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John Massey School of Business students perform well in business simulation competition

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, left, and Dr. Martin Bressler, right, congratulate the student team of Carl Immanuel-Gerlitz, Stacie Schneider, and Mariah Mayes.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, left, and Dr. Martin Bressler, right, congratulate the student team of Carl Immanuel-Gerlitz, Stacie Schneider, and Mariah Mayes.

DURANT, Okla. – All business majors in the John Massey School of Business at Southeastern Oklahoma State University participate in the Capstone business simulation.

The Capstone simulation challenges students to draw on their acquired knowledge in management, marketing, accounting, and finance to create and execute a strategy in a competitive and dynamic environment.

In Dr. Martin Bressler’s Business Policy capstone course at Southeastern, the student team of Carl Immanuel-Gerlitz, Mariah Mayes, and Stacie Schneider not only scored higher than the other teams in their course, they scored in the top 10% worldwide (2,919 teams).

JMSB students compete against teams from Penn State, Cal State, the University of Illinois, Florida State, and Brigham Young University.

Gerlitz is a Finance major from Germany; Mayes is majoring in General Business and is from Leon, Oklahoma; and Schneider, also a general Business major, is from Madill.

Stacie Schneider, Carl Immanuel-Gerlitz, and Mariah Mayes make a presentation in class Wednesday.

Stacie Schneider, Carl Immanuel-Gerlitz, and Mariah Mayes make a presentation in class Wednesday.

“The Capstone simulation enabled my students to gain hands-on, practical, real-time learning in a setting like none other for our fast-paced business courses,’’ said Bressler, who serves as the John Massey Chair in Entrepreneurship.

Capstone® business simulation’s interactive platform provides students with the opportunity to test assumptions and learn from mistakes so they are better prepared to step confidently into their business career. Through Capstone, students apply what they’ve learned across all disciplines of business in one strategic, competitive, engaging learning experience.

Success in business begins with strategy and managers make decisions every day on finance, operations, marketing and more. The strategy simulation provides students the experience of running a business in a competitive marketplace — without the real-world risk — along with the opportunity to practice the financial, intellectual, and human skills required for successful business management.

Business professors author article for Labor Law Journal

Dr. C.W. Von Bergen

Dr. C.W. Von Bergen

DURANT, Okla. – Dr. C.W. Von Bergen and Dr. Martin Bressler of the John Massey School of Business at Southeastern Oklahoma State University will have one of their research articles published in the Summer 2016 edition of Labor Law Journal.

The Labor Law Journal is read by attorneys across the country and used widely in law schools.

Dr. Martin Bressler

Dr. Martin Bressler

Von Bergen is the John Massey Endowed Chair in Management, and Bressler is the John Massey Endowed professor of entrepreneurship.

Their article, titled, “Ban the Box” Gives Ex-Offenders a Fresh Start in Securing Employment,” reviews the practices of companies while screening job applicants.  According to the article, ex-offenders often are not able to obtain a job interview when they report their ex-offender status on their employment application. The difficulty in not finding employment after being incarcerated often leads to higher rates of criminal recidivism.

Nationwide, more than 100 cities and counties, along with 23 states, have adopted what is widely known as “ban the box” programs.  This  requires public and/or private employers to consider a job candidate’s qualifications first, without the stigma of a criminal record. These initiatives, also called “fair chance hiring” schemes, are said to provide job applicants a less discriminatory hiring approach by removing the conviction history question on job applications and delaying the background check inquiry until later in the hiring process when there has been a conditional offer of employment.

The authors argue that removing “the box” improves employment opportunities and is critical to designing a robust policy platform to help millions of Americans with criminal records integrate into society.  Von Bergen and Bressler provide a background of reforms by state that attempt to reduce recidivism rates and offer a model approach that employers can use to protect their rights and ensure that employees and the general public will be safe.

 

Dr. Martin Bressler receives Distinguished Research Award

Dr. Martin BresslerDURANT, Okla. – Dr. Martin Bressler of Southeastern Oklahoma State University  recently received the Distinguished Research Award from the Academy of Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues for an article he co-authored titled, New Global Cyber-Crimes Call for High-Tech Cyber-Cops.

