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Texas’ Top-Ranked Weekend MBA Program Introduces Redesigned Curriculum Offering Flexible Degree Options

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Sheridan Titman Honored for Field-Changing Research

Sheridan Titman, McCombs School of Business professor and chair of finance, has received the Wharton-Jacobs Levy Prize for Quantitative Financial Innovation, for research that altered the face of investing. The award recognizes the impact of a 1993 Journal of Finance study on momentum investing by Titman and Narasimhan Jegadeesh, chair of finance at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

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Social Media Makes Us Overconfident in Our Knowledge

A new paper from Susan M. Broniarczyk, professor of marketing, and Adrian Ward, assistant professor of marketing, at UT’s McCombs School of Business, discusses sharing news articles with friends and followers on social media and how it can prompt people to think they know more about the articles’ topics than they actually do.

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Recruiting Male Allies Boosts Women at Work

In a recent study, Insiya Hussain, an assistant professor of management at UT Austin’s McCombs School of Business, with colleagues Subra Tangirala of the University of Maryland and Elad Sherf of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, found that when women and men raise their voices together in the workplace, managers are more likely to support gender equity issues, such as equal pay for equal work.

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Women in the C-Suite Strengthen Customer Focus, Financials

Women in executive-level management are more likely than men to focus on customer relationships, leading some companies to greater long-term financial performance, according to a new study from Vijay Mahajan, study co-author and professor of marketing at the McCombs School of Business, Chandra Srivastava, a St. Edward’s University assistant professor and McCombs marketing lecturer, and Saim Kashmiri of the University of Mississippi.

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Random Acts of Kindness Make a Bigger Splash Than Expected

Even though they often enhance happiness, acts of kindness such as giving a friend a ride or bringing food for a sick family member can be somewhat rare because people underestimate how good these actions make recipients feel, according to new research from McCombs School of Business Assistant Professor of Marketing Amit Kumar, along with Nicholas Epley of the University of Chicago.

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Adolescent Stress Can Be Reduced by 30-Minute Online ‘Mindset’ Training

A new study by David Yeager, an associate professor of psychology who co-led the study with Christopher Bryan, assistant professor of business, government and society at UT Austin’s McCombs School of Business, finds that a 30-minute online training on how to think about stress and adversity can reduce both short- and long-term mental health symptoms, offering a potential low-cost treatment to combat a growing adolescent mental health crisis.

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Companies that Work with Universities Can Protect Proprietary Secrets

Companies that conduct and publish research with universities can implement a “knowledge protection effect” strategy to guard against business rivals poaching their ideas, according to a new study from Francisco Polidoro Jr., professor of management at UT’s McCombs School of Business.

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For a Smooth-Running Economy, Rule of Law Matters

New research suggests that when contract enforcement is poor, employee morale suffers, ultimately sparking churn, which leads to more economic volatility and greater differences in productivity across companies. The study was conducted by William Fuchs, a professor of finance in the McCombs School of Business, with Martin Dumav of the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and Jangwoo Lee of Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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Instability Can Benefit Teams with Different Expertise

Co-workers who team up to solve problems or work on projects can benefit when they have less in common and take turns spotlighting their different expertise, according to new research from Steven Gray, assistant professor of management at UT Austin’s McCombs School of Business, with J. Stuart Bunderson of Washington University in St. Louis, Gerben S. van der Vegt and Floor Rink, both of the Netherlands’ University of Groningen, and Yeliz Gedik of Firat University in Turkey.

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Reached Your Entrepreneurial Limit? Hire a Marketer, Study Suggests

According to a study from Stephen J. Anderson, assistant professor of marketing at the McCombs School of Business, and David McKenzie, a World Bank lead economist, entrepreneurs who find themselves in over their heads could be better off hiring specialists than investing to improve their own skills.

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Energy Studies is Focus of UT Austin’s New Merger of Centers Connecting Business and Law — The Kay Bailey Hutchison Energy Center for Business, Law and Policy

The University of Texas at Austin is merging the McCombs School of Business Energy Initiative with the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business to strengthen the university’s commitment to a preeminent center for the study of energy. The confluence of law and business in the energy sector is a vital emerging topic of study in today’s world.

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Kendra Scott’s Philanthropic Investment in UT Austin Expands Support for Future Women Business Leaders

Kendra Scott, founder and executive chairwoman of the Kendra Scott, LLC global accessories brand headquartered in Austin, has committed a corporate and personal philanthropic investment to The University of Texas at Austin that will expand entrepreneurship offerings at UT to help more than 24,000 women pursue their business aspirations in the coming decade.

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New Student Lounge at McCombs Celebrates First Black Graduate

New student lounge and exhibit at the McCombs School of Business honoring its first Black student, Peggy Drake Holland, opens to the public. It is a space that shares Peggy’s story and celebrates her achievement.

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Texas McCombs Senior Clinches Spot in ‘Jeopardy!’ Finals

In a nail-biting match, Jaskaran Singh, BBA’22, wagered everything in Final Jeopardy! to earn his spot in the “Jeopardy! National College Championship” finals.

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Lillian Mills Appointed Dean of the McCombs School of Business

The University of Texas at Austin has named Lillian Mills as the permanent dean of the McCombs School of Business. Mills has held the role of interim dean since April 2020 following the appointment of Jay Hartzell as president. Mills’ permanent appointment as dean is effective immediately.

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Texas McCombs Redesigns its Executive MBA Program

Highly Ranked Business School Launches New Curriculum in Fall 2021

AUSTIN (February 3, 2021) The McCombs Executive MBA program at The University of Texas at Austin has been revamped to meet the changing needs of today’s experienced professionals. The program now offers more flexibility and places a stronger focus on leadership and organizational strategy.

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Interdisciplinary program will prepare undergraduate students to vet ideas, understand customer needs, and develop tools to establish product-market fit for new startup ventures.

AUSTIN, TEXAS — The Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, Growth, and Renewal in the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce a partnership with Bank of America designed to increase entrepreneurial diversity and inclusion by supporting the Forty Acres Founders Pre-Accelerator Program.


Texas McCombs Full-Time MBA Program Receives STEM Certification

Top-ranked programs emphasize quantitative management and analytics

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business has announced that 14 of its 22 concentrations in its highly ranked full-time MBA program are now STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) certified, demonstrating a level of quantitative rigor across the MBA program.

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