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2017 News Highlights


December 21, 2017

MSF and MBA degree recipients honored by faculty, students and staff

Members of the Brandeis International Business School (IBS) community joined in celebration and recognition of the accomplishments and achievements of over 70 Master of Science in Finance (MSF) and three MBA degree recipients in its mid-year graduation dinner.

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December 20, 2017

Ben Gomes-Casseres Talks to About Meal Kit Company Purple Carrot

“You want to give each of your partners enough room to run, enough so they can develop their best work, but avoid that they start bumping into each other in an unproductive way.”


December 6, 2017

Senior Associate Dean Katy Graddy Discusses Her Study on When Artists Create Their Best Works

"Our study reflects that artists, in the year following the death of a friend or relative, are on average less creative than at other times in their lives," said economist Kathryn Graddy of Brandeis University.

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December 6, 2017

Professor Ben Gomes-Casseres Speaks to the New York Times about the CVS-Aetna Merger

"It's an industry highly in flux," said Benjamin Gomes-Casseres, a professor at Brandeis International Business School. "What we have here is a remixing of assets"


November 29, 2017

How Enrique Levin, MBA '13 is Helping Local Startups Succeed

“Focus on what you do best and ignore everything else,” he tells the startups he works with, “You will have your eyes and ears open to opportunities that otherwise you never would have found.”

Peter Petri, Brandeis IBS Interim Dean

November 15, 2017

Commentary on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by Interim Dean Peter Petri

Brandeis International Business School (IBS) Interim Dean Peter Petri shares commentary on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.


November 14, 2017

Brandeis IBS Alumna Builds Entrepreneurial Muscles in Shanghai

Bozhanka Vitanova, MBA ’16 built a pop-up entrepreneurial muscle gym in just seven days.


November 10, 2017

A New Brandeis IBS Class Places Students on the Boards of Local Non-Profits

In a new class, Adjunct Professor Gene Miller focuses on experiential learning by bringing students from the classroom to the board room.


November 7, 2017

Brandeis International Business School Gains in Global Rankings

School and degree programs highly ranked by Financial Times, Princeton Review, Corporate Knights and TFE Times.

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November 7, 2017

The CVS-Aetna Merger Hinges on One Question: What Do Consumers Get Out of It?

by Ben Gomes-Casseres | Harvard Business Review

Mergers and acquisitions expert Ben Gomes-Casseres explores business possibilities stemming from discussions of healthcare company consolidations.

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October 31, 2017

Infor's Charles Phillips Receives Perlmutter Award for Excellence in Global Business Leadership

The International Business School at Brandeis University recognized the professional achievements and contributions to society by Charles Phillips.


October 18, 2017

Focus on the quality of HE, not quantity of students

by Nader Habibi | University World News

Professor Nader Habibi discusses higher education and employment in Turkey.

October 11, 2017

Students immersed in the future of global finance at Brandeis International Business School (IBS) FinTech Day

At Brandeis IBS on Wednesday, students, staff and faculty gathered at the Lemberg Academic Center to explore the emerging FinTech industry.


September 25, 2017

Galen Karlan-Mason talks the business of sustainability.

"I like feeling uncomfortable. That's why I like to travel. That's why I like entrepreneurship. I like the unknown and I feed off of discomfort." - Galen Karlan-Mason, MBA '17

September 5, 2017

A Simple Way to Be More Assertive (Without Being Pushy)

by Andy Molinsky | Harvard Business Review

Professor Andy Molinsky provides tips on how to be appropriately assertive and overcome the fear of speaking up in the workplace.

August 31, 2017

Brandeis International Business School launches innovative new graduate degree program

The new Master of Science in Business Analytics degree will provide high-demand big-data skills for success in the growing field.

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August 24, 2017

Amazon says it will cut Whole Foods prices as it completes acquisition Monday

by Matt Day | The Seattle Times

Brandeis IBS professor Ben Gomes-Casseres comments on Amazon's recent acquisition of Whole Foods and the changes that will follow.

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July 24, 2017

Cable TV Upheaval Prompts a Wave of Media Merger Talks

by Meg James | Los Angeles Times

Mergers and acquisitions expert Ben Gomes-Casseres explores business possibilities stemming from discussions of media company consolidations.

July 12, 2017

What to Do When Your Heart Isn't in Your Work Anymore

by Andy Molinsky | Harvard Business Review

Professor Andy Molinsky shares guidance on evaluating perspective, opportunities for growth when work loses its meaning and motivation.

Professor Nader Habibi

June 27, 2017

Brain Drain to the West: Why Iran's Brightest Young Graduates are Leaving Their Country Behind

by Mick Krever | CNN

Professor Nader Habibi talks about the impact of Iranian culture, economy and politics on the movement of young graduates to other parts of the world.

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June 19, 2017

The Financial Times ranks Brandeis International Business School’s Master in International Economics and Finance 2nd in the U.S.

