- El Nuevo Herald – December 23, 2020
Manuel Lasaga, profesor del Departamento de Finanzas de la Universidad Internacional de la Florida, explicó como la necesidad del confinamiento para impedir la propagación del COVID-19 golpeó fuerte la economía de Estados Unidos, que se paralizó prácticamente. “Hemos tenido el shock económico más grande en los últimos 100 años,” dijo Lasaga. “El Producto Interno Bruto de Estados Unidos se desplomó en el segundo trimestre.” Article
- Miami Herald – December 21, 2020
In an op-ed about the COVID pandemic’s impact on Latin America, international business professor Jerry Haar pointed out that the region will lose one-fifth of its dollar measured GDP in 2020. “Given Miami’s ties to the region, one might expect our economy to greatly suffer from Latin America’s woes but the real impact is mixed — evidence of Miami’s economic diversification advantages,” he wrote. Article
- NBC Miami – December 2, 2020
In a report about the rise in online shopping trends, Greg Maloney, associate teaching professor in the Department of Marketing & Logistics, explained that retail foot traffic is down at least 50 percent versus 2019. This shift in consumer behavior will result in “residual behaviors that we’ll see continue after things do return to normal,” he said. Watch it
- Credit Donkey – December 1, 2020
In a story about the role of bank branches in the digital age, FIU Business dean Joanne Li explained that in the U.S., customers don’t really need to go into a bank. “You might go the bank for a specific need (such quarters for laundry) but you can even refinance your house through the internet these days. So, branches, if they exist, will be for the unique needs of the customer,” she said. Article
- Miami Herald – November 18, 2020
In a story about construction financing in South Florida, Suzanne Hollander, associate teaching professor at the Hollo School of Real Estate, explained that while the demand for industrial construction is rising, a pause in lending is likely. “There is a demand for affordable housing; there is going to be an increased demand as there is more unemployment,” she said. Article
- MoneyGeek – November 16, 2020
In a story about car insurance, Alexandra Aguirre-Rodriguez, doctoral director, Department of Marketing & Logistics, discussed how to select the best car insurance. “Drivers should narrow down their priority when selecting a car insurance company – is it cost? service? coverage? Rank the top 3 priorities and then rank companies according to how well they meet them. Article
- WalletHub – November 16, 2020
In a story about the prices of car insurance rates, professor Alexandra Aguirre-Rodriguez, doctoral director, Department of Marketing & Logistics, discussed biggest risk factors keeping car insurance rates from being cheaper in Florida. What’s the biggest vehicle-related financial mistake that drivers in Florida make? “Leasing cars. This is only fiscally viable for businesses,” she added. Article
- The Hill – November 8, 2020
In an op-ed about president-elect Biden’s incoming administration, international business professor Jerry Haar pointed out that the “America First” slogan embodies policy prescriptions, ones which merit attention even now as Biden prepares to take office. A thoughtful, astute and secure leader will dispassionately ask: “Might there be something in the legacy of my predecessor that deserves a second look?” he added. Article
- El Nuevo Herald – November 5, 2020
In a story about the rapidly changing South Florida real estate market amidst the election uncertainty, international business professor Jerry Haar discussed local homeowners’ concerns about keeping their property safe and Latin Americans’ efforts to protect their invested capital. “The goal is to ensure that capital markets, banking systems and the survival of small and medium businesses remain stable,” he said. Article
- El Nuevo Herald – November 4, 2020
In a story about the approval of increasing the minimum wage by 2026, international business professor Jerry Haar described the decision as “absurd” and indicated it will result in the elimination of jobs, reducing work hours and making it harder for workers to keep their jobs. Especially for small- and medium-sized businesses have been drastically impacted by COVID-19 as well as restaurants, hotels and transportation services. Article
- WalletHub – October 26, 2020
In a story about credit cards for individuals with no credit or limited credit history, professor Arun Upadhyay, eminent scholar in the Department of Finance, explained that all major credit cards for people with no credit will make everyday spending safer and more convenient. “Having a credit card is helpful for consumers, credit card companies, and merchants. So, it helps the whole economy,” he said. Article
- CreditDonkey.com – October 22, 2020
As a part of a series on small businesses, David Barman, associate teaching professor in the School of Accounting, discussed credit card processors and corresponding fees. Consider factors including the level of customer service, how disputes are handled and how personal information is handled. “Do not look only at price and cost and make your decision based on a valuation of one factor,” he said. Article
- INSEAD Knowledge – October 21, 2020
In a series on changes in culture and technology that are reshaping what managers do, Ravi Gajendran, associate professor of global leadership and management, explained that managers need to restructure deliverables. “You’re not telling them when to do it and how to do it. If you’re breaking it down into bite-sized chunks, it establishes mutual trust. Small wins can cascade down to bigger wins,” he said. Article
- The Hill – October 19, 2020
