WSBT in the News:
At the Walker School of Business we know the importance of sharing our expertise to those outside our classrooms. Members of the news media, professional organizations and industry conference coordinators regularly contact our faculty to tap into their insight on everything from the events of the day to the latest in research for the future. We invite you to review highlights from some of the local, regional, national and international media stories featuring our faculty around the world.
Professor Rishe: Snowstorm and the Superbowl
January 22, 2014 - Fox Sports Radio
Dr. Patrick Rishe, professor of economics, explains how the weather could impact the
Superbowl and the amount of money spent. Listen to his interview on Fox Sports Radio.
The State of the Jobs in St. Louis
January 11, 2014 - The Jaco Report, Fox 2 News
With 40,000 people dropping out of the labor market, Benjamin Akande, dean of the Walker School of Business & Technology, explains what these jobless numbers mean for our area. Watch the video.
Professor Rishe: Can The Games Win Without Lindsey Vonn?
January 8, 2014 - Bloomberg "The Loop" and CNN News Room
With Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn withdrawing from the Sochi Olympics, Dr. Patrick Rishe, professor of economics, weighs in on the ratings impact for NBC and the financial impact for Vonn. Watch the video for his analysis on Bloomberg and his Skype interview on CNN.
Dean Akande on Unemployment Benefits Extension
January 8, 2014 - Fox 2
Long term unemployment benefits created during the recession were cut off this month to about 12,000 in the St. Louis area and 1.3 million nationwide because Congress agreed to a deal that funded the government, but excluded an extension to jobless benefits. However, on January 7, the Senate gave approval to bring it back for another three months at a cost of $6.4 billion. Dr. Benjamin Akande, dean of Webster University’s Walker School of Business, talks about the pros and cons of extending unemployment benefits.
Professor Rishe Talks Texas Football with Aljazeera America
December 30, 2013 - Aljazeera America
As the football season draws to a close, Dr. Patrick Rishe, professor of economics for the Walker School and director of SportsImpacts, discusses the economics of Texas' college football program. Watch the segment on Aljazeera America.
Professor Rishe Discusses the Economic Impact of Losing Teams
November 27, 2013 - Bloomberg TV
With the worst losing streak in decades for New York sports teams, Professor of Economics
Dr. Patrick Rishe shares his perspective on the economic impact. Watch the interview on Bloomberg TV.
Dean Akande Says Black Friday is Now Black November
November 25, 2013 - Fox 2 News
With Thanksgiving only days away, Benjamin Akande, dean of the Walker School of Business
& Technology, explains how Black Friday has turned into Black November. He says we
are seeing a change in the psychology of shopping and saving with deals happening
throughout the season. Watch his interview for more information.
Economics Professor Rishe Discusses Scandals in the NFL
November 15, 2013 - CNBC Closing Bell & Fox Sports Tonight
In recent interviews on CNBC Closing Bell and Fox Sports Tonight, Patrick Rishe, Ph.D.,
professor of economics and Forbes contributor, discusses recent scandals in the NFL.
With numerous arrests, hazing and concussions, Dr. Rishe weighs-in on the scandals
that are sacking the NFL. Watch the interview on CNBC and listen to the interview on Fox Sports Tonight.
Management Professor Brasfield Explains Affordable Care Act
October 25, 2013 - KMOX NewsRadio
In an interview with Charlie Brennan of CBS St. Louis, Jim Brasfield, Ph.D., professor of management and author of the book, Health Policy: The Decade Ahead, discussed the Affordable Care Act and how it is changing the individual insurance market. Professor Brasfield shared his perspective on the impact of competition in the insurance market on prices and responded to callers with concerns about the rising costs of insurance. Listen to his interview on KMOX News Radio.
Management Professor Roberts Discusses Entrepreneurship in Fashion
October 18, 2013 - USA Today
Dr. Joseph Roberts, professor of management and director of the entrepreneurship program, says
success in fashion design is no longer about designing looks that attract the attention
of a major fashion house. Rather, he proposes that fashion is about image and technology
usage. Read more.
