My EMBA class is about to undertake our second accounting class.  The official name is Strategic Cost Analysis for Enterprise Management, but we call it managerial accounting.  We spend the first class learning the basics of accounting.  Now the fun starts.  We get to apply that knowledge to "make intelligent, informed business decisions, resulting in a more efficiently run organization, higher income statement profit, and a stronger financial position on the balance sheet."  If you'd told me at the beginning of the program that I'd feel confident heading into the second accounting class, I probably would not have believed you.  Yet here I am ready to tackle the subject.  Here's what we're expected to learn by the end of the class:
  1. Identify basic terms, concepts & goals of Managerial Accounting
  2. Classify and assign costs in Job Order Costing
  3. Process Costing: calculate equivalent units & prepare a Production Cost Report
The Asia Panel Series concluded its spring lectures with Fostering Entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia on Wednesday.  The panel opened with the question of whether entrepreneurs are born or made.  Each panelist had a unique take on the question, but Devin Kimble made a great point that being an entrepreneur is a lot like playing a sport: if you don't practice, you don't get any better at it.  The issue of culture came center stage as several speakers addressed the need to fail to succeed.  Patrick Liew also introduced the idea of DQ - desperation quotient - to illustrate the need to be hungry to succeed. 

The Fox School of Business Executive MBA (EMBA) international exchange program has gained momentum since its introduction last summer when the Fox School signed agreements allowing EMBA students from Fox and three other institutions to study at any of the partner programs.

“Last semester we saw the first movement among students in the program, and the exchange opportunities are becoming more and more attractive to our students across locations,” said Rebecca Geffner, director of international programs. “We see the exchange opportunity as a trademark of our global Executive MBA portfolio.”

The EMBA international exchange program includes the Fox School, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Cali, Colombia; the ENPC School of International Management (ENPC) in Paris; and the International Executive Education Center (IEEC) in Singapore.

John Scardapane, founder, chairman and CEO of Saladworks, recently spoke at the Fox School of Business as part of the Executive Speaker Series about Saladworks’ culture, franchising, international expansion and business strategy. Craig Spencer, president and CEO of Arden Group, a Philadelphia-based real estate company, served as executive interviewer and also discussed Arden’s strategies in the current economy and for future development.

Scardapane spoke about creating the Saladworks concept, his first store opening in the Cherry Hill Mall and how the company has purchased produce directly from growers since its opening in 1986 to ensure stores receive the freshest quality. Today, there are 115 Saladworks locations nationwide and the company still focuses on delivering made-to-order entrée salads with the freshest ingredients available.

CNNMoney just ran a story talking about why students in China are flying 7,000 miles to the US to pursue Executive MBA (EMBA).  That's an amazing dedication to fly that length of time on a monthly basis.  For EMBA candidates in Singapore, the good news is you don't have to fly to the US to get a high quality, top ranked US education.  Temple University takes care of the flying for you.  We fly our professors over from the US each month to teach students in our program.  This enables people to get the Philadelphia experience while sitting just off Orchard Road.  We have an impressive roster of professors coming into Singapore each year.  I'd encourage anyone interested in the Fox School of Business EMBA to read the bios for the professors and make time to attend a class preview where you can see the professors in action.
An Executive MBA (EMBA) is often used as a training ground by professionals with an eye on making the leap into entrepreneurship .  What better way to learn all the aspects it takes to run a business (finance, accounting, marketing, operations, etc.) than through an EMBA?  Plus, it builds a network of professional contacts that's hard to match.  As part of it ASIA PANEL SERIES, Temple University turns its attention to entrepreneurship at the upcoming April 30th event.  We've brought together successful entrepreneurs in Singapore to share what they've learned and to answer the question "how do we foster entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia?".  We invite anyone interested in learning more about entrepreneurship to register for the free event.  More details are below.

Temple University’s Fox School of Business ranks among the Top 20 business schools “making the most of social media channels,” according to an article in BizEd magazine.

The Fox School’s ranking – No. 17 nationally – appears with an article highlighting a survey of 371 AACSB-accredited business schools’ social media usage. Fox ranks fifth among Northeast business schools, behind Harvard (No. 1), Penn (No. 2), Columbia (No. 5) and Dartmouth (No. 16).

A March 2012 survey, on which the ranking is based, benchmarked each school’s social media performance by metrics including Facebook fans and activity, Twitter followers, YouTube views, and official presence on Wikipedia, Google Places, LinkedIn and Google+.

The researchers found that business schools with Facebook and Twitter accounts – and that have links to those social media channels from their school website – have an average of 1,744 Twitter followers and 1,654 Facebook fans. The Fox School of Business has more than 2,500 Twitter followers and nearly 8,600 Facebook fans.

The research output of the Fox School of Business’ Management Information Systems (MIS) Department has been ranked No. 1 in the world in the 2012 update of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) publications survey. The department was ranked first for the period 2009-12, maintaining the leading position it has held for three years.

The analysis also ranked Professor Paul A. Pavlou, director of the Fox School’s PhD program in business administration, as the top MIS researcher in the world for the same three-year period. Fox Associate Professor of Marketing and MIS Angelika Dimoka, director of Temple’s Center for Neural Decision Making, was ranked No. 2.

The Excel Guru is back with a new edition of "Next Generation Excel: Modeling in Excel for Analysts and MBAs" that went to print in February.  To celebrate the release, Dr. Gottlieb is coming back to Singapore in early April to host a series of private and public Excel workshops.  The first workshop is a half day intro class being offered on Saturday, April 9th.  Ideal for anyone looking to uplevel their skills, the Excel for Better Business Decisions (or "I didn't know Excel could do that!") class will introduce attendees to an array of intermediate and advanced functions and useful tools from a seasoned Excel expert.  Watch the site for more workshops being added.  Interested in a corporate workshop, contact


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