Panel Topics

Consulting: “Globalization and Cross-Cultural Outreach and Associated Challenges for the Consulting Industry”

Panel Moderator: Dr. Gilad Chen, Ralph J. Tyser Professor of Organizational Behavior & Department Chair

In the past 20 years the consulting industry has seen a significant international expansion, primarily into emerging markets. Panelists will discuss the trends and changes in the industry as a result of globalization, share their strategies for operating in diverse cultural environments and managing client expectations in different countries. They will also focus on tailoring the consulting services specific to markets and the challenges associated with cross cultural communication.

Consulting: “Where has the magic gone?!”

Panel Moderator: Dr. Oliver Schlake, Distinguished Tyser Teaching Fellow

A generation ago, management consulting was the “hot” industry, promising the best talent to tackle the hardest business challenges, all paid for a healthy expense account and first-class travel accommodations. Today, the perks of the industry have been dramatically reduced, and the level of challenges that companies hope to have solved has also been diminished. The question is where is the industry leading and how to individuals find their bliss within the field.

Biotec/Healthcare: “Healthcare Transformation and the Human Capital Gap”

Panel Moderator: Dr. Ritu Agarwal, Professor & Robert H. Smith Dean's Chair of Information Systems

Healthcare in the United States is in the midst of a fundamental transformation to address long-standing deficiencies related to high cost and poor quality of care. Key initiatives driving the transformation include pervasive use of digital technologies, innovative models of care delivery, emphasis on evidence-based decision-making, and reimbursement reform. The focus on eliminating waste and improving care quality has resulted in a shift in thinking about healthcare, focusing on wellness and patient outcomes rather than treatment. Healthcare organizations are rapidly adjusting their business models and strategic and operational processes to respond to the impending changes. Do these organizations have the business leadership and healthcare professionals such as primary care physicians, nurses and home health aides in place? What is the nature of the human capital gap being created by healthcare transformation?

Startups: “Crowdfunding in 2013: How the JOBS Act may change the face of New Venture Financing”

Panel Moderator: Dr. Brent Goldfarb, Associate Professor

2012 was a banner year for online crowdfunding platforms. With multiple projects breaking the million-dollar mark for the first time, platforms such as Kick-starter have quickly become the go-to funding option for aspiring artists, inventors, and other creatives. Now, with the passing of the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act in 2012, and the oncoming legalization of “crowd-equity,” crowdfunding in 2013 is set to dramatically change the way entrepreneurs source their startup funds. But will it be wise to share your company’s equity with the crowd? Our panel of experts from all sides of the entrepreneur landscape discuss the pros and cons of “Crowd-Equity” as well as how this new type of crowdfunding will affect the current status quo.

Supply Chain: “Supply Chain Management Challenges: Lessons from Government and Private Sectors”

Panel Moderator: Dr. Martin Dresner, Professor and Department Chair

Across public and private sectors, supply chain executives face a range of challenges including government procurement procedures, contractor compliance, and information sharing between sectors. In today’s economic condition, supply chain leaders must learn from others and leverage their efficient practices to improve supply chain efficiency and responsiveness.

Financial Services: “Fiscal Cliff Averted but what next: Impact of Fiscal Cliff Deal on Financial Services Sector and positioning of the industry to deal with the change”

Panel Moderator: Dr. Cliff Rossi, Tyser Teaching Fellow & Executive-in-Residence

Up to around $600 billion of expiring tax cuts, new taxes, automatic spending cuts, and other U.S. fiscal policy measures are set to take effect at the beginning of 2013.1 Collectively known as the “fiscal cliff,” these events are likely to provide a shock to the domestic economy (at estimated 4% to 5% decrease in GDP) and corporate profitability, leading to escalating stock market volatility.

Marketing Analytics: “Competing through Data”

Panel Moderator: Dr. P.K. Kannan, Ralph J. Tyser Professor of Marketing Science Chair, Department of Marketing

A growing number of companies are turning to analytics to gain a more comprehensive understanding of consumers and to translate these insights into a competitive advantage. As more companies look to analytics, today’s top marketing organizations must continually search for innovative ways to apply analytics in order to derive a competitive advantage from their use.

Cyber Security: “A strategic imperative for both the public and private sector”

Panel Moderator: Dr. Sandor Boyson, Research Professor & Co-Director, Supply Chain Management Center

The pace at which key data moves from hardcopy to digital realm has grown exponentially in the last 10 years. Our panel will focus on cyber security as an area of growth, in terms of financial opportunity but also risk. Companies can benefit from business opportunities in cyber security but also must be prepared to tackle new, potentially unforeseen challenges.

Hospitality: “Challenges and opportunities: How do emerging technologies impact the industry?”

Panel Moderator: Dr. Janet Wagner, Associate Professor & Director, Center for Excellence in Service

The hospitality industry has long emphasized the interaction with customers in order to optimize customer satisfaction and indirectly revenue. Just a decade ago, most customers would still need to make a phone call when they would like to book a trip, or make a hotel or restaurant reservation. As technology continues to advance, today's travelers may not even need to talk to a hotel staff from the moment of reservation to check-out. Furthermore, the relationship between customers and service providers has been transitioning from in-house only interactions to social media platforms. Panelists will discuss how they have adjusted to these changes and how these new technologies will help them grow.

Non Profit: “Innovation to Leverage Mission Impact”

Panel Moderator: Dr. Robert M. Sheehan, Jr., Academic Director, Executive MBA Program & Lecturer

Nonprofits in the US are experiencing increasing needs by those they serve, limited resources to help fill those needs, and an uncertain environment. If there has ever been a need for “Innovative Strategies for an Uncertain Economy” then the nonprofit sector has that need now. Please join our panel of experts to explore various innovations being used by nonprofits today to respond to the uncertain environment as they seek to make more of a mission impact for those they serve.

Sustainability: “The Business Case for Sustainability: Overcoming Obstacles to Implement Sustainable Practices”

Panel Moderator: Dr. Rebecca Ratner, Professor

More than half of the Fortune 100 and more than two-thirds of the Global 100 have set GHG emissions reduction commitments, renewable energy commitments, or both. The global transition to a lower carbon economy is accelerating due to rising public concern about climate change. As a result, corporations are now becoming more focused on integrating sustainability into business strategy to account for economic, societal, and environmental concerns. This large-scale trend presents an opportunity for companies to demonstrate leadership on broader corporate sustainability and climate commitments.

Commercial Real Estate: “DC Real Estate is Growing Once Again: A focus on trends, lessons from the recession, and the future of DC Real Estate”

Panel Moderator: Dr. Cliff Rossi, Tyser Teaching Fellow & Executive-in-Residence

Real Estate lead us into the Great Recession, and Real Estate is helping to lead us out. This discussion will focus on the future of DC metro real estate, macro-level trends, major DC area commercial and residential development projects, and firms which are surging ahead post-recession. Join Dr. Cliff Rossi and a distinguished panel of real estate professionals for a conversation about the current state and future of the DC real estate market, driven by decades of expert real estate experience and audience participation.