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 on the NHL & NBA 

June 11 - CCTV America

RisheAs Brazil prepares to host the World Cup, Professor Patrick Rishe talks to CCTV about the economic challenges facing the country and the potential impact these games have on the future.  "If Brazil gets a black eye from hosting the World Cup, what will it mean for the Olympics in two years?" he asked.  Watch his interview for economic insights on the upcoming games.  


Professor Rishe on the NHL & NBA 

June 6 - CNBC & Motley Fool

RisheDespite LeBron James' connection to Powerade, fans seem to still associate him with Gatorade. In the CNBC article, "Cola Wars Spread to Twitter and LeBron James' Legs," Dr. Rishe says its because Michael Jordan forever cemented the NBA's relationship with Gatorade.  Read the article for more information.  Also on June 6, Dr. Rishe made news with his advertising analysis as it relates to the Chicago Blackhawks and the Stanley Cup.  Get details in the Motley Fool's article, "Why the NHL Wishes the Chicago Blackhawks Made it to the Stanley Cup Finals."

Professor Rishe:  How Ballmer's $2 Billion Clippers Deal Could Pay Off 

May 30 - CNN Money

RisheDr. Patrick Rishe,professor of economics, shares his perspective on how Steve Ballmer's $2 billion Clippers deal could pay off.  While Dr. Rishe speculates that he could get a higher rate of return if he invested his money elsewhere, he says its not about dollars and cents.  Find out more.


Professor Rishe:  NFL Masked Injuries with Painkillers 

May 21 - Bloomberg TV and

RisheDr. Patrick Rishe, professor of economics, shares his perspective on the claim by ex-NFL players that team doctors knowingly gave players medication without clarification on their potential side effects.  During the interview with Bloomberg TV and in his article on, Dr. Rishe speculates that the lawsuit settlement from this case will likely be less than the payout given in the NFL concussion settlement. Watch the interview for additional insights and read his article.    

Professor Rishe:  NBA vs. LA Clippers Owner 

April 28 & April 30 - Fox Business, CNBC's Squawk Box and CNN Money

RisheDr. Patrick Rishe, professor of economics, comments on the controversy surrounding the racist language used by Los Angeles Clippers Owner Donald Sterling and firestorm that has ensued since it became public.  In separate interviews with Fox BusinessCNBC's Squawk Box and CNN Money, Dr. Rishe explains the economic fallout of the situation.  


Leadership Through Changing Times

April 2014 - Dean & Provost

AkandeIn the April 2014 edition of Dean & Provost, Benjamin Ola. Akande, dean of the Walker School, offers advice for managing in changing times.  Find out more.

Professor Rishe:  Snowstorm and the Superbowl

January 22, 2014 - Fox Sports Radio

RisheDr. 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

AkandeWith 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

RisheWith 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

AkandeLong 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

RisheAs 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

RisheWith 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

AkandeWith 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

Pat RisheIn 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

Jim BrasfieldIn 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

Joe RobertsDr. 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

Patrick RisheDr. 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

Dr. Benjamin AkandeAt 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

Patrick RisheDr. 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. RisheDr. 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

Dr. Benjamin AkandeWith 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

Walker School of Business and TechnologyThe 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

Walker School of Business and TechnologyWebster 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

Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande"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.

Federal Support Keeps Economy on Track 

June 14, 2013 - St. Louis Business Journal

Dr. Benjamin AkandeLast 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.

Delta Mu Delta Induction Ceremony

May 2013

Dean Benjamin AkandeClick here to listen to Dean Akande's comments at the 2013 Delta Mu Delta induction ceremony.


Huonker and Mazzarella Honored at Webster's Walker School of Business

May 29, 2013

George Herbert Walker, III, Kathleen Mazzarella, Don HounkerThe 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.

Webster's Dean Akande to Keynote Luncheon at NAFSA Conference in St. Louis

May 23, 2013

Dr. Benjamin AkandeBenjamin 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 of IKEAMikael 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.

Federal program kicks off at WU

April 23, 2013 - WSBT Blog

SBA Candidates 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.

Rutgers University Begins to Rebuild Public's Trust by Justly Firing Athletic Director Tim Pernetti

April 5, 2013 - Forbes

Patrick RisheDr. Rishe, who regularly blogs for Forbes, says Tim Pernetti's firing as of Friday morning was both just and necessary.


Economics Trumps Integrity at Rutgers If Athletic Director Tim Pernetti Escapes Sanction

April 4, 2013 - Forbes

Patrick RisheAfter 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

Patrick RishePolice in riot gear guard the dugouts, preparing for the worst with German shepherds at heel. This is Philadelphia in 1980, after all.


