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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.

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

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

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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 University Business School Places in Top 15 for Leadership Development

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Advancing from #17 to #13 in leadership development nationally, Warren Bennis’ Leadership Excellence Essentials magazine, a leading periodical on management, leadership effectiveness and organizational productivity, has placed Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management in the top 10 percent of educational institutions it recognizes for exceptional programs and leadership initiatives.

150LEADERSHIP-EXCELLENCE_LE_April2014_coverThe publication’s annual Leadership 500 Excellence Award recognizes Pepperdine’s MBA and Master of Science degree programs to its Top 15 list among such educators as The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, University of Notre Dame and Cornell University. This is the sixth year the magazine has honored the Graziadio School. Continue reading

Economic Forecast: Small and Mid-Size Business Owners Optimistic About U.S. and Personal Growth in 2014

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More Than Half of Small and Mid-Size Business Owners Plan to Give Employees a Raise and One-Third Plan to Hire According to Economic Forecast from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management and Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.

 

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – In a survey of small and mid-sized business, the Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project 2014 Economic Forecast shows that business owners are optimistic about growth opportunities, both nationally and personally, for the remainder of 2014. More than half of respondents (56 percent) are more confident about business growth prospects compared to a year ago.

The 2014 Economic Forecast produced by Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management together with Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. collected insights from over 3,600 small and mid-sized business owners and gauged their level of confidence for economic growth over the next year. The survey assessed business owners’ perspective about which government policies promote or hinder economic growth. The 2014 Economic Forecast is available here.
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