News from Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management News. http://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/bschool Read how the Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management News is making headlines. en-us Tue, 19 Mar 2019 08:28:16 -0700 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Drupal Opinion Piece by Dr. Gary Mangiofico Featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal https://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/03/opinion-piece-dr-gary-mangiofico-featured-los-angeles-business-journal/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/bschool/2019/03/opinion-piece-dr-gary-mangiofico-featured-los-angeles-business-journal The LA Business Journal posted an opinion from Gary Mangiofico regarding the opportunity Los Angeles has to lead the nation in artificial intelligence. Sat, 16 Mar 2019 12:15:00 PDT The Los Angeles Business Journal posted an opinion today from Gary Mangiofico, Executive Professor of Organizational Theory and Management and MS in Organization Development Academic Director, regarding the opportunity Los Angeles has to lead the nation in artificial intelligence. Dr. Mangiofico argues Los Angeles is poised to seize the opportunity and drive major advances in health care AI.

He describes three must-haves for Los Angeles to be successful: Improve care through AI without damaging the role of physician, accelerate transparency and collaboration and set the standard for the ethics of AI and machine learning capabilities.  He closes by describing the special role that Pepperdine Graziadio intends to have in the healthcare industry and AI. Dr. Mangiofico is also an organizer and speaker at the Future of Healthcare Symposium, taking place Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Marina Del Rey Ritz-Carlton.

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Healthcare Symposium Speaker Dr. Belinda Tan Writes About the Importance of Using Telemedicine in Clinical Trials https://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/03/healthcare-symposium-speaker-dr-belinda-tan-writes-about-importance-using/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/bschool/2019/03/healthcare-symposium-speaker-dr-belinda-tan-writes-about-importance-using Dr. Belinda Tan, co-founder of Science 37, authored a piece on KevinMD about how telemedicine is increasing diversity in clinical trials. Fri, 15 Mar 2019 08:15:00 PDT Dr. Belinda Tan, co-founder of Science 37, authored a piece on KevinMD about how telemedicine is increasing diversity in clinical trials. Dr. Tan will be a speaker at the Pepperdine Graziadio Healthcare Symposium on March 21 participating in the panel discussion about the intersection of smart technology and the business of healthcare. During this discussion Dr. Tan and the other panelists will discuss how smart technology is generating progressive clinical trials and enhancing patient experiences and outcomes.

Dr. Belinda Tan, a physician-scientist and educator, is driven by the audacious goal of building a universal medical-scientific ecosystem that will connect all people to scientists. In her piece on KevinMD, she writes that “an important part of advancing medical research and drug development is making participation in clinical trials easier and more inclusive. To develop treatments that work on men, women, and children of all ages and different ethnicities we need to have clinical trial data that represents our diverse population. Right now, when the FDA approves a new drug we know that it will be effective in some – but not all – patient populations. Fortunately, telemedicine is a game changer when it comes to accelerating drug development capabilities and extending patient reach. Enabling patients to participate in clinical trials from their home by giving them access to mobile nursing and video encounters with doctors opens up a whole new playing field.”

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Graziadio Business School to Host 2019 Future of Healthcare Symposium https://www.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/03/graziadio-business-school-host-2019-future-healthcare-symposium/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/university/2019/03/graziadio-business-school-host-2019-future-healthcare-symposium The 2019 theme, “Healthcare Leadership in the AI Revolution: Opportunity in the Smart Machine Age,” will explore the introduction of artificial intelligence to the healthcare space. Wed, 13 Mar 2019 11:15:00 PDT The Future of Healthcare Symposium - Pepperdine Graziadio Business SchoolPepperdine Graziadio Business School will present The Future of Healthcare Symposium at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, on Thursday, March 21, from 8 AM to 4 PM.

The 2019 theme, “Healthcare Leadership in the AI Revolution: Opportunity in the Smart Machine Age,” will explore the industry changes that are required to navigate the smart machine age and the introduction of artificial intelligence to the healthcare space.

Eric Topol, one of the leading innovators in medicine, and Jeff Stibel, former chief executive officer of web.com and vice chair of Dun & Bradstreet, will serve as this year's keynote speakers.

Topol is a cardiologist and geneticist specializing in the use of artificial intelligence and smart technology in the practice of individualized medicine. He is the founder and director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, and the executive vice president of the Scripps Research Institute where he serves as a professor of molecular medicine.

