The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona defines itself through the Eller Experience, a sum of our strengths, priorities, and pursuits.
Get a taste of the Eller Experience by perusing the stories in the following thematic areas:
- Dynamic Learning Community
- Entrepreneurial Experience
- Leading in a Global Market
- Governance and Social Responsibility
- Beyond the Classroom
After being named an “MBA Program on the Rise” last year, this year the Eller Full-Time MBA program moved up 13 slots, from #57 to #44, in the 2014 graduate rankings conducted by U.S. News and World Report.
Three years after its launch, the Sports Management Program at Eller is now serving 850 UA undergraduates. Overwhelming student support helped get the program started, but its roots extend back to 2008.
The UA Office of Sustainability deployed about 100 pre-business freshmen to collect data assessing the environmental impact of Homecoming festivities, initiating a first-of-its-kind research project.
The “iAM” campaign for Chevrolet is currently underway and is geared to promote the Cruze, Sonic, and Spark automobiles in an effort to stimulate awareness throughout the campus.
“We knew that the airport had a significant impact on Pima County, but none of us guessed how large the impact would ultimately be,” said Catherine Weigand, Eller MBA ‘13.
For the 8th Annual Thinking Forward Conference, the Department of Marketing collaborated with the Department of Management and Organizations and the Sports Management Program to focus on sports marketing. Includes image gallery.
Eller MBA students made great use of their winter break by travelling to San Francisco for a series of company seminars and a networking event. Ten students, including both first- and second-year MBAs, made the three-day trip.
Adjunct lecturer Ed Ackerley’s Advertising Management course is a perennial favorite among students. Despite its 8 a.m. time slot, it’s one of the hardest marketing electives to get into.
MedAssets CEO John Bardis (Eller Marketing ‘78) held his quarterly earnings call at McClelland Hall in November — and he invited 50 finance and entrepreneurship students to listen in.
The undergraduate management capstone course went on the road this summer, hitting Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York in a whirlwind three-week trip designed to illuminate the intersections between the government, business, and nonprofit sectors.
Over 100 Eller College alumni, students, faculty, and friends welcomed Eller College Dean Len Jessup on May 26 at the Lodge on the Desert in Tucson. View the event's photo gallery and learn more about upcoming events across the country.
Eller undergraduate and MBA students joined Eller faculty, Starbucks partners, and community members to honor Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz with the 2011 UA Executive of the Year Award on April 15.
Over 150 undergraduate and graduate students applied this spring to participate in the Deloitte Consulting Case Challenge, a hands-on simulation based on an actual Deloitte project.
UA and Eller College alumnus Leonard Jessup will become dean of the Eller College of Management in May. The UA announced his appointment in late January, following a nationwide search.
Eller MBA students in Barry Goldman’s negotiations course went out of the classroom and down to the ranch for a hands-on exercise in nonverbal communication — includes photo gallery.
Eller MBA students recently participated in high-stakes executive briefings as part of an in-class simulation designed to test their managerial communication skills. The kicker? They presented to high-profile working executives.
This summer, the Eller MBA program introduced a new, 12-month program designed to serve professionals who hold undergraduate business degrees.
This summer, Alexander Williams and Dylan Pesquiera developed a comprehensive marketing plan for the launch of Autom, a robotic weight-loss coach built in Asia.
Dr. Gerald J. Swanson, Professor of Economics and Thomas R. Brown Chair in Economic Education, has been converting skeptical students into burgeoning economists at the UA for four decades.
Students in Ed Ackerley's Advertising Management class developed advertisements for the Public Service Announcements for International Disasters project, winning the full PSAid competition.
In February, the Eller College held an official launch party for the sports management minor, a student-driven option designed for non-business students.
Eller College is a leader in MIS research and teaching — this year, the department was ranked #1 among public programs in the country by U.S. News and World Report (with online slideshow).
Eller College undergraduates placed first in a competition to develop a peer promotional plan for the Honda Insight, beating out 20 other schools nationwide.
Students, faculty, alumni, and friends gathered at the Eller College tent on the UA mall for Homecoming 2009 (includes photo gallery).
In September, some 400 students, faculty, alumni, and friends of the Eller College gathered to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the College's naming in honor of alumnus and entrepreneur Karl Eller.