The MA program was ranked second in the U.S. both last year and this year, and in this year’s rankings moved up to 22nd in the world – a five-place bump up from 27th place last year.

June 19, 2017

What Does Whole Foods Get From Amazon? Alexa, For Starters

by Benjamin Gomes-Cassers | Harvard Business Review

The recent acquisition of Whole Foods by Amazon will lead to perks for both companies. Professor Ben Gomes-Casseres looks at how this "business remix" will create new opportunities.

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June 16, 2017

NABE Launches Inaugural CBE University Partnerships

Boston College, Brandeis International Business School, the University of Cincinnati add NABE's Certified Business Economics Degree Programs

The National Association for Business Economics (NABE) has partnered with Brandeis International Business School's MA program in international economics and finance to offer its Certified Business Economist (CBE) professional certification to graduate students.

Robert Podorefsky and Robert Reitano

June 14, 2017

Brandeis International Business School (IBS) honors faculty and staff with awards for dedicated service, excellence in teaching

by Samantha Mocle

At this year’s Dean’s Reception on the Friday before commencement, two Brandeis IBS faculty and two staff members were presented with awards for their passion, commitment and outstanding contributions to the business school.

Detlev Suderow

June 13, 2017

General Electric Will Have to Shed More Than CEO to Boost Profits

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer | Marketplace

Professor Detlev Suderow contributes to a conversation on Marketplace about the future of General Electric's leadership, project capacity and revenue.

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June 9, 2017

Israelis, Palestinians Build Start-Ups Together at Brandeis Incubator

by Sharon Udasin | The Jerusalem Post

The Jerusalem Post highlights work done by Ohad Elhelo '16, MA '17 in establishing cross-border relationships and entrepreneurial opportunities through Our Generation Speaks.

Andy Molinsky

May 25, 2017

Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone

Presented by Andy Molinsky | TEDx Brandeis

Professor Andy Molinsky participates in a TEDx session with Brandeis University and shares tips, research and his own personal story on getting out of your comfort zone.


May 24, 2017

Huntsman Merger Could Create More Houston-Area Jobs, CEO Says

by Jordan Blum | Houston Chronicle

Professor Ben Gomes-Casseres explains the significance of the merger between chemical makers Huntsman Corp. and Clariant. Neither company is large enough to swallow the other, he says, so they're coming together to build a stronger foothold in the industry.

Brandeis IBS Commencement

May 21, 2017

Graduates of Brandeis International Business School Encouraged to Seek Meaning and Truth, Give Back in Midst of Shifting Globalization Trends

Brandeis International Business School (IBS) held its 23rd annual diploma ceremony on Sunday, May 21 to commemorate 160 members of the Class of 2017.

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May 19, 2017

Could a Cluster of Startups Incubate Peace in the Mideast?

by Sinan AbuShanab and Ohad Elhelo | The Boston Globe

Ohad Elhelo '16, MA '17 pens a joint op-ed discussing the benefits of entrepreneurship in creating a safe environment for social, geographic and political innovation beyond borders.

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May 15, 2017

Sprint, T-Mobile Merger Talks On

by Mark Davis | The Kansas City Star

Professor Ben Gomes-Casseres discusses best practices for deals, mergers as cell providers T-Mobile and Sprint enter talks for potential partnership.

Professor Grace Zimmerman

May 12, 2017

ViewPoint: Women Entrepreneurs Gain, Hurdles Remain

by Grace Zimmerman | Boston Business Journal

Professor Grace Zimmerman looks at the opportunities, hurdles for female entrepreneurship in an op-ed for the Boston Business Journal.

Andy Molinsky

May 11, 2017

Why Getting Too Comfortable is Sabotaging Your Success

by William Arruda | Forbes

Professor Andy Molinsky talks with Forbes about stretching out of your comfort zone and identifying barriers to success.

Daniel Bergstresser

May 9, 2017

How Should We Pay for Our Infrastructure?

by Dan Bergstreser | EconoFact

Professor Daniel Bergstresser examines different arguments and proposed methods behind financing infrastructure improvements in the United States.

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March 23, 2017

Backed by Big Wheels, A Boston Incubator Hooks Up Young Israelis and Palestinians to Launch Startups

by Richard Behar | Forbes

BA/MA student Ohad Elhelo '16, MA '17 is profiled in light of his work and venture fundraising with Our Generation Speaks, a startup incubator that aims to build an "infrastructure of hope" between Israeli and Palestinian entrepreneurs.

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March 21, 2017

Mobileye: An Entry – Not an Exit

by Sharon Udasin | The Jerusalem Post

Professor Ben Gomes-Casseres discusses the recent partnership between Intel and Mobileye, an Israeli company known for high-tech development of autonomous vehicle and driver assistance computer systems.

