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Robert BaronRandy BoydTwo UT College of Business Administration alums selected as Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 recipients.

Robert Baron, chairman, president, CEO and founder of Baron Group of Companies, and Randy Boyd, president and CEO of Radio Systems Corporation, were named EOY in the Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee region. More.


Dave Ecklund

David Ecklund joins UT as director of the Global Supply Chain Management Executive MBA program in the College of Business Administration

He also will be a lecturer in logistics for undergraduate, graduate, executive-level degree and non-degree programs. More


Data Mining Conference, Kayseri, TurkeyNews Brief: High Dimensional Data Mining Conference June 19-23, 2008 at Hilton Kayseri, Turkey

UT was the lead institution and the conference was hosted and chaired by Professor Hamparsum Bozdogan.   Images    |    News Artilcle


Tom MentzerJohn (Tom) Mentzer Wins Prestigious Berkman Distinguished Service Award from the Academy of Marketing Science

The award is given annually to one academy member in recognition of a career of service to marketing. Mentzer is the first recipient from UT. More


Joe CarcelloJoe Carcello Receives Beta Alpha Psi's Prestigious Business Professional of the Year Award

Joe Carcello, the Ernst & Young Professor in Accounting in the College of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has received Beta Alpha Psi's prestigious Business Professional of the Year award. More


UT Business Plan TeamInaugural Business Plan Competition draws 62 entries from six colleges, 21 majors.

The competition was designed to develop and encourage an entrepreneurial culture on campus. Pictured are: (back row, from left) Tom Graves, competition organizer; finalists Justin Redd, Emily Stevens, William Brown, Andrew Bouldin, Zach Linn, Eric Watson; Sarah Gardial, associate dean of academic affairs; Jim Atchley, chair of judging committee; (front row, from left) finalists Jamison Walkup, Stefan Wilson, John Custer, Jillian Lofton. More


Dave SchumannSchumann to Direct Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center at UT

Marketing Professor David Schumann has been selected to be the inaugural director of UT’s Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center. The center was created to provide assistance to UT faculty in developing better classroom teaching skills. More


Meredith WrightUT Student, Meredith Wright, Receives First Amway Endowed Scholarship in Sales Forecasting

Meredith Wright, graduating May 2009, is the first recipient of the Amway Endowed Scholarship in Sales Forecasting in the College of Business Administration. Amway, a subsidiary of Alticor Inc., recently established a $50,000 endowment to support students who either study sales forecasting or who have a specific interest in a sales forecasting career. More


Global Venture GroupFull-time MBA Students Win ORNL's Global Venture Competition and $32,500 to Invest in Their Businesses

UT Full-time MBA Students Win ORNL's Global Venture Competition and $32,500 to invest in their businesses. Although their daylight hours are spent as students in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship concentration in the full-time MBA program, their evenings and weekends are spent building their technology-based businesses with fellow students. Pictured are Joel Riddle, Glenn Swift, Danny Norman, Brad Russell, William Ambrose, Pat Richardson, Ned Morgan, Jyotirmoy Dwivedi (back row from left), Jim Bell, Bryan Moore (in front from left). More


Dr. Lane MorrisMorris Becomes Ninth President of Prestigious Academy of Human Resource Development

Michael Lane Morris, Ph.D., CFLE, human resource development program director and associate professor of management in UT’s College of Business Administration, became the ninth president of the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD). More.


Tom MentzerJohn T. (Tom) Mentzer, Ph.D. Honored with The International Society of Logistics’
2007 Armitage Medal

First awarded in 2003, the Armitage Medal recognizes outstanding contributions to logistics literature. More


Ted StankHow to Drive Growth and Profitability with a Demand-driven Supply Chain

RR Ronnelley webcast led by Ted Stank, Dove Professor in Logistics and Transportation. More (event requires free registration).


Hamparsam BozdoganUT Lead Sponsor for June Data Mining Conference in Turkey

The conference chairman will be Hamparsum Bozdogan, Toby & Brenda McKenzie Professor in the Department of Statistics, Operations and Management Science in UT's College of Business Administration. Conference sponsors include UT's College of Business Administration, the Department of Statistics, Operations and Management Science, and UT Research Office and Science Alliance. More


Daniel Murphy, UT Accounting ProfessorDaniel Murphy, Deloitte & Touche Professor of Accounting in the College of Business Administration, was awarded the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants’ (TSCPA) 2008 Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award.  The award is given to one individual annually in recognition of excellence in teaching and active involvement in the accounting profession.  The award is open to any CPA in the state of Tennessee who is a member of the TSCPA.  The committee also considers outreach activities where professional accountants further the profession and public service.  Murphy also is head of the college’s Department of Accounting and Information Management.


