37 students assembled into 9 teams, in Dr. Anne Kohnke’s Tues evening INT6123-Systems Analysis & Design class, to collaborate and design use case diagrams and use case scenarios. The level of engagement and great ideas were very enjoyable to experience.
On Monday, July 28, 2014, the newest cohort of the Senior Service College Fellowship (SSCF) program were welcomed to Lawrence Tech. The 2014-2015 fellows are Karen Arnold, Alfredo Avila, Ray Folden, Gloria Harper, Gerardo Sotomayor-Morales, Jim Muldoon, and Mary Trimbell.
The Senior Service College Fellowship program (SSCF) was developed by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) as a result of a critical need for civilian leaders in acquisition for the Army. As a result of this need, a strategic partnership was formed between DAU, Lawrence Technological University and TACOM LCMC as a regional program in the Detroit area.
SSCF is a competitive, intensive 10-month educational program that provides leadership and acquisition training for GS-14s GS-15s civilians for future senior leadership roles such as Program Managers, Product Managers, Program Executive Officers, and other key senior acquisition positions. In the Midwest region, Lawrence Technological University was chosen from a number of leading colleges and universities to develop and deliver this academic portion of the program. The program began in July of 2007 and contains core elements of global leadership, research, program management, acquisition and national security. It includes interaction with government and industry through on-site visits, guest speakers, workshops and mentors.
After completing the program, fellows receive a Masters degree in Global Leadership and Management and certificates in acquisition and program management.
Welcome to our newest fellows!
The College of Management hosted its first MBA Case Competition on Friday, May 2, 2014. Five groups of students from Dr. Shahram Taj’s capstone class, Global Strategic Management (MBA 6073), analyzed the current situation and future opportunities for Tata Motors, a global motor vehicle company in front of 5 distinguished judges. The student presentations were based on the Case Study, “Can Tata Motors, Ltd. Become a Global Contender in the Automobile Industry?” Among the judges were, Virinder K. Moudgil, Lawrence Technological University President; Warren Harris, President and Chief Operating Officer of Tata Technologies; Rosemary Bayer, Chief Inspiration Office of ardentCause; Janet Ford, Assistant Vice President, Compliance, Consultant, JP Morgan Chase; and Colonel Ronald J. Shun, Chief of Staff/G3, US Army, TACOM.
Tata Motors, Ltd. is a subsidiary of the Tata Group. The Tata Group is India’s largest business conglomerate in seven business sectors (chemicals, IT and communications, consumer products, engineering, materials, services, and energy). Tata has operations in over 80 countries, and in 2011, had gross revenue of $83.5 billion, 58 percent coming from international operations. The Tata Group is India’s largest private-sector employer, with over 425,000 employees. It’s a powerful symbol of India’s emergence as a world economic power.
Tata Motors is India’s largest automobile company. It is the fourth largest truck and bus manufacturer in the world. Tata Motors manufactures vehicles in India, Spain, South Korea, the U.K., Thailand, Morocco, and South Africa. The company purchased the iconic British Jaguar and Land Rover in 2008.
The competition was fierce and two teams were very close in terms of score.
The $400 First Place prize was awarded to Timothy Balogh, Latoshia Hyatt, and Daphne Joachim.
The $200 Second Place prize was awarded to Valerie Cholagh, Brandon Henderson, and Sheila Thomas.
The other students who participated were Wojciech Pilecki, Gloria Seymour, Jeanne Seaman, Tina Zuber, Mark Blanding, Brian Giltinan, Jalbir Singh, Frank Wilson, Toi Avery, Nurayman Aljaroudi, and Nicholas Downing.
Following the luncheon and awards ceremony President Moudgil spoke about the Case Competition and how it distinguishes LTU students from other universities to be able to interpret and think of a solution as well as present in front of a highly successful panel allowing students to experience the Practical Model of Theory and Practice.
At 2pm on Friday, April 11 College of Management has held a friendly volleyball match at the Don Ridler’s Field House, featuring Ali Almahasnah, Dr. Pavlo Tsebro, Vladimir Rozovskiy, Megann Wallace, Dr. Shahram Taj and his daughter Golreez.
