Top Stories of 2020

Top Stories of 2020

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

From COVID to remote learning to commencement, 2020 was a historic year. This is a roundup of our top stories of 2020.

Carlson School Faculty Share Their Thoughts on Going Virtual

When moving courses to a remote format during the Spring semester, Carlson School faculty members were navigating uncertain terrain sans directions. Eight Carlson School faculty members shared their reflections on the journey with remote teaching in the spring semester.

Ekunsanmi Honored With 2020 Tomato Can Loving Cup Award

A powerful voice for change with a passion for helping others, Ifeoluwa “Ife” Ekunsanmi is the 2020 winner of the Tomato Can Loving Cup award, the most prestigious award the Carlson School of Management can bestow on an undergraduate student. Ekunsanmi made an impact across numerous clubs and organizations she was involved in during her time as a student, always striving to create inclusive environments.

Leadership in the Age of Disruption

Now more than ever, it is essential that leaders and your teams have access to the business knowledge and development opportunities that will help you continue to thrive. During this critical period, we are highlighting the perspectives of Carlson faculty as they contextualize the ways businesses and the economy are being disrupted.

Carlson School team helps Mia prepare to reopen

How many people, standing 6-feet apart, can you fit into a 400,000 square foot building and safely move them through it? The Mia, formerly Minneapolis Institute of Art, turned to the Carlson School for an answer as they prepared to re-open since closing the doors in March due to COVID-19.

Two Things Companies Should Do Now to Set Up for a Post-COVID-19 Future

As the COVID-19 response underscores the new power of digital technologies, data, algorithms and AI, break-out organizations will rethink their man-machine mixology for tasks, projects, processes, operating models and even their strategy. Companies who evaluate their operations and future strategy now can come back stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Q&A: Dean Zaheer named chair of Minneapolis Fed Board of Directors

Carlson School of Management Dean Sri Zaheer was appointed chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington D.C. Zaheer, a board member since 2017, discusses the role, the Federal Reserve System, and the University’s long-standing partnership with the Minneapolis Fed. 

The N95 Mask for Pricing: Making Pricing Safer for Customers, Companies and Society

During these very challenging times, companies are focused on how to make a profit as well as manage costs. And for our metaphor, we've chosen to describe this as an N95 mask for pricing. Why N95 mask? Because it’s a powerful symbol of how we can all be safer during these difficult pandemic times.

A Slam Dunk Education

Kyle Burkhardt, '20 CEMBA, works as the Director of Strategy & Insights for the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers and flies to Minnesota every other weekend for the Carlson Executive MBA program. It sounds exhausting, but it's all worth it in Burkhardt's pursuit of a high-quality education with a significant return on investment. Each time he heads back to California, he's bringing valuable knowledge he can use every day in his role with the Clippers.

Carlson School Faculty Weigh in on Super Bowl Ads

A 30-second Super Bowl advertisement this year cost a reported $5.6 million, according to AdAge. So who spent well and who didn’t? Wendy Lutter, senior lecturer in the marketing department, gives us her insight.

Lessons from the Ongoing Pandemic: Strategic Sourcing in a Changed World

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the major global supply chain disruptions it continues to cause have brought considerable scrutiny to sourcing decisions. While the unprecedented nature of the disruptions has exposed the limitations of existing sourcing decisions, it presents opportunities for the sourcing function to radically rethink how decisions are made and how the function can better respond to future crises.