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March 15, 2017

Three Reasons to Get Involved with Brandeis Entrepreneurship

by Halley Saul, '17

Brandeis International Business School (IBS) plays host to many leadership and entrepreneurial opportunities across campus, from job fairs to the annual 3-Day Startup Challenge (3DS). This year, more than 30 students gathered to compete in the sixth annual 3DS event.

Lan Xue '90, MA '91

March 2, 2017

Lan Xue '90, MA '91 to Receive 2017 Brandeis IBS Dean's Medal, Address Students at Commencement

Professor Benjamin Gomes-Casseres '76 to deliver faculty remarks at ceremony

Interim Dean Peter Petri shares news that Brandeis University and International Business School (IBS) alumnus to receive Dean's Medal at 2017 Diploma Ceremony as part of Brandeis University's Commencement weekend.

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February 24, 2017

Renowned Pension Expert Amy Kessler '89, MA '90, Still Uses the Lessons Learned at Brandeis IBS

by David Nathan

At Brandeis International Business School (IBS), Amy Kessler did not learn all the answers. Instead, she graduated with even more valuable proficiencies: the expertise to ask relevant questions and the determination to probe until she discovers the ideal solution.

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February 17, 2017

Expanding Your Comfort Zone

by Samantha Mocle | Brandeis Magazine

Does the prospect of networking at a conference or making small talk between business meetings make you want to curl up in a fetal position? Professor Andy Molinsky talks with Brandeis Magazine about his new book, aimed at individuals seeking to come out of their comfort zone.

Erzhan Wang, MSF '17

February 16, 2017

Coming Out of Your Comfort Zone: Erzhan Wang, MSF '17

Finance student looks to expand his professional presence as a result of Professor Andy Molinsky's course

In an age when social media is considered essential, Erzhan Wang, MSF ’17 has always felt isolated from his peers when it comes to interacting on popular platforms. Wang, who grew up in Shanghai, entered Brandeis International Business School (IBS) with the goal of broadening his knowledge and job prospects in the finance industry.

Sali Sun, MBA '17

February 15, 2017

Coming Out of Your Comfort Zone: Sali Sun, MBA '17

International business student finds confidence to launch career in MBA course

Sali Sun, MBA ’17 arrived in the United States from China with one goal: to build the knowledge and relationships needed to land a full-time job in international business. What she didn’t anticipate was the number of transitions required to do so.

Mansi Gulati, MBA '18

February 14, 2017

Coming Out of Your Comfort Zone: Mansi Gulati, MBA '18

by Faust Nunez '17

Career goals influenced one student's mission to embrace small talk through Professor Andy Molinsky's Global Dexterity course.

Bozhanka Vitanova, MA '16 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (pictured second from right)

February 12, 2017

Brandeis IBS Alumna Attends World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos

Bozhanka Vitanova, MA ’16 spoke about the intersection of technology and social impact as part of TechCrunch’s “Having Impact with Tech” panel discussion.

February 6, 2017

Brandeis International Business School Programs Achieve STEM Classification

Brandeis International Business School (IBS) announced today that the Master of Science in Finance (MSF), Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MA), Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA), PhD in International Economics and Finance and one concentration within the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs are now distinguished as STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) designated programs.


February 6, 2017

Abe to Tout Japan's U.S. Investment Plans in Trump Meeting

by Mitsuru Obe | The Wall Street Journal

Interim Dean Peter Petri weighs in on potential direction of meeting discussions between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump.

February 2, 2017

Don't Let Imposter Syndrome Derail You at Work. You Got This.

by Andy Molinsky | The Boston Globe

Professor Andy Molinsky, Author of REACH and Global Dexterity, shares advice on how to advance your career by overcoming imposter syndrome.

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January 25, 2017

Davos Elite Needs to Heed Wrath of the 'Left Behind'

by Chris Giles | Financial Times

The Brandeis International Business School (IBS) Rosenberg Professor of Global Finance (On Leave) Dr. Catherine L. Mann comments on generating more responsive economies.

January 20, 2017

Free Yourself from What You "Should" Be Doing

by Andy Molinsky | Harvard Business Review

Professor Andy Molinsky, Author of REACH, talks about the difference between compliance and comfort in the workplace and in everyday routines.

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January 5, 2017

There's A Battle in Iran Over the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Business Empire

by Nader Habibi and Eric Lob | The Washington Post

Professor Nader Habibi discusses the relationship between Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the country's economy.

Stephen Cecchetti Receives Honorary Doctorate from Unibas

January 4, 2017

University of Basel Awards Professor Steve Cecchetti with Honorary Doctorate

Cecchetti recognized for contributions to business and economics, work with Bank for International Settlements

Brandeis International Business School (IBS) Professor Steve Cecchetti was awarded an honorary doctorate from the faculty of business and economics at the University of Basel at the institution’s 556th Dies Academicus in November 2016.