Two dual-degree MBA/MS in sport management students headed to Phoenix to work Super Bowl XLII

Students will be working behind the scenes and doing research at Super Bowl XLII in Arizona. Press Release (PDF)    Team UT Website


UT Professor Reappointed to Accounting Advisory Group

Joseph V. Carcello, the Ernst & Young professor in UT’s Department of Accounting and Information Management and the director of research for UT’s Corporate Governance Center, recently has been reappointed to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board's (PCAOB) Standing Advisory Group. More


UT Professors Testify Before Treasury Committee

Joseph V. Carcello, Ernst and Young professor and director of research for the College's Corporate Governance Center, testified December 2007 before the U.S. Treasury Committee on the auditing profession. Carcello testified on the human capital challenges facing the public company auditing profession and made recommendations for addressing these challenges.  Other witnesses included the CEOs of PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young, law professors from Duke and George Washington universities, and a managing director from the General Accounting Office.

Bruce Behn, Ergen Professor in Business, appeared as a panelist at the January 2008 meeting of the Advisory Committee on the Auditing Profession’s Subcommittee on Human Capital at the Treasury Department. The Treasury Department chartered this Advisory Committee to consider and develop recommendations relating to the sustainability of the auditing profession.  Former Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Arthur Levitt and former SEC Chief Accountant Donald Nicolaisen were the co-chairs of the Advisory Committee.

Dr. Mike Stahl

Mike Stahl, program director of the University of Tennessee's Physician Executive MBA (PEMBA) program, has been honored as the Tennessee Communication Association's 2007 Communicator of the Year. He is the first individual to receive this honor from the UT Knoxville campus since the award's inception in 1973. The Communicator of the Year traditionally has been given to a person who, by virtue of service or performance, has contributed substantially to the purposes of communication in Tennessee. More


Cody and White Bring 45 Years of Air Force Expertise to UT (More)

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2006 Students Top Scorers on CPA Exam

Will Atkins
Stephanie Blue Blair
Andrew Blevins
Robert Ford
Will Atkins
Stephanie Blue Blair
Andrew Blevins
Robert Ford

Four 2006 graduates of UT's Master in Accountancy program passed all four parts of the CPA exam within calendar year 2006 and were the top scorers in Tennessee.  Two graduates ranked as the top two scorers, while all four were in the top eight. These graduates, and their rankings, are Will Atkins (#1), Stephanie Bue Blair (#2); Andrew Blevins (#6); and Robert Ford (#8).

College of Business Administration Students Work Behind the Scenes at Super Bowl

MBA students at Superbowl

Photo caption: Front row, left to right:  Team members Chris Miller, Zach Franz and Tommy Smith, and EHHS Assistant Professor Dr. Fritz G. Polite; Back row, left to right, team member Lindsey Smith, EHHS Assistant Professor Jim B. Miller, team member Jennifer Edwards, EHHS Dean Bob Rider, team member Sue Flamini, MBA Program Director Glen Schuler, team member Chanel Lattimer, Assistant Athletic Director Chris Fuller, Associate MBA Program Director Molly Justice and CBA Associate Dean Sarah Gardial. More


John T. (Tom) Mentzer, Harry J. and Vivienne R. Bruce Chair of Excellence in Business in the Department of Marketing and Logistics, was interviewed by Ken Rayment, Six Sigma Black Belt in Statistics, for his podcast interview series. Topic: using supply chain core competencies to seek global competitive advantage. Length: 14 minutes. Click here to listen..

Managing the Risk Inherent in Global Outsourcing: Webinar conducted by J. Paul Dittmann, Ph.D. that explores the risks inherent in global outsourcing, suggests models to manage that risk, and shows how to factor risk management into an outsourcing analysis. Length: 50 minutes. Click here to listen.

The University of Tennessee MBA Case Competition team performed extremely well in one of the world’s most prestigious case competitions, the 2007 John Molson International MBA Concordia Case Competition in Montreal. Thirty-six teams competed from across the globe, including Germany, China, UK, Finland, Canada, the United States, and France, The UT team made it into the 9-team semifinals, the only U.S. team to do so, beating out a US field which included Purdue, the University of Chicago, and the University of South Carolina. This performance is the best showing by UT in the past six years of competing at this event, which has been held for over 26 years.