In an op-ed about the displaced worker crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, international business professor Jerry Haar pointed out that the service industry has been the hardest hit. “America’s displaced worker crisis can indeed be alleviated if the public and private sectors and individuals themselves commit to the educational, training and financial resources necessary to contribute to the turnaround we are all hoping for.” Article
- Forbes – October 18, 2020
In a story about a new European study on productivity and innovation in working from home, Ravi Gajendran, associate professor of global leadership and management, noted that communication and leadership are critical. “The real question now is how can leaders organize remote teams to be innovative,” he said. “Almost every innovation project leader is likely to have to innovate with team members working remotely.” Article
- Miami Herald – October 15, 2020
Florida International University came out on top in a global study. The Journal of Real Estate Literature ranked the university’s College of Business first for real estate research, according to an FIU press release. It is the first time the university ranks at the top in the study. FIU tied with the National University of Singapore. Article
- Inbound Logistics – October 14, 2020
In a story about COVID-19’s impact on the rail and intermodal markets, Craig Austin, assistant teaching professor in the Department of Marketing and Logistics, noted that the growth of e-commerce has shown the need for greater supply chain responsiveness. A just-in-time approach to inventory can cut carrying costs and also hamstring nimbleness… “it is built for efficiency and speed, and not for responsiveness,” he said. Article
- BizEd – October 9, 2020
In an opinion piece, FIU Business dean Joanne Li expressed that colleges and universities must rethink their financial strategies during times of great uncertainty such as the COVD-19 pandemic. “It’s true that, as they set their financial priorities, academic administrators must consider the competing needs of multiple constituents. Even so, just one touchstone should drive their decisions: what best meets the needs of students,” she said. Article
- Philadelphia Inquirer – October 3, 2020
In a story about the importance of a title search before purchasing a home, Suzanne Hollander, associate teaching professor at the Hollo School of Real Estate, explained that it will provide information such as deeds, land records, liens, divorce cases, bankruptcy records and probate cases. Buyers can ask seller to resolve the issue before closing, seek compensation for the cost to fix it or walk away from the deal. Article
- Miami Herald – September 28, 2020
In an article about Miami-based Professional Bank’s growth and success as others failed, Marcos Kerbel, adjunct finance lecturer, noted that Professional seems well-positioned, reporting assets of just over $2 billion as of June 30, 2020. To their benefit, local banks with a strong capital base will likely manage clients’ problems by turning short-term loans into medium-term loans. Article
- FoxNews.com – September 14, 2020
In a story about the battle against wildfires in Oregon, Attila Hertelendy, assistant teaching professor in the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics, explained that it “probably wasn’t effective planning” to commit all of the Oregon National Guard’s Chinook helicopters to Afghanistan. “When people are literally dying, and the air quality makes it difficult to breathe, assets not committed to the fight can make a meaningful difference,” he said. Article
- Miami Herald – September 14, 2020
In the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, Florida International University was the only school in Florida to make the Top 10 list for “Best Undergraduate international business program.” It came in at No. 2. FIU was tied for the No. 95 spot among public universities. Article
- South Florida Business Journal – September 14, 2020
In the 2021 edition of Best Colleges list by U.S. New & World Report, Florida International University’s College of Business was No. 2 among international business programs. The FIU Business undergraduate business program the school ranked 116th. Article
- The Hill – September 12, 2020
In an op-ed about resuscitating urban economies, international business professor Jerry Haar noted that small and medium-size enterprises – especially those owned by Baby Boomers –are the best hope until a broad recovery is underway. “By any measure, Boomer-owned businesses drive local economies,” he said. “Working closely with their local economic development organizations, can help resuscitate urban economies and help pave the way for the economic renewal of America’s cities. Article
- MSN – September 11, 2020
In a story about buying a home at auction, Suzanne Hollander, associate teaching professor at the Hollo School of Real Estate, explained that it can yield a great bargain if you do your homework and can withstand the risks. “You need to know how to research the title [and] make sure you are buying a first position lien, not a second position lien that could be wiped out.” Article
- MoneyGeek.com – September 10, 2020
In a story about choosing the best car insurance company, Deanne Butchey, teaching professor in the Department of Finance, explained that important steps for policyholders is to research coverage requirements and perform a cost-benefit analysis when purchasing car insurance. Policyholders should work diligently on becoming a safe driver, avoiding high-risk locations and building a good credit score, she advised. Article
- U.S. News & World Report – September 1, 2020
In a story about the history of Bitcoin, Hemang Subramanian, assistant professor in the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics, explained that a demand at near-constant supply has caused prices to go up disproportionately in a short period of time, attracting more investors. “It is an asset that is not controlled by a central entity, that is secure, international and fungible, liquid and is available in a limited supply for trade,” he said.
