Management Professor Patty Dahm’s Gender Pay Gap Research Wins Academy of Management Award


Management professor Patty DahmManagement and human resources professor Patty Dahm and two colleagues have earned this year’s Scholarly Achievement Award from The Academy of Management for their paper “Why and when does the gender gap reverse? Diversity goals and the pay premium for high potential women.”

Their research concerns the conditions under which the gender pay gap flips, where women begin to earn more than men. The fact that women generally earn less has been extensively documented across industries. However, high-potential women – those defined by Dahm as having the abilities to scale the organizational hierarchy – earn more than high-potential men.

Dahm and her colleagues contribute this flip to organizational diversity goals. In short, they say, high-potential women are perceived as more valuable to achieving diversity goals and are compensated accordingly. They discovered that the stronger an organization’s diversity initiatives, the more visible the female pay premium.

The paper adds a new and compelling dimension to the gender pay gap conversation. “Our research points out that there are many inequities in the workforce, some of them unexpected,” Dahm says. “Organizations and managers like to think they are not biased, but we all have unconscious biases that affect our decisions.”

It reveals complexity and nuance within gender pay differences, and it analyzes the results of organization-wide diversity initiatives. This real-world significance and advancement of theory is what caught the eye of the AoM Human Resources Division.Academy of Management logo

The Academy of Management, a professional association that publishes cutting-edge research in top-tier academic journals, presents one Scholarly Achievement Award within its HR Division each year. It goes to the most significant human resources management article published in recognized journals available to its members.

For Patty Dahm, these findings are another step forward in her research on gender differences in career success. She partnered with Lisa M. Leslie from New York University and Colleen Flaherty Manchester from the University of Minnesota on the paper.

As she moves forward, Dahm hopes this research prompts organizations to develop “ways of systematically checking for bias in their pay and career rewards.” And she’s excited to continue her ongoing research with fellow Cal Poly management professor Taryn Stanko examining gender differences in negotiation outcomes.

To learn more about the Academy of Management, visit their website.

You can read the award-winning paper here.

Orfalea College of Business Open House Schedule April 12-14, 2018


Cal Poly welcomes prospective students, parents, alumni and friends to campus for Open House from April 12-14, 2018! The Orfalea College of Business is proud to host events throughout the week that will give prospective students and supporters an in-depth perspective on the Learn by Doing education the college provides.

Admitted students, be sure to RSVP for Open House.

For more information, visit the Cal Poly Open House website, parking information and campus maps.

Thursday, April 12: Campus Preview at Farmer’s Market

Open House weekend begins with “Campus Preview at Farmers’ Market” on Thursday, April 12 from 6-9 p.m. Explore downtown and experience San Luis Obispo’s world-famous Farmer’s Market. Cal Poly Clubs and Organizations will be present to showcase what they have to offer.

Friday, April 13: Admitted Students Discovery Day

Time Event Title Location Description
8 a.m.- 12 p.m. Open House Check In Mott Lawn Check in for the day’s events! Bring a digital or printed copy of your ticket.
9-9:45 a.m. University Welcome Rec Center Main Gym Hear from Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong and VP for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey as they welcomes potential students, supporters and alumni to campus. Hear about the major initiatives shaping Cal Poly and Learn by Doing today.
10-10:45 a.m. Orfalea College of Business Welcome Multi Activity Center Hear from Dean Scott Dawson, alumni and current students about what it’s like to attend the Orfalea College of Business. You’ll also learn about the college-specific events happening at Open House.
11-11:45 a.m.
12-12:45 p.m.
Student Panels: Opportunities at Orfalea The Business Silo
Bldg. 03, room 213
Enjoy an interactive panel discussion with current Cal Poly students about the Learn by Doing opportunities they’ve embraced in the Orfalea College of Business inside and outside the classroom. Learn how students gain a competitive edge through college clubs, mentorship, internships and industry connections.
11 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Orfalea Information Fair O’Neill Green Browse booths from departments, clubs, international programs, student services and more. It’s a great opportunity to interact with current students and ask questions about Orfalea’s programs.
11 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Orfalea College Tours Breezeway Outside the Student Success Center We will offer tours departing every 15 minutes, take a guided tour of the business building with an Orfalea student ambassador. You’ll explore classrooms, computer labs, lecture halls and meeting rooms while learning more about what the college has to offer.
11:45 a.m.
and 1:45 p.m.
Spanish Speaking Orfalea College Tours Breezeway Outside the Student Success Center Take a guided tour of the business building with a Spanish speaking Orfalea student ambassador. You’ll explore classrooms, computer labs, lecture halls and meeting rooms while learning more about what the college has to offer delivered in Spanish.
11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Accounting Area Demo Bldg. 03, room 107
11 a.m.-12 p.m. Marketing Area Demo Bldg. 03, room 206
11-11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Management & Human Resources Area Demo Bldg. 03, room 113
11:15-11:45 a.m.
12:15-12:45 p.m.
Economics Area Demo Bldg. 03, room 306
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
12:15-12:45 p.m.
Finance Area Demo Bldg. 03, room 302
11:15 a.m.-12 p.m.
12:15-1 p.m.
Industrial Technology and Packaging Area Demo O’Neill Green
11:15-11:45 a.m.
12:15-12:45 p.m.
Entrepreneurship Demo Bldg. 02, room 206
11:15-11:45 a.m.
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Information Systems Demo Bldg. 03, room 205
7:30-10 p.m. Parents’ Coffee House University Union, Chumash Auditorium While students are enjoying Friday Nite Invite, parents and supporters are invited to Coffee House, where they can talk to current students from all six of Cal Poly’s colleges while enjoying coffee from local vendors. There will also be speakers from Administration as well as Parent & Family Programs.
7:30-10 p.m. Friday Night Invite University Union Plaza Prospective students will enjoy free pizza, bowling, a DJ, games, crafts and club booths while meeting their fellow Mustangs.
8-9 p.m. Transfer Student Mixer University Union Room 220 Potential transfer students will get a chance to meet up and learn from an informational panel with time for Q&A. Food and drinks will be provided!

