UTSA College of Business Newsletter
June 21, 2016
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Hamid Beladi
Hamid Beladi Named Janey S. Briscoe Endowed Chair

Hamid Beladi, professor of economics and associate dean for research in the UTSA College of Business, has been named the Janey S. Briscoe Endowed Chair in Business. A leading scholar in international economics, Beladi is a charter member of the UTSA Academy of Distinguished Researchers and was a recipient of the President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Advancing Globalization in 2014. “Professor Beladi has a distinguished academic reputation and is a proven leader in the College of Business,” said Wm. Gerard Sanders, dean and Bodenstedt Chair in the UTSA College of Business. “As associate dean of research he has enhanced research contributions throughout the college. And, his personal research agenda contributes to the university’s mission to become a top-tier university and was instrumental in attaining a recent ranking for the Department of Economics.”

Neel Mehta
Neel Mehta Values the Skills He Learned in the College of Business

Neel Mehta, '16, a recent UTSA College of Business graduate, majored in information systems and cyber security. Mehta attributes his studies in the College of Business as a significant step toward accomplishing his business career goals. As an undergraduate student, he was an active member of the Computer Information Systems Association and practiced with UTSA’s Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition team. He said that students gain technical knowledge combined with business knowledge as part of the UTSA curriculum. With successful work experiences under his belt at Rackspace and Harland Clarke through student internship programs, Mehta was hired by Chevron to help secure the nation's energy supply. “It is an advantage that many professors have worked for or are currently working in the field and can use those connections to help students with their post-graduate job searches,” he said.

The Power of Words
What is the Impact of a Leader's Language on Employee Performance

A new study by Jonathan R. Clark, assistant professor of management in the UTSA College of Business, states that the language of leaders has a profound effect on the performance of their employees. Clark’s research, published in Organizational Dynamics, shows that how a company presents its vision and values is deeply entwined with its overall success. “Surveys have shown that only about 18 percent of workers are happy and engaged at work,” Clark said. “We believe part of the problem is that organizations have largely become economic vehicles and, as a result, leadership in those organizations has largely become an exercise in financial engineering.” According to Clark’s research, the best-performing organizations frequently have well-coordinated employees operating under a vivid vision statement that is consistently interpreted in the same way by employees. He and his colleagues also discovered that a focused set of values can have positive effects if used beyond mission statements.

Cyber Security
Cyber Security Graduate Programs Ranked Among the Best in Nation

UTSA has been ranked as one of the top two graduate cyber security programs in the United States, according to an analysis of 70 programs by Universities.com. The ranking highlights UTSA’s success in generating a pipeline of talented students with the knowledge and practical skills to excel in cyber security careers. The Ponemon Institute has previously ranked UTSA’s overall cyber security programs No. 1 in the nation, based on a survey of IT executives, and the university’s academic and research programs are recognized for excellence by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. “Many programs produce either skilled cyber security practitioners or people knowledgeable about cyber security, but few achieve both. UTSA does,” said Nicole Beebe, Melvin Lachman Distinguished Professor and associate professor of cyber security. Alumni have secured jobs with industry, government and military employers such as Rackspace, USAA, Raytheon, Booz Allen, the NSA and the U.S. Army.

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