This summer, 50 Eller business management and marketing majors took their first-semester cohort classes in Nanjing, China.
Commercial real estate finance class travels to L.A.to tour the mixed-use development project built on a former Howard Hughes-owned airfield.
Master of Public Administration program will provide public and nonprofit management courses on a convenient schedule for working professionals.
Coached by Eller MBA students, the undergraduate team developed a comprehensive business plan for KodakGallery.com.
Students in Suzanne Delaney's statistics class created a Second Life experience for their classmates to help learn the material.
Through the new Eller Accelerated MBA, business professionals can complete their MBA in just 12 months.
In the fall of 2008, 60 Eller students participated in the PricewaterhouseCoopers Tax and Accounting Campus Competitions.
After a year of imagining and developing viable, comprehensive plans for new business ventures, the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program Class of '13 presented their ideas at the fast-paced and exciting McGuire New Venture Competition and Showcase.
Two doctoral students in the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program started off working on a venture that didn’t stand up to feasibility tests. So they pivoted to the classical music concert experience.
The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship won a prestigious award for Outstanding Contributions to Advance the Discipline of Entrepreneurship at the 2012 Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers Conference.
The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship's new weekly program invites UA students and employees, as well as members of the general public, to pitch their business ideas in front of a panel of experts.
The students behind the new venture OnwardPacks belong to a generation that's redefining the popular concept of entrepreneurship, blending sustainable profit with strong social values.
McGuire Entrepreneurship teams took center stage at the New Venture Expo at the Southwest Regional Angel Summit in April. One of them, MistoBox, took home the prize of “Most Investable Venture.”
With the support of a $100,000 seed gift from JPMorgan Chase, the Eller College of Management has launched a new economic development program aimed at helping South Tucson entrepreneurs grow their businesses.
Led by Larry Hecker and Gabriel Beckmann, the Innovation Law Lab provides critical legal strategy, leadership, and advice to innovation-based, scalable start-ups in the Tucson/Southern Arizona region.
Reko Global Water — part of the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship’s venture class of 2010 — is among 154 startup companies funded by the Chilean government’s Start-Up Chile program.
McGuireExperience.com, the website that documents the year-long process of being in the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program, now features brief interviews with some of the students newly admitted to the top-ranked program.
The McGuire Entrepreneurship Program is an intensive, year-long experience that demands countless hours, dedicated teamwork, and top performance at high-stakes presentations to judges and angel investors.
The 100 students in the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program concluded their venture development experience with an annual day-long showcase event on April 14.
Students in the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship passed the first public test of their venture process—interacting with visitors to their tradeshow booths at the annual Innovation Day at UA.
Cookie Fusion was one of three finalists in the 2008 McGuire Entrepreneurship Program Year-End Showcase, and the team members have gone on to launch the venture, now called The Cravory, in San Diego.
Third-year doctoral student Xenia Kachur — whose focus is biomedical engineering — topped the Innovation in Research Competition at the IdeaFunding 2010 conference in October.
Eric Smith was nominated for the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards, a national competition for students who own and run businesses while attending a high school, college, or university.
The McGuire Center and the Tecnológico de Monterrey partner to offer Mexican exchange students access to the top-ranked UA entrepreneurship program.
Back in 2006, UA students Alex Farkas, Stephen Tanenbaum, and Greg Rosborough connected in the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program around a fundamental problem of the art business: how can promising young artists connect with potential buyers?
For the first time ever, the annual McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship year-end showcase competition ended in a tie, with two finalist teams taking top honors.
Eller's new center will foster the infusion of entrepreneurship in existing firms while capitalizing on these early days of the open innovation movement.
At the University of Arizona's annual showcase of campus-wide innovation, the McGuire Center student teams participate in tradeshow.
Identifying the University of Arizona as one of the top 100 "Best Value Colleges," the review highlighted Eller's undergraduate MIS and accounting programs while gushing over the McGuire Center.
Kelli Frias, a fifth-year marketing doctoral student, has been awarded a $20,000 fellowship for her marketplace product form research.
A private equity firm has acquired the company founded by MIS professor Hsinchun Chen to commercialize the crime-fighting software COPLINK.
McGuire Center celebrates 25th annual year-end competition and upward movement in U.S. News graduate rankings.
Eller College professor shows that startup companies benefit when established corporations enter new technology markets.