- El Nuevo Herald – August 28, 2020
In a story about the possibility of a second stimulus check, professor Deanne Butchey, teaching professor in the Department of Finance, explained that a second check is essential as many unemployed residents need the funds to cover basic needs such as food and living expenses. “As more people become disillusioned about opportunities for going back to work, the economy will spiral down even further,” she said. Recent data from several retailers show it helped reduce layoffs and improve profitability. Article
- The Real Deal – August 25, 2020
In a story on the future of the residential brokerage, Suzanne Hollander, associate teaching professor at the Hollo School of Real Estate, noted that many firms have used a global catastrophe to learn what was really essential to selling homes. These could be given a credit as a flexible and resourceful business. “It’s a people business, but communicating virtually you can establish some of those same relationships,” she said. Article
- WalletHub – August 17, 2020
In a story about the Chase Freedom Reward credit card, Professor Deanne Butchey, teaching professor in the Department of Finance, explained that cardholders should be vigilant about the card offerings and be prepared to use different credit cards for different goals. “A person who is diligent and proactive about securing the maximum benefit of credit cards will constantly monitor the rotating categories for maximum benefit,” she said. Article
- Miami Herald – August 13, 2020
In an opinion piece, FIU Business dean Joanne Li expressed that colleges and universities have been responding to COVID-19 with comprehensive planning for the immediate and medium term across a gamut of operations, managerial and financial. “If there is one silver lining in this darkest of clouds, it is that higher educational institutions are heeding the call to design, plan and implement sweeping changes in their institutions’ financial and managerial practices and in student services,” she said. Article
- E-Crypto News – August 11, 2020
In an exclusive interview about the best blockchain adoption strategies Hemang Subramanian, assistant professor in the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics, explained that adoption of the Blockchain technology – different than cryptocurrency adoption – is no longer a big challenge provided firms and businesses really know what to use blockchain for, and how to use blockchain to improve some aspect of their business. Article
- The Mortgage Reports – August 11, 2020
In a report that examined data from the U.S. Census Bureau showing a spike in homeownership during the coronavirus pandemic – reaching almost 68 percent in the second quarter of 2020 – Suzanne Hollander, a senior instructor at the Hollo School of Real Estate, explained that in-market activity supports the numbers. Realtors have told her that “single-family homes are flying off the charts,” said Hollander. Article
- Bankrate – August 11, 2020
In a report on home-buying, Suzanne Hollander, a senior instructor at the Hollo School of Real Estate, explained that before buying a house in a flood zone, it’s important to know the risks and costs involved. Among the challenges is cost of flood insurance. She added: “the costs to build in the flood zone may be higher than in a non-flood zone.” Article
- The Hill – August 10, 2020
In an op-ed about the implementation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on trade, international business professor Jerry Haar expressed that new tariffs, combined with retaliatory actions taken by U.S. trading partners, will reduce economic output, income and employment. “The negative economic effects of imposed, threatened and retaliatory tariffs threaten nearly a third of the projected long-term economic gains from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” he said. Article
- CBS Miami – August 4, 2020
In a report about Cuba’s opening of more dollar stores to generate more hard currency income into the economy, international business professor Jerry Haar, explained that leaders are looking to put a band aid on its hemorrhaging economy. “It is almost like the Cuban version of Groundhog Day. We have seen it before, we are seeing it now, and we will see it again,” said Haar. Watch It
- Florida Trend – August 4, 2020
In an article about Executive MBA programs, FIU Business student Sergio Cardenas said he entered the 16-month program to develop a business mindset and explore different aspects of leadership. Cardenas, Cummins Latin America sales manager, hopes the EMBA will add value to the company and ensure financial independence. “I have to step back from the technical and start thinking more strategically,” said Cardenas. Article
- Sun Sentinel – July 16, 2020
In an article about the surge of COVID-19 cases, international business professor Jerry Haar suggested the pandemic “has put the coup d’ grace into marginal businesses” as many businesses are starting to give up hope they can rebound with their prepandemic work forces, permanently laying off more workers. “A number of businesses that are closing, they were not in good shape anyway,” he said. Article
- Money Rates – July 16, 2020
In a report on home title fraud, Suzanne Hollander, a senior instructor at the Hollo School of Real Estate, discussed the warning signs and action steps required when buyers suspect they’re a victim. “Home title fraud is essentially a burglar stealing your entire house and maybe even selling it to someone else while you are living in it – and without your knowing about it,” she said. Article
- Boston Herald – July 5, 2020
As virtually every business has been forced to give telecommuting a try, associate professor of global leadership and management Ravi Gajendran discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic has solidified work-from-home arrangements. But few companies wanted to make the expensive mistake of finding out that the downsides — like technical challenges or workers slacking off — outweighed the gains, he noted. Article
- WPTV – June 30, 2020
Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics instructor Attila Hertelendy discussed economic recovery, noting that that the best way to boost the economy is to boost the CDC guidelines with caution and care. “Our economy is pretty resilient, particularly in Florida. I think Florida has the opportunity to turn it around with strong, effective leadership,” he said. Watch It
- South Florida Business Journal – June 30, 2020
Joanne Li, dean of the Florida International University College of Business, said the school transitioned to remote learning by March 11, transferring 358 course sections online. With nearly 10,000 students, that was quite a task for FIU’s largest school. But all went smoothly because half of its courses were already fully or partially online. Article
- Bakersfield.com – June 29, 2020
A dejar que los empleados trabajaran desde casa para reducir costos mediante la reducción de costosos espacios de oficina. Pero pocos querían cometer el costoso error de descubrir que los inconvenientes (como los desafíos técnicos o los trabajadores holgazanes) superaban los beneficios, indicó Ravi Gajendran, profesor asociado de la Florida International University, quien ha estudiado el teletrabajo.
- Chicago Tribune – June 26, 2020
Associate professor of global leadership and management Ravi Gajendran noted that even before the pandemic, some businesses had started to let employees work from home to cut costs by downsizing expensive office space. But few wanted to make the expensive mistake of finding out that the downsides — like technical challenges or workers slacking off — outweighed the gains. Article
- WalletHub – June 25, 2020
David Barman, senior instructor in the School of Accounting discussed the biggest mistake people make when using personal loans to consolidate credit card debts. “People will sometimes use their home, car or other collateral and convert unsecured debt into secured debt,” he noted. “That means if they default on the loan, the lender has rights to the collateral.” Article
- NBC Miami – June 24, 2020
How can consumers recover from the financial setbacks caused by COVID-19? Professor Deanne Butchey, lecturer in the Department of Finance, shared her analysis and expertise on how to mitigate the financial impact of the Coronavirus. Increased debt or bankruptcies will impact approval for a mortgage or a loan, maintaining a good credit score, even applying for a job. Watch It
- The Hill – June 23, 2020
International business professor Jerry Haar shared his thoughts that a key reason for the U.S. decline in competitiveness is the lack of technical and scientific human capital to invigorate and expand the economy. The temporary halt in issuance of H-1B visas will keep highly skilled workers in fields such as systems engineering, advanced materials, biomedical technology and cybersecurity, from fueling U.S. innovation.
