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February 2019

Dean's Digest

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Well, we made it through the AACSB accreditation visit last week. Thanks to everyone who helped make the entire accreditation process — not just the events of last week — run so smoothly. Meet you here in five years to do it all over again!

Today is Lunar New Year, or as it’s more traditionally known here in the U.S., Chinese New Year. It’s the Year of the Pig, FYI. One of the great things about working at W. P. Carey and ASU is the international diversity that we welcome. And one of our best annual activities is the New Year celebration that will happen from 11 to 1 today on the Dean’s Patio, featuring calligraphy, chopsticks competition, lantern riddles, a pitch pot, and dragon dancers. So much fun!

A downward turn, not a downward trend

For years — in fact, ever since U.S. News & World Report began ranking online programs — W. P. Carey had been ranked among the top five MBA programs and the top five online graduate business programs in the country. That changed last month. While almost every other business school would be thrilled to be ranked No. 6 in either category — let alone both — we know that is not good enough here at W. P. Carey.

There are many factors that go into any ranking, so some things that influence this year’s result aren’t truly in our control. But, as we do with all our programs, we’re constantly looking at ways to improve our programs, instruction, and student experience, and we’re committed to get back into that top five next year.

A busy, busy month ahead

Our faculty and research excellence takes center stage with four conferences hosted by the departments of Finance, Information Systems, and Management and Entrepreneurship over the course of just four days. The Micro Meets Macro Conference brings together management scholars and thought leaders from schools all over North America and the world, while the eighth annual Sonoran Winter Finance Conference hosts faculty from the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

The Digital Society Initiative in the Department of Information Systems will host the Digital Society Academic Research Workshop, welcoming its share of leading experts from the U.S. and Canada, and the same group presents a half-day conference called Winning the AI & Analytics Talent War. I’m very proud of the work our faculty and program committees put into these events each year.

All of these conferences take place between Feb. 20 and 23 — which makes for some very busy days — but it’s also the perfect time of year to welcome our colleagues to the Valley of the Sun. While most of these events are invite-only, you can RSVP to attend Winning the AI & Analytics Talent War on Thursday, Feb. 21.

Earlier that week, on Tuesday the 19th, we will officially rename the Behavioral Research Lab in the Department of Marketing the Robert B. Cialdini Behavioral Research Lab. Named in recognition of Bob Cialdini, an emeritus professor, a legend around these parts, and the author of Influence — a New York Times bestseller and one of the very foundational books on business — the research lab conducts more than 200 separate behavioral experiments each year and contributes to a lot of the research undertaken by our faculty. We’re so proud that Bob and his wife Bobette Gorden, along with several other benefactors, have chosen to support the work the lab is doing, and it means a lot to the lab’s credibility to have Bob’s name attached to it.

Random acts of kindness

This month, we’re embracing Bill Carey’s philosophy of “doing good while doing well” during Random Acts of Kindness Week. The official Random Acts of Kindness Day is Sunday, Feb. 17, but the entire week from Feb. 18-25 gives you plenty of opportunities to perform at least one random act of kindness.

We have a few ways you can participate this year, so check out the employee website for more information, more ideas, and more ways to get involved.


Consider this your official invitation to join alumni, students, and friends at the first annual W. P. Carey Alumni Golf Tournament. It will be held at Papago Golf Course — the new home of ASU Golf — on Saturday, April 27. The scramble format tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Your entry fees include greens fees, golf cart, dinner, goody bag, and a chance to win several prizes including a car on a hole-in-one challenge, along with several silent auction items. Proceeds will benefit the student scholarship fund.

Sign up today and get ready to hit the links on April 27!