Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
On the IT industry website Smart Enterprise Exchange, Dr. Mark W.S. Chun, PhD, Director of the Center for Applied Research and Associate Professor of Information Systems wrote a guest article, “Six Trends CIOs Must Track and Leverage,” in which he discusses new research from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School involving IT executives from both Asia and the United States. In this article, Dr. Chun explains how today’s successful CIOs must be “savvy in both technology and business.” For instance, CIOs must not only use technology as a tool to reduce costs, but also as a means to generate revenue for the business. Also in this article, Dr. Chun offers six key developments over the last decade that has impacted the role of the CIO.
Dr. Chun established the National Knowledge Management Conference hosted annually by Pepperdine University and sponsored by Pratt & Whitney, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratories, Northrop Grumman, Hitachi Consulting, Open Text, and The Aerospace Corporation. His expertise and research focus falls within the domain of knowledge management, IS integration, and the use of IS to create value and to transform organizations. He has worked for Intel Corporation, Pepsi Co./Taco Bell, Coopers & Lybrand, and the Bank of Hawaii. He has conducted research at Qwest, Honda, Hilton Hotels, Kaiser Permanente, Mattel, U.S. Treasury Department, USDA, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FDIC, Pratt-Whitney Rocketdyne, NASA-JPL, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon. He has also researched the diffusion of information technology in less-developed Asian countries.
Also check out additional videos from the conference, “From Information Systems to Innovation Systems: Establishing the Next Generation Information Systems Department,” hosted by Pepperdine University, which includes presentations from Harvey Koeppel (Center for CIO Leadership), Robert Fort (Guitar Center), Eric Iverson (Sony Pictures), and Joel Manfredo (County of Orange).
Thursday, March 15th, 2012
- “The Top 10 U.S. Economic Issues to Monitor,” Darrol J. Stanley, DBA
- “The Dollar vs. the Euro,” updated by Peggy J. Crawford, PhD, Linnea B. McCord, JD, MBA, and Terry Young, PhD
- “Airline Industry Key Success Factors,” Richard M. McCabe, PhD
- “Making Mergers a Growth Strategy,” Kent Rhodes, EdD
- “Reforming Corporate America,” Larry Bumgardner, JD
- “The Employers’ Legal Obligations to Employees in the Military,” Charles P. Leo
- The New Age of Innovation: Driving Co-created Value Through Global Networks by C. K. Prahalad & M. S. Krishnan, reviewed by Jack C. Green, PhD
- Fixing the Game: Bubbles, Crashes, and What Capitalism can Learn from the NFL by Roger L. Martin, reviewed by David W. Crain, PhD
- The Essentials of Finance and Accounting for Nonfinancial Managers by Edward Fields, reviewed by Michael D. Kinsman, CPA
- The 100 Best Business Books of All Time: What They Say, Why They Matter, How They Can Help You by John Covert and Todd Sattersten, reviewed by Leo Mallette, EdD
- First, we have included an ARCHIVE-VIDEO LIBRARY where you will find a number of lectures, conferences, panel discussions, and other Graziadio business-related videos and interviews available at no charge.
- Second, we have added more information and links to videos and transcripts from the Dean’s Executive Leadership Series with talks given by and interviews with key business leaders in a variety of major corporations. Click here for more information.
- Third, a page has been added with direct links to Graziadio programs for easy access to learn more about the Graziadio School. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, February 14th, 2012
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In this video, Harvey Koeppel, Executive Director of the Center for CIO Leadership, shares his vast knowledge of information systems at the conference, “From Information Systems to Innovation Systems: Establishing the Next Generation Information Systems Department,” hosted by Pepperdine University, the Graziadio School of Business and Management, and the Graziadio Center for Applied Research, Wednesday, October 12, 2011.
Drawing from his experiences as a CIO with Citigroup’s Global Consumer Group and as a consultant for CitiFinancial, Citibank, and other Citi affiliates, in his presentation, “The 21st Century CIO,” Koeppel discusses how the role of the CIO is evolving.
