The MBA Hub

Alumni Venture Lands $2.6 Million to Develop TriMet eFares

By Kelly Doherty

Congratulations to Portland State School of Business (Master of International Management) alumni Nat Parker and Michael Gray on the success of their startup venture, GlobeSherpa.

The company developed TriMet's popular Tickets smartphone app, which has faciliated nearly two million bus and train fares since the app's launch last September. According to Nat, the company's CEO, "GlobeSherpa and its servers also process more than $900,000 in fare purchases a month."

Earlier this month, TriMet awarded GlobeSherpa with a $2.6 million contract to further develop its mobile ticketing platform.

Started in 2010, GlobeSherpa provides a secure, mobile ticketing platform for transit systems interested in moving to open payments, open data, and mobile fare collection with minimal infrastructure investment. The company also creates easy-to-use mobile ticketing systems for parking, events, and local destinations.

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Tags: Alumni, Entrepreneurship, MIM alumni, Portland start-up, Portland State School of Business

Guest MBA Blogger Max Bielenberg on Mercy Corps Northwest Internship

By Max Bielenberg


Having supported myself by, among other things, teaching English abroad, picking weeds in Death Valley, and running an after-school homework center, I knew I wasn’t the most typical aspiring MBA. As I researched programs, I looked for a school that would teach practical skills, while also offering opportunities to make positive social and environmental impacts. Ultimately, I decided that attending PSU would help me learn to make a living and a difference.

Thanks to the PSU Career Forward site, the opportunity to explore my interest in social impact was not long in coming. Starting in my second term at PSU, I began a six-month internship with Mercy Corps Northwest (MCNW), the domestic subsidiary of the international aid agency. This internship presented a wonderful opportunity to learn how business skills can be translated into the non-profit and social change sectors. 

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Tags: careers, internships, MBA Students, Mercy Corps

MBA Students Travel to Vietnam and China to Study Supply Chain

Cultivating international business experience is an integral part of the course work in the Portland State MBA Program.

Portland State's study abroad programs give students the opportunity to experience international business firsthand, as well as further develop their leadership skills and cultural competency. This year, students have the option of participating in study abroad opportunities in France, Cambodia, and Vietnam/China.

Last summer, we featured guest contributions from Sarah Shannon and KT Bohren, who wrote about their experiences in China and Vietnam.

A group of students is currently on this summer's China/Vietnam trip, where they will explore the differences in business climate, regulatory environment, infrastructure, and cultures.

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Tags: international business, MBA Students, Study Abroad

Students Land Positions at Nike, Fiserv and KEEN Footwear

By Jodi Nelson

Nic MoreauNic MoreauStudents come to the Portland State MBA program to gain skills that will be relevant to employers. Recently I heard from two current students and one recent alumnus about how they have put their MBA skills to work.

Nic Moreau entered the MBA program in 2012 with experience as a college athlete and an interest in product management. He wanted to combine his interests — and because of the classes he took in the Athletic & Outdoor Industry Certificate Program, and the internships he did throughout the program, he was able to land a position at Nike.

In his role as a Category Information Analyst he is part of the product creation engine and gets to see products at all stages of the process.

Nic said, “I feel like the first year and a half of the program helped me get some really solid fundamentals, and the electives helped me specialize. For example, I took electives in Athletic and Outdoor. This helped me understand the industry but also, during my first few weeks at Nike I quickly understood the terms and specifics because I'd studied a lot of those for my last two terms.”

Nic also attributes his MBA education to helping him quickly establish his reputation at Nike: “I see things through the lens of my MBA courses now. Recently we had an offsite retreat with our team and during one of the group exercises I used one of the frameworks we were taught in Strategy with Dave [Garten]. My team was impressed and asked me to present our findings.”

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Tags: A&O, Alumni, career management, careers, Fiserv, jobs, KEEN, MBA alumni, MBA Students, Nike, student ambassadors

School of Business - 6th Annual Golf Tournament

By Kelly Doherty


The 6th Annual School of Business Golf Tournament presented by Noble Americas Energy Solutions will be held on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 12:00PM at Langdon Farms. This annual tournament raises funds for the School of Business scholarships.

Registration is now open for individuals, team participants and sponsors.

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Tags: Alumni, alumni golf tournament, MBA alumni, Portland State University School of Business Administration, scholarships

Our 10 Tips and Tricks for Your Resume and Cover Letter

By Jodi Nelson and I-Ting Chen

Portland State MBA students benefit from our numerous Career Management Resources. Our objective is more than simply helping students find a job after graduation — we also prepare them for long-term success.

The Career Management team offers comprehensive career services through a range of programs, events and resources designed to help students succeed professionally and academically.

One of our key approaches is to coach students as they become an active participant in their own career development and take advantage of resources provided in order to be successful and move forward in their careers.

Having a compelling resume and cover letter are key components for advancing your career — for today's post, we're featuring our top 10 tips for optimizing these important items:

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Tags: career management, Career Services, current students, MBA Students

Applying for Fall 2014 – The Two-Week Turnaround

By Abby Messenger

As we near the end of our admissions cycle every year, we begin receiving frantic phone calls and e-mails asking “I want to be considered for Fall 2014 but haven’t taken the GMAT or GRE yet – is it still possible for me to apply?”

So, as a follow-up to my previous post “Fall 2014 Admissions – Am I Too Late?”, I have included tips to submit the most time sensitive component of our application process as we near the end of our admissions cycle:

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Tags: admissions, mba admissions, MBA Students

MBA Orientation Week

By Jodi Nelson


Every September incoming students converge on the PSU campus for Orientation week.

Orientation is a time for incoming MBAs to connect with their future classmates, as well as faculty and staff.

Students will also prepare for the MBA program by learning about curriculum, international experience trips, career resources, and more.

Finally, incoming MBAs have the opportunity to engage in the campus and student groups, such as the popular Net Impact and Outdoor Industry Women Coalition groups.

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Tags: Career Services, current students, MBA Students, networking

MBA Questions? Ask an Ambassador!

by Kelly Doherty


Recent posts on the blog have included profiles about and guest contributions from Andrew Nelson, Dan Keefe, and other current MBA students who serve as Graduate Business Programs Ambassadors.

These Ambassadors play a key role in fostering dialogue between prospective MBA students and the Portland State MBA program.

Are you wrapping up the admissions process but have some last-minute questions?

Want to chat with a part-time MBA student on fitting school into your busy lifestyle?

Or do you want to talk to speak with an international student enrolled in the program?

Starting the conversation is easy — simply visit our online Ambassadors portal and initiate an inquiry with one of our current MBA students. You can also connect with students from the Master of International Management and Healthcare MBA programs.

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Tags: admissions, current students, MBA Students, student ambassadors

Faculty: Dan Rogers Co-Authors Article on Hedging and the Airline Industry

Dan RogersDan Rogers

By Kelly Doherty

Dan Rogers (with S. D. Treanor, D. A. Carter, and B. J. Simkins) co-authored an article titled “Exposure, Hedging, and Value: New Evidence from the U.S. Airline Industry” published in the July, 2014 issue of International Review of Financial Analysis.

For a variety of reasons, the U.S. airline industry is a natural sample to analyze the relation between corporate risk exposure, hedging policy, and firm value.

First, the authors find that airline exposures to fuel prices are higher when fuel prices are high or when they are rising.

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Tags: Faculty, Faculty News

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