Economics Professor Rishe Breaks Down Financial Incentives in College Athletics
September 26, 2013 - Forbes
Dr. Patrick Rishe, associate business professor for the Walker School of Business
and Technology, discussed the money matters of college football's "slaughterhouse
rules" in his latest article in Forbes. Read his analysis.
Walker Dean Addresses Diversity Fellows Program Graduates
September 26, 2013 - The St. Louis American
At the graduation ceremony for the seventh class of St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative
Fellows, Dean Akande encouraged the program graduates to be ready for success. "You
are going to be called to play a powerful position, and you have to be ready." Find out more.
Economics Professor Rishe Breaks Down Financial Incentives in College Athletics
September 11, 2013 - Forbes
Dr. Patrick Rishe, associate business professor for the Walker School of Business
and Technology, weighed in on allegations that business operations at Oklahoma State
University encourage cheating in college athletics. Read his analysis.
Economics Professor Rishe Discusses Bid for 2020 Olympics
September 7, 2013 - Forbes
Dr. Patrick Rishe, associate business professor for the Walker School of Business and Technology, discussed why Tokyo is the best city to host the 2020 Summer Olympics in an article in Forbes. Read his rationale.
Walker Dean Talks Mobile Mergers
September 4, 2013 - Fox 2 News and KMOX News Radio
With a background in mergers and acquisitions, Walker School Dean Benjamin Akande
was invited to comment on Microsoft's announcement to purchase Nokia's phone business.
Dean Akande shared his perspective on the business deal with KMOX News Radio and Fox 2 News.
Economics Professor Rishe Speaks to NFL Settlement
August 30, 2013 - CNBC
Just days before the start of the NFL season, Dr. Patrick Rishe, associate business
professor for the Walker School of Business and Technology, discussed the NFL's settlement
over concussion-related brain injuries on CNBC's Squawk Box. Click here to read more.
Walker Dean Weighs in on Federal Minimum Wage
August 26, 2013 - St. Louis Beacon
As fast food workers push for a $15 hourly wage, Benjamin Akande, dean of the Walker School of Business and Technology, was among three business experts invited to address the topic of increasing the federal minimum wage. Click here to read more.
The Walker School's Online MBA Featured in U.S. News & World Report
August 13, 2013 - U.S. News & World Report
The George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology's Online MBA program was
featured in U.S. News & World Report in an article about online MBA programs that
include international travel opportunities. The article also included quotes from
a Walker School graduate student as well as one of our faculty members. Follow the
link to read the full article.
Webster's Walker MBA is #1
July 26, 2013
Webster University's George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology (Walker School) has the most popular Master of Business Administration (MBA) program in the states of Missouri and Kansas, according to a new survey compiled by Ingram's, a business magazine based out of Kansas City. Click here to read more.
Dr. Akande: Record Stock Market Numbers
July 12, 2013 - Fox 2/KTVI
"Stocks Surge to Fresh Highs." That was the Wall Street Journal Headline Friday. On Thursday, investors pushed stocks into record territory for the first time since last May. And one man may be the reason. No, not the Dean of Webster University's Walker School of Business, but he does have the answer. It's Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke. Dr. Benjamin Akande explains.
June 14, 2013 - St. Louis Business Journal
Last week's announcement of unemployment for May 2013 brought good news and bad news.
The good news is 175,000 jobs were created in May; bad news — unemployment rose to
7.6 percent. What the numbers confirmed is the necessity of continued monetary stimulus,
otherwise known as quantitative easing (QE). Click here to read more.
Click here to listen to Dean Akande's comments at the 2013 Delta Mu Delta induction ceremony.
May 29, 2013
The George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University honors two executives with St. Louis ties and alumni. Kathleen Mazzarella, Chairman, President, CEO of Graybar Electric and Don Huonker, Senior Vice President, Global Projects at Walgreens were inducted into Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society.
