Department of Management

The Management department believes that developing leaders at all levels is the key to the success of an organization, based on an ability to develop individuals through coaching,mentoring, and facilitating, rather than by monitoring and controlling.


The Department of Management has just concluded its Graduate Assistantship search and would like to welcome Sheraz Ahmed! Sheraz is studying for his MS in MIS. For more information about GA positions at UIS visit the Graduate Assistantship website.

Dr. Benjamin Walsh, 2018 Editor Commendation for publication

The following paper received a 2018 Editor Commendation at the Journal of Business and Psychology, which is an “A” journal in the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Journal Quality List. This distinction is given to 12 out of 600 papers submitted to JBP. Walsh, B., Lee, J., Jensen, J., McGonagle, A., & Samnani, A.-K. (2018). Positive Leader Behaviors and Workplace Incivility: the Mediating Role of Perceived Norms for RespectJournal of Business and Psychology33(4), 495–508.


UIS students win awards from the International Society for Advancement of Management competition

Four University of Illinois Springfield students, who are members of the Society for Advancement of Management (SAM) student chapter brought home two awards from the 2019 International Management Conference held March 27-30, in Orlando, Florida. The team placed third in the International Collegiate Business Skills Championship. Turner Clark received first place in the Extemporaneous Speech Competition and the UIS Chapter president – Mike Kirchgesner also served as the Social Media Ambassador for the conference.

Learning from the master…the master chocolatier!

Students from Dr. Carolee Rigsbee’s MGT 488: The Capstone course were in for a sweet treat on Wednesday night when Joshua Becker, founder of Cocoa Blue Chocolates, stopped by to talk about his experience as an entrepreneur. Joshua answered questions about how he started the company, set up operations, put together a growth plan, and many other related challenges.

Joshua started Cocoa Blue in 2013 after studying at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. Prior to this endeavor, he had earned a business degree and a law degree, before recognizing his calling to the culinary arts. “Understand who you are, believe in yourself, and recognize there will be uncertainty as you move forward” Joshua advised. Goes to show that it is never to late to follow your passion!

UIS SHRM team places second in statewide Society for Human Resource Management competition

The University of Illinois Springfield Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) chapter recently finished second out of eight teams in the Illinois SHRM Student Conference Human Resources (HR) Case Competition held at Illinois State University in Normal March 29-30, 2019.

UIS study finds “bedazzled” recycling bins don’t increase recycling behavior on campus

Under the advisement of management Assistant Professor, Carolee Rigsbee, the waste management study was conducted from October 1 to November 16, 2018. The researchers randomly deployed both “bedazzled” recycling bins featuring colorful nature photos with phrases, such as “thanks for pitching in,” on them and traditional blue recycling bins in main campus buildings to test their hypothesis. The project started by Dr. Rigbsee, along with Drs. Jorge Villegas and Megan Styles, was made possible by a $3,654 grant from PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact Fund. You can also read more about the study on

2018 Spencer Award

Associate Professor of Management, Ranjan, Karri was the awarded the 2018 Spencer Service Award. This award recognizes faculty who best exemplify the ideal of the “professor-citizen” through public service and service to the academic community.

New Director of Economics Development and Innovation Named

Former Management Department instructor, Bruce Sommer, was named the new Director of Economic Development. Sommer will serve as the lead facilitator in UIS’ efforts to spur local business growth in the Springfield area as a hub of the Discovery Partners Institute and the Illinois Innovation Network (DPI-IIN).


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