(L-R) Professor Angela Mattie, Francis Kissi (MBA-HCM '16), Kurt Barwis, CEO/President Bristol Hospital, Jonathan Stewart (MBA-HCM '16), John Midy (MBA-HCM '15), Connor Rand (MBA-HCM '17), Melissa Dowers (MBA-HCM '16), Professor Teresa Tai

(L-R) Professor Angela Mattie, Francis Kissi (MBA-HCM ’16), Kurt Barwis, CEO/President Bristol Hospital, Jonathan Stewart (MBA-HCM ’16), John Midy (MBA-HCM ’15), Connor Rand (MBA-HCM ’17), Melissa Dowers (MBA-HCM ’16), Professor Teresa Tai

Quinnipiac University’s chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (QU-ACHE) last month hosted Kurt Barwis, President and CEO of Bristol Hospital, for an informal discussion on the landscape of the health care industry.

Titled, “A Lesson from a Hospital CEO: My Thoughts about the Future,” Barwis spoke about the rewards and challenges of hospital administration, as well as the nature of the rapidly evolving health care management field. Other ‘lessons’ included the trends towards consolidation and for-profit healthcare, and the impact proposed budget cuts may have on Connecticut’s hospitals.

“QU-ACHE is a highly active student organization, and it was our pleasure to host Mr. Barwis for this special event,” said Professor Angela Mattie, associate professor of management and Chair of the Health Care Management and Organizational Leadership department.

Professor Mattie is the faculty advisor for QU-ACHE, and was also appointed to serve on the Regional Advisory Committee of The Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

“CT-ACHE has been extremely supportive of our students, which has afforded our members access to a wide network of healthcare executives and a number of internship and work opportunities,” said Professor Mattie.

QU-ACHE is open to graduate-level students in health care management program. It is affiliated with the larger ACHE professional society, to which 30,000 leading health care executives from across the United States belong.

To learn more about health care management at Quinnipiac University or other programs of study, please visit the School of Business website.

On Wednesday, April 8, the School of Business inducted 104 students into Beta Gamma Sigma, the official honor society for The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). This year’s inductees include 73 undergraduate and 31 graduate students.

Beta Gamma Sigma is the premier honor society recognizing business excellence. (AACSB International)

Beta Gamma Sigma is the premier honor society recognizing business excellence. (AACSB International)

The School of Business holds the elite accreditation of AACSB International, which among other privileges designates a chapter of the renowned honor society at Quinnipiac University. To be eligible for membership, undergraduates must be in the top 10 percent of their class, and graduate students must be in the top 20 percent.

Dean Matthew O’Connor opened the ceremony, welcoming inductees and their guests before presenting the Dean’s Beta Gamma Sigma Scholarship. This year’s recipient is junior Computer Information Systems (CIS) major, Eric Cajolet.

“In addition to his outstanding academic achievements, Erik has been very involved in leadership activities with the CIS department as well as the School of Business,” said Chapter Advisor Richard McCarthy, DBA, and Professor of Computer Information Systems.

The new members were presented with certificates and keys in recognition of their academic excellence. Closing remarks were made by Professor McCarthy.

For a full list of the Beta Gamma Sigma members inducted this year, please click here.

Three students from the School of Business recently attended the 2015 Northeast Decision Sciences Institute (NESDI) Conference held in Boston, Massachusetts. The students, accompanied by Dr. Robert Engle, professor of international business, presented original research papers that will be published in conference proceedings.

(From left) Professor Robert Engle, Robert Bluze, Karissa Reyes, Briana Nash


NESDI is one of several regions of the Decision Sciences Institute, an international professional society that provides forums for academics and professionals across disciplines to present and share research in the study of decision processes. Each year the NESDI conference attracts attendees from more than 20 countries worldwide.

Undergraduate international business students Robert Bluze and Karissa Reyes presented their research paper entitled, “Corporate Social Responsibility: Perceived Performance and Importance Across Industries and Countries.” Bluze and Reyes surveyed subjects from the United States, Italy, and Spain and found significant differences in the importance and perception of corporate social responsibility (CSR) performance by industry among the three countries.

Graduate student and international business alumnus Briana Nash also presented a paper co-written by Professor Engle entitled, “Cultural Intelligence and Cultural Distance: Relationships and Analysis of Individual and Aggregated Measures of Constructs.” Nash and Dr. Engle found evidence supporting the use of individual construct dimensions, rather than commonly used aggregated constructs, in understanding concepts of cultural distance and cultural intelligence.

connecting women 3 The 3rd Annual Connecting Women Breakfast Forum was held on February 26.  More than twenty five professional guests met with students in a round table forum to discuss business opportunities for women. Key in the exchange was a conversation about mentorship and its importance in building and establishing relationships. Kiku Jones, Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems and conference professional guest,  noted, “There was great conversation regarding mentorship, particularly at the beginning of your career. The informal conversations you have with your mentor can be just as important, if not more important, than the formal ones.” The breakfast allowed students to interact with professionals through a series of “table talks” that involved discussing work and life balance, how to build on current skill sets, and how to land, achieve, and advance. Female students were able to learn from professionals on how to successfully transition from classroom to career.  MBA candidate and conference participant, Alexandra Nardelli stated, “This was a great network event with successful women. It was very motivating in making you want to achieve as much as these women have in their careers.”  Dean Matthew O’Connor and Connecting Women Breakfast Forum Chair Sharon Porter kicked off the morning exchange. The event closed with remarks from Prof. Kathleen Simione, accounting, and Prof. Rowena Ortiz-Walters, Chair of management.  Grace Peiffer, Director of Employee Relations and a member of the steering committee, stated, ” We are grateful for the Dean’s support of the yearly event focused on helping female students with career guidance.”  

