Find the Business Club That’s Right For You

From the Accounting Society to the American Marketing Association, there are many campus clubs available to Mihaylo business students. Each organization hosts events, including workshops and networking activities, to help develop each member’s professional, academic, and social skills.

“Getting involved in Mihaylo College through the Business Inter-Club Council and Delta Sigma Pi has been a great experience,” says Jessica Macaspac ’17 (business admin). “I have been able to connect with other students who share similar goals.”

Even if you have not yet declared a concentration, it may be helpful to check out a few of these clubs to get an idea of what you are interested in. To understand what these organizations have to offer, the Days of Discovery (formerly Discoverfest) is a three-day resource fair featuring informational tables and the opportunity to talk to current members in the Titan Walk Plaza from Monday, Sept. 15, through Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Days of Discovery showcases all organizations on campus, including the Mihaylo business clubs:

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Asia’s Rising Economies: What Business Students Need to Know

The Hong Kong skyline

The Hong Kong skyline

The economies of East Asia are outpacing the world average in economic growth and are projected to continue their rise to prominence in the future. In a globalized world economy, what do business students need to know about the rise of the Asian economies? CSUF Economics Professor Robert Mead shares some insights about the economies of East Asia and what students can do to be active participants in the world economy.

East Asia, a region encompassing the economic giants Japan and China as well as the upstart economies of Southeast Asia, has a population of 2.2 billion people, over a quarter of the world’s total. It also has more than a third of the world’s total economic output.

Professor Robert Mead. CREDIT: Matthew Gush

Professor Robert Mead. CREDIT: Matthew Gush

CSUF Economics Professor Robert Mead tells students that the East Asian economies have been remarkable in their persistence toward economic vitality over the past half century. The region’s economic development started in Japan and spread to the “Asian Tiger” economies of Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore in the mid-20th Century. China has made a transition from a Communist command economy to one of the world’s most dynamic economies, while Southeast Asian nations such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand are rapidly becoming developed countries.

“China, India, Japan and Korea are the four major economies in Asia, though all of the Asian economies are growing faster than the rest of the world in the general,” Mead says. Particularly, China and India are notable because of their huge populations – more than one billion citizens each – which make them economic leaders by sheer size alone. Yet all of the Asian economies are notable for outpacing the world average in economic growth over the last 50 years.

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Keys to Being a Successful Business Communicator

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Communication is arguably the most important factor to success in the contemporary economy. What do business students need to know about successful communication in the workplace? Mihaylo Advisory Council member Zack Swire and CSUF Business Communications Professor Jodi Jewell share tips from the pros for being a successful business communicator.  

New technologies and an increasingly diverse workplace have made communication the lifeblood of the professional world. Regardless of industry, the career outlook favors those who can communicate well through oral, written and technological mediums.

Zack Swire

Zack Swire

Zack Swire is a member of Mihaylo’s  Marketing Advisory Council and president and CEO of eGood, a Glendora-based social responsibility advertising agency, and Jodi Jewell is a Mihaylo business communications professor. These two pros share some of their best tips on how to communicate more effectively.

Business communication courses are the best way to master the fundamentals. Swire says they are vital in developing communication skills. “Classes are certainly helpful as they provide a foundational element for effective communication,” he says. Swire has advised professors on incorporating new technologies to their coursework, including social posts, LinkedIn profiles, video chats and more. This has ensured that CSUF courses are accurately representing the contemporary business world.

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Mihaylo Professor Studies Conflict Management Across Cultures

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Wikimedia Commons

Mihaylo Management Professor Goli Sadri examines the factors involved in conflict management in diverse cultures. She shares practical advice for business students on how to communicate more effectively in diverse workplaces.

Globalization and technology have combined to make cross-cultural understanding essential in the business world. This is especially important when managing workplace conflict. While managers now understand that conflict can be constructive, it can be difficult when the participants approach situations from diverse cultural perspectives.

Mihaylo Management Professor Goli Sadri authored a 2013 study, Choosing Conflict Resolution by Culture, which appeared in Industrial Management, to address the factors that make cross-cultural understanding difficult and how professionals can overcome these challenges to reach equitable solutions.

“Culture is how the world is perceived and organized by a large group of people,” says Sadri, who teaches courses in organizational behavior and leadership. “Members of different cultures handle conflict situations differently.” She notes that Americans tend to handle workplace conflict directly, while professionals in other cultures are more likely to refer the situation to upper management or take an indirect approach. “The direct approach that Americans take can appear confrontational and intimating in other cultures,” she says.

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Mihaylo’s Tutoring Center Improves Course Success Rates

Mihaylo Tutoring Center Staff

Mihaylo Tutoring Center Staff

Calvin Wong ’15 (accounting) spends 20 hours a week helping other students. He’s a tutor at the Mihaylo Tutoring Center, specializing in accounting, and his goal is to see improvement among the students he works with. “I see the same students quite often, and it is really great to see them progress,” he says.

The tutoring center is located in the West Pavilion of Mihaylo Hall and offers help on accounting, business writing, economics, finance, and information systems and decision sciences. The center is open 36 hours a week, including two hours a day of Skype sessions for ISDS. It runs through an appointment system, and students may conveniently book online with any available tutor. “Being able to make an appointment online is really convenient and ensures that I get the help that I need,” says Christian Martinez ’16 (management).

The tutors are students hired through career center job postings. Tutors must be great communicators, problem solvers, and must maintain a professional attitude at work. The center also looks for students that are able to tutor in multiple subjects for more flexibility. Many of the tutors are students that are highly involved within Mihaylo College and have been with the center for multiple semesters. “As I spend more time with my students, they begin to see me more as a friend instead of a superior,” says Wong. “I’ve also helped one student figure out what he wanted to do in the future and it is really rewarding to know that I am making an impact on them.”

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