College of Business Administration News

Human Resources Student Organization Recognized as Industry Best

From left: Josh Scull, Kathryn Bradley, Debbie Mackey, Courtney Bradley, Paresh Patel, and Sam Smith.

UT’s student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management has been named the most outstanding chapter worldwide, according to its parent organization. This is the third consecutive year the chapter has been recognized with the honor. The chapter is based in the UT College of Business Administration. The Society for Human Resource Management recognized only twenty-one chapters out of 600 member schools around the world.

Undergraduate Business Plan Contest Honors Six Student Companies

From left, winners Ayron Hall, Zach Lee, Christopher Saah, and Andrea Hayes with Tom Graves, director of operations for the Anderson Center.

Six student-owned businesses won the seventh annual Undergraduate Business Plan Competition this spring. They were chosen from among thirty-one business plans that competed for $20,000 in donated prize money in a contest sponsored by the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, housed in the College of Business Administration.

Study: Lackluster Growth in First Quarter but Gains Expected Overall in 2014

An abnormally harsh winter led to lackluster economic growth the first quarter of 2014, but a dip in unemployment rates and expected increases in housing investments signal stronger gains for the remainder of the year. The gross domestic product is expected to increase 2.4 percent this year as a whole, compared to 1.9 percent last year, according to the spring 2014 Tennessee Business and Economic Outlook released today by UT’s Center for Business and Economic Research.

High School Students to Explore Business World through Summer Program

Thirty-five high school students from the Southeast will learn about office etiquette, personal finance, the business world, and potential careers at a UT summer camp that begins Thursday, June 5. The Business Education for Talented Students program, which runs through June 14, allows students from diverse communities to explore career and educational opportunities in the world of business. The program, which is free to students, is in its seventh year.

EcoCAR 2 Team Departs for Final Competition in Series

Members of UT's EcoCAR 2 team—made up of students and faculty from the College of Engineering, College of Communication and Information, and College of Business Administration—gather with the vehicle in front of Ayres Hall for its official sendoff to the national competition.

Students and faculty were on hand Friday morning at Ayres Hall to send off the university’s EcoCAR 2 team for its final-round competitions in Milford, Michigan, and Washington, DC, where the cars will be put through a series of tests to determine which one best meets the competition’s goals of reduced emissions and increased fuel economy and safety. The competition will wrap up mid-June.

UT Wins 2014 IANA Supply Chain Case Competition

From left, professor John Bell, Corey Patton, Xiaofan Wang, Heidi Faust, Andrew Currey, and professor Diane Mollenkopf

A team of UT supply chain students has won a national professional organization’s case competition. The team took first place in the Sixth Annual Intermodal Association of North America Logistics and Supply Chain Management Case Competition, which was hosted by the University of North Florida this spring.

Doctoral Candidate Finalist in Prestigious International Competition

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Nastaran Simarasl, a UT management doctoral candidate, is one of three finalists in the prestigious Global Development Awards and Medals Competition. The competition is sponsored by the Global Development Network, an international organization funded by the Japanese government.

Reger Appointed Research Director for Anderson Center

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Rhonda Reger, a professor of strategic management and entrepreneurship has been appointed director of research for the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She will be responsible for fostering and generating external funding to support entrepreneurship research.

Study: Integrating Purchasing, Logistics Yields Better Business Results

Organizations that closely integrate their purchasing and logistics functions deliver better business results, according to a new study from UT’s Global Supply Chain Institute. But the study, involving more than 180 supply chain professionals, also shows that many firms fail to capitalize on this opportunity and have supply chains where purchasing and logistics operate in “silos” with little cohesion.