In this video excerpt, Koeppel discusses key business drivers such as global economic and competitive changes, the role of government, the demand for innovative business models, and collaborative business partnerships.
Be sure to check out the full-length video, “From Information Systems to Innovation Systems with Harvey Koeppel” as well as other video presentations from Robert Fort (Guitar Center), Eric Iverson (Sony Pictures), Joel Manfredo (County of Orange) and a Panel of Experts.
Friday, February 10th, 2012
President Obama has announced that the U.S. will withdraw nearly all troops from Iraq by the end of this year, with thousands of additional troops from both Iraq and Afghanistan returning the first couple of months into the new year. Are you prepared to comply with the law and reinstate employees who may have been on military leave for months…if not years…?
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) applies to all civilian employers, protecting employees absent from work because of duty in any of the “uniformed services,” which includes not only full-time and reserve components of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps, but also Coast Guard and National Guard. USERRA also covers many types of uniformed services duty, including, but not limited to, active duty, active-duty training, initial active-duty training, inactive-duty training, and numerous other periods of absent. Further, it applies regardless of whether the duty is voluntary or involuntary.
One of the primary protections USERRA provides is entitlement to reemployment. To be eligible for reemployment, the employee must have left employment that was not for a brief, recurrent period and was reasonably expected to continue work. The job left need not be permanent or regular.
EMPLOYEE MUST HAVE GIVEN NOTICE
The employee must have provided proper notice before leaving to be eligible for reemployment. Notice can be oral or written and can be delivered by family members, military officers, or other individuals besides the service member. More importantly, the law specifies that the employee need not give notice if military necessity prevents it or if doing so is not possible. Employees returning from military service must have been honorably discharged.
LENGTH OF ABSENCE
USERRA provides that employees returning from military service receive the same reemployment and seniority protections regardless of the type of military service so long as the cumulative length of absence does not exceed five years, not counting military service performed during previous employment.
REPORTING BACK TO WORK
USERRA requires employees to report to work or seek reemployment by certain deadlines, depending on the length of service. Employees serving 30 days or fewer must report to work at the beginning of their next regular work shift, following release from service. Employees serving 31 to 180 days must submit their application for reemployment no later than 14 days after completion of service. Employees serving more than 180 days must submit their application for reemployment no later than 90 days following completion of service.
REEMPLOYMENT MUST BE POSSIBLE
USERRA does not require that you reemploy individuals returning from military service if changed circumstances have made reemployment impossible or unreasonable, or if reemployment would cause an undue hardship. This depends on the size and type of your business operation, workforce composition, financial resources, or other similar factors. In this economy, many employers have had to reduce their workforce.
SPECIAL PROTECTION AGAINST DISCHARGE
USERRA’s protections do not end once the employee is reinstated. Perhaps one of the most significant obligations the Act imposes is that employees returning from service of more than 30 days cannot be discharged without cause for a certain period of time following reemployment. Employees returning from service lasting more than 180 days cannot be discharged without cause for one year following the date of reemployment. Employees returning from uniformed service lasting 30 to 180 days cannot be discharged without cause for six months following the date of reemployment. The common “at-will” employment relationship is modified for this particular period of time, and the burden of proving cause for a discharge will be on employers. Having appropriate policies, training employees on them, and carefully documenting any violations or performance problems will be helpful in meeting the lawful standards.
This would be a prudent time for employers to review their military leave policies and procedures, review your processes for returning veterans, and make appropriate plans for how you will deal with the many contingencies that can occur when it comes to reinstating veterans’ employees who have been out of the workforce for any extended period of time.
FROM HARM’S WAY TO CIVILIAN EMPLOYMENT
USERRA Implications for Veterans and Employers
March 14 in Los Angeles and March 15 in Irvine, Pepperdine University and PIHRA (Professionals in Human Resources Assoc.) will be sponsoring a seminar to address issues regarding employers and returning veterans. For more information go to:
Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
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In this video, John K. Paglia, PhD, Associate Professor of Finance at the Graziadio School of Business and Management, shares the first public release of his research findings from the Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project at the 1st Annual Southern California Capital Expo, hosted by The Association for Corporate Growth, Orange County Chapter on November 10, 2011. Based on the surveys from the “Capital Markets Report” and “California Small Business Supplement Report,” Dr. Paglia offers new insights into the latest trends in capital markets.
