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December 5, 2011

U.S. on track to be net exporter of petroleum products!  Watch this interesting interview by Mr. Jon Sorenson, Managing Partner of Competitive Energy Services and Chairman of the MBS Advisory board. Click here to see interview.

November 29, 2011

Read this interesting article by Dr. Vollmers: Taxation and the Condemnation of the Poor

November 6, 2011

Mr. Jon Sorenson, Chair of the MBS Advisory Board and Managing Partner of Competitive Energy Services LLC was interviewed on NECN last week. Please click here to see the interview.

October 28, 2011

The Maine Business School was ranked among the BEST business schools in the World for a fourth year in a row!  Eduniversal (, a Paris-based organization that provides global rankings for business schools, included the Maine Business School in their category of “excellent” business schools. A total of 154 US schools were included among the 1000 ranked worldwide in the various categories.

September 23, 2011

“Looking for growth in Maine’s agricultural economy”, Dr. S. Welcomer, Bangor Daily News. Click here to read full story.

September 16, 2011

Dr. Erhardt recently published some very interesting research: Rebranding Employment Branding: Establishing a New Research Agenda to Explore the Attributes, Antecedents, and Consequences of Workers’ Employment Brand Knowledge,  in “Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management”

Click here to see the abstract

September 9, 2011

Congratulations to Professor Broderick on winning the Lew Vafiades Pro Bono Award!  Click here to read the full story.

September 8, 2011

Mr. Bob McDonald, President, P&GThanks to Dr. Strong, Mr. Bob McDonald, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Proctor and Gamble, spoke to our students and faculty yesterday.  His talk about valued-based leadership was phenomenal.  In case you were not able to attend, you can click here to see his talk.

Please click here to see the pictures from his talk at UMaine.
Thank you Dr. Strong for bringing one of the most respected, influential leaders in the world to speak to us!

September 1, 2011

Dr. Nic Erhardt’s paper, “Is it all about teamwork? Understanding processes in team-based knowledge work” in Management Learning February 2011, pp. 42: 87-112,  was the 8th most read paper in Management Learning in July 2011.  Nice job Dr. Erhardt!

August 18, 2011

Rachel Hathaway wins Pearson Prize for Higher Education!  Click here to read article.

July 29, 2011

Corporate Social Responsibility: “In These Times, Who Should Profit From Profit?”  Read Dr. Mahon’s interesting discussion of this in the Bangor Daily news.  Click here to read article.

July 25, 2011

Dr. Terry Porter has been busy with research!  Click here to see what she has done.

July 11, 2011

Professor Pank Agrrawal quotes in July 9th Wall Street Journal Article!  Click here to read full story.  Nice job Dr. Agrrawal!

June 22, 2011

Congratulations Seth Swanberg on starting a great new job at Electric Boat in Groton, CT!
Electric Boat is a General Dynamics subsidiary similar to Bath Iron Works except it produces nuclear submarines.

Seth, who completed his MBA last month, will be working as an engineer to design the ballistic missile submarine that will be replacing the Navy’s aging Ohio class. “The exact work I will be doing is classified (it is really cool to say that), but I can tell you that I am working in the area of the ship called the “Common Missile Compartment”.  Good luck Seth!

June 19, 2011

“UMaine business student consulting for good in Bangladesh:

Rachel Hathaway returned last week to Bangladesh, prepared to encounter hundreds of children begging in the streets.” Click here to read full story in the Bangor Daily News.

Another example of world class MBS faculty!
Dr. Nic Erhard’s paper is listed as the second-ranked paper in the journal Corporate Governance: An International Review, according to Anne-Wil Harzing’s Publish or Perish software.
Erhardt, N. L., Werbel, J. D. and Shrader, C. B. Board of director diversity and firm financial performance. Corporate Governance: An International Review, Vol. 11, no. 2, 2003, pp. 102-111.

