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In a Portland State of Mind

by Kelly Doherty

Portland State's "Portland State of Mind" celebration is in full swing — students and the public alike are invited to campus for our signature celebration of knowledge and culture. This annual celebration celebrates the unique connection between PSU and the surrounding Portland community.

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Tags: Connect to Community, Events, Portland State School of Business

International Students Featured at Recent Careers Panel

By Jodi Nelson


The graduate business programs at Portland State University welcome many international students. In fact, the full-time MBA program includes about 30% international students each year. Students come from countries such as China, India, Germany and many others.

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Tags: international students, internships, mentor program

Portland State Earns "Top Business Schools" Recognition from Princeton Review

We are pleased to announce that Portland State has once again earned recognition on the Princeton Review's list of the top business schools!

The Princeton Review tallied its 2015 lists based on its surveys of 41,100 students overall attending the schools profiled in the books - including 21,600 students attending the featured 296 business schools.

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Tags: accolades, MBA rankings, rankings

Outdoor Industries Women's Coalition Parnters with Student Groups for Joint Kickoff Meeting Tonight

Portland State MBA students are invited to a joint kickoff meeting with the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC), Net Impact, and Women in Business. The meeting takes place tonight, Wednesday, October 8, from 4:30 - 5:30 PM in SBA 170. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the leadership team for each group, learn more about each group’s mission, and hear what is planned for the upcoming school year. 

Following the meeting, all three groups will walk to First National Taphouse for happy hour. Please consider attending tonight's event to learn more about these exciting groups and to meet other students in the graduate business programs.

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Tags: Athletic & Outdoor Industry, MBA Students, Net Impact, networking, student groups, Women in Business

Employer Spotlight: Aequitas Capital

Did you volunteer to help with the annual School of Business (SBA) Golf Tournament on Sept. 17th? If not, be sure to participate next year. It’s a fun way to get outdoors to enjoy one the last few days of beautiful summer weather before hitting the books, and it is also a great way to meet some terrific Portland employers.

For example, this year our Silver Sponsor, Aequitas Capital, sent a foursome to play golf, a group which included three executives and a recruiter. They were there to support the PSU SBA, and also intentionally to meet our great students in a casual setting. Since their company is growing so quickly, they are constantly looking for talented candidates. In fact, Aequitas is growing so rapidly that they’ve hired well over 100 new employees already this year!

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Tags: career management, career networking, Career Services, employers, networking

Kickstart Weekend Starts Tomorrow

By Kelly Doherty


This Friday and Saturday (Oct 3-4), the Portland State School of Business, in collaboration with the Engineering School, will be co-hosting the fourth annual PSU Kickstart Weekend beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and running through Saturday at 9:00 p.m.

This start-up experience is open to any PSU student who thinks they might want to start a business at some point in their career. This fun, intensive two-day session provides students with the opportunity to meet their peers, join a team, start a company, and enroll in the Launch-in-9 entrepreneurship track here at PSU.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, kickstart weekend, Launch in Nine, Portland State University School of Business Administration

Guest Post: My Global Supply Chain Trip to Vietnam

By Rob Hodgson. This post covers the Vietnam portion of the MBA trip to Asia. Last week, Robyn Gelfand wrote about the China portion of the trip.


Becamex Town SquareBecamex Town Square


Portland State University’s International Experience program is one of the factors that most strongly differentiates its business graduate school from those of other universities, and it is one of the main reasons I chose to study here. With my focus in project management, this experience has honed my skills in operations management and even inspired me to further pursue it as a career.

One of the features that sets the Asia trip apart from the other experiences is that each day was a combination of onsite company tours and open classroom discussion. The class is divided into groups and got to evaluate the facilities in order to determine whether we would want to utilize the company as a supplier. This format spurred some great discussions and provided a framework for asking questions during the tours. 

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Tags: Asia, Study Abroad, supply chain

School of Business Adds Global Study Option in Brazil

The Portland State MBA program currently offers global study opportunities in Vietnam, China, India, and Marseille, France. And we're pleased to announce that we're now adding a program in Brazil! The trip will take place August 22 - September 3, 2015, and will be led by Dave Garten.

This two-week intensive study abroad experience features deep exposure to business development and marketing. Our progam partner in Jaragua du Sol is Instituto Jourdan.

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Tags: Brazil, marketing, MBA, Study Abroad

Guest Post: My Global Supply Chain Trip to China

Today's guest post is from Robyn Gelfand, who recently returned from the Portland State international study trip to Asia. Her post covers the China portion of the trip. A future post from Rob Hodgson will cover Vietnam.   

Our group at Wistron.Our group at Wistron.


The global supply chain trip was invaluable in helping me develop a global mindset and think critically about the pros and cons of doing business in China and Vietnam. In addition to being an amazing cultural experience, it gave me tools to evaluate potential business partners, suppliers, and manufacturing locations both domestically and abroad.

In Shanghai, we visited a wide range of companies, including LG, General Motors, Wistron, and Coca-Cola. It was interesting to see the varying degrees of automation used in factories and the different levels of importance placed on innovation and sustainability.

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Tags: Asia. supply chain, Study Abroad

MS Global Supply Chain Management Program Earns Top 10 Ranking

We're excited to announce that our MS Global Supply Management (MS GSCM) program has been recognized by as being one of the nation's top graduate programs for supply chain management.

This is especially exciting news since our students have the option of pursuing a dual MBA/MS GSCM degree while at Portland State. Portland State's program earned a #8 ranking for programs across the country. selected Portland State based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, course offerings, faculty strengths, and reputation, including reputation for online degree programs.

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Tags: Portland State Graduate Business Programs, rankings, supply chain

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Portland State's MBA program has earned numerous accolades, including a 2011-12 Beyond Grey Pinstripes Report rating of #1 in the world — for small schools — for its emphasis on environmental stewardship.