 MBA case team 2007

The UT Case Competition team members were (in the order they appear in the picture) Jim McDaniel, Glenn Adamz, Lynn Miller, and Scott Ferguson. Co-coaches were Associate Professor of Management Anne Smith and Distinguished Lecturer in Finance Swannee Sexton, with Assistant Coach Kurt Gellert, who competed on last year’s UT case team.

Official results are at: 

Elaine Seat1/18/07
Workforce issues are a prime concern for the aerospace industry, The future aerospace workforce will be shaped by the industry’s ability to navigate instability, accurately understand who is available, manage global partnerships, and manage public perception. Elaine Seat comments in her authored Aviation Week article. Read more.

New Product Forecasting:  An Applied Approach (2006], written by associate marketing professor Ken Kahn, Ph.D. in UT’s College of Business Administration was selected by Choice magazine to join its prestigious list of 2006 Outstanding Academic Titles. This selective list contains approximately ten percent of approximately 7,000 works reviewed. It reflects the best in scholarly publications and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community. In awarding Outstanding Academic Titles, the editors consider overall excellence in presentation and scholarship, importance within its field, and value to undergraduate students.

Scott Rader
, Ph.D. student in UT’s Department of Marketing and Logistics, has been selected by the UT student chapter of the American Marketing Association to receive the 2006 Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching.  This prestigious award is given each year by the students to the marketing educator who they feel has best exemplified “Excellence in Marketing Education” for that calendar year. Previous UT recipients include Mark Moon, Matt Myers, Dave Barnaby, Mark Collins, and Dave Schumann.

J. Tom Mentzer, Bruce Chair of Excellence in the Department of Marketing and Logistics, joined the editorial review board of the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, a very prestigious international journal for the study and improvement of marketing. The journal provides readers with the most accomplished and authoritative scholarship in its field, advancing knowledge of the major issues that affect the practice and theory of marketing. Mentzer also will be the keynote speaker at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) conference in China.  CSCMP is the premier organization for logistics practitioners.

Richard C. Reizenstein, associate professor of marketing and director, Executive-in-Residence Program, was the recipient of two major Physician Executive MBA teaching awards; the 2006 Outstanding Faculty Award and the Class of 2006 Teaching Award for outstanding teaching, impact, and approach.

Linda Lyle, Ph.D., lecturer in the Department of Management, received the Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Service by the Tennessee Communications Association (TCA) for “serving the organization in a unique and/or exemplary manner."  This award has been bestowed only four times during the last ten years. Lyle is UT’s sole recipient, and the only recipient who is not affiliated with a college of communications. This follows Lyle receiving last year’s award as TCA’s Communication Educator of the Year.

Sarah Gardial attends prestigious 2006 Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education. Was one of only 72 to attend worldwide. More.

Susan Murphy at NYSE

Susan Murphy in UT's Department of Finance was one of ten teachers selected on July 24 to help ring the New York Stock Exchange opening bell.  She was in New York attending the New York Stock Exchange's Teacher Workshop.

UT Logistics Professor Ted Stank Honored by DC Velocity magazine as “Rainmaker”for his outstanding work and contributions to the industry. More.

At the Department of Defense, a key element of logistics transformation in support of the joint warfighter is asset visibility; a keystone supporting the implementation of comprehensive, real-time asset visibility is the deployment of RFID across the supply chain. This article, submitted by Alan F. Estevez and Performance Based Logistics faculty member Steve Geary reviews the current state of RFID across the United States military. More

Abandoning decades-old habits, the Pentagon has adopted a bold new plan to keep complex systems combat-ready. It's called performance-based logistics (PBL), and it is being used with fighter jets, submarines, tanks, and unmanned aerial drones. In fact, the Pentagon wants to apply it to all new weapons systems. PBL faculty member Steve Geary comments. More.

Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) is a technique developed in the defense sector to align multi-echelon, multi-organization supply chains with broad applicability in commercial applications.  Kate Vitasek, Steve Geary, and Steve Rutner of the Center for Executive Education explore the topic in MIT's Supply Chain Strategy Newsletter. More.

Joseph Carcello, co-founder of UT's Corporate Governance Center, named for third consecutive year as one of America's most influential business people by Business Finance magazine. More.

