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A collaboration between USAA and the McCombs School of Business will support a new Center for Research and Analytics, which will serve as a main hub for research at the school. The center will foster interaction and collaboration among faculty, industry leaders, and students, to better understand and address significant business problems of value to both industry and academia.


The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced the agenda and panelists for the 36th Annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation. The November 30 event will begin at 9 a.m. Central Standard Time.


Registration for the 2017 Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition is now open to all graduate students at The University of Texas at Austin. To apply, students must submit all application materials by midnight on November 17. 

The Securities and Exchange Commission is partnering with the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, Growth and Renewal at the McCombs School of Business to bring policy dialogue to Austin.

The McCombs School of Business The University of Texas at Austin is launching a Master of Science in Information Technology and Management (MSITM) program in the summer of next year. The inaugural Texas MSITM class will begin in July 2018.

This fall, the McCombs School of Business at launched the Social Innovation Initiative, an interdisciplinary program that provides students, faculty and the broader community with the opportunities and skill sets needed to promote social change.

The McCombs School of Business has named Robert Franklin (Frank) Muller, Jr. and Matthew Thomas as entrepreneurs-in-residence (EIR) at the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, Growth, and Renewal (HKC) for the 2017-2018 academic year

The American Institute of CPAs announced Michael Granof, professor at The University of Texas at Austin, as the recipient of the 2017 AICPA Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award. 

A monumental mural by artist José Parlá will be an integral part of Robert B. Rowling Hall, the new graduate education building for the McCombs School of Business.

The Herb Kelleher Center at The University of Texas at Austin is launching its first-ever statewide business plan competition designed for undergraduates. The competition is open to undergraduate students across the state of Texas.

Your cognitive capacity is significantly reduced when your smartphone is within reach — even if it’s off. That’s the takeaway finding from a new study from the McCombs School of Business.


McCombs Lecturer Dennis Passovoy was inducted into the Sam Walton Fellow Hall of Fame. This prestigious accolade recognizes educators who have made outstanding contributions that empower Enactus students to succeed in their academic and entrepreneurial pursuits. 


The McCombs School of Business has received $50,000 to establish the Frenkel ter Hofstede Endowed Scholarship in Business in honor of the McCombs Marketing Professor who passed away unexpectedly late last year.


Newly examined aggregate evidence points to large-scale potential manipulation of the CBOE’s Volatility Index (VIX), according to a study from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. 

Lauren Cornell, a Ph.D. candidate at the UT Austin College of Pharmacy, received first place in the 2017 Spring Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition for her company, NovoThelium.

John Goff, BBA ’77, has donated $6 million to support real estate and experiential learning initiatives at the McCombs School.

Professor Deirdre Mendez at The University of Texas at Austin has released a new book titled “The Culture Solution: How to Achieve Cultural Synergy and Get Results in the Global Workplace."

A four-person, student team from the McCombs School of Business received first-place at the national Deloitte R.I.S.E Advisory Case Competition. 

Commencement weekend takes place May 19 and 20, 2017. 

A student team from the School of Architecture and McCombs School of Business placed first in the national Urban Land Institute Hines Competition for urban design and development.

The McCombs school is honoring four distinguished alumni at its Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.


Robert Malcolm, McCombs' executive in residence, has donated $1 million to the school to establish an endowed chair in marketing innovation.

Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs and the Texas MBA program announced two 2017 TVL scholarship recipients, Angelise Hadley and Tom Jackson, at the fifth annual TVL Scholarship Competition.


Zhuping Liu has been recognized for one of three outstanding marketing dissertation proposals at the 2016 Alden G. Clayton Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Competition.

Michael Sarraille, a full-time Texas MBA candidate and active duty military officer, started the VETTED Foundation to identify and prepare top military talent for industry placement.

Meghali Chopra received first place in the 2016 Fall Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition on Dec. 2, 2016, for her company, SandBox Semiconductor.

The McCombs School of Business has hired Sol Marketing and Dyal Branding & Graphics, Page Company (Page/Dyal), to strengthen the school’s national and international reputation among top-tier business schools.

The University of Texas at Austin has a unique scholarship opportunity for startup founders interested in earning an MBA. Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs will award two scholarships during a shark-tank style pitch competition at UT Austin on February 24, 2017.

The partnership is expected to drive innovation in analytics through field research in areas such as health care, resource allocation models and fraud detection.


Marketing Professor Vijay Mahajan has released a new book titled “Rise of Rural Consumers in Developing Countries,” which highlights the expanding consumer power of rural markets worldwide. The book is now available for pre-order in the U.S.

New research from the McCombs School of Business finds that motivation to launch a company often comes from a singular, notable event or person.

Thurman has been named director of the Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) program. His appointment began October 6, 2016.

The McCombs School of Business is honoring four distinguished alumni at its Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Friday, Oct. 14, 2016.


The McCombs School of Business is renewing its ethics education program for two more years due to the program’s expansive growth and popularity worldwide.

This fall, the McCombs School of Business welcomes more than 15 new tenure- and non-tenure-track faculty members to the school.

The speaker series begins September 16, 2016, and continues through May 2017.

The Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management selected Assistant Professor Ram Ranganathan as the 2016 recipient of the Past Division Chairs’ Emerging Scholar Award.

Harrison was among seven prestigious scholars inducted into the Academy of Management Fellows Group on Aug. 7, 2016, at the academy's annual meeting.