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Presentations are listed in alphabetical order by the presenter's last name.

Cryptocurrencies & Blockchain Technology: Catalysts of Tomorrow's Innovation
Panel Presentation: Within the emergence of The Fourth Industrial Revolution, buzzwords such as: Blockchain, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, and Magical Money have caught the world by storm. Via our panel discussion, we aim to shed light on various industries and fields of influence that have been disrupted by Cryptocurrencies & Blockchain technology (e.g. Financial Industry, Supply Chain Industry, and Government Regulation).
Presenter: Jeremy Guzman / Mentor: Josey Chacko, Ph.D.
Bossless Workplace: Combating the Dangers of Micromanagement
Through history, the view of management has changed drastically from a classical perspective to a humanistic perspective. The classical perspective was solely concerned with efficiency and productivity. The humanistic perspective builds upon the classical perspective to include the importance of human behaviors. The modern style of management which incorporates both the task-centric attitude of the classical perspective and the well-being initiatives of the humanistic perspective can sometimes go awry. One such instance is micromanagement. Micromanagement is a style of management focused on closely observing one’s employees, and has many dangers associated with its implementation in the workplace. This creates a negative work environment without the ability to act and think freely. In turn, organizations have started to shift from a vertical hierarchy of management, to flattening their chains of command and even, in some cases, to an almost or completely bossless workplace. A bossless workplace is a new trend being observed in the world of business. There is no formal authority and each employee’s accountability is to their customers and their team. This trend is a result of the rise of technology which has led to fully remote businesses. These businesses have created a greater need for the bossless workplace, as many of their people are spread across the country, or even the world. The research presented in the lightning talk will explain how the bossless workplace is an antidote to micromanagement because it removes the chain of command. This allows for collaboration and creative thinking. An examination of companies who are currently implementing a bossless workplace will aid in the development of this thesis. While the bossless workplace appears to combat micromanagement, there are pitfalls that may outweigh the benefits. Specifically, coaching, a very important aspect of management, can be lost in the bossless workplace. Coaching is the act of molding one’s employees, in a motivating and uplifting manner, to become more effective in reaching their organization’s goals. By removing management and hierarchy the question becomes: who will fill the gap and coach employees to reach their goals? The presentation will close with a recommendation for business people based on our research and findings. We will answer the question of whether the bossless workplace is a viable answer to the problem of micromanagement, or if it is not feasible to work in an environment without some form of hierarchy.
Presenter: Elizabeth Murray / Mentor: Christina Yoder, Ph.D.
Starting an Entrepreneurship Center at Liberal Arts Institutions: The Right Ingredients
The lessons of an entrepreneurial curriculum can not only foster one’s ability to be an effective business leader but also stimulate observational, creative, collaborative, and critical thinking skills that can be applied in one’s future success. For this reason, entrepreneurial programs are being implemented in liberal arts colleges around the United States. Liberal arts schools exist to provide students with a varied education, supported by experiential learning. Much like entrepreneurial curriculum, liberal arts institutions hope to provide students with the means necessary to build character and think critically to approach complexity, diversity, and change. The marriage of these two schools of thought appears overwhelmingly natural. A liberal arts education, for example, educates students to be free-thinkers and shape their future around that which they are passionate about. It also forces students to be problem solvers through experiential learning. Though a liberal arts institution consists of what seem to be the perfect conditions for young entrepreneurs to pursue their ventures, there are several other elements that must be present for the formation of a successful entrepreneurship program at university. These often consist of entrepreneurially focused courses, networking events, pitch competitions, on-campus clubs, and the necessary procedural conditions for students to start their fledgling companies on campus. Perhaps the most integral aspect of successful entrepreneurship programs is the existence of centers for entrepreneurship. A center for entrepreneurship at a liberal arts institution plays an important role for the implementation of an entrepreneurship program. An entrepreneurship center provides support to the activities mentioned above. As students are looking to standout from their peers by demonstrating their ability to think critically and take initiative, an entrepreneurship center can help to provide such an opportunity. An entrepreneurship center can highlight the ability for all students, regardless of their educational focus, to apply their knowledge and skills to pursue their passion. Overall, entrepreneurship centers serve purpose of communicating the idea that participation in entrepreneurship does not necessarily mean pitching a brand-new technology idea. Rather, entrepreneurship is for students who want to change the world, using their creativity, communication, and critical thinking skills, regardless of their aspirations. This research project aims to pinpoint the ways in which successful entrepreneurship programs have been established on liberal arts campuses. The primary focus will be on the establishment of entrepreneurship centers, the backbone of collegiate entrepreneurship programs. Most importantly, the findings of this research project are intended to help Mount St. Mary’s University to further grow its entrepreneurship center and associated programs.
Presenter: Levi Schindel / Mentor: Mike Unruh

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