Tima Bansal, professor at the Ivey Business School in Canada, is visiting the Tippie College of Business on October 4-5 to discuss how businesses can make sustainable changes that can positively affect the community.
Students in the Business Analytics Academy, a part of the Tippie College of Business’ full-time M.B.A. program, will soon have a more competitive edge to their degrees now that it has been designated as part of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics program.
The magazine also ranked undergraduate programs in business and engineering. Among all public and private universities, the UI Henry B. Tippie College of Business placed 33rd, up one spot from last year.
Airbnb, a marketplace for people to list and rent vacation homes and rooms to stay, was founded in 2008 in San Francisco. As the service grows in popularity in the state, cities in Iowa including Clear Lake, West Des Moines, Fairfield and Coralville are looking to regulate its use. "There is a great demand for this type of service. It was founded as a means to accommodate people during large business conventions," explains Art Durnev, a professor of finance at the University of Iowa.
The realm of finance is like a body of water; one moment it is turbulent and choppy and at other times it resembles the smoothness of glass.
It's 9 a.m., and one of Iowa's most famous entrepreneurs has already been working for hours, making phone calls, reviewing charitable causes and running through potential multimillion-dollar deals. John Pappajohn is a self-described workaholic who at age 88 still works seven days a week. He rises at 5 in the morning (it used to be 4 a.m.), gets to the office by 8 a.m. and will try to make it home by 6 p.m. A colleague describes him as "an absolute maniac."
Two decades ago, when Iowa was still reeling from the farm crisis and its economy was "lower than whale poop in the bottom of the ocean," multimillionaire John Pappajohn had a vision to make the state a prime spot to start new businesses. Starting in 1996, Pappajohn provided funding to create five centers at universities across Iowa to help "plant the seed" of entrepreneurship. Now, as the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers celebrate their 20th anniversary, Pappajohn still wants Iowa to be the most entrepreneurial state in the union.