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Posts from May, 2013

Faculty News: Ted Khoury Publishes Article in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice

Ted KhouryTed KhouryWe're pleased to announce that Ted Khoury, Assistant Professor of Management and Strategy, has published an article in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. 

The article, titled "The Social Construction of Legitimacy Through Signaling Social Capital: Exploring the Conditional Value of Alliances and Underwriters at IPO,” was co-authored with M. Junkunc and D. Deeds. 

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Tags: Curriculum, Faculty, MBA

Meet Sara Tunstall (MBA '10)

Sara Tunstall (front) with Spooltown staff in their North Portland studioSara Tunstall (front) with Spooltown staff in their North Portland studio

Sara Tunstall (MBA '10) is living the Portland dream: owning and operating Spooltown, a small-run sewing company that specializes in leather, faux leather and waxed canvas products.

Her business helps designers manufacture their products locally. Her former employer, Queen Bee Creations, was her first client and gave her the steady business that has helped Spooltown grow. 

I recently caught up with Sara to find out more about Spooltown, and why she says the Portland State MBA program taught her the business knowledge and perseverance necessary for running a small business.

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Tags: Alumni, Entrepreneurship, PSU MBA

Video: Career Changers Panel

If you missed the Career Changer Panel discussion on April 18, you can now watch a recording of the session on YouTube.

In this panel, alumni answer questions about how they used their graduate business education to switch to a new career path. Panelists included:

  • Jason Kallingal, Economic Development Manager, Rose Community Development (MBA Alum)
  • Maya Kamoshita, Senior Marketing Automation Manager, Lead Lizard (MIM Alum)
  • Joe Munk, Controller/CFO, Institute for International Analytics (MBA Alum)
  • Jeff Paul, Strategic and Business Planning Analyst, Providence Health & Services (MBA Alum)

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Tags: Alumni, MBA

Portland State to Expand and Renovate the School of Business


There are many reasons to choose the Portland State MBA program, including the convenient, urban location, world-class faculty, and the focus on sustainability. In 2016, there will be one more reason to attend Portland State: an impressive new building!

The new building will make the most of the School’s central location and expand the current building by 42,000 square feet.

The addition and the relocation of the Graduate School of Education, which currently shares space in the School of Business, will give the school 250% more square footage.

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Tags: Alumni, Portland State School of Business, Sustainability

Blog Contributor Opening Available

The past year working in the Graduate Programs Office as a Marketing and Social Media Coordinator has been an incredibly valuable experience for me.

In addition to honing my marketing communications and research skills, I have also had the opportunity to work with many wonderful people!

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Tags: Alumni, marketing, networking, Students

Alumni Profile: Amy Wester (MBA '11)

Before starting the full-time MBA program at Portland State, Amy Wester (MBA ’11) worked for several years as a store manager for Pier 1 Imports, and as a project manager for an interior design firm. 

With her varied management and retail experience, she knew that joining a large corporate retailer would be a great next step in her career. Deciding to get her MBA gave her the skills and knowledge to take that next step.

I recently caught up with Amy to find out more about her experience in the MBA program, her job at Nike, and how she is spending her free time after graduation… 

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Tags: Alumni, China, full time mba, MBA alumni, Nike, Study Abroad

MBA Capstone Consulting Project: BETTERY

BETTERY Team (left to right: Ian Skelly, Jude Lieberman and Michelle Pages. Not pictured: Tim Navarette)BETTERY Team (left to right: Ian Skelly, Jude Lieberman and Michelle Pages. Not pictured: Tim Navarette)

Approximately 2.5 billion disposable alkaline batteries end up in U.S. landfills every year, even though many Americans know about the negative environment impacts and feel guilty about throwing away these household items.

But BETTERY founders Charlie Kawasaki and Bill Coleman have devised a solution: rechargeable battery exchange kiosks!

When they decided to introduce a station at Portland State, he enlisted the help of MBA Capstone students Jude Lieberman, Tim Navarrette, Michelle Pages, and Ian Skelly.

The students were tasked with market research and communications. As part of the project, the team collaborated with Nick Barham from Wieden and Kennedy Tomorrow, who participated in this year's Sustainability Conference and managed the BETTERY branding efforts.

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Tags: capstone consulting, full time mba, marketing, MBA Capstone, Sustainability

Lecture Series: Energy Efficiency Month

This month, the Portland State Net Impact chapter celebrates Energy Efficiency Month with a special lecture series that explores the state of energy efficiency and implementation strategies. 

Amber BuhlAmber BuhlThe series kicked off last week with a policy focus featuring Andria Jacobs from the Portland Bureau of Sustainability. Tomorrow (May 16), Net Impact welcomes Amber Buhl to explore the quantification of energy efficiency.

Amber is an Energy Engineer with PECI, working with energy information systems, data analysis, excel energy savings tool development, and retro-commissioning programs. PECI designs and manages energy efficiency programs for utility providers, government organizations and other clients. Their programs aim to promote the understanding and adoption of energy-efficient technology, and demonstrate the value of efficient homes, retail spaces, offices and warehouses.

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Tags: MBA, Net Impact, networking, Sustainability

Mark Your Calendar: Online MBA Info Session

Do you want to advance your career, but find full-time or conventional on-campus MBA programs unrealistic given your job, travel requirements, family or other commitments? 

Do you want to continue to build upon your career while earning an MBA, without leaving your job?

Do you need the flexibility and convenience of studying course materials at your own pace, in an environment that also promotes real-time collaboration and connection with your peers, faculty and industry professionals?

If you've answered yes to any of these questions, consider Portland State's Online MBA program. It offers the same award-winning curriculum as the on-campus programs, and can be completed in as little as 2.5 years. 

Our next Online MBA info session is scheduled for next Monday, May 20: 12 noon - 1pm Pacific time. 

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Tags: GMAT, info session, MBA, online MBA

Business Briefing: How to Pick Winning Startups

How do you "pick a winner" among promising startups?

Charla MathwickCharla Mathwick

This provocative question will be explored at next week's Business Briefing event: "Picking the Winners: Contrasting the Funding Approach Used for Angel, Venture Capital, and Disruptive Innovation Financing. The panel will be moderated by Charla MathwickAssociate Professor of marketing and advertising at PSU School of Business.  

As part of the discussion, the panelists will share their personal experiences with angel and venture capital firms. The session will showcase the process used by local angel and private equity organizations in contrast with a data-driven approach used to predict emerging business disruptors. 


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Tags: Business Briefing, Business Connections, networking

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