May 23, 2013
Benjamin Akande, Professor of Economics, Dean of Walker School of Business and Chief
of Corporate Partnerships, will keynote the “Exploring Global Citizenship Luncheon” at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators' Annual Conference in St. Louis
on May 29th, 2013.
Webster Names IKEA CEO Leader of the Year
April 24, 2013 - St. Louis American
Mikael Ohlsson, CEO of IKEA, the world's largest furniture retailer, was honored by
Webster's Walker School of Business and the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
as the 2013 CEO of the year. Read the story.
April 23, 2013 - WSBT Blog
The Emerging Leaders Initiative, a federal training program launched by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), kicked off recently at Webster University. Dan Ramaciotti, adjunct faculty at Webster University, is the instructor for the program. Ramaciotti, who teaches undergraduate entrepreneurship and graduate level courses in management and economics, started teaching the initiative last year.
April 5, 2013 - Forbes
Dr. Rishe, who regularly blogs for Forbes, says Tim Pernetti's firing as of Friday morning was both just and necessary.
April 4, 2013 - Forbes
After the Mike Rice firing on Wednesday morning, ESPN cited a source close to the Rutgers University Board of Trustees who told “Outside the Lines” on Wednesday afternoon that Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti's job was safe for now because of his prior work on getting Rutgers into a lucrative Big 10 deal last fall.
Screwball Economics: As another season begins, MLB faces an unsustainable future, and you're picking up the tab
March 28, 2013 - Riverfront Times
Police in riot gear guard the dugouts, preparing for the worst with German shepherds at heel. This is Philadelphia in 1980, after all.
March 18, 2013 - CNBC
The Walker School's Dr. Patrick Rishe discusses college basketball's most profitable program in the US.
March 7, 2013 - Fox 2/KTVI
Those sequestration spending cuts began almost a week ago. Despite Washington's prediction it would cost 750,000 jobs, the sky hasn't fallen, at least, not yet. In fact, investors pushed the Dow Jones to its first all-time high since 2007. Dr. Benjamin Akande, dean of Webster University's George Herbert Walker School of Business, discusses his take on what's going on.
Danica's Historic Daytona 500 Pole is Huge for Fox, Stewart-Haas Racing, and GoDaddy.com
February 17, 2013 - Forbes
You go, girl. At 196.434 miles per hour, you go REAL fast. And at Daytona Motor Speedway
on Sunday afternoon, you drove faster than any of your driving competitors on your
way to the pole position for next Sunday's Daytona 500.
February 5, 2013 - KSDK
Webster University sports economics professor Patrick Rishe says a deal like we saw
in 1995 will never happen again in Missouri.
January 28, 2013 - KMOV
Dr. Benjamin Akande from Webster University reveals the art of dynamic pricing.
January 2013 - WSBT Blog
Webster University will put its educational strength behind the Ford Motor Co. beginning in the spring 2013 semester when it partners with the United Automobile Workers (UAW) to bring graduate education to workers at Ford's Louisville Assembly Plant (LAP) in Kentucky.
January 15, 2013 - Forbes
Dr. Rishe who regularly blogs for Forbes put pen to paper soon after hearing that
Lance Armstrong admitted to Oprah Winfrey earlier this week that he did take performance enhancing drugs during his years of
January 1, 2013 - KTVI Fox 2
The last-minute deal from the Senate give hope the stalemate is over the 'fiscal cliff' won't be as disastrous for most Americans, but we are not out of the woods. Dr. Benjamin Akande, Dean of the Webster University School of Business explains how it can affect your wallet.
January 1, 2013 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The deal that was ironed out in Congress over nearly 24 hours Tuesday to resolve the
so-called “fiscal cliff” should put the economy in St. Louis, and the nation as a
whole, on sounder footing, local economists said.
December 31, 2012 - KSDK, NBC
Dr. Benjamin Akande from Webster University talks about the fiscal cliff and what it means for the average American.
