We’re changing the world of business

The University at Buffalo School of Management is a vibrant and inclusive community of big thinkers and even bigger doers. We work together to question and upend theories, lifting each other up and driving change. Because at the UB School of Management, ambition is a virtue, tenacity is a given, and discovery happens everywhere, from the classroom to the boardroom. That’s just how we do it here.

Jill Clark, MBA ’10.

Helping Buffalo rise

For 10 years, the Western New York Prosperity Scholarship program has been helping boost a regional resurgence by assisting UB students who are actively preparing for careers that further local economic development and growth.

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Time’s up

Is #MeToo just a powerful hashtag, or is this part of a culture-shifting movement? Experts agree that #MeToo has sparked an important national conversation that’s being felt in organizations, legislation and society more broadly. But some say #MeToo is the symptom of a deeper issue—and it’ll take much more than new policies and training courses to truly move the needle.

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Narcissists make bad teammates

UB School of Management researchers analyzed NBA teams and found that those with higher average and maximum levels of narcissism, as well as higher narcissist members in key roles (point guard), had poorer coordination and lower overall performance.

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Jump in

Through professional development sessions, volunteer projects and social events, UB’s Women in Management club provides students with opportunities to build their network and prepare for success in the corporate world.

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Building skills in Costa Rica

Last spring, 19 students visited Costa Rica as part of a new experiential learning program offered by the School of Management. One their many eye-opening experiences was their tour of the Coopedota coffee production facility, where they learned about sustainability, social innovation and international business from the leaders of the world’s first carbon-neutral coffee cooperative. 

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The power of money skills

Since 2006, more than 22,000 local teenagers have completed the free MoneySKILL program, building personal finance skills in such areas as saving, budgeting, investing and credit. Hear from past MoneySKILL Mania winners about how the program laid the foundation for financial success in adulthood.

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Bitcoin: Money – for the people, by the people

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are exploding in popularity, and experts say that blockchain, the technology behind it all, is poised to be the biggest thing since the internet. UB School of Management experts explain how it works, what it means and where it’s going.

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MBAs face the board

Professor Harold Star’s “Strategic Management” course pushes MBA students to think like CEOs. They gain exposure to a wide range of business models and develop the tools to recognize problems, diagnose their causes and, for their final project, present solutions to a simulated “board of directors” made up of School of Management alumni executives.

Four MS Accounting students.

Here is how big data yields big results

This spring, teams of School of Management accounting students partnered with UB's Financial Management and Internal Audit offices for a series of data analytics projects. The collaboration was a win-win, as the students gained skills to stand out in the job market, while UB staff received assistance and perspective on large-scale projects.

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Here is how online support affects HIV patients

UB School of Management researchers analyzed more than 10 years of online discussions and found that while online communities provide the support system individuals with HIV need to engage in positive self-care, too much online support can lead to negative health behaviors.

Jake Cercone, BS ’18.

Here is how undergrads partner with faculty for data-driven solutions

A key component of the UB School of Management’s undergraduate programs is the opportunity for students to complete real-world projects by engaging with area organizations, conducting independent research and even working with faculty on their research. Through those experiences, students gain experience with data analytics — critical for success in business.

From left, UB School of Management PhD candidate Emily Campion, Claudia Ludmila Blankson of Ghana, and UB MD/MBA student Claire Cowden stand on a canopy walkway high above Kakum National Park.

Here is how students gain global perspective

Centered on social innovation and entrepreneurial leadership, a recent trip to Ghana exposed UB students to new perspectives and leadership styles, provided opportunities for cultural exchange and, ultimately, proved to be transformative for many students, who came home having grown personally and professionally. 

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Here is how shopping habits are changing, and what sellers can do to adapt

With an increase in competition, consumers have more power than ever to decide where to spend their money. UB School of Management faculty and alumni weigh in on the revolution happening in shopping malls, grocery stores and online.

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Here is how we partner to drive social change

Companies, nonprofits, governments and individuals around the world are working together to address the world’s most pressing challenges through social innovation — and the School of Management is helping to lead the way.

Daniel Franasiak, MBA ’18, Alexandra McLeod, MBA ’17, and Adhiraj Singh Rathore, MBA ’17, at Diversified Labor Solutions.

Here is how MBAs make an impact

School of Management MBAs receive an inside look at the challenges of running a successful mission-driven company and the opportunity to apply their coursework to a real-world business challenge through the UB MBA Consulting Group.

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Here is how dreamers become savers

Through a series of studies, School of Management researchers found that when materialistic people believe in the American dream — that it’s possible to improve their economic status through hard work — they’re less likely to spend away their hard-earned savings.

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Here is how to deliver stronger diversity training

By evaluating more than 40 years of research across a variety of fields, School of Management researchers discovered ways to make diversity training more effective, allowing employers to retain a diverse workforce while avoiding the reinforcement of stereotypes.

Asmaa Lashin, MBA ’17.

Here is how we bridge two worlds

Asmaa Lashin, MBA ’17, grew up in Egypt, where young women are not encouraged to obtain advanced degrees or work in technical fields. Instead, she defied expectations, pursued engineering and came to the School of Management to break down barriers.

Management interns.

Here is how we bring the world to Buffalo

This summer, the Continental Youth Championships brought more than 18,000 people and $2 million in economic impact to Buffalo — thanks, in large part, to two groups of School of Management interns.

Students.

Here is how we propel e-commerce innovation

Our grads leave their mark in industries and companies around the globe — including Amazon. Right now, 10 management information systems alumni are leading innovation in data mining, analytics and cybersecurity at the e-commerce giant.

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Here is how artificial intelligence is calculating the future of business

AI has wide-reaching practical implications throughout all functions of business. While our alumni put it to work, School of Management faculty are exploring new possibilities in the classroom and their research.

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Here is how charities can boost their fundraising

Most charities do not use suggested donation amounts in their fundraising campaigns. But new School of Management research finds that suggesting the right amount can help nonprofits achieve their goals — and potentially raise more money.

Tarik Kaddouri.

Here is how we chase our dreams

Since he was a child, Tarik Kaddouri, BS ’16, has been obsessed with working for Nike. Thanks to internships, work experiences and mentors from the School of Management, he’s already well on his way to achieving that dream.

Startups.

Here is how startups can make the most of their funding

By analyzing hundreds of investments, School of Management researchers found that entrepreneurs can go public sooner and have more impactful innovation with venture capital funding, or get more flexibility and longer-term experimentation through angel investor partnership.

Share. Like. Click.

Here is how social media impacts consumer spending

Each year, marketers carve out more of their budgets for social media spending — from just 3.5% in 2009 to nearly 12% today. School of Management researchers analyzed retail data and found that for businesses, posts with high engagement have the greatest impact on customer spending.

Health MBA.

Here is how we collaborate to create health care leaders

In an increasingly complex health care system, hospitals need high quality clinicians who also have strong business and leadership skills.

See how our new Accelerated MBA for Residents and Fellows is giving one surgical resident the opportunity to work on business projects that deliver immediate value to Kaleida Health, Western New York’s largest health care provider.  

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Here is how to kickstart your crowdfunding

Budding entrepreneurs have raised nearly $2.5 billion on Kickstarter since the site’s inception in 2009. School of Management researchers used data from more than 170,000 of these projects to unlock three key factors to crowdfunding success.

School of Management alumna Judy Vredenburgh, MBA '75, with Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and media mogul Oprah Winfrey.

Here is how we conquer the C-suite

Women hold just 14% of the top five leadership positions at companies in the S&P 500. But School of Management alumnae are disrupting the status quo as customers and communities demand a new type of leadership.