Posts Tagged with “marketing”

The top supply-chain issues keeping U.S. executives awake

August 20th, 2012

"Business faces its own struggles in its own trenches trying to make goods cross borders, whether these are company, state or international borders," Michael Gravier, assistant professor of marketing, writes in this Providence Business News commentary. He and his co-author, Prof. Ted Farris of the University of North Texas, list 10 challenges businesses face today in trying to make trade work better:


Military health care offers lessons for civilian side, marketing professor says

July 10th, 2012


The civilian medical world could learn a lot from U.S. military medicine, whose operations allow doctors to deliver care with great efficiency, according to global supply chain expert Michael Gravier, assistant professor of marketing.

"The military in some ways is quite far ahead of the civilian world of health care. They have a plan, and they have the means to impose order on the many moving parts that are needed to deliver good health care," Gravier told Defense News. Gravier is a former U.S. Air Force major with 12 years in the service, and much of his research has focused on culling best practices from military health care.


Let audiences dictate social media

May 7th, 2012


Sharmin Attaran, assistant professor of marketing, suggests that owners of small businesses understand their audiences when considering which social media platform to incorporate into a marketing plan. In this Providence Business News article, she recommends starting small rather than "diving right into the deep end of the social media pool."

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South of the border: Winter break studies take students to Panama, Costa Rica

January 11th, 2012


Maurice Belanger, executive director of the Panama-American Chamber of Commerce, speaks to Bryant students visiting the country as part of their Sophomore International Experience.

Bryant students studying abroad during winter break are finding out that Panama is much more than the canal and a cup of coffee is more than a hill of beans.

Take, for example, Taylor Bell and Matt Borsuk. They are part of the Sophomore International Experience (SIE) trip to Panama and Costa Rica this month, and are keeping everyone posted through their SIE blog.


MKT 201 goes to the (bull)dogs

January 11th, 2012

SMITHFIELD, R.I. — Thanks to a Bryant marketing class, TJX Companies now have plenty of proposals for improving sales of pet supplies in HomeGoods stores, and 15 teams of students now have a share of $3,750 in cash prizes following a case competition sponsored by the discount retailer.


Restaurant industry is holding steady

November 22nd, 2011

Expect moderate growth in the Ocean State's restaurant business, Elaine Notarantonio, professor of marketing, tells the Providence Business News. "People are really tired of the recession," she says, and are now willing to spend "more money on experiences" like dining out.

 But though the industry appears to be holding steady, R.I. restaurants still have hurdles to overcome — declining wages and a growth rate that lags behind national figures, Edinaldo Tebaldi, assistant professor of economics, notes.

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2011 marks first midnight Black Friday

November 22nd, 2011

A number of retailers are opening on midnight the day after Thanksgiving, and some are even opening the evening of the holiday. What's behind the move?

Something Keith Murray, professor of marketing, calls "first bite patronage." "[It's] a zero-sum game when it comes to dollars people are going to spend this holiday season. If they spend them at my store instead of your store, I win," Murray tells the Providence Business News.

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Alumna finds high-heel fashion success with hand-painted shoes

September 18th, 2011

This feature takes a look at the path recent graduate Mallory Musante took to launch her hand-painted shoe business.

"I originally went to Bryant thinking I'd get a corporate job," she said, but after seeing Hilary Swank's character take a shoemaking class in P.S. I Love You, "everything changed. It's a great combination of my passions. I get to be creative through the design part, but also get to use the business side of me."

Musante is an example of how Bryant students can have an impact "right out of the box," says Bryant "start-up coach" Sandra Potter.

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Workshop on personal branding part of marketing professor’s consumer behavior course

June 21st, 2011

In this Providence Journal article, Sharmin Attaran, assistant professor of marketing, discusses the use of social media as a way to create a personal brand. The information is part of a workshop she offers in her consumer behavior course.

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International conference honors two faculty members for their creative teaching methods

June 15th, 2011

Butler SMITHFIELD, R.I.  - The International Conference on College Teaching and Learning has honored two Bryant University faculty members for their creative teaching methods.

Allison G. Butler, Ph.D., (left) assistant professor of applied psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, received a Distinguished New Faculty Award. (Recipients have three years or less of full-time teaching.) Jane McKay-Nesbitt, Ph.D., (below) assistant professor of marketing in the College of Business, received an Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology.


Butler's educational psychology expertise enabled Bryant to expand its course offerings, and she is at the forefront of the University's development of a teacher education program. She has conducted research on the use of popular films in educational psychology and made a presentation on the topic during the conference. "While using class time to show popular films is a pedagogical risk, engagement and learning data suggest it is one worth taking," she says.

Students of McKay-Nesbitt are fans of the way she incorporates a variety of instructional methods and her real-world experiences (she worked in banking in Canada before pursuing her doctorate) in her classroom. Regular use of clickers, team competitions and video case studies are among the reasons she receives strong teaching evaluations. During the conference, she presented a session on the art of engaging students.