Avoid Big Moves During March Madness: Study

March 18, 2013 - CNBC

CNBC RisheThe Walker School's Dr. Patrick Rishe discusses college basketball's most profitable program in the US.


Dr. Akande: Effects Of Sequester

March 7, 2013 - Fox 2/KTVI

Dr. Benjamin Akande on the effects of sequesterThose 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

February 17, 2013 - Forbes

Patrick RisheYou 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.

CVC to decide whether to accept the Rams' $700 million deal

February 5, 2013 - KSDK

Rishe on KSDKWebster University sports economics professor Patrick Rishe says a deal like we saw in 1995 will never happen again in Missouri.

What is dynamic pricing?

January 28, 2013 - KMOV

dean on dynamic pricing Dr. Benjamin Akande from Webster University reveals the art of dynamic pricing.


Walker School Partners with UAW

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.

Lance Armstrong: Prisoner's Dilemma

January 15, 2013 - Forbes

Rishe's Prisoner's DilemmaDr. 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 cycling.

Dr. Akande: Not Going Over the Cliff Has Helped

January 1, 2013 - KTVI Fox 2

boa on foxThe 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.

Cliff Compromise Could Help Economy

January 1, 2013 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Dr. Benjamin AkandeThe 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.

Dr. Akande on the Fiscal Cliff

December 31, 2012 - KSDK, NBC

Dr. Benjamin Akande on KSDKDr. Benjamin Akande from Webster University talks about the fiscal cliff and what it means for the average American.


The Looming Fiscal Cliff

December 30, 2012 - KMOV, CBS 4

Dr. Benjamin Akande on KMOVDean Akande comments on the approaching deadline for action from Congress on the Fiscal Cliff


The Good in All of US

December 18, 2012 - WSBT Blog

2012 Pillar AwardSpeech 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.


Black Friday Shopping — How Will Retailers Fare?

November 23, 2012 - KTVI, Fox 2

Dr. Benjamin Akande on KTVIAn 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.

Could Lance Armstrong's brand be tainted by doping scandal?

October 11, 2012 - MarketPlace

Dr. Patrick RisheSports 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.


The Hockey Economy

October 10, 2012 - Business News Network

Dr. Patrick RishePatrick Rishe, Walker School of Business professor at Webster University discusses the NHL lockout on Business News Network.


Komen for the Cure Founder Named Walker School of Business 2012 Person of the Year

October 10, 2012 - Yahoo! News

Brinker 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.

 Oreo Cookies, the Olympics, and Education

September 26, 2012 - University Business

Dean Akande Dean Akande writes about the power of diversity and "inclusive excellence" which draws from all the Walker School's generational, cultural and ethnic strengths.


Plenty of Action on First Day of NHL Lockout But No Labor Negotiations

September 17, 2012 - LA Times

Patrick RisheLocked-out players began securing spots overseas and the NHL launched a public-relations offensive Sunday. 


Citrus Bowl Goal: Generate $300M Economic Impact by 2015

September 13, 2012 - Orlando Business Journal

Patrick RisheDr. 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.


 Dr. Akande: Labor Day Report

September 3, 2012 - KTVI, Fox 2

Dr. Benjamin Akande on KTVIWith 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.

Penn State Football Returns

September 1, 2012

Patrick RisheMore 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. 

Rishe on The Sports Hub

August 28, 2012 - KMOX

Patrick RishePatrick Rishe, Walker School of Business professor at Webster University discusses Lance Armstrong being stripped of titles with Chris Kerber on The Sports Hub.


 Rishe on Dodgers-Red Sox Nine-Player Trade

August 27, 2012 - Bloomberg

Patrick RishePatrick 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."

A Snapshot of Lance Armstrong's Future

August 24, 2012 - CNN

Patrick RisheWill 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.


Charlie Brennan: Dr. James Brasfield

August 21, 2012 - KMOX

Jim BrasfieldThe 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.

Webster University's Walker Business School Introduces New B.S. Degree in Mobile Computing

August 20, 2012 - Reuters

Walker School of BusinessThe 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.

Dr. Akande: College Tuition Continue To Rise

August 10, 2012 - KTVI, Fox2

Akande Tuition on Fox  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.

Penn State's Ranking Will Drop

August 9, 2012 -

Patrick RisheThe 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.

