UT Ranks #1 Worldwide in Supply Chain Management Research Productivity
The UT College of Business Administration ranks first worldwide in research productivity in the area of supply chain management and logistics. The ranking appears in the "International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management" and covers the 2008 to 2010 timeframe. UT's previous ranking for research productivity — published between 2005 and 2007 — was fourth. Data have been collected since 1967.
The ranking, which evaluates research published in the area's six leading journals, is formulated from a system that awards points to institutions based on the research productivity of its faculty. The researchers used a point system that awarded institutions one point for an article with one author, 0.5 points for an article with two authors, 0.33 points for articles with three authors, and so forth.
Of the 27 premier institutions evaluated worldwide, only UT holds a top-10 ranking in five of the six journals.
"The ranking illustrates that the UT faculty and students are unsurpassed as the world's most productive supply chain management and logistics researchers," said Ted Stank, Bruce Chair of Excellence in UT's Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management. "Getting published in a premier journal is a difficult and demanding process. That makes this ranking even more prestigious to receive and an honor to be recognized."
Schools from the United States, England, Scotland, Wales, Singapore, Australia, Taiwan, Denmark, Sweden and Germany were represented on the list.
Scholarship Honors Two-Time CBA Alumna
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration family mourns the loss of one of its youngest alumni. Casey Adams was a 2009 accounting undergraduate and 2011 Master of Accountancy graduate who passed her CPA exams just last year. She passed away unexpectedly on August 22, 2011, shortly after beginning her career with Ernst & Young in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. In honor of her life and her passion for the University of Tennessee, the Nashville chapter of the Tax Executives Institute has established the Casey Adams MAcc Scholarship Endowment, which will be awarded annually to a deserving student pursuing a MAcc degree from UT.
The scholarship has received contributions from all of Middle Tennessee’s largest accounting firms, including Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, and KPMG, as well as friends and family of Casey and her parents, John and Donna. Donna is well-known in Nashville’s accounting community for her service as a CPA. At the college’s 36th Annual Warren Slagle Accounting Day held in Knoxville this past fall, John expressed the family’s gratitude for the community’s remembrance of his daughter.
“Thank you all for honoring our beautiful and precious daughter, Casey Nicole Adams,” said John. “This scholarship will make it possible for someone to fulfill his or her dream, as it was Casey’s, to enroll and complete the MAcc program at UT. I’d like to thank PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, KPMG, and especially the Tax Executives Institute and Ernst & Young for spearheading the effort to make this scholarship possible. Not just Casey’s mother and I, but her family, friends, and the fortunate recipients of this scholarship thank you.”
Anyone who would like to honor the life of Casey Adams is encouraged to consider contributing to the Casey Adams MAcc Scholarship Endowment through the UT Knoxville College of Business Administration. For more information, please contact Seth Reagan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UT Team Outperforms Market in TVA Investment Challenge
A team of UT students competing in the TVA Investment Challenge outperformed the market in 2011. The team’s portfolio provided a return of 3.0 percent, ahead of the 2.1 percent return of the S&P 500 and the combined performance of the twenty-five participating schools.
University of Tennessee MBA Program Congratulates Major Ken Bulthuis
The UT full-time MBA program congratulates Ken Bulthuis on his promotion to the rank of major in the United States Army. Bulthuis, a member of the MBA Class of 2012, was honored in a recent promotion ceremony witnessed by his fellow MBA students, faculty, and staff.
UT Global SC Institute Finding: Talented Managers are Company's Key Competitive Advantage
The recruitment and development of talented supply chain managers is key to creating a long-term competitive advantage, according to the UT Global Supply Chain Institute advisory board. Senior supply chain executives from 21 leading global companies recently met in Atlanta for the board’s first face-to-face meeting to discuss key supply chain issues. Previous meetings were conducted virtually.
1. Strong critical thinking and data analysis skills
While they seek to hire people with these skills sets, often they must train them either through internal or university-based programs.
1. The supply chain involves all activities from getting the order to making the sale, including the flow of information and materials, manufacturing, cash flow, etc. To be successful, supply chain talent must be proficient in all of these areas.
“Tremendous growth opportunities in Asia are fueling companies to move more of their leadership to Asia, including their headquarter operations,” said Daniel Myers, executive vice president supply chain for Kraft Foods.
The Global Supply Chain Institute is a world-class resource for supply chain expertise. It coordinates UT’s broad spectrum of supply chain offerings and fulfills industry’s need for global supply chain information and best practices. The Institute delivers executive education, industry forums, research initiatives, custom programs, global partnerships, corporate audits, and more.