Education is most strategic way for aerospace industry to remain competitive and innovative. Dr. Elaine Seat comments in Aviation Week editorial. Click here to read article.

Dr. Srinivasan shares in prestigious business award - helps military increase revenues $49.8 million annually. Article published in APICS. Click here to read article.

Mentzer at NYSE

UT Logistics Professor, Tom Mentzer, (on the fifth from left) Joins in Ringing The Opening BellSM at the NYSE. More

Funda Sahin, assistant professor in UT's Department of Marketing and Logistics, was invited to be one of five keynote speakers at a leading international logistics conference in Turkey. The conference is expected to host over 500 academicians and practitioners. Sahin will speak about "Expanding the Frontiers of Logistics: A Process Approach".

Not-for-Profit Case Team Made FINALS --Returns With Third Place

L to R:  Olga Cowell, Quinn Schumacher, Manish Yadav, Caroline Sanchez, John White, Coach Eddie Armbrister
L to R: Olga Cowell, Quinn Schumacher, Manish Yadav, Caroline Sanchez, John White, Coach Eddie Armbrister
The Not-for-Profit MBA Case Competition Team in UT’s College of Business Administration finished third in the recent George Washington University MBA Not-for-Profit Case Competition held in Washington, DC. Team members were Olga Cowell, Caroline Sanchez, Quinn Schumacher, John White, and Manish Yadav. Twenty teams from around the world competed. This year's subject organization was "Share Our Strength" (SOS), a hunger-relief, fundraising/redistribution organization with the mission of ending childhood hunger in the US within the next 20 years. “We are extremely proud of our third-place finish and being able to help such a worthwhile organization such as SOS,” said Eddie Armbrister, team coach. “Numerous teams, coaches, and spectators sang praises to our team's creativity, great recommendations and dynamic presentation skills.”

Is the aerospace industry moving work to China? UT faculty member Bill Parr comments. More.

Google Scholar Tracks Mentzer As One Of Industry's Most Cited Authors

According to Google Scholar, John (Tom) Mentzer, Bruce Chair of Excellence in the University of Tennessee's Department of Marketing and Logistics, was one of the industry's most cited authors., the American Marketing Association's Web site, tracks those articles from the association's publications that were most-cited during the prior five-year period. From 2000-2005, Mentzer had the tenth most cited article in the Journal of Marketing, The Effects of Strategy Type on the Market Orientation-Performance Relationship, October 2000, co-authored with Ken Matsuno. Over this five-year period, the article was cited 56 times. Read the article.

Dr. Robert Mee, professor in the Department of Statistics, Operations, and Management Science, has been awarded the prestigious Lloyd Nelson Award for his paper “Efficient Two-Level Designs for Estimating All Main Effects and Two-Factor Interactions”. This national award, named after one of the pioneers of statistical applications in quality, is awarded annually for the best paper for practitioners to appear in the previous year in the Journal of Quality Technology. "To my knowledge this is the first UT recipient of this very significant award," stated Ken Gilbert, chair of the Department of Statistics, Operations, and Management Science.

UT Faculty Announced As CBER Faculty Fellows

The Center for Business & Economic Research is honored to announce the appointment of Bruce Behn (Associate Professor, Accounting & Information Management); Mary Evans (Assistant Professor, Economics); and Don Leatherman (Professor of Law) as inaugural faculty fellows of the center.The CBER faculty fellows program is a new initiative intended to create synergies across departments and fields by bringing outstanding faculty from around the university together with CBER faculty and staff.

Michael (Lane) Morris Elected President-elect Of The Academy Of Human Resource Development

Michael (Lane) Morris, associate professor of management and program director of the College of Business Administration's human resource development program, has been elected president-elect of the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD). AHRD is the premier organization of human resource development professionals, sponsoring the discipline’s four scholarly journals, with approximately 800 members from Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, Australia, and North America. Morris will assume his president-elect responsibilities in February 2006, his presidency in 2008,and serve as past-president until 2012. Morris is on the AHRD board of directors and has served as program chair of its annual international conference. His election recognizes his active participation in AHRD and brings honor to himself, the Department of Management, the College of Business Administration, and the HRD program.

Senior Ph.D. student Edith Davidson was first runner up in the prestigious Society for Consumer Psychology Dissertation Proposal Competition. She will receive her award at the Society's Annual Conference in February where she will present a summary of her work. The topic of her dissertation is a study of African American perceptions on discrimination in the retail environment. Edith joined the marketing faculty at Auburn University.