December 30, 2012 - KMOV, CBS 4
Dean Akande comments on the approaching deadline for action from Congress on the Fiscal
December 18, 2012 - WSBT Blog
Speech given by Dr. Benjamin Ola Akande, dean of the Walker School of Business and Technology, as he received the 2012 Pillar in the Community award from the Clayton Chamber of Commerce.
November 23, 2012 - KTVI, Fox 2
An estimated $147 million shoppers are predicted over this three-day weekend. That's 73 million fewer people from last year according to the National Retail Federation but that estimate may be wrong. Big turnout last night and this morning may change those numbers. Dr. Benjamin Akande, Dean of Webster's Walker School of Business explains why.
October 11, 2012 - MarketPlace
Sports economist Patrick Rishe comments on the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's newly released a 1,000-page report documenting alleged PED by retired cyclist Lance Armstrong.
October 10, 2012 - Business News Network
Patrick Rishe, Walker School of Business professor at Webster University discusses the NHL lockout on Business News Network.
October 10, 2012 - Yahoo! News
Ambassador Nancy Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Foundation,
received the 2012 Person of the Year Award from Webster University's George Herbert
Walker School of Business & Technology.
September 26, 2012 - University Business
Dean Akande writes about the power of diversity and "inclusive excellence" which draws from all the Walker School's generational, cultural and ethnic strengths.
September 17, 2012 - LA Times
Locked-out players began securing spots overseas and the NHL launched a public-relations offensive Sunday.
September 13, 2012 - Orlando Business Journal
Dr. Pat Rishe comments on expectation the 76-year-old Citrus Bowl will generate a $300 million annual economic impact from events once its $189 million makeover is complete.
September 3, 2012 - KTVI, Fox 2
With the presidential election looming, this Labor Day is filled with questions about
what's next for the economy and the job market. Dr. Akande, Dean of the Walker School
of Business and Technology explains the state of labor on Labor Day.
September 1, 2012
More than 80,000 fans watched Penn State's football team lose Saturday, 24-14. It
was an emotional kick-off to the season, one that followed the turmoil of a sex abuse
scandal and the firing of its legendary coach, Joe Paterno.
August 28, 2012 - KMOX
Patrick Rishe, Walker School of Business professor at Webster University discusses Lance Armstrong being stripped of titles with Chris Kerber on The Sports Hub.
August 27, 2012 - Bloomberg
Patrick Rishe, founder and director of Sportsimpacts, and Webster University Walker School of Business Professor talks about the trade last week between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox that brought first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pitcher Josh Beckett and outfielder Carl Crawford to the Dodgers. Rishe talks with Erik Schatzker and Stephanie Ruhle on Bloomberg Television's "Market Movers."
August 24, 2012 - CNN
Will sponsors still show interest in Lance Armstrong after the USADA strips him of his titles for alleged doping? Webster University's Economics Professor Patrick Rishe discusses on CNN.
August 21, 2012 - KMOX
The Fontbonne University KMOX Charlie Brennan Book Club meeting for August 2012 featured Webster University Proefssor Dr. James Brasfield, author of Health Policy: The Decade Ahead. Charlie and Dr. Brasfield discuss the complicated issues of health care and medicare while addressing questions from the audience.
August 20, 2012 - Reuters
The George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University has established a new undergraduate degree in mobile computing. Students who choose the new 48-credit-hour B.S. degree in Mobile Computing are focused on applying their technical skills to design, create and test mobile applications. They will learn programming skills necessary to become proficient in developing mobile applications for portable computing devices that access the Internet, such as smartphones, iPhones and iPads.
August 10, 2012 - KTVI, Fox2
The Cost of college tuition jumped 15% between 2008 and 2010, according to the Department of Education and last year, 40% of states cut higher education spending. Dr. Benjamin Akande, Dean of the Walker School of Business at Webster University joins Randi Naughton to discuss different options students and parents can look into to help them pay for college.