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Xiaohong He, Professor of International Business, has been hard at work studying  entrepreneurial efforts in China. According to Dr. He, “The re-emergence at the grass-root level of entrepreneurial development in villages and towns across China has been the driving force for the state’s economic miracle.”  She notes, that “as of March 2013, there are over 13 million domestic firms in China, 11 million of which were private business, amounting to 80% of total economic output. Alongside these numbers are over 40 million individual household businesses (getihu) and 700 thousand farmers’ co-operatives.”

Contrary to popular opinion, the majority of small and medium size businesses (SMEs) in China are private-owned and contribute to 50% of Beijing’s tax revenue, 60% of GDP, 68% of exports, 80% of employment, 65% of patents, 75+% of technological innovations, and 80+% of new product development.

Given this impressive contribution, there are both opportunities and yet also challenges. For the past 30 years, the majority of these start-ups, especially at  the village and town level, obtained their financing through an underground banking system with extremely high interest rates.  As Dr. He notes, “the financing cost is twice that for larger business firms and has inhibited the growth of SMEs in China. However, the large scale of contribution and entrepreneurial energy brought by this private sector has attracted a lot of attention from government policy makers.” According to Dr. He, “given its increased economic importance, this private sector is too big to ignore and there exists enormous economic potential in the underdeveloped, western region of China.”  Both QU’s International Business major and its Entrepreneurship and Strategy major offer courses in studying international business trends, and the Office of Global Education at QU works in conjunction to support not only the research interests of instructors but the study excursion interests of students, as well.


uncertaintiesRecently, Dr. Devanthan Sudharshan, who currently holds James and Diane Stuckert BS/MBA Endowed Chair and is a Professor at the Gatton College of Business and Economics, University of Kentucky, presented his research at QU. Dr. Sudharshan was invited to present his research at the School of Business lunch series, which promotes and fosters the exchange of ideas within and across fields of discipline.  From 2003-2011, Dr. Sudharshan  served as Dean, Gatton College of Business and Economics, University of Kentucky. Prior to his positions at the University of Kentucky he was a Professor of Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and also has held the post of Associate Dean, Planning at Illinois. Dr. Sudharshan’s research interests are in the areas of marketing strategy, new good and service development, and marketing technology management; in specific, he is now exploring questions on phase transitions in business related domains.

Dr Sudharshan has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, The Journal of Market Focused Management and Review of Marketing Science. His articles have appeared in various journals including Journal of Service Research, Marketing Science, Management Science, Journal of Marketing, European Journal of Operation Research, Journal of Marketing Research and Strategic Management Journal. Several of his papers published in refereed journals have won awards. He has edited/authored several books on marketing related topics.

Dr Sudharshan has considerable international executive teaching experience in countries such as Poland, Kenya, China, Greece and Austria and has presented seminars in Belgium, Germany, Holland, India, Italy, U.K., Slovakia, and Taiwan. Quinnipiac welcomed the innovative ideas that he brought to the table.

Dr. Anthony Asare, Associate Professor of Marketing in QU’s School of Business, stated, “We were really honored to have someone with such a distinguished career present his research here.  The event was well attended and his ideas were very insightful and thought provoking.”




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Late January, members of the Quinnipiac Microloan Committee met to hear underwriting results and loan recommendations from the 14 business students that recently returned from Nicaragua.  10 undergraduate and four graduate students from the School of Business spent ten days over winter recess in León, Nicaragua as part of an experiential learning course on the global economy.  Dean of the School of Business Matthew O’Conner joined students on the trip, as well as Associate Professor Charles Brooks and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer Diane Ariza.  Charles Brooks, who has traveled with students to Nicaragua in the past, notes that in Nicaragua, “Students work as consultants with small business start-ups and there is a collaboration between both.”

Working in teams of two, students conducted in-depth interviews with one or two small business owners in the process of starting or expanding their businesses. With the help of translators from partner organization Alianza Americana, the students were able to develop comprehensive business plans and recommendations for the microloans requested by their clients.

“It was such a great experience,” said Stephanie Simone, an economics major and member of the 3+1 BS/MBA program. “It was enlightening to see how eager the business owners were to learn, and their determination to make their businesses the best they could be. Experiencing a different work culture was an aspect of the trip that I really appreciated.”

While working in León, students stayed with host families in the nearby community of La Villa. Immersed in an entirely new culture and language, students gained insights about life in Nicaragua that far surpassed expectation.

 “Being able to see depth of this culture and how people are essentially the same in Nicaragua is a great comfort and an eye-opening bit of knowledge,” shared Colby Putnam, another member of the 3+1 program. “Because of this trip, I feel less likely to delineate between ‘us’ and ‘them,’ viewing humanity more as a whole now than ever before.”

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the University’s partnership with Alianza Americana. For the last decade, Alianza has collaborated with the University to offer students from all backgrounds with unique opportunities to apply their knowledge and skill sets in special projects in Nicaragua.



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