All Work and No Play.... How to balance work/life initiatives. Authored by Lane Morris for COMMERCE, the Knoxville Chamber Partnership newsletter (page 5). More

Performance-based logistics (PBL) is a real solution to a real problem, delivering improved performance at a lower cost. PBL faculty publish commentary in Aviation Week. More

Joe Carcello, UT accounting professor, was selected by the PCAOB (Public Company Accounting Oversight Board) to serve on its Standing Advisory Group. This very influential group helps establish auditing and professional practice standards for all public companies in the U.S. Carcello was the only academic chosen to serve on this prestigious 32-person group; he was chosen from over 150 individuals nominated for the honor. More

Dr. Hamparsum Bozdogan, McKenzie Professor in the Department of Statistics, Operations, and Management Science (SOMS) and who holds a joint appointment the IIE department has accepted the invitation to become the editor of a new on-line journal the Journal of Pattern Recognition Research (JPRR). JPRR will provide an international forum for the electronic publication of high-quality research and articles with industrial experience in all areas of pattern recognition and classification. JPRR is committed to rigorous yet rapid refereeing.

At the recent Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) Tennessee Conference, the College of Business Administration's SHRM chapter received several prestigious honors based upon individual performance, service to chapter, and service to community. Jana Horton, a human resources development graduate student, received the Joseph P. Goddard Scholarship Award. Each year, this financial honor is given to one graduate student state-wide. Debbie Mackey, Ph.D., SHRM faculty advisor, received the Human Resource Management Excellence Award for service to chapter and students..

Dr. Donald Bruce, researcher in the University of Tennessee Center for Business and Economic Research, has been awarded a federal research contract by the SBA Office of Advocacy to study the contributions of small business to state economic growth. The research will be a collaborative effort involving Jon Rork at Vassar College, John Deskins at Creighton University, and UT graduate assistant Brian Hill. The award will further the Office of Advocacy’s core mission of understanding the role that small business plays in the U.S. economy. More

Dr. Hamparsum Bozdogan, McKenzie Professor in the Department of Statistics, Operations, and Management Science and who holds a joint appointment with the College of Engineering IIE department delivered an invited talk entitled: A New Bayesian Information Complexity and Model Selection Criteria at the 2nd Conference on Information and Entropy Econometrics: Theory, Method, and Applications at the American University in Washington, D.C. September 22-25, 2005. He also chaired a session during the conference.

April Martin, human resource development doctoral student in UT’s College of Business Administration, has won the internationally competitive Education and Enrichment Section award from the National Council on Family Relations for her submitted paper, Work/Family Variable Relationships of County Extension Agents. Martin is one of only two students to earn this prestigious award in 2005. Her paper, co-written by Michael L. Morris, human resource development professor in the Department of Management, looked at the variables that affected agents’ family life satisfaction, parent/child relational equity, and marital conflict. Since becoming a member of the National Council of Family Relations, Morris has had four UT doctoral students earn this coveted award.

Kudos to Weiwei Chen, graduate teaching associate in the Department of Statistics, Operations, and Management Science. Chen was the only student to be offered an honorarium to present research at the second annual JMP® User Conference. His paper showcased the collaborative work occurring between the UT Forest Products Center and the Department of Statistics, Operations, and Management Science. Chen also was invited to present his International Journal of Reliability and Applications peer-reviewed paper at the Forest Products Society 59th International Convention. Additionally, he is helping Larry English, internationally acclaimed information quality expert, write the second edition of his most recently published textbook.

What do opera, jazz, rock, rhythm & blues, and business management have in common?  Not much, unless you have the privilege of being a student of Rich Neubert, Ph.D., lecturer in the Department of Management.  His experience in the private sector, enthusiasm for teaching, and love of music enrich every class period. Neubert uses technology to pull together all of these elements. "We are quite proud of the changes to our Management 401 course and the use of technology to make it better.