August 9, 2012 - timesleader.com
The ongoing sexual abuse scandal and loss of sponsorships will lower Penn State's
ranking in future years, according to Forbes magazine, which publishes an annual list
of most valuable college football programs.
August 5, 2012 - Forbes.com
On Sunday evening at the 2012 London Olympics, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won Gold
in the 100M dash. In doing so, he maintains the moniker “Fastest Man Alive” first
earned at the 2008 Beijing Games.
July 31, 2012 - Small Business Monthly
Often when the importance of incorporating diversity into business is discussed, the direct link to the company's finances isn't made. In the following Q&A, Dr. Benjamin Ola Akande, professor of economics, dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology, and chief of the Office of Corporate Partnerships at Webster University, explains why he believes embracing a well-thought-out diversity plan will contribute to your bottom line through what he calls “return on diversity.”
July 6, 2012 - KTVI, Fox 2
June's job report is out. The U.S. Labor Department says 80,000 jobs were added last
month. A gain of 125,000 to 150,000 jobs are needed to begin to climb out of this
hole which is filled with 13 million unemployed Americans. Dr. Benjamin Akande, the
Dean of the Walker School of Business at Webster University explains.
June 30, 2012 - KTVI, Fox 2
On the Jaco Report, what the Supreme Court's ruling on the health care law means to
you. It's one of the most momentous decisions of recent decades which declared that
the Affordable Care Act is legal. To view Dr. Brasfield's appearance on KTVI Fox
2, click here and scroll to part 2.
June 29, 2012 - New York Times
June 28, 2012 - KTVI, Fox 2
A new poll says 37 percent of Americans say they would be pleased if the Supreme Court
deemed Obama Care Unconstitutional. Dr. Jim Brasfield, a Political Science and Health Care expert from Webster University,
explains what the outcome might be and mean.
June 27, 2012 - KTVI, Fox 2
America is on pins and needles waiting to hear the Supreme Court's decision on the
future of our health care system Thursday. That is when the justices are expected
to rule on the affordable health care act, which requires individuals to have health
insurance or face a fine.
Webster University's George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology Names Emerson's David Farr its 2012 CEO of the Year
June 26, 2012 - MarketWatch
The George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology named Emerson's David Farr its 2012 CEO of the Year following an address by the Fortune 120 chairman and CEO at Webster University's campus in Chengdu, China. Farr's address focused on the importance of growth, technology and innovation in business.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure Founder to Receive Webster University's George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology 2012 Person of the Year Award
June 22, 2012 - MarketWatch
Ambassador Nancy Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Foundation, received the 2012 Person of the Year Award from Webster University's George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology today during a morning ceremony before students, cancer patients, survivors and loved ones in the university's new East Academic Building.
June 4, 2012 - KTVI, Fox 2
The U.S. economy added 69,000 jobs last month, the smallest increase in a year. Meanwhile, unemployment increased 8.1 to 8.2 percent. More Americans are looking for work as manufacturing slows. Are we on the road to another recession? Dr. Benjamin Akande, Dean of the Webster School of Business explains.
June 1, 2012 - Journal of Leadership Studies
Author: Dr. Jason Kaminsky
This article examines the leadership practices utilized by information technology (IT) project managers that contribute to project success. Specifically, technical and nontechnical leadership practices are contrasted. The importance of nontechnical leadership practices in IT project management has been largely ignored in research until recently.
June 1, 2012 - KMOX
Dr. Debbie Psihountas of Webster University explained Facebook's troubles may lead to changes in IPO rules for CBS Radio (KMOX).
May 12, 2012
Click here to read Dean Benjamin Akande's 2012 commencement addresses.
May 10, 2012 - KTVI, Fox 2
There was a mad dash Wednesday between 10:00 a.m. and 11:15 am when St. Louis gas
station suddenly started raising the price of gas. So what's going on? Dr. Benjamin
Akande from the Webster School of Business explains.
May 4, 2012 - Atlanta Journal Constitution
An Economics 101 lecture on supply and demand tells you all you need to know about why sports facilities often are heavily financed with public money.
