Adelina Gnanlet, associate professor of management at Cal State Fullerton.Over the past decade, health care systems in the U.S. and internationally have become increasingly high-tech to streamline care and improve patient outcomes. What are the stages that new technologies must go through before being adopted and what are some of the challenges and open doors they face while being put into practice? Adelina Gnanlet, associate professor of management at Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, takes a look in her recent study.

Technology may be transforming health care more than any other industry, through major innovations. These include completely integrated systems that allow care information to be passed to specialists, laboratories, pharmacies and other departments without paper notes or prescriptions, or more nuanced steps, such as email appointment reminders.

Regardless of how advanced information technology (IT) adoption is in a given care environment, the focus is the same: to make care smarter and faster, with fewer errors and better outcomes.

“The significant advantage of information technology integration is that information moves faster from system to system. This provides greater accuracy in decision making for both clinicians and health care administrators,” says Adelina Gnanlet, associate professor of management at Mihaylo College and co-author with Assistant Professor of Management Min Choi of a 2019 study on the impediments to implementation of IT in health care. “We don’t have to wait two to three weeks for information or diagnoses to go to a specialist and for them to fax things, call someone up or give it to a patient who might forget. It is instantaneous.” Read More

Maria Casanova, an assistant professor of economics at Cal State Fullerton's Mihaylo College who has discovered a cognition gap between Mexican migrant elderly women and their non-migrant counterparts in the U.S.

Maria Casanova, assistant professor of economics at Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College.

Maria Casanova, assistant professor of economics, is the author of a forthcoming study with interdisciplinary implications, examining cognitive outcomes among Mexican migrants to the U.S. compared to the country’s non-Hispanic population. She discussed her findings at a March 29 symposium sponsored by the Economics Association.

When Maria Casanova left her native Spain a decade ago, she recalls that few Europeans were concerned about retirement savings, as they anticipated living on public pensions. But with the economic changes transforming the European Union, there is now concern on the continent that the generosity of public pensions will be lower in future generations, prompting calls for U.S.-style individual retirement savings strategies.

It is a sea change in European thought that prompted Casanova to focus on the economics of aging in her research. “Most of my studies have some relationship to retirement,” she told attendees of a March 29 symposium sponsored by the Economics Association. “In some of my papers, I focus on savings decisions for retirement. Why do some people not save when they are young? I have written papers on what is preventing people from saving in 401(k)s. And I’ve also looked at how people manage their money during the up to 30 years of retirement.”

While usually thought of as a public health topic, Casanova has recognized that the cognitive ability of older adults has economic implications and impacting retirement decisions. Coupled with an interest in the Hispanic paradox – unexplained improved health and mortality outcomes for Mexican migrants to the U.S. compared with the broader American population – the Mihaylo College assistant professor resolved to examine the statistics on cognitive decline among elderly Mexican-born U.S. residents, compared with the non-Hispanic Caucasian population in the U.S. Read More

Anil Puri and Mira Farka at the Spring Economic Forecast event. Cal State Fullerton provided an updated outlook on the global, national and Orange County economies at the Spring Economic Forecast on April 25. Despite stock market turbulence, especially during the recent winter, and a more dour mood, the forecast predicts that the economy is likely to continue its decade-long expansion.

After years of modest but sustained growth following the depths of the Great Recession, the most severe turbulence in a decade shook global financial markets as 2018 ended, nearly bringing an end to the storied bull market, while economic indicators demonstrated unsettling weakness that prompted recession talk.

Retail sales declined by 1.6% in December 2018, the biggest drop since the recession; vehicle sales declined for multiple months; stagnation became visible in the housing and construction markets, and even still-positive job gains came to a virtual halt in February. Real GDP for the fourth quarter of 2018, revised downward to 2.2%, was emblematic of the overall slowdown.

