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David Smith Named Interim Dean of Graziadio School of Business and Management

David Smith Named Interim Dean of Graziadio School of Business and Management

davidsmithDavid M. Smith, senior associate dean and associate professor of economics, has been named interim dean of the Graziadio School of Business and Management, effective August 1, 2014.

“I am honored to serve the university in this capacity. We have a great team of faculty and staff to help advance the Graziadio School over the coming year, to pursue our strategic priorities, as well as fulfill the university mission,” Smith says.

David earned his B.A. from Wheaton College and both his M.S. and PhD degrees from Michigan State University. Prior to assuming this new role, David has served as associate dean for eight years at the business school, most recently as senior associate dean. In this role, he had primary oversight for the faculty at the Graziadio School, and he was instrumental in launching two new centers, the Center for Applied Research and the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence. David also oversees the Graziadio School’s e-learning initiatives and online MBA program, which will see its inaugural class graduate in December 2014.

Prior to obtaining his PhD in economics, Smith worked for seven years as a manager in the insurance industry. Since completion of his academic credentials, Smith has consulted for various industries, specializing in information technology, financial services, medical, and nonprofit sectors. A labor economist with an applied focus, Smith’s economic expertise includes the areas of labor pay and productivity, the economics of gender, and analysis of specific labor markets. He has published in numerous academic and practitioner outlets. His research on credit unions has been used in arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court as well as in state legislative hearings.

Smith closely follows current economic trends and is a frequent commentator on radio and in several newspapers and magazines, including most recently the Sacramento Bee, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the New York Times, and the Investor’s Business Daily. His opinion in matters related to the Employee Free Choice Act and union negotiations within the entertainment and grocery industries have been widely reported. Smith has been a full-time faculty member at the Graziadio School of Business and Management of Pepperdine University since 1997.

Google, Amgen, Paramount Execs Join Pepperdine University’s Talent Management Symposium, April 25



LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Human resources and learning officers from leading California employers are among the expert speakers added to the Talent Management Symposium: Leveraging Human Capital program on Friday, April 25, 2014, announced Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. Human resources professionals, organization development leaders and functional managers and supervisors will hear speakers from both the business and the academic worlds discuss the art of attracting, developing, deploying and retaining talent to achieve strategic objectives and meet future business needs. Continue reading

School Honors Outstanding Students, Alumni, Faculty and Staff


Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management and its Board of Visitors recognized outstanding members and partners of the business school at the 6th Annual George Awards on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Named in honor of school benefactor and Imperial Bank founder George Graziadio, Jr., the George Award is given to students, alumni, faculty, staff and business leaders who have demonstrated outstanding business acumen, strong leadership skills as well as a commitment to serving the community and improving the business world.

“The recipients of the George Award have extremely high personal and academic standards. Their collaborative approach combined with their strong work ethic and desire to improve the lives of others makes them truly remarkable individuals,” said Linda Livingstone, Dean of the Graziadio School of Business and Management. “We are thrilled to honor them and thank them for enriching the ever-changing business world through their superior skills and entrepreneurial spirit.” Continue reading

Conejo Valley Chamber Taps Dr. Craig Everett for Economic Forecast Event

The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce has invited Dr. Craig Everett to join a panel of esteemed experts at its Economic Forecast event on Thursday, April 24, 2014. The forecast will be held at the California Lutheran University, Lundring Events Center, beginning at 7:00 a.m.

Dr. Craig Everett

Dr. Craig Everett

Dr. Everett is an assistant professor of finance and director of the Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project. He specializes in entrepreneurial finance. He oversees the school’s simultaneous, comprehensive, and on-going investigation of capital providers, lenders and investors, as well as the privately-held businesses that depend on them. Through the Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project, Everett engages in multiple survey research initiatives and publishes an annual Capital Markets Report, an annual economic forecast, quarterly index of demand for and access to capital and a quarterly report concerning the climate for buying and selling of small businesses.

Also speaking at the Economic Forecast will be Bill Watkins, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics and Executive Director for the Center of Economic Research and Forecasting at California Lutheran University, and Jared Barton, Assistant Professor of Economics, California State University Channel Islands. Margie Cochrane, Regional Publisher, Ventura County Star, will moderate a discussion with the professors.

View the Economic Forecast webpage here.

Santa Monica Names Dr. Michael Crooke as Keynote for Sustainable Quality Awards

Pepperdine University’sDr. Michael Crooke will present the keynote address at the 2014 Sustainable Quality Awards. TheSanta Monica Chamber of Commerce, the City of Santa Monica and Sustainable Works will be honoring this year’s winners during a special luncheon award ceremony on April 30, 2014 at Santa Monica’s Le Meridien Delfina Hotel.

michael-crookeWEBFormer CEO of Patagonia, Inc., Dr. Crooke is an assistant professor of strategy at Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, where he serves as a founder and the lead faculty of the school’s MBA Certificate in Socially, Ethically, and Environmentally Responsible (SEER) Business Strategy program. Through SEER, Crooke teaches next-generation entrepreneurs and business executives how to develop a framework to make strategic organizational decisions that incorporate corporate social responsibility, environmental stewardship and financial strength with a quality product or service.

Crooke was named as one of North America’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior – 2012 by the think tank Trust Across America and recognized by the Ford Foundation and SHFT.com as one of the “10 Innovators Changing Our World.” SEER has been honored as a finalist for the Page Prize for Sustainability Issues in Business Curricula. Continue reading