Stories that showcase the student-focused, experience-driven and values-centered people, advances and accolades defining the Graziadio School.

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



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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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

Publisher Awards Dr. Gary Mangiofico for Scholarly Excellence

Organizing for Sustainable EffectivenessAssociate Dean Gary Mangiofico has been selected for the Outstanding Author Contribution award in the 2014 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. The editors of the book series “Organizing for Sustainable Effectivenesscite Dr. Mangiofico’s book chapter in their new third volume as one of the most impressive pieces of work the team has seen throughout 2013.

The chapter, “Using Trans-Organizational Development and Complexity Theory Frameworks to Establish a New Early Childhood Education Network”, describes the development of an early childhood learning network. Mangiofico explores the unfolding dynamics and emerging meaning that became central to facilitating the design, development, and implementation of the complex multi-stakeholder network. He identifies 12 implications from complexity theory for practitioners of trans-organization development, and then applies those implications to the process and understanding of development stages of an early childhood education network. Continue reading

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

Pepperdine University’s Dr. Michael Crooke will present the keynote address at the 2014 Sustainable Quality Awards. The Santa 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