 

Saturday, April 14: Poly Royal Celebration

Time Event Title Location Description
10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Campus Showcase Lower Campus At Campus Showcase Cal Poly Clubs and Organizations get a chance to show off what they do with booths, activities, food, and much more. Over 200 clubs are represented at this fun and exciting event.
10-11 a.m. Coffee with the Dean Bldg. 02, room 210 Take time to chat with Orfalea College of Business Dean Scott Dawson about his vision for the college and the resources that make it a perfect fit for thousands of students each year.
9-10 a.m. Poly Royal Parade Perimeter Road Wave to a vibrant parade of clubs, community organizations and programs celebrating Cal Poly along Perimeter Road!
10-10:30 a.m. Opening Ceremonies Dexter Lawn Hear Cal Poly’s leaders kick off another exciting day on campus.
10 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Poly Royal Stage Dexter Lawn Enjoy music, dance and club performances from students on the stage on Dexter Lawn!
1-3:30 p.m. Poly Royal Truck and Tractor Pull Highland Dr. and Mt. Bishop Rd. The Poly Royal Truck and Tractor Pull has been held at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo since 1972. It is one of the largest events at Open House, drawing nearly 4,000 spectators and over 50 competitors from the Western United States. The event is run by Cal Poly Tractor Pull Club and the proceeds from the event bolster a scholarship endowment for students. For more info, visit http://tractorpull.calpoly.edu/.
2:30-5 p.m. Alumni Beer and Wine Garden Engineering Plaza Join Cal Poly alumni from each college for an afternoon of fun, reconnecting with alumni, faculty, staff, and student ambassadors. You will enjoy local beer and wine, as well as delicious appetizers. The event will be held rain or shine! 21+ with ID; tickets available at https://goo.gl/UFm3c8.
5:30 p.m. Poly Royal Rodeo and Concert Spanos Stadium Poly Royal has been the premier rodeo in the West Coast region since the first Poly Royal Rodeo in 1940. It is the largest college rodeo west of the Mississippi and draws crowds of up to 11,000 spectators. This year, the Rodeo will be held in Spanos Stadium, followed by a concert by Aaron Watson. Tickets available at https://goo.gl/GHYi3z.

 

 

Cal Poly to Host Seventh Annual Central Coast Lean Summit April 16-17


The Central Coast Lean Summit, an annual showcase of strategies that maximize customer value while minimizing waste in health care, education, government and non-profit agencies, will be hosted by the Central Coast Lean program in Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business on April 16-17 at the SLO Brew Rock Activity Center.

The theme of the seventh annual conference is “Establishing a Lean Culture.” Industry leaders and lean experts, including Jeff Hastie of the Bose Corp. and Carlos Scholz of The Permanente Medical Group, the largest medical group in the U.S., will focus on creating high-performing workplaces by strengthening the team environment.

