UTSA College of Business Newsletter
June 11, 2014
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Professor Mark Lengnick-Hall
How to Manage Your Team Like the San Antonio Spurs

To paraphrase a New York Times columnist, sports are like business, simplified. Greg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs can teach us a lot about how to manage human resources in a business. We can win in the marketplace if we follow their example. Build teams around key employees. The Spurs have the “Big 3” of Tim, Tony and Manu. The Spurs invest more in these players. They protect them, and they take efforts to retain them. Businesses need to identify their key players, those who are in strategic positions and have a direct impact on organizational success. Invest more in them: training and development, rewards and retention efforts.

Commencement 2014
Business Students Take Inaugural Immersion Trip to Russia

Twelve business students participated in the college's inaugural international immersion to St. Petersburg, Russia last month. The trip also included a visit to Helsinki, Finland. Led by Associate Professor Victor Heller and Dennis Lopez, academic director of international business programs, the group attended academic lectures at St. Petersburg University and Aalto University. They also had the opportunity to visit local businesses and cultural sites such as Catherine's Palace, The House of Peter the Great, the State Hermitage and Novgorod. Additional college immersions this summer include trips to Australia/New Zealand, Austria/Germany, Peru and Taipei/Hong Kong.

Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship
Center Receives $300,000 Grant from National Science Foundation

The college's Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE) has received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that will designate UTSA as an Innovation Corps (I-Corps) site. UTSA is the first university in Texas to receive this distinction. The primary goal of NSF I-Corps is to foster entrepreneurship that will lead to the commercialization of technology. Since its founding in 2006, CITE has been actively focused on fostering the growth of new technology-based ventures and establishing UTSA as a pipeline for young technology entrepreneurs. CITE is an interdisciplinary center of the College of Business and College of Engineering.

UTSA's 45th Anniversary
UTSA Celebrates 45th Anniversary

In celebration of UTSA's 45th anniversary on June 5, the College of Business recognizes our longest-serving faculty member, Economics Professor Dale Truett. Truett joined UTSA in March 1973, just as construction was beginning on UTSA's Main Campus. He was the first director of the Division of Economics and Finance. During his tenure he created a partnership with Monterrey Tech and flew to Monterrey once a week to teach a graduate business class in Spanish. He also remembers giving up his conference room so that it could become an office for adjunct faculty member Henry Cisneros, who later went on to become mayor of San Antonio. Share your UTSA memories with us. #utsa45

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