McCombs Marketing MBA Program Top Ten Ranking in Poets & Quants

Poets & Quants recently profiled their top ten ranked MBA Programs in Marketing. McCombs made the list, ranking 10th in the nation. The McCombs overview highlights the program’s emphasis on experiential learning through curriculum, the Marketing Fellows program, and Marketing Labs. Read the full profile here.

McCombs Marketing Professor Honored for Contributions to Marketing Research

LeighMcAlister AMA Award

From the American Marketing Association:

Mahajan Award for Lifetime Contributions to Marketing Strategy Research
The Marketing Strategy SIG is delighted to announce Prof. Leigh McAlister as the winner of the 2014 Mahajan Award for Lifetime Contributions to Marketing Strategy Research. Professor McAlister is the Ed and Molly Smith Chair in Business Administration and Professor of Marketing at the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas – Austin. A three member panel of past award winners and past Journal of Marketing editors found Prof. McAlister’s contributions to Marketing Strategy as highly impactful and deserving of this year’s Mahajan Award. A 1978 Ph.D. from Stanford University, Prof. McAlister has been a faculty member at the University of Washington, MIT, and The University of Texas. From July 2003 to June 2005 she served as Executive Director of the Marketing Science Institute (MSI) in Cambridge, Massachusetts and also served as an MSI Academic Trustee from 1992 – 1998. Prof. McAlister’s research focuses on the strategic implications of consumers’ reaction to marketing intervention as well as marketing’s effects on firm value and risk. Her papers have appeared in all leading academic marketing journals and have been recognized with the O’Dell Award (2003), the Davidson Award (2007, 2011), and as a finalist of the MSI H. Paul Root Award (2007). She currently serves as Area Editor of the Journal of Marketing, Associate Editor of Marketing Science, and has previously served as Associate Editor of Journal of Marketing Research and Special Issue Guest Editor of Marketing Science. Prof. McAlister has won numerous teaching awards at all institutions she has been a faculty member of, including a 1996 CBA Foundation Advisory Council Award for Teaching Innovation. In 2014 she was recognized with the AMA/Irwin/McGraw-Hill Distinguished Marketing Educator Award. Congratulations to Leigh McAlister.

Updates: McCombs Marketing Department

There is a lot going on around here! Read two recent McCombs Today posts on happenings in CCIMS and the McCombs Marketing Department. We are excited to welcome Rob Malcolm to the CCIMS team this fall as Executive-in-Residence.

Forecast 2013: McCombs Marketing Department

Announcing the First Executives-in-Residence at McCombs

Upcoming McCombs Marketing Conference

The second annual McCombs Marketing Conference is co-hosted by CCIMS and the CCIMS Marketing Fellows MBA students. In order to meet today’s marketing challenges, organizations are rethinking traditional business models and organizational structures to create new value for customers. This year’s conference will focus on entrepreneurial marketing, exploring how marketing leaders are crafting new businesses, extending the customer value-chain, supporting venture programs, and promoting entrepreneurial thinking within their organizations.

The event will have industry-renowned speakers and major companies in attendance including keynote addresses from:

  • Ross Martin, Executive Vice President at Viacom Media Networks
  • Michele Buck, Senior VP and Chief Growth Officer at The Hershey Company

“McCombs Talks” TED-style presentations including:

  • Rob Malcolm, former President of Marketing for Diageo
  • Gil Cloyd, former Chief Technology Officer of Procter and Gamble

An interactive workshop presented by Upstream with a hands-on challenge featuring tools and techniques that leverage the customer experience as a platform to generate entrepreneurial business concepts

And an expert panel on “intraprenuership” discussing how new venture programs and the entrepreneurial spirit can thrive within large organizations

More information about the conference can be found on the McCombs Marketing Conference website.

UT Energy Poll Reveals Interesting Election Season Insights

Results of the latest UT Energy Poll were released today spotlighting voter views on presidential candidate energy policies. The poll, Co-Directed by Marketing Department Chair Wayne Hoyer, reveals changes in American consumers’ energy perceptions over the past year and sheds light on how these perceptions could impact the upcoming presidential election. For full poll results read Voters Favor Obama on energy, says UT Poll on Texas Enterprise.

2nd Release of UT Energy Poll Shows Shift in Consumer Opinion

Today was the second release of the UT Energy Poll, Co-Directed by Marketing Department Chair Wayne Hoyer. Hoyer says, “We see a significant trend of increased pricing concerns and more support for domestic energy production across the board in this survey. While most respondents expect prices to continue rising, they’re also more optimistic about our energy future, perhaps because of the abundance of natural gas and other domestic energy resources. These trends will be interesting to watch as we head into this fall’s elections.”

Read a full summary of the Energy Poll’s results on Texas Enterprise.

Read additional coverage on:

Austin American-Statesman

McCombs Today

Profitability of Marketing Brands with a Social Cause

McCombs Marketing Assistant Professor Ty Henderson recently shared his research on brands driving profits by teaming up with a social cause or donating a percentage of profits to a charity. Henderson found a direct link between brands supporting a social cause and increase in product sales. Interesting to note, Henderson also found that an increase in the percentage a brand donates does not lead to increased purchases. Shopper behavior can be influenced by social cause campaigns regardless of the amount being donated.

Read a full summary of Ty Henderson’s research in McCombs Today.

McCombs #1 in Business School Professors

UT Tower 11-10-11

Last night the tower was lit burnt-orange to honor the McCombs faculty for their impressive new ranking. McCombs is top in the nation for best professors in the Princeton Review’s annual guide to Business Schools.

The ranking was determined by student ratings. Student quotes from the rankings survey highlight McCombs Marketing’s contributions to this prestigious designation. Student quotes included:

The University of Texas at Austin is the “best school in the region” and is “well-known for academic excellence in many aspects, such as accounting, entrepreneurial, IT management, marketing, and energy finance.”

“Some highlights of McCombs include the “Marketing Fellows organization in academics” and the “commitment to development of the top energy reputation among business schools.”

Read more about the Princeton Review’s report on McCombs Today: McCombs Ranks First For Best Business School Prof

Congratulations McCombs Faculty!

Energy Poll: Groundbreaking New Endeavor at McCombs

The McCombs Marketing Department and Energy Management and Innovation Center (EMIC) have spearheaded the launch of a new groundbreaking public opinion poll to measure and report on US consumer opinions and attitudes toward energy consumption, pricing, development, and regulation. The University of Texas Energy Poll aims to serve as an impartial and authoritative source of public opinion on energy issues, generating data that will be used to inform and guide discussion, business planning, debate, and policy development.

UT President William Powers Jr., Thomas Gilligan, dean of the McCombs School of Business, and Wayne Hoyer, chair of the McCombs Marketing Department, announced the results of the first poll in Washington, D.C., last week. Read recent coverage of this exciting new effort.

Poll: Americans aren’t optimistic about energy, Texas Enterprise

Poll: Americans Believe US Headed in Wrong Direction On Energy, McCombs TODAY

UT poll: Americans are most satisfied with the way they themselves handle energy issues , Dallas Morning News

Energy poll: Americans fret about Congress, foreign oil, USA Today


Faculty Spotlight: Professor Leigh McAlister

Professor Leigh McAlister is the Ed and Molly Smith Chair in the Department of Marketing. Leigh’s research and professional activities have, for a long time, addressed issues at the intersection of marketing knowledge development and marketing practice. Prof. McAlister’s current research projects seek to improve our understanding of the importance of marketing, both as a functional capability and as a managerial orientation, on a firm’s growth and long-term strategy. Read more in The CCIMS Report.