Breaking Down Business

#17 Breaking Down Business: Data Application in the Study of Economics



In the episode of Breaking Down Business, we talk with Lock Reynolds, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics in the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship about how he uses data in the classroom, his research on wage gaps, and updates happening in the Department of Economics at Kent State.


#16 Breaking Down Business: The Effects of Criminal History on Acquiring Meaningful Work



In this episode, we talk with Catrina Palmer Johnson, Ph.D., a faculty member in the Kent State Department of Management. Palmer Johnson discusses the career path that led to her obtaining a Ph.D. as well as her research in the areas of the role of gender and racial disparity on mentorship relationships and the effects of criminal history on individuals’ ability to acquire meaningful work. She also discusses her involvement in the PhD project.


#15 Breaking Down Business: Organizational Culture as it Impacts Audit Quality



On this episode of Breaking Down Business, we hear from Ryan Ballestero, Ph.D., assistant professor of accounting at the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Ballestero discusses how he brings his former experience as an auditor into the classroom, his research in the areas of organizational culture as it impacts audit quality as well as his work with the Ph.D. Project.


#14 Breaking Down Business: Entrepreneurship, International Business and Graduate Education




In this episode, we talk with Robert Hisrich, Ph.D., Bridgestone Chair of International Marketing at the Kent State Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Hisrich has vast global experience as a visiting and honorary professor at more than eight universities in six different countries. He has authored or co-authored 36 books and written more than 300 articles on entrepreneurship, international business management, and marketing. Listen as Dr. Hisrich shares some career highlights and discusses the College’s entrepreneurship offerings.


#13 Corporate Social Responsibility and Helping Executive MBA Students Solve Business Problems




In this episode, hear from Chris Groening, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Marketing, on his recent research in Corporate Social Responsibility and Consumer Behavior and his recent first-place win in the MENA case competition. He also discusses his approach to helping Executive MBA students solve business problems.


#12 Career Trajectories for Accounting Students and the new Online Master of Science in Accounting Program


On this episode of Breaking Down Business, we hear from Drew Sellers, EDM, CMA, chair of the Department of Accounting at Kent State’s Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship. Sellers shares highlights on the accounting program including career trajectories for accounting students and the newly launched Online Master of Science in Accounting program.

#11 Secret Brand Consumption and Managerial Marketing 

In this episode, Bob Jewell, Ph.D., Chair of the Kent State University Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship, discusses his consumer behavior research on secret consumption and shares about opportunities for managerial marketing students.

#10 The Ohio Economics Experts Panel


In this episode, hear from Kent State Economics Department Chair Kathy Wilson as she discusses her role on the Ohio Economics Experts Panel and gives an overview of what the Kent State economics major entails and which types of career economics students can go into following graduation.

#9 Quality Matters and Online Education

On this episode of Breaking Down Business, hear from Amy Grincewicz, Ph.D., senior instructional designer at the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship. Amy shares about the progress the college has made in seeking Quality Matters Certification for online courses in an effort to provide high-quality instruction to students.

#8 The Economic Impact of COVID-19

In this episode of Breaking Down Business, Shawn Rohlin, Ph.D., professor of economics and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation. Rohlin shares how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the national economy as well as how smaller businesses have been affected. 

#7 Agility Management and the COVID-19 Response


COVID-19 impacted how universities delivered courses for the second part of the spring 2020 semester. Kent State University successfully moved more than 9,000 course sections online, with more than 200 of those courses being in the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship. In this episode, Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship Dean Deborah Spake, Ph.D., discusses the College's response to COVID-19.

#6 Breaking Down Business: Responsible Leadership Initiative


In episode 6 of Breaking Down Business, Associate Dean for Graduate and Online Programs Cathy L.Z. Dubois, Ph.D. and Associate Director for Assessment and Accreditation Brandon Lloyd Shields discuss the College's Responsible Leadership Initiative and how the College is promoting Business as a Force for Good.

#5 Breaking Down Business: Assessing Personality Traits for Leadership Development

In this episode, Mark Whitmore overviews The Kent State University Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship's assessment tool that helps students learn about their leadership style and hone their skills in a simulated business environment. Listen through the end of this episode to learn about the Workplace Big 5 Profile Assessment and how studying personality traits can help guide leadership development.

#4 A look into Bitcoin, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Bitcoin. Blockchain. Cryptocurrency. These terms are becoming more widely used, but what do they mean to the average consumer? In this podcast, Kent State finance faculty member David Pelleg discusses these topics and how traditional capital markets are evolving into Tech 4.0.

#3 Innovative Classroom Practices

Kent State University Professor of Accounting, Wendy Tietz has earned national recognition for her innovative practices in the classroom. Whether it’s conducting online polls, teaching students to build a software bot, or interacting with students from locations around the globe via chatroom, Tietz focuses on making the learning experience interactive.

In this episode, you will hear how Tietz teaches future professionals to develop technology agility and how she shares her innovative teaching practices with educators and practitioners across the country.


#2 Business Analytics Graduate Program 

The demand for data analytics is increasing across all sectors of business, and with that comes a need for more trained data analysts. But what exactly does data analytics entail, and what kind of skills does one need to pursue a career in the field? 

In this episode, we talk to our resident expert, Dr. Rouzbeh Razavi, director of the Master of Science in Business Analytics program at Kent State’s Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Razavi shares how he used data in his former career as a machine learning scientist, and how Kent State has developed an innovative business analytics program based on industry needs. If you want to know more about data analytics, or are considering a career in the field, don’t miss this episode.

To learn more about pursuing a degree in business analytics either in-person or online at Kent State, visit


#1 Golden Flash Asset Management Group 

The Golden Flash Asset Management Group (GFAM) provides student participants the opportunity to manage $1 million in Kent State University assets. In this episode, the founder and faculty co-adviser of the student-managed fund, Dr. Steven Dennis, discusses GFAM's first-place win at the international G.A.M.E. Forum in New York City and shares how GFAM helps student participants gain real-world experience to advance their career opportunities.

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