Letter from the Editor
We are proud of our achievement with Volume Four of the Journal of Business Inquiry.
This year the journal has six articles, which increases our page count 25 percent.
We have also added a Best-Of Undergraduate Student Research, highlighting the strength
of our undergraduate program here at Utah Valley State . The journal has moved into
permanent quarters, added Dr. Eugene Seeley as Assistant Editor, and we are expecting
to publish two issues in 2006 as we continue to improve. I would like to recognize
and thank all of our reviewers, especially Dr. Larry Hartman, for their efforts this
year. A special thanks to Kelly Forbis who has done exceptional work in establishing
the Publication Center .
In this issue:
- Steven Byers and Ann Hackert present a timely and important study examining the reality
behind the call for increased cross-disciplinary research. The findings are perhaps
both surprising and disappointing.
- Charles Cozzens, Norman Gardner, and Karen Whelan-Berry present a teaching case exploring
the merger of Franklin Quest and the Covey Leadership Center. This case emphasizes
the soft side of mergers and details cultural and leadership issues as well as the
resulting financial and operating results.
- Olena Panova and Rod Erakovich examine the issue of quality in online education. They
suggest that a more holistic approach to online evaluation is needed, one that includes
feedback from students, instructors, institutions, and employers.
- Sheldon Smith presents a teaching case detailing the specifics of Hawaii 's general
excise tax and how it differs from the more common State sales tax. This difference
results in a myriad of problems for businesses and individuals and highlights how
interpretation and implementation of sales taxes (or their substitutes) varies across
- Raymond Isleib, Barry Marks, and Douglas Rusth investigate the first time pass rates
on the CPA examination, and discover some interesting factors affecting the pass rate.
The sample used in this study is very similar to the student body present at our own
school, so gives special food for thought.
- Jaron Harvey studies the treatment practices of medical doctors, and then contrasts
this behavior with the media portrayal of no money = no treatment. This paper represents
the first of our series in Best-Of Undergraduate Student Research, and represents
the talent of our students.
Enjoy the journal,
Dr. Greg Berry
Utah Valley State