s Eve in San Francisco. On a crowded street, while waiting for his date to go to the bathroom, Oscar strikes up a conversation with a white man around his age, who, like Oscar, has committed a crime. Unlike Oscar, he has clearly rebounded. After they chat about the women in their lives, the stranger confesses that he was so broke when he married his wife that he had to steal her ring. He issues a warning about going down the same road, then cheerfully tells Oscar that he now owns a business and gives him his card.

"That brief but eloquent scene deftly illustrates the subtleties of white privilege — a reality too seldom portrayed in film and too often ignored by its beneficiaries in life.

"In her book “The American Non-Dilemma: Racial Inequality Without Racism,” Rutgers Business School professor Nancy DiTomaso explains how whites, who tend to hold jobs with higher pay and status, also tend to help people they know — most often other whites. The resulting disparities in income and advancement are less grounded in outright discrimination or racial animus than in “in-group favoritism” that’s far more difficult to quantify or eradicate.

"Just as the roots of blacks’ mistrust of the system lie in their unfair treatment over generations, the roots of whites’ optimism can be found in our own history. Like compounded interest from an investment we never made, the advantages white people enjoy derive from past racist practices and present-day unconscious behaviors that create channels no less wide, deep and real for being largely invisible.

"If movies are equipped to do anything, it’s to make those channels visible. And the best films can show viewers how to navigate them. “Fruitvale Station” does that, in just one brief encounter. The San Francisco street scene may begin with an acute observation of separate realities, but it ends by suggesting a possible bridge, in the simple act of a black character taking the business card of a white man he’s just met."

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Newark, NJ
Friday, July 26, 2013

The Rutgers Center for Management Development is offering a program designed to provide financial service professionals with new tools, and a splash of enrichment especially tailored to help them perform their jobs more efficiently.

“It will make the typical person more efficient – and smarter,” said John Longo, a clinical associate professor of finance and economics at Rutgers Business School.  The program, which will be taught by Longo and other Rutgers faculty, is aptly named Turbo-Charged Financial Analyst.

Rutgers Business School and the School of Management and Labor Relations are putting renewed support behind the Center for Management Development, including helping to match the expertise of more of their faculty with programs that center administrators identify as being in demand.

“It’s important for us to offer something that’s unique,” the center’s new Executive Director William Castellano said in a recent interview. “Building our brand by partnering with our faculty and leveraging our research,” he said, “is the way to do that.”

The Turbo-charged Financial Analyst Program will be offered at Rutgers Business School’s Newark Campus over two consecutive Saturdays, Aug. 10 and Aug. 17. Both programs will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The program is approved by the state Department of Labor for workforce training grants, so funding may be available for individuals receiving unemployment benefits.

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Oakland, CA
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Institutional purchasers in the U.S. wield tremendous buying power, to the tune of more than $10 trillion a year. Directing that money toward eco products and services could make major gains for the sustainability movement, but hurdle after hurdle remains in the way for many buyers.

The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC), formally launched this week, aims to level the playing field by bringing together best practices, defining green products, and recognizing organizations that have taken big strides to source sustainably.

"While there has never been a more exciting time to be involved in the sustainable purchasing movement, there has never been a more challenging time," Kevin Lyons, assistant professor of supply chain management at Rutgers Business School, said during a GreenBiz webcast that announced the SPLC on Tuesday.

"The complexity of the task can be overwhelming," Lyons said, ticking off just some problems that purchasers face: determining which of the 400-plus green labels and standards are credible, creating training materials, answering surveys about products, not knowing what to measure and ultimately, doing all of that alone.

One point reiterated throughout the discussion was the comparison between the SPLC and the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED program. Just as the USGBC has become the go-to guide for what makes a green building green, the SPLC aims to define what makes a sustainable product sustainable.

"Most exciting, more and more organizations are recognizing that social, environmental, and financially responsible purchasing are one and the same," Lyons said.

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USA Today
New York, NY
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Survey questions Wall Street ethics

A recent survey of 250 New York City financial professionals found more than half felt that competitors act unethically, nearly one quarter would use insider trading for a large enough gain, and nearly one third felt that they may need to be unethical to be successful.  “Wall Street has a shaky grip on its ethics . . . [d]espite the financial changes enacted after the 2008 financial crisis” writes Kevin McCoy in USA Today.