In this excerpt, Dr. Paglia answers the question, “What is the Status of Privately-Held Businesses as of Fall 2011,” citing his latest research, which includes new data on the current state of financing for privately-held businesses.
Be sure to check out the full-length video, “The Latest Trends in Capital Markets with John K. Paglia,” as well as “The Latest Trends in Capital Markets with a Panel of Financial Experts.”
Wednesday, January 11th, 2012
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In this podcast of the Graziadio Business Review, Audra Quinn, managing editor of the GBR speaks with Kenneth A. Fox, MBA, managing partner of The Soundings Group, a business strategy marketing consulting firm. Fox discusses the research that he has done for the article, Learn to Expect the Unexpected in Global Retail Expansion which can be found in Volume 14 Issue 4 of the Graziadio Business Review, at GBR.pepperdine.edu. The article offers some lessons on global retail expansion using real-world examples of how different companies have succeeded and failed.
Below are the questions that Fox answers:
- What have been some of the biggest mistakes you’ve seen companies make in global expansion?
- Of the key takeaways in the article, the first and arguably most important is “Do your homework before entering a new global market.” What exactly is involved in doing this “homework”?
- One company that you discuss in the article is Tesco, the U.K. grocery chain which launched “Fresh and Easy” here in the States. Now it seems they tried to do their homework, but still ran into problems. What were some of the biggest issues there?
- Can you give listeners an example of some companies who have done this really well?
- As the world becomes more interconnected and the market becomes more globalized, how important do you think it will be for companies to start building global expansion into their strategies in the future?
You can also read another blog post written by Kenneth A. Fox: Zara: A Global Success Story
Thursday, January 5th, 2012
In this video interview of the Graziadio Business Review, Zbigniew Krysiak, PhD, associate professor at the Warsaw School of Economics in Poland, shares some lessons on Survival Enterprise Risk Management by Economic Capital as a way to improve a company’s chances to survive and thrive. His research is part of an article he wrote for the Graziadio Business Review, which can be found here.
Dr. Krysiak answers the following questions:
- What is “economic capital”?
- Why try to manage risk, why not just avoid risk altogether?
- You discuss several methods for managing risk, but argue that Survival Enterprise Risk Management by Economic Capital is the most effective. Can you summarize for viewers what this approach is all about?
- What are the key points that a business practitioner should be aware when applying this theory of risk management?
Be sure to check out the full-length article, Achieving Enterprise Stability Based on Economic Capital, at GBR.pepperdine.edu. Thanks for tuning in to this video of the Graziadio Business Review.
Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
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Luc Berlin is a Digital Globalization Strategist and a Social Netrepreneur. He recently won the Graziadio Student Paper competition for his paper, “The Internet and Globalization: Ten Tips to Building an Effective Digital Strategy for Global Success.” In this audio podcast of the Graziadio Business Review, Berlin discusses the research he did on digital strategy as it relates to global business for this paper, as well as his experience as a consultant for innovative technology and e-commerce organizations and as the founder and CEO of MIIGLE (www.miigle.com), a global collaboration platform that allows people to share, discover, and fund ideas while socially networking.
In this podcast, Berlin answers the following questions:
- Could you tell us a little about your findings on the symbiotic relationship between global exports and the proliferation of the Internet?
- So, how do you see this transforming business in the future?
- You advocate for companies building an effective digital strategy. How do you do that in this rapidly evolving technological landscape?
- Can you give listeners an example of a company that has embraced the technological evolution with an effective digital strategy?
- In the paper, you offer a list of 10 tips for organizations to achieve digital globalization and become an online success story… can you share one of those tips with our listeners?
Read the full article, “The Internet and Globalization: Ten Tips to Building an Effective Digital Strategy for Global Success” in Volume 14, Issue 4 of the Graziadio Business Review!