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.

Anubha Singh at the Innovation Center on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

From students to 'ninja consultants'

From students to 'ninja consultants'
In an experiential learning course, MIS students solve real-world challenges using new technology.

UB School of Management student Michael Nejame holds Millie the dog.

Declaring independence

Declaring independence
As the gig economy goes mainstream, an increasing percentage of the working-age population now engages in some form of independent work. It’s a shift that has evolved with technology but is still experiencing growing pains—for workers and the companies that enable gig jobs.

MS Finance students Fernando Lemonje Westrupp, Turya Vardhan, Roshit Badjatiya and Guodong Huang inside the magnificent Shea's Performing Arts Center.

Going above and beyond

Going above and beyond
Working in teams, Finance Academy students use their analytical skills to consult on projects with local organizations, providing them a chance to collaborate with business executives, gain real-world experience and make an impact in the community—even during a pandemic.

$100 bill with Benjamin Franklin wearing a coronavirus mask.

How coronavirus bailouts should be structured

How coronavirus bailouts should be structured
The government should acquire stakes in firms—not just hand out loans, according to a UB School of Management expert.

Shadowy person sitting in front of a laptop computer.

Inside the mind of a hacker

Inside the mind of a hacker
Whether cracking digital security for good or ill, new research finds that hackers tend to be people who are manipulative, deceitful, exploitative, cynical and insensitive.

Woman leading a group discussion at the office.

Women have advantage in servant leadership

Women have advantage in servant leadership
Servant leadership is good for business—and new research shows that women are better at it.

Shannon Lach, Xingyu Chen and Kristie Bailey at Stitch Buffalo, a nonprofit that empowers refugee women through textile arts.

Strengthening the fabric of our community

Strengthening the fabric of our community
In UB’s Social Impact Fellows program, interdisciplinary student teams combine their strengths to develop innovative solutions to social issues at mission-driven organizations across Western New York.  

Robots sitting at computers in a call center.

AI and self-employment

AI and self-employment
Some of the lowest paid and most popular jobs are at the greatest risk of being displaced by AI, according to new research from Kate Bezrukova, associate professor of organization and human resources.

Photo of Main Street in a small town.

Hometown advantage?

Hometown advantage?
Multinational conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway buys CEO Warren Buffett’s struggling hometown newspaper. Amazon acquires Whole Foods, which is headquartered in the same state where CEO Jeff Bezos grew up and owns a home. New UB School of Management research shows these deals aren’t coincidences.

Students standing outside a Google building in Silicon Valley.

Tech trek

Tech trek
On a visit to Silicon Valley, UB School of Management students got an inside look at large tech companies, emerging startups and prominent venture capital firms—directly from founders and executive leadership.

Illustration of two business people pushing together arrows.

Acquiring innovation

Acquiring innovation
New research shows businesses that focus on innovation are more likely to be acquired—and command a higher price when they are.

Illustration of a man with a devil shadow behind him and an angel shadow ahead.

The curious case of business ethics

The curious case of business ethics
What is ethical at work? Professor Jim Lemoine digs into why nobody can quite agree.

Briana Tom at Harper International Corp.

Better with Business

Better with business
How alumni boosted career success by complementing their passion with an MBA.

New York City skyline.

Empire state of mind

Empire state of mind
For two decades, dedicated School of Management alumni have connected with talented students in the heart of New York City to help them prepare for careers in the Big Apple.

Tamara Lewis-Cunningham, MWEE ’07, Zandra Cunningham, MWEE ’14 and Zandra Lewis, MWEE ’07, in the showroom of their Pierce Arrow Commerce Park production facility.

Living the dream

Living the dream
Three generations of entrepreneurs took their business from mom's kitchen to the shelves of Target.

Three women sitting.

Jump in

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.

Basketball team on the court taking a selfie.

Narcissists make bad teammates

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.

Jill Clark, MBA ’10.

Helping Buffalo rise

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.

Silhouette of woman.

Time’s up

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.

Student using a broom sweeping in Costa Rica.

Building skills in Costa Rica

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. 

Six students looking up.

The power of money skills

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.

Round Bitcoin.

Bitcoin: Money – for the people, by the people

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.

Five men and one woman standing behind railing.

MBAs face the board

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

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.

Hand wearing medical glove pointing at a folder labeled HIV.

Here is how online support affects HIV patients

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

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

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. 

Couch in vacant retail space.

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

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.