Hello, alumni of the SHR MBA and Industrial Relations master’s program!
2020 has been a wild ride. Our spring newsletter indicated students were learning remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are still mostly online, although some classes are physically spread out in very large classrooms. Students are discouraged from gathering otherwise. Facemasks are the norm on campus, even while outside. Being a student now is very different.
Even so, our students continue to learn, collaborate, and thrive. Five of our eight second-year students will take the SHRM-CP exam this year, and one has already passed. Four have accepted full-time career offers. Also, three of the 13 first-year students have secured summer internships while the rest are actively searching.
Switching topics, we are planning an abbreviated HR Summit the morning of March 19, 2021, and we hope you will be able to join our virtual format. More information will follow in the coming weeks.
Finally, our projector in the SHR Center needs replacement. If your situation permits, please consider a donation toward a monitor to the SHR Program Fund. Any extra monies will support a student industry visit or other student activity in 2021-22.
Thank you for the many ways that you help us. Happy holidays to you and yours!
The SHR Center
‘Twas the Night Before My Interview
First-year student Bethany Noltner came up with a clever poem describing the virtual internship interview process during a pandemic. Read it here!
Mattering and Gummy Worms
Despite the orientation program being held virtually rather than in-person, we found ways to develop community, provide the necessary information, begin to establish our culture, and start the year with a few laughs.
Remote and Reimagined
As a result of the pandemic, the full-time MBA program is offering an online option for those who are at a distance. First-year student Anna Faught is our first SHR student taking courses entirely online. She reflects on her experience.
Our 2020 graduates are thrilled to be starting their careers with the University of Colorado, justdata.com, and Harley Davidson of Madison. Congratulations to our newest alumni.
New Mentoring Program and Speakers Bureau
Enough alumni volunteered so that each of our new students has a mentor! Our hope is that all incoming and returning students will have a mentor next year. Also, several alumni have offered to be part of our speakers bureau, and we have already called on some of them. We are so grateful for the ways you enrich our students’ lives!
Seeking Help with a Virtual D&I Workshop
We like our Friday Workshops to be driven by student interests. They would like our next gathering to focus on Diversity and Inclusion from the perspective of the HR professional. Are you working in this area and willing to lead a 60-minute online student discussion this spring? Please email Linda Barrett, Assistant Director of the SHR Center.
Our first Friday Workshop of the academic year featured alumnae Ann Houser, who is a private HR consultant, executive coach, and workplace investigator. Ann’s years of experience and interesting stories with workplace investigations kept students’ attention and left them wanting more.
Join the SHR LinkedIn Group
The SHR Center has resurrected an old LinkedIn group. It is a closed group that is available only to alumni, students, and others who are directly connected to the program. Please join and feel welcome to post articles, jobs, updates, and general discussion questions for our growing community.
Send your Life Changes. This is the place to share your new career, international placement, certification, accomplishment, family member, retirement, wedding—you get the idea. Please email your Life Changes to Linda Barrett, Assistant Director of the SHR Center, and send a photo if you have one!
Sharing Knowledge to Enhance Practice
Our Management and Human Resources faculty are recognized nationally and internationally for their research. Recent publications in top-tier academic journals include:
- Posen, H., Yi, S., & Lee, J. (2020). A Contingency Perspective on Imitation Strategies: When Is “Benchmarking” Ineffective? Strategic Management Journal (41), 198-221.
- Kryscynski, D., Coff, R., & Campbell, B. (2020). Charting a Path between Firm-Specific Incentives and Human Capital-Based Competitive Advantage. Strategic Management Journal.
- Byun, H., Raffiee, J., & Ganco, M. (2019). Discontinuities in the Value of Relational Capital: The Effects on Employee Entrepreneurship and Mobility. Organization Science (30), 1368-1393.
- Ganco, M., Miller, C., & Toh, P. (2020). From Litigation to Innovation: A Firm’s Ability to Litigate and Its Expansion into New Domains. Strategic Management Journal.
- Bapna, S., & Ganco, M. (2020). Gender Gaps in Equity Crowdfunding: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment. Management Science.
- Chen, J., Elfenbein, D., Posen, H., & Wang, M. (2020). The Problems and Promise of Entrepreneurial Partnerships: Decision Making, Overconfidence, and Learning in Founding Teams. Academy of Management Review.
- Shin, J., & Grant, A. (2020). When Putting Work Off Pays Off: The Curvilinear Relationship Between Procrastination and Creativity. Academy of Management Journal.
- Sergent, K., & Stajkovic, A. (2020). Women’s leadership is associated with fewer deaths during the COVID-19 crisis: Quantitative and qualitative analyses of United States governors. Journal of Applied Psychology (105), 771-783.
Willing to Give Back?
There are various valuable ways to stay connected to your Wisconsin MBA program.
- Mentor, talk, or mock interview. Current students benefit from your experience. Contact Linda Barrett, Assistant Director of SHR Center, if you are willing to volunteer as a mentor, you would facilitate a Friday Workshop on a topic of mutual interest, or you are available to mock interview students. Distance technology is always an option.
- Hire a badger. Our students’ MBA experience includes a professional internship between the first and second years. If you are interested in recruiting HR badgers for either internships or full-time positions, contact Betsy Golomski, Assistant Director of the MBA Career Management Center.
- Make a financial gift. We are making positive changes to ensure the development of our students, including installing a large monitor in the SHR Center, and providing SHRM-CP certification prep. Honestly, every dollar helps. Please consider donating to our SHR Program Fund or the larger WSB general fund. Thank you!