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
Judges for the 2014 Pepperdine University Business Plan Competition fast pitch elimination round chose six student entrepreneur proposals to advance to the finals on Saturday, March 22.
ICANN executive Dennis Chang (EMBA ’94), a Graziadio Board of Visitors (BOV) member; serial entrepreneurGeorge Georgallides (MBA ’11), a partner at product development agency Curious Ventures and BOV member Bob Mosbaugh (PKE MBA ’05), executive vice president at Honeywell Safes & Door Locks / LHLP, heard 18 90-second pitches from business students and a School of Law student; nearly all for startups that are more than paper ideas and actively being pursued.
The six pitches moving onto to the final round, requiring a full 20-minute detailed presentation and Q&A include:
- A mobile platform that connect customers to local businesses, providing real-time 2-way text-based communication to negotiate orders and deals (Peter Hwang, Peter C. Jang)
- A web-based portfolio platform to help high school athletes connect with university and professional sports recruiters (Annie Macomber)
- A startup that markets an original adjustable wedge for installing doors and windows (Arianne Hefling)
- An online delivery service connecting California’s emerging home-cook community to hungry customers (Marco Garcia)
- A video game development startup for online games that dynamically scale to the player’s individual skill level instead of pitting players (who may vary in skill level) against one another (Laura Colvin)
- A startup marketing stackable, collapsible and environmentally-friendly shoeboxes for your closet (Ara Krikorian)
The 2014 Pepperdine University Business Plan Competition final presentations will be held at the West Los Angeles Campus in Room 333, Saturday, March 22, beginning at 9 a.m. Lunch is served.
The first place will win $10,000 and the chance to represent Pepperdine at the California Dreamin’ Competition for a shot at $230,000 in prize money and equity investment.
The 2014 Pepperdine University Business Plan Competition is sponsored by the Graziadio Family Foundation, Burton Morgan Foundation and the Pepperdine School of Law’s Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law.
Graziadio School Professor of Applied Behavioral Science Teri Tompkins has been awarded a $83,000 grant for a proposal to study how the Graziadio School can create a next-generation Executive MBA program that allows students from other parts of the country (and outside of the U.S.A.) to attend Pepperdine EMBA classes, and allows traditional EMBA students greater opportunities to take emphasis courses.
Dr. Tompkins is one of six awardees among eight finalists in Pepperdine’s first annual Waves of Innovation competition, an initiative created to inspire, engage, and motivate faculty, staff, and students to re-think Pepperdine, to share their innovative ideas and help shape its future. Faculty, staff, and students submitted over 150 proposals to improve Pepperdine and make it a more agile and sustainable institution.
The Waves of Innovation Committee and University President Andrew Benton reviewed the submissions and narrowed the field to eight semi-finalists, whose proposals were evaluated on their potential to increase the net resources available to support Pepperdine and/or to improve the University’s reputation.
The Media and Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA), a consortium of leading industry service and technology solution providers, has appointed Pepperdine University’s Dr. Demos Vardiabasis, Ph.D., to chair the newly formed MESA China Entertainment Technology Alliance; an initiative to foster connections between members, its various special interest groups and the China Consortium of businesses. Under Vardiabasis’ leadership, MESA China Entertainment Technology Alliance seeks to expand and deepen the growing relationships between Hollywood studios, U.S. service providers and the entertainment industry in China through fostering the exchange of entertainment industry technology, services and professionals.
“There are tremendous opportunities for U.S. companies to do business in China. The knowledge, experience, and technology of California companies are exactly what China needs today. China understands that in order to become a world economic leader along with the U.S., it needs to develop a top-notch entertainment industry,” Vardiabasis says. Continue reading
John Paglia, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Finance and founder and past director of the Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project, has been appointed Interim Associate Dean with responsibility for Fully Employed Programs at the Graziadio School of Business and Management, announced Dean Linda A. Livingstone.
“Dr. Paglia will oversee part-time evening programs for working professionals, including the Fully Employed MBA, Bachelor of Science in Management, M.S. in Management and Leadership, M.S. in Entrepreneurship and M.S. in Applied Finance degree offerings,” said Dean Livingstone. “He will also oversee student recruitment for these programs and the Graziadio School’s marketing, communications and public relations operations.”
Paglia succeeds Dr. Gary Mangiofico, who was appointed Associate Dean in 2010, responsible for Fully-Employed Programs and Executive Programs. Mangiofico will continue as Associate Dean with oversight of the degree programs Executive MBA, M.S. in Organization Development and Presidents and Key Executives MBA (PKE); non-degree Executive Education programs, as well as Admission, Student Accounts, and Financial Aid. Continue reading