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Several influential media featured the accomplishments of the School of Management and the expertise of its faculty over the past year. Below is a summary of some of the school’s citations in prominent national and regional media. These media “hits” enhance the school’s national reputation and help to brand it as one of the nation’s top business schools.

Bloomberg Businessweek

The School of Management catapulted 18 places in Bloomberg Businessweek's ranking of the nation's best full-time MBA programs, landing at No. 39, the highest the school has been ranked since the list began in 1988. (See story in Startups.)

U.S. News and World Report

The School of Management is again ranked as one of the nation's best undergraduate business programs in the 2015 edition of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News and World Report. The school climbed seven places to No. 79, higher than any other business school in the State University of New York system. (See story in Startups.)

Huffington Post

A story on The Huffington Post cited research by Darren Treadway, associate professor of organization and human resources, showing that workplace bullies often possess high social skill and can strategically abuse co-workers while still receiving positive evaluations from their supervisors.


Natalie Simpson, associate professor of operations management and strategy, was quoted in a Vox article about the dramatic decline in fires over the past 40 years and the changing role of firefighters, who typically respond to more medical emergencies than fires. "It really came out of the Vietnam War," she says. "Medics were long known within the military, but not within civilian life, but then we started seeing a lot of data on the benefit of immediate treatment of patients with traumatic wounds."


CFO magazine cited research by Michael Dambra, assistant professor of accounting and law, in an article about the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, a federal law to help small businesses obtain funding. Dambra found filings for an initial public offering have increased 25 percent since the law passed in 2012.

City A.M.

Articles in Bloomberg Businessweek and City A.M., a British business newspaper, examined research by Veljko Fotak, assistant professor of finance and managerial economics, that found short selling did not trigger the collapse of several major firms prior to the 2008 financial crisis. "Naked short sales may have been used as a scapegoat for failings of financial institutions at the time," Fotak said.

U.S. News and World Report

Nallan Suresh, UB Distinguished Professor and chair of operations management and strategy, was quoted in an article in U.S. News and World Report about increasing career opportunities in manufacturing for MBA graduates. Suresh said the School of Management's MBA program prepares students to earn manufacturing-related certifications. The story also quoted Harshit Purwar, MBA '12, sourcing manager at Praxair Inc. "It's a great industry. Manufacturing is the core of an economy," he said.

Fox Business

Fox Business reported on research by Ramin Vandaie, assistant professor of operations management and strategy, that showed startups benefit most from a small number of carefully selected partnerships with large companies. (See story in Insights.)

Bloomberg Businessweek

Arun Jain, Samuel P. Capen Professor of Marketing Research, was quoted by Bloomberg Businessweek about slow Black Friday sales and why brick-and-mortar retailers try to lure customers away from shopping online. "People may go to the store and see something they never realized would be a perfect gift or they will see something for themselves and see the price and say, 'I just have to have it,'" said Jain. The article also appeared in The Buffalo News.

CBS MoneyWatch

Lewis Mandell, professor emeritus of finance and managerial economics, was quoted by CBS MoneyWatch about NASA's $6.8 billion contracts with Boeing and SpaceX to develop spacecraft to shuttle astronauts to and from the space station. "If the government hadn't given anything to SpaceX or any of the other entrepreneurial entries, I think a lot of people would have gotten discouraged," Mandell said.

CNBC, USA Today, Rochester D&C

Stories in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, USA Today and CNBC quote Harold Star, assistant professor of operations management and strategy, about the declining number of major corporations with a chief operating officer position. Star said because companies are less diverse in their operations, "the need for a central officer to act as a quarterback in effect [for numerous divisions] has diminished."

Buffalo News

Paul Tesluk, Donald S. Carmichael Professor of Organizational Behavior, was quoted in an article about the mounting pressure medical providers face to control spending. "Costs are so out of control, and there are so many opportunities for bringing efficiency in the delivery of health care," he said.

Thomas Ulbrich, assistant dean and executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL), was quoted in a story about how three local companies thrived for 100 years. "They're thinking about [leadership succession] for years, identifying the next generation of leaders, making sure they transfer the knowledge, the values, the purpose of the family and the business," Ulbrich said.

Arun Jain was quoted in an article about Burger King's decision to acquire Tim Hortons last August. He said the deal was a "brilliant move" for Burger King that could help it "leapfrog over McDonald's."


Regional talk show "Winging It! Buffalo Style" visited campus for a segment about the school's full-time MBA program, featuring Erin O'Brien, MBA '00, assistant dean and director of graduate programs, and first-year graduate students Dhriaj Gurung, Brian Lynch and Steffanie Rydzik. "The MBA is a life-changing degree," O'Brien said.