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How to Negotiate Salary

By Maya Bingaman | July 7, 2020

Whether you are applying for your first job or seeking a new one, you should always be prepared to negotiate your salary. Kara Primrose, director of career services and John Petosa ’95 JD, professor of practice, at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, lend their expertise to help professionals learn the best negotiating practices.

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Refugee to Entrepreneur, Alumna Says Yes to New Opportunities

By Maya Bingaman | July 6, 2020

Esther Kim ’12, came to the United States along with her Jewish parents— their life in suitcases⁠— and their family dog.

Kim was a marketing and supply chain management double major during her undergraduate time at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management.

Omnichannel Supply Chain Method Reinvents Retail Distribution Centers

By Karley Warden | July 6, 2020

Rong Li, associate professor of supply chain management at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, has published research on reinventing retail supply chain and the Ship-from-Store-to-Store (SFSTS) practice.  This practice has emerged as retailers have become equipped to deliver products and services among different channels. Consumers now order products online, in-store, by phone and more, so retailers have discovered…

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Not Your Typical 9-5, A New Normal

By Maya Bingaman | July 2, 2020

Has the typical 9-5 workday changed for good? For many, waking up early to pack lunches and commute to work has become a thing of the past during the pandemic. Our “normal” routine of showing up to the office early, with coffee in hand, has become a distant memory after three months of working from home.

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#WhitmanWatch: Charlie Naples ’21

By Lindsey Godbout | July 1, 2020

As a triple-major at Syracuse University, Charlie Naples ’21 is steadfastly working towards degrees in finance and accounting at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and Spanish at the College of Arts and Sciences, while serving as a leader of several student organizations, gaining knowledge through summer internships and obtaining global experience through Syracuse University Abroad. Naples hails from Livingston, New Jersey, and attended Morristown-Beard…

A Mentor On and Off the Syracuse University Football Field

By Maya Bingaman | June 30, 2020

William’s stayed with Syracuse University after earning a master’s degree. He says, “I worked in the athletic program as an academic coordinator for five years.” Following that role, Williams held a position working in the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2017, he joined the Martin J. Whitman School of Management staff as an academic advisor in the Whitman Undergraduate Office.

When Employees Leave to Create their Own Entrepreneurial Ventures

By Maya Bingaman | June 29, 2020

A new study investigates the relationship between human capital, parent company size and destination industry of spinouts.

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Why Should You Earn a Bachelor’s in Business Today?

By Maya Bingaman | June 23, 2020

Like most students applying to college, you want a degree that offers flexibility and prepares you for success in the field. You probably desire something that aligns with your skills and interests, but simultaneously may boost your earning potential. We know that committing to any program can be stressful, which is why we have compiled information on all eight undergraduate…

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Recent Graduate Continues Education at Whitman with Forever Orange Scholarship

By Maya Bingaman | June 22, 2020

Elizabeth Gordon ’20 has a long-term goal, which is to work in STEM and develop a product to empower women. She explains, “I want to work in the engineering field for 10 years or so and then I hope to one day own a nonprofit organization that helps women in underdeveloped countries by redesigning a sustainable tampon or something along…

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Syracuse University Entrepreneurship Thought Leaders Appointed to CNBC Disruptor 50 Advisory Council for Fifth Year In A Row

By Kerri Howell | June 18, 2020

For the fifth year in a row Michael Haynie, Syracuse University’s vice chancellor for strategic initiatives and innovation, and Alexander McKelvie, associate dean for undergraduate and master’s education, and professor of entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, were selected as members of the CNBC Disruptor 50 Advisory Council.  The Council is comprised of 55 industry and academic thought leaders…

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June Class Notes

By Alison Kessler | June 17, 2020

We welcome announcements of new jobs, promotions, board positions, marriages and family additions. Please visit our online submission form to share your news. You can also use this form to request your copy of the Whitman biannual magazine via email rather than in print. To update your address or contact details, please visit https://securealumni.syr.edu. NEW POSITIONS AND PROMOTIONS: Robert Gatenio ’99 (right), has been selected by…

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#WhitmanWatch: Jordan Shepherd ’21

By Maya Bingaman | June 17, 2020

Jordan Shepherd ’21, marketing management major, does not like to be put into a box, but if he had to define himself it would be as a singer, dancer and student. Shepherd reflects back on how his passion for creating music began, “I started performing when I was in middle school, I just wanted to try. They held an assembly about joining…

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Why Study Business Analytics?

By Maya Bingaman | June 17, 2020

So, you’re looking for a career that combines math, technology and business? Maybe you have even heard the words “big data” and want to learn more about how best to use data. Look no further; a degree in business analytics may be the perfect match for you.  Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management offers an M.S. in business analytics, as…

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How Does Census Data Impact Business?

By Lindsey Godbout | June 16, 2020

Obtaining a complete and accurate count is critical because the results of the 2020 Census will influence the allocation of billions of dollars in federal funds to community programs as well as determine state representation in Congress and the drawing of congressional state and legislative districts.  The United States Census is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau…

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Born to be an Academic, Entrepreneurship Professor Takes Non-Linear Route to Whitman

By Maya Bingaman | June 16, 2020

Suho Han, assistant professor of entrepreneurship, has acquired tenacity and success through following opportunities wherever they may lead him, even across the Pacific Ocean. Han joined Syracuse University’s Martin J Whitman School of Management in August 2018, but his path to get here was non-linear. Han was born in Busan, South Korea. He explains, “I was three years old when we moved…

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Virtual Event: Perspectives on Retail in the Wake of COVID-19

By Alison Kessler | June 9, 2020
“Perspectives on Retail in the Wake of COVID-19” The Martin J. Whitman School of Management is pleased to bring you a virtual forum to discuss retail in the wake of COVID-19. Our expert faculty and industry panelists discussed the immediate and systemic impact of the pandemic on the retail industry and entertained questions from the audience. Moderator/Panelist:Julie Niederhoff, Associate Professor…
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What Convinces an Entrepreneur to Become an Entrepreneur?

By Kerri Howell | June 9, 2020

It’s not enough to want to become an entrepreneur, according to new research; the context has to be just right for a startup to become a reality. Other people and organizations significantly influence whether people do or do not act on their intentions to create new ventures. It’s not a decision made in a bubble. In “How entrepreneurial intentions influence…

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The Juxtaposition of How COVID-19 is Impacting Business, Diversity is Key

By Maya Bingaman | June 8, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic shook the world in early 2020 and brought capitalism to its knees…to an extent. Many large retail stores have added themselves to the list of companies filing for bankruptcy. However, at the same time, a select group of companies has increased stock and thrived during the “Coronavirus Crash.” As the United States acts as the epicenter of the…

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Finance Major’s Journey Pairs Passion with Opportunities

By Kimmy Kimball | June 8, 2020

Opportunities have been abounding for Jack Benedict ’20, finance major, from Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. He believes his relationships with professors, hands-on work experience and extracurricular activities have helped him excel. Benedict says that he always knew he was going to come to Syracuse University. He explains, “My mother, father, aunt, uncle, cousin and sister all attended the university before me. I grew up…

Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises

Course Engages Students to Challenge Assumptions about Entrepreneurship

By Kerri Howell | June 8, 2020

A hidden gem in the Whitman School’s entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises department, the undergraduate and master’s level elective course, Minority and Woman’s Entrepreneurship: Race, Gender and Entrepreneurial Opportunity, provides a bird’s eye view of entrepreneurship not usually studied. Offered at least once a year, and perhaps more in the future, the class is open to all Syracuse University students and…