“I think this year’s theme will help organizations reap true value from their investment in lean tools and processes by engaging their workforce,” said Cal Poly Professor Eric Olsen, who is host and facilitator of the lean summit. “This event will benefit everyone from CEOs to new hires across a variety of industries.”

The philosophy of lean business practices originated in manufacturing but has influenced other sectors to streamline processes and require less human effort, less space, less capital, and less time to make cost-effective products and services with fewer defects.

Hastie, Bose’s global director of lean enterprise, will share the story of how a Lean Enterprise Maturity Model changed the journey of the company, which designs, develops and sells audio equipment.

Scholz, director of Kaiser Permanente’s strategic initiatives, will talk about the “North Valley Way,” a lean operating system aimed at achieving engagement and continuous improvement by every team member, implemented at Kaiser Permanente, North Valley.

The two-day event will include interactive breakouts led by experienced facilitators to allow participants to actively apply lean concepts to a variety of industries and specific job functions.

In addition, a Coaching Café will give participants the opportunity to discuss lean challenges with Sam MacPherson, lean transformation leader and founder of the Lean Leadership Academy.

Attendees will be able to network with lean experts from throughout California and collaborate with Cal Poly faculty. Participants will also see lean posters of improvement projects from Cal Poly students and the Central Coast Lean community.

A networking reception in the SLO Brew Rock beer garden will take place at the end of the day April 16.

Attendees can also take advantage of a post-summit workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 17.  Jim Benson, author of “Personal Kanban: Mapping Work, Navigating Life,” will discuss continuous improvement processes for back-office employees.

Registration is open. Tickets and corporate sponsorship information can be found at: https://www.cob.calpoly.edu/ccl/.

Cal Poly’s M.S. Business Analytics Program Ranked Among the Nation’s Top 10


Cal Poly MS Business Analytics ranked among the top 10 in the nationBusinessAnalytics.com recently ranked Cal Poly’s Master of Science in Business Analytics program among the top 10 master’s programs in the nation.

Cal Poly was ranked at No. 9 ahead of University of Texas at Austin. The top 10 also included M.S. Business Analytics programs at Columbia, UCLA, University of Pennsylvania, MIT and University of Virginia. The top spot went to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Cal Poly was one of two California programs ranked within the top 10.

The ranking’s methodology emphasized affordability and the strength of the academic program, including enrollment and retention rates, in-state tuition, and average 10 year earnings. Data was provided through a survey to the National Center for Education Statistics.

This is the first ranking for Cal Poly’s program, which launched in 2016 in the Orfalea College of Business. Its curriculum distinguishes itself from others with a focus on data visualization, strategy and storytelling in addition to data science. Students engage in interdisciplinary activities leading to three completed projects, by analyzing real world problems and data provided by industry partners including Oracle and Dignity Health.

For more information on the ranking, visit http://www.businessanalytics.com/degrees/masters/.

Finance and Economics Students Win San Francisco CFA Investment Research Challenge


Cal Poly CFA Challenge team

A team of Orfalea College of Business students won the Northern California Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Investment Research Challenge sponsored by the CFA Society of San Francisco.

The students competed against teams from 12 Bay Area universities, including graduate and undergraduate programs from Santa Clara, St. Mary’s, San Jose State, Hult International Business School and UC Santa Cruz. The competitors were charged with analyzing and making buy/sell/hold recommendations for Salesforce.com, a cloud computing company headquartered in San Francisco. A panel of industry professionals and CFA charter holders judged the presentations.

Finance students Benjamin Consoli of Redwood City, Adam Pasco of Burbank, Kian Ramezani of San Luis Obispo, Coby Snyder and economics major Mason McCloskey of San Luis Obispo represented Cal Poly. Finance Professor Cyrus Ramezani and finance alumnus Scott B. Kirk served as team advisors.

Cal Poly alumni David Dudek, Aaron Hay, Dario Buechi, Joey Guerra, Stephen Marotto, Alyssa Gustafson and Paul Boortz supported the team by critiquing its presentation prior to the final competition and made time to cheer on Cal Poly.

The Cal Poly team will advance to the Americas Regional competition in Boston on March 19 and 20, where they will compete against 55 universities from the U.S., Canada and Latin America.

More than 5,000 students representing over 1,000 teams from universities in more than 80 countries have been a part of the 2018 competition. It provides university students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis. Students work in teams to research and analyze a publicly traded company. Each team writes a research report on their assigned company with a buy, sell or hold recommendation and then presents and defends their analysis to a panel of industry professionals.

For more information about the competition, visit http://cfa-sf.org/page/EventsIRC.