Dr. Casey elected vice president of state business organization

Release Date: 10/10/2013

University of the Ozarks Professor of Management and Business Dr. Rickey Casey has been elected as vice president of the Arkansas College Teachers in Economics and Business (ACTEB). Casey will become the organization’s president in September of 2014.

Casey was elected during the ACTEB’s 62nd annual conference, held last week at the University of Central Arkansas.

With Casey serving as the incoming president, next year’s conference will be held on the Ozarks campus.

“It’s a great honor to be elected vice president and it will be a great opportunity for our campus to host economics and business educators from around the state next year,” Casey said. “It will be wonderful exposure for the university and for our business program.”

Casey and Dr. Robert Hilton, chair of the Division of Business, Communications and Government, presented a paper at the conference titled, “An Evaluation of Motivation in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica and the United States Utilizing the Hackman and Oldham Model.”  The paper will be published in the conference proceeding and is under review to be included in an academic journal.

“The article utilized the Job Characteristics Model and centered on companies in both manufacturing and service industries located in North and Central America as well as Mexico,” Casey said. “Results of United States companies are compared to those of non-US firms. Scores were calculated for each of the five dimensions of the model and a motivation potential score was developed. For comparison purposes, scores for all companies studied were compared to those in the Hackman and Oldham database.”

Casey said the study is comprised of more than 1,300 surveys.

“The one way ANOVA indicated there was a substantial difference in the scores of the non-U.S. and U.S. companies,” Casey said. “It appears there is a cross-cultural difference that may explain the findings. Several other studies have been completed with other studies currently in process.”