Despite the fierce competition, Experience was victorious over Youth, leaving the defeated all the more excited about the revanche game the following Friday. During an anonymous interview, one of the contestants, admitted to being extremely sore the following Saturday, but looking forward to the next COM meetup.
We would like to extend our welcome to any and all who may consider putting on a pair of snickers and hitting the Don Ridler’s house on Friday at 2pm. Come, join us and enjoy the sweet taste of victory!
On Saturday, April 5, 2014, the Lawrence Technological University College of Management welcomed its inaugural class of Delta Mu Delta inductees. Delta Mu Delta, international honor society in business, is an organization dedicated to recognizing students’ academic achievement in business subjects.
Dr. Betty Jean Hebel, regional representative for Delta Mu Delta, first installed the Nu Alpha chapter at LTU as an official chapter in the society. Following the installation, the chapter’s first honorary members were inducted into Delta Mu Delta. Nu Alpha’s initial honorary members are Dr. Virinder Moudgil, President of LTU; Dr. Maria Vaz, Provost of LTU; Dr. Anne Kohnke Assistant Professor in the College of Management and new faculty adviser for Delta Mu Delta, and Dr. Jackie Stavros, Professor in the College of Management. These four honorary members were chosen based on their commitment to student success and dedication to the College of Management’s overall mission.
After the honorary induction, Dr. Hebel and Dr. Kohnke welcomed 28 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students into membership in Delta Mu Delta. The criteria for induction into Delta Mu Delta as an undergraduate student is a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2, completion of at least 50 percent of the required credits toward their degree, and completion of at least 24 credits at LTU. Graduate and doctoral students must have completed at least 50 percent of the required credits toward their degree and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.85 or higher. All candidates for membership in the society must also be in the top 20 percent of their class.
Following the student induction and dinner, President Moudgil delivered a brief address entitled “Managing Institutions in a Global Society.” During his keynote address, Dr. Moudgil spoke to our inductees and their families about the importance of developing and utilizing their skills in both domestic and international venues.
Congratulations to all of our students who were inducted in recognition of their outstanding academic success! We look forward to the future of Delta Mu Delta on LTU’s campus!
On 18 Mar, 2014 students from the Global Strategic Management class under the direction of Dr. Shahram Taj were provided the opportunity to hear a presentation from Mr. David Broome, an executive with DTE Energy. As part of “Alumni Week” Mr. Broome not only shared his experiences from his impressive list of credentials, but provided the class an in depth look at a real world strategic focus from which to reflect.
I was thoroughly impressed with both the presentation and the presenter as Mr. Broome walked the students through a top level overview of the company’s strategic vision, all the way to the various divisions that make up DTE. I sincerely appreciate the presenter’s willingness to share his knowledge and experiences as well as his ability field some tough questions at the conclusion. The experience was extremely worthwhile, and it is my hope that the college of management will continue to pursue relationships with industry leaders to inspire the next generation of management professionals.
Alumni Week at Lawrence Technological University was fulfilling for MBA students in Dr. Shahram Taj’s Global Strategic Management class. On Monday, March 17th, students in the class, most which will be graduating with their MBA’s in May of this year, had the pleasure of receiving a presentation from Martin Monte who is the Engineering Group Manager in the Body Test Laboratory at General Motors North America. Monte, who attended LTU for both undergraduate and graduate school, told the students how valuable his LTU education has been during his 29-year stint at General Motors.
Monte received his Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering Technology in 1998 and returned to school seven years later, right in the middle of his General Motors career, to obtain his Master’s in Business Administration, which he received in 2011. During Monday’s presentation, Monte told the MBA students how he has been using his MBA education at his job at GM. He said that he uses knowledge in the fields of global leadership, global strategic management, management controls and human resources management. In addition, he uses skills that he developed, as it relates to change management, management information systems and the design and implementation of new products, processes and systems.
