Dean’s Report Articles: page 3

Agree to Disagree: Why Teams Perform Better with Divergent Perspectives

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Team members aren’t always going to agree with leaders’ goals and strategies — but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In certain circumstances, having disagreement among teams, and the discourse that this disagreement elicits, can translate into success for certain types of teams who are tackling complex problems, according to researchers from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business, and Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College

Why do we hate making financial decisions?

We’ve long been told that it’s best to use our heads, rather than our hearts, when it comes to making decisions related to money. However, new research from Aner Sela, John I. Williams Professor of Marketing, suggests that advice might actually not be helpful after all. “There’s something that feels very cold and unemotional about financial decisions,” explained Sela. “The more we see ourselves as emotional decision-makers, the more we see financial decisions as something that’s just not for us.”

Who has the advantage when starting a business – younger or older entrepreneurs?

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – As entrepreneurship continues to grow in the United States, scholars have questioned if there is an age that gives entrepreneurs a better chance at success. Of the estimated 27 million entrepreneurs in the United States today, are those that are younger or older have the advantage when it comes to starting a business? According to new research from Mo Wang, Lanzillotti-McKethan Eminent Scholar and Professor of Management at the University of Florida Warrington College of Business, and

Warrington College of Business unveils brand update

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –  The Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida revealed a new look for its online presence in May. Warrington shared not only a completely redesigned and updated website, but also released a new brand anthem video for the College. “Modernizing our web delivery to best serve the needs of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors was a key priority for this project,” said JC Marvin, Director of Marketing and Communication Services at Warrington. “In

UF Warrington going green to drive sustainability efforts

The Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida was honored to receive a gift of an electric vehicle (EV) from both Alan Starling (BSBA ’69) and Andrew Starling (BSBA ‘11, MBA-JD ‘14) on May 2. The new Chevrolet Bolt, which is the first street legal EV donated to the university, demonstrates Warrington’s commitment to sustainability and reducing its environmental impact to preserve Florida’s natural beauty. It is the first EV at the College of Business and will be

Warrington alumni receive entrepreneurship awards

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center at the Warrington College of Business honored two successful alumni with prestigious awards. Steven Schnall (BSBA ’89) was named the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Entrepreneur, and Ethan Fieldman (BSBA ’03) was named the 2018 Emerging Alumni Entrepreneur. Schnall, 51, is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for business startups and a track record of successful ventures across a variety of industries. He is the CEO, Chairman and controlling shareholder of Quontic Bank, a federally chartered, civically focused

SunTrust CEO meets with, gives advice to UF Warrington students

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –  William H. Rogers, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of SunTrust Banks, Inc., visited the University of Florida Warrington College of Business this week. Students had the exclusive opportunity to hear directly from Rogers about his executive role and ask for advice about careers in business during a moderated discussion with Dr. Alex Sevilla, associate dean and director of the Heavener School of Business. Rogers has worked for SunTrust for 38 years, serving six and a half

UF MBA receives highest increase in average pay

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –  The University of Florida MBA program has once again proven itself to be one of the top MBA programs for value and return on investment. According to the latest U.S. News & World Report “Best Graduate Schools 2019” ranking, UF MBA has the highest increase in average pay for its graduates between 2013 and 2017 with 38 percent growth in average pay. Poets & Quants reported that out of the 127 ranked schools, the UF MBA program

International teams compete at successful third annual Heavener International Case Competition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Twenty teams of undergraduate students traveled to the Heavener School of Business at the University of Florida Warrington College of Business February 11-17 for the third annual Heavener International Case Competition. Teams from the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Middle East competed for the coveted Gator Trophy and the chance to later participate in the Champions Trophy Case Competition, of which the Heavener International Case Competition is a qualifying case competition. “One of the

Warrington alumnus offered $300,000 deal on Shark Tank

Alfonso Tejada decided to apply to be on Shark Tank in the summer of 2017, hoping he’d be selected sometime to pitch his product to the “sharks.” He was shocked to hear back from producers the next day. “I thought they weren’t going to be interested in my product, but I actually heard back from them fairly quickly,” Tejada said. Months later, Tejada (BSBA ’09, MBA ’11) was in the “tank” pitching his product, Palmini, a healthy pasta substitute made