The School of Business at Portland State University recently celebrated a second-place finish in the Portland CFA Institute Research Challenge and advancement to the semifinals at the ACG Cup Northwest.
Through the challenges and uncertainty, it’s a pleasure sharing my transition to remote work with PSU’s passionate, dedicated and caring community. Crises can bring people closer, even when we’re six feet apart. While the way we work may feel different, it carries forward with the same steadfast commitment to student success.
Now that you’ve finished the term, you’re probably hoping to read some books to unwi— Wait! Hear us out. Did you know there are books out there that have nothing to do with business? It’s true! Here are 3 books that aren’t in the business sections of bookstores, but still offer useful insights for businesspeople. So settle in, grab your favorite beverage, and keep reading.
If you’re a stakeholder in this community, it might interest you to know how these sabbaticals benefit The School of Business. I asked that question in my survey and learned the following: half of the respondents expect a publishable paper in a peer-reviewed journal (our gold standard) from the experience. A third anticipate a paper in a publication not under peer review, such as a book, book chapter or conference paper. Most respondents (83%) feel their sabbatical learning will translate directly to new lectures, course material or teaching and learning benefits.
As the world becomes more interconnected, it’s likely that epidemics like the Coronavirus will continue to impact companies. There are steps that corporations can take in their supply chains to help manage risk.
I would urge anyone not to be afraid to take chances. Be bold and step out of your comfort zone. The last five years of school have been some of the most turbulent in my life, yet I am grateful for the challenges along the way.
Because The School of Business aims to nurture connections and facilitate transformation, student input is often solicited to develop and improve various aspects of our Graduate Business Programs (GBP).
The focus on applied learning helped solidify concepts that I had only previously learned about in lectures or books. The faculty here really helped me build the skills I needed to be able to communicate with my managers or peers who don’t come from a finance background.
Nelson repeatedly spoke to the importance of education to her success. Growing up in a small Arkansas town, Nelson described how education exposed her to new people, ideas and beliefs. “Education was the window to the world,” she said. “It was the key.” Nelson explained that learning often requires discomfort, and so she challenged the audience to “push yourself out of your comfort zone.”