Linda Lyle, Ph.D. received the prestigious 2005 Outstanding Communication Educator in the State of Tennessee award presented by the Tennessee Communication Association.  Lyle is a communication specialist and core faculty member in the College of Business Administration’s full-time MBA and Physicians Executive MBA programs. This peer-nominated award is given annually to an educator who is deemed to "have made a significant contribution to communication education in the state."  Lyle’s selection represents the first time that this award has ever been given to an individual teaching outside a college or department of communication.  The last University of Tennessee, Knoxville educator to have received this award was Faye Julian in 1993. Julian recently retired as dean of UT’s College of Communication and Information. Said Lyle about receiving this coveted honor, “This recognition of our MBA programs' commitment to teaching communication skills within a cross-disciplinary, integrated approach to education speaks volumes about what we try to accomplish with our students. I'm proud to be a part of that effort." Lyle also teaches in the college's Professional MBA and Senior Executive MBA programs.

Dr. Hamparsum Bozdogan, McKenzie Professor in the Department of Statistics, Operations, and Management Science in the College of Business Administration has been invited by the International Workshop on Knowledge Extraction and Modeling to participate as one of the ten worldwide scientific speakers at its September 2006 workshop in the Island of Capri, Italy. The theme of the workshop is "Knowledge Extraction & Modeling." Participants will address the most recent advances and future challenges in analyzing "complex systems of data" in which analytical difficulty extends beyond having huge masses of data to include the complex structure of the data's relationships.

Dr. Joan R. Rentsch, professor of management and director of the industrial/organizational psychology program at the University of Tennessee, has been appointed by the United States Army as a Consortium Research Fellow to serve on the Senior Advisory Panel for Leading Multinational Teams. The seven-member panel is advising the United States Army as it develops a long-term research program on leading multinational teams. Dr. Rentsch was selected to serve on the panel because of her expertise on teams and cognition in organizations.

Dan Flint, associate professor of marketing in UT's College of Business Administration, recently arranged and participated in a special session on "Marketing and Value Creation" in the Services Marketing track for the American Marketing Association annual summer conference. Flint was one of four internationally known research panelist. The theme for this special session was based on an essay that Flint co-authored with Robert B. Woodruff, Professor Emeritus of Marketing in UT's College of Business Administration. The special session explored the growing importance of service aspects within customer value management. Flint is one of 21 internationally known faculty members also presenting the same topic at an upcoming forum in New Zealand.

Jim Wansley, Clayton Homes Chair of Excellence in Finance, served as program co-chair for the June 2005 International European Meeting of the Financial Management Association, International. Over 350 academics from around the world gathered at this prestigious conference in Italy to present and discuss research and issues relating to financial markets. The Financial Management Association, International is the world's largest academic finance association. Wansley's role (and that of his co-chair at the University of Siena) was to organize the conference by selecting among the papers submitted for presentation and developing special sessions on topics such as value management styles, U.S. and European economic forecasts, privatization, corporate governance, and world stock exchanges.

Future Looks Dim For Legacy Carriers, Regardless of Cost-Cutting. Associate Dean Alex Miller submits controversial editorial to Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine. More

College Of Business Administration Faculty And Staff Receive Recognition At College’s 2005 Honors Banquet. More.

Joan Rentsch, industrial-organizational professor in the Department of Management, has received a $465 thousand grant from the Office of Navel Research to study the improvement of team effectiveness as it affects the military. Her grant is part of a larger endeavor to develop "tools" that will increase battlefield efficiency and communications. Rentsch's research will be funded over a 3 1/2 year period starting May 2005.

Michael Lane Morris, program director of human resource development in UT's College of Business Administration, was recently elected to the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) Board of Directors to serve a three-year term. In 2004 and 2005, Morris served as the program chair and proceedings editor of the International AHRD Conferences held in Austin, Texas and Estes Park, Colorado.

Don Bruce, assistant professor in the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) and in the Department of Economics in UT’s College of Business Administration, testified March 8 before President Bush’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform. At this meeting, the panel’s third, witnesses provided perspectives on corporate tax reform and how the tax system affects businesses and entrepreneurs. Bruce was asked to participate because of his expertise on the economic and behavioral effects of tax policies, particularly on entrepreneurial start-ups and survival rates. Joining him in testimony was Jack Levin, senior partner in the international law firm of Kirkland & Ellis; Douglas Shackelford, distinguished professor of taxation and senior associate dean for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School; William Gentry, associate professor of economics at Williams College; Sam Gibbons, chairman of Gibbons & Company, a public policy and government relations firm; Roger Harris, president and COO of Padgett Business Services; Todd Flemming, CEO of Infrasafe, Inc.; and David Hurley, owner of Landmark Engineering and Surveying Corporation. The President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform was established on January 7, 2005, as a bipartisan panel to advise on options to reform the tax code, making it simpler, fairer, and more pro-growth. The Advisory Panel will submit to the secretary of the treasury, no later than July 31, 2005, a report containing revenue-neutral policy options for reforming the Federal Internal Revenue Code. More information on the panel is available at
Robert B. Woodruff, Proffitt's, Inc. Professor of Marketing in UT's College of Business Administration, is being recognized by the Academy of Marketing Science as an Outstanding Marketing Teacher  for 2005.   Each year, a select number of individuals are bestowed this honor. In 2005, only four individuals were selected nationally. Award winners make a presentation on teaching philosophy at the May national conference.