As the 10-year anniversary of the expansion, which began in June 2009, nears, polls have shown increased confidence among professionals and economists that further slowing, if not a downturn, is ahead. According to a Wall Street Journal poll, as many as 57% of economists surveyed anticipated the economy will lapse into recession in 2020. Read More

Sathya Chey '08, a Cal State Fullerton grad and advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors in Palos Verdes, California.Sathya Chey ’08 has come a long way in her personal journey since her birth in a refugee camp to parents fleeing the Cambodian genocide of the late 1970s. After earning her MBA at USC, the Cal State Fullerton finance grad is a financial advisor with The Elliot Carlsen Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. She is also an incoming member of the Executive Council at CSUF’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics.

Today, Sathya Chey ’08 is a financial advisor with an office in the Palos Verdes area, one of the most exclusive oceanfront suburbs in Los Angeles County. Her current life is worlds apart from her birth in a refugee camp as her parents, four siblings, aunt and uncle were fleeing the Cambodian genocide in the late 1970s.

Chey moved with her family to California, where they found safety and a better life, yet still experienced economic hardship. “We would go to Vons dumpsters and take the dented cans and expired produce to make dinners with. We really learned to live on very little,” she recalls.

The resourcefulness of her parents would ultimately set the stage for a better life for Chey – and they were role models for her own success. Her mother saved up enough to buy a sewing machine, enabling her to sew clothing for manufacturers from home. Loans from friends and savings led them to found a Cambodian supermarket in the heart of what is now Cambodia Town in Long Beach. Read More

The Cal State Fullerton campus, as seen from Panorama Nature Preserve in the Coyote Hills of Fullerton, California.

A visual guide to the Cal State Fullerton campus as seen from Panorama Nature Preserve. Photo by Daniel Coats ’15,’18

Fullerton and surrounding communities may seem like endless miles of suburban sprawl, but they also have some unique opportunities to explore the Southern California natural environment with hiking destinations.

From cool redwood groves to panoramic views of Cal State Fullerton and beyond, there’s no shortage of things to see (and take photos of) on these nearby wilderness sojourns. They are great for a peaceful afternoon or weekend trip, a date, or memorable time with friends and family.

Here are five of the most accessible destinations within a half hour drive from campus. But don’t forget – if you only have a lunch break or a few hours between classes, there’s always the diverse ecosystems of the Fullerton Arboretum waiting for you to explore. Read More

Ryan Gottfredson, Cal State Fullerton Mihaylo College management assistant professor. Ryan Gottfredson, assistant professor of management at Cal State Fullerton, received the best paper of the year award in the Journal of Organizational Behavior for his study, “Leadership behaviors and follower performance: Deductive and inductive review of theoretical rationales and underlying mechanisms,” exploring what encourages people to follow leaders.

While discussions about leadership often focus on what leaders can do to stand out and impact circumstances, Ryan Gottfredson looked specifically at the relationship between leaders and the people they lead in his 2017 study, which examines the relationship between leadership behavior and follower performance.

In order to study how leadership impacts follower performance, Gottfredson looked at four types of leadership behaviors – consideration, structure initiation, contingent award and transformational leadership – as well as how they impact or lead to the follower behaviors of task performance and organizational citizenship.

“The main takeaway is that if leaders want their behaviors and efforts to translate into higher or improved levels of follower performance, it is essential that leaders develop positive relationships with their followers,” says Gottfredson. “Stated differently, followers are only going to effectively follow their leaders if they feel like they have a good relationship with their leaders.” Read More

Michael Milligan, now Cal State Fullerton finance lecturer, plays basketball as a high school student in Long Island, New York, in the 1970s.For basketball player turned Cal State Fullerton finance lecturer Michael Milligan, a high point of his youthful sports days came in 1978, when he made a record 76 points in a single game, breaking a local record in Long Island. It was a feat made possible through the help of teammates.

Fast forward four decades, and Milligan, now co-founder and managing director of private equity research firm New Cap Groups LLC and instructor of several finance courses at CSUF’s Mihaylo College, uses the team dynamics skills he gained from basketball to assist the next generation of finance professionals in getting up and running.

“We do a lot of team exercises… I tell them, ‘When you graduate, you’re going to have to work with teams so you might as well learn to be effective,’” he says. “As in sports, you have to take risks but they should be calculated ones. You work with your team, you develop your skills, and by learning from one another, you become stronger.”

