Cameron School of Business at UNCW

A Veteran Student Reflects On His Professional MBA Journey

Posted by Cameron School of Business on Mar 3, 2021 8:37:24 AM

Guest Blogger: Contributed by Matt Mylott, Assistant Director of Client Management at UNCW’s Swain Center (this post originally appeared on WilmingtonBiz.com on March 1, 2021).

20 years ago, I wouldn’t have guessed I’d be where I’m at today. Representing UNCW’s Swain Center for Executive Education in our regional marketplace hardly aligns with the bulk of my professional experience. Had you asked me then, I would’ve guessed I’d still be in the Marine Corps in 2020. But life happens, and in 2008 I permanently separated from the Corps. Over the subsequent 8 years, I worked as a Sheriff’s Deputy and spent several years in healthcare sales. Having siblings with master’s degrees and quite successful careers, I had an ever-present interest in pursuing a graduate degree that would equip and position me as a more desirable workforce candidate. What I was NOT interested in was preparing for and sitting through a GMAT exam. As I investigated the MBA programs at my alma mater, I was pleasantly surprised to learn the Cameron School of Business (CSB) waived the GMAT requirement. A short time later, I applied to CSB’s Professional MBA program. I was later accepted and was set to begin coursework in Fall of 2016.

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Topics: entrepreneurship, graduate programs, MBA, professional development, student stories, Swain Center, Professional MBA, veterans, Insights, graduate school, PMBA

Developing Global Competencies For Today’s Business Students

Posted by Cameron School of Business on Feb 16, 2021 11:43:31 AM

Guest Blogger: Contributed by Dr. Jessica Magnus, Professor of Management at the UNCW Cameron School of Business (this post originally appeared on WilmingtonBiz.com on February 15, 2021).

The COVID-19 pandemic has had widespread implications for all aspects of business world-wide, from bottlenecks in the global supply chain to the necessity of revising business strategies in order to stay afloat, and from marketing efforts around new product and service modalities to struggles with financial and human capital management. The breadth of the pandemic has underscored how intertwined communities and their businesses are around the world. More than ever before, today’s business students must be prepared to interface with customers and competitors not only domestically, but on a global scale. The best preparation for success in a global workplace is to experience the world firsthand.

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Topics: international, international business, International MBA, study abroad, Insights, graduate school, covid

Why Now Is The Best Time To Start A Business

Posted by Cameron School of Business on Feb 2, 2021 9:34:24 AM

Guest Blogger: This Insights article was contributed by Heather McWhorter, Regional Director of the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC). Heather believes that everyone has entrepreneurial superpowers that can be developed and that everyone should have equal access to starting a business because, after all, it is the American dream (this post originally appeared on WilmingtonBiz.com on February 1, 2021). This photo was taken before COVID-19.

2020 has been a year full of unexpected events and has made many of us step back and look at life a little differently. While those of us who are on the frontline of helping businesses are witnessing business closures at alarming rates, we are also seeing something else: a surge in new business creation. This surge is giving us hope for an even stronger economy and region in the future.

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Topics: entrepreneurship, professional development, mentoring, business tips, Insights

Masters Of Science In Finance 4+1 Program At The Cameron School Of Business

Posted by Cameron School of Business on Jan 20, 2021 11:29:34 AM

Guest Blogger: Contributed by Nicole Carabelli, Administrative Associate for Economics & Finance at the UNCW Cameron School of Business; Lee Iapalucci, Web & Social Media Director for UNCW Cameron School of Business Graduate Programs; Dr. Bill Sackley, Professor of Finance Director for UNCW Cameron School of Business. (this post originally appeared on WilmingtonBiz.com on January 14, 2021).

Starting in the spring of 2020, the Cameron School of Business expanded its graduate program listings to include 4+1 programs in economics, finance and business analytics. The benefit of these programs is that they allow students to begin their master’s degrees while simultaneously completing their bachelor’s degrees. This enables students to save time and enter the workforce with two degrees more quickly than if they complete the two degrees separately. Following this accelerated educational path raises the skill level so graduates can succeed in postgraduate positions.

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Topics: economics, graduate programs, professional development, student stories, business analytics, MS Finance, Insights, graduate school, 4+1

2021, The Year Of Possibilities

Posted by Cameron School of Business on Jan 5, 2021 11:00:49 AM

Guest Blogger: Contributed by Emma F. Maynard, Student Success Advisor in the Office of Graduate Programs at the Cameron School of Business (this post originally appeared on WilmingtonBiz.com on January 1, 2021).

It’s here! It is finally here. Welcome to 2021- yes, the beacon of hope we all desperately kept our eye on as we trudged through the murky and unpredictable waters of the year, 2020. As we gear up for what we hope is a year of possibilities, I encourage you to reflect on the shadows that remain with us from our perseverance through one of the most historic times in our lives. If you’re a believer in silver linings, then perhaps you can recognize the strengths, dreams and aspirations ignited by the frustrations of a year that has tried to take so much.

