Friday, May 24, 2013

COBI Professor wins international award for outstanding paper

Hassan R. HassabElnaby, Ph.D., Department of Accounting, College of Business and Innovation (COBI) at The University of Toledo, has been chosen as an Outstanding Paper Award Winner at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2013 for his article entitled "The Impact of ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) Implementation on Organizational Capabilities and Firm Performance."

Dr. HassabElnaby authored the paper, which was published in Benchmarking: the International Journal, Vol. 19, 2012, with David W. Hwang, Bowling Green State University, and Mark A Vonderembse, Ph.D., Chair, Finance Department, UT COBI. The paper examines the mediating effect of business strategy and organizational capabilities on the relationship between ERP implementation and firm performance. The paper finds that ERP implementation has a positive impact when a firm employs a prospector business strategy, which enhances the firm’s ability to achieve organizational capabilities and enables the firm to achieve higher levels of financial performance.

“I am so happy to receive this research award," HassabElnaby said.  "The fact that the paper has been chosen by eminent researchers and practitioners speaks to the potential impact of this research and its ability to bridge the gap between research and practice. This paper is an interdisciplinary paper that is based on organizational theories, accounting, and information systems knowledge."

"I was concerned about how this paper will be received because of its interdisciplinary nature," he added. "However, the award provides a testimony that high quality research matters regardless of its nature. It is my personal belief that in a very complicated world the most significant way to advance knowledge is  interdisciplinary research. I was blessed to have the opportunity to work with a great researcher like Professor Mark Vonderembse and our doctoral student, then, David W. Hwang.”

Emerald is a global publisher linking research and practice to the benefit of society. The company manages a portfolio of more than 290 journals and over 2,000 books and book series volumes, as well as providing an extensive range of online products, customer resources and services.  Emerald has customers in over 130 countries and contributors in over 205 countries.
The Outstanding Paper awards form the backbone of the Literati Network Awards for Excellence. Each journal published by Emerald is invited to select a winner of the "Outstanding Paper" award and up to three "Highly Commended" awards from the previous year's volume. The outstanding paper is chosen following consultation amongst the journal's editorial team, many of whom are leading academics or managers. According to the award selection team the Hassabelnaby et al. (2012) paper has been selected as it was one of the most impressive pieces of work the team has seen throughout 2012.

The award will be presented at an upcoming conference.

COBI forming new cohort for Executive MBA

The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation (COBI) will begin its next cohort for the Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) program this fall, and applications are now being accepted.

COBI offers one of the most accelerated EMBA programs in America, enabling working professionals from across the region to complete their Executive MBA in just 12 months, with on-campus sessions just one weekend per month. During these 12 months, students have unprecedented opportunities including:
  • Interaction with dedicated, recognized and highly qualified faculty teaching in the EMBA program
  • Individualized executive coaching to enable student success
  • Networking that will provide students with professional connections that will last a lifetime
  • Online and on-site classes which offer a great deal of flexibility
  • An iPad, making it easier for students to connect with class colleagues and work on projects together
  • International study trip (7-10 days) that combines company meetings, cultural immersion and first-hand observation of how business works in the international setting
The Princeton Review has recognized the graduate programs, including the EMBA, in the UT College of Business as among the best since 2008. Online graduate offerings in The University of Toledo (UT) College of Business and Innovation (COBI) are among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 Best Online Programs rankings. COBI also offers one of the most effective and efficient blended models of on-site and online courses, with classes meeting on campus just one weekend per month.  

For more information, contact Darlene Miller at 419.530.7982, or email