Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Kelley conference examines how disruption can benefit innovation

In his 2009 best-selling book, “The Innovator’s Prescription,” Harvard University scholar Clayton Christensen explained why many companies miss out on new waves of innovation. Successful companies with established products will get pushed aside unless managers know how and when to abandon traditional business practices, he said.

Life sciences companies were among those analyzed in the book -- named one of the top 100 leadership and success books to read in a lifetime by Amazon’s editors -- using Christensen’s disruptive innovation model and framework. 

On Friday, Ann Christensen, president of the Christensen Institute will be a keynote speaker at the next event in the Indiana Life Sciences Collaboration Conference Series.

“Major changes are more likely to come from firms and organizations outside of its current, established players, perhaps at Google, Apple, Amazon and Samsung. This conference will look at what’s ‘bubbling’ at these potential new additions to the industry mosaic,” said George Telthorst, director of the Center for the Business of LifeSciences.

The conference, “Potential Disruptive Innovators in Healthcare,” will take place from 9 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. at IUPUI’s Hine Hall, 875 W. North St., in Indianapolis. It is the second event in a year-long series organized by the center in the IU Kelley School of Business.  

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Carrying the Olympic torch for IU, Kelley and its South Korean partner, Sungkyunkwan University

SEOUL -- Opening ceremonies for the 2018 Winter Olympics take place Friday in PyeongChang, South Korea. IU Kelley School of Business Dean Idalene “Idie” Kesner and two fellow alumni recently had the privilege of sharing in the Olympic experience.

Kesner joined Curtis A. Ferguson, president of Greater China and Korea for The Coca-Cola Co., and Young-Jin Kim, chairman and CEO of Handok Inc., in the Olympic Torch Relay. She said it was a remarkable experience she always will treasure.

“The Olympics is like no other sporting event, and this was an honor unlike anything else I have received throughout my career,” she said. “Being among dignitaries from across Korea, I felt very special. Having the students and faculty from the Kelley-SKKU partnership cheer from the sidewalk along the main street in Seoul, Korea, made me feel very special.”

Since 2008, Kelley and Sungkyunkwan University -- South Korea's oldest university -- have teamed up to offer a dual MBA degree for executives. In 2004, Kelley helped the university launch Korea's first fully English-taught global MBA. Jae Ha Lee, dean of Sungkyunkwan University's Graduate School of Business, earned his doctorate in finance at Kelley.

After participating in the Olympic Torch Relay,Kesner attended a reception with alumni to mark the 10th anniversary