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TMMBA welcomes 6 new faculty

Sara Jones, TMMBA Assistant Director & Class of 2012

In the past year we have seen the addition of six faculty to the TMMBA teaching team.  Many of them have been repeat recipients of teaching awards and have published well-renowned research in their fields.  We’re very excited to have them as part of the TMMBA experience!  Here’s a little bit on each of our new faculty members and the courses they teach.

Jeff Barden, Assistant Professor of Management

Jeff BardenWhy do some organizations succeed while others fail?  One fundamental answer is strategy.  Students address this question during their second quarter in Competitive Strategy. Starting this year the course is taught by Jeff Barden, who has been at the Foster School since 2005.  Barden leads students through an examination of how managerial action can reinvent competition within existing industries and how the creation and implementation of strategy drives the success of business.  Check out this article for highlights from his paper on the impact of corporate acquisitions on technology adoption.

Edward Rice, Associate Professor of Finance & Business EconomicsEd Rice

Students dive into microeconomic issues their first quarter in TMMBA. Ed Rice began teaching the TMMBA Microeconomics course last quarter. He sees the course as dual purpose. First, it explains the fundamental principles of microeconomics, a theory of how agents interact in individual markets. Second, it shows students how these principles are applied to managerial decisions and firm optimization. Rice has won numerous teaching awards from his students at Foster.

Lance Young, Assistant Professor

Lance YoungLance Young takes students into the world of finance in the TMMBA Corporate Financial Strategy course. Finance deals with how individuals make consumption and saving decisions and how firms make investment and financing decisions. Through his course, Young shares interesting and useful frameworks and techniques that help students develop a competitive advantage over their peers as they progress in their careers. In 2011, Young won the PACCAR Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Debra Glassman, Senior Lecturer in Business Economics

Debra GlassmanDebra Glassman helps students understand the complex global macroeconomic environment in her TMMBA course, Domestic and International Economic Conditions.  Students discuss economic growth, inflation, unemployment, business cycles, fiscal policy and monetary policy. They also get a global perspective through exploration of national business systems, trade policy, the political economy of trade, and regional economic integration.  After just one quarter teaching in TMMBA, Glassman was recognized by students with the Faculty of the Quarter award.

Rebecca Lovell

Rebecca LovellLovell is a Foster alum, Chief Business Officer at GeekWire, and also teaches TMMBA’s new Venture Capital Investment Practicum. This two-day course synthesizes the TMMBA curricula with a refresher of marketing, finance, and management through the lens of venture capital investing.  The output is an all-day competition where teams analyze two businesses and present their analysis and investment decision to a panel of entrepreneur judges.

Andy Boyer

Andy BoyerAndy Boyer is also a Foster alum and co-founder of Social3i, a social media and online marketing consulting firm.  This quarter he taught a new Social Media for Managers course in TMMBA. The course familiarized students with successful social media programs and took a broad look at social media – from tactics and tools to how to use social in their business strategy.  Boyer had students contribute to a blog to share what they were learning and the progress of their class projects.

Government spending taken to the ultimate

Tom Mackey (TMMBA alumnus, Class of 2009)

I ran across this well done article telling the story of entire Chinese cities being built, just to “grow the economy”:


The video is about 15 minutes long, but well done.  In it, a Hong Kong housing expert estimates that there are 64 Million (and growing) empty apartments and homes in China.  They are asking prices roughly equivalent to what you would expect to see in the Seattle area, require a 50% down payment, and loans must be repaid in three years.  The draconian interest terms have so far prevented a hyperactive mortgage bubble, but they certainly have a glut of housing that no one can afford.  In addition, they are tearing down the places where people are actually living in order to build yet more apartment buildings — which is contributing to growing social unrest.  When you consider the relatively small amount government spending contributes to Aggregate Demand, it is obvious that the Chinese government is spending money by the boat load in order to prop up their economy.  When this housing construction bubble bursts, there is no telling what will happen.  Remember that C = Consumers propensity to spend, I = investments (Mostly in *our* treasuries, by the way), G = Government purchases (the ghost cities), and NX = Foreign exchange (Also huge for China).  What they do not have is much “C” — the thing that is required to really grow an economy (i.e., true creation of wealth where money is created out of thin air through the fruition of ideas into goods and services).

Interesting — if they sell our securities to continue the building, they will collapse our economy, leading to a sudden drop in their NX, which will collapse their economy.  Mutual Assured Destruction of the economic kind.  Yet, at some point, something has to give.  I saw a Twilight Zone episode one time where we had latched on to something in another dimension, and both sides were pulling so hard that neither side could release without destroying everything, or let up for fear of turning that dimension inside out — Tiger by the Tail, I think, was the name of it.  Pretty apt description of what we have with China.  Below, the Aggregate Demand vs. Y (Goods) chart from one of Karma’s lectures:







Tom Mackey, TMMBA Alum (’09)