- WLRN – June 19, 2020
International business professor Jerry Haar shared that he finds it interesting that some in the west now share a mistrust of foreign trade. “The pandemic is one of the best things that could happen to the enemies of globalization,” said Haar. As a result, greater care will be taken in how supply chains are structured and how producers and consumers do business. Listen
- Tampa Bay Times – June 15, 2020
Anthony Miyazaki, professor and chair of the department of marketing and logistics, said retailers are caught in the middle of a polarized country, weighing whether supporting the movement could hurt their bottom line. “In the end, it may be that top management will feel compelled to make decisions based on their own value systems rather than solely on their financial outcomes,” he said. Article
- Built In – June 15, 2020
Associate professor of global leadership and management Ravi Gajendran shared his insight on how to be effective — and stay sane — when working from home. He noted that some distractions are inevitable during a time of pandemic. “The starting point for dealing with interruptions and disruptions should be organizations and managers recognizing the reality of how people are coping with the pandemic…” said Gajendran. Article
- The Miami Herald – June 12, 2020
FIU Business dean Joanne Li participated in a discussion that examined what Florida should expect as we look toward a post-pandemic world. In higher education, she advised that people take in incremental change and be adaptable. “This is a time to look into the past, but envision what education is going to be in the future, to create more opportunities,” she said. Article
- El Nuevo Herald – June 11, 2020
Manuel Lasaga, profesor en el departamento de finanzas de la Universidad Internacional de la Florida, explicó que aunque en la economía ya empiezan a notarse signos de recuperación, estos son lentos, por muchos factores, entre ellos la falta de confianza de los compradores. “La economía ha tocado fondo, pero no habrá un brinco como creen algunos, sino que la recuperación va a ser lenta,” dijo. Article
- Metropolis Magazine – June 11, 2020
Ravi Gajendran, an associate professor of global leadership and management, discussed individual control over workstation features as a trend that could be adapted intensified for users’ homes amidst a distributed workforce. “Telework was viewed as a favor to employees. Now it is an arrangement in which workers help companies manage risk and keep businesses running at reduced operating costs,” he added. Article
- WLRN – June 8, 2020
John Nykolaiszyn, director of Business Career Management at Florida International University, discussed how college graduates are facing the worst job market since the Great Depression amid a global pandemic. “The advice is always the same,” he said. “You have to have a multi-pronged approach to how you will approach your career.” Recent FIU Business graduates Joshua Ceballos and Natalie Rivera participated in the conversation. Listen
- Telemundo 51 – June 6, 2020
Rafael Soltero Venegas, profesor de ventas y mercadeo en la facultad de negocios de la Universidad Internacional de Florida, analizó como la reapertura de la economía mejoró el nivel de empleos. Empleadores añadieron 2.5 nuevos millones de empleos en el mes de mayo. “Los negocios van a tener que ajustarse a la demanda que tengan por los servicios que ellos proveen,” dijo. Watch it
- The Hill – June 5, 2020
International business professor Jerry Haar noted the latest unemployment numbers may indicate improvement, the climb back up may very well not level out to where we were before mid-March when COVID-19 dramatically accelerated. The bottom line is that we are not out of the woods yet, and one month’s encouraging unemployment numbers does not a trend make. “Hope tempered with realism” should be our mantra, he added. Article
- MillionAcres.com – May 31, 2020
Suzanne Hollander, a senior instructor at the Hollo School of Real Estate, indicated that the #MeToo movement has elevated the issue of gender equality in several areas, including commercial real estate. “Women today feel more empowered to enter into business areas traditionally known as male bastions. And businesses today are making it a core value to promote women to visible senior leadership positions…” she says. Article
- The Hill – May 30, 2020
FIU Business professors Deanne Butchey, Jerry Haar and Attila Hertelendy share their insight on how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the challenges currently faced by hospitals. In the age of coronavirus, all hospitals across the globe will continue to confront immense challenges — financial and marketing communications among the most vexing. The two areas of focus: financial management and marketing communications. Article
- Seatrade – May 29, 2020
Lin Humphrey, an assistant professor of marketing who worked in the cruise industry, highlighted the emotion-evoking creative and data-driven decision-making that were launched in unison by Princess Cruises. Humphrey shared his thoughts upon the departure of Gordon Ho, SVP global marketing at Princess, who led the ‘Come Back New’ campaign and increased branded experience partnerships. “It was seamless and effective,” Humphrey said. Article
- El Nuevo Herald – May 28, 2020
Jerry Haar, profesor de negocios internacionales en la escuela de negocios de la Universidad Internacional de Florida (FIU), describió un panorama sombrío por la orden de suspender la entrada de pasajeros procedentes de Brasil. “El impacto va a ser horrible, terrible. En términos de socio comercial, Brasil es el número uno, especialmente en el sur de Florida,” dijo. Article
- CBS 4 – May 27, 2020
International business professor Jerry Haar noted that the new US policy, driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, barring anyone who has been to Brazil within 14 days from entering the US could prove costly to South Florida’s economy. “… we are going to be slammed by the decline in the area of tourism, real estate, higher education, law, accounting, engineering services,” Haar said. Article
- E-Crypto News – May 24, 2020
Hemang Subramanian, assistant professor in the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics, explained that Covid-19 has confirmed that bitcoin is a store of value. “If you observe the stock market before and after the March 2019 crash – BTC’s value has recovered most of its value,” he said. Article
- New York Times – May 24, 2020
“Out,’’ the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios introduces the studio’s first gay main character. Kimberly Taylor, an associate professor of marketing and logistics at Florida International University in Miami, said that Disney and Pixar recognize that “representation matters” on the big and small screens. Article
