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Carroll Connection

September 2016

Dean Andy Boynton

A MESSAGE FROM DEAN ANDY BOYNTON


For so many people of my generation, one of the great joys of the holidays is having your grown-up children back home. But whether you’re young, old, or in between, this season is very much about happy returns and reunions. And this edition of the Carroll Connection offers several glimpses into the wonderful benefits of coming back—to an alma mater, and to a dynamic tradition of learning. Read Andy’s message »

 


Can Creativity Save the World?

Photo of Spencer Harrison's Classroom "Can Creativity Save the World?"

Is it a fine arts class? A management seminar? Frankly, it doesn’t matter in a new interdisciplinary course—“Can Creativity Save the World?” Team-taught by the Carroll School’s Spencer Harrison and the Theatre Department’s Crystal Tiala, the class brings first-year students into the world of complex problem-solving. It’s part of Boston College’s renewed core curriculum.


 

The Story of Dick and Jane

Photo of Jane Jacobs

There are many supposed experts on the thinking of legendary urbanist Jane Jacobs. But not many can do what undergraduate dean Richard Keeley did at a forum recently when he held up two original manuscript pages hand-edited by his late friend, the godmother of America’s urban renaissance. She distrusted academics but came to love Boston College.


 

 Holidays on the Heights

Who Was Wallace E. Carroll?

Photo of James E. McIntyre '57

In the mid-to-late 1970s, Boston College’s social scene was buzzing not only on the Heights but also nearly 1,500 miles away, in Palm Beach, Florida. There, a flock of snowbird Eagles was giving rise to the modern age of Boston College fundraising. And at the center of it all was Wallace E. Carroll ’28, who sold everything from shoes to shrimp.

 


EVENTS


Chambers Lecture Series: Dr. Bennet Omalu, Forensic Pathologist and Neuropathologist »

February 9, 2017 | 6:00 p.m.
Robsham Theater Arts Center

Clough Colloquium: President Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland »

March 13, 2017 | 4:00 p.m.
Corcoran Commons

Save the Date: 12th Annual Finance Conference »

June 7, 2017: Dinner 
June 8, 2017: Conference
Boston College Club (Dinner) and Fulton 511 (Conference)

Carroll School accounting students has placed first in the Deloitte FanTaxtic regional case-study competition

FINDINGS


Lose the “Heroic CEO” Stories

In a study published in the Academy of Management Journal, Sean Martin (Management and Organization Department) takes a hard look at so-called “heroic CEO stories.” Ever popular in the C-Suite, these tales are staples of corporate culture. They’re also woefully ineffective, the professor says in that study and in remarks to Fast Company.  He proposes an alternative narrative.

 

FIVE WORST MISTAKES PEOPLE MAKE WITH 401(k) PLANS

When drawing up New Year’s resolutions, many people think about personal finances, including what they should be doing with their retirement plans.  That’s good, but here’s a list of things they should not be doing, replete with data and insights from the Center for Retirement Research at the Carroll School of Management.

 

WOO, WOW AND WIN

The ideas of Andy Boynton, the Carroll School’s dean, are cited frequently in the new book Woo, Wow, and Win: Service Design, Strategy, and the Art of Customer Delight, authored by Thomas A. Stewart and Patricia O’Connell and published by HarperCollins. Boynton was interviewed by the authors on such topics as customer-driven innovation and design, and how to test ideas for maximum impact.


CONNECTIONS


A VIEW FROM THE TOP

Ferit Şahenk ’89 sits atop one of the three largest conglomerates in Turkey. So what made him recently dig out his old undergraduate textbooks and start rereading them, one by one? He spoke of that and other lessons over lunch with two dozen undergraduates as part of the “Lunch with an Entrepreneur” series sponsored by the Carroll School’s Edmund H. Shea Jr. Center for Entrepreneurship.

 

FROM THE HEIGHTS TO HOLLYWOOD (AND BACK)

Some might say that Chris O’Donnell ’92 hasn’t done all that much with his marketing degree from Boston College. But returning to his alma mater this fall, the NCIS: Los Angeles and Grey’s Anatomy star showed a skill at marketing the values inculcated by a Jesuit education.  

 

GRADS TURN AN EYE TO REAL ESTATE

Where do people with such diverse majors as theology, finance, and international studies wind up? If you were in Devlin Hall on a Thursday evening in October, you’d think it was real estate—judging from the Boston College alumni who populated two panel discussions at a real estate careers forum.

 

MAKING WAY FOR THE ACCOUNTING DOCTORS

The Carroll School is getting ready to launch a Ph.D. program in accounting—adding to the two existing doctoral offerings in finance and organization studies. Tops on the list of recruits: seniors in the Carroll School Honors Program.