Bressler serves as John Massey Chair in Entrepreneurship in the John Massey School of Business.

He received the award at the Allied Academies International Conference in New Orleans. Bressler co-authored the article with Dr. Linda Bressler and Dr. Richard McMahon of the University of Houston. This is the fourth article Bressler has authored on cybercrime and the impact of crime on business.

According to their research, more than thirteen million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2015, totaling $18 billion; it is estimated that identity theft fraud exceeded $200 billion globally. Bressler and his colleagues identified and described a wide range of computer crimes, including identity theft, intellectual property theft, illegal online sales, sextortion, sabotage, and computer intrusion.

Cyber-attacks may come from across the country or across the globe, but today cyber-attacks may start locally with card skimmers stealing customer data or drones outside office buildings. Currently, one of the biggest threats is Ransomware, which allows the cyber-criminal to steal files which they then hold for ransom payment. Ransomware has been used recently to steal files from hospitals across the country. Ransom payments are usually made through a third-party such as Bitcoin.

The authors suggest a number of counter-measures, including firewalls, virus-protection software and encrypting files that can be deployed to defend against cyber-attacks but a strong defense requires effort and commitment. Effort is required to keep up with the latest technology and develop strategies to protect your information while commitment involves devoting resources (both finances and personnel) to defend against cybercrimes. Failing to commit to a strong defense against cyber-attacks could cost you more money, possibly millions of dollars, and maybe even result in the complete loss of your business.

Three business professors receive research award

Dr. Martin Bressler

Dr. Martin Bressler

DURANT, Okla. – Three professors in the John Massey School of Business at Southeastern Oklahoma State University were recently presented the McGraw Hill Distinguished Research award at the 44th annual meeting of the Southwest Case Research Association in Oklahoma City.

Dr. Robert Stevens, Dr. Lawrence Silver, and Dr. Martin Bressler were recognized for their teaching case titled, Surefooting Foundations.

Stevens is the John Massey Endowed Chair in Business Administration, Silver is the John Massey Endowed Chair in Marketing, and Bressler is the John Massey Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Lawrence Silver

Dr. Lawrence Silver

The Southwest Case Research Association is an academic organization of faculty members from throughout the southwest who teach in accounting, finance, management, marketing, and other business specializations. It is affiliated with the North American Case Research Association

Robert Stevens

Dr. Robert Stevens

The Southwest Case Research Association is also a member of the Federation of Business Disciplines and is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of new knowledge and the transmission of existing knowledge utilizing the case method. The case teaching approach is often considered an important technique for teaching business subjects and is modeled after the Harvard Business School.

 

John Massey School of Business professors author article for the Employee Relations Law Journal

cwvon Dr. Martin BresslerDURANT, Okla. – Dr. C.W. Von Bergen and Dr. Martin Bressler of the John Massey School of Business at Southeastern Oklahoma State University will have one of their research articles published in the upcoming Summer 2016 edition of the Employee Relations Law Journal.

The article titled, “Ban the Box: Protecting Employer Rights While Improving Opportunities for Ex-Offender Job Seekers,” reviews the practices of companies while screening job applicants. Ex-offenders often are not able to even get an interview when seeking a job when they report their ex-offender status on their employment application. The difficulty in not finding employment after being incarcerated often leads to higher rates of criminal recidivism.

Von Bergen and Bressler provide a background of reforms by state that attempt to reduce recidivism rates and offer a model approach that employers can use to protect their rights and ensure that employees and the general public will be safe.

The Employee Relations Law Journal is read by attorneys and used widely in law schools across the country, including Cornell University Law School, Washington and Lee University Law School and the Society for Human Resource Management.

Von Bergen is the John Massey Endowed Chair in Management and Bressler is the John Massey Endowed Professor of Entrepreneurship. Both have published extensively on a wide range of business topics in both academic and professional publications.

Southeastern professor awarded Business Strategy Certificate from Cornell University

Bressler 2012DURANT, Okla. – Dr. Martin Bressler, John Massey Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship in the John Massey School of Business at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, recently completed a graduate certificate program in business strategy through Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

The certificate, titled, Business Strategy: Achieving Competitive Advantage, is offered through the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell and includes coursework in strategic positioning, managing supply chains, mergers and acquisitions, game theory, strategic and tactical pricing and competitive advantage and profitability.

