Faculty Perspective

Boston Herald – July 5, 2020
As virtually every business has been forced to give telecommuting a try, associate professor of global leadership and management Ravi Gajendran discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic has solidified work-from-home arrangements. But few companies wanted to make the expensive mistake of finding out that the downsides — like technical challenges or workers slacking off — outweighed the gains, he noted. Article

WPTV – June 30, 2020
Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics instructor Attila Hertelendy discussed economic recovery, noting that that the best way to boost the economy is to boost the CDC guidelines with caution and care. "Our economy is pretty resilient, particularly in Florida. I think Florida has the opportunity to turn it around with strong, effective leadership," he said. Watch It

Bakersfield.com – June 29, 2020
A dejar que los empleados trabajaran desde casa para reducir costos mediante la reducción de costosos espacios de oficina. Pero pocos querían cometer el costoso error de descubrir que los inconvenientes (como los desafíos técnicos o los trabajadores holgazanes) superaban los beneficios, indicó Ravi Gajendran, profesor asociado de la Florida International University, quien ha estudiado el teletrabajo. Article

Chicago Tribune – June 26, 2020
Associate professor of global leadership and management Ravi Gajendran noted that even before the pandemic, some businesses had started to let employees work from home to cut costs by downsizing expensive office space. But few wanted to make the expensive mistake of finding out that the downsides — like technical challenges or workers slacking off — outweighed the gains. Article

NBC Miami – June 24, 3030
How can consumers recover from the financial setbacks caused by COVID-19? Professor Deanne Butchey, lecturer in the Department of Finance, shared her analysis and expertise on how to mitigate the financial impact of the Coronavirus. Increased debt or bankruptcies will impact approval for a mortgage or a loan, maintaining a good credit score, even applying for a job. Watch It

WLRN – June 19, 2020
International business professor Jerry Haar shared that he finds it interesting that some in the west now share a mistrust of foreign trade. "The pandemic is one of the best things that could happen to the enemies of globalization," said Haar. As a result, greater care will be taken in how supply chains are structured and how producers and consumers do business. Listen

Tampa Bay Times – June 15, 2020
Anthony Miyazaki, a marketing professor at Florida International University, said retailers are caught in the middle of a polarized country, weighing whether supporting the movement could hurt their bottom line. "In the end, it may be that top management will feel compelled to make decisions based on their own value systems rather than solely on their financial outcomes," he said. Article

Built In – June 15, 2020
Associate professor of global leadership and management Ravi Gajendran shared his insight on how to be effective — and stay sane — when working from home. He noted that some distractions are inevitable during a time of pandemic. "The starting point for dealing with interruptions and disruptions should be organizations and managers recognizing the reality of how people are coping with the pandemic…" said Gajendran. Article

The Miami Herald – June 12, 2020
Joanne Li, dean of Florida International University College of Business, participated in a discussion that examined what Florida should expect as we look toward a post-pandemic world. In higher education, she advised that people take in incremental change and be adaptable. "This is a time to look into the past, but envision what education is going to be in the future, to create more opportunities," she said. Article

El Nuevo Herald – June 11, 2020
Manuel Lasaga, profesor en el departamento de finanzas de la Universidad Internacional de la Florida, explicó que aunque en la economía ya empiezan a notarse signos de recuperación, estos son lentos, por muchos factores, entre ellos la falta de confianza de los compradores. "La economía ha tocado fondo, pero no habrá un brinco como creen algunos, sino que la recuperación va a ser lenta," dijo. Article

Metropolis Magazine – June 11, 2020
Ravi Gajendran, an associate professor of global leadership and management, discussed individual control over workstation features as a trend that could be adapted intensified for users' homes amidst a distributed workforce. "Telework was viewed as a favor to employees. Now it is an arrangement in which workers help companies manage risk and keep businesses running at reduced operating costs," he added. Article

WLRN – June 8, 2020
John Nykolaiszyn, director of Business Career Management at Florida International University, discussed how college graduates are facing the worst job market since the Great Depression amid a global pandemic. "The advice is always the same," he said. "You have to have a multi-pronged approach to how you will approach your career." Recent FIU Business graduates Joshua Ceballos and Natalie Rivera participated in the conversation. Listen

