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Napoleon’s Hubris, Ali’s Rope-a-Dope

Napoleon’s Hubris, Ali’s Rope-a-Dope

Business Executives Also Base Decisions On Studying Their Rivals, Submissive or Provocative CEOs May Draw Attacks On Their Firms History is replete with examples of military commanders and sporting combatants using their perceptions of rival decision-makers in deciding how to engage those rivals – such as Russian commanders employing Napoleon’s hubris against him and Muhammad Ali … Continue reading Napoleon’s Hubris, Ali’s Rope-a-Dope

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Lapovations Wins SEC Pitch Competition

Lapovations Wins SEC Pitch Competition

Lapovations, a University of Arkansas business plan competition team, won the 2018 SEC Student Pitch Championship — the second year in a row for an Arkansas team to take the title.

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Movista Raises $12m to Further Leadership Position in Workforce Management Space

Movista Raises $12m to Further Leadership Position in Workforce Management Space

Movista Inc., the leader in cloud-based labor and workforce management software for retailers, manufacturers, and service providers, announced its $12 million Series A growth equity investment.

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EPIC Spotlight: Nee Karas

EPIC Spotlight: Nee Karas

In a building near a busy intersection in the middle of Fayetteville is an oasis – one where people can free their minds and bodies with yoga. It’s Nee Karas’ way of sharing with others a practice that serves as a template to her well-being.

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EPIC Spotlight: Matt Brown

EPIC Spotlight: Matt Brown

Baked beans. Comfort food for cookouts and tailgating. Goes well with hotdogs, barbecue and hamburgers.

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EPIC Spotlight: Jerra Nalley

EPIC Spotlight: Jerra Nalley

Jerra Nalley loves Northwest Arkansas. From the funky, artistic community in Eureka Springs to the vibrant night life on Fayetteville’s Dickson Street, she wants the world to know all about it. It’s her living.

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Banner Year for Startup Teams in Regional, National Competitions

Banner Year for Startup Teams in Regional, National Competitions

Medical device company Lapovations wins first place and best elevator pitch at the University of Oregon New Venture Championship competition, making it the most successful startup competition team in U of A history.

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EPIC Spotlight: Heather Nelson

EPIC Spotlight: Heather Nelson

Heather Nelson is drawn to stories. Everybody has one. Even her customers.

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Lapovations Wins Second Place Overall at Startup Competition

Lapovations Wins Second Place Overall at Startup Competition

Medical device company Lapovations took home the Best Life Science Startup Prize, the Women’s Health and Wellness Award, and second place overall at the elite Rice University Business Plan Competition.

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Hindsight Team Wins McMillon Innovation Studio Design Contest

Hindsight Team Wins McMillon Innovation Studio Design Contest

A University of Arkansas team will be able to start up its own software solution company after winning $16,000 in the McMillon Innovation Studio’s design contest.

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Potential Transfer Students Learn About Programs, Resources, Curriculum

Potential Transfer Students Learn About Programs, Resources, Curriculum

Forty potential transfer students from Northwest Arkansas Community College visited the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas to learn about programs, resources and curriculum in the college.

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Medical Device Startup Team Wins Louisville Competition

Medical Device Startup Team Wins Louisville Competition

Lapovations LLC, a University of Arkansas entrepreneurship team developing a platform of innovative products that improve minimally invasive surgery, won first place at the Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge business plan competition in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Psychopathic Employees Thrive Under Abusive Supervisors, Study Finds

Psychopathic Employees Thrive Under Abusive Supervisors, Study Finds

High-profile corporate scandals caused by extreme risk-taking and brazen malfeasance have driven scholars and business leaders to speculate that those responsible for unethical behavior may possess psychopathic tendencies.

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EPIC Spotlight: Michael Cummings

EPIC Spotlight: Michael Cummings

First, he was managing a hamburger restaurant. Then there was a brief stint practicing law in southern California. When he realized the legal profession wasn’t his calling, Michael Cummings taught business law in the city known for its casinos and glitzy entertainment.

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Two Teams Share Win at Social Innovation Challenge

Two Teams Share Win at Social Innovation Challenge

Often things are too close to call, and such was the case when student teams pitched their social and environmental design solutions to a panel of faculty and expert judges at the second Social Innovation Challenge.

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EPIC Spotlight: Canon Reeves

EPIC Spotlight: Canon Reeves

Canon Reeves loves robots. He enjoys designing, building and programming them. In fact, he spends much of his time thinking about how they can better people’s lives.

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Arkansas Wins 2017 SEC Student Pitch Competition

Arkansas Wins 2017 SEC Student Pitch Competition

A team from the University of Arkansas won first place in the 2017 SEC Student Pitch Competition held at the University of Florida on Monday, Nov. 13.

