BSBA Spring 2017 Case Competition

By Mariana HernandezComments Off on BSBA Spring 2017 Case Competition

The College of Management was proud to host its first undergraduate Strategic Management and Business Policy Case Competition on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The College of Management has been hosting business case competitions since 2014 to showcase the business analytical skills of their graduating MBA students. This year three groups of students from Dr. John Zhu’s undergraduate Strategic Management & Business Policy (MGT4213) capstone class analyzed and made strategic recommendations based on a published business case for consumer electronics industry, Best Buy.

This U.S transnational consumer electronics corporation is headquartered in Richfield, Minnesota, a Minneapolis suburb. The company was founded by Richard M. Schulze and Gary Smoliak in 1966 as an audio specialty store. In 1983, it was renamed and rebranded with more emphasis placed on consumer electronics. Internationally, it operates in Canada and Mexico. Best Buy was formerly operational in China until February 2011 (when the faction was merged with Five Star) and in Europe until 2012. Best Buy’s subsidiaries include Geek Squad, Magnolia Audio Video, and Pacific Sales.

Students focused on four strategy-related questions of:

(1) Should Best Buy provide customers with better sales force knowledge or products with low prices?

(2) How will Wal-Mart’s decision to ramp up its in-store electronics sales affect Best Buy?

(3) How will Best Buy compete against the expansion of Internet giant Amazon?

(4) How will Best Buy expand globally?

The two judges for the competition were Mr. Atul Kalia, Director of Engineering at Pontiac Coil, Inc.; and the Co-Founder of Certus Management Consultants, and Dr. Thomas Marx, Professor and Director of the Senior Service College Fellowship Program and the Center for Leadership, College of Management, Lawrence Technological University.

The event began with a welcome speech from Ms. Minakhi (Mina) Jena, Director of Business Programs, who talked about the case competition, how the College of Management integrates our mission of “Theory and Practice” into various case competitions and student organizations, and how LTU students distinguish themselves from other universities. LTU students were able to interpret the facts listed in the case, conduct research and analysis, and recommend solutions to a panel of professional business judges.  This capstone course culminates into students experiencing the LTU model of Theory and Practice.

The competition was well attended by students, their friends and families, and faculty.  The student teams did a terrific job! At the end of the presentations, the winners were announced and a $200 prize was awarded to the winning team of Abdulhameed Alshammari, Norah Alshihri, Tyler DeMeere, and Tyler Holt. The other students that participated were Lama Alabdulqader, Ahmed Alghamdi, Maha Alturkistani, Elliot Arnold, Hannah Gauthier, Pengjie Jiao, Ana Hernandez Munt, and Hannah Huff.

Congratulations and best wishes to all our graduating seniors!

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Spring 2017 MBA Capstone program

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The MBA Capstone Program for the College of Management was held on April 18, 2017.  Provost Maria Vaz welcomed students, panelists, and guests to the University. Provost Vaz underscored that the Capstone Program exemplifies the University’s commitment to Theory and Practice.

Three student teams from Dr. Thomas Marx’ Global Strategic Management class analyzed the business strategies of three leading companies in the retail grocery business – Kroger, Meijer, and Walmart.

Each team employed strategic planning tools and concepts learned in the classroom to analyze the structure and competitive intensity of the industry; technological trends affecting the industry; external opportunities and threats, internal strengths and weaknesses; and to recommended strategic actions to enhance the companies’ long-term competitive advantages.  Each team conducted on-site visits to interview company managers, survey customers, collect data from industry and company reports, and to compare products, prices, services, and facilities.

The presentations were assessed by a panel of four experts, Ryan Mathews, Bryan Neiman, Mike Hamelin and Dr. James Loughran from the grocery industry who provided valuable feedback to the students. The Walmart team received the award for best overall presentation.

The three student teams were:

Kroger:      Xeying Chen, Matt Federspiel, Gregg Laframboise

Meijer:       Brent Malik, Ebone Maxwell, Xi Li

Walmart:  Valerie Scott, Kirby Wilson, Chen Lu

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4th Annual ISACA Detroit Chapter Cybersecurity Scholarship Case Competition

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From Friday, March 31st through Sunday, April 2nd, 15 LTU students participated in the 4th annual ISACA Cybersecurity Scholarship Case Competition at Eastern Michigan University.

This competition is designed to enrich the experience of students by providing a ‘real world’ example. The teams worked hard on a case study and presented their final reports to a panel of IT Security industry professionals.

LTU students won the 1st and 2nd place at the competition collecting a total of $6,500.

1st place winner – $4,000

Xu Zou (LTU, MSIT)

2nd place winners – $2,500

Sagar Naik (LTU, MSIT)

Venkata Rathna Anirudh Mamidipaka (LTU, MSIT)

3rd place winners – $1,500

Obay Aliijerian (EMU)

Qisheng He (EMU)

We are extremely proud of their hard work and the incredible guidance provided by Dr. Anne Kohnke, our LTU Academic Advisor for ISACA.


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Congratulations to our Alumnus and Adjunct Professor Victor Allen!

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Please congratulate our adjunct faculty member, Victor Allen (w/co-author Ron May) – on his new book:

Project Management for Experienced Project Managers

See links to his recently published book and the companion web site: which hosts various project management tools.  Direct links to his book are also at:

Amazon Book Link

Barnes and Noble

Victor has been teaching adjunct for our COM for over 20 years.  He has more than 30 years of experience as a project or program manager.  He has spent most of these year with DTE.  For those of you newer to our COM – his extensive experience in both IT and Project Management.  He has extensive experience leading, managing, and designing projects of all size that are mission critical to his organization.

