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Dividend The official online magazine of the Carson College of Business

A Message from the Dean – August 2019

At the Carson College of Business, we’re teaching students to think like entrepreneurs. We want our graduates to be innovators who can bring fresh ideas, visionary thinking, and problem-solving skills to their workplace—whether that’s a new tech startup or an established company with a 100-year history. This issue of eDividend celebrates the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship that thrives among the college’s students, faculty, and alumni. » More ...

Executive MBA Grad Wendy Brant & Daughter Celebrate Academic Milestones

WSU's spring commencement truly held a special meaning for the Brant family as both Wendy, Executive MBA graduate, and her daughter walked across the stage together to receive their diplomas. "WSU allowed me to gain an advanced professional degree without excessive commuting or weekend-only programming while I had a middle school student in the still at home,” Brant says. » More ...

Sibling Grads Say MBA is Essential to Their Career

While growing up, Juston Demke and Christina Homfeldt’s parents stressed the value of hard work and education. Their example pushed the siblings to get good grades at West Valley High School near Spokane and become their family’s first college graduates. On May 4, Demke and Homfeldt celebrated another milestone: They walked across the stage together at Beasley Coliseum to accept their online MBA degrees. » More ...

Pitfalls and Perks Founders & Star Employees bring to Innovation Teams

There are things start-up companies should consider when hiring extremely accomplished inventors or “star” employees for product innovation teams, especially when the founder is also on the team, says Amrita Lahiri, assistant professor of strategic entrepreneurship and innovation. Lahiri’s research looks at the relationship between founders and star employees in product innovation teams, how well they collaborate, and what impact those relationships have on the organization’s ability to launch new products. » More ...

The Value of an Entrepreneurial Education

Imagine a device that could make your loved one’s cancer diagnosis less invasive or new technology that could assist a wounded veteran with lost or impaired hand function. These ideas, and more—such as new ways to grow environmentally sustainable coral and improved digital currency trading platforms—are just a sampling of student innovation supported this year by the WSU Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. » More ...

Entrepreneurial Cougs Win Big on the Circuit in 2019

Each spring, WSU student entrepreneurs gather their bright teammates, their innovative ideas, and their fledgling ventures and show them o􀃠 on university campuses across the Northwest. The yearly collegiate business plan competition circuit is a place to demonstrate academic prowess and entrepreneurial skill, and win some big titles and cash prizes. » More ...