In 2011, Jim Nolen was named one of the most popular b-school professors in the entire nation by Bloomberg Businessweek. Now he is receiving yet another honor, as the McCombs School of Business is establishing the Jim Nolen Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. Starting in the Fall of 2014, the award will be given annually to a deserving McCombs professor.
During his 32-year tenure at the McCombs School of Business, Professor Nolen made a tremendous impact in the lives of over 8,000 students undergraduate and graduate students. Several of these former students have been very instrumental in the efforts to establish the teaching award in his name.
Nolen says he was very surprised by the outpouring of support and pledges. We wish to extend a heartfelt congratulations to Jim for receiving this honor!
Read quotes and kudos from some of Professor Nolen’s former students in an article from McCombs TODAY, and learn more about the teaching award established in his name.
Jim Nolen continues to teach working professionals in our two-day Executive Education programs at UT: Accounting & Finance for Non-Financial Managers, and Financial Analysis & Measuring Business Performance.
“Always ask for the things you want, even if you don’t think you can get them.”
This advice is given by Dr. Gaylen Paulson, a McCombs School of Business Professor of Management and now the Associate Dean and Director of Texas Executive Education, in every Negotiation course that he teaches. For one Forbes writer, it was one of the most effective and influential pieces of advice he has ever heard.
Kevin Ready writes about his memorable experience in Dr. Paulson’s course in a recent article on Forbes, titled “A Simple Strategy To Get More Of What You Want.” Ready recounts how he was able to amass about $22,000 in only 30 days by employing the simple yet powerful idea of always asking for what you want.
Ready challenges readers to try the same, to look for opportunities in which you can ask for something extra, such as a lower price or a better deal. Ready writes, “You will be surprised at the number of situations in which you get a ‘yes’ — which is a powerful lesson.”
Dr. Gaylen Paulson continues to teach negotiation techniques and strategies in The Art and Science of Effective Negotiation, a two-day open enrollment program at Texas Executive Education. He also teaches in Advocacy: Championing Ideas and Influencing Others and Maximizing Mental Agility to Improve Creativity.
Texas Executive Education faculty member Dr. Michael Webber will join several other distinguished speakers later this month at the 2nd annual Water Technology and Policy Conference. The two-day event will be held on Tuesday, October 22 through Wednesday, October 23, 2013 on the University of Texas at Austin campus.
Water supply is currently a significant issue in Texas with the ongoing drought conditions. How droughts and strained water supplies affect economic growth is a continuing topic of discussion that Texas will face for decades. What does the future for water policy in Texas look like?
This will be a great event for anyone interested in learning about the role of water in business and society, and how to make decisions related to it.
Some discussion topics to be covered:
- Water policy and economy: Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Act, regulation, markets, human rights to water vs. water as a commodity
- The water-energy nexus
- Hydrology: the global water cycle
- Water past and present: history and trends
- Water treatment technologies and infrastructure
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Also, don’t miss a discussion panel featuring Austin-based CEO Cotter Cunningham of RetailMeNot, Inc. in the upcoming Herb Kelleher Center Speaker Series sponsored by the Campus Club and Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship. In this panel, experienced entrepreneurs who are on a second or subsequent startup will discuss and answer questions about structuring a startup, seeking funding, building a team, getting your first product out the door, and creating an exit strategy.
This next Speaker Series will take place on Tuesday, October 29 in the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center.
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Successful negotiators can save their organizations thousands or even millions of dollars over time. Even small reductions or increases in costs or deliverables can add up to very large savings over the span of a multi-year contract, and experienced negotiators recognize this and will pursue these small changes with confidence.
According to Dr. Doug Dierking, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management at the McCombs School of Business, great negotiators approach even everyday transactions or experiences as opportunities for negotiation, such as travel costs, shipping upgrades and subscription fees.
The most important first step is to simply ask for something. However, a main key to the conversation is remembering to view both perspectives. In other words, frequently put yourself in the other person’s shoes to make sure your requests are reasonable or not too much of an inconvenience.
Dierking says there are three critical mistakes that inexperienced negotiators can make: asking for something that is not reasonable for the other party, making a demand instead of a request, and the most common of the three — not asking in the first place.
Read this article on McCombs TODAY to learn more about negotiation exercises that Dr. Dierking leads with McCombs MBA students.
We offer a two-day executive education program on The Art and Science of Effective Negotiation that will help working professionals develop a systematic approach to negotiation and identify specific strategies for success in complex negotiation challenges. Upcoming dates for this program are Sept. 26-27, 2013 and Feb. 27-28, 2014.
Texas Executive Education participants, as well as Longhorns anywhere, have several more reasons to be proud of their university.
In this year’s (2013) list from the Center for World University Rankings, The University of Texas at Austin was ranked the seventh-highest public university in the United States, and 26th overall among the world’s top 100 universities. The World University Rankings are determined by several criteria, including university influence, quality of faculty, publications, citations of faculty research, patents and employment of graduates. UT Austin’s faculty quality score ranked 24th worldwide.
You can read more about the World University Rankings here, and also take a look at the full Top 100 list.
No doubt contributing to UT’s high ranking are the productivity and depth of research of the McCombs School of Business faculty. They were recently named the No. 1 Accounting research program in the world (Brigham Young University’s Accounting Research Rankings), as well as the 8th most productive business school faculty in the world (University of Texas at Dallas School of Management’s Top 100 Business School Research Rankings).
We are proud to have these same top-tier McCombs faculty members teaching in many of our Open Enrollment Programs and Executive Development Certificate series.