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Willamette MBA Alumni Book Club – register for the first session

The Willamette University Executive Development Center is excited to launch the Willamette MBA Alumni Book club, an opportunity to review current management books and connect through a virtual session with the authors.

Based on an overwhelming response from alumni, we will start with:

Kill the Company by Lisa Bodell.  In her new book, Lisa argues that if you want to be more innovative, innovation can’t be your starting point. First, you have to kill your company – the entrenched behaviors, cultures, and processes that deflate the innovative spirit.

The session will take place Friday, September 28 at 9:00am, Pacific Daylight Time.  Since the sessions are only open to the first 50 who sign up, please register only if you are certain you can attend the call.  Look for a registration link in your inboxes soon!

Professor Steve Maser publishes on federal bidding process

How can the government improve contracting?

Steven Maser, Professor of Public Management and Public Policy, recently authored a study funded by the Acquisition Research Program at the Naval Postgraduate School and distributed for practitioners through the IBM Center for the Business of Government.  It evaluated the way government agencies manage the bidding process when they purchase products or services.

Read the complete story online.

Meet new Willamette MBA staff members

We’re excited to announce three new additions to the staff at the Atkinson Graduate School of Management:

Madhu Rao joined the Atkinson School as Senior Associate Dean.  Professor Rao previously served as Associate Dean and Interim Dean at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. His role includes managing the day-to-day operations of the Atkinson School, developing curriculum plans with faculty members, and overseeing the accreditation process.

Read more about Madhu Rao.

Alexander Subert joined the MBA for Professionals program in June as Assistant Dean and Director of Admission.  In his role Alex will oversee the MBA for Professionals admission process and manage the operations of the program in Portland and Salem.

Donna Montoya (MBA ’10) joined the MBA for Professionals program as a Recruiter/Admission Counselor.  She will assist prospective students through the application process and assist in external relations.

Read more about Alex and Donna.