April 26, 2012 - Ladue News
When I arrived in St. Louis in the summer of 2000, I discovered a remarkable city
home to 91 municipalities on the shores' of the mighty Mississippi River. It is a
place described by demographers as the 'northernmost southern city' and the 'southernmost
April 17, 2012 - Kansas City's Business Magazine, Ingram's
This is why Benjamin Ola Akande, from most every success metric you can think of, elevates both Webster University's business school and the broader St. Louis area: "Missouri needs to start thinking big ideas, transformational ideas that will move us," he says. "We need to transform the way business is dealt with-in tourism, food technology, life sciences-and we need to be clear what our competitive advantage is, what we do that nobody else could do, even if they wanted to." That kind of thinking has driven improvements at Webster's George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology, where he's been dean since 2000. During that time, student enrollments and graduation rates have risen by more than 40 percent within Webster's largest academic unit.
April 9, 2012 - St. Louis Small Business Monthly
For his entire career, Dr. Benjamin Akande has been finding ways to help organizations
go from where they are to where they want to be.
March 19, 2012 - Ladue News
Organizations, like living organisms, are born to die. Often their end comes naturally
once they have fulfilled their role in a mature marketplace. Others eventually kick
the proverbial bucket because they underestimated the ability of an unknown competitor
who emerges and takes them out.
February 29, 2012 - Yahoo! News
An incredible story from sports and economics.
February 8, 2012 - Forbes
So how well did Indianapolis succeed as the host of Super Bowl XLVI? There was rampant
talk that Indianapolis should join cities such as Miami and New Orleans as regular
rotating hosts for the world's biggest football game.
February 2, 2012 - St. Louis Business Journal
Webster University's Richard Dippel directs the only multi-class forensic accounting program in the St. Louis area.
January 26, 2012 - CBS News
KMOX's Charlie Brennan talks with Dean Benjamin Akande, Prof. of Economics and Dean
of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University,
about the economics of last night's State of the Union Address by President Obama.
January 25, 2012 - WSBT Blog
April 22, 2010 was a big day for Webster University. Shortly after a ceremony announcing the naming of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, Ambassador Walker made an announcement of his own: If the University could raise matching funds, he would donate $100,000 to the George Herbert Walker III International Study Award, providing aid to business students to add an international component to their educational expertise.
January 20, 2012 - KTVI, Fox 2
More than four decades after his death, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's words are still reaching new generations. And with all the changes we've seen since the 60s, there are still lessons to be learned, especially in Washington and on Wall Street. So says Dean of Webster University's Business School Dr. Benjamin Akande. He wrote a guest column for USA Today. In it he points out that Dr. King was not only a champion for Civil Rights but economic empowerment.
January 15, 2012 - USA Today
This Monday, America will remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through songs, while
marching in parades, during prayers at churches or with community service. On America's
campaign trail, presidential candidates will join hands with voters at celebrations
throughout the country hoping to captivate their audience the way the man we honor
this day did decades before.
January 5, 2012 - Business News Network
Patrick Rishe discusses the expenses involved in large sporting events.
January 4, 2012 - Bloomberg
Patrick Rishe, founder and director of Sportsimpacts and a professor at Webster University, talks about the Christmas Day start of the National Basketball Association season after a five-month lockout. Rishe, speaking with Stephanie Ruhle on Bloomberg Television's "InsideTrack," also discusses the NBA labor agreement and outlook for sports in 2012.
January 4, 2012 - MoneyShow
Webster University alum and advisory board member for the Walker School of Business,
Neil George, is editor of By George and Stocks That Pay You, a financial news journal.
He says while banks remain on the defensive, their preferred shares and debt securities
offer attractive yields.
January 1, 2012 - KTVI, Fox 2
Hope springs eternal that 2012 will be the year everything turns around. But is that just wishful thinking? Fox News asked Dr. Benjamin Akande, dean of the Walker School of Business at Webster University what his prediction is for the year ahead.