The survey results found a similar decline in ethics as the one highlighted in Wall Street Values, a recently published book by Professor Michael Santoro, Department of Management and Global Business, and Professor Ronald Strauss, Montclair State University School of Business. They conclude that “no amount of structural reform and government regulation will ensure the stability of the global financial system unless the ethical practices and values of Wall Street professionals are aligned with market efficiency and the public welfare.”

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Newark, NJ
Friday, July 12, 2013

Cory Booker, Glenn Shafer, Lei Lei, and others celebrated ZaGO Manufacturing’s 20 year anniversary and continuing commitment to Newark, June 25 in Bove Auditorium with speeches and presentations.  Booker summed up the feeling at the event, ZaGO’s longevity, and the benefits to Newark with: “ This is a cavalcade of wins evidenced in one extraordinary company.”

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Las Vegas, NV
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Academics and administrators from more than 20 U.S. business schools will gather alongside regulators, financial institutions and community organizations at the University of Washington's Foster School of Business on July 10-12 for the inaugural National Conference on Business Development in Under-Served Communities.

"At the Rutgers Business School Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, we promote and foster a new generation of entrepreneurs who actively seek a socially conscious urban renaissance," said Jerome Williams, professor of management and the center's research director. "Our students clearly learn from the business challenges they address, and Newark is benefiting as well. The conference is a great opportunity to discuss curriculum design, student evaluation, and business impact with our peers."

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Bozeman, MT
Monday, July 8, 2013

Professor Paul Falkowski, first holder of the Bennett L. Smith Chair in Business and Natural Resources, and director of Rutgers Energy Institute, says the plight to replace fossil fuels is a battle of man versus nature.

"When we take petroleum out of the ground, we are buying a resource that was created millions of years ago and we don't pay for it. We're using nature's inventory of carbon," Falkowski told on a tour of Rutgers University's Institute of Marine and Coastal Science.

"What I'm trying to do here is make algae make oil for us, 1 million times more efficiently -- to compete with the product that's in the ground," Falkowski said.

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Kansas City, MO
Friday, July 5, 2013

For African Americans in their early 20s, the situation is still bleak. The unemployment rate for that group went up in June to 25.5 percent and has remained stubbornly above the 20 percent mark since February 2009. For African American men ages 20 to 24, the rate spiked more than 2 percent from May, putting it over 29 percent. It jumped for African American women in that age group as well, increasing from about 20.5 percent to 22 percent.

The recession may have made things wrose, but a disparity in employment between whites and blacks is nothing new. In 50 years, the gap between unemployment rates for whites and blacks has closed only 6 percentage points, according to the National Urban League’s 2013 Equality Index.

The gap is highest in the Midwest, with unemployment rates 2.6 times as high for blacks with high school diplomas than for whites with the same education level.

After hundreds of interviews, Nancy DiTomaso, Managment and Global Business, concluded that inequality is not reproduced through discrimination — in the sense that prospective employers reject applicants explicitly because of race — but through favoritism and the pervasive power of social networking on the employment landscape.

DiTomaso found that 70 percent of the jobs her interviewees held in their lifetimes were obtained with the help of people they knew. Because our social networks are still very much segregated along racial lines, and because whites have historically enjoyed economic advantages over other groups, that puts Africans Americans and other nonwhites at a disadvantage.

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Midland, ON, Canada
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Professor Deborah Dougherty, Management and Global Business, says it is essential for administrators to create work environments in which the staff can become energized, motivated, cooperative, and committed. She notes, however, that it is hard to commit to a place where what is required is unclear and where punishment is meted out for not completing tasks that workers never expected to do and did not know they were required to complete.

“If you want commitment, you have to foster an engaging, motivating work site,” says Dougherty. Much of the available research suggests that scientists are motivated by the pursuit of new knowledge, which they can use to figure out better, more innovative processes and improved products, she notes.

“This is what draws scientists and researchers and is an important motivator available to lab managers,” she says.

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Huffington Post
New York, NY
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The SEC recently announced its intention to abandon the long-standing practice of settling enforcement actions that allow defendants to avoid either admitting or denying guilt. The new settlement model would require admission of guilt for those egregious cases where the misconduct caused significant harm to investors and the financial markets. We say it’s about time, and applaud this landmark policy change.


