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Job Recovery, Housing Demand, Consumer Demand Heating Up Inland Empire Economy

As the effects of pandemic-driven business closures and restrictions steadily diminish, and with California "officially reopened," the economy of the Inland Empire is on a robust near-term growth trajectory, according to an analysis released today by the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. While some industries and workers continue to...
By Victoria Pike Bond |

Inland Empire Business Activity to Hit Pre-Pandemic Levels by End of Year

Business activity in the Inland Empire is in clear-cut recovery mode and will reach pre-pandemic levels by the end of this year, according to the new Inland Empire Business Activity Index released today by the UCR School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. The analysis estimates that business activity in the region will...
By Victoria Pike Bond |

‘Closure’ for 2020 and 2021 Graduates

Through early mornings and afternoon heat, students and their guests trekked to UC Riverside for this year’s modified in-person commencement ceremonies. Nearly 4,500 UCR students signed up to participate in these live events, including students from class of 2020. Here are a few moments captured during the UCR School of Business ceremony that took place...
By Sandra Baltazar Martínez |

Understanding Decisions and Incentives in Supply Chain Systems and Health Care

The COVID-19 pandemic is a clear example of how crucial supply chain management is and how disruptions can affect society, according to Elodie Adida Goodman, associate professor of operations and supply chain management. “Early on, the shortage of medical supplies revealed how vulnerable ‘long’ supply chains are,” she says. “They can span many countries due...
By Laurie McLaughlin |

Building the Future for UCR's School of Business

Beverly Bailey knows a thing or two about building things. As a student at Riverside City College, she helped her boyfriend, Scott, hang patio covers on the weekends. When she turned 20, she bought and ran a small café in Chino, putting her entrepreneurial spirit to the test as she worked some of the longest...
By Sarah Nightingale |

MBA Grad Applies Business Acumen in Brand-New Field for U.S. Army

When the U.S. Army launched a career field in enterprise marketing and behavioral economics, it was designed to attract top-performing officers. Competition was high: Almost 500 applied for the first cohort, which had only 30 openings. In announcing the opportunity, the Army said soldiers applying needed to “exhibit a history of excellence” and have “either...
By Darin Estep |

The Problem Solver

Education and opportunity go hand in hand for James Merino, MBA ’98, a data engineer who has worked at some of the biggest firms in Silicon Valley. That’s why he created the Jaime J. Merino Endowed Business Scholarship for Master of Business Administration students at UC Riverside’s School of Business in 2016. The scholarship is...
By Imran Ghori |

Inland Empire Business Activity Poised for Strong Growth in 2021

Business activity in the Inland Empire has continued to steadily recover from the historic COVID-19 pandemic and the outlook for the near-term future is one of solid growth. Following unprecedented declines in the first half of 2020, the region’s business activity rebounded in the second half of the year, and the economic fundamentals for ongoing...
By Victoria Pike Bond |

Pent Up Consumer Demand to Drive Rapid Economic Recovery in Inland Empire

After more than a year of pandemic-driven business closures and restrictions on activity, the fundamentals that drive long-term economic growth are alive and well in the Inland Empire, according to an analysis released today by the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. The region’s labor market, where the pandemic’s greatest...
By Victoria Pike Bond |

Should Companies Let Employees Choose Their Tasks?

Letting employees select their own tasks is a popular means of increasing work satisfaction. However, managers should also consider the nature of the task and the employees’ specialization before letting them select their own, suggests a new study led by UC Riverside and published in Organization Science. Traditionally, managers allocate tasks to employees who are...
By Holly Ober |

Faculty Achieve High Honors

Among the most recent UCR School of Business faculty honors and achievements: Editorships at Top Journals Elodie Adida Goodman, associate professor of operations and supply chain management, was recently appointed to the editorial boards of two top journals in the field: She is an associate editor for both Management Science and Manufacturing & Service Operations...

Exploring the Strategic Decisions Driving Mergers and Acquisitions

Professor of Management Jerayr “John” Haleblian earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology before earning a Ph.D. in business. During his academic career, he’s found that the two disciplines marry well within his teaching and research. “Training in psychology helped me better understand how organizational actors can influence strategic decisions,” says Haleblian, whose...
By Laurie McLaughlin |

Investment Expert Sees and Shares the Power of Education

In recognition of Women’s History Month, we take a look at some of the women who are making their own history with the UCR School of Business. When Patricia Watters Ph.D. ’95 thinks back to working on her doctorate in Financial Economics, she doesn’t think of brilliant insights. Instead, she remembers the hard work and...
By Darin Estep |

The Pandemic’s Lessons for the Supply Chain

Due to COVID-19 precautions, Professional MBA student Benjamin Gonzalez ’21 participated remotely in the Project Management course taught by Supply Chain and Operations Management Lecturer Suri Gurumurthi. As the lectures unfolded, Gonzalez realized the course’s immediate applicability. “I have used what I learned in my current position,” he says. “The pandemic has forced companies to...
By Laurie McLaughlin |

Solar Entrepreneur Sticks with Her Dream, Shares Success with Others

In recognition of Women’s History Month, we take a look at some of the women who are making their own history with the UCR School of Business. Ching Liu says her connection to the UCR School of Business was meant to be – and it all started with a phone call to the city of...
By Darin Estep |

This is the Dawning of the Age of the Vaccine Passport

The vaccine passport is coming. The likelihood of a “passport” being required — or perhaps just requested — for travel, and to return to school and work, seems a certainty. New York state is testing a smartphone app that would verify vaccine status for entry into events. IBM is developing the Digital Health Pass, which...
By UCR University Communications |

UCR Opened Doors for Her, and Philanthropist is Proud that Work Continues

In recognition of Women’s History Month, we take a look at some of the women who are making their own history with the UCR School of Business. If Susan Atherton thinks about it, her connection with UC Riverside has really come full circle in the time since she enrolled as a 17-year-old, first-generation college student...
By Darin Estep |

Lonely? These Odd Rituals Can Help

If you dunk a tea bag repeatedly into your mug or open a cream-filled cookie to lick the filling, you might find coping with pandemic isolation a bit easier than others. A UC Riverside-led study has found people who adopt unique rituals to make everyday tasks more meaningful might feel less lonely. “We found that...
By Holly Ober |

Bringing the Commission into the Classroom

With a long career in engineering and management, Raj Singh, professor of practice in management at UC Riverside’s School of Business, is utilizing his considerable knowledge in service to his community as a member of Riverside city’s Planning Commission. “I find it very interesting and impactful to provide input on the kind of buildings and...
By Laurie McLaughlin |

Putting an Education in Leadership into Action

Just like everyone else, Chris Page had to pivot during the pandemic. As leadership development director for UCR’s Black Student Union, the fourth-year business student is creating a structure to teach best practices in leadership to his fellow members. His preference for in-person activities has been thwarted by COVID-19 restrictions, so he’s turned to social...
By Laurie McLaughlin |