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Students, faculty, staff and alumni from The Bill Munday School of Business appear in local and national media outlets as both subjects and contributors of relevant and impactful business news.

Viewpoint: Here's What Makes a Great CEO

Published: August 2, 2019  |  Austin Business Journal
David Altounian, associate dean of The Bill Munday School of Business, shared the management and leadership lessons he learned from his time as interim dean. "As we enthusiastically welcome our new dean, Dr. Marianne Ward-Peradoza, I return to my previous position as associate dean with a newfound respect for the complexity and difficulty of the dean’s job, and armed with the lessons that I picked up from academic leadership and an amazing team," Altounian said.

2019's States with the Lowest and Highest Credit-Card Debts

Published: July 30, 2019  |  WalletHub
"Not practicing frugality leads to more debt: Expensive coffees and other small expenditures can add up. I do an exercise with my students and ask them to think about what they spend on coffee each week. They can see they could have a down payment on a house! They are a valuable customer to Starbuck's as they have a high Customer Lifetime Value (CLV), but they are not doing themselves a lot of good." – Dr. Debra Zahay-Blatz

How Bumble Grows Its Buzz: Austin Company Harnesses Star Power to Lead Marketing Charge

Published: April 26, 2019  |  Austin American-Statesman
"In a sea of dating apps, Bumble stands out as one of the few companies that frequently uses celebrity endorsements to promote its brand, according to Zahay-Blatz. 'Not a lot of dating apps and social media sites do that,' Zahay-Blatz said. 'You don’t really see a particular app taking such a strong position in terms of celebrity endorsements.'" – Dr. Debra Zahay-Blatz

Organizational Justice and the Application for Managers

Published: October 31, 2018  |  Culturati Magazine
"What is most powerful about the research and the Organizational Justice model is that it provides a framework that any manager can use in processing and communicating decisions that may have an impact on company culture, employee morale, and/or team commitment levels." – Dr. David Altounian

Universities Play a Key Role in Austin’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Published: October 4, 2018  |  Silicon Hills News
"Not all entrepreneurship is technology driven. Somebody that starts a new service business or a new type of food business, CPG, is in my mind, an entrepreneurial venture..." St. Edward's is a liberal arts college that doesn’t have an engineering school, but its students are entrepreneurially focused, Dr. David Altounian said.

Overseas Investors Could Be Lucrative Source of Funding for Austin Companies

Published: August 8, 2018  |  Austin Business Journal
"Foreign cash is already flowing in Austin — one example is Mythic's $40 million funding round led by Japan's SoftBank. But the Austin Chamber wants to attract much more and is courting wealthy money managers in places such as Dubai, Brazil, Hong Kong and Singapore." Dr. David Altounian contributes.

Iran's Standoff With the U.S. Has Paralyzed Money Markets and Businesses

Published: April 26, 2018  |  Bloomberg
"'Iran has vowed to depart from the dollar before to show its independence and ability to adopt.' Still, the primary motivation now is probably the growing power of the dollar to affect currency-exchange markets." – Dr. Ali Dadpay

How Did You Get Into Energy

Published: March 15, 2018  |  LinkedIn
"The five pillars were market-driven. I just listened to people. I went around and asked people about Austin's economic engine while thinking to myself, 'How does this fit into our mission?'" – Dr. Nancy Schreiber

Austin Would Need to Recruit Talent if Amazon HQ Were to Open Here

Published: January 18, 2018  |  KXAN: Austin, Texas NBC Affiliate
"But with the prospect of added jobs, how well would Austin do at getting those people to and from their jobs? Ali Dadpay, professor of Economics at the School of Business at St. Edward’s University believes this move will have to come with an increase in infrastructure."

Is Austin Finally on Radar of East and West Coast VCs?