He truly embodies our “theory and practice” model with our students.  We are fortunate to have him!

Congratulations Victor!

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Congratulations! Yong Li, DBA Alumnus

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Our DBA Alumnus Yong Li (Chaired by: Dr. Castelli, Dr. Cole and Dr. Marx), was recognized in during the months of November and December 2016 among the 25 Most accessed Dissertations and Theses. His graduate work The Impact of Leadership Behavior on Employee Engagement, is one of the most-accessed of 2 million full-text graduate works across all subject areas, based on total PDF downloads in the ProQuest® Dissertations & Theses Global™ database.
You can find his scholarly work and all of the recent Most-Accessed Dissertations and Theses here.

ProQuest disseminates more than 130,000 new dissertations and masters theses each year via ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global, which includes 4 million graduate works with 2 million in full text accessed by more than 3,000 institutions around the world.

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Dr. Sree Raghavan recognized for Volunteer Achievements on National Philanthropy Day

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Dr. Srikant Raghavan, Associate Professor in the College of Management, and Ms. Shannon Dare will be the LTU recipients for their volunteer achievements at the 25th anniversary of National Philanthropy Day (NPD) on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at COBO Center.
An annual premier Metro Detroit event, NPD recognizes the great contributions of philanthropy—and those people active in the philanthropic community, distinguished volunteers and those in the fundraising profession whose efforts have enriched the Southeast Michigan community.
More than 700 guests will attend, including special volunteers who are nominated by each of the organizations.  Special awards are also presented in eight categories (categories and 2016 award recipients are listed below).

2016 Philanthropy Awardees

Bobbi and Stephen Polk – nominated by Detroit Zoological Society and Detroit Symphony Orchestra

John W. Hebert – nominated by Leader Dogs for the Blind

OUTSTANDING CORPORATION AWARD: Lear Corporationnominated by the College for Creative Studies, United Way for Southeastern Michigan and Wayne State University

OUTSTANDING FOUNDATION AWARD:  Ford Foundation – nominated by Wayne State University

Nina Holden – nominated by College for Creative Studies (SHE IS THE SPEAKER AT EXECUTIVE TO EXECUTIVE NEXT WEEK)

Detroit Catholic Central High School – nominated by Make-A-Wish Michigan

Debora Scola – nominated by Reading Works Detroit

Deborah Macon – nominated by United Way for Southeastern Michigan

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LTU Alumnus named Business Dean at Mary Baldwin College

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Congratulations to LTU alumnus, Joseph R. Sprangel Jr., on his new position at Mary Baldwin College as Dean of the College of Business and Professional Studies.

For more information click here


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Dean Mirshab’s new role with FEI Detroit!

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FEI Detroit Academic Night 2016

Ms. Lenora Hardy-Foster, President, FEI Detroit and Dr. Bahman Mirshab, Dean College of Management, LTU

Dr. Mirshab is taking on a new role as one of the 19 Directors serving the Financial Executives International (FEI) Detroit Chapter Board of Directors.

FEI is the leading advocate for the views of corporate financial management. Its 15,000 members hold policy-making positions as chief financial officers, treasurers and controllers. FEI enhances member professional development through peer networking, career management services, conferences, teleconferences and publications. Members participate in the activities of 85 chapters, 74 in the U.S., and 11 in Canada.

The FEI Detroit Chapter has consistently performed as a top chapter across the country. Their chapter goal is to be known as the premier financial podium in SE Michigan. Delivering high-quality speakers and content, growing and retaining members, and ensuring effective succession planning will continue to effectively position the Detroit chapter and their members for success. Special emphasis this season will be on providing Financial Executives with unique experiences, such as opportunities for members to mentor and volunteer in our local community, as well as to attend special topic presentations during breakfast/lunch sessions.

FEI annually recognizes graduate and undergraduate students in accounting or finance at universities in southeast Michigan who demonstrate an outstanding record of scholarship and service as well as a commitment to an accounting or finance career. Their academic awards night showcases these outstanding students. Two College of Management students were honored during the February 2016 event.

To find out more about FEI Click here

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Videos of presentations from Dr. Paryani’s 2015 – 2016 classes

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Here are some interesting class project videos from Fall 2015 and Spring 2016.

Click on the links below to view:

Presentation by: Mohammed Farooqui, Mark Kowalski and Dennis Selke

INT 6253 Managing Outsourced Projects

Presentation by: Allan Lewis, Anne Swartz, Majed Younes and Mohammed Farooqui

MBA 6063 Operations and Supply Chain Management


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19 students complete Speechcraft Workshop

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In today’s job market communicating effectively is one of the most important skills employers are looking for. Being able to communicate means being able to share your thoughts and ideas clearly, staying focused and on topic during conversations.

To help our students build these skills, the College of Management offered a Speechcraft workshop. Speechcraft is a hands on 10-week program developed by Toastmasters International. The program is designed to help develop public speaking skills in a friendly, non-threatening environment. Participants learned to organize and present ideas logically and convincingly and in doing so, developed the self confidence to handle any speaking situation with ease.

We are proud of the 19 students who completed this program in Spring 2016.


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