Stibel is a USA Today columnist and a New York Times bestselling author of Breakpoint and Wired for Thought. He was the recipient of a brain and behavior fellowship while studying for a doctorate at Brown University and received an honorary doctorate from Pepperdine Graziadio Business School.

Founded by the Figueroa Family and organized annually by the Pepperdine Graziadio Board, The Future of Healthcare Symposium brings together influential thinkers and experienced practitioners to discuss the technological, ethical, or controversial innovations and challenges facing today's ever-evolving healthcare sector.

General admission tickets are $150. For additional information about this annual event, and to register to attend, visit the Graziadio Business School page on the Engage website.

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Changing Workplace Policies to Ensure the #MeToo Movement Advances Diversity in Leadership https://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/03/changing-workplace-policies-ensure-metoo-movement-advances-diversity-leadership/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/bschool/2019/03/changing-workplace-policies-ensure-metoo-movement-advances-diversity-leadership Dr. Bernice Ledbetter and Dr. Michael Kinsman share their thoughts about ensuring the #MeToo movement advances diversity in leadership. Mon, 11 Mar 2019 12:00:00 PDT Woman holding MeToo movement signDr. Bernice Ledbetter and Dr. Michael Kinsman share their thoughts about ensuring the #MeToo movement advances diversity in leadership in a recent piece in Workforce. They believe the outcome of the #MeToo movement should be the creation of opportunities for all employees to thrive.

In their opinion piece they say "while there have been significant strides in reducing gender bias, harassment and sexual misconduct, clearly there is still work to be done. The #MeToo movement has been an important driver in bringing to light numerous cases of sexual abuse and misconduct. However, it has also had the unintended consequence of causing men to refrain from interacting with women for fear of retaliation. Considering that male executives play a key role in advancing women into higher levels of leadership, this fear must be taken seriously because if unaddressed it leads to workplaces where there are fewer opportunities for women’s career advancement and informal coaching."

Dr. Ledbetter and Dr. Kinsman assert that changes need to happen at the organizational level and say “it’s time to capitalize on that momentum and change our workplace policies—starting from the top down—so that we can turn the #MeToo era into a movement that is constructive, encourages human interaction and supports appropriate career advancement.

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Women Leaders Speaking at Pepperdine Graziadio's 50th Anniversary Event on April 2 https://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/03/women-leaders-speaking-pepperdine-graziadios-50th-anniversary-event-april-2/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/bschool/2019/03/women-leaders-speaking-pepperdine-graziadios-50th-anniversary-event-april-2 As we celebrate International Women's Day, Pepperdine Graziadio is excited about the great women panelists that are lined up for our 50th anniversary event. Fri, 08 Mar 2019 11:15:00 PST As we celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, Pepperdine Graziadio Business School is getting more excited for the great women panelists that are lined up for the school’s 50th anniversary event, "Industry 4.0: The Future of Humanity in the Smart Machine Age," on April 2.

The common ground discussion "Women in Leadership," sponsored by the Pepperdine Graziadio Center for Women in Leadership and moderated by Denise Roberson from Jadi Communications, will include Dalana Brand, Vice President, People Rewards & Experience, Twitter; Alison Lewis, Chief Marketing Officer, Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc.; and Britta Wilson, Vice President of Inclusion Strategies, Pixar. Read the full speakers bios here.

Dr. Bernice Ledbetter, director of the Center for Women in Leadership, explains why it’s the perfect time for this type of this discussion.

Also watch Pepperdine alumna Stasia Washington (PKE MBA '13) share her thoughts on how the 4th Industrial Revolution is going to change the world of work.

Join us to discover how women are defining leadership in the Smart Machine Age. Visit our 50th anniversary website to register for this special one-day event.

