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Strome College of Business

The Strome College of Business (SCB) Dean's Research Seminar was established to increase the level of research-related discourse within the College and foster a culture of scholarship. Each Seminar offers an opportunity for researchers in the SCB and other colleges to present their work to interested scholars. Invited presentations from internationally distinguished speakers from other universities are also scheduled every semester. Presentations at the Dean's Research Seminar serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas and can foster research collaboration. Constructive criticism and informal discussion are hallmarks of the Seminar series. Seminars are held every other Friday at noon during the Spring and Fall semesters in Jensen Communications Lab. Refreshments are served, courtesy of the Dean.


Spring 2020 Presentations

Date Presenter Topic
Feb 09

David Selover, ODU Economics

Impact of Mexico upon U.S. industries
Feb 23 Jay Walker, ODU Economics Gender differences in competitiveness and risk-taking

Mar 16

Jeffrey Reuer, University of Colorado Strategy

Corporate external corporate development activities and growth options

Mar 30

PhD Presentation: 1. Zhaohui Li (Finance)

  1. Jonas Zhang (Marketing)
  2. Aydin Oksoy (Management)
  1. Multi-task agency with common effort
  2. Customer cooperation in services
  3. Dealing with angels: The anchoring effect in unstructured negotiations

Apr 13

John Ford, ODU Marketing

The changing face of male attractiveness

If you are interested in presenting, email Dr. David Selover (dselover@odu.edu).


Strome Chamber Speaker Series

The Strome College of Business Chamber Speaker Series is an umbrella of events that serve the Hampton Roads business community by providing high quality speakers in collaboration with the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber). With roots in the Economics Club of Hampton Roads, the Strome Series seeks to continue to engage the business community while also providing learning and networking opportunities for top Strome College of Business (SCB) students.


Vinod Agarwal

Vinod Agarwal, professor of economics and director of the Economic Forecasting Project in the Strome College of Business, ODU, and Robert McNab, director of the Center for Economic Analysis and Policy in the Strome College of Business will present the regional and state-wide economic forecasts. Dr. Agarwal currently serves as a member of the Virginia College Building Authority for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He was a member of the Governor's Advisory Board of Economics from 2006 to 2010. He is author or co-author of more than 60 professional journal publications and research monographs. In addition to citations in professional publications, Professor Agarwal's work has also been cited in more than 130 newspapers, magazine and wire reports throughout the U.S., including the Dow Jones Newswire, Associated Press and USA Today. Dr. McNab has served as a consultant on tax policy, tax administration, and revenue estimation and forecasting issues for the United States Agency for International Development and the World Bank. His research has appeared in top economics journals, such as Applied Economics, and Defense and Security Analysis. He is also a board member of Public Finance and Management and serves as an elected board member of the Spreckels Union School District. Professor McNab joined the faculty of the Defense Resources Management Institute and the Naval Postgraduate School in August 2000, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006, and Professor in 2013. He joined the faculty of Old Dominion University in July 2016.

Joshua Sullivan and Angela Zutavern

Joshua Sullivan and Angela Zutavern, authors of The Mathematical Corporation: Where Machine Intelligence and Human Ingenuity Achieve the Impossible, share how the emergence of today's machine age is a once-in-a-decade breaking point that will transform business competition at least as dramatically as the quality revolution of the 1980s or the dawn of the internet age of the 1990s. They show business leaders how to compete in this new era: by combining the mathematical smarts of machines with the intellect of visionary leaders. Josh Sullivan, PhD, is senior vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton and sits on the computer science advisory boards for two universities. Angela Zutavern is vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton, where she leads their advanced data science research. She convenes the Chief Data Officer Council for the federal community and chairs the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Foundation, a nonprofit supporting the employees of ICE.

Isabel Rullan

Isabel Rullan, co-founder and managing director of ConPRmetidos, is credited with reversing the brain drain in Puerto Rico. But when Hurricane Maria hit, the brain drain returned in earnest. Now, of course, the focus is simply to get the electricity back on and the water safe to drink.

Chris Heivly

Chris Heivly, dubbed "the Start-Up Whisperer," is co-founder of Mapquest and author of Build the Fort. Heivly is a speaker, investor, mentor and start up founder. In Build the Fort Heivly breaks down his personal fort-building experiences and uses them as an analogy to his journey as co-founder of MapQuest and the Startup Factory (a seed-stage investor and mentorship program). Heivly's company, Startup Factory, is a highly successful venture investment firm with nearly forty companies under its wings. Highly sought after for his insight into the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems and their role in economic development, he brings a unique perspective on the Hampton Roads economy.

Mark Anielski

Mark Anielski, President and CWO of Anielski Management Inc., is a well-being economist and an international expert in natural capital accounting and alternative measures of progress, including happiness and well-being indices. Mark has developed advanced analytic tools to help policy makers assess the economic, societal and ecological impacts and genuine value of policies, programs and services.


Mark was an adjunct professor of Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Alberta's School of Business between 2003 and 2012. Mark is two books: The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth (New Society Publishers, 2007) and An Economy of Well-being: Practical Tools for Building Genuine Wealth and Happiness (2018). He holds bachelor degrees in Economics (1981) and Forest Science (1984) and a Masters in Science in Forest Economics (1991) from the University of Alberta.

Tom Barkin

Tom Barkin is the President and CEO of Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.