June 17, 2011

Dr. Patti Miles has been busy with several major accomplishments:

She has had two papers (35 chosen out of 1021 submitted) accepted at the Decisions Sciences Institute (National Conference that will be held in Boston this Fall).
1. ‘Structure, Strategy, and Industry Performance: Exploring the link’.
2. ‘Executive Compensation, Taxes, and Corporate Social Responsibility: Exploring the Link’.
She has also submitted a paper to the Journal of Cyberpsychology titled: Tweeting and the Problematic use of Weibo in China, reviewed 6 papers for Decisions Sciences Institute, was invited and have accepted an invitation to be a session chair at Decisions Sciences Institute, completed the Assurance of Learning Assessment for the MBA program Oral Communication Goal, and the Teamwork/Leadership Goal, and competed the Assurance of Learning Assessment for the Undergraduate Program Problem solving goal.  This is a combined assessment that assimilates and illustrates the improvement from Sophomore Assessment to Junior or Senior Level Assessment.
Job well done Dr. Miles!

June 15, 2011

World travelers!

Dr. Robert Strong and Dr. John Mahon met in Aalen, Germany last week to plan the next MBA trip for next year. Highest mountain in the Alps This photo is from the top of the Zugzpitz (highest mountain in the German alps), a likely cultural stop on next year’s trip.  Portugal

After that Dr. Strong went to Porto, Portugal for the annual meeting of the European Financial Management Association.  This photo is in Portugal.  Dr. Mahon went to the United Kingdom for a conference in Bath… more to come on that.

John Mahon travelled to Barcelona Spain for a meeting of the International Academy of Business and Economics entitled:  “A Resource Curse for Institutions:  Oil Rent Dependency and Quality of Government,” with Richard A. McGowan (Boston College).  The paper was subsequently published in the Journal of International Business Economics.

After Barcelona Professor Mahon went to visit our partner school in Aalen Germany (with Robert Strong).  Then on to Ashridge Business School for an invitation only conference on sustainability.  While there, Professor Mahon made the following presentations:

“The Public Policy and Influencing Dimension,” Invited Keynote Address on Sustainability—Driven Change and Transformational Vision, at the Ashridge International Research Conference, Ashridge Business School, Berkhamsted, United Kingdom; and

“What can and do Business Schools do in the field of Sustainability?” Dean’s Forum, Invited speaker along with Dean Phil Harris and Dean Johan Roos, at the Ashridge International Research Conference, Ashridge     Business School, Berkhamsted, United Kingdom.

Professor Mahon returned home for a short period of time and then returned to Bath England to attend the International Association of Business and Society’s Annual Meetings.  While there he presented:

“Issues Management in Cooperation with Government,” invited presentation at the Workshop on The Role of Governments in the Business and Society Debate, with Nikolay Dentchev, Elvira Haezendonck (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Mitchell Van Balen, Samantha Aguirre (Vrije Unviersiteit Brussel), and Kathleen Rehbein (Marquette University);

“The BP Oil Disaster: Critical Insights and Lessons for Management and Organizational Reputation,” with Jeanne Logsdon (University of New Mexico)

“Issue Management Processes:  The Role of Filters,” with Steven L. Wartick (University of Northern Iowa); and

Served as a discussant on a series of papers investigating corporate political activity.

Assistant Professor Anne Canabal visited businesses in East Africa in May in order to better understand business opportunities in these countries. The trip was organized by the Center for International Business Education and Research at the University of South Carolina and included faculty from various US universities.

The group visited businesses in Kenya and Tanzania, including Coca-Cola bottlers, Del Monte, the Kenya Wildlife Services, an export processing zone, and small businesses in the Kibera slums. The group also met with faculty at the University of Nairobi and members of the US embassy’s commercial service.

Dr. Anne Canabal will also be traveling to Japan next week for the Academy of International Business conference. Her paper is called Legal System Voids and Wholly Owned Foreign Subsidiary Performance: The Mediating Role of Government Relational Ties as Nonmarket Assets. The authorship is: George O. White III, Anne Canabal, Thomas A. Hemphill.