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Newark, NJ
Sunday, June 30, 2013

So how can higher-education leaders ensure an honest ethical culture while avoiding significant costs and potential criminal activity? They can take a page from corporations that for financial, legal, and business reasons are committed to creating an ethical culture. College leadership, too, can undertake a broad, systemic approach to build an ethical culture among board, administration, faculty, and students. Creating a strong ethics culture and program is crucial to mitigating misconduct and building a stronger organization while protecting a cherished and financially lucrative brand.

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New York, NY
Friday, June 28, 2013

Thanks to advanced technology, a global marketplace, and increased competition, undergraduates and MBAs who have specialized skills in supply-chain management are at an advantage in the job market, say experts. According to a study by the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, nearly 200,000 U.S. supply-chain jobs will go unfilled each year through 2018 for lack of qualified talent. More supply-chain management programs are proliferating at business schools to meet demand for this expertise. At least nine schools have launched graduate and undergraduate programs since 2011, when supply-chain management started taking off.

Rutgers Business School has had a supply-chain program for MBA students since 2001. It is the largest concentration in the full-time MBA program, with 60 students enrolled. After companies started asking for undergrads with similar skills, the business school created an undergraduate major, which was introduced in the fall of 2010. Nearly 500 students signed up for that program.

One of the big attractions for students is the on-campus recruiting, says Lei Lei, who chairs the Rutgers supply-chain department. At a recruiting event last September, 57 companies came to campus, and the program won praise from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The crowd was so big, says Lei, that the basketball court was the only space on campus big enough to hold everyone. In 2013, the school is expecting 75 companies to attend. Apple (AAPL), Pfizer (PFE), and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) are among the employers that sought supply-chain talent at Rutgers in the spring and fall of 2012.

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Newark Patch
Newark, NJ
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

"Mayor Cory Booker is scheduled to visit officials from ZaGo Manufacturing Tuesday to celebrate the installation of the firm’s solar-power system. The company, which makes industrial fasteners, is affiliated with the business incubator program at NJIT and with Rutgers Business School on Washington Street. In addition to highlighting a commitment to green energy, the appearance is also meant to spotlight the efforts of the incubator program." - Newark Patch

Wytheville, VA
Monday, June 24, 2013

Dr. Elizabeth Hirschman, Department of Marketing, will participate in Melungeon Heritage Association's 17th Union: A Melungeon Gathering, June 29th. Sessions will explore different aspects of what it means to be tri-racial (European/African/Native American) Appalachian Melungeon today. The Melungeon Heritage Associateion was established in 1998 and holds annual Unions to celebrate and study the heritage of mixed-race communities and groups throughout the southern and eastern United States. The new film The Melungeons of Vardly Valley will show as part of the Union. The film follows Troy Williams exploring his Melungeon mixed-race ancestry while chronicling the legends and rumors that have swirled around the community since the 18th century.

New York, NY
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The vast majority of people who were asked by Nancy DiTomaso of Rutgers Business School how they found their jobs cited their own skills and hard work; just 14% mentioned that they had received help of any kind from others. But favoritism is almost universal in today's job market, she says; it's false to think that companies' decisions about interviews and hiring are based on merit.

SOURCE: How Social Networks Drive Black Unemployment The New York Times 05/05/2013
Piscataway, NJ
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Max Peer is scheduled to ride onto the Livingston Campus, Tuesday, June 25 at 2 p.m. He will pass by the new Rutgers Business School building before continuing onto Lucy Stone Hall where he will speak about his journey and his mission. The bike ride of all bike rides is being sponsored by SAP in partnership with Interaction Design Foundation. Peer will talk about the work of Interaction Design Foundation, its commitment to sharing information about technology and the free online courses available through SAP. He will also have a chance to learn about the university's efforts to put sustainability into practice on the Livingston Campus.

As part of its university alliances program, SAP provides the Department of Supply Chain Management and Marketing Sciences at RBS with licenses to use its software systems in classes. The partnership also results in scholarships and more promising job placement prospects for students.

"We teach using their software," said Lian Qi, an assistant professor in supply chain management. "We want to show our students how SAP systems work." The experience of using the systems in the classroom gives students an advantage in the increasingly competitive area of business logistics.

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Santa Ana, CA
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Prof. Ann Buchholtz, professor of leadership and ethics and research director of the Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers University, said secrecy is the underlying theme throughout the $90,391 check issue.