Bressler teaches business strategy in addition to entrepreneurship courses in the John Massey School of Business. Several years ago he was awarded the Master Professor designation in business strategy from Irwin McGraw-Hill publishing company. He joined the faculty at Southeastern in 2010 and was named Professor of the Year in 2013.

 

Trending? Workplace reversal – Parents working for their children

DURANT, Okla. – As a small business owner, would you want your mom to work for you?

That’s one topic explored in a study conducted recently by three professors at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Their findings  (“The reverse family business: an emerging trend in entrepreneurship?’’)  have been accepted for publication  in The Academy Entrepreneurship Journal.

Under the traditional family business model, children often work for their parents.  But, according to research, this may be changing today, as more parents are being hired by their children, who also happen to be small business owners.

There are several contributing factors, according to Dr. Martin Bressler, professor of marketing and management in the John Massey School of Business. Bressler, along with Dr. Kitty Campbell, Massey Professor and Chair of the Department of Management & Marketing (John Massey School of Business), and Dr. Brett Elliott, professor of mathematics, published the paper.

As part of their study, the professors developed a questionnaire that was distributed via email to small (less than 500 employees) business owners across the United States. This included such industries and enterprises as construction, energy, farm/ranch, manufacturing, retail, and service. Of the 828 respondents, 113 (13.9%) reported one or both parents working in their business.

The survey results indicated several reasons why parents are working for children, including: parent business expertise/financial backing; parent relationship with customers/suppliers;  parents wanting to maintain a role in the company; and additional income for parent.

The results also indicated that it was more common for fathers to work for their children than mothers. With that being said, the survey showed that nearly as many small business owners reported both parents working in their business.

Another area explored by the questionnaire regarded the impact of work and family relationships. Small business owners were asked whether they believed their parent working in the business resulted in a closer relationship. Half (50.3%) of the respondents indicated there was no impact on the relationship; 32% said that their relationship with their parents became closer; and 17.6% found that their relationship became more difficult.

“The reverse family business has benefits for both the child and the parent,’’ Campbell said. “The payoff for the child is having a trusted employee.  And it can give a retired parent a new sense of purpose as well as more income.’’

Even though research is limited on this subject, the results could be significant, according to Bressler.

“The relationship baby-boomer parents have with their kids today is much stronger than the relationship they had with their parents while they were growing up,’’ Bressler said. “This seems to help fuel this trend (parents working for children) and I think it will continue to grow. At this point in time, I would guess it is probably more common in rural areas than in urban areas. ‘’

The survey was distributed to five regions of the United States: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, and West.

Statistically, the survey results revealed that the northeast region of the country is most likely to have one or more parents working for a child, while the Midwest is the least likely.

And if, in fact, it is a growing trend, the benefits could, indeed, be very positive.

“It could actually improve the success rate for start-up businesses,’’ Bressler said. “This, in turn, would help employment and the overall economy.’’

Southeastern business professor earns professional certifications

Dr. Martin Bressler

Dr. Martin Bressler

DURANT, Okla. — Dr. Martin Bressler, professor of marketing & management in the John Massey School of Business at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, was recently awarded two additional professional certifications.

The Certified International Project Manager (CIPM) certification is awarded to individuals upon completing graduate level programs and exams, along with extensive field experience in managing business projects. Bressler has managed numerous business projects, including several in Canada as well as in European countries.

The Master Management Consultant (MMC) certification is awarded upon completing the required graduate level programs and exams, in addition to extensive consulting experience. Bressler has served as a consultant to more than

100 small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies over the past  25 years. His management consulting experience includes volunteering with the U.S. Small Business Administration SCORE program and the small business development center.  Bressler also holds the Professional Certified Marketer (PCM) designation from the American Marketing Association.

He joined the faculty of the John Massey School of Business in 2010, and was a Fulbright Scholar to Germany, a Sam Walton Fellow, and served as a Resource Panel Expert in International Trade to the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business.