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Renowned Healthcare Leaders Using Artificial Intelligence to Transform Delivery of Care Featured at Pepperdine Graziadio Future of Healthcare Symposium https://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/03/renowned-healthcare-leaders-using-artificial-intelligence-transform-delivery-care/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/bschool/2019/03/renowned-healthcare-leaders-using-artificial-intelligence-transform-delivery-care The Graziadio School is excited to host its 5th annual Future of Healthcare Symposium on March 21, 2019 at The Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey. Fri, 01 Mar 2019 08:30:00 PST Robot and human hand touchingThe Graziadio School is excited to host its 5th annual Future of Healthcare Symposium on March 21, 2019 at The Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey. Keynote speakers at this year's symposium, Healthcare Leadership in the AI Revolution: Opportunity in the Smart Machine Age, are Dr. Eric Topol, executive vice president of The Scripps Research Institute and Jeff Stibel, vice chairman of Dun & Bradstreet. The Healthcare Symposium brings together influential thinkers and experienced practitioners to discuss the opportunities and challenges with using artificial intelligence and technological innovations to improve healthcare efficiencies, access to care and patient outcomes. Attendees can network with peers to share best practices and discuss collaboration opportunities. The first 400 registrants will receive a complimentary copy of Dr. Topol's new book, Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again, which he will be signing at the event. Register and view the full agenda.

In his presentation, Brain Science Is Smart Science, Jeff Stibel introduces us to brain science, "real" intelligence, and how his company, BrainGate, is using AI to advance neuroscience and treat those with neurological disorders. Stibel also offers a practical application of brain science and how to keep your brain healthy in the modern digital age. In his presentation, Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again, Dr. Eric Topol explores the far-reaching changes that smart technology and smart machines are having (and will have) on the practice of medicine and the experience of providing and receiving healthcare.

The morning panel: The Intersection of Smart Technology and the Business of Healthcare includes a discussion with:

Kim Kamdar, PhD, a partner at Domain Associates, has been involved in cutting-edge therapeutic start-ups and has been a major part of identifying companies with promising molecular and companion diagnostics to support personalized medicine.

Belinda Tan, MD, PhD, co-founder and chief medical officer at Science 37, is a physician-scientist and educator. As an entrepreneur, she is driven by the audacious goal of building a universal medical-scientific ecosystem that will connect all people to scientists. Prior to starting Science 37, Dr. Tan joined a team of physicians to build the nationally scaled telemedicine company DirectDerm, whose services have improved health outcomes throughout central California.

Visar Berisha, PhD is the co-founder and chief science officer of Aural Analytics, an assistant professor at Arizona State University, and a research fellow in the department of neurology at Mayo Clinic. With a focus on speech and language production, his research focuses on using technology to better understand neurological disease progression.

The afternoon panel: Applying Smart Tech: Leading the Way includes a discussion with:

Rajan Merchant, MD is a board certified allergist-immunologist based in Woodland, California. For his 18 years of experience, Dr. Merchant has been recognized by the Dignity Health Leadership Development Program, and has been named one of Sacramento Magazine's top allergy doctors for three consecutive years: 2016, 2017, and 2018. Most recently Dignity Health and Propeller Health was selected as the Grand Award for 2019 Intelligent Health Association Improving Patient Care and Safety Award with Dr. Merchant being designated the physician champion.

Samuel Seaman, PhD is a professor of decision sciences at the Graziadio Business School, where he teaches graduate courses in applied statistics and evidence-based decision analysis using mathematical models to solve dilemmas in economics, finance, healthcare, and marketing.

Lisa Watanabe, MD is the Chief Medical Officer at CureMetrix, which is leveraging artificial intelligence to develop the next generation of medical image analysis technology for mammography. Dr. Watanabe is an Associate Clinical Professor of Radiology at USC and in 2017 she received the Women in Neuroradiology Leadership Award from the American Society of Neuroradiology.

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National Market Pulse Survey Featured in Associated Press Story https://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/02/national-market-pulse-survey-featured-associated-press-story/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/bschool/2019/02/national-market-pulse-survey-featured-associated-press-story The Q4 2018 Market Pulse Report found that the intense pace of mergers and acquisitions in 2018 is likely to continue into 2019, but not for much longer. Fri, 22 Feb 2019 10:45:00 PST The Q4 2018 Market Pulse Report published by the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA), M&A Source and the Pepperdine Private Capital Market Project found that the intense pace of mergers and acquisitions that occurred in 2018 is likely to continue into 2019, but not for much longer. In a recent story the Associated Press highlighted that 83 percent of business advisors say the strong M&A market won't last more than two years and nearly a third (32 percent) predict the current seller's market will be over within the year.

