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Profiting from Harvey

By: Gavin Brown & Sajjad Meghani–Houston recently suffered from the onslaught of Harvey, a once-in-a-thousand-years flood which devastated large parts of the city. Given the dire situation in Houston and seeing an opportunity for profiteering, some individuals were quick to make money by taking advantage of those who had been adversely affected by this horrific…

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Data Analytics: Transforming Data into Insights, Decisions, and Actions

By Dr. Pooya Tabesh—Substantial changes are underway in the business data analytics’ landscape. Digital data in the universe doubles every two years and the size of business-related data continues to grow exponentially. In line with these trends, the adoption rate of popular big data analytics tools, such as data mining, machine learning, and other artificial…

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Economics of Vanity Sizing

By Wan-Ju Iris Franz, PhD—“Size inflation,” also known as “vanity sizing,” is a phenomenon where the measurements of the same label size have been growing over time (The Economist)[1]. For instance, size 14 in Sear’s 1937 catalogue has similar measurements as a size 8 in 1967, which is a size 0 in 2011.[2] In my…

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Emerging Leaders: New Directions for the Next Generation -Part 1

By Dr. Joseph Cerami—In this first blog post (part one of a two-part series), I want to pay attention to the next generation of leaders: the Millennials. I conducted a study at the Bush School of Government and Public Service of Texas A&M University entitled: “Developing Emerging Leaders: The Bush School and the Legacy of…

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Are U.S. Stocks Expensive?

By Dr. Hassan Shirvani—-As U.S. stock prices reach new historic highs, many investors are now wondering if another stock market cycle of boom and bust is at hand.  Indeed, many financial advisors are already recommending a shifting away from stocks into safer investments such as cash and bonds.  While predicting future stock price movements is…

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Words of Wisdom for CSB 2017 Graduates From Denise Castillo-Rhodes

By Nelson Carvajal —-I had the privilege of attending and being part of the spring 2017 Cameron School of Business Honors Convocation and Graduation Celebration. After working for about five years in the Oil Refining Business as a Process Engineer, I noticed that I was lacking interpersonal and business skills; therefore, I decided to pursue…

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Making Management Research More Relevant

By Dr. Hassan Shirvani—Much of the recent management research deals with the presumed growing business competition, the increasing roles of entrepreneurship and technological progress in economic growth, the deepening appreciation of corporate social responsibility, and the rising importance of globalization.  As a matter of fact, however, there is considerable evidence that (1) businesses are becoming more concentrated and less competitive, (2) most recent tech startups seemingly contribute more to leisure than to productivity…

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Spiritual Intelligence and Coaching

By Georgina Bastidas—During the CSB Annual Business Symposium, four remarkable professionals gathered in a breakout session to discuss Spiritual Intelligence and Coaching. Panel of Speakers Cindy Wigglesworth, President and Founder of Deep Change Inc., began the session talking about Spiritual Intelligence. Mrs. Wigglesworth explained that spiritual intelligence is the ability to behave with wisdom and…

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Should Millennials Influence Corporate Practices?

By Seth Romo—When an HR Director of Odessa, a fictional oil and gas company, decides to hire employees after a layoff, she brings in new millennial talent and faces unexpected challenges. Simply: The new millennial employees find the on-call work rotations to demand too much of their time that could be spent elsewhere. This was…

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CSB Business Symposium: Family Businesses

By Erin Vallagomesa–I had the privilege of attending the annual Cameron School of Business Symposium on November 18, 2016, at the University of St. Thomas.  The keynote speaker and the speakers in the Family Business Breakout Session both shared excellent advice and wisdom about how to make a family business succeed. Keynote Presentation The opening…

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