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  • The Real Joe Thomas

    Linda Brandt Myers

    Qualities, strategies, challenges, talents, and lesser-known facts about the school's 10th dean.

    Here are some things you may not know about L. Joseph Thomas, the Nicholas H. Noyes Professor of Manufacturing Management who stepped up to become the Johnson School's Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean last March after serving as acting dean since June 2007.

  • GDP: RIP?

    By Doug Mcinnis

    Has the primary indicator of our economic health outlived its useful life?

    The Gross Domestic Product is one of the most closely watched and often-quoted economic statistics. But it's also among the most misleading. The GDP is supposed to measure the total output of goods and services, and yet it fails to count the multi-billion-dollar black market and the enormous economic contribution of child rearing. It registers growth even when that growth is built on an unsustainable foundation of pollution, depleted natural resources, and ruinous borrowing. It can lend the appearance of widespread economic prosperity even as the ranks of the poor expand...

  • Economic Development in War Zones

    By Sharon Tregaskis

    Promoting prosperity as a counterinsurgency tactic.

    Sitting in the atrium of Sage Hall, enveloped by the back-to-school cacophony of a new semester, it's hard to imagine second-year MBA student Ben Hansen — clad in a hip, striped black button-down and dress slacks — in desert camouflage. But then he puts pen to paper, sketching a military road construction project in Afghanistan, and suddenly it's no stretch at all to imagine the former U.S. Army captain coaching soldiers through the particulars of a highway linking a rural agrarian community in Afghanistan with the nearest political and cultural center 60 miles — and five hours — away.

  • Back to School

    By Sharon Tregaskis

    Nolan Scholarship brings veterans to the Johnson School

    Web edition feature

    Even before she could tie her shoes, Kima McCoy knew she was an American citizen — by birth. Teachers would try to tell their pint-sized pupil she must have been naturalized — she'd been born in South Korea, after all, to a Korean mother. But McCoy's parents had made a point of inculcating in their daughter a profound patriotism and pride for her U.S. Air Force father's native land and the citizenship that conveyed through his military service. When it came time for college, McCoy matriculated at the Air Force Academy, launching a military career of her own that has yielded two tours of duty in Afghanistan. This winter, the first-year MBA student will begin a third tour, in Iraq. "This isn't me serving out a prior commitment," says the thirty-year-old, who will deploy with the 152 Air Operations Group, an Air Guard unit based in Syracuse, NY. "This is a conscious choice I make because I like being a citizen soldier. It's part of my long-term life plan to have a civilian career and serve in a part-time capacity."

  • Profile in Leadership: Skate to Where the Puck is Going

    By Merrill Douglas

    Daniel Hesse, MBA '77, CEO of Sprint Nextel Corp., likes to be where the action is and help formulate strategy and tactics — then back off and let his team do their jobs.

    Before Daniel Hesse took on the top post at Sprint Nextel Corp., he turned the job down. Who could blame him? He liked his position running Embarq, a telecommunications firm spun off from Sprint in 2006. And Sprint was in rough shape, losing wireless subscribers by the hundreds of thousands, thanks to network problems and poor customer service. It was losing money, too.