2018A91 405 PreThe UAB Collat School of Business’s new state-of-the-art building on University Boulevard recently took national honors from the Associated Builders and Contractors. During an banquet ceremony in Long Beach, California, the $37.5-million facility and its general contractor, Brasfield & Gorrie, were honored for excellence in construction.

Financial Management AssociationFMA event with guest speakers Jonathan Hollingsworth, Investment Advisory Consultant (left) and David Lutomsky, Investment analyst (right). Braxton Barnwell became the president of the UAB Financial Management Association (FMA) in the fall of 2018 and soon established five other students committed as officers. Since then, the organization has seen a tremendous amount of growth with over forty new student members.

laura gilmourAfter 20 years in medical sales, Laura Gilmour (above) went back to school to follow her dream of doing "something that was more impactful." For several years, as she traveled hundreds of miles per week across the South for her job in medical software sales, Laura Gilmour had an idea rolling around in the back of her mind. What if she could help bring lifesaving medical equipment to communities around the globe, while contributing to sustainability in her own backyard? She enjoyed her job, but “I knew that I wanted to do something that was more impactful,” Gilmour said. So she started taking classes toward an MBA and a certificate in Global Health Studies at UAB. In August 2018, Gilmour quit her job to focus on her new career trajectory full time. Now her UAB coursework and interactions with faculty have accelerated her plans beyond all expectations. In March, Gilmour launched her own nonprofit. Its mission made such an impression on her mentor, adjunct professor Elizabeth Elliott, Ph.D., that Elliott agreed to join her board of directors. “I didn’t expect that we could be moving this quickly,” Gilmour said.

Barbara Wech and Annetta DolowitzBarbara Wech and Annetta DolowitzProfessors from six schools and a college, including two from the Collat School of Business, were awarded CTL-QEP Teaching Innovation Grants to support new approaches to instruction and learning in a team environment. In total, faculty received $34,705 for the development and execution of their proposals.

Dr. Anthony HoodThere may be a dark side to workplace friendships, especially when disagreements occur, according to a study led by Anthony C. Hood, Ph.D., and co-written by Kevin S. Cruz, Ph.D., and Daniel G. Bachrach, Ph.D.

Hood is an associate professor of entrepreneurship and strategic management in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Collat School of Business. Published in the Journal of Business and Psychology in 2017, “Conflicts with Friends: A Multiplex View of Friendship and Conflict and Its Association with Performance in Teams” was deemed one of the 10 best papers published in the journal that year.

rep predatory journalsWhen accounting Professor Arline Savage, Ph.D., gets mad she hits the books. “My research is all over the place, because what appeals to me is usually something that made me angry,” she said.

Fed up with a flood of email solicitations from questionable research journals, Savage began digging in to the murky world of pay-to-publish open access journals. These outlets also are known as predatory journals, because they don’t have any subscribers or perhaps any actual readers at all. Their prey is the author — a faculty member or graduate student with research to publish — and the bait is a publication in a supposedly legitimate scholarly periodical. But their only real concern is attracting publication fees and other tolls, Savage said. “It’s a moneymaking racket.”

Seven Principle Elements for Entrepreneurship EducationEntrepreneurship is one of the most popular areas in business schools across the nation.

According to the Kauffman Foundation, the number of entrepreneurship education programs has increased fivefold and the number of course offerings has increased 20-fold in the United States since the 1970s. To help support the evolution of business education, professors at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Collat School of Business recently published a framework of entrepreneurial phenomena designed for program development and educational activity.

mainframesU.S. News & World Report ranks UAB’s graduate Management Information Systems program as one of the best online computer information technology programs in the country.

CustomerServiceModern retailing is a highly competitive business with a large economic footprint. A key competitive advantage for retailers is the ability to identify and use the factors that provide customer satisfaction and loyalty when it comes to buying merchandise online or in-store.

A study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Collat School of Business shows that perceived overall quality and customer expectations are strong drivers of customer satisfaction during in-store purchases, while perceived value is a critical factor driving satisfaction in online purchases.