- NBC Miami – May 22, 2020
Has COVID-19 changed consumers’ shopping habits? Kimberly Taylor, associate professor of marketing and logistics, explained that right now people are “all over the map.” Many are realizing the money they spent on unplanned purchases. Plus, unemployment will continue to impact consumer spending. “There’s no question that unemployment will have a chilling effect for quite some time,” she said. Watch
- South Florida Sun Sentinel – May 22, 2020
Restaurants nationwide are expecting to lose up to $240 billion by the end of the year. Marc Weinstein, a clinical professor of global leadership and management, explained that some won’t make it to the other side of the pandemic. “Restaurants with lush capital reserves will survive, but many won’t survive,” he said. Article
- El Nuevo Herald – May 18, 2020
Ray Juncosa, asesor del Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) de la Escuela de Negocios de la Universidad Internacional de la Florida (FIU), explico que desde que comenzó la crisis por el coronavirus han ayudado a 181 pequeños negocios de los condado de Miami-Dade y Monroe a obtener $15.3 millones en fondos de asistencia. Article
- Forbes – May 10, 2020
Ravi Gajendran, an associate professor of global leadership and management, discussed the urgency of managers and executives becoming more comfortable leading remote workforces. Personalized leadership and frequent communication are critical. “By creating proactive norms of member inclusion and psychological safety, remote teams can be just as innovative as teams working in-person,” he said. Article
- New York Times – May 9, 2020
Kimberly Taylor, an associate professor of marketing and logistics, explained that Gerber’s selection of the first adopted “spokesbaby,” has allowed the company to enhance consumer involvement and build closer ties within the Gerber brand community. “This has also allowed them to showcase greater diversity within this iconic brand,” she said. Article
- MillionAcres.com – May 7, 2020
Suzanne Hollander, a senior instructor at the Hollo School of Real Estate, explained that in the U.S. “seen as a strong protector for individual property rights compared with many countries around the world, and foreign purchases and demand are continuing at a fast pace for that reason.” Article
- The Mortgage Reports – May 5, 2020
First-time home buyers need to verify at least two years of income and current employment, explained Suzanne Hollander, a senior instructor at the Hollo School of Real Estate. She added that a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many lenders have been rapidly increasing the minimum credit score needed to qualify for many loans. Article
- WalletHub – May 1, 2020
Arun Upadhyay, a finance eminent scholar, explained that the interest rate on credit cards cannot drop below a certain level, not for everybody. If a low-interest-rate comes with some additional fees, then it may not be worth taking. It also depends on whether the credit card holder carries some balance beyond the grace period. Article
- Knowable Magazine – April 30, 2020
Ravi Gajendran, an associate professor of global leadership and management, shared his thoughts on remote work’s influence on outcomes and it’s positive effects. “This is going to change the conversation. You’ll have a larger swath of employees who are going to say, ‘We did it then, we can do it again.’ … And managers are going to find it harder to say no.” Article
- The Mortgage Reports – April 29, 2020
Suzanne Hollander, a senior instructor at the Hollo School of Real Estate, discussed lower mortgage rates as an incentive to help get the economy moving again. “Lower rates will encourage financial activity. They may convince people who are on the fence to purchase or refinance now versus later,” she said. Article
- The Miami Herald – April 27, 2020
Deanne Butchey, a university lecturer of finance, discussed COVID-19’s impact on women. “There is still a perception that men are the breadwinners in the family, and that is why they keep their jobs more than women in the same industry… and professional level,” she noted. Article
- The Miami Herald – April 27, 2020
Even before the coronavirus swept through Latin America and the Caribbean, the region was ailing. The coronavirus is threatening to turn that economic malaise into a full-blown disaster, explained Jerry Haar, a professor of international business. “This is like a kick to the groin to someone who already has a double hernia,” he said. Article
- Business Today – April 27, 2020
Ravi Gajendran, an associate professor of global leadership and management, discussed the decision of executives at India’s largest IT service firm Tata Consultancy Services to transition employees to work from home. This move, he explained, makes a lot of sense in India especially in metros with its long commutes and traffic. Article
- Finder – April 27
Deanne Butchey, Deanne Butchey, a university lecturer of finance,, explained ways that individuals can limit their credit card usage during quarantine… “One should only spend money on essentials since it is unclear whether or not one will lose his/her job, be put on furlough, or be faced with salary cuts. Article
- Dallas Morning News – April 26, 2020
While virtually every region, city or community will present some safety risks sooner or later, “Don’t let fears over stressful statistics deter you from seeking the truth about your chosen locale,” said Suzanne Hollander, senior lecturer at Florida International University’s Hollo School of Real Estate. Article
- Poets & Quants – April 22, 2020
The only U.S. schools to make the top ten list are Indiana University’s widely acclaimed KelleyDirect program, which came in sixth place, No. 8 USC Marshall, and No. 9 Florida International University. Article
- Business Because – April 22, 2020
Spain’s IE Business School beat off 46 other programs to be ranked the top online MBA program. The school was joined in the top 10 by U.S. schools Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, USC Marshall, Florida International University. Article
- Telemundo – April 20, 2020
Fred Perry, a clinical professor of accounting, discussed the U.S. business landscape following the coronavirus pandemic noting that consumers will be fearful of entering a restaurant so operators will have to guarantee that it’s a safe place. Already convenient for many, working from home will likely increase, he added. Watch
- U.S. News & World Report – April 17, 2020 – “Brave New Tele-World” – Telework is not new, experts say, but the attitude toward it is changing as the coronavirus has moved “the office” to workers’ living rooms and kitchens. Professor Ravi Gajendran shared his insight: “What’s happening now is an unprecedented experiment – people who otherwise would not telecommute are being forced to do so.”
