Monthly Archives: September 2014

A Conversation with Distinguished Professor Neelankavil

Meet the People of Zarb: Robert E. Brockway Endowed  Distinguished Professor James P. Neelankavil

[Note: This is one in a series of posts to highlight the people who contribute to making the Zarb School of Business a special place.]

Here is our Q&A with Dr. Neelankavil, one of the Zarb School’s distinguished professors.

  • Could you describe your educational, academic, and professional background.

I received a B.Sc in Physics and Mathematics from St. Thomas College, part of Kerala University, India; an MBA with distinction in Management and Marketing from the Asian Institute of Management, Manila Philippines; and a Ph. D. in International Business with a minor in Marketing from the Stern School of Business, New York University

I have taught International Business and Marketing courses at the Asian Institute of Management (1972-1973); at New York Institute of Technology (1976-1978); Montclair College (1978-1979); Stern School of Business (1979-1983); and the Zarb School of Business (1983-present).

In addition, I have held visiting professorships at the S.D.A Bocconi University in Milan, Italy; Rotterdam School of Management in Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Asian Institute of Management in Manila, Philippines; and Stern School of Business in New York, USA. I was also a Fulbright Senior Specialist to the Philippines with recurring assignments to Tunisia and Colombia that I had to decline for personal reasons.

I had 9 years of corporate experience at an American company in India, first as a management trainee (1961-1963) and then has production supervisor (1963 -1970).

  • What are your major areas of teaching and research interest?

My teaching interests are Corporate Strategy, International Business, International Marketing, International Business Research, and Marketing Strategy.

My major research interests are Cross-Cultural Management, Economic Development of Developing Countries, National Debt and Its Effects on Growth, International Business Research, Advertising Copy Research, and International Advertising Self-Regulation. 

I have published in such journals as Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Advertising Research, Business Horizons, European Journal of Marketing, and International Journal of Cross Cultural Management.

  • What is your philosophy with regard to the three major goals for ZSOB faculty: teaching, research, and service?

In teaching, I want to be current and relevant, and to provide an experiential learning opportunity for my students. I also emphasize the importance of communicating both orally and in written format. In addition, I want the students to understand the importance of analysis (in-depth) and creativity in developing strategic initiatives and decision-making.

In research, I focus on current issues I see as relevant in advancing the literature in the fields of International Business, Globalization, and Cross-Country Research.

My service goals are simple — to be available to provide a helping hand in furthering the cause of my Department, the Zarb School, and Hofstra University.

  • Please describe some of your accomplishments while at the Zarb School.

I have been an effective teacher and a productive researcher. I have volunteered for challenging service assignments and accepted demanding administrative assignments when needed.

  • How have you seen the Zarb School change over the years?

From its positioning as a purely teaching institution, the Zarb School of Business has slowly grown into a well-recognized business school with well-rounded faculty who have transitioned into more advanced research output.

  • What is something most people don’t know about you?

I am not sure. If I had to guess, it would be that my calm approach and wanting to be a gentleman can sometimes be mistaken for not being tough and for being a weak person. Secondly, once in a while, my disciplined approach in the classroom is misconstrued as being heartless. I am quite the opposite — very caring!

  • Any final thoughts?

Despite of my trepidations when I joined the Zarb School of Business 31 years ago, I have had a career here that was rewarding — having taught some excellent students, interacted with very fine faculty (a few became very close personal friends), gotten assistance from a group of wonderful administrative assistants, and  dealt with some fine administrators.


A Major Zarb School Conference: Compliance and a Culture of Integrity

Please join us! 🙂

Zarb Means Business

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014 (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM), the Frank G. Zarb School of Business and the Center for International Financial Services and Markets will host an important and prestigious conference: Compliance and a Culture of Integrity at the Hofstra University Club. The conference is supported by a generous grant from the professional service firmBDO LLP.

Conference goals: To provide up-to-date information on a very current and important topic for all Long Island businesses, large and small and in all fields; to provide career information for our students; to provide professional education opportunities for lawyers and CPAs in our community; and to participate in the Hofstra Day of Dialogue by illustrating the importance of creating a culture of integrity in our communities, including our business community.

Here is the official announcement, which lists the prominent speakers. To register click the image orclick here.


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Zarb Professors Are Active in Many Ways: Directing Is One of Them

The Zarb School faculty includes a number of outstanding adjunct professors who complement the full-time professors in teaching our students. They too are often involved in interesting activities outside the classroom.

Lawrence M. Bellman is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship. He has taught at Hofstra for many years. He has a Doctorate in Professional Studies from Pace University, and an MBA and a BBA from Baruch College. 

Dr. Bellman has articles published in the Review of Business, Business Horizons, Journal of Entrepreneurial Education, and the Journal of the American Telemarketing Association. He serves on the Board of Directors for several not-for-profit organizations as well as on the Board of Advisors for several entrepreneurial start-ups.

Prior to his academic career, Dr. Bellman worked in the telecommunications and information technology sector, serving in various marketing positions ranging from Regional Sales Director to Vice-President of Sales.

Dr. Bellman’s extracurricular passion is community theater. In the past, he did a lot of acting. But  now, he is involved in directing. After directing Over the River and Through the Woods in November 2013 , he is currently directing Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile for Township Theater Group, which will open October 25th at the Helen Butler Hall, Dominican Village, 565 Albany Avenue, Amityville, NY, and run for two weekends. Contact number for tickets is 631-213-9832.

Click the image to access the Township Theatre Group site.

Preparing for Career Success: The Future Begins NOW!

Career planning is something that requires a lot of time and effort. This presentation is from the fall 2014 orientation session for new Zarb School of Business graduate students.

Within this presentation, there is a series of steps to follow. [Note: If you are already working, most of the steps in the chart on slide 2 are still relevant for you. 🙂  ]
The career resources on the last slide (number 7) are all clickable.