Telemundo 51 – June 6, 2020
Rafael Soltero Venegas, profesor de ventas y mercadeo en la facultad de negocios de la Universidad Internacional de Florida, analizó como la reapertura de la economía mejoró el nivel de empleos. Empleadores añadieron 2.5 nuevos millones de empleos en el mes de mayo. "Los negocios van a tener que ajustarse a la demanda que tengan por los servicios que ellos proveen," dijo. Watch It

The Hill – June 5, 2020
International business professor Jerry Haar noted the latest unemployment numbers may indicate improvement, the climb back up may very well not level out to where we were before mid-March when COVID-19 dramatically accelerated. The bottom line is that we are not out of the woods yet, and one month's encouraging unemployment numbers does not a trend make. "Hope tempered with realism" should be our mantra, he added. Article

The Hill – May 30, 2020
FIU Business professors Deanne Butchey, Jerry Haar and Attila Hertelendy share their insight on how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the challenges currently faced by hospitals. In the age of coronavirus, all hospitals across the globe will continue to confront immense challenges — financial and marketing communications among the most vexing. The two areas of focus: financial management and marketing communications. Article

Seatrade – May 29, 2020
Lin Humphrey, an assistant professor of marketing who worked in the cruise industry, highlighted the emotion-evoking creative and data-driven decision-making that were launched in unison by Princess Cruises. Humphrey shared his thoughts upon the departure of Gordon Ho, SVP global marketing at Princess, who led the 'Come Back New' campaign and increased branded experience partnerships. "It was seamless and effective," Humphrey said. Article

El Nuevo Herald – May 28, 2020
Jerry Haar, profesor de negocios internacionales en la escuela de negocios de la Universidad Internacional de Florida (FIU), describió un panorama sombrío por la orden de suspender la entrada de pasajeros procedentes de Brasil. "El impacto va a ser horrible, terrible. En términos de socio comercial, Brasil es el número uno, especialmente en el sur de Florida," dijo. Article

CBS 4 – May 27, 2020
International business professor Jerry Haar noted that the new US policy, driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, barring anyone who has been to Brazil within 14 days from entering the US could prove costly to South Florida's economy. "… we are going to be slammed by the decline in the area of tourism, real estate, higher education, law, accounting, engineering services," Haar said. Article

E-Crypto News – May 24, 2020
Hemang Subramanian, assistant professor in the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics, explained that Covid-19 has confirmed that bitcoin is a store of value. "If you observe the stock market before and after the March 2019 crash – BTC's value has recovered most of its value," he said. Article

NBC Miami – May 22, 2020
Has COVID-19 changed consumers' shopping habits? Kimberly Taylor, associate professor of marketing and logistics, explained that right now people are "all over the map." Many are realizing the money they spent on unplanned purchases. Plus, unemployment will continue to impact consumer spending. "There's no question that unemployment will have a chilling effect for quite some time," she said. Watch

South Florida Sun Sentinel – May 22, 2020
Restaurants nationwide are expecting to lose up to $240 billion by the end of the year. Marc Weinstein, a clinical professor of global leadership and management, explained that some won't make it to the other side of the pandemic. "Restaurants with lush capital reserves will survive, but many won't survive," he said. Article

El Nuevo Herald – May 18, 2020
Ray Juncosa, asesor del Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) de la Escuela de Negocios de la Universidad Internacional de la Florida (FIU), explico que desde que comenzó la crisis por el coronavirus han ayudado a 181 pequeños negocios de los condado de Miami-Dade y Monroe a obtener $15.3 millones en fondos de asistencia. Article

Washington Post – May 13, 2020
Lin Humphrey, an assistant professor of marketing who worked in the cruise industry, explained that today, many people today have a sense that they have cabin fever. "We yearn for things that make us feel like our life prior to March. There will be people that will be looking forward to that cruise," he said. Article

