ST. LOUIS – Jeff Haldeman, professor of management in the Walker School of Business & Technology has a new change leadership book out with Cognella Acaemic Publishing.

haldemanbookIncorporating ideas and insights from diverse sources, Ready for Anything: The Making of a Change Leader examines organizational change leadership from a radical, existential perspective. By drawing on disciplines outside the business field, the material broadens readers’ understanding of how organizations live, breathe, grow, and die, and empowers them to act.

“The purpose of the book is to broaden understanding and deepen people’s ability to act during organizational change,” said Jeff Haldeman, author and professor of management at Webster University. “As managers and employees, we must personally change if we are going to effectively resolve the organizational dilemmas accompanying change. We need to change our point of view and the framing of our experience. We can choose to be stymied, cling to previous ideologies, or walk with determination through the deserted wasteland that is our present transitional home. It’s up to us. There is no easy way out. This book offers a unique perspective on how we can change ourselves to meet the challenges of external change.”

Each chapter features an essay on a change-related topic, brief case scenarios, and reflection questions that encourage self-examination and discovery. Combining a holistic view of management and leadership with a dedication to the view that everyone is responsible for the reality they create, both at work and in life, Ready for Anything:The Making of a Change Leader offers a fresh, vital viewpoint that will benefit courses on management and organizational behavior.

The book will be used in a number of courses within the Walker School including Practicing Change Leadership (CHNG 5000) and Organizational Development and Change (DMGT 7520).

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On December 22, 2014, in Announcements, by Walker News

The Walker School is pleased to announce 2 new Graduate Certificates available to graduate students worldwide in Spring 2015:

Certificate in Project Management: Delivering complex projects on time and under budget is a daily challenge for most organizations. Many now use project-based methods to accomplish such tasks, resulting in a high demand for project managers. The Certificate in Project Management  is designed to provide a thorough examination of the different aspects of project management including project selection, organization structure, initialization, planning, control and termination.

Introduction to Project Management is available worldwide in Spring 1 as BUSN 5680 Issues in Business: Project Management. Students can register today to begin certificate requirements.

Certificate in Global Business: This certificate is designed to develop a new generation of globally-oriented leaders who can design viable business strategies and make business strategy that can contribute to the socio-economic development needs of emerging economies.  Students gain an opportunity to further explore and understand the global marketplace through coursework and a one week international travel experience.  More information including course schedules and requirements can be found online HERE.


The selection of the next Federal Reserve Chairman will be the biggest economic decision made by President Obama during his presidency. While two candidates have emerged as front-runners to replace current chair Ben Bernanke, Benjamin Akande, economics professor and dean of the Walker School of Business and Technology, outlined five skill sets needed by the next chair.

“The most important responsibility of the Federal Reserve Chair is to protect the value of our nation’s money,” said Akande. “If we are to ensure our financial health, then the President must select a candidate who understands this, has the courage to act, and has the management, leadership and communication skills expected of America’s next central banker.”

Five Musts of the Next Fed Chair – by Benjamin Akande, Ph.D.

America is at a cross-road with inflation, high unemployment and weak regulations on banks and credit. In order to address these challenges, it is imperative that the President select a Federal Reserve Chair who faces them head-on.

Courage to Act: Addressing tough regulations on banks and credit needs to be the new chair’s first priority. Economic stability will be derived from this, and stability is essential to our financial system. We need a chair that is a brave, but not a gambler. The chair must respect risk but not be risk adverse.

Good Manager:  The Federal Reserve Chair is expected to react first in a foreign or domestic financial crisis. Thus, the next chair must have the capacity to see around the corner and have the audacity to act. The chair must not be wary of crisis because conflicts will arise on a regular basis. The chair must be prepared to work diligently to resolve crises.

Dynamic leader:  One of the chair’s primary responsibilities is overseeing the Federal Open Market Committee and the Fed. In order to ensure these teams function effectively, the Fed needs a leader who is resourceful and adaptable, and has the ability to influence, motivate and empower others. These are CEO-like qualities which cannot be learned on the job.

Communicator Extraordinaire:  The Federal Reserve Chair must keep congress and the public informed of the state of the Federal Reserve. As such, it is important that the next chair understands how to adapt a message to the audience and deliver it with confidence and credibility.

A Professor and Student of the Economy:  There is a clear distinction between a student and a professor. A student is always learning, challenging assumptions. A professor is in pursuit of new ways of doing old things, experimenting and always pushing the envelope. It will be advantageous to America’s financial health if the next chair is both a student and a professor of the economy.

If President Obama takes these five criteria into account when selecting Ben Bernanke’s replacement, then I am confident the next Federal Reserve Chair will be an appropriate candidate for the most important economic job in the world.

United States' Yard Sale

On March 3, 2011, in In the News, Uncategorized, by charlalord

According to itself, the Federal Government could save billions of tax dollars each year by removing duplicate programs, agencies and offices!  The Government Accountability Office found 81 examples of redundancy in its programs.

