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Posts from March, 2013

Upcoming Event: Executive Perspectives on Leadership

Some of the highlights of the Portland State MBA program mentioned frequently by current and former students are the School's connection to the local business community and the leadership development curriculum. 

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Tags: Business Connections, leadership, leadership competencies, Nike, Portland State MBA

MBA Study Abroad: Tuscany

One of the advantages of being in the Portland State MBA program is the opportunity to access the vast network of resources throughout the entire University. This includes the 10th annual sustainability-focused study abroad program offered in Tuscany, Italy from September 6-20, 2013.

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Tags: MBA, Study Abroad, Sustainability

MBA Info Session - Online


Are you thinking about applying to the Portland State MBA program?

Have you been wondering what makes the program unique?

Have you read the entire website but still have some questions?

Are you interested in hearing the perspectives of a current student and the Associate Dean?

Well, good news — this Wednesday, March 27, the Graduate Business Programs office will be hosting an MBA info session webinar.

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Tags: full time mba, MBA, part time mba on campus, part time mba online

Age of the Pacific: Transitions Combats Sex Trade

The Portland State School of Business offers several graduate business programs in addition to the MBA — this offering includes the Master of International Mangement (MIM). MBA students benefit from this affiliation in numerous ways, from being able to access MIM electives such "Marketing in Asia and the Pacific Rim" to attending events such as the Age of the Pacific Lecture Series.

Coming up on April 8, the MIM program is honored to host keynote speaker James Pond, Founder and CEO of Transitions Global, an organization restoring the lives of young girls rescued from sex trafficking through the power of a dream.

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Tags: Curriculum, Events, MBA, social entrepreneurship

MBA Faculty: Bob Harmon Appointed IEEE IT Professional Editor

Congratulations go out to Dr. Robert Harmon, who was appointed editor of IEEE IT Professional Magazine, a peer-reviewed publication of the IEEE  Computer Society for planners, managers, and developers of enterprise information technologies and systems.

Dr. Harmon is a Professor of Marketing and Technology Management and Cameron Research Fellow, and teaches marketing strategy, new products management, and service innovation courses in the MBA and Marketing programs.

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Tags: Curriculum, Faculty, MBA

MBA Alumni: Anita Ramachandran (MBA '07)

MBA alum, Anita Ramachandran (’07) knew she wanted her work to have a direct impact on the world around her – and she has found that in her role as Partnerships Development Officer at Mercy Corps.

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Tags: Alumni, career change, career changer, career management, career networking, leadership, MBA alumni, networking

MBA Electives: The Athletic and Outdoor Industry

Dr. Lauren BeitelspacherDr. Lauren Beitelspacher

Did you know there are more than 800 active and outdoor companies in Portland?

Well, neither did I until I took Dr. Lauren Beitelspacher’s course, "Competitive Dynamics in the Active and Outdoor Industry," this semester!

This course, offered as an MBA elective, is a great example of why I chose the Portland State MBA program. I really value the school’s connection to the business community, and its strong relationships to important local companies like Nike, Columbia Sportswear and adidas. In fact, many of my fellow students come to Portland State with the intention of working in the active and outdoor industry because of the concentration of these companies in the Portland area.

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Tags: A&O, Business Connections, electives, executive roundtable, MBA, Nike

U.S. News: PSU Part Time MBA Among Top 100









Great news!

U.S. News & World Report recently published its annual "Best Grad Schools" rankings, and Portland State's part time MBA program ranked #89 in the nation!

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Tags: Curriculum, MBA, MBA rankings

Upcoming Info Sessions











Happy Monday everyone!

As you start planning your week, I wanted to remind you about some key dates on the horizon.

This Wednesday, March 13 marks our next MBA Info Session. These sessions provide tips on what to look for in a program, admissions information and an opportunity to ask questions.

This Thursday, March 14, the School of Business is also hosting an info session for the Master in Real Estate Development (MRED). This session will begin with highlights of how the MRED program offers a multidisciplinary approach to studying real estate, followed by tips and admissions information and a Q&A session.

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Tags: Events, MBA, MBA Students

Big Ideas for Breakfast: March 13

Dwayne JohnsonDwayne JohnsonThe Big Ideas for Breakfast Series continues next Wednesday, March 13, as event organizers present "Social Equity: Foundations of a Resilient Economy." The session's theme arises from the population and demographic changes that are rapidly changing Portland's economic landscape. Event organizers say that the workforce of Portland's future will require a higher level of skill and education to maintain continuous well paying employment. Simultaneously, Portlanders find themselves in an environment where social and economic diversity is rapidly changing.

The session will explore how collaborating and effectively providing access to knowledge, skills and resources to the entire community can put Portland's diverse perspectives and talents to work to create a flexible, dynamic local economic ecosystem.

Wednesday's featured speaker is Dwayne Johnson, Managing Partner of PDXO/Globe Three Ventures, a strategy, operations and management consultancy working with clients to identify partners, develop strategic relationships and secure funding.

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Tags: Business Connections, MBA, networking, Sustainability

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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.