Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management and the Bio Supply Management Alliance (BSMA) have renewed their five-year partnership and announced the 5th Annual Conference to be held on October 8-9, 2012 at Crowne Plaza, 1221 Chess Drive, Foster City, CA.
Titled “Advance Biopharma Industry for Strategic Sourcing, Operational Efficiency, Global Supply Chain Integrity & Federal Compliance,” the conference is designed to provide an exclusive audience of senior-level executives and academia to address the solutions for clinical operations supply chain, strategic sourcing, emerging markets, talent development, risk management, IT and cold chain technologies with authoritative insights, best practices and market intelligence about the supply and distribution of biotechnology products and services. Continue reading
By DAVID M. SMITH
(LOS ANGELES BUSINESS JOURNAL) — For years, academia, economic development leaders, the business community and policymakers have discussed the need to improve L.A.’s business environment. Over the last two years, efforts to improve business competitiveness in the City of Angels have focused on tax reform.
From targeted tax reform for car dealers to clarifying statutes of limitation for tax rules to reforming how businesses process overpayment or underpayment of taxes, the debate on how to improve L.A.’s business climate has been extensive and wide-ranging. Most recently, the Business Tax Advisory Committee has been working on a recommendation to reform the city’s tax system by phasing out the tiered gross receipts tax, a tax on the total gross revenues of a company.
I believe this is a significant opportunity to improve the business climate and encourage investment in Los Angeles. Continue reading
GRAZIADIO IN THE NEWS
“Students more than ever want flexibility and convenience,” said Associate Dean David Smith in an article on OnlineMBA.com. “This online framework increased the flexibility of when students can take classes. That’s what drove us to explore this space.”
“I think the dean at every business school has on their minds what their digital strategy is going to be in the next five to 10 years,” he said. “In the graduate business school market, there’s a lot of movement from these quality schools into this space. I think every school needs to have a strategy about what they are going to do with online.”
LOS ANGELES — The Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University will offer an online master in business administration program for working professionals, announced Dean Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D. The Online Fully Employed MBA will be an option alongside the school’s existing portfolio of traditional on-campus part-time evening and weekend MBA program offerings.
“Online students will receive a MBA at a fully accredited, internationally recognized business school with more than 40 years of experience delivering education focused on responsible business practice that is values-centered, global in orientation and entrepreneurial in spirit,” said Dr. Livingstone. “The Online Fully Employed MBA is an appropriate option for the professional who seeks a superior learning experience in a manageable period of time that minimizes the impact on work and home life schedules.”
The Graziadio School is currently accepting applications for its first class, which is scheduled to start in January 2013. Continue reading
GRAZIADIO IN THE NEWS
Credit Union Times cited Dr. John Paglia’s private capital access research in which “some small businesses said banks will likely be their first choice over credit unions and business credit cards” for financing.
Paglia comments, “As business owners secure more traditional sources of financing and rely less on their own personal resources, they will have more discretionary money to spend thereby stimulating our economy.”
Credit Union Times also cites economist and Graziadio associate dean David M. Smith, who “recently authored a report for the Filene Research Institute that showed credit unions were better at withstanding recessions compared to banks when it came to commercial lending.”
“Commercial loan growth rates for banks turned negative following the recessions beginning in 2001 and 2007, but credit union growth rates remained positive during both periods, according to Smith’s analysis.”