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The University at Buffalo School of Management is a vibrant and inclusive community of big thinkers and even bigger doers. We work together to question and upend theories, lifting each other up and driving change. Because at the UB School of Management, ambition is a virtue, tenacity is a given, and discovery happens everywhere, from the classroom to the boardroom. That’s just how we do it here.

People wearing blue on a grassy field in the shape of a "100.".

United to celebrate a century

United to celebrate a century
As the yearlong recognition of the School of Management’s 100th anniversary draws to a close, students, alumni, faculty and staff donned their UB blue apparel and gathered at Clemens Field for a commemorative photo — in the shape of a huge 100.

The Empasta team on stage at the Panasci competition after winning the event.

Team says “cheeze” to win UB entrepreneurship competition

Team says “cheeze” to win UB entrepreneurship competition
First-year MBA students Matthew Mullens and Neharika Korati took first place in this year's Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition. The team will receive $25,000 in startup capital and in-kind services valued at $40,000 for their company, Empasta, which produces what the team calls “cheeze” sauce—a healthier, tasty cheese alternative.

Candidates waiting for job interviews.

Equity in employment: Rethinking the most qualified candidate

Equity in employment: Rethinking the most qualified candidate
School of Management researchers conducted five experiments with more than 3,300 participants and found that when confronted with a candidate’s prior socioeconomic advantages or disadvantages in the hiring and promotion process, both liberals and conservatives alter their perceptions of fairness.

George Chamoun adding his remarks to the School of Management time capsule.

Celebrating a century: Nine distinguished alumni share lessons learned at the top

Celebrating a century: Nine distinguished alumni share lessons learned at the top
Amid a yearlong recognition of its 100th anniversary, the School of Management invited nine distinguished alumni to campus in November to share insights, inspire the university community and look ahead to the future. 

Meet the honorees, learn more about them and read their personal stories in the spring 2024 issue of Buffalo Business magazine.

Water, mountains and sky in the Arctic.

Securing the Arctic: School of Management research receives grant from Department of Homeland Security

Securing the Arctic: School of Management research receives grant from Department of Homeland Security
Kyle Hunt, assistant professor of management science and systems, was recently selected to be part of the launch of a new Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate initiative that will address critical security issues in the Arctic.

Flags outside the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

University at Buffalo receives formal association with the United Nations Department of Global Communications

University at Buffalo receives formal association with the United Nations Department of Global Communications
Through an effort led by Dorothy Siaw-Asamoah, clinical professor of organization and human resources, the University at Buffalo will gain global recognition and representation at the United Nations, and will be involved in advocacy efforts to help monitor and implement international agreements thanks to its new formal association with the UN Department of Global Communications.

Securities and Exchange Commission seal on the side of a building.

Academic Impact: SEC cites UB School of Management research in ruling

Academic Impact: SEC cites UB School of Management research in ruling
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission cited research by Michael Dambra, the Kenneth W. Colwell Chair of Accounting and Law, 17 times in its recent ruling on special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) — a hot Wall Street fad. 

The new SEC rules tightened regulations around these blank-check shell companies,  seeking to make it clearer to investors whether they are being misled.

Peace bridge lit in UB blue.

Celebrating a century

Celebrating a century
In recognition of the UB School of Management's 100th anniversary, the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority illuminated the Peace Bridge in UB blue on Nov. 3.

Arline flight indicator board.

How to make flights more punctual

How to make flights more punctual
By analyzing 11 years of data of U.S. carriers, new School of Management research by Milind Sohoni, professor and chair of operations management and strategy, reveals the most effective strategies for improving airlines' on-time performance rankings — a key indicator of punctuality and service reliability.

Cristian Johnson on stage at the Fast 46 Competition.

CEL grad Cristian Johnson wins Fast 46 competition

CEL grad Cristian Johnson wins Fast 46 competition
Beautiful Brains, led by Christian Johnson, CEL ’15, was named the fastest-growing business as confirmed by revenue growth rates. A Buffalo-based company, the firm helps businesses strengthen and diversify their supply chains through end-to-end global product manufacturing and distribution services. A serial entrepreneur, Johnson is a board member of the Erie County Medical Center and the African American Veterans Monument in Buffalo.

Students play Rock, Paper, Scissors.

UB MBA rises Bloomberg ranking

UB MBA rises in Bloomberg ranking
Bloomberg Businessweek has again ranked the University at Buffalo School of Management’s MBA program one of the nation’s best. The school rose one place in the 2023-24 ranking to No. 69, placing it solidly in the top 10% of AACSB-accredited business schools. Among public universities, the School of Management is ranked No. 32.

Students play Rock, Paper, Scissors.

100 years of welcoming new students

100 years of welcoming new students
Following in the footsteps of the transformational and insightful leaders who came before them, a new class of students gathered at the University at Buffalo School of Management Aug. 25 — for the hundredth time.

Social impact fellows gathered in front of a UB sign.

Social Impact Fellows aim to change the world, a piece at a time

Social Impact Fellows aim to change the world, a piece at a time
Through UB's Social Impact Fellows program, MBA and MSW students from the School of Management and School of Social Work, along with graduate students from the College of Arts and Sciences, create social innovation in Western New York. Together, our students collaborate, address pressing social issues and make an impact.

Philip Glick.

MD/MBA provides new perspectives

MD/MBA provides new perspectives
A collaborative program between the School of Management and the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, UB's MD/MBA dual degree is a great fit for medical students looking to enhance their world-class clinical training with advanced management education to become a sought-after health care leader.

Students visit Café Los Volcanes, a Costa Rican coffee farm.