A group of University of Tennessee, Knoxville, students and one faculty member helped prepare special events and conducted other behind-the-scenes work at this year's NFL Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, Ind.
TEAM UT, a mix of undergraduate and graduate students, worked directly with the Indianapolis Host Super Bowl XLVI Committee for the Feb. 5 event. This is the sixth year a UT Knoxville team has gone to the Super Bowl.
Click here for a student video on the experience
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Student Spotlight: Loganne Eckhoff
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Alum Spotlight: Robert Ford
Knoxville native Robert Ford attended Webb School of Knoxville before pursuing both undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He graduated cum laude in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and went on to pursue his Master of Accountancy (MAcc) degree with a concentration in tax, finishing in 2006. He interned locally during his years in school with companies that included Clayton Homes and accounting/consulting/management firm Pershing Yoakley & Associates. He also worked part-time while in graduate school for Gary Disney, a CPA in Clinton, Tennessee (near Knoxville).
After earning his MAcc degree, Ford moved to Atlanta and began working for KPMG’s tax practice. He is now a manager, focusing on tax accounting methods. While working for KPMG, he has completed two rotations. The first was in KPMG’s office in Kochi, India, and the second was for 18 months in the company’s Washington, D.C., office. Upon completion of the second rotation in 2011, Ford and his wife, Katie, moved back to Atlanta, where they currently reside.
Ford has proven to be one of the University of Tennessee’s most active alumni. Since graduation, he has served on the Accounting Roundtable within the Department of Accounting & Information Mangement in the College of Business Administration, and he has regularly made financial gifts to the Department of Accounting and Information Management. In recent years, Robert and Catherine established an endowment within the accounting department that benefits its excellence fund. The Fords both had scholarships during their time in school (Katie is an alumna of the University of Notre Dame), and they both feel it is important to give back to their alma maters.
Robert and Katie celebrated the birth of their first child, Susan Charlotte Ford, this past November. They look forward to bringing her to Knoxville this fall for her first UT Vols football game!
Faculty Spotlight: Julie Ferrara
Julie Ferrara recently returned to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, after spending over six years in industry. She earned bachelor’s degrees in marketing and statistics and a master’s in statistics from UT before being recruited to work for Intel as a statistician in assembly technology development.
After over three years at Intel, she joined Cardinal Path, a startup company on the forefront of web analytics and website conversion testing that was one of the first 15 companies with the designation of being a Google Analytics Certified Partner (GACP). The GACP program is an accreditation for companies who sell and deliver web analytics, implementations, analysis services, website testing and optimization services. Ferrara soon realized she was the only statistician not only at Cardinal Path, but the only one employed by any of the certified partner agencies. She was surprised by this because her fellow certified consultants assisted in data-based decision making on a daily basis, yet lacked a fundamental knowledge of statistics that would be incredibly useful for their roles in the industry.
It was at this point that Ferrara realized the need for statistics training for web analysts, and it was this drive to improve the analytical skills of professionals in the web analytics industry that brought Ferrera back to the University of Tennessee. She believes that the Business Analytics program in the Department of Statistics, Operations, and Management Science (SOMS) is the perfect program to produce young, talented professionals who will impact many industries, not just those in the web and digital space arenas.
As a lecturer in the SOMS department, Ferrara teaches a class on search engine marketing analysis. Her students manage actual client budgets in online advertising campaigns, and the exams for the class are official AdWords Certified Professional exams. Many of her students have now earned the designation of being AdWords Certified Professionals through their exposure to the program. Ferrara believes that giving students practical work experience in the classroom increases the opportunity for them to quickly become contributing professionals in their workplaces after graduation.
Ferrara is the director of the Business Analytics Forum and on the planning committee for the first Business Analytics Conference to be held in October 2012. The Business Analytics Forum is comprised of a group of companies from non-competing industries who will meet twice a year to discuss various member-directed topics. The goal of the forum is to share best practices and learn about new techniques and tools in an open discussion format. The conference will be open to the public, and the central theme will be utilizing business analytics as a growth strategy with a primary focus on digital intelligence, bid data analytics, and customer loyalty.
Ferrara spends her spare time with her daughter, Laney, dog, Nala, and two cats, Gimli and Aslan. After spending over seven years in Phoenix, Arizona, she is very happy to be back in Knoxville and is enjoying the change in seasons. Ferrara enjoys going for runs with Laney (in her jogging stroller) and her dog running alongside. When not at the park, there is a good chance they will be found at the Knoxville Zoo or just hanging out in their backyard.