The Mortgage Reports - May 11, 2020
Suzanne Hollander, a senior instructor at the Hollo School of Real Estate explained that buying a home during the coronavirus can be a smart move. Digital, contactless processes take the human element of error out of the transaction. "There likely won't be last-minute arguments at the closing table between buyer, seller, broker, or attorney. That's because they won't be sitting at the closing table together," she said. Article

Forbes – May 10, 2020
Ravi Gajendran, an associate professor of global leadership and management, discussed the urgency of managers and executives becoming more comfortable leading remote workforces. Personalized leadership and frequent communication are critical. "By creating proactive norms of member inclusion and psychological safety, remote teams can be just as innovative as teams working in-person," he said. Article

The Mortgage Reports – May 5, 2020
First-time home buyers need to verify at least two years of income and current employment, explained Suzanne Hollander, a senior instructor at the Hollo School of Real Estate. She added that a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many lenders have been rapidly increasing the minimum credit score needed to qualify for many loans. Article

Knowable Magazine – April 30, 2020
Professor Ravi Gajendran shared his thoughts on remote work's influence on outcomes and it's positive effects. "This is going to change the conversation. You'll have a larger swath of employees who are going to say, ‘We did it then, we can do it again.' … And managers are going to find it harder to say no."

The Mortgage Reports – April 29, 2020
Hollo School professor Suzanne Hollander shares her insight on how lower interest rates help get the economy moving again. Predictions for the post-coronavirus market say that mortgage rates for late 2020 will stay below their current record of 3.29%. If that's true, home buyers and refinancers could be in for record affordability.

The Miami Herald – April 27, 2020
Unemployment data released in early April indicates that women were the most affected initially by losses in the labor market due to COVID-19. "There is still a perception that men are the breadwinners in the family, and that is why they keep their jobs more than women in the same industry and at the same professional level," said Deanne Butchey, lecturer in the department of finance. Article

The Miami Herald – April 27, 2020
Even before the coronavirus swept through Latin America and the Caribbean, the region was ailing. The coronavirus is threatening to turn that economic malaise into a full-blown disaster. "This is like a kick to the groin to someone who already has a double hernia," said Jerry Haar, an international business professor at Florida International University. Article

Business Today – April 27, 2020
India's largest IT service firm Tata Consultancy Services will transition employees to work from home. Ravi Gajendran, a business professor at Florida International University who focuses on telecommuting says that this move makes a lot of sense in India especially in metros with its long commutes and traffic. Article

Telemundo – April 20, 2020
Professor Fred Perry discusses the what the business landscape in the U.S. may be following the coronavirus pandemic. Consumers will be fearful of entering a restaurant; operators will have to guarantee that it's a safe place. Already convenient for many, working from home will likely increase. Article

U.S. News & World Report – April 17, 2020
Telework is not new, experts say, but the attitude toward it is changing as the coronavirus has moved "the office" to workers' living rooms and kitchens. Professor Ravi Gajendran shared his insight: "What's happening now is an unprecedented experiment – people who otherwise would not telecommute are being forced to do so." Article

TC Palm – April 16, 2020
Professor Marc Weinstein explained that unemployment figures will be lagging for quite some time. "Not only does the logjam with the reemployment office limit the ability to get money to people who need it, but also, it's creating real challenges for those of us who are interested in understanding the depth of the economic dislocation." Article

The Hill – April 15, 2020
Amidst supply chain management increased role during the crisis, professor Jerry Haar shared his opinion that a fully functioning, well-managed supply chain system is capable of coordinating three challenging management functions into one: Demand management, procurement management and fulfillment management. Article

The Miami Herald – April 13, 2020
Trade relationships, now under strain, will endure the crisis. Professor Jerry Haar pointed out that "actual trade relationships between countries do not change much, nor do those between buyer and seller if they are long-term relationships, just because of an economic downturn, political strife, financial problems, natural disasters or health pandemics." Article

South Florida Sun Sentinel – April 10, 2020
As Florida hopes it has tamed its troubled unemployment system, professor Marc Weinstein doubts the paper application route will provide the expedited processing that applicants need. "I cannot imagine how the paper system is going to facilitate speedy reimbursement," he said. "We are dealing with such a large magnitude of application increases." Article

The Mortgage Reports – April 9, 2020
"Forbearance doesn't mean you don't have to repay the postponed payments or that your debt is forgiven. It means your mortgage payments are deferred or delayed until the end of the agreed-upon forbearance period," explains Suzanne Hollander, on to mortgage borrowers suffering due to COVID-19.

