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September 2016

Dean Andy Boynton

A MESSAGE FROM DEAN ANDY BOYNTON


In 1987, President Ronald Reagan famously went to the Berlin Wall, which had divided East and West Berlin for a generation, and he issued this plea to the Soviet Union’s leader: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Two years and five months later, the wall came tumbling down, as did, not long afterward, the Soviet Union. There are many walls remaining today—including those in higher education that we at the Carroll School and Boston College have been busy cracking. Read Andy’s message »

 


Taking the field for the NFL

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With degrees and contracts in hand, Boston College Eagles are landing in the NFL—and the NHL, the NWHL, and other professional leagues. Among those in the pros are a dozen Carroll School alums—men and women profiled by sports journalist Grant Salzano ’10.
 


Not a Single Management Student in the Room

Catalyst Classroom

Liberal arts majors are filling up Carroll School lecture rooms during the summer, making sure they’ll have an answer when employers ask: “What can you do on Day 1?” Welcome to the Catalyst program, a 10-week, deep-dive into the major disciplines of management.
 


Slideshow: New Faces in Fulton

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Introducing the Carroll School’s newest faculty members—their research, their teaching, and how those two pursuits enliven each other.
 


Summer in the City

Camryn Hicks ’17

“One of the things that stood out for me was that some neighborhoods have no restaurants and bars—there isn’t a place for adults to go out.” Real Estate students are taking a shot at urban revitalization, through a summer internship program fielded by the Joseph E. Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action.
 


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THE TEST



Professor Jonathan Reuter has taught Basic Finance often during the past 13 years. Here are several problems from a test his students took during the most recent semester, touching on some everyday matters such as paying down the mortgage on a condo in Cambridge. Test yourself and see how much basic finance you remember »


EVENTS


Winston Collaboration: The Fight for Civil Rights, Social Justice, and Labor Equality »

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 | 6:00 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100

Innovation, Urbanization, and the
Metropolitan Revolution!
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Thursday, October 20, 2016 | 2:00 p.m.
Yawkey Athletics Center, Robert J. Murray ’62 and Family Function Room

Clough Colloquium: A Conversation with Eric Holder, Former U.S. Attorney General (2009-2015) »

Thursday, October 27, 2016 | 4:00 p.m.
Robsham Theater Arts Center


RESEARCH NEWS


Q&A: BULLISH BUT NOT SAYING SO

A working paper floated by Professor Ronnie Sadka (Finance) and three colleagues made headlines this past summer, including this one from CBS MoneyWatch—“Do CEOs lie? Perhaps, but not how you think.” The team found that CEOs often downplay good news about recent earnings and forecasts. Why? One possible answer is unsettling, as discussed by Sadka in a Q&A with the Carroll Connection.

DATA AND MANGLED SOCKS

The “Internet of Things” is changing practically all businesses, even the most prosaic among them. Take coin-operated laundries, for instance. Sam Ransbotham (Information Systems) and Stephanie Jernigan (Operations Management), together with another coauthor, discuss the implications for management in a report published by the MIT Sloan Management Review.

NECESSARY EVILS

Most of us carry out emotionally difficult tasks at work, but what happens to us after years of doing so? What kind of coping mechanisms do we develop? Professor Judy Clair (Management and Organization), along with two colleagues who received their doctorates from the Carroll School, write for the Harvard Business Review online about their findings published in the Journal of Management Inquiry.


SCHOOL NEWS


SHEA CENTER TEAMS UP WITH FORBES

Boston College’s Edmund H. Shea Jr. Center for Entrepreneurship and its Center for Social Innovation will serve as the academic partners for the high-profile Forbes Under 30 Summit in Boston next month.

MANAGING WITH A HEART

Together with the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, the Carroll School of Management has launched the first interdisciplinary studies program that crosses borders between schools at Boston College. It’s called Managing for Social Impact and the Public Good, and the millennials are signing up.

MORE THAN A GAME

A sports reporter would say the Eagles’ three-point gridiron loss to Georgia Tech in Dublin on September 3 is now old news. But a business analyst might think differently about the insights generated there one day earlier at the inaugural Global Forum hosted by Boston College’s Chief Executives Club.


ALUMNI NEWS


THE FIXER

Abdusalam Omer ’77 was instrumental in helping to turn around failed schools in the District of Columbia. Now he’s taking on a much bigger repair job—as foreign minister of a failed state, Somalia.

ZUMBA FOR A CAUSE

Six years ago, Michele McCallion Ayoub ’86 began looking around for a workout routine she could enjoy while staying in shape. She found what she was looking for—and much more.

MEET “THE WINDOW CLEANER”

There are a number of reasons why Chris Rall ’09 went into the cleaning business—apparently none of which is that he likes to clean.