"Increased deal activity is being driven by in part by the low unemployment rate which makes it hard for businesses to grow organically," said Craig Everett, PhD, Assistant Professor of Finance and Director of the Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project. "There is an increasing trend of companies buying other companies in order to acquire their skilled labor force. This high demand for labor coupled with strong balance sheets, a positive lending environment, and historically low interest rates are all driving up deal flow and valuations. However, advisors aren't optimistic that the current climate will last through 2020. Considering that it's taking about a year to sell a business valued between $2 million - $50 million sellers should consider going to market before the market flips."

The report also found that seller-market sentiment is on the rise in most market sectors, with more advisors describing Q4 2018 as a "seller's market" than a year ago, in all but the $500,000 to $1 million sector. Of note, 2018 marks the first full year in which four of the five market segments have been described as a seller's market.

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Steve Wozniak, Salim Ismail, and Alison Lewis to Speak at Graziadio 50th Anniversary Event https://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/02/steve-wozniak-salim-ismail-and-alison-lewis-speak-graziadio-50th-anniversary-event/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/bschool/2019/02/steve-wozniak-salim-ismail-and-alison-lewis-speak-graziadio-50th-anniversary-event The Industry 4.0 event will reflect on the Graziadio legacy and look ahead to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Tue, 12 Feb 2019 12:00:00 PST In honor of Pepperdine Graziadio Business School’s 50th anniversary, the school will host a full day of events on Tuesday, April 2, to reflect upon its long legacy, as well as look ahead as to how we can prepare today’s students for the future of work and the fourth industrial revolution.

Industry 4.0: The Future of Humanity in the Smart Machine Age will be held at the Novo located at L.A. Live and will cover topics including the fourth industrial revolution and how to prepare the future workforce for increased automation.

Pepperdine Graziadio Dean Deryck J. van Rensburg, Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak, Singularity University founding executive director Salim Ismail, and Institute for the Future’s Bob Johansen, along with several other influential thought leaders, will share their insights on how employers can prepare for the fourth industrial revolution and how employees can ensure they remain competitive as automation increases in nearly every industry sector.

The event will also include two panel discussions. The morning panel on women in leadership in the Smart Machine Age will be moderated by Denise Roberson, CEO of Jadi Communications; Alison Lewis, chief marketing officer of Johnson & Johnson Consumer; Dalana Brand, vice president total rewards and experience at Twitter; and Britta Wilson (MBA '92, EdD '16), vice president of inclusion strategies at Pixar. The afternoon thought leadership panel will be moderated by Allen Webb, editor of McKinsey Quarterly, and feature Andrei Cherny, CEO of Aspiration; John Figueroa, former CEO of Genoa Healthcare; Alex Grimwade, chief information officer at Twentieth Century Fox Television; and Ed Hess, professor at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Throughout the day the school will be utilizing Spigit, a crowdsourcing platform, to engage colleagues and stakeholders from all parts of the world and garner their perspective and insight. For more information or to register to attend, visit the Graziadio 50th anniversary website.

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Dr. Craig Everett Featured in WalletHub Online Q&A https://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/02/dr-craig-everett-featured-wallethub-online-qa/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/bschool/2019/02/dr-craig-everett-featured-wallethub-online-qa Craig R. Everett, PhD, Director, Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project took part in an online Q&A with well-known financial media outlet WalletHub. Fri, 08 Feb 2019 11:00:00 PST Craig R. Everett, PhD, Assistant Professor of Finance and Director, Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project, Pepperdine University, Graziadio Business School took part in an online Q&A with well-known financial media outlet WalletHub. Dr. Everett provided insights describing why unsecured credit cards for people with bad credit are so expensive, conditions in which an unsecured credit card may be o.k., the most important thing to look for in an unsecured cared and mistakes people with bad credit make when selecting a credit card. 

Dr. Everett offered important advice, including: "As long as you are ready to ALWAYS pay all your bills on-time from now on, it should only take a year for most people to increase their credit score enough to get a normal credit card with lower rates and fees" and "The biggest mistake that people make is not fully understanding all the fees prior to opening the account, especially any fees that kick in AFTER the introductory period."

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Business Executive to Discuss Navigating Ambiguity and Driving Growth https://www.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/01/business-executive-discuss-navigating-ambiguity-and-driving-growth/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/university/2019/01/business-executive-discuss-navigating-ambiguity-and-driving-growth The event is part of the Center for Women in Leadership Executive Speaker Series at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. Mon, 28 Jan 2019 08:15:00 PST Monica McGurkMonica McGurk, chief revenue and ecommerce officer at the Kellogg Company, will present “Navigating Culture and Complexity” at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus on Tuesday, January 29, at 4 PM. The discussion is part of the Center for Women in Leadership Executive Speaker Series at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School.

