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Strictly Business provides a glimpse into the talent, experience, and expertise of the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University. Each month, Dean Robin Cheramie and Coles College faculty from across disciplines draw on their knowledge of business trends and educational approaches to address real issues facing organizations today.  

Explore the insights from our experts as they tackle topics like entrepreneurship, financial technology, and human resources.


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  • Technology the Cure for Workplace Absenteeism?

    With the most severe flu season in a decade in full swing, businesses are anxious about the health of their employees, both for the employees’ wellbeing and the company’s bottom line. Faculty and student researchers at Kennesaw State University recently partnered with health technology company radaRx to determine the effectiveness of new technology designed to help businesses monitor employee health and prevent infections.  –  January 18, 2023

  • Shoppers Find Ways to Spend Despite Cost-of-Living Crisis

    While soaring inflation has led to a cost-of-living crisis around the country, Americans are not cutting back on holiday shopping.  –  December 21, 2022

  • Informatics Must Make Healthcare Stronger AND More Compassionate

    Healthcare informatics is a growing field that focuses on the use of technology to manage patient data and improve the delivery of healthcare services. ‘Strictly Business’ recently sat down with MSHMI alumni Solome Mekbib and Suzanne Potter to discuss how informatics improves efficiency and patient care.  –  October 31, 2022

  • Workers are Leaving Their Jobs, Not Their Careers

    Phrases like “Quiet Quitting” and “The Great Resignation” point to an inescapable fact: many people are looking for a professional change. While the current job market is mostly favorable to job seekers, professionals are still turning to educational opportunities like executive MBA programs to give them that extra edge when trying to move up the corporate ladder.  –  September 26, 2022

  • The Hidden Value of an EMBA

    When considering whether to invest in an Executive MBA, most prospective students weigh the financial investment and time commitment against the return on investment. The numbers themselves certainly make a compelling case as to why an EMBA is a good investment. While payback period and percentage salary increase are easy to measure, an often overlooked (and harder to quantify) benefit of an EMBA is the networking component.  –  September 01, 2022

  • Eliminating the "Yes, But..."

    It is extremely difficult to distinguish yourself in the job search. With hundreds of applicants vying for the same position, hiring managers are looking for easy reasons to whittle the many resumes they receive down to a select few. For those lucky enough to get an interview, the next challenge is succinctly “making the case” why you are the best choice for the role. Removing lingering doubts from a hiring manager’s mind are critical. You do not want the manager looking at you and saying, “Yes, you would be great at our company, but…”  –  April 21, 2022

  • Retailers Brought the Holidays Earlier Than Ever

    Each year the holidays seem to arrive earlier than the last. The 2021 holiday season – at least from a retail and advertising perspective – actually did arrive earlier! Retailers pushed their ad campaigns into early October, breaking many unwritten rules.  –  January 31, 2022

  • Has the Pandemic Been a Shot in the Arm for Retail?

    At the start of the pandemic when many retail stores around the country pivoted to curbside pickup or closed outright, there were big questions around how the industry would weather the storm. Now, almost two years later, while retail has definitely changed, the sector is actually performing better than ever.  –  January 28, 2022

  • Fintech in Georgia is Bigger Business Than You Think

    During the last few years, Georgia has been building its reputation in three main areas: 1) its championship baseball and soccer teams, 2) its thriving film and television business, and 3) its exploding financial technology industry. If you didn’t know about No. 3, it’s time you changed that.  –  November 30, 2021

  • Fintech Era Brings More Options and More Opportunities

    For years, if consumers wanted to make a purchase, they had three main payment options: cash, check, or credit card. Today, thanks to the explosive growth in mobile technology, they have hundreds of options to choose from with names like Zelle, Venmo, and Chime. These apps have revolutionized how buyers and sellers interact and are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the emerging Fintech marketplace.  –  November 12, 2021