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Atkinson Graduate School of Management News

Celebrate an Atkinson tradition with Brownwater 2011

Willamette MBA alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends are invited to celebrate in the annual Brownwater tradition.  In 2011, Atkinson commemorates the 37th-annual Brownwater Celebration with special events, culminating in a community BBQ and float down the Mill Stream.


Thursday, April 28:

9 – 11 p.m. - 80’s Karaoke Night at Jammer’s Tavern

Friday, April 29:

2 – 5 p.m. - Brownwater Golf Outing at Santiam Golf Club (8724 Golf Club Rd, Stayton, OR)

8 p.m. – 12 a.m. - Casino Night at Reed Opera House

Saturday, April 30:

9 a.m. - Choat Fun Run at Bush’s Pasture Park

12 p.m. – 4 p.m. - Brownwater BBQ and Mill Stream Float at Atkinson

Visit the Brownwater website for more detail and to RSVP

Willamette MBA earns membership in the United Nations’ PRME group

Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management is pleased to become a member of PRME – Principles for Responsible Management Education.  PRME is governed by a steering committee composed of representatives including the United Nations Global Compact, AACSB International, Net Impact, and the International Association for Excellence in Management Development.

By adopting the Principles of PRME, Willamette has pledged to engage in a continuous process of improvement, to share information on progress regularly and to contribute to the learning experience of the academic institutions participating in the PRME worldwide.

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Willamette MBA professor responds to global events

When international events unfold, managers thinking about the safety and security of their workers use the advice created by Lisbeth Claus, Professor of Global Human Resources.  As an expert in global human resource management, workers that cross borders and employee duty of care, Claus offers insights and advice through presentations, papers and situation-based examples.

After last week’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Claus and a student research associate developed a case based on a real Japanese bank.  The example highlighted the importance of employee communications and “I’m ok” policies.  The timely nature of the vignette drew significant praise as trainers and professors utilized the example in classes around the globe.

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Inc. magazine features Willamette MBA course as one of the best in the country

The Willamette University Atkinson Graduate School of Management's venture investing course has been named one of the 10 best entrepreneurship courses in the country by Inc. magazine.

The MBA course, taught by Rob Wiltbank, associate professor of strategic management, places students in real-world angel investing groups to hear business pitches from entrepreneurs.

Back in the classroom, the students share the best opportunities and use specific criteria to determine which new companies are worth an investment. They invest using real money from the Willamette Angel Fund, which was created through donations from alumni and other supporters.

The unique program — the only one of its kind among the region’s business graduate schools — gives students insight into entrepreneurship from both sides of the table, Wiltbank says. (Read more about it in our recent feature article.)

Inc. magazine's feature showcases "innovative classes that emphasize experience over study," courses that throw out the past assertion that "you can't teach entrepreneurship." The article says these classes are "distinguished by their excellence (most have won awards or been adopted by other schools), their innovation and their ambition."

Read the full article on the Inc. magazine website