Known for her inspirational people leadership, McGurk will share her unique insights from a career journey of success.

McGurk has spent her career at the intersection of strategy and ambiguity, helping global consumer companies and their customers navigate change and accelerate growth. Prior to joining Kellogg, she served as chief growth officer at Tyson Foods, and was senior vice president of strategy and ecommerce at Coca-Cola North America. McGurk was a principal at McKinsey & Company, where she utilized her expertise in product development innovation, marketing, organizational design, and culture transformation to deploy technology to unlock human potential.

A graduate of Harvard University and Stanford University, McGurk servers as a director on several boards and was part of a founding team who launched a startup focused on big data analytics.

For additional information about this free event, visit the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School page on the Engage website.

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Pepperdine Graziadio economist David Smith quoted in LA Times https://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/01/pepperdine-graziadio-economist-david-smith-quoted-la-times/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/bschool/2019/01/pepperdine-graziadio-economist-david-smith-quoted-la-times Pepperdine Graziadio labor economist David M. Smith, PhD, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times regarding the just-released California employment numbers for December. Thu, 24 Jan 2019 09:30:00 PST View of downtown los angeles skyline at sunsetPepperdine Graziadio labor economist David M. Smith, PhD, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times regarding the just-released California employment numbers for December. In the story, Dr. Smith said the December job numbers "cause for cheer. Jobs are available for those who are in need of employment." But, he added, "Increasingly employers, especially small and medium-sized businesses, are struggling to find workers. Employers are grumbling about not having enough help and new hires simply not showing up or reporting other employment.

This 'ghosting' is only making matters worse for firms that maintain lean operations and have orders to fill." On the bright side, a tight labor market is driving a rise in wages after years of stagnation. U.S. pay rose 3.2% in December over a year earlier. Smith said California's December information is not yet available, "but we can say confidently it will closely mirror the national numbers."

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Two Pepperdine Graziadio Most Fundable Companies Announce Partnership https://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/01/two-pepperdine-graziadio-most-fundable-companies-announce-partnership/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/bschool/2019/01/two-pepperdine-graziadio-most-fundable-companies-announce-partnership Two of the Most Fundable Companies for 2018, nēdl and VFT Solutions, announces a new partnership thanks to meeting at a Graziadio event last fall. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:15:00 PST Group of people outside at Pepperdine eventTwo of Pepperdine Graziadio Business School’s Most Fundable Companies for 2018, nēdl and VFT Solutions, have announced a new partnership thanks to meeting at a Pepperdine Graziadio event last fall.

VFT Solutions and nēdl, who ranked no. 8 and no. 11 respectively on the 2018 Most Fundable Companies List, met at the Most Fundable Companies awards ceremony in October 2018. Both companies participated in the Most Fundable Companies survey, a comprehensive assessment provided by Pepperdine Graziadio of their fundability and how they will be viewed by potential investors. After VFT Solutions heard a presentation on nēdl’s business model and technology at the event, the two companies realized that they had some potential partnership opportunities.

nēdl (as in, the haystack), based in nearby Santa Monica, allows radio listeners to search live audio as easily as they search the web (by keyword) and also start their own live broadcasts to add their speech to the real-time search results. nēdl is the world's first search engine for live audio.

VFT Solutions, based in Ellenville, NY, used its patented VLA® technology, to immediately identify and document illegal social media streams and viewers automatically, and even communicate with the streamer and viewers in real-time. This message insertion technology provides the viewers a message with a price and access-friendly option to watch the event legally.

Both companies “entered into an agreement to employ our respective technologies in a mutually beneficial fashion,” according to VFT Solutions CEO Wayne Lonstein. “In addition, we are hopeful of eventually creating new concepts based upon this model which may add value to both companies.”

nēdl CEO Ayinde Alakoye added, "This partnership enables nēdl to add live performances to our rich content offering. We're excited to be working with technology that converts alt listeners to legal ones through our app."

For more information, visit nēdl and VFT Solutions websites.