- TC Palm – April 16, 2020 – “‘Why is this happening?’ Local coronavirus-impacted workers struggle to collect unemployment” – Professor Marc Weinstein explained that unemployment figures will be lagging for quite some time. “Not only does the logjam with the reemployment office limit the ability to get money to people who need it, but also, it’s creating real challenges for those of us who are interested in understanding the depth of the economic dislocation.”
- The Hill – April 15, 2020 – “Supply chain management is a vital weapon in the war against the coronavirus” – Amidst supply chain management increased role during the crisis, professor Jerry Haar shared his opinion that a fully functioning, well-managed supply chain system is capable of coordinating three challenging management functions into one: Demand management, procurement management and fulfillment management.
- The Miami Herald – April 13, 2020 – “Virus disrupts Miami area’s international trade and supply systems” – Trade relationships, now under strain, will endure the crisis. Professor Jerry Haar pointed out that “actual trade relationships between countries do not change much, nor do those between buyer and seller if they are long-term relationships, just because of an economic downturn, political strife, financial problems, natural disasters or health pandemics.”
- South Florida Sun Sentinel – April 10, 2020 – “What to know about filing a Florida unemployment claim, including using the state’s new mobile app” – As Florida hopes it has tamed its troubled unemployment system, professor Marc Weinstein doubts the paper application route will provide the expedited processing that applicants need. “I cannot imagine how the paper system is going to facilitate speedy reimbursement,” he said. “We are dealing with such a large magnitude of application increases.”
- WalletHub – April 7, 2020 – “Ask The Experts” – Professor Attila Hertelendy suggested that for state governments “instead of playing catch up and following the herd, being cautious and proactive is the best way to ensure safety” He highlighted Vermont, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Washington, Illinois, Maine, Pennsylvania as states who have dealt most efficiently with the coronavirus pandemic.
- WLRN “Sundial” – April 6, 2020 – “Heard On Sundial: Navigating The Unemployment Crisis. And Palm Beach County’s COVID-19 Response” – Professor Marc Weinstein discussed the state of unemployment in South Florida as a result of the government-ordered shutdowns and how to navigate the current crisis. The Florida unemployment website and call center have failed, unable to process applications, likely costing the unemployed weeks of money they would have received. “We have never seen unemployment numbers like these,” said Weinstein. “When you have 6 million applications in the first week and 9 million by the second week, no system is ready.”
- WalletHub – April 2, 2020 – “Ask The Experts” – Professor Deanne Butchey discussed free credit cards, with zero interest rate and zero balance transfer fee. “Banks can do this as a service during tough times as they can essentially borrow for free. A bank can absorb these costs during catastrophic times. The goodwill earned will be immeasurable once conditions return to normal.
- The Hill – April 1, 2020 – “The brave new world of remote work” – Professor Jerry Haar shares his thoughts on the “silver lining” that telecommuting offers. “The principal advantages of working remotely are a flexible schedule, the ability to work from anywhere, spending more time with family and the convenience of working from home. Certain jobs are actually better suited for remote work than office work. These include “knowledge worker” jobs in which quietude and concentration are imperative.”
- Fox News – March 28, 2020 – “World Health Organization under the microscope: what went wrong with coronavirus?” – Many questioned the World Health Organization’s response as COVD-19 expanded in China. “For an international body that people (and) governments and the business community looks to for advice, they are simply too slow, burdened by bureaucracy and political correctness,” said Attila Hertelendy instructor of Information Systems and Business Analytics at Florida International University.
- Bangor Daily News – March 26, 2020 – “Authorities: ‘Snowbirds’ should stay put if they can, rather than return to Maine” – Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics instructor Attila Hertelendy advises residents who leave to warmer climates during Maine’s cold, winter months to stay where they are, if possible. People should avoid all unnecessary travel, he said. “If you have to travel, you should be limiting human contact as much as you possibly can.”
- Daily messenger – March 26, 2020 – “Kitchen table cubicles: A digital workplace means a learning curve” – The same principle can also be applied to specific duties associated with a job, according to co-author Ravi Gajendran, assistant professor in the department of global leadership and management at Florida International University. “It’s not so much that telecommuting is good or bad; it’s just that sometimes it’s advantageous and sometimes it’s not,” Gajendran said.