Social innovation in Costa Rica

Social innovation in Costa Rica
During the spring semester, School of Management students explored the culture and business management practices of Latin America, and enhanced their classroom education with an experiential learning trip to Costa Rica.

There, they started each day with a hot cup of coffee — and learned how it symbolizes social innovation and entrepreneurial leadership in the region.

Wyckoff and Kriner in Alfiero Center.

Building a legacy

Building a legacy
The late Keith Stolzenburg was a loyal alumnus and a respected colleague who served as executive in residence for accounting. One of his greatest joys, though, was his role as a trusted mentor who guided countless students with sage advice and a dash of humor as they prepared to join the accounting profession.

Now, the first two recipients of the Keith M. Stolzenburg Fellowship — established by why his wife, Rosanne, and their children, Anna and Eric — are living by Stolzenburg’s example.

Human and robot arms giving a fist bump.

Meet your new teammate: AI

Meet your new teammate: AI
The exploding popularity of programs like ChatGPT has organizations looking closely at how artificial intelligence can be adopted in the workplace, and new UB School of Management research reveals that getting employees to use AI depends on two factors: employee attitudes toward the technology and the degree to which they can choose to work with it.

Celebrating 100 years
Since 1923, the University at Buffalo School of Management has been developing leaders and making an impact on individuals, businesses and communities around the world. You can see a few examples in our centennial video and stay tuned as we commemorate this momentous milestone throughout 2023.

RHM Innovations on stage at the Panasci Competition.

RHM Innovations Conquers Panasci Competition

RHM Innovations Conquers Panasci Competition
The third time was a charm for RHM Innovations Inc. 

A durable medical equipment manufacturer that develops assistive bathing technologies, RHM previously entered the Panasci Competition in 2021 and 2022.

The startup finally took top prize in 2023 for its inaugural product, the Aide-ing Arm – a shower chair attachment that enables the caregiver to have complete control over the flow of water while the resident is seated safely in a standard shower chair. 

 

Aerial photo of Paula's Plaza.

A gateway to North Campus

A gateway to North Campus
Filled with flowers, benches, walking paths and café-style lighting, Paula T. Agrusa Plaza creates a welcoming entrance and provides outdoor learning environments and spaces where faculty, students, alumni and visitors have gathered and collaborated.

The project, which also includes a refreshed exterior space on the southern side of Jacobs Management Center, was made possible by a gift from alumnus Russ Agrusa, BS ’76, in memory of his wife and School of Management alumna, Paula Agrusa, BS ’78.

Ananth Iyer in Alfiero Center.

Meet the dean

Meet the dean
In August, Ananth Iyer was named dean of the School of Management. He was selected from a highly competitive pool of candidates after a national search.

An accomplished scholar in operations and supply chain management, Iyer served previously as senior associate dean at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Business. Recently, we had the opportunity to talk with Dean Iyer about his vision for the school.

Digital circuitry.

Privacy in a world of information

Privacy in a world of information
As we navigate the internet — and our daily lives — we increasingly leave a trail of information in our wake.

For individuals, data privacy has implications for our security, finances, health care and more.

For organizations, the proper collection, storage, management and sharing of data is critical for compliance with regulations and building customer trust.

But along with the privacy challenges that come with big data, the growing world of information provides opportunities for businesses and value for customers, too.

Nicholas and Matthew Taboni with text that reads TRUE BLUE.

The Taboni twins are True Blue

The Taboni twins are True Blue
Matt Taboni, who graduated in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in management, is now in the JD/MBA program. He serves as the graduate assistant for zero waste in UB’s Sustainability Office, overseeing Hired, the free professional clothing boutique for students, and the UB chapter of the Food Recovery Network.

His identical twin brother Nick is an exercise science major enrolled in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and is simultaneously earning a theater degree. He’s also a member of the track and cross-country teams.

Hand grenade with keyboard keys.

Cyberwarfare: How real is the threat and how are businesses preparing?

Cyberwarfare: How real is the threat and how are businesses preparing?
With the Russian invasion of Ukraine shining a spotlight on the issue of digital warfare, we asked two cybersecurity scholars—Alan Katerinsky and Dominic Sellitto, both clinical assistant professors from the school’s Management Science and Systems Department—to share their perspectives on the potential threat of cyberattacks and how it’s affecting businesses.

Shareefa Albanna in the CEL offices.

Entrepreneurial opportunities

Entrepreneurial Opportunities
Three local entrepreneurs are making a lasting impact thanks to their experience in our Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership's Core program — an opportunity that was made possible through a generous bequest to effect social justice, advance educational opportunities and positively affect those in need.

Srikrithi Krishnan greets Vice President Kamala Harris after introducing the vice president before her remarks in the Center for the Arts atrium.

A surreal experience

A surreal experience
MBA/MPH student Srikrithi Krishnan recounts how her personal experiences inspired her introduction of Vice President Kamala Harris before her remarks at UB.

Office building with trees reflected in the windows.

Good for the planet, good for the bottom line.

Good for the planet, good for the bottom line
For decades in the business world, sustainability was relegated to a recycling initiative or public relations exercise—if it made the conversation at all. Today, investors, customers and employees alike are demanding that companies take action and embed sustainability in their strategy and operations—or risk falling behind. 

The Social Impact Fellows program brings together 30 UB graduate students to create social innovation in the community.

UB Social Impact Fellows use diverse perspectives to create change

UB Social Impact Fellows use diverse perspectives to create change
Now in its fifth year, the Social Impact Fellows program brings together students from the UB School of Management, School of Social Work and College of Arts and Sciences schools to create social innovation in Western New York.