Monte not only told the students that his worthwhile MBA degree is being put to use at GM, but he also told students a little about the GM’s global and regional strategies, enabling the students to appreciate and understand how global strategic management is being implemented at GM. The presentation was very helpful to the students. One student, Daphne Joachim, was very interested in Monte’s advice for those engineers who also have an MBA. According to Joachim, “Marty was a Godsend to our class. He’s an engineer with an MBA and I’m an engineer about to complete my MBA. He gave me advice on crafting my approach to employers and how to show them where my background could be useful. I’m happy to say he’s a permanent addition to my Linked-In network now.”
Monte’s presentation not only helped the students understand how valuable his MBA education is, and how he is putting it to use at GM, but he also helped the students understand the value of getting that MBA from LTU. The presentation was an informative and worthwhile example of how an LTU MBA graduate is using his MBA education in an exciting and rewarding career. In addition, the presentation also helped students understand how a global company like GM is applying the lessons they have learned in Dr. Taj’s Strategic Global Management class.
On Monday, February 10th, 2014, under the professorship of Dr. Shahram Taj, several Lawrence Technological University (LTU) students presented the Novatis Group, A Moroccan diaper and hygienic paper products manufacturer, for a case study assignment [Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies, 2012] for their Global Strategic Management Class (MBA 6073). A welcome addition to their case study, was the presence of the Novatis Group’s Chief Marketing Officer, Souheil Badaa, who listened and watched, via videoconferencing, as two groups of students presented their findings and recommendations.
The students were assigned to read a case study on the Novatis Group, which honed in on their Dalaa brand of disposable baby diapers. The case study had students applying what they learned in the class and using their critical thinking skills to analyze the case, in order to present their findings and recommendations for the Novatis Group’s diaper products.
Dr. Taj, Professor of Business Administration at LTU crossed paths with Badaa when Badaa was an MBA student at the University of St. Thomas, where Taj was teaching. In 2011, they both facilitated a group of students to go to Badaa’s native Morocco in order to conduct the live case study.
Badaa, who was a welcome guest during the February 10th presentations, provided the class with an overview of his background, some information on the Novatis Group, and his thoughts about studying business in the United States. After he talked, students delved right into their presentations. Students then had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear from someone who is an integral part of the company that they studied, as Badaa gave positive and constructive feedback to their presentations.
One student, Daphne Joachim, was on a team of students who suggested that the company take part in the disposal of the diapers in an effort to become more sustainable. Joachim thought that the opportunity to make recommendations to the Chief Marketing Officer of the company that she and her team studied, was an amazing one. “This case presentation to a company’s executive – it was like having my first consulting job,” said Joachim. “Making the presentation to Mr. Souheil Badaa made me feel heard and valued,” she continued. “I’m proud of the recommendations we made regarding managing the disposal of diapers in Morocco. Even if it can’t be implemented right away, we’ve planted a seed.”
The Global Strategic Management class is the last class that MBA candidates have to take in order to receive their degree. Dr. Taj teaches two different sessions of the class, on Mondays and Tuesdays, at LTU.
Assistant Professor Dr. Matthew Cole from the Department of Management and Marketing presented an overview of advanced statistical analyses using Mplus software during two lectures this summer: Mplus lecture #1 and Mplus lecture #2. Dr. Cole will be reviewing CFA, mediation and moderation analyses using Mplus and Minitab in the Spring 2014 RES7033 class with DBA students.
Students are encouraged to install the demo version of Mplus and begin learning how to conduct advanced analyses for their research.
As reported by Joshua Greene on November 29, 2012 in Bloomberg Businessweek, Obama raised a large amount of the $690 million donated online via fundraising e-mails. The success of the fundraising e-mails may be related to the rigorous experimentation and testing by Obama’s in-house team of digital analytics. As reported in the Greene article, the team of analysts did extensive A-B testing on such components of an e-mail as the subject line, the message and the formatting. Their approach to the science of marketing involved testing as many as 18 e-mail drafts, with the most effective subject lines being those with a casual tone that you might actually receive from a friend. Other outcomes of the A-B testing were somewhat counterintuitive: plain-text links vs. pretty ‘Donate’ buttons, ugly yellow highlighting, and mild profanity were the most effective in raising money.