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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.

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 http://bschool.pepperdine.edu/jef. Continue reading


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Dr. Craig R. Everett

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Dr. John Mooney (op-ed)

L.A. Benefits from Digital Innovation
The Los Angeles Register
Dr. John Mooney (op-ed)

Innovator Dr. Michael Crooke To Address SQA Luncheon Attendees
Santa Monica Mirror
Dr. Michael Crooke

Officials Give Mixed Signals Regarding Local Economy
The Acorn
Dr. Craig R. Everett

Housing Options Will Hinder Young People But Not the Wealthy, Conejo Valley Economic Experts Say
Bloomberg Businessweek
Ventura County Star
Dr. Craig Everett

Bigger Global Economic Crisis Coming, Says Pepperdine Economist [VIDEO]
One America News Network
Dr. Demos Vardiabasis

Why Don’t Some Companies Sell? Avoid These Mistakes
Landscape Management
Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project

Private Equity Capital is Looking for Manufacturing Deals
New Equipment Digest
Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project


Bigger Global Economic Crisis Coming, Says Pepperdine Economist [VIDEO]


Speaking on the conservative cable news network One America News, economics professor Demos Vardiabasis warned of the consequences of growing U.S. debt and China’s softening economy; China being the owners of the largest amount of America’s debt.

While Dr. Demos foresees an inevitable global economic crisis as a consequence of hyper-inflation, he cautioned that the real looming danger is the potential for deflation.

He predicts a global economic crisis whereby private, business, and state bankruptcies will lead to acute deflation across all sectors by 2016. “If you combine [sic] government debt, private debt, consumer debt, we’re talking about $54 trillion debt — about 3.8 times our national income,” he said. “That’s a major issue.”

HUFFINGTON POST: Tips for Women Starting Businesses


bernice.ledbetter.facultyResearch has shown that strong network ties are critical for women entrepreneurs, especially when it comes to accessing capital, writes Pepperdine management professor Bernice Ledbetter, a contributor on Huffington Post. While women are making headway in securing financing, Pitchbook reports that women-founded companies represented 13 percent of Venture Capital deals through the first half of 2013. “Having strategic connections can help women navigate the complex investment environment and secure the financing they need to support their business,” she writes.

Dr. Ledbetter offers advice to women starting businesses. She highlights the importance of building a network, take advantage of numerous organizations dedicated to helping women succeed, and encourage women to find a mentor and then become one.

View Full Article at: Huffington Post