Advisory Panel

Accounting & Taxation

Larry Walther, Ph.D., CPA, CMADavid George Vequist IV, Ph.D.

Business Fundamentals

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFEThomas Coe

Business Strategy

James Richardson, Ph.D.

Career Readiness - Exploring Your Potential

Bob Cohen, MBA

Economics

Brian Kench, Ph.D.Derek Abrams

Entrepreneurship

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.

Finance

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.

Information Technology

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.

International Business

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.

Operations Management

James J. Stewart, DScPedro M. Reyes, Ph.D.

Org Behavior & HR

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.

Katherine Campbell is an Associate Professor of Accountancy at the University of North Dakota. She teaches courses on financial accounting and conducts research in the areas of environmental accounting, financial accounting, and ethics. She earned her PhD at the University of Washington and previously held academic appointments at the University of Maryland, the University of Connecticut, and the Norwegian School of Management.

Recent Reviews All Reviews

How Tyson’s Chicken Plant Became a Turkey

Why would a Kansas town reject a new facility offering 1.600 jobs? There may be many answers, but reputation may be one factor that explains the reaction of Tonganoxie, Kansas, residents to a new Tyson Foods facility. Other companies acknowledge challenges in successfully locating new poultry processing plants. In this case, however, Tyson seems to have made a few avoidable missteps leading up to the announcement of the new facility.

Apple’s Global Web

Innovation is at the heart of Apple’s business, and innovation depends on talent. The locations of Apple’s research facilities may reflect its strategy to hire the best and brightest. Apple’s practice of opening research facilities and then hiring employees from nearby companies might be viewed as poaching, and in some cases it has led to the dissolution of a relationship with a supplier.

The Pensions Warren Buffett Runs

The relation between risk and return creates a certain tension in all investment decisions. In the context of pension funds, however, security is given higher priority than in other investment contexts. Berkshire Hathaway's pension fund is managed by two of the company's investment managers with an approach that is similar to Warren Buffett's general investment philosophy. Too risky for most corporate pension funds, this may work just because it is the "Sage of Omaha's" company.

Debrief: Ginni Rometty, CEO, IBM

Among well-known technology companies doing cutting edge work, at 106 years old, IBM may well be the oldest. Its current CEO, Ginni Rometty, appreciates this history and is focused on reinventing the company for the next generation. Gender equity and diversity issues plague many technologies firms, and Romney sees herself as a role model even as she recognizes a longstanding inclusive culture within IBM.

Workers of Silicon Valley Unite!

Silicon Valley companies are a tale of two workers. Tech company employees enjoy good wages and benefits. Many service workers on the tech company campuses, however, are employed by contractors and receive much lower wages and fewer benefits. By focusing attention on the well-known tech companies, labor unions are successfully organizing contract workers.

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