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Fletchers Fund Additional Support for Entrepreneurs With Lecture Series Gift

Fletchers Fund Additional Support for Entrepreneurs With Lecture Series Gift

University of Arkansas alumnus Frank Fletcher and his wife, Judy, have committed $150,000 to the Walton College  to create the Frank and Judy Fletcher Distinguished Lecture Series in Entrepreneurship.

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Blockchain Hackathon a Success For Students, Companies

Blockchain Hackathon a Success For Students, Companies

Sixty-five students from across the University of Arkansas each worked more than a dozen hours to push the limits of blockchain technology and propose creative and imaginative solutions for six use cases posed by Northwest Arkansas industries.

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Going Global – Interning in India

Going Global – Interning in India

By Amanda Pipes Now more than ever students across university campuses are craving to go abroad. Fall, spring and summer sessions offered by the University of Arkansas are making some students’ dreams come true.

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Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub to Open Sept. 29

Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub to Open Sept. 29

The Entrepreneurship Hub will feature regular programming for students and alumni, including invited guest lectures and networking luncheons, as well as office hours provided by experts in fields such as marketing, design, accounting and law.

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EPIC Spotlight: Adam Stoverink

EPIC Spotlight: Adam Stoverink

Adam Stoverink loved college. Even after he earned his management degree and worked in the corporate world, he wanted to go back to school. “I did everything I could to stay in college for the rest of my life,” Stoverink says.

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EPIC Spotlight: Mark Zweig

EPIC Spotlight: Mark Zweig

If you ask Mark Zweig to name former students who have successful businesses, be prepared to sit for a while.

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Walton Hosts Innovation Research and Technology Transfer Proposal Writing Workshop

Walton Hosts Innovation Research and Technology Transfer Proposal Writing Workshop

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center in the Sam M. Walton College of Business will host a Small Business Innovation Research/Business Technology Transfer Phase I Proposal Writing Workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 26, in the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development on the University of Arkansas campus. 

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Award-Winning Ghanaian Entrepreneur to Speak on Social Innovation

Award-Winning Ghanaian Entrepreneur to Speak on Social Innovation

Adjoa Boateng, a widely recognized Ghanaian micro-insurance entrepreneur, will present “Social Entrepreneurship as a Vehicle for Social Change” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31, in Willard J. Walker Hall room 403.

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Spirituality Class Debuts in Walton

Spirituality Class Debuts in Walton

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Clinical Assistant Professor Denise Breaux Soignet is teaching a new class entitled Faith, Spirituality and the Workplace this fall semester on behalf of the Tyson Center for Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace at the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

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Fleischer Scholars Present Business Plans for Entrepreneurial Projects

Fleischer Scholars Present Business Plans for Entrepreneurial Projects

Twenty-five high school students from Arkansas recently spent one week on campus to learn about entrepreneurship, business plans, presentations, teamwork and community improvement projects through the Fleischer Scholars summer camp program.

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Walton Faculty, Students Participate in Enterprise Computing Community Conference

Walton Faculty, Students Participate in Enterprise Computing Community Conference

Faculty and students from the Sam M. Walton College of Business attended the Enterprise Computing Community Conference in Poughkeepsie, New York, June 11-13. 

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EPIC Spotlight: Daymara Baker

EPIC Spotlight: Daymara Baker

It’s bread with benefits. That’s the catch phrase Daymara Baker uses when describing her business, Rockin’ Baker, a bakery tucked inside a small Fayetteville plaza among a bicycle shop and microbrewery.

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Wasson Wins Social Innovation Hub’s Inaugural Competition

Wasson Wins Social Innovation Hub’s Inaugural Competition

A panel of faculty and expert judges selected sophomore Laura Wasson, a dietetics and human nutrition major, as the winner in the first-ever Design Solution Challenge, a semester-long social entrepreneurship competition sponsored by the Social Innovation Hub and the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

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Startup Teams Take Top Honors at Governor’s Cup

Startup Teams Take Top Honors at Governor’s Cup

University of Arkansas teams took first place in the undergraduate division and swept all three places in the graduate division at the 2017 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition on April 11 .

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State Rep. Warwick Sabin to Speak on Social Entrepreneurship

State Rep. Warwick Sabin to Speak on Social Entrepreneurship

Arkansas State Representative Warwick Sabin will deliver a talk on the social entrepreneurship movement in Arkansas at Willard J. Walker Hall, room 403, on the University of Arkansas campus, at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 22. The talk is free and open to the public, and no registration is required.

