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 state lines.
  • 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