Angel investors and other attendees perused displays and asked informal questions about the 21 McGuire Entrepreneurship Program team exhibits.
The Awareness Series includes five separate events throughout March and April that highlight the role entrepreneurship plays in growing the economy.
McGuire Entrepreneurship Program alums Josh Berger and Travis Hannon launched their Tucson-based business in 2008.
McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship partners with James E. Rogers College of Law to promote new program, including a mock law firm class.
On a recent trip to Colombia, Associate Dean Stephen Gilliland, Assistant Dean Paul Melendez, and Eller College Dean Len Jessup began exploring potential partnerships with business schools, consulting firms, and speakers’ bureaus.
Beginning in March, Eller becomes the first business school with a top-five management information systems department to offer an online graduate degree program in this high-demand specialty.
Four Eller MBA students placed second at the General Electric Experienced Commercial Leadership Program Case Competition October 19 in Austin, Texas.
Eller College of Management undergraduate programs held onto its slot at #14 among public business programs in the 2013 America’s Best Colleges issue of U.S. News & World Report.
Two years after being a finalist team in the annual McGuire Entrepreneurship Program year-end competition event, MojoTree Farm is going strong.
Soldwedel Professor of Marketing Melanie Wallendorf teamed with then-doctoral student Michelle Weinberger to conduct an ethnographic study focusing on the question of “gifting” in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders 2012 include Eller MBA alumnus Bhupesh Arora, saluting the transformational change he brought to Avery Dennison.
A new book co-edited by Barry Goldman explores how changes have driven organizations to turn to negotiation as a means to add value and increase innovation, and as an alternative to litigation in business transactions.
Combining policies aimed at removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere with those aimed at reducing emissions could decrease CO2 concentrations faster than natural processes alone.
Undergraduate students immersed themselves in the culture of an emerging economy this summer through the Eller Global Cohort. For ten weeks, they lived and learned in Bangalore, India.
Students from all over the country submitted print and radio public service announcements that emphasize the importance of appropriate international disaster response, and build support for international disaster relief work.
As part of a required international management course, Evening and Executive MBAs traveled to South America and Asia to gain essential perspective on globalized business practice.
New technology at the airport this holiday travel season has made the news, but a different approach is under investigation at the UA as part of the 14-university BORDERS consortium.
As part of the international trip required of all Full-Time Eller MBAs, first-year students spent part of their holiday break in South America, soaking in the culture and meeting with companies.
New technology at the airport this holiday travel season has made the news, but a different approach is under investigation at the UA as part of the 14-university BORDERS consortium.
Aleksey Chernobelskiy arrived in the U.S. from Russia ten years ago unable to speak English and following a family dream to excel academically and professionally. He graduates from UA in May with four degrees.
Gifts from UA alumni Terry Valeski (BS History '68) and Jim Miles (BSBA Finance and Real Estate '82) supported ten Eller undergraduates' study abroad experiences this summer.
"Studying in Spain not only allowed me to complete my business minor in four weeks, but I was also exposed to an entirely different culture and experience," said Natalie Bendroff, newly minted business minor.
The University of Arizona's top-ranked Department of Management Information Systems will offer a dual-degree program aimed at Chinese graduate students.
New online Enterprise Security Certification program for working professionals offered by Eller's top-ranked management information systems program.
Eller MBAs across programs — Full-Time, Evening, and Executive — all had the opportunity to travel abroad in January, visiting South Africa, Asia, and South America.
After spending the fall semester learning about business culture and industries, Emerging Markets classmates traveled to India as part of the Eller College's Global Business Program.
Economics associate professor Gautam Gowrisankaran has been awarded a three-year National Science Foundation grant to explore modeling methods for durable goods.
Four teams of Eller MBA and UA science graduate students recently showcased their internship experiences with the Advanced Technology Transfer Project in Mexico.
This summer, students participating in the Costa Rica Study Tour got a first-hand look at community microcredit in action.
Eller's Economic and Business Research Center recently released a new economic impact study commissioned by the Arizona Office of Tourism.
Eller MBA student joins forces with environmental science graduate students for the U.S. EPA's People, Prosperity, and the Planet Award competition.
Collaborating centers in time zones six to eight hours apart can transfer work so that every center is working during the daytime. But will it work?
