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August 2014

Harpster wins Elbert Player of the Year Award for Second Consecutive Year

l-r: Ross Lingenfelder and Mikal Harpster

For the second consecutive year, PGA Golf Management student Mikal Harpster was awarded the Dr. Norb Elbert Player of the Year Award.

Harpster, a senior from Warrenton, Mo., received the 2013-14 trophy at a recent awards gathering from Ross Lingenfelder, PGA/GM Player Development Coordinator.


Visiting scholar Peter Dowling speaks to MMIB students

Peter Dowling

Professor Peter J. Dowling, Professor of International Management and Strategy at La Trobe University, Melbourne Australia, gave a lecture in the main lecture hall of the EKU Business and Technology Building on Thursday, August 21st at 9:30 a.m. 

The one hour lecture was entitled “Emerging Challenges and Trends for the Corporate Human Resources Function in Multinational Enterprises”.  Nearly one hundred undergraduate and graduate students joined several faculty from the School of Business in welcoming Professor Dowling to the Eastern campus.  His wide ranging lecture covered trends and issues related to asymmetric threats, reconsidering risk return tradeoffs in global value chain activities, rising economic powers beyond China and India and how global human resource activities must be deployed to respond to these trends. Questions were entertained after the lecture. 

Dowling is on sabbatical this year and has recently attended the August annual meeting of the Academy of Management in Philadelphia and visited colleagues on the campuses of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cornell and here at EKU.

A long time academic in Australia, he has also held visiting appointments in the United States at Cornell University and Michigan State University and in Germany at the University of Paderborn and the University of Bayreuth. Professor Dowling is a Life Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute and a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management.

Peter is President of the Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy and a past President of the International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management (IFSAM) and the Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management.  He is Co Editor of the International Journal of Human Resource Management and has served on the editorial board of a number of prominent journals over the last 25 years. He has published over 50 refereed journal articles since the 1980s.

Professor Lana Carnes, chair of the Department of Management, Marketing and International Business represented the university and gave Professor Dowling a gift to commemorate his visit.

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Leslie Vincent Selected to School of Business Faculty

Leslie Vincent

EKU's School of Business is pleased to announce that Dr. Leslie Vincent has joined the Management, Marketing, and International Business (MMIB) Department as a fulltime faculty member effective August 1, 2014. 

Dr. Vincent is an Assistant Professor of Marketing. She received her PhD from Georgia Tech in Management in 2005. Prior to joining the faculty at EKU, Leslie was on the faculty at the Gatton College of Business & Economics at the University of Kentucky for nine years where she taught New Product Development in the MBA program. 

Her research interests focus on teams and new product development, marketing strategy, and services marketing. Leslie's research has been published in journals such as Management Science , The Journal of Consumer Research, and Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes.

Select Publications:

  • Freling, Traci H., Leslie H. Vincent and David Henard (2014), “When Not to Accentuate the Positive: Reexamining Valence Effects in Attribute Framing,” Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes.
  • Black, Hulda G., Leslie H. Vincent, and Steven J. Skinner, (2014), “Customers Helping Customers: Payoffs for Linking Customers in the Service Setting,” Journal of Services Marketing, 28 (5).
  • Black, Hulda G., Carla Childers, and Leslie H. Vincent (2014), “Service Quality: A Meta-Analysis of Antecedents and Consequences,” Journal of Services Marketing, 28(4). (authors listed in alphabetical order)
  • Carlson, Jay P., Leslie H. Vincent, David M. Hardesty, and William O. Bearden (2009), “Objective and Subjective Knowledge Relationships: A Quantitative Synthesis of Consumer Research Findings,” Journal of Consumer Research, 35 (February), 864-876.
    Summary of the research was published in Empirical Generalizations about Marketing Impact, edited by Mike Hanssens.
  • Murthy, Nagesh N., Goutam N. Challagalla, Leslie H. Vincent, and Tassaduq A. Shervani (2008), “The Impact of Simulation Training on Call Center Agent Performance: A Field-Based Investigation,” Management Science, 54 (February), 384-399.

Eastern’s School of Business and the MMIB Department are excited to welcome Leslie to the EKU campus.

Easterling joins EKU School of Business faculty

Kirby Easterling

EKU's School of Business is pleased to announce that James Kirby Easterling has joined the Management, Marketing, and International Business (MMIB) Department as a fulltime faculty member (Lecturer) effective August 1, 2014. 

Kirby will be teaching a variety of upper-division business courses in various disciplines, including Business Strategy, Operations Management, and Global Supply Chain Management. 

Kirby is a three-time EKU business school graduate, having earned dual Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degrees in Economics and Accounting, as well a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) degree.  Kirby also has a Master’s degree in Global Supply Chain Management from The Pennsylvania State University. 

Since graduating from EKU in 1992, Kirby has worked for multi-national firms in the automotive, electronics, and glass industries, including the last 14 years with Corning Incorporated. Kirby’s most recent roles (2012-2014) with Corning were General Manager-Global Supply Chain Management Singapore, and Global Planning Manager-Display Technologies Japan (2008-2012). 

Eastern’s School of Business and the MMIB Department are excited to welcome Kirby back to the United States and the EKU campus.

MMIB Welcomes New Faculty

Leslie Vincent and Kirby Easterling

MMIB welcomes new faculty, Dr. Leslie Vincent, MKT & Mr. Kirby Easterling, MGT!  Happy to have you join the MMIB Team!

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