Read more about Milligan’s philosophy and the continuing impact of his sports days in this CSUF News article.

Jasmine Garcia, a Cal State Fullerton marketing student, is one of only 10 recipients of the 2019 Frederick Douglass Global Fellows scholarship.Jasmine Garcia ’21 (marketing), a member of the Business Honors Program and Women’s Leadership Program at Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, will study abroad in London for four weeks this summer thanks to a highly competitive scholarship.

The first-generation student’s travels will be possible through the 2019 Frederick Douglass Global Fellows scholarship, bestowed on only 10 students globally. Garcia is the first Cal State Fullerton student to receive this recognition, which seeks to make international study experiences possible for students from underprivileged demographics.

Garcia, who is also a President’s Scholar at Cal State Fullerton, will focus on intercultural communication and leadership during her fully-funded studies in the British capital.

“Business comes down to interactions with people. In the increasingly global marketplace, this opportunity to with intercultural communication and leadership will give Jasmine new perspectives,” says Lorenzo Bizzi, faculty advisor for the Business Honors Program and associate professor of management. “And knowing how thoughtful and creative she is, she will find ways to share those and inspire others at CSUF.”

Discover more about Garcia’s opportunity in this CSUF News article.

Eric Tanaka, vice president of Fukui Mortuary and Cal State Fullerton marketing grad.

Eric Tanaka ’03, vice president of Fukui Mortuary and the fifth generation of leadership for the Little Tokyo funeral provider.

Since its founding in 1918, Little Tokyo-based Fukui Mortuary has provided traditional funerals to generations of Southern California residents of Japanese descent. The mortuary’s vice president, Eric Tanaka ’03, a Cal State Fullerton marketing grad, is poised to take the leadership reins of the fifth-generation enterprise in coming years.

Occupying an unassuming professional building on East Temple Street in the Downtown Los Angeles Little Tokyo district, Fukui Mortuary has been an exceptional family-owned firm, serving an ethnic enclave in Southern California since the end of World War I.

The Fukui story began in 1888, when 22-year-old Soji Fukui emigrated from Hiroshima, Japan, to work in sugarcane fields in Kona, Hawaii. “Like most Japanese immigrants to Hawaii, Soji was lured with a better life, greater opportunity and increased wages by working in what was then the Hawaiian Territory,” says Eric Tanaka ’03, Soji Fukui’s great-great grandson.

Following 18 years as an overseer on the sugarcane plantation, Fukui and his family moved to Seattle, Washington, in search of a new and better career path. After dabbling in the import/export business, hat-making, chicken-raising and the restaurant industry, Fukui relocated to Los Angeles, where he became very involved with the Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. Eventually receiving a Buddhist religious title normally reserved for ministers, Fukui became the liaison between families of temple members who passed away and the local mortuary. Read More

Cal State Fullerton management lecturer Amani Roberts and House of Blues senior sales manager Vanessa Burroughs pose at a McCarthy Hall classroom at Cal State Fullerton on March 19, 2019.

Amani Roberts, Mihaylo College management lecturer (left) poses with Vanessa Burroughs, senior sales manager at the Anaheim House of Blues.

Vanessa Burroughs has turned a lifelong desire to plan events into a sales career with House of Blues in Anaheim, one of the premier event venues in Orange County. Burroughs visited Cal State Fullerton on March 19 and shared her path in the industry along with providing tips on success in the entertainment business for Mihaylo College entertainment and hospitality undergrads.

Even before Vanessa Burroughs graduated with a communications degree at Cal State Chico in 2010, she wanted to facilitate memorable experiences for others through event planning. Her first internship was with a winery, shadowing staff as they put on weddings. Her second, an academically required internship that became her first paid position, was with a Chico wedding planner.

After graduating, Burroughs turned down a lucrative job offer to take a part-time, $12-per-hour role with South Coast Winery as a wedding planner.

“My aunt helped me put together a portfolio, with diagrams and photos of events I had done. I got the position and found out it was because of the portfolio,” she said at a visit to Management Lecturer Amani Roberts’ BUAD 360 – Entertainment Money Management course. “From there, I worked myself up to a full-time sales associate position.” Read More