This summer, Eller College undergraduate students will take their first-semester cohort classes in the thriving city of Nanjing, China.
Eller MBA students had two international trips to choose from over the winter break: Southeast Asia and Latin America.
In the wake of successful outreach programs in Phoenix and Los Angeles, Eller’s Center for Leadership Ethics took its framework for ethics education to Irving, Texas, for a program aimed at gifted middle and high school students.
After building a successful track record of programs geared toward public sector leadership building, Eller Executive Education has expanded its engagement with the City of Tucson.
Two teams of Eller undergraduate students took on marketing challenges for Tucson Village Farm as part of the corporate social responsibility track of the first-semester cohort class BNAD 314: Business Communication.
“Senior leaders are often called upon to engage, inspire, and encourage others,” said Judy Rich, president and CEO of Tucson Medical Center HealthCare.
Building on the success of the regional, five-day Southwest Leadership Program, Eller launched the new Foundations of Public Sector Leadership certificate program this spring.
Robert Gates spent part of March 30 with Eller undergraduate and MBA students while he was in town to receive the 2012 University of Arizona Executive of the Year award. Includes image gallery.
Can ethics violation reporting trends be predicted? It’s just one of the questions management professors Lisa Ordóñez and Stephen Gilliland, aim to answer with support from the National Science Foundation and EthicsPoint.
Arizona’s economy improved modestly during 2011. Data show that recovery has begun, but the pace was painfully slow.
A brigade of Eller undergrads over 400 strong volunteered in the Tucson community this October as part of Make a Difference Day, a national movement founded by USA WEEKEND magazine.
Two new papers co-authored by Assistant Professor of Management Steven Boivie uncover novel facets of CEO and firm performance. The first of the papers finds a new remedy to the CEO agency problem.
Last semester, 100 Eller undergraduates volunteered to participate in social responsibility-focused sections of BNAD 314, a required course in business communication.
Maria Billias and Ernesto Carrizoza, both seniors at the Eller College, got their first exposure to Tucson-based special needs toy company PlayAbility Toys in a social entrepreneurship class taught by Stephen Gilliland.
A multifaceted team of graduate students from disciplines across the UA climbed aboard a solar-powered bullet train between Tucson and Phoenix this semester—metaphorically, that is.
The slow-moving economy has put stress on nonprofit organizations such as St. Luke’s of the Desert, Inc., which in the fall hired an MBA consulting team to complete a strategic plan, thanks to the philanthropic support of Jim Click.
Three Eller MBA students placed second in a nationwide case competition focused on the role of business in creating a more sustainable world and sponsored by Net Impact and the Hitachi Foundation.
Sixty students from eleven universities nationwide, including two students from Eller, gathered at the College of William & Mary for the Corporate & College Collaborative for Sustainability.
A panel of leaders gathered at the UA August 20 to hash out ethical issues involved in strategic mortgage default.
Management and organizations associate professor Joseph Broschak warns managers of unintended consequences of treating temps like a separate workforce.
New economics research by Associate Professor of Economics Mark Stegeman yields surprising insight into leadership.
Students who observe unethical behavior in the classroom but hesitate to speak up have a new option: an anonymous reporting line.
On December 5, 2009, more than 400 students and 14 campus clubs deployed as volunteers to nonprofit organizations across southern Arizona.
The competition exposed students representing 26 universities to a thought-provoking business ethics case that they could face in their professional careers.
The EthicsPoint Fund for the Discovery and Dissemination of Ethics Research at the Eller College will redefine the focus of business ethics research.
Eller team wins kudos for its choice of topic at Loyola Marymount University Intercollegiate Business Ethics Competition.
Eller MBA and undergraduate students participated in the Arizona Leadership Summit on Solar Energy and Economics.
Senior leadership from American Honda, APS, and Monsanto respond to students in healthy debate.
Three years after its inception, the successful Eller College High School Ethics Forum is expanding to include the Eller MBA Scottsdale Campus.
Finding time for community outreach and student leadership in the middle of a busy MBA curriculum can be tough, but it can be done.
Accounting undergrads have spent over 140 hours processing tax refunds for Tucsonans in need through a partnership with United Way and the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
AdCats — the student-run advertising group at the University of Arizona — turned its talents to support of Manzo Elementary School, which had been on the short list of possible closures by Tucson Unified School District.