- Keys Weekly – March 25, 2020 – “$50,000 interest-free loans available for small businesses” – Helping small businesses apply for Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans. Margie Smith, a consultant at FIU’s College of Business who serves the Florida Keys, sends applicants to the right place with an understanding of the eligibility criteria, reviews Florida Emergency Bridge Loan applications to make sure they are complete, and works with applicants to answer questions.
- Miami Herald – March 19, 2020 – “These workers do not stop—even for the coronavirus” – How deep the economic damage might be, and how long it might last, depend largely on the progression of the outbreak, according to Frederick V. Perry, a business law professor at FIU School of Accounting. The speed of transmission, numbers affected, time needed to find a vaccine and actions by government designed to mitigate the damage are key.
- South Florida Business Journal – March 18, 2020 – “News In Brief” – MBAF CEO Tony Argiz and his wife, Conchi Argiz, made a $500,000 gift to Florida International University’s College of Business to establish the Argiz Family Eminent Scholarship Endowment.
- El Nuevo Herald – March 17, 2020 – “Estos trabajadores de Miami no paran por el coronavirus. ¿Se salvarán de la crisis económica?” – Frederick V. Perry, profesor de leyes comerciales de la Escuela de Contabilidad de la Universidad Internacional de la Florida considera que en menos de un mes la economía de Estados Unidos entrará en recesión. Mientras más medidas se tomen para asegurar el aislamiento, más se evitará el efecto negativo de la pandemia a largo plazo en la economía.
- CBS 4 – March 16, 2020 – “Hollywood Business Owner Trying To Find Bright Side During Coronavirus Outbreak” – FIU Business professor Marc Weinstein said provisions in the Coronavirus Relief Act apply to even independent workers, such as Uber drivers. They could show documents that they have been an Uber driver, documenting past income and document that they are out of work because they are sick, or because of a self-quarantine, or caring for somebody.
- South Florida Sun Sentinel – March 14, 2020 – “Virus poses financial threat to cruise industry” – Finance professor Deanne Butchey discussed the impact on the cruise industry. “The companies that are going to be okay are going to be the big ones,” she added. “The smaller ones might have problems … during these tough times. The big ones will weather the storm eventually. I’m hesitant to call a bottom in the market.”
- Atlanta Journal Constitution – February 25, 2020 – “Why animals are taking over TV commercial space” – William “Lin” Humphrey, an assistant professor of marketing at Florida International University, said today it’s more important than ever to capture attention back from our mobile phone, plus digitally animated animals are never going to be in a scandal or show up on TMZ, so there’s some safety in the choice to use them.
- South Florida Business Journal – February 21, 2020 – “Mentoring Monday: What mentoring means to execs from FIU, Crystal Cruises and more” – How has being a mentor impacted your career? Luisa Perez, director of marketing, communications and Office of Event Management, Florida International University College of Business shares her thoughts with American City Business Journals’ Bizwomen Mentoring Monday initiative to connect women excelling in business with those seeking to reach similar heights.
- Telemundo 51 – February 21, 2020 – “Cómo lograr ser un ‘influencer’ en las redes sociales” – Brands are increasingly relying on online influencers to promote their products, and the demand continues to grow. Social media influencers have become a billion-dollar industry. “When a brand is trying to influence an audience, or persuade them to purchase my product, it’s more attractive if you hear it from someone you trust,” said Gustavo Mosquera, visiting instructor of marketing at Florida International University.
- Washington Post – February 20, 2020 – “Overwater bungalows became the pinnacle of aspirational travel. Now you can find them everywhere.” – “They’ve been portrayed as something glam in the media,” says Lin Humphrey, an assistant professor of marketing at Florida International University who specializes in digital marketing, social media and travel. “‘Real Housewives of Orange County,’ I can’t remember where they went. They had overwater bungalows. Despite the raging hang overs, it looked fantastic.”
- Long Room.com – February 19, 2020 – “Insurance industry CEO pay tied more closely to firm performance since financial crisis” – Compensation packages for insurance industry CEOs changed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, with bonuses reduced and other incentives increased, according to a new study from FIU Business. “We found that the shift in executive compensation was a response to the crisis,” said Deanne Butchey, lecturer in the department of finance at FIU and one of the study’s authors.
- ANA Magazine – February 14, 2020 – “Six Is the New 30” – The six-second spot (often referred to as a bumper ad) is the new 30-second ad, and marketers have a lot riding on getting it right. They must focus on a specific aspect of the product or service — and explain it swiftly. “Six-second spots should not be cut from longer spots … they shouldn’t be an afterthought to the creative process,” said Anthony Miyazaki, professor and chair of the department of marketing and logistics.
- NBC 6 – February 13, 2020 – “How to Cash In On Your Online Influence” – Influencers are on high demand, with advertisers looking for relatable people to promote their products. “Research shows we trust strangers and people we deem to be like us more than we trust brands,” said William “Lin” Humphrey, an assistant professor of marketing at Florida International University. But building enough of an influence online to make money isn’t easy. “It’s cultivating good content,” Humphrey said. “It’s getting authentic followers.”