An Executive Panel Event by the Hofstra Investment Banking Association

The Hofstra Investment Banking Association recently held an executive panel event for students. Executives such as Mr. Robert Pauley (Morgan Stanley), Ms. Marilyn Antoine (Merrill Lynch), and Mr. Hernan Celis (JPMorgan Chase) were present.

These executives interacted and shared their experiences with the students, who had a terrific learning experience. There were more than 65 students present at the event. Vice Dean George Papaioannou, Dr. KG Viswanathan and Dr. Dominique Gehy (Faculty Advisor) were also present. The officers of HIBA did a great job in working as a team and making this event a successful event.

Here are some photos from the event.

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A Conversation with Distinguished Professor Mathur

Meet the People of Zarb: Brodlieb Distinguished Professor Anil Mathur

[Note: This is one in a series of posts to highlight the people who contribute to making the Zarb School of Business a special place.]

Here is our Q&A with Dr. Mathur, one of the Zarb School’s distinguished professors.

  • Could you describe your educational, academic, and professional background.

I was born in India and had my early education there (Masters in Science – Zoology and Masters in Business – Marketing). After completing this education, I spent almost ten years working for a large manufacturer of electrical equipment in India. During this time, I had an opportunity to work in various Marketing areas, including Advertising, Marketing Research, and Public Relations.

After that, I decided to move to the United States and enrolled in the Doctoral Program at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

I then joined the Zarb School of Business, Hofstra University. At Hofstra, I had the privilege of serving in the Dean’s Office for twelve years, first as Associate Dean and later as Vice Dean. For the past two years, I have been privileged to serve as the Chair Department of Marketing and International Business.

  •  What are your major areas of teaching and research interest?

Although I have taught a number of courses, in the recent past, I have been teaching Marketing Management (to MBA, online MBA, and EMBA students) and Marketing of Services. I also like teaching Principles of Marketing, Consumer Behavior, and Marketing Strategy.

In terms of research, my main focus has been studying consumer behavior, particularly that of older consumers. I have also been studying cross-cultural influences on consumer behavior and managerial practices. My articles have appeared in a number of top-tier journals, including Psychology & Marketing, Journal of International Business Studies, and Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science.

  • What is your philosophy with regard to the three major goals for ZSOB faculty: teaching, research, and service?

The three goals for Zarb faculty are tied in with our mission of “Educating for Personal and Professional Achievement.” Teaching is our top priority. In the classroom, we teach students a variety of subjects. I think the objective of that teaching is more than just passing on information about specific topics to students. When I am in class with students, I help them to relate the material to their life and to the real world. I believe when students are able to relate the material to their lives and to the real world they are in a better position to benefit from that knowledge and apply it to their situation now and in the future. I believe learning is not limited to the classroom. My attempt in the classroom is to help students gain skills that will enable them to learn on an ongoing basis and achieve success in their personal and professional lives.

My research represents my own learning on an ongoing basis. We live in a very complex world that is constantly changing. There are always opportunities to learn about different aspects of the world. I find research to be an enjoyable and enlightening activity. Moreover, I like to share my research with students so that they also get an opportunity to learn what the current state of knowledge in Marketing is.

I have been privileged to have served in various administrative capacities. I serve because I think the Zarb School at Hofstra University is my institution, and my service can make it a better institution that is good for all of us — students, faculty, and staff.

  • Please describe some of your accomplishments while at the Zarb School.

I think that the opportunity I got to work on various projects and their success was an accomplishment in itself. While in the Dean’s office, I had an opportunity to work to enhance the image of the Zarb School, to participate in the launch of various new programs (EMBA, FT Day MBA, various MS programs), and to help achieve reaccreditation by AAACSB.

I have been fortunate to have worked on a large number of research projects and see them published. I consider that to be an accomplishment.

  •  How have you seen the Zarb School change over the years?

Over the years, I have seen the Zarb School evolve and change in many ways. Teaching has always been the main focus of the school, and it continues to be the prime focus. But what we teach and how we teach have changed. We have many new programs and have adopted new content and methods of teaching. One significant change is the use of technology in the classroom and in all aspects of instruction.

We have seen a significant increase in the resources available to students and faculty. Students have greater resources to learn, and have greater administrative support and other services to achieve personal growth in multiple ways.

Faculty members have access to significantly enhanced resources for their teaching, research, and other professional activities. When I first started at Hofstra many years ago, students and faculty had only one way of getting access to research journals – by going to the library. That restricted how we did research and how productive we could be. Today, faculty and students have access to research databases from their homes or other locations. That means time and place do not present any barriers that could slow down their learning or research.

  •  What is something most people don’t know about you?

I enjoy traveling, taking pictures and music..

  •  Any final thoughts?

We live in exciting times. There are many opportunities to learn and grow. I am happy that as an educator at the Zarb School I am getting an opportunity to help build our future by educating leaders of tomorrow.


Zarb School MBA Program Ranked in the Top Ten in New York State

The Zarb School is now on another top schools’ list! 🙂

According to FIND MBA‘s Michael Filtz, writing from Berlin, Germany:

“I wanted to let you know that Hofstra – Zarb is now listed on FIND MBA’s new ‘Top 10 Lists’ feature. Zarb now appears in the following list: Top 10 Business Schools in New York.”

“These short lists are a way for interested applicants to browse schools based on factors like geography, cost, and admission statistics. When creating these lists, our editorial staff considered a number of factors, including employment data, international accreditation, rankings, and international balance.”

“The Top 10 lists are a brand new part of FIND MBA’s recently redesigned Web site. Other features on the relaunched website include more robust MBA rankings information and post-MBA career data. Here is the link to Zarb’s school profile page:”


Zarb Means Business!