Bruce K. Behn, associate professor of accounting and William B. Stokely Distinguished Scholar in UT’s College of Business Administration, was invited to be the keynote speaker at the seventh, bi-annual, International Accounting Conference in Calcutta, India, hosted by the Indian Accounting Association Research Foundation. About 250 accounting professors, accountants, and managers attended the January 2005 conference whose theme was “The Changing Paradigm of Finance and Accounting.” The Foundation is a registered society created by the academics and professionals in India to promote accounting and research in India.

Funda Sahin, assistant professor in the University of Tennessee Department of Marketing and Logistics, was accepted as a participant in the April 2005 Young Researcher Roundtable to be held at the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences conference discussing "Applying Science to the Art of Business." Sahin joins a select group of outstanding faculty nominated from leading universities across the country. This prestigious roundtable provides young faculty with new perspectives into critical business problems facing organizations today.

Ray DeGennaro, the SunTrust Professor of Finance in UT’s College of Business Administration, recently spoke about “Presenting with Energy and Enthusiasm” at the 2004 Finance Management Association’s annual conference. He was asked because of his reputation for delivering high-quality, professional presentations. DeGennaro is currently on a university sabbatical leave with the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. His presentation is available at

J. Thomas Mentzer, the Harry J. and Vivienne R. Bruce Excellence Chair of Business Policy and professor within the Department of Marketing and Logistics, recently received the 2004 Distinguished Service Award from the Council of Logistics Management (CLM), the premiere international association of logistics academic researchers and practitioners. The Distinguished Service Award is considered by logisticians throughout the world as the highest honor bestowed upon an individual. More

Six faculty members from the College of Business Administration recently have been approved for promotions in rank and/or tenure. They are:
Joseph Carcello, Department of Accounting and Information Management, promotion to professor.
Sarah Gardial, Department of Marketing and Logistics, promotion to professor
Matthew Myers, Department of Marketing and Logistics, received tenure and promotion to associate professor
Theodore Stank, Department of Marketing and Logistics, received tenure and promotion to professor
Chanaka Edirisinghe, Department of Statistics, Operations, and Management Science, promotion to professor.
Mary Leitnaker, Department of Statistics, Operations, and Management Science, promotion to professor

James M, Reeve, Ph.D., University of Tennessee faculty member in the Department of Accounting and Information Management, and Mike Williamson, Senior Executive MBA Class 2003, co-authored ”Equipment Readiness and Visibility Using Honeycomb Maps,” published May 2004 in the Maintenance Journal and to be reprinted later in 2004 in Maintenance and Asset Management. The article analyzes how the Marine Corp’s MERIT (Marine Corps Equipment Readiness Information Tool) maintenance system utilizes Honeycomb Map technologies to provide commanders with the ability to quickly identify and analyze Marine Corps logistics equipment readiness issues, including detailed supply and maintenance information for more than 185 weapons systems.

In a recent congressional briefing Congressman John P. Murtha (D-Pennsylvania) commented, "The MERIT system is an exciting new tool that is providing a great advancement in our ability to maintain the readiness of the Marine Corps. As a former Marine combat intelligence officer, I am keenly aware of the need for current and accurate information in the field. This system provides a real-time visual display of everything we need to carry out our mission from tanks and bullets to boots and spare parts."

Although referenced in the article as a military application, the Honeycomb Map technology is being widely used in a variety of settings as diverse as investment portfolio analysis and product/customer segmentation analysis.

Williamson is the director of studies and analysis for the Marine Corps Logistics Command. This article is an outgrowth of work performed as part of his Senior Executive MBA degree requirements.

