Business, Law & Policy

Blueprint for success: FSU internship program reaps millions for city-county projects

Forget fetching coffee and making copies. Interns from Florida State University’s urban and regional planning department are responsible for bringing big money—we’re talking $5.4 million in the past four years—to benefit city-county improvement projects. FSU graduate students Brandie Miklus and Autumn Calder researched and wrote the latest successful grant application that will bring an estimated […]

The state of organized labor: ‘Joe Lunchbucket’ becomes ‘Chris Briefcase’

Labor unions are down, but they’re not necessarily out. That’s the verdict of Jack Fiorito, a professor of management in the Florida State University College of Business. Fiorito has analyzed various changes in the marketplace, the workplace and the political realm that have challenged organized labor in a new paper, "The State of the Unions […]

D’Alemberte to receive 2007 Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award

Florida State University President Emeritus Talbot "Sandy" D’Alemberte has been selected as the recipient of the 2007 Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award. The award will be presented by Chief Justice R. Fred Lewis at a January 25 ceremony at the Florida Supreme Court. The award, which commemorates Miami civil rights lawyer Tobias Simon who […]

Who’s afraid of the big bad boss? Plenty of us, new FSU study show

The abusive boss has been well documented in movies ("Nine to Five"), television (Fox’s "My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss") and even the Internet (http://HateBoss.com). Now, a Florida State University professor and two of his doctoral students have conducted a study that shines some light on the magnitude of the problem and documents its effects on […]

Two sides of the same coin: Money spurs changes for better and worse

Money changes everything, and that includes changing people’s motivations for the better and their behavior toward others for the worse, according to a new study published in the international journal Science. Florida State University psychology graduate student Nicole Mead was among a group of researchers who found that the concept of money brings about a […]

Faith-based prison programs claim to reduce recidivism, but there’s little evidence, says FSU research

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 600,000 prisoners are released each year. Nearly 70 percent have alcohol and drug problems. Within three years, roughly two-thirds are rearrested; about 50 percent land back behind bars. Policymakers across the country are pushing for implementation of faith-based prisoner reentry programming to reduce recidivism levels, but so far […]

FSU College of Business programs rise in national rankings

Moving up three spots, the undergraduate program in Florida State University’s College of Business secured the ranking of the 25th best business program in the nation among public institutions in the annual rankings of U.S. News & World Report. The 2007 ranking also placed FSU’s risk management/insurance program seventh best and its real estate program […]

FSU Law grads No. 1 in passing Florida Bar; college tops ranks for Hispanic students

Florida State University College of Law graduates had the highest passing rate on this summer’s Florida Bar exam. This is the fifth of the past 10 bar exams in which Florida State graduates outranked the other nine law schools in the state. FSU graduates taking the July 2006 General Bar Examination test for the first […]

FSU-led study: Employee incentives actually save businesses money

"Sometimes you have to spend money to make money," according to the old adage. Now, a Florida State University researcher and his colleagues have shown just how true that is for U.S. employers. James Combs, an associate professor of management in FSU’s College of Business, was the lead author of "How Much Do High-Performance Work […]

FSU study: Hurricane preparedness good for employee morale

Hurricanes have ravaged the U.S. Gulf Coast for the past three years—a trend predicted to continue over the next decade. In response, a number of companies in the region have developed plans to deal with hurricanes before, during and after their onset. Now, a Florida State University researcher has studied how the development of such […]

Williams fights for social justice, is first at FSU to win prestigious scholarship

Tony Williams never planned on getting a degree in economics. The 24-year-old Florida State University student had spent much of his time on campus organizing students to lobby against brutal sweatshops. Along the way he earned a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, double-majoring in political science and interdisciplinary social sciences. But when he realized he […]

FSU professor documents how rising gas prices affect wallets, psyches

The price of gas has doubled over the past three years, hovering around $3 a gallon nationally. Wayne Hochwarter, an associate professor of management in the College of Business at Florida State University, recently conducted research to determine how increased gas prices have affected personal finance, as well as behavior at work. More than 300 […]