“They’ve got to stop hiding what they’re doing,” she said. “In the absence of that, everybody will keep struggling to find out what’s going on.

“Sunlight is the best disinfectant,” she added, paraphrasing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis. “Everybody behaves better when they think someone is watching, and you can’t watch when it’s behind closed doors.”

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Charlottesville, VA
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

“Innovation and sustainability must be linked and deeply embedded in corporate culture and reflected in long-term strategy as drivers of future growth,” noted Nina Goodrich, pointing to a recent study* by Michael Barnett of Rutgers University and Robert Salomon of New York University that found that only companies that make a serious and long-term commitment to sustainability reap the economic benefits of their environmental and social endeavors.

*M. L. Barnett & R. M. Salomon. 2012. Does it pay to be really good? Addressing the shape of the relationship between social and financial performance. Strategic Management Journal, 33: 1304-1320.

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Hillsborough, NJ
Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Institute for Supply Management – New Jersey Crystal Award 2013

The Institute for Supply Management – New Jersey  (ISM - NJ) announces that  Ms. Farryn Melton, Chief Procurement Officer & Senior Vice President, Bristol-Myers Squibb,  is the recipient of its 2013 Supply Management Executive of the Year Crystal Award. The Crystal Award is presented annually to an outstanding purchasing executive. The recipient is selected from ISM-NJ member submitted nominations for regional based professionals who have exhibited strong leadership in promoting the purchasing profession, developed corporate relationships with diverse and minority suppliers and implemented innovative programs including environmental/green initiatives all while keeping an eye on the bottom line.

ISM - NJ also announces that Dr. Kevin Lyons, Assistant Professor for the Department of Supply Chain Management and Marketing Sciences Rutgers Business School, is the Dinner Chairperson Award recipient for this prestigious event. The dinner chairperson is the executive who received the next highest rating in the nomination selection process.

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New Jersey
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

New Jersey Small Business Development Center  The New Jersey Small Business Development Center of Northwest New Jersey (NJSBDC of Northwest New Jersey) will celebrate 50 years of small business support by offering free teleconferences for five days. The daily teleconferences will go from 8:30-9:30 a.m., and will begin June 17 and continue through June 21.

Discussion will cover high-interest topics including securing financing, disaster preparedness, QuickBooks tips, cash flow solutions and risk management.

Rutgers Business School – Newark and New Brunswick is the host for NJSBDC Headquarters and the NJSBDC at Rutgers-Newark.

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Chatswood, Australia
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Donald McCabe is a professor of management and global business at Rutgers Business School and the founding president of the International Center for Academic Integrity, the group that's leading the fight against cheating in higher education. McCabe recently surveyed more than 82,000 undergraduate and graduate students in the US and Canada. He reports that more than 40 percent of students admit to working with others on a project when instructed to work alone and more than 33 percent admit to copying information from internet sources without proper citations.

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New York, NY
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Rutgers University professor Nancy DiTomaso has an intriguing piece on the New York Times’ Web site. At first blush, “How Social Networks Drive Black Unemployment” might seem simplistic. A few times while reading it, “Well, duh!” crept into my head. But DiTomaso’s argument that “favoritism” is as much responsible for African American employment troubles as is “discrimination” is a more nuanced and complete look at the problem than I’ve seen before. It also holds an implicit lesson for blacks striving to get ahead.

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New York, NY
Wednesday, June 5, 2013

With global operations becoming more complex, companies in manufacturing, retail and technology—and the consulting firms that service them—are scrambling to hire people with supply-chain expertise. But these experts are hard to come by.

Sensing growing demand, more than a half-dozen universities have recently introduced undergraduate majors, M.B.A. concentrations and even entire degree programs dedicated to procurement, inventory management and global supply-chain strategy.

Meanwhile, Rutgers Business School, which launched its M.B.A. concentration in supply-chain management more than a decade ago, added an undergraduate major in 2010 in response to employer demand and undergraduate requests. So far, it has registered 450 students for the degree, which includes classes in transportation, contract management and even packaging. Top employers hiring out of Rutgers include Dell Inc., Johnson & Johnson and Panasonic Corp., says Lei Lei, chair of the supply chain management and marketing sciences department.