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University Receives Two Campaign Gifts in Support of Entrepreneurship Hub

University Receives Two Campaign Gifts in Support of Entrepreneurship Hub

Two University of Arkansas alumni and their wives are contributing a total of $600,000 for a new entrepreneurship hub that will support students from across campus. Jerry and Kay Brewer of Fayetteville are contributing $500,000 to create the Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub, and their son, Clete Brewer, and his wife, Tammy, of Rogers are contributing … Continue reading University Receives Two Campaign Gifts in Support of Entrepreneurship Hub

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Grox Industries to Compete in Rice Business Plan Competition

Grox Industries to Compete in Rice Business Plan Competition

Grox Industries will compete with some of the world’s top universities for more than $1 million in prizes at the 17th annual Rice Business Plan Competition at Rice University, April 6-8, 2017.

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Start-Up Team Wins University of Manitoba Investment Competition

Start-Up Team Wins University of Manitoba Investment Competition

Grox Industries, a University of Arkansas entrepreneurship team developing a nanomaterial-based glass coating that improves the energy efficiency of windows, won first place at the University of Manitoba’s Stu Clark Investment Competition on March 11.

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Ridge Co-Authors Harvard Business Review Article Looking at Conflicts of Interest in Congress

Ridge Co-Authors Harvard Business Review Article Looking at Conflicts of Interest in Congress

From 2005 to 2010, the average S&P 500 firm had seven members of Congress who owned stock in the firm, and some companies had closer to 100 members owning stock, according to a new study co-authored by a Walton College assistant professor of management.

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Rosen Named Associate Editor of Journal of Management

Rosen Named Associate Editor of Journal of Management

Christopher C. Rosen, a professor in the management department of the Walton College, has been named associate editor for the Journal of Management.

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Entrepreneurship Team Wins Georgia Bowl Competition

Entrepreneurship Team Wins Georgia Bowl Competition

“Together, they have brought engineering, business and technology development, marketing, and logistics together to create a realistic and incredibly promising plan.”

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EPIC Spotlight: Boxxyy

EPIC Spotlight: Boxxyy

It started as a class assignment. It became a pet product company that helps animal shelters.

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Enactus Partners with the American Legion to Support Community Programs

Enactus Partners with the American Legion to Support Community Programs

Enactus is partnering with the Shelton Tucker Craft American Legion Post #27 to remodel the facility, revitalize its business operations and increase its membership.

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EPIC Spotlight: Bjorn Simmons

EPIC Spotlight: Bjorn Simmons

If you think marketing and entrepreneurship pertains only to business, guess again. Bjorn Simmons will tell you that entrepreneurial spirit and a know-how attitude can effect change in many aspects of life, whether it’s helping free a man wrongfully imprisoned or creating a tool that can benefit businesses globally.

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Rosen Study Shows Incivility Begets Incivility in the Workplace

Rosen Study Shows Incivility Begets Incivility in the Workplace

Incivil behaviors at work — put-downs, sarcasm and other condescending comments — tend to have a contagious effect, according to a new study by a management professor at the University of Arkansas and several colleagues.

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EPIC Spotlight: Ross Lawrence

EPIC Spotlight: Ross Lawrence

Many fresh college graduates look for exciting careers in big cities like Chicago or New York. Ross Lawrence was one of them. With a bachelor’s degree in finance, he applied to more than 70 jobs in the Windy City and Big Apple. Then he decided he’d give Nevada, Missouri, a try. Ross Lawrence BSBA ’11 … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Ross Lawrence

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Picasolar Awarded $2 Million for Solar Technology

Picasolar Awarded $2 Million for Solar Technology

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded the funds to advance a pilot manufacturing program for solar cell technology developed at the University of Arkansas.

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WattGlass, Boston Mountain Biotech Selected for Startup Summit

WattGlass, Boston Mountain Biotech Selected for Startup Summit

The two technology startups were formed in Walton’s ‘New Venture Development’ class, and have been selected for the Hello Tomorrow Top 500 Worldwide competition, to be held in October in France.

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Nine Walton College Faculty Awarded Endowed Chairs, Professorships

Nine Walton College Faculty Awarded Endowed Chairs, Professorships

Nine faculty members of the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas have been awarded endowed chairs or endowed professorships.

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Fleischer Scholars Experience Entrepreneurship and College Life

Fleischer Scholars Experience Entrepreneurship and College Life

Thirty-three high school juniors and seniors participated in the Fleischer Scholars summer camp program July 10-15 to learn about entrepreneurship at the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

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Taking the Long Way Home

Taking the Long Way Home

Sometimes life takes a detour from the original plan. For Kelley Weaver, the path to her college commencement took 34 years.

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Walton Faculty Recognized for Highly Cited Research

Walton Faculty Recognized for Highly Cited Research

Emerald Group Publishing, a global publisher focusing on research and practice, recognized three faculty members from the Sam M. Walton College of Business for their highly cited papers.

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U of A Sweeps Graduate Places at Governor’s Cup Competition

U of A Sweeps Graduate Places at Governor’s Cup Competition

Walton College teams swept all three places Tuesday in the graduate division at the 2016 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition held in Little Rock.

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