Students in Delta Sigma Pi — the professional business fraternity — have partnered with Marana High School to create a business mentoring program.
A study of the Twitter activity of 12 major news agencies shows varying levels of success for the social network as a news-sharing tool, based on factors like article lifespan and number of retweets.
Three teams of students designed campaigns focused on Tucson Fire Department public safety programs as part of their coursework in assistant professor Hope Schau’s integrated marketing communications class this semester.
Eller’s undergraduate Professional Development Center is focused on creating an Eller experience that includes opportunities for students to explore career options out in the real world.
Eller College students in the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity teamed up with Tucson’s Orange Grove Middle School to create a custom program promoting online safety and digital citizenship.
This fall, McClelland Professor of MIS Sudha Ram offered a new course to teach students just that: Business Intelligence: Web and Social Media Analytics.
Two spring field projects — one with economic consulting firm L.E. Peabody & Associates and one with fine artist Diana Madaras — illustrate the breadth of clients the MBAs work with, as well as how much value the MBAs can bring to bear on ambiguous business challenges.
Summer is prime internship season, so it’s no surprise that Eller MBA students have spent their summers hard at work, testing the coursework from their first year of classes in the corporate setting. We check in with three MBAs to see how their internship experiences went.
An undergraduate team has moved on to compete globally in the Google Online Marketing Challenge after blowing away judges for its campaign to boost visits to the Casa de los Niños website.
Six UA undergraduates — including three Eller College students — worked as interns for the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) during the 2011 NCAA men’s Final Four championship.
The annual Thinking Forward Conference, presented by the Department of Marketing, brought together students and industry leaders in branding and technology marketing for a day of networking and learning.
Students in the Sports Marketing Management class dug into two substantive projects for the Phoenix Suns and Tostitos Fiesta Bowl this fall.
This semester, a group of high-achieving pre-business freshmen took on the first-ever Eller Apprentice 4Ps of Marketing Student Competition. Proceeds of the event benefited Steele Children's Research Center.
The namesake CEO of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Institute joined students from the Professional Women in Business Association and the National Association of Women MBAs for an informal Q&A session.
Incoming marketing and management majors participated in Career Immersion Day, a series of team-based games designed to get them thinking about job search strategies.
Heather Khan holds a BSBA in Accounting ('97) and an Executive MBA ('06) and now serves as a foreign service officer for the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Marc Herman’s company sells high-end sportswear in 1,200 boutiques in 15 countries and in most major department stores — but his biggest thrill is coming to the UA campus and seeing his t-shirts selling in the bookstore.
This semester, Business Intelligence student teams participated in a national competition to devise effective Google AdWords campaigns for local businesses.
52 pre-business students recently traveled to Phoenix for a behind-the-scenes look at U·S Airways Center operations.
Each spring, teams of first-year Eller MBA students connect with corporations and nonprofit organizations for in-depth consulting projects that challenge them to apply the academic knowledge they're gaining in the classroom.
Undergraduate students boosted Eller's reputation and their own presentation skills at a trio of case competitions in Nevada, Ohio, and Nova Scotia.
Advertising management undergraduates form an in-class working ad agency to take on the challenge of marketing the Honda Insight to Generation Y.
A dozen Eller College students have just launched UA AdCats, an advertising agency with actual clients, budgets, and deadlines.
This fall, Master's in MIS students continue their work on a large-scale data management project for Tucson Unified School District.
Undergraduate winners of the Marketing Department’s Think Forward awards traveled to California to shadow Eller alum.
27 undergraduates traveled to Omaha over spring break to tour Berkshire Hathaway companies and enjoy a casual lunch with the investment giant.
The Eller College Student Council promotes College-wide initiatives to enhance the student experience at Eller, including the revamped Senior Class Gift.
Faculty, staff, and students from the Management Information Systems department toured Tucson and Nogales Homeland Security facilities.
Following her retirement from Raytheon, Louise Francesconi sat down with us to discuss good management, the economy, and more.
In March, CNBC anchor and journalist Maria Bartiromo joined Eller College dean Paul Portney for an informal talk as part of the Eller College Distinguished Speaker Series.
The harm caused by those goals has been largely ignored, according to a new paper co-authored by management professor Lisa Ordóñez.
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