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Applications for UM CIBER Mini Grants Due February 1

The University of Miami’s Center for International Business Education and Research (UM CIBER) invites faculty to apply for one of its interdisciplinary IB research mini grants. Awards up to $2,ooo support individual research efforts and awards up to $10,000 supoort cross-departmental research projects. The application deadline is February 1. For more information, visit the Mini Grants webpage.

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Preview Graduate Business Programs at February 4 Info Session

Join the School of Business Administration for a half-day information session from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, February 4 at the Newman Alumni Center to learn about its graduate programs. For more information, contact Kim Migoya at 305-284-3920 or kmigoya@miami.edu, or visit the Graduate Business Programs Preview, where you also may RSVP.



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Tattoos Don’t Impede Employment


Tattoos Don’t Impede Employment

 Special to UM New

Having a tattoo has no impact on an individual’s employment or earnings, according to a new study from the School’s health sector management and policy and economics departments. After accounting for personal traits (i.e., education, behavioral choices, human capital, lifestyle factors, etc.) the researchers found no significant difference in the way people with tattoos are treated in the workplace than those without tattoos.

The study, in the February issue of the Southern Economic Journal, is the first to rigorously investigate whether having a tattoo is significantly associated with employment or earnings. The research paper won the 2016 Georgescu-Roegen Prize, which is presented each year by the Southern Economic Association® to the author(s) of the best academic article published in that journal.

The researchers explain that differences in employment and earnings can occur for a number of reasons, including productivity differences, employee signaling (i.e., information potential employees may reveal about their likes and dislikes), and in some cases, discrimination by either the employer or customers on the basis of having a tattoo. But, when the researchers controlled for a large set of factors that have been shown to affect employment and earnings, the negative impact of having a tattoo becomes small and non-significant.

This result may be partially explained by the fact that some industries, such as music and entertainment, professional sports, fashion, bars and nightclubs, styling, etc., actually welcome employees with tattoos.

“Qualitative research shows that tattoos are definitely becoming less taboo and somewhat accepted even in traditional workplaces, especially among younger employees,” said Michael T. French, professor of health sector management and policy at the School, who conducted the study with Philip K. Robins, professor of economics. “If someone’s main concern about getting tattooed is whether body art will make them less employable or limit their earnings, this research suggests it should not be a major deterrent.”


The authors analyzed two large and nationally representative datasets from the United States and Australia–National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health (Add Health) and the Australian Longitudinal Study of Health and Relationships (ASHR)—each with specific questions about tattoos, employment, and earnings. The total sample sizes were 9,691 in Add Health and 3,518 in ASHR.  Using these data, they were able to estimate whether having one or more tattoos is significantly related to employment and earnings after controlling for demographics, human capital accumulation, lifestyle factors, and other variables that predict labor market outcomes and could relate to tattoo status.

“We believe it would be interesting in our future research to explore whether prominent tattoos (on the face or neck, for example), multiple tattoos, provocative images, or large tattoos, are significantly related to employment and/or earnings,” said Robins.

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Arun Sharma Named Interim Vice Dean for Graduate Business Programs

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Arun Sharma

 The School of Business Administration has named Arun Sharma, a professor of marketing, as interim vice dean for graduate business programs and executive education. Sharma, whose appointment is effective August 1, fills the position vacated when Anuj Mehrotra stepped down from that post to serve as interim dean of the business school July 1.

As interim vice dean, Sharma will oversee the School’s MBA and other master’s degree programs, custom and open enrollment executive education programs, and graduate student career services.

“Arun’s talent and extensive experience, deep knowledge of business education and dedication to the success of the School of Business Administration, make him the ideal person to serve in this key leadership position,” said Mehrotra, who is serving as the School’s interim dean while the University conducts a global search for a permanent dean.

“I am delighted to lead our graduate business and executive education programs, which have seen significant growth and recognition in recent years,” said Sharma. “I look forward to working with the School’s leadership team, our professional staff and our friends in the community to build upon these successes.”

Sharma, who joined the School of Business in 1987, has previously served as vice dean of strategic initiatives and chair of the Department of Marketing. His research, which focuses on understanding markets, marketing strategy and productivity, and firm value creation and management, has been widely published in leading academic journals. Sharma has also consulted for such companies as Accenture, American Express, Audi, AT&T, Boston Scientific, Citrix, Ericson, Exxon, Goodyear, HP, IBM, MasterCard, MoneyGram, Motorola, Siemens, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Italia Mobil, Visa International, and Western Union.

Sharma’s awards include membership in the University of Miami Iron Arrow Honor Society.



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NFL Players Prepare for Life After Football


NFL Players Prepare for Life After Football

MBA-NFLThey’ve earned millions of dollars in their 20s as professional football players, and now they have the knowledge and business skills they need to continue their professional and personal success.

That’s how graduates of the inaugural class in the school’s Miami Executive MBA for Artists and Athletes program sum up their experience. More than 30 current and former NFL players graduated July 1, and some are already applying their new skills in ventures from restaurants to real estate and non-profit organizations.

Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap enrolled “to prepare for life after football:” to learn how to run a business, network and build a team for the business and choose what area to invest in. He now plans to start buying residential properties.

Juggling classes and sports was tough for the 6-foot, 6-inch, 280-pound Dunlap.

“There were a lot of long nights and early mornings, because I had to get work out before I came to school,” said the 27-year-old. Yet knowing that many athletes struggle and even go bankrupt after retirement, Dunlap found the effort “well worth it.”

Before the MBA program, retired Buffalo Bills wide receiver Lee Evans said he sometimes felt uncertain how to handle conflicting advice from different advisers on his varied investments. But now, he feels empowered “to have an independent mind to formulate my own strategy.”

The 35-year-old plans to expand his real-estate holdings beyond Wisconsin and Florida into Ohio. With tools he’s learned to measure risk, Evans also feels better equipped to analyze his stock portfolio and “decide whether I want to bring in another investment or not.”

The new program offered participants more than business knowledge too. For many retired athletes, it was a chance to bond with like-minded people.

“Like their work on the field, this MBA program is intense, demanding a significant investment of time and energy on the part of each participant,” said Anuj Mehrotra, interim dean of the University of Miami School of Business Administration. “We couldn’t be more proud of the members of this first class and the hard work they put in to it.”

Women in the program bonded too, even as they were welcomed by the men, said Xia Chekwa, 28, who graduated with her husband Chimdi Chekwa, 27, a Miami Dolphins cornerback. “There were a lot of moments we [women] just laughed at how silly they were,” said Chekwa, one of two player wives in the program.

“You definitely know you are in a room full of guys,” she added. “The conversations are different.”

So, what were some key takeaways for the graduates?

Dunlap said he’ll calibrate future investments based on this valuable lesson: “You have to spend money to make money. You make money with more risk, but you don’t want too much risk. So, you have to have a balanced portfolio.”

Chekwa plans to apply a broad view of leadership in ventures with her husband that already include a non-profit for underserved children, a barbecue restaurant set to launch in Ohio and a music-based app now in development.

“It’s less about being recognized for what you do than encouraging and empowering the people you work with – to equip the team, grow skills, inspire them and challenge them,” said Chekwa, who also holds a master’s degree in mass communications.

And what tips would graduates give people considering the program?

“Just do it,” said Evans. “This is one of those things you can talk yourself out of easily and make a lot of excuses why you can’t do it. But coming here, it’s worth it.”

View the class’s photo gallery on Facebook.


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