About UB School of Management

The University at Buffalo School of Management is a vibrant and inclusive community of big thinkers and even bigger doers. We work together to question and upend theories, lifting each other up and driving change. Because at the UB School of Management, ambition is a virtue, tenacity is a given, and discovery happens everywhere, from the classroom to the boardroom. That’s just how we do it here.

Failure: friend or foe to your personal brand? You decide.

“Be flawsome!” This was keynote speaker Erik Qualman’s directive at a recent conference I attended. “Fail fast. Fail forward. Fail better,” he stressed. His message is a great one, but it is easier said than done for most of us Continue reading Failure: friend or foe to your personal brand? You decide.

Leadership Demands Purpose: Lessons from Malala

What does it mean to be a leader? Most people associate leadership with a position of power and influence. Others think if someone has an important title or role, that person must be a strong leader. Before she had any Continue reading Leadership Demands Purpose: Lessons from Malala

Gender differences in leadership — and how managers can combat stereotypes

“I don’t think gender differences in leadership exist in the real world anymore. I personally work with a lot of women leaders.” Last year, five undergraduates helped me with a research project investigating gender differences in leader emergence, or the Continue reading Gender differences in leadership — and how managers can combat stereotypes

The curious case of business ethics — and why nobody can quite agree

Several years before I returned to graduate school to earn my PhD, I was an upper-level manager for a well-known international company that had just completed a corporate management change and was beginning to restructure. A rumor was circulating in Continue reading The curious case of business ethics — and why nobody can quite agree

Guest post: Leadership is now the strongest marketing strategy

Yelling with gusto used to be the best way to advertise your wares. There was plenty of media and if you had plenty of money, you were set. Today, of course, yelling doesn’t work so well. What works is leading. Continue reading Guest post: Leadership is now the strongest marketing strategy

Managing diversity in interesting times: What’s a leader to do?

What should we do if the highest levels of government seem unfriendly to the whole idea of diversity, repeatedly stressing differences among us? For example, political rhetoric often pits immigrants and refugees against everyone else, and one Maryland county recently Continue reading Managing diversity in interesting times: What’s a leader to do?

Leading Social Impact

Social innovation is the process of identifying novel approaches to bring together business and social concepts that integrate the private, public and nonprofit sectors to provide both economic and societal value. It’s a concept that offers tremendous potential here in Continue reading Leading Social Impact

Accentuate the Positive: The role of positivity in emotional intelligence

When Buffalo native Harold Arlen and Capitol Records founder Johnny Mercer wrote the Oscar-nominated song “Accentuate the Positive” in 1944, they probably never considered how the lyrics would stand the test of time. “You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate Continue reading Accentuate the Positive: The role of positivity in emotional intelligence