UTSA College of Business Newsletter
March 22, 2016
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Creative leadership
Business Researcher Finds Creative Leaders Are More Effective

Dina Krasikova, assistant professor of management in the UTSA College of Business, recently explored why creative leaders are more effective. Her findings were published in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. Their study took a closer look at the modern workplace and noted that many factors lead to a productive, well-led team. “Creativity is valued in many organizations, especially places like Google, which is all about creative products,” Krasikova said. “In any type of organization, a leader is meant to come up with useful, novel ideas. Naturally, employees carry that responsibility as well.” Usually, creative leaders have the proper experience to fuel their ideas. Also, leaders become more confident in their creativity when it is recognized by upper-level management. But what surprised Krasikova is that a leader’s creativity and confidence is contagious. “When leaders feel confident that they can produce creative outcomes, their subordinates become more creative,” she said. Krasikova hopes that her research will help employers hire leaders not just with proper experience, but who are also confident and have the ability to form strong, positive working relationships.

UTSA Receives Junior Achievement Award
UTSA Receives National Award for Business Student Community Service

UTSA has been honored with the United States President’s Bronze Volunteer Service Award by Junior Achievement. Bennie Wilson, a senior lecturer in management at the UTSA College of Business and a member of the Junior Achievement of South Texas Board of Directors, accepted the award on behalf of the university this month in New York City. “Junior Achievement is the largest international non-profit organization dedicated to educating students on business subjects affecting their personal and professional futures,” said Wilson, whose students have volunteered with Junior Achievement since 2002. “UTSA and Junior Achievement of South Texas have partnered to bring business education to public and private elementary, middle and high school students in the Bexar county area.” During the 2014-15 academic year, UTSA College of Business students clocked more than 5,000 volunteer hours. Over the past 14 years, more than 6,500 UTSA business students volunteered with Junior Achievement and conducted presentations on such subjects as work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy to more than 133,000 area students.

Frost Lecture Series April 6 featuring Harvey Najim
College Hosting Frost Distinguished Lecture April 6

Harvey E. Najim, founder and chairman emeritus of Sirius Computer Solutions, will present the keynote address at the Frost Distinguished Lecture Series at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6 in the Richard S. Liu Auditorium of the Business Building on the UTSA Main Campus. The event is free and open to the public. Najim founded Sirius in 1980, and his innovative business vision led Sirius to become a nationally recognized technology provider with 1,700 employees in over 38 locations across the United States and $1.7 billion in revenues. He retired from Sirius in 2015 after 35 years of leading the company. In December 2006, Najim established the Harvey E. Najim Family Foundation to help children's charitable organizations in the San Antonio area. Serving as president, he has donated $125 million to the foundation since its inception. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Haven for Hope, United Way and the P16Plus Council. Since 1988 the Frost Distinguished Lecture Series has brought prominent business and leaders to UTSA to share their knowledge and experiences.

New M.S. in Business program
New Business Degree Being Launched for Liberal Arts Majors

Recent college graduates can expand their career potential by enrolling in the new Master of Science in Business program launching this summer in the UTSA College of Business. The one-year program is open to liberal arts and science majors and pairs the skills they've learned in their undergraduate studies with business fundamentals that focus on applied learning and transferable skills. The daytime program will include coursework in accounting, business analysis, effective negotiating, project management and marketing. In addition students will receive professional development training in business communication, writing and professional development. The inaugural class begins May 31 and the deadline to register is May 1. Applicants are limited to individuals from non-business backgrounds. Recent UTSA graduates may be eligible for the VIP admissions program which allows potential students to waive entrance exam requirements. Learn more about the program by attending an upcoming information session. For more information, call (210) 458-4641.

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