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Inland Empire Business Activity Growth Outpaces U.S. GDP in Latest Numbers

Business activity in the Inland Empire has continued to recover from the pandemic along a steady upward trajectory, outperforming growth in U.S. GDP in the latest numbers. According to the new Inland Empire Business Activity Index released today by the UCR School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development, in the second quarter of...
By Victoria Pike Bond |

A Family Tradition, A Community Connection

Craig Blunden grew up in a family that believed in community involvement. His mother helped launch nonprofits in Riverside and, in 1956, his father started a savings and loan that would grow into Provident Bank. Fourteen years later, the UCR School of Business established the graduate program that would become the A. Gary Anderson Graduate...
By Darin Estep |

Headwinds Ease for CA Job Growth as COVID Cases Decline

According to the September 2021 Beacon Employment Report | CA, California’s labor market continued to expand at a rapid pace in August, with total nonfarm employment in the state growing by 104,300 positions. During August, California accounted for 44% of all jobs added nationally during the month. 104,300 Jobs Added In August California’s labor market...

It's a Three-peat: UCR Again Tops Social Mobility Ranking

For the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has named UC Riverside the top university in the nation for social mobility. The social mobility category considers the degree to which a university elevates its low-income graduates to a higher standard of living. As rankings leaders such as U.S. News have adjusted their formulas...
By John Warren |

Leadership Program Draws Students From Across the Nation

More than 50 college students from U.S. colleges and universities attended the May 2021 University of California Summer Institute for Emerging Managers and Leaders (SIEML), an initiative to increase diversity in graduate business programs within the six University of California business schools. The 11-day, all-expenses-paid virtual event hosted by UC Riverside’s A. Gary Anderson Graduate...

Alumnus Helps First-generation Students Turn Ambition into Opportunity

Recalling one of his first career fairs as an undergraduate, David Gutierrez ’04 describes being pulled aside by a college adviser with a bit of crucial advice: Clip the brand label off your jacket sleeve. It was an oversight that Gutierrez attributes to the lack of experience that is common to many first-generation college students...
By Darin Estep |

Curiosity Is Key to Understanding Consumers, Says Incoming Anderson Presidential Chair in Business Administration

Margaret Campbell, Ph.D., has explored and explained consumer behavior around the globe—in France, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Singapore, Germany, Canada and many points in between—and across the United States. So, when she arrived at UCR this summer as a professor of marketing and Anderson Presidential Chair in Business Administration, it was a homecoming of sorts...
By By Darin Estep |

Study Disrupts Venture Capitalist Assumptions About Tax Benefits of Corporations

Startups backed by venture capital — and their investors — often lose tax savings because they organize as corporations rather than limited liability companies, finds a UC Riverside-led study. The reason? Venture capitalists, or VCs, are more familiar with corporations, or C-corporations, and pay less attention to taxes, even though limited liability companies, or LLCs...
By Holly Ober |

‘If You Have an Idea, Just Try It’

When Anthony Griffin decided to make the move to Japan, he took a few things along with him: a lifelong fascination with the country, one year of studying the language, and the textbook from his business communications course at UC Riverside, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2002 and an MBA...
By Darin Estep |

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 |

Effective Messaging for Crowdfunding Campaigns

Why do some crowdfunding campaigns hit or exceed their goals quickly while others languish? The answer often has to do with what finance experts call “herding,” where people follow the crowd and invest wherever everyone else is investing. Effective use of crowdfunding platforms’ communication tools can influence herding behavior to maximize a campaign’s success, finds...
By Holly Ober |

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 |

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...