June 14, 2011

Dr. Omar Khan will be presenting a paper on the underlying conditions determining regionalization vs. globalization at the Academy of International Business conference in Nagoya, Japan (June 24-28).

May 20, 2011

Some recent research:  Graham, C. M. & Jones, N. (2011) Improving Business Performance with Web 2.0 Technologies. Journal of Business Excellence. (Accepted April 17 2011).

Abstract- This paper explores the role of emerging Web 2.0 technologies in the workplace in terms of current trends, e-learning, and the value these new e-learning technologies can potentially provide organizations. This research first reviews the literature in terms of current practices, benefits, and challenges, and defines several applications of Web 2.0 technologies used in the workplace. The study then reports on the results of a survey of Maine businesses that was conducted to assess what Web 2.0 technologies they’d like to use in their organizations, their perceptions of these different technologies, and the potential benefits to their organizations. Results indicate that while most business respondents are aware of the time and cost savings benefits of technologies in the workplace, most were not aware of the emerging technologies such as Wikis, blogs, free open-source apps, or the benefits they could provide for knowledge sharing. We conclude that there is great potential for businesses to adopt a variety of e-learning technologies to facilitate training initiatives, resulting ultimately in performance improvements and enhanced competitive advantage.


April 27, 2011

MBS student Rachel Hathaway was awarded the prestigious Fulbright award! Click here to read full story.

Breaking news… we just learned that Ms. Hathaway was also awarded the Gilman Scholarship, offered through the Department of State for travel abroad research/study. Congratulations Ms. Hathaway!!

April 22, 2011

“Madame President” of the MBS Graduate Business Association, Ms. Nicole Gogan, was selected as Brewer’s economic development specialist.  According to a Bangor Daily News article, “A total of 43 people applied for the job, and most were qualified, making the decision a tough one, she added. “Nicole’s attitude, intelligence and enthusiasm really rose to the top,” Main-Boyington said. “I think the businesses are going to like her.” Click here to read the full story.

April 21, 2011

Professor Brodericks’  BUA 327: Business and Society class did a food drive and fund raiser for the Old Town Crossroads food pantry as a strategic initiative in corporate philanthropy.  Prof. Broderick’s BUA 220 classes also contributed to the food drive with lots of non-perishable food items.  Students, staff and faculty at the Maine Business School also contributed to the effort.  The result?  Over $250 in donations and LOTS of food for Crossroads.  Job well done everyone!  For pictures of the grand finale raffle drawing, click here.

April 18, 2011

Dr. Terry Porter and Ms. Cassie Vaillancourt have published the first Business & Sustainability newsletters. Click here to read this inaugural edition!

April 15, 2011

Touting tourism through technology: In this article, Dr. Harold Daniel explains how Maine tourism can be expanded through the use of emerging web-based technologies. Click here to read full story.

April 9, 2011

The MBS Corps hiked for the homeless!  Thank you to our wonderful volunteers for walking 4+ miles to help the homeless in Bangor. Click here to see the slide show.
Click here to see more MBS Corps activities

April 2, 2011

How sweet it was!  The MBS Corps volunteered during the annual Spruce Run silent auction (with delicious deserts!)   to raise money to stop domestic violence.  Mr. J. Baker, Ms. C. Vaillancourt, and Ms. S. Wood provided logistics, support, sales of raffle tickets and anything else needed to help in this important event.

March 25, 2011
WABI news clip on UM students doing taxes. Click here to see the video

March 23, 2011
Dr. Mahon comments on the effects of the Japan disaster on Maine. Click here to read the story.

March 18, 2011
Intrepid MBA student ventures to Morocco despite mid-east turmoil!  Click here to read his adventures.

March 15, 2011
Yesterday the Board of Trustees approved Dr. Pank Agrrawal’s promotion to the rank of Associate Professor of Finance, with tenure. Congratulations Dr. Agrrawal!!

March 9, 2011

Duke of Westminster appoints Dr. John Mahon as visiting faculty to University of Chester.  Please click here to see announcement.

Some recent publications by our faculty!

