Darren Good, an assistant professor of Applied Behavioral Sciences at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, will receive the Ascendant Scholar Award for his research on individual adaptability and mindfulness from the Western Academy of Management, a non-profit regional division of the National Academy of Management. The prestigious annual award recognizes exceptional researchers who are no more than seven years out from their Ph.D. program and on track to be leaders in their respective fields. Since the Western Academy of Management introduced the award in 1982, many of the management field’s most prominent scholars have been recognized as Ascendant Scholars during their early careers. Continue reading
Professor Ed Rockey will be retiring at the end of the trimester after serving at Pepperdine for more than 40 years.
To help commemorate his longstanding impact on our community, we invite reflections and memories from his former students. These reflections will be compiled and presented to him in a bound book during his upcoming retirement celebration.
If you have any particular memories, impressions, stories, or high point experiences involving Professor Rockey, please share them in the form below before March 7, 2014.
You can also e-mail your experience to Professor Kevin Groves, who’s compiling the book, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for sharing your reflections and memories of Professor Rockey; he will greatly appreciate your gesture at his retirement celebration and beyond.
The past several quarters have been characterized by a slow, but consistent decrease in demand for growth capital. Fortunately, this trend appears to be turning around. This is particularly the case for small businesses which are poised for stronger growth in 2014. Medium-sized businesses, on the other hand, are likely to experience a similar year as 2013, with slow growth, if any, says Pepperdine University’s Dr. Craig Everett, an assistant professor of finance and director of ongoing research on small business financing through the Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project.
This is unfortunate for the jobs situation, because medium-sized businesses are the engine for white-collar employment growth. One factor contributing to this situation is continued uncertainty over health care costs and bottom-line impacts of the Affordable Care Act.
We will continue to see increased consolidation in the middle-market with strong M&A deal flow, anticipates Everett. This will be driven in part by a continuation of the low cost of senior debt, which is borrowed money that a company must repay first if it goes out of business as well as the low cost of mezzanine debt.
Mezzanine debt is frequently associated with acquisitions and buyouts, where it may be used to prioritize new owners ahead of existing owners in case of bankruptcy.
These factors are resulting in business valuations continuing to be relatively high, which means 2014 will be a good year to sell a growing business, predicts Everett.
The latter half of 2013 saw modest economic gains in U.S. worker productivity. Should GDP growth accelerate in 2014 as many analysts expect and more baby boomers retire as they feel more secure, firms will have to step up the pace of hiring.
The challenge for organizations is not simply to add more employees or to squeeze more output out of their existing workforce. Businesses have to understand their role in creating and sustaining a culture of quality and learning in order to have a long-term competitive advantage, says workplace expert Dr. Miriam Lacey, a professor of applied behavioral sciences at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management.
Workplace health and wellness will increasingly play a crucial role for high-functioning, highly productive businesses. Organizations must encourage and maintain a workplace that values strong personal and professional networks, family stability, outside non-work interests, and robust mental health that can forestall or counteract the negative effects of peak work experiences, says Lacey.
Furthermore, workplace health and wellness cannot simply be the responsibility of human resources offices; there must be a bottom-line investment with active participation from the C-suite and throughout the management ranks.
Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management will soon launch a new e-catalog designed to make it easier for students and faculty to search, save and share critical course, program and policy information. The new academic catalog management system from Digital Architecture, Acalog ™, provides content-specific search, personalization features, social media links and mobile connectivity; replacing the current reliance on an academic catalog in PDF form.
“While we’re tremendously excited about how Acalog will enhance the catalog experience for our students, the system also includes a robust version tracking and notification system that will enable us to manage our catalog more efficiently,” said James Berneking, Academic Affairs Project Manager for Accreditation.
The Graziadio School joins more than 300 other higher education institutions that have adopted the Acalog e-catalog system. Ken Blais, president of Digital Architecture, explained that Acalog is designed specifically for academic catalog management and presentation, and will help the school “streamline catalog production, reduce reliance on printing, enhance student engagement, and help improve both the timeliness and accuracy of catalog information.”
Digital Architecture is the leading provider of catalog management and curriculum solutions, serving more than 300 institutions of higher learning. The Acalog publishing system delivers thousands of e-catalogs at hundreds of colleges and universities. Acalog’s unique e-catalog Gateway enhances student engagement with powerful search, personalization, Web services, and a mobile interface. Curriculog™ is Digital Architecture’s curriculum management system offering institutions groundbreaking workflow, collaboration, and approval-tracking platform with the flexibility to respond to evolving institutional and accreditation requirements.