Thursday, December 18, 2014

Reaching Out MBA LGBTQA Fellowship

The Jones School is proud to announce that we are one of the premier programs to offer the Reaching Out MBA LGBTQA Fellowship in 2015! The ROMBA Fellowship will be awarded to one LGBTQA student or active ally in the Rice MBA Class of 2017, who has demonstrated a commitment to advancing the presence of LGBTQA leaders in business. The recipient of this award will receive a minimum of $10,000 per academic year in scholarship, and will work to enhance the already diverse and inclusive working environment at the Jones School during their time in the Full Time MBA program.

Rob Mark
Rice MBA Class of 2015
2014 ROMBA Conference
Organizing Committee
Rob Mark, Rice MBA second year student and member of the Organizing Committee for the 2014 ROMBA Conference, reflects on his time at the Jones School and his involvement with ROMBA.

Q: What attracted you to the Rice MBA Program?
A: Upon deciding to leave active duty military service I knew I wanted to work in energy and having grown up in Houston, TX I knew that Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business was the ideal school to enable that goal. I was drawn to the small classes, non-competitive student culture, and impressive employment statistics of the Rice MBA program.

Q: How would you describe the Jones School culture?

A:The Jones School staff, students and faculty are all incredibly supportive and talented. Upon starting at the Jones School I was inspired by the quality of my peers, and since most all of your work in the first year is done in your small group of 4-6 team members, I was amazed at how much my peers enhanced the learning environment. I would never have survived the first year without the strong peer support, and that element is a cornerstone of the Jones School model.

Q: Has your involvement with ROMBA impacted your MBA experience?

A: It is often said that the real value in an MBA is the network you develop, and I believe that is absolutely true. Beyond the incredible group of peers at Rice who I am lucky to call friends, ROMBA allowed me to develop relationships with a robust community of incredible peers at schools from across the country. After attending ROMBA as a first year, I was so enthralled with its mission and the people I met that I joined a team of students from Tuck and Wharton to compete to be selected as the leadership team that would comprise the Organizing Committee for the 2014 ROMBA Conference in San Francisco. We were selected and successfully organized the best ROMBA conference to date. My experience with ROMBA has enriched my MBA and my career potential without a doubt.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Movin' On Up!

Rice MBA ranked No. 25 in US

Rice MBA program moves up 9 in
Bloomberg Businessweek's national ranking
HOUSTON – (Nov. 11, 2014) – The Master of Business Administration program at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business is ranked No. 25 (up from No. 34 in 2012) in Bloomberg Businessweek's new ranking of the best full-time MBA programs in the nation.

The rankings include 85 U.S. schools and 27 international schools. To determine which business schools offer the strongest education and best prepare MBAs for their careers, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked 112 full-time MBA programs on three measures: a survey of student satisfaction (45 percent of the ranking); a survey of employers who hire those graduates (45 percent); and the expertise of each school’s faculty, measured by faculty research in esteemed journals (10 percent).

The biggest contributor to the Jones School's rise in the overall rankings was the positive assessment by employers who hire the school's graduates, with employers and recruiters ranking the program No. 31 this year (up from No. 43 in 2012). Intellectual capital also rose to No. 12 (up from No. 21 in 2012).

The Rice MBA Full-Time Program provides students with a comprehensive MBA learning experience that combines specialized course work and real-world experience to improve and amplify their strategy, leadership and creative credentials. The program features innovative classes, expert faculty and a diverse group of candidates who often become colleagues for a lifetime.

The Jones Graduate School of Business is consistently recognized by several rankings publications for its programs, including the Rice MBA, Rice MBA for Executives and Rice MBA for Professionals. For more information on Rice MBA programs, visit

To view the complete Bloomberg Businessweek rankings and methodology information, visit

Thursday, November 13, 2014

JGSB faculty research finds that "disgust may lead to unethical behavior..."

...but there's a way to wipe the slate clean.

Faculty Focus
At the Jones School, MBA candidates are taught by preeminent scholars who are fascinated by the ideas that help leaders become more thoughtful, strategic and effective. These professors are at the forefront of their fields and have an “open-door policy” for students, giving Jones MBA candidates direct access to some of the best minds in business research.

Faculty Focus is our new blog feature that highlights some of the latest research from these faculty members.

Vikas Mittal
J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Marketing
Vikas Mittal, J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Marketing and head of the Jones School’s Energy Initiative, has been studying the interplay between emotions and decision-making for much of his career. It’s an important consideration for business leaders and managers, who make decisions, small and large, that affect their company’s strategic direction and bottom line, while also leading decision-making employees and teams.

Mittal’s latest research explores how disgust influences ethical behavior. And though the results aren’t pretty, cleaning up the mess is possible.

It doesn’t take much to disgust people. Just watching a gross scene from a movie or thinking about products like diapers can elicit the emotion. And when people feel disgusted, they respond by doing things to take care of themselves, like moving away from the disgusting situation, for example. But can this disgust-triggered self-protection go too far?

It turns out that it can.

Mittal and team conducted various experiments that elicited disgust in participants and then explored their willingness to engage in unethical behaviors, like lying. Disgusted people were far more prone than their neutral counterparts to lie and cheat for personal gain. But the researchers didn’t stop there. They also showed that cleansing behaviors, even cleansing thoughts, could return the disgusted participants to emotional and behavioral neutrality, wiping away the negative impact of disgust.

The findings are important for current and aspiring leaders. Thoughtful leaders can use the information to become more mindful of their emotional states and their impact on ethical and unethical decisions and behaviors. They can also understand the power of environments on themselves and their employees.

More details of Mittal’s research can be found on the Jones School website. You can also connect with him on LinkedIn.