Erhardt, N. (2011). Is it all about teamwork? Understanding processes in team-based knowledge work. Management Learning, 42(1) 87–112.  Abstract: There is a general assumption in the team literature that more teamwork is always better, especially when knowledge integration is key. Yet, teamwork is not always required in knowledge work. By adopting a case-based approach using a total of 88 interviews from four project teams operating in different companies in Sweden and the USA, three knowledge processes are explored as to how they are leveraged in team-based knowledge work (TBKW). A framework of four types of TBKW is delineated: standardized, modular, integrative and collaborative, which are distinguished by the structure of the problem (ill- vs well-structured) faced by the team and knowledge composition (heterogeneous vs homogenous) within the team. Theoretical and practical implications are addressed and future research directions are discussed.

Porter, T. (2011). A complexity perspective on strategic process research. In Mazzola, P. and Kellermanns, F. (Eds), The Handbook of Research on Strategy Process: 350-368. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.
Abstract An important area of strategic processes in today‟s hypercompetitive environments concerns the development of capacities for rapid innovation and strategic adaptation. One well developed approach to this issue is to build and empower bottom up change processes, in which employees close to the action are encouraged to develop new ideas and champion them upwards. While an important body of knowledge has developed from these perspectives, we argue in this chapter that the meta-theoretical paradigm upon which it rests is increasingly awkward and untenable in the face of the radically dynamic marketplaces now commonplace. In this chapter we address the topic of bottom up change from an alternative theoretical basis. We assert that complexity theory and complex adaptive systems (CAS) provide an integrative framework that parsimoniously intertwines the adaptive bottom up responses of firms with the turbulence now common in most industries and environments of business. We build the argument that bottom up innovation, in a complexity framework, is a normal phenomenon intrinsic to the very nature of the system, and we propose a number of testable guidelines for managing bottom up innovation from within this emerging „paradigm‟.

Espinoza, A. and Porter, T. (2011). Sustainability, complexity and learning: Insights from complex systems approaches. The Learning Organization, 18(1),  54-72.

Dr. Terry Porter and Dr. Patti Miles Also, Patti Miles will be presenting at the International Association for Business and Society conference in Bath, UK, from June 23-26. The title of their paper is ‘Walking the Talk in Corporate CSR: Do Frontpage and Backroom Indicators Tell the Same Story?

March 8, 2011

Lecturer of Management Information Systems Matt Graham, recently developed an Intranet website for International Educators Group (IEG). through its peer reviewed journals. IEG is dedicated to both (i) help close the gap in education through the development of new strategies and utilization of information technology, and (ii) serve as a resource for the dissemination of ideas and research work for improving quality of education as well as help with the efficiency with which content is delivered.

The Intranet site that Professor Graham developed for IEG provides a secure logon for authors and researchers that would like to submit their articles to one of their peer reviewed journals.  The intranet site has a second secure logon for IEG editors and reviewers to review submitted articles and make recommendations to accept or reject papers / articles submitted to the new site.

March, 2011


For the first time, US News and World Report has rated the Maine Business School among the nationally-ranked best undergraduate business programs!

Results  from national exam:
Our MBA students scored
in the top 15% of 230 business schools taking a national comprehensive exam since 2005.  Our students scored in the top 10% in both marketing and management and well above the mean in accounting, finance and strategic integration!

Our undergraduates also ranked as top notch scoring in the top 15% in marketing, international issues and MIS knowledge and in the top 20 % in management, finance, economics and business analysis! Our students were also in the top 25% in accounting knowledge.

February, 2011

Maine Business School Leadership Award! The Maine Business School announces a call for nominations for the Leadership in Business Award. Please click here for information and nomination form.

January, 2011

Congratulations Dr. Canabal and Dr. Manev!

Dr. Canabal and Dr. Manev’s paper, “The effect of venture internationalization on performance in different environments” was chosen as the best paper for the Entrepreneurship / Information Technology / Innovation track at the 2010 Southern Management Association Annual Meeting. Job well done!

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