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 placements enhance the school's national reputation and help to brand it as one of the nation's top business schools.
The School of Management advanced two spots in Bloomberg Businessweek’s ranking of the nation’s best MBA programs. The school came in at No. 76 overall and No. 39 among public universities. It was the only school in the Buffalo Niagara region to make the list. (See Startups.)
In U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of the best undergraduate business programs, the School of Management jumped eight places to No. 79—higher than any school in the State University of New York system. Among public B-schools, the School of Management is ranked No. 49. (See Startups.)
Forbes ranked the School of Management No. 49 overall—and No. 25 among public business schools—in its biennial ranking of the best MBA programs based on graduates’ return on investment. (See Startups.)
Charles Lindsey, associate professor of marketing, was interviewed by the Washington Post about how company scandals, like those Uber faced in 2019, can impact brand reputation. Whenever a company faces a crisis, it can trigger consumers to say, “‘Here we go again. Is this a company that I trust?’” Lindsey said. “And maybe you start thinking about the competition.”
The Washington Post also quoted Lindsey in an article about Tesla, AirBnB, Lyft and other companies offering free or discounted products and services to residents impacted by wildfires and power outages in California last fall. “It could be perceived as opportunistic behavior,” Lindsey said. “Even if it’s helping, if it’s seen as being opportunistic and taking advantage of people in a time of crisis, that’s where companies really need to think of areas to meet consumers halfway.”
Paul Tesluk, dean of the School of Management, signed an open letter with 15 CEOs and 55 business school deans calling on policymakers to allow more high-skilled immigrants into the U.S. The letter appeared in the Wall Street Journal and was reported on by such outlets as the Washington Post, Economic Times and Buffalo News. “A combination of our outdated laws, artificial regional and skills-based caps on immigration, and recent spikes in hostility are closing the door to the high-skilled immigrants our economy needs to thrive,” the letter declared. “As leaders committed to growth in America’s economy, we know that policy reforms could usher in immense benefits.” (See Startups.)
Jim Lemoine, assistant professor of organization and human resources, wrote an article that was published by Fast Company and Business Insider using moral philosophy to break down the ethical dilemmas of lying in a job interview. “If everyone lied, then nobody could be trusted, and hiring decisions would become even more arbitrary and random,” he wrote. “In essence, deontology explains that lying is always wrong because if everyone lied, human communications would break down entirely.” Lemoine’s article was originally published in The Conversation.
Natalie Simpson, associate professor and chair of operations management and strategy, was interviewed by the Associated Press for a story about how emergency responders are handling the increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters. “It’s kind of impressive, our various organizations in the United States,” Simpson said. “Sometimes [disaster response] doesn’t look pretty because it’s not rehearsed and it is an emergency. But I’d give them really good grades for coordination and cooperation.” The story appeared in dozens of outlets, including the Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report and many regional newspapers.
Larry Zielinski, executive in residence for health care administration, wrote a Buffalo News op-ed about the need for economic development solutions to address racial disparities in health care. “It was clearly evident that non-health care related factors (job opportunities, poor access to good food, poor schools, substandard housing and high levels of crime and violence) had more to do with a person’s health than access to a health system,” Zielinski wrote.
Nallan Suresh, UB Distinguished Professor of operations management and strategy, was quoted in a Buffalo News article that was published amid the United Auto Workers (UAW) strike at General Motors, which eventually lasted six weeks. “The UAW has made the plight of the temporary workers as their first priority, and rightly so,” Suresh said. “If GM makes some kind of concession toward the temporary workers, I think that would go a long way toward resolving the problem.”
Howard Foster, professor emeritus of organization and human resources, was interviewed by The Buffalo News for an article about allegations that a regional coffeehouse chain fired three workers for trying to unionize. “It is certainly not legal to fire an employee for trying to organize a union,” Foster said. “It’s unlikely they will say they didn't want them to organize a union so they fired the ringleaders. They will have to give a legitimate reason and explain it.”