As Congress and the White House continue to debate the budget, reporters came to Dr. Benjamin Akande, dean of the Webster University George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology, to find out what the U.S. needs to do to survive the budget woes of 2011.

Watch Dr. Akande: United States Yard Sale on Fox News.

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Trustee New Chair of SBT Advisory Board

On April 1, 2010, in In the News, by charlalord

By: Matt Jamieson
Reporter, The Journal

Dale Cammon

The advisory board of the Webster University School of Business and Technology has a new chairperson.

Dale Cammon, WU board of trustees member and co-chief executive officer of the Bryant Group, was announced as the new chair March 10.

“I’m excited to work in conjunction with Dean Benjamin Akande, who I think is one of the more amazing people involved in academics.” Cammon said.

In a press release announcing Cammon’s appointment, WU President Dr. Elizabeth Stroble praised Cammon for his service to the St. Louis business community.

“Mr. Dale L. Cammon, who has served with distinction as a trustee of Webster University since 2007, will now through his leadership in the St. Louis community enable strategic partnerships for the School of Business and Technology in a dynamic time for Webster University and this community,” Stroble said.

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Brasfield Named Journal Book Review Editor

On February 25, 2010, in In the News, by charlalord

The Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law has named SBT Professor and Chair of Management Jim Brasfield its new book review editor. A leading journal in its field, and the primary source of communication across the

Dr. Jim Brasfield, new book review editor for The Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law

many disciplines it serves, the JHPPL tapped Dr. Brasfield because of his extensive expertise on the initiation, formulation, and implementation of health policy.  As editor, Dr. Brasfield will be the one responsible for tracking the most recent books published in the health policy field and selecting those of the greatest interest to readers for review.  He predicts he will arrange about 20-25 reviews a year.

“Jim has long been a leader, having chaired the Committee on Health Politics within the American Political Science Association from the early 1980s until this past year, when it evolved into the larger and more visible Organized Section on Health Politics,” writes editor Michael S, Sparer in this month’s JHPPL. “Given his deep understanding of the world of health policy, his long-standing connection to JHPPL, and his easygoing Midwestern friendliness, we are thrilled that Jim agreed to take on this new task.”

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With news today that the world’s best-selling auto the Corolla may be Toyota’s next car with problems,  it’s time for Toyota to take a look back if it wants to move forward. 

“For 50 years, Americans have trusted Toyota to provide vehicles that are among the safest, most reliable on the road,”  James Lentz, president and chief operating officer of Toyota Motors Sales, USA, Inc writes in an OP/Ed for USA Today . “We recognize that of late we have not lived up to the high standards our customers expect from us. We take our commitment to the public very seriously and are working hard to make things right.”

In Japan,  making it right went beyond repairing cars. Toyota Motor Corp President Akio Toyoda personally met with auto owners and apologized.  It’s this look back at the way the company has faced adversity in the past that may help Toyota regain success in the future, Dean Akande told NBC news.

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Toyota: Opportunity born out of failure

On February 9, 2010, in In the News, by charlalord

by Benjamin Akande

Malcolm Gladwell, in the bestseller The Tipping Point, tells a remarkable tale of the relative importance of word of mouth; and how, in the age of e-mails, we may have overlooked this simple yet very valuable and powerful communication tool. The story also speaks directly to the greatest largest auto recall ever. Toyota is facing the potential death of an illustrious brand name despite doing everything right until just a few weeks ago when it was revealed that 9 million vehicles manufactured by the company were putting the lives of drivers and passengers at risk due to rapid and unexpected acceleration. Toyota is not new to recalls. In fact, the company is benchmarked by others for its past performance in the area.

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The older adults are truly getting a taste of Burger King’s slogan, “Have it your way,” with the new choice of beer offered with Whoppers at the BK location in Miami Beach, Fla.

Ben Wells, CFO, Burger King at Webster University's Success To Significance speakers series. Photo by RBarr

Ben Wells, CFO, Burger King at Webster University's Success To Significance speakers series. Photo by RBarr

Ben Wells, CFO of Burger King Holdings Corporation, came to Webster University on Monday, January 25 as part of the School of Business and Technology’s Success to Significance speakers series.

“Winning the Battle of the Burgers,” the first speech for the series, was based on the topic of change management. That style of management involves making changes throughout a corporation to help bring financial volume and to help corporations compete among other restaurants in the same industry.
“Nothing is easier to read but harder to implement,” said Wells, referring to change management.

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The State of the Union's Economy

On February 2, 2010, in In the News, by charlalord

Just a week after serving his first full year in office, President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address Wednesday to a divided Congress and an American public angry over the crawl of the nation’s economic recovery.  In trying to calm fears the president called for a new climate of “common sense” geared toward getting the country back on track.

State of the Union 2010

State of the Union 2010

“We have to recognize that we face more than a deficit of dollars right now. We face a deficit of trust — deep and corrosive doubts about how Washington works that have been growing for years,” Obama said.

“The president laid out some interesting proposals last night that I think will get things going, ” Dean Benjamin Akande from Webster’s School of Business & Technology told NBC television following the address.

Watch the entire report here.