- Becker’s Hospital Review – February 13, 2020 – “Recession changed insurance CEO pay: 5 things to know” – CEOs leading insurance companies, including health plans, saw their compensation packages altered after the 2008 financial crisis, according to a new study from the Florida International University College of Business. We also found that when the CEO held a dual role, acting as also the chairman of the board, (s)he was better able to influence salary, bonuses, and long-term incentives. This influence declined in the post-crisis period.”
- Fierce Healthcare – February 12, 2020 – “How insurance executives’ compensation changed after the recession” – “When you’re in a recession, the bottom line is being affected. You’re going to want to have to pay out less to the senior leadership and you also want them to engage in activities that will help the company recover very quickly, and the way to do that is to compensate them by stock ownership,” said Deanne Butchey, Ph.D., lecturer in FIU’s Department of Finance and one of the study’s authors.
- Business Insurance – February 11, 2020 – “Insurer CEO incentives shifted to stock awards after financial crisis” – Compensation packages for insurer CEOs have changed significantly since the 2008 financial crisis with incentive payments moving from bonuses to stock awards and options, according to a study by Florida International University in Miami. “We found that the shift in executive compensation was a response to the crisis,” said Deanne Butchey, lecturer in the department of finance at FIU and one of the study’s authors.
- Washington Post – February 10, 2020 – “Choices, choices: For college students, a buffet of options causes heartburn” – Florida International University is among several higher education institutions limiting students’ choices as a way to help them avoid making decisions that can lead to delays. A revamped a course in the business school is designed to help make sure students have made the best decisions about their major. “If a student doesn’t finish, “that is failure, said Richard Klein, associate dean of the undergraduate school of business.
- Hechinger Report – February 7, 2020 – “Some colleges start to confront a surprising reason students fail: Too many choices” – The business school at Florida International University is among several higher education institutions limiting the number of choices students can make, including the number of times they can drop a class and take it again to get a better grade. “They might be here an extra year if they make those decisions very late,” Richard Klein, associate dean of the undergraduate school of business, said.
- Travel Pulse – February 4, 2020 – “Does Super Bowl Tourism Pay off for the Host City?” – “I do believe that the Super Bowl does generate, does have an economic impact of that order when you look at it in the overall context,” said Florida International University business instructor Nicolo Alaimo. “At this time of the year, Miami is gorgeous. If you’re up north freezing, you’re watching this, you’re going to want to be here—maybe not for the Super Bowl, but you’ll want to come to Miami.”
- The Miami Herald – February 1, 2020 – “This is Miami’s first Instagram Super Bowl. One sign: the Dude with Sign is here.” – The social-media era affects how millions will see this Miami Super Bowl, where “gram-friendly” props are a must and brands try to pepper feeds with their preferred hashtags. “It used to be if you had a bad experience you might tell a few people. Now you can broadcast it out to lots of people very quickly,” said William “Lin” Humphrey, an assistant professor of marketing at Florida International University.
- NBC 6 – January 30, 2020 – “Super Bowl Economic Impact Not a Settled Matter” – No one doubts hosting Super Bowl LIV will add to economic activity in South Florida. Up to 200,000 people have come here for the festivities. But enough to generate $400 million more in economic activity? FIU business instructor Nicolo Alaimo is a believer in that number. “If you’re up north freezing, you’re watching this, you’re going to want to be here — maybe not for the Super Bowl, but you’ll want to come to Miami.”
- The Wall Street Journal – January 27, 2020 – “Lease-Accounting Rules May Have Hurt Companies’ Valuations, Study Says” – Accounting professor Jonathan Milian shared new research data indicating that companies’ initial recognition of operating leases on balance sheets could have led their equity valuations to shrink. FIU researchers tracked stock returns from 2,000 U.S.-listed public companies during the their first-quarter 2019 earnings announcement. “If standard-setters decide to shift more information from the footnotes to the balance sheet, it could have a negative impact on stock returns.”
- NBC 6 – January 17, 2020 – “Read This Before Signing Up for Usage-Based Car Insurance” – A growing number of car insurance companies are offering consumers the option to sign up for usage-based insurance. Marketing professor Anthony Miyazaki said there are also privacy considerations to having a device tracking you every day. “Now someone actually has all your data about where you drive and where you go and where you live and where you work… it’s actually someone you’re doing business with.”
- CNS Air Cargo Focus – Winter 2019-2020 – “Educational Partnerships FIU and Magaya Advance Logistics Programs” – Developing a curriculum for traditional students that would be accepted by logistics’ professionals would mean reaching out to the business community. The journey of Florida International University College of Business and logistics software provider, Magaya Corporation is a story about people, learning, time and sacriﬁce. “Students increase the likelihood of ﬁnding a supply chain job after they demonstrate Magaya knowledge,” said supply chain management professor Ron Mesia.
- Boca Raton Tribune, January 15, 2020 – “Palm Beach: Most Affordable in South Florida.” – The BH&J Housing Affordability Index reveals a more affordable housing environment in 2020 than in recent years in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. The report’s co-creators agree that the movement toward more affordable housing is driven by a combination of near record low mortgage rates, a robust local economy and slowing property appreciation rates across the three counties.
- Jamaican Moments – January 13, 2020 – “Five questions to ask yourself before you buy a vacation home” – Who’s the ideal candidate for buying a vacation home? Someone who already has a home, said Suzanne Hollander, a real estate attorney and Florida International University senior instructor. “This person should be able to cover both their primary homeownership costs and vacation homeownership costs. These include mortgage, insurance, and property taxes on both properties.”