Usain's Olympic Dash: Bolting Into History, Sprinting Past $20 Million in Earnings

August 5, 2012 -

Patrick RisheOn 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.

Building Business Sense & Financial Cents with Diversity

July 31, 2012 - Small Business Monthly

Dean AkandeOften 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 economicsdean 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.”

Dr. Akande: US Employers Add 80,000 Jobs As Economy Struggles

July 6, 2012 - KTVI, Fox 2

Economy struggles dean Akande on Fox 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.

Jaco Report: June 30, 2012

June 30, 2012 - KTVI, Fox 2

Dr. Brasfield on the Jaco ReportOn 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.

 For Opponents of Health Care Law, No Easy Road to Repeal

June 29, 2012 - New York Times

Dr. Brasfield in the New York TimesMinutes after the Supreme Court ruled to uphold most of the health care law, Congressional Republicans vowed to use every ounce of their legislative muscle to repeal it on their own.


White House Prepares for Healthcare Ruling

June 28, 2012 - KTVI, Fox 2

Dr. Brasfield on Fox 2A 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.

Deadline For ObamaCare Looms

June 27, 2012 - KTVI, Fox 2

Dr. Brasfield on Fox 2America 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

David Farr, CEO of EmersonThe 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

Susan G. Komen for the CureAmbassador 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.

Dr. Akande: The Stalled Economy

June 4, 2012 - KTVI, Fox 2

Dr. Akande on KTVIThe 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.

Impact of Nontechnical Leadership Practices on IT Project Success

June 1, 2012 - Journal of Leadership Studies

Kaminsky Nontechnical Leadership Research  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.

What does the Facebook face plant mean to you?

June 1, 2012 - KMOX

Dr. Debbie PsihountasDr. Debbie Psihountas of Webster University explained Facebook's troubles may lead to changes in IPO rules for CBS Radio (KMOX).


Commencement 2012

May 12, 2012

Click here to read Dean Benjamin Akande's 2012 commencement addresses.

Dr. Akande: The Ups and Downs of Gas Prices

May 10, 2012 - KTVI, Fox 2

Dr. Akande on Fox 2There 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.

Public funding: Hail Mary or touchdown?

May 4, 2012 - Atlanta Journal Constitution

Dr. Patrick RisheAn 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.


Commerce Matters: Bridge Over Troubled Waters

April 26, 2012 - Ladue News

Dr. AkandeWhen 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 northern city.'

50 Missourians you should know

April 17, 2012 - Kansas City's Business Magazine, Ingram's

Dean Akande 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.

Dean Benjamin Ola Akande named one of the city's 100 people to know

April 9, 2012 - St. Louis Small Business Monthly

Dean AkandeFor his entire career, Dr. Benjamin Akande has been finding ways to help organizations go from where they are to where they want to be.

Cheating Death: How to Manage Your Business Life

March 19, 2012 - Ladue News

Dean AkandeOrganizations, 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.

Patrick Rishe, The Economic Impact of Linsanity

February 29, 2012 - Yahoo! News

Patrick RisheAn incredible story from sports and economics.

Indianapolis Teaches Future Super Bowl Host Cities That Convenience is King

February 8, 2012 - Forbes

Patrick RisheSo 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.

Webster accountants take aim at forensic evidence

February 2, 2012 - St. Louis Business Journal

Richard DippelWebster University's Richard Dippel directs the only multi-class forensic accounting program in the St. Louis area.


Dr. Akande's perspective on the economics of the State of the Union Address by President Obama

January 26, 2012 - CBS News

Dean AkandeKMOX'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.

Meeting the Challenge: Ambassador George Herbert Walker III Donates $100,000

January 25, 2012 - WSBT Blog

George Herbert Walker 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.

Dr. Akande: Martin Luther King and Economic Empowerment

January 20, 2012 - KTVI, Fox 2

Dr. Akande on KTVIMore 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.

Column: On Economy, MLK Would Have Demanded Better

January 15, 2012 - USA Today

Martin Luther King, Jr.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.

10 Top Sports Stories to Look for in 2012

January 5, 2012 - Business News Network

Patrick RishePatrick Rishe discusses the expenses involved in large sporting events.

NBA Christmas Start Makes Sense

January 4, 2012 - Bloomberg

Patrick RishePatrick 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.

Is it safe to buy financials?

January 4, 2012 - MoneyShow

Neil GeorgeWebster 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.

When it comes to the economy, do you see our nation's glass "half full" or "half empty"?

January 1, 2012 - KTVI, Fox 2

Dr. Akande on KTVIHope 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.