Banquet honors Southeastern Faculty-Staff

 

 Southeastern president Larry Minks, center, congratulates Dr. Martin Bressler, left, recipient of the Professor of the Year Award, and Dr. Ken Elder, Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

Southeastern president Larry Minks, center, congratulates Dr. Martin Bressler, left, recipient of the Professor of the Year Award, and Dr. Ken Elder, Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

Dr. Stacy Weger, center, was the recipient of the Heart of Southeastern Award. Congratulating him are Southeastern president Larry Minks and Vicki Hudson, who served as master of ceremonies for the awards banquet.

Dr. Stacy Weger, center, was the recipient of the Heart of Southeastern Award. Congratulating him are Southeastern president Larry Minks and Vicki Hudson, who served as master of ceremonies for the awards banquet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DURANT, Okla. — Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s annual Faculty-Staff Recognition Banquet was held Monday night in the Visual and Performing Arts Center on campus.

The event honored and recognized a number of faculty and staff members for outstanding contributions to the University. Also honored were retirees and employees for years of service.

Following is the list of the award winners:

Heart of Southeastern Award: Dr. Stacy Weger, Assistant Professor of Music

Faculty Senate Awards

Professor of the Year: Dr. Martin Bressler, Associate Professor of Management

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Ken Elder, Professor of Sociology

John Massey School of Business

Outstanding Service Award: Dr. Kitty Campbell, Professor of Management

Outstanding Teaching Award: Dr. Stan Alluisi, Associate Professor of Aviation Management

Outstanding Scholarship/Research Award: Dr. Larry Prather, Professor of Finance

School of Arts and Sciences (Arts)

Outstanding Service Award: Riley Risso Coker, Assistant Professor of Theatre

Outstanding Teaching Award: Skip Robinson, Director, Center for Rhetoric & Professional Development

Outstanding Scholarship/Research Award: Dr. Margaret Cotter-Lynch, Associate Professor of English

School of Arts and Sciences (Sciences)

Outstanding Service Award: Dr. Diane Dixon, Professor of Biological Sciences

Outstanding Teaching Award: Dr. Karl Frinkle, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Outstanding Scholarship/Research Award: Dr. Nancy Paiva, Associate Professor of Chemistry

School of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Outstanding Service Award: Dr. Daniel Weigel, Professor of Psychology & Counseling

Outstanding Teaching Award: Dr. Charla Hall, Professor of Psychology & Counseling

Outstanding Scholarship/Research Award: Dr. Kimberly Donovan, Associate Professor of Psychology & Counseling

Staff Association Awards

Professional/Administration: Pamela Forster, Coordinator, Ancillary Services

Secretarial/Clerical: Dana Clure, Secretary, Behavioral Sciences

Service/Technical: Michael Stout, Director of Help Desk, Information Technology

Other Awards

Spirit of Southeastern: David Wyatt, Electrician, Physical Plant

Enrollment Management Partnership Award: Eddie Harbin, Director of Physical Plant

Retirees

Jan Brown, Office Assistant, Music Department, 11 years of service

Harold Cornelison, Secretary. Center for  Instructional Development and Technology, 24 years

Dr. Ken Elder, Professor of Sociology, 39 years

Bruce Johnson, Assistant Professor of Social Sciences, 36 years

Pat Jones, Finance Office Administrator, 24 years

Virginia Marshall, Switchboard Operator, 19 years

Susie Wilson, Coordinator/Teacher Certification Officer, 24 years

Southeastern business professor receives Distinguished Research Award

Bressler 2012DURANT, Okla. – Dr. Martin Bressler, Associate Professor of Management in the John Massey School of Business at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, was  recently honored with the Distinguished Research Award. This award was presented by the Academy of Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues at the Allied Academies International Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Bressler’s paper, titled “Protecting your company’s intellectual property assets from cyber-espionage,” focuses on ways to protect and detect theft of company intellectual property assets. The Southeastern professor is the author of more than 50 conference papers and more than 20 articles in academic journals and business publications.

In 1995, Bressler served as a Resource Panel Expert to the White House Conference on Small Business. He is also a Fulbright Scholar and Sam Walton Fellow.

Bressler joined the Southeastern faculty in 2010.