Dean Linda A. Livingstone Named Dean of George Washington School of Business

Dean Linda A. Livingstone (2012)Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., Dean and Professor of Management at the Graziadio School of Business and Management, has accepted the position of dean at the George Washington University School of Business in Washington, D.C., and will assume her new duties on August 1, announced Pepperdine University President Andrew K. Benton in a statement.

“For more than 12 years as dean of the Graziadio School of Business and Management, Linda A. Livingstone has committed herself to the growth and development of our students, faculty, and programs, while helping to build Pepperdine’s reputation as one of the leading business schools in the world. Throughout her tenure, Linda has skillfully guided the business school along its quest to advance responsible business practices and develop values-centered leaders,” Dr. Benton said. 

In preparation for Dr. Livingstone’s departure, Dr. David M. Smith, Senior Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Economics, has accepted to serve as interim dean. Pepperdine University will partner with an executive search firm to begin a nationwide search to identify her successor, according to Benton’s statement.

At the Graziadio School, Dean Livingstone championed a $200 million expansion of the business school’s regional campuses, increased the school’s international partnerships to 40 business schools around the world, and led the school to membership in the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative and as a signatory to the Principles for Responsible Management Education. As dean, she oversaw the hiring of approximately 60 percent of the business school’s faculty.

Under her leadership, the Graziadio school established the E2B (Education to Business) Live Case Program, which partners students with companies to find solutions to strategic issues; launched the Dean’s Executive Leadership Series, a high-profile lecture program that brings to campus leading business innovators; introduced a business plan competition for students seeking to start their own companies; and added new degree programs in management and leadership, applied finance, and global business.

NEW Graziadio Magazine Highlights Past School Year

Graziadio Magazine’s 2013-2014 Academic Year issue is now available to view online and download. In addition to the cover article “George Graziadio: Larger Than Life” readers will find select highlights from the past school year including major milestones reached, awards and recognitions and other key moments. A small sample of alumni class note is also featured. Access now. Continue reading

Pepperdine University Now Hosts Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance



LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Dr. Craig R. Everett, director of the Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project and an assistant professor of finance at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, has been named co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, a premier source of academic research related to small business finance and entrepreneurship, jointly overseeing the peer-reviewed publication with Dr. James C. Brau of Brigham Young University. The academic journal and its archive of past volumes can now be found at Continue reading

Large Percentage of Baby Boomers Bought and Sold Businesses in Q1 2014



Individual Buyers Tap Home Equity Lines to Finance Sale of Businesses Valued $2 million to $50 million in 2014; Decrease in Funding from Friends and Family in Q1 2014 Compared to 2013

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Advisors reported that 65 percent of their new sellers and 41 percent of their buyers were baby boomers in Q1 2014, according to the First Quarter 2014 Market Pulse Quarterly Survey Report published by the Pepperdine Private Capital Market Project, International Business Broker Association (IBBA) and M&A Source, and released today by Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. The quarterly report evaluates market conditions for businesses being sold in Main Street market (values under $2 million) and lower middle market (values $2 million to $50 million).  Continue reading

Pepperdine’s Dr. Rapier: Misaligned Values at Center of Beverly Hills Hotel-Brunei Laws Boycott


Steve RapierAn expert guest on KPCC’s AirTalk public radio talk show, marketing professor Steve Rapier commented on the escalating controversy regarding the Sultan of Brunei’s ownership of the Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. Boycotts, local government condemnation and entertainment community event cancellations continue over the Sultan’s imposition of Islamic laws that allow gays and adulterers to be stoned or dismembered, among other punishments. Protesters and the City of Beverly Hills insist the Sultan divest of his stakes in the hotel properties.

“I don’t believe it is a win-win situation for the Sultan if he holds onto the properties as well as resists changing his laws,” said Professor Rapier, who criticizes the hotels and Brunei for not understanding how to handle a crisis. “As long as the brand –be it the hotel or anyone associated with him [the Sultan]—has values counter to their core values [Los Angeles entertainment community and protesting groups] I see it as an impossible fix.”

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