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Topics: professional development, mentoring, business tips, Insights, graduate school, covid

How Has The Pandemic Impacted Supply Chains And Our Every Day Lives?

Posted by Cameron School of Business on Jan 4, 2021 10:58:15 AM

Guest Blogger: This piece was contributed by Lizzette Perez Lespier, PhD & Saba Pourreza, PhD of the Congdon School of Supply Chain, Business Analytics, and Information Systems at The University of North Carolina, Wilmington (this post originally appeared on WilmingtonBiz.com on December 15, 2020). (This photo was taken before COVID).

The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced unexpected stresses on many systems, creating immediate challenges, and specially having a major impact on the exchange of goods throughout the world. It is a common practice for people to either visit their local stores or to order products online every day, but most don’t think about what happens behind the scenes to get that product ordered, manufactured, and delivered right to your local store or to your doorstep. The explanation behind this “magic”, that allows consumers to be able to get what we want and when we want it, is a very efficient supply chain.

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Topics: supply chain management, Insights, covid

The ROI In Your Own Backyard - 2020

Posted by Cameron School of Business on Dec 1, 2020 9:26:49 AM

Guest Blogger: This piece was contributed by Teresa Walker, Director of Student Professional Development at the Cameron School of Business (this post originally appeared on WilmingtonBiz.com on December 1, 2020). (This photo was taken before COVID).

Wilmington is one of the fortunate cities to be home to several post-secondary educational institutions made up of young professionals seeking knowledge and experience. The experience comes in the form of an internship that can be in-person, virtual, or a combination of both. Each year we meet with hundreds of students interested in part-time internship experiences while attending school. How can we meet this demand? With help from local employers! Here’s the why and how of successful internships for both the employer and student:

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Topics: community, internships, professional development, communication, Insights

Skills Desired In The Information Technology Field Continue To Evolve

Posted by Cameron School of Business on Oct 8, 2020 9:31:27 AM

Contributed by Jeffrey Cummings, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Information Systems and Thomas Janicki, Ph.D., Professor of Information Systems in the Congdon School of Supply Chain, Business Analytics and Information Systems in the Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Prior research completed by the same team on the same topic was just accepted and published in the Journal of Information Systems – August 2020 edition: Read here.



A recent survey of information technology (IT) professionals indicates the field continues to evolve as organizations leverage analytics, target customers via apps and focus on the importance of security. The survey, conducted this past spring/summer, consisted of over 500 IT professionals from across the country. The survey asked respondents to answer questions concerning their specific field as well as overall skills every IT professional must possess.

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Topics: analytics, community, cyber security, Insights, research

Internal Auditors Can Serve A Key Role In Tough Times

Posted by Cameron School of Business on Sep 1, 2020 9:16:58 AM

Guest Blogger: Contributed by SUSAN D. HERMANSONCameron Distinguished Professor of Accounting at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She received her Ph.D. in accounting from Texas A&M University (1994) and her B.B.A. in accounting from the University of Georgia (1988). Susan is coauthor of three accounting textbooks and has published over 60 refereed journal articles. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award. (this post originally appeared on WilmingtonBiz.com on August 31, 2020).

Over the past year, I have been working with coauthors on research in the area of internal auditing and COVID-19.  Our first article, “Downsizing Internal Audit: Saving Costs or Sacrificing Future Performance” was published in the May/June 2020 issue of Internal Auditing and the second article, “The 2020/COVID-19 Environment and Internal Audit” is forthcoming in the July/August issue of Internal Auditing. In this blog, I discuss some of the main points of these articles, but feel free to refer to the original articles for a more detailed discussion of these topics.

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Topics: accounting, alumni, analytics, community, environment, Insights

Cybersecurity In A COVID-19 World

Posted by Cameron School of Business on Aug 26, 2020 11:51:19 AM

Guest Blogger: Contributed by Dr. Geoffrey Stoker, Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems and Dr. Uklu Clark, Professor of Management Information Systems at the UNCW Congdon School of Supply Chain, Business Analytics, and Information Systems (this post originally appeared on WilmingtonBiz.com on August 20, 2020).

There is a clever meme floating around the internet that goes something like this:
 
“Who led your company’s digital transformation?”
A.  CTO
B.  CEO
C.  COVID-19

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Topics: alumni, analytics, community, cyber security, environment, Insights, covid

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Cameron School of Business at UNCW

UNCW was established as Wilmington College in 1947. The Department of Business and Economics became the Cameron School of Business in 1979. Focused on the transformation of today’s business world from the industrial age into the information age, business education at the Cameron School of Business is focused on the technical, analytical and interpersonal skills students will need to lead this fundamental change in the business world through the 21st century.

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