WalletHub – April 7, 2020
Professor Attila Hertelendy suggested that for state governments "instead of playing catch up and following the herd, being cautious and proactive is the best way to ensure safety" He highlighted Vermont, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Washington, Illinois, Maine, Pennsylvania as states who have dealt most efficiently with the coronavirus pandemic. Article

WLRN "Sundial" – April 6, 2020
Professor Marc Weinstein discussed the state of unemployment in South Florida plus the system's failure to process applications. "We have never seen unemployment numbers like these," said Weinstein. "When you have 6 million applications in the first week and 9 million by the second week, no system is ready." Listen

The Hill – April 1, 2020
Professor Jerry Haar shares his thoughts on the "silver lining" that telecommuting offers. "The principal advantages of working remotely are a flexible schedule, the ability to work from anywhere, spending more time with family and the convenience of working from home. Certain jobs are actually better suited for remote work than office work. These include "knowledge worker" jobs in which quietude and concentration are imperative." Article

Fox News – March 28, 2020
Many questioned the World Health Organization's response as COVD-19 expanded in China. "For an international body that people (and) governments and the business community looks to for advice, they are simply too slow, burdened by bureaucracy and political correctness," said Attila Hertelendy instructor of Information Systems and Business Analytics at Florida International University. Article

Bangor Daily News – March 26, 2020
Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics instructor Attila Hertelendy advises residents who leave to warmer climates during Maine's cold, winter months to stay where they are, if possible. People should avoid all unnecessary travel, he said. "If you have to travel, you should be limiting human contact as much as you possibly can." Article

Keys Weekly – March 25, 2020
Helping small businesses apply for Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans. Margie Smith, a consultant at FIU's College of Business who serves the Florida Keys, sends applicants to the right place with an understanding of the eligibility criteria, reviews Florida Emergency Bridge Loan applications to make sure they are complete, and works with applicants to answer questions. Article

Miami Herald – March 19, 2020
How deep the economic damage might be, and how long it might last, depend largely on the progression of the outbreak, according to Frederick V. Perry, a business law professor at FIU School of Accounting. The speed of transmission, numbers affected, time needed to find a vaccine and actions by government designed to mitigate the damage are key. Article

El Nuevo Herald – March 17, 2020
Frederick V. Perry, profesor de leyes comerciales de la Escuela de Contabilidad de la Universidad Internacional de la Florida considera que en menos de un mes la economía de Estados Unidos entrará en recesión. Mientras más medidas se tomen para asegurar el aislamiento, más se evitará el efecto negativo de la pandemia a largo plazo en la economía. Article

Miami Herald – March 17, 2020
According to the report "Small Business. Big Impact." conducted by Florida International University's Small Business Development Center in 2018, 53.3 percent of Miami-Dade's workforce is employed by 82,293 small businesses around the county. Article

CBS 4 – March 16, 2020
FIU Business professor Marc Weinstein said provisions in the Coronavirus Relief Act apply to even independent workers, such as Uber drivers. They could show documents that they have been an Uber driver, documenting past income and document that they are out of work because they are sick, or because of a self-quarantine, or caring for somebody. Watch It

South Florida Sun Sentinel – March 14, 2020
Finance professor Deanne Butchey discussed the impact on the cruise industry. "The companies that are going to be okay are going to be the big ones," she added. "The smaller ones might have problems ... during these tough times. The big ones will weather the storm eventually. I'm hesitant to call a bottom in the market." Article

NBC 6 – February 28, 2020
Professor Deanne Butchey shared her analysis and expertise on the financial impact of the Coronavirus. Livestreaming on NBC 6 Facebook + Newscasts. Watch It