Bozdogan Honored for Outstanding Contribution

Dr. Hamparsum "Ham" Bozdogan, McKenzie Professor in UT's College of Business Administration, recently was awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor Award from the Governor of Fethiye, Turkey. Worldwide, only six awards were given; two, including Bozdogan's, in the United States.

The award honored Bozdogan for his outstanding contribution to Fethiye's June international conference . Seventy-five well-known applied mathematicians, engineers, physicists, computer scientists, and statisticians, including Bozdogan, from 23 different countries presented their work The conference promoted unity through diversity and encouraged worldwide interest in the theory and applications of inverse problems. Bozdogan also has been selected to be on the international program committee for the next conference which occurs in Fethiye in 2006.

As a result of the conference, Kocaeli ("Kocha Eli") University and the Applied Mathematics Research Center in Izmit, Turkey, both conference hosts, want to establish links with the college and university on a number of collaborative programs.

Srinivasan has Breakthrough Approach to Supply Chain Management

Dr. Mandyam Srinivasan, the Ball Corporation Distinguished Professor of Business at the University of Tennessee, has adopted a breakthrough approach to supply chain management in his book, Streamlined: 14 Principles for Building & Managing the Lean Supply Chain, to be published August 2004. Written in a manner that provides even the entry-level professional with basic concepts for better managing logistics and operations, this innovative book uniquely blends lean manufacturing with constraint management theory to eliminate wasteful activities and reduce flow time in the supply chain. Srinivasan’s book also lays out a way of using lean as a growth strategy, which is contrary to conventional wisdom that views lean as purely a cost-cutting initiative. Unique from other publications, this book also provides professionals with a number of useful tools and concepts, such as a very thorough treatment of rate-based planning.

Bozdogan to Speak at International Conference

Dr. Hamparsum Bozdogan
, UT's McKenzie Professor in Statistics, will speak at the International Conference on Inverse Problems: Modeling and Simulation, June 7-12 in Fethiye, Turkey. Bozdogan has been nominated for the Medal of Honor Award to be presented at the conference.

Edirisinghe Invited by "Father of Linear Programming"
to Contribute to Special Volume

Dr. George Dantzig, known as the father of linear programming, has invited Dr. Chanaka Edirisinghe, associate professor in the Department of Statistics, Operations and Management Science, to contribute a chapter to a book on the state of the art in Planning Under Uncertainty (Stochastic Programming). The purpose of the book is to show how far the field of stochastic programming has advanced by highlighting the contributions of Dr. Edirisinghe and other researchers in the field.

Dr. Edirisinghe's research is in stochastic programming decision models, with applications to multi-period financial planning, production/allocation problems, and health-care management. His work has appeared in many journals including Operations Research, Mathematics of Operations Research, Mathematical Programming, Annals of Operations Research, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis and Water Resources Research. He is the past Vice-Chair of the Optimization Section, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. Dr. Edirisinghe co-edited a previous special issue book "Research in Stochastic Programming" on the state-of-the-art in stochastic programming developments

UT’s Department of Marketing & Logistics is having a major impact on the logistics field

In the spring issue of the industry’s leading publication, the Journal of Business Logistics, the department dominates with three articles written by four former students (Karl Manrodt, Ph.D.'94; Kate Vitasek, MBA '95; Hong Min Ph.D.'01; and Zach Zacharia, Ph.D.'02); four articles written by three faculty members (Lloyd Rinehart, Matt Myers, and Tom Mentzer); and eight departmental faculty members involved in the issue’s review process (Terry Esper, Dan Flint, Jim Foggin, Mary Holcomb, Lloyd Rinehart, Funda Sahin, Ted Stank, and Tom Mentzer). This 27-year-old journal is published by the world’s premier logistics professional association, the Council of Logistics Management. (

Simulation Offers Taste of Real Life to Students

Dr. Ernie Cadotte, UT professor of marketing in the College of Business Administration, and his computer simulation game called Marketplace were featured recently in the Tennessean, a Nashville newspaper. The game originated as a way to help students understand distribution channels.

Marketing Association Honors Dr. David Schumann

The Knoxville chapter of the American Marketing Association (KAMA) honored Dr. David Schumann, marketing professor and director of UT’s Ph.D. marketing program, with its Outstanding Marketing Professional award for his contributions as a marketing educator. Awards are given annually to individuals who have a twenty-year or more career serving as role models for the business and marketing community. Dr. Schumann was honored at KAMA's annual Awards Gala and Benefit Auction on March 6, 2004.