Published: January 12, 2018  |  512tech by Austin American-Statesman
"The problem in the past was that our average deal sizes were really small compared to other markets. What you’re seeing now is not just companies getting funded, but in much higher amounts, and that’s exciting." – Dr. David Altounian

Senate Tax Plan Throws Wrench in Bikers' Gears

Published: November 16, 2017  |  Spectrum News Austin
"Simplification is a benefit to people because maybe fewer people will have to pay a professional to help them prepare their tax return." – Dr. Louise Single

Viewpoint: Amazon HQ2 Should Spur Austin to Get Serious About Transportation

Published: October 20, 2017  |  Austin Business Journal
" Inc. is shopping for a city to open its second headquarters... If Austin wants to succeed in bringing Amazon to central Texas, it has to emphasize its future and what its transportation infrastructure will be." – Dr. Ali Dadpay

Embracing the Hackathon in Higher Education

Published: October 2017  |  HuffPost
"Some universities already embrace the concept of hackathons as an additional opportunity to prepare students for the ever-evolving work environment but more universities need to support hackathons to prepare both technologists and liberal arts students for the workforce through a rich professional experience." – Dr. David Altounian

They Started With $10,000. Now They're Taking on ESPN

Published: October 2017  |
"FloSports will likely never beat ESPN," admits Altounian, FloSports' early adviser. "But can they own [niche] sports? Absolutely. I think they can be the 800-pound gorilla in that market, which is a big niche. Not only are those fans passionate, but they regenerate. Every year, more kids come up into those sports."

Texas-Based Orgs Aim to Tackle Tech's Lacking Diversity

Published: July 21, 2017  |  Crunchbase News
In general, Altounian would not call Austin a very diverse community. "We do have universities here such as UT and St. Edward’s with diverse populations but you don’t see that reflected in the overall community," he said. "But on the plus side, there are people really trying to make a difference and are putting more pressure on the diversity issue."

Tech Companies Are Thriving in Austin -- the Hard Way

Published: May 3, 2017  |
"What Altounian found stunned the city's tech industry. While, according to the Kauffman Foundation, Austin has the nation's highest level of startup activity (essentially the rate of new company creation), it ranks 12th for VC funding. In 2014, the city's startups raised $620 million in venture capital, while their peers in the Boston area raised $4 billion and the Bay Area almost $24 billion."

Austin Marathon's Economic Impact Grows to $34M

Published: April 25, 2017  |  Austin Business Journal
"The Austin Marathon is an example of a sports event which vitalizes the local economy and creates significant revenue for the city and the local business community. We have used estimated spending and estimated averages to aggregate total spending. The multiplier effect for this event is significant, and we can believe it impacts all economic sectors in our region." – Dr. Ali Dadpay

Early Career Developmental Networks and Professionals' Knowledge Creation

Published: April 4, 2017  |  Journal of Management
Professor Dunn's article examines how novice professionals' developmental relationships influence their future knowledge creation. Her findings have important implications for studying developmental networks, knowledge creation networks and knowledge creation. These findings also provide insights for organizations interested in developing individuals' careers in knowledge work.

Trump Policy Uncertainty Clouds Iranian-Americans' Investment Plans

Published: March 19, 2017  |  Bloomberg
"In separating politics from trade, Europe 'has reached a good business model with Iran,' said Ali Dadpay, a professor of economics at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas, who studies Iran. Unlike the U.S., which severed diplomatic ties with Iran in 1980 after revolutionaries seized the American Embassy there, European nations have had relations and economic interactions with Iran in past decades and are 'realistic about the opportunities and potentials,' Dadpay said."

The Secrets to Successful Business Partnerships

Published: February 1, 2017  |  HuffPost
"The success of the partnership ultimately rests on its integrity. Each party must live up to their promises, be honest with the other in times of stress, and maintain flexibility in the face of unforeseen issues." – Dean Nancy Schreiber

The Gender Pay Gap: Five Steps to Equal Wages

Published: December 3, 2016  |  Texas CEO Magazine
"Apple. Facebook. IBM. Target. Visa. All five of these companies, which routinely make 'Major Employers' lists across Texas, signed the White House’s Equal Pay Pledge this summer. Why make such a bold public commitment? Because it’s the right thing to do, and it’s good for business."  – Dean Nancy Schreiber

Austin as Tech Hub: Myth or Reality?

Published: October 28, 2016  |  Austin Chronicle
"Almost exactly one year ago, a report from St. Edward's University ranked Austin first in the nation for the density of start-ups calling this city their home. However, the same report also highlighted the severe lack of capital required for any start-ups with potential to scale up and become more than just a good idea."


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