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Summit, NJ
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

From the Independent Press:

Hina and Manoj Bhavsar are Morris Habitat for Humanity homeowners living in Summit since last summer. Their home is a dream come true after emigrating to the U.S. from India and becoming citizens in 2008. They worked hard to make homeownership a reality and now, their son Rishikesh (Rishy) has surprised them by winning a much needed scholarship to help with his college expenses.

Rishikesh Bhavasar received a $1,000 scholarship from Heritage Bank’s Affinity program. Rishy is a junior at Rutgers Business School - New Brunswick. He is hoping to finish his degree next year and is presently interviewing at Deloitte for a summer internship.

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Huffington Post
New York, NY
Monday, June 3, 2013

Vice Dean Nancy DiTomaso appeared on HuffPost Live with Alyona Minkovski discussing a new report revealing that the percentage of African-American professionals in certain fields has not grown in 20 years. Among some elite professions, black senior executives, physicians, dentists and architects are a rare find. Participating in the discussion were:

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Denver Post
Denver, CO
Monday, June 3, 2013

From the Denver Post: Donald McCabe is a professor of management and global business at Rutgers University and the founding president of the International Center for Academic Integrity, the group that's leading the fight against cheating in higher education. McCabe recently surveyed more than 82,000 undergraduate and graduate students in the U.S. and Canada. He reports that more than 40 percent of students admit to working with others on a project when instructed to work alone and more than 33 percent admit to copying information from Internet sources without proper citations.

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New York City, N.Y.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

KPIs are often seen as a cure to what ails the online ad industry. During AOL's first-quarter earnings call in 2012, CEO Tim Armstrong discussed how he was trying to convince more advertisers to use them:

"The majority of our ad customers are running their display budgets off of KPIs (key performance measures like brand lift)," Armstrong told Adweek. "We need to reconnect brands to KPIs. We've sort of needed to shift from an older display model to a newer display model, and that’s something we’re working through."

Got that? It's time to reconnect with KPIs, man. Dive into that KPI goodness.

What are KPIs, you ask? The acronym stands for "key performance indicators." Like many phrases adopted by the online ad industry, it has a precedent. Every industry has its own KPIs. In retail, for instance, same-store sales are a KPI, while in the auto industry they might be inventory turns or manufacturing cycle times. "In every line of business there's some kind of metric that someone uses to gauge how they're performing and whether to judge success or failure," says Jing Suk, vice president and director of strategy and analysis at Digitas and an adjunct professor at Rutgers Business School.

(Professor Suk earned her MBA from the Executive MBA Program at Rutgers Business School and a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Rutgers College.)

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New Scientist
United Kingdom
Monday, May 13, 2013

Up to a million Facebook accounts could be vulnerable to an all-too-simple method of email hijacking that requires no programming skills or computer expertise. All you need, it turns out, is patience and someone's expired Hotmail address.

So say security researchers at Rutgers Business School in Newark. The threat arises, according to Professor Panagiotis Karras and his co-authors, graduate students Tarun Parwani and Ramin Kholoussi, because Microsoft retires unused Hotmail accounts after 270 days of inactivity and reassigns the email addresses to new users who request them.

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The Tennessean
Sunday, May 12, 2013

Quick! What does the acronym CSR stand for?

If you said “customer standard reaction” or “computer system reboot,” you’d be correct, technically.

However, CSR in business today stands for “corporate social responsibility.” No longer is CSR just for large public companies, and it’s not just your organization’s ethics or philanthropy.

Business authors Archie Carroll and Ann Buckholtz in their book “Business and Society: Ethics and Stakeholder Management” defined CSR as “economic, legal, ethical and discretionary expectations that society has of organizations.”

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New York, NY
Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Most leaders are attracted to the guy or woman who seems confident and outgoing, unafraid in any situation or facing any challenge. They expect an extrovert to infuse any team with energy, to push ahead on projects and to motivate colleagues to do their best work. Meantime they have low expectations of anyone who appears neurotic, who seems withdrawn and too anxious to live up to their potential. Leaders expect neurotic employees to contribute little and to drag down colleagues’ morale.

Not true, says a new study by Corinne Bendersky, an associate professor at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. In a paper called “The Downfall of Extroverts and Rise of Neurotics: The Dynamic Process of Status Allocation in Task Groups,” Bendersky and co-author Neha Parikh Shah, an assistant professor at Rutgers Business School, explodes stereotypes about how extroverts and neurotics perform on teams.

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