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U.S. News & World Report Ranks Pepperdine Graziadio No. 21 in the Nation and No. 2 in California https://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/01/us-news-world-report-ranks-pepperdine-graziadio-no-21-nation-and-no-2-california/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/bschool/2019/01/us-news-world-report-ranks-pepperdine-graziadio-no-21-nation-and-no-2-california U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) ranks the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School Online MBA program no. 21 in the country. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:15:00 PST U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) ranked the Pepperdine Graziadio Online MBA program no. 21 in the country placing Pepperdine Graziadio in the top 25 Best Online MBA Programs for the fifth consecutive year according to rankings released today. Specifically, USNWR ranked the Pepperdine Graziadio online MBA program:

  • No.1 Faith-based in California/West Coast
  • No. 2 in California
  • No. 3 Faith-Based University in the Nation
  • No. 13 Online MBA Program for Veterans
  • No. 21 Online MBA Program in the Nation

Designed specifically for working professionals, the two-year AACSB-accredited online MBA program embodies the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. Students can pursue a general MBA or choose from one of four concentrations: finance, marketing, leadership and managing organizational change, and digital innovation and information systems to further their career. The online MBA program also offers the award-winning Education-to-Business (E2B) experiential course, in which diverse student groups turn complex business theories into practical solutions that benefit pre-selected companies, ranging from global powerhouses and regional brands to innovative startups.

For the 2019 rankings, USNWR U.S. News & World Report uses five categories to evaluate and ranks online MBA programs throughout the country: 1) engagement, 2) student excellence, 3) expert opinion, 4) faculty credentials and training and 5) student services and technologies. The Graziadio School’s Online MBA is has also been ranked nationally as a Top 25 Program by the Princeton Review.

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Dr. Kevin Groves Writes About Lack of CEO Succession Planning for Chief Executive Magazine https://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/01/dr-kevin-groves-writes-about-lack-ceo-succession-planning-chief-executive-magazine/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/bschool/2019/01/dr-kevin-groves-writes-about-lack-ceo-succession-planning-chief-executive-magazine ​Dr. Kevin Groves shares his thoughts with Chief Executive about how the #MeToo Movement has exposed vulnerabilities in CEO succession planning. Mon, 14 Jan 2019 13:30:00 PST Two women planning out company leadership successionDr. Kevin Groves, Associate Professor of Management at Pepperdine’s Graziadio Business School, recently shared his thoughts with Chief Executive about how the #MeToo Movement has exposed vulnerabilities in CEO succession planning among several top companies. Using last year’s Nike scandal as a case study, in which discrimination complaints from a group of women led to 11 top executives leaving the company, the article discusses how the crisis endured by Nike "underscores a ticking time bomb for many organizations across industries: the complete absence or severely underdeveloped succession management capabilities." Dr. Groves offers his recommendations for how to fix the problem, and how boards and CEOs can work to together to develop a succession management plan.

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Pepperdine PCA Index Featured in Associated Press Story About Small Business Optimism https://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/01/pepperdine-pca-index-featured-associated-press-story-about-small-business-optimism/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/bschool/2019/01/pepperdine-pca-index-featured-associated-press-story-about-small-business-optimism The Pepperdine Private Capital Access Q4 Index was featured in a recent Associated Press story about how small business owners are upbeat headed into 2019. Wed, 09 Jan 2019 13:15:00 PST Dr. Craig Everett teaching the Private Capital Markets program

The Pepperdine Private Capital Access Q4 Index was featured in a recent Associated Press story about how small business owners are upbeat headed into 2019. The article cites general optimism as small business owners are looking to expand and are worrying less about financial concerns like health costs. The article highlighted data from the PCA Q4 Index that showed small business demand for outside financing, including equity investments and loans, was down just over 11 percent from three months earlier. The report cited that just 27 percent of companies tried to raise outside financing in the past three months; the drop in demand is likely due to the fact that companies are overall doing well.

Fifty-five percent of survey respondents said they didn't seek financing because their cash flow is sufficient and 29 percent said they had enough financing in place. Small businesses are becoming more successful in obtaining bank loans, another sign of their increasing health. Nearly 46 percent said they were successful in getting loans, up from nearly 44 percent three months earlier. Looking ahead, only 28 percent of small businesses said they're planning to raise financing in the next six months, a sign that owners expect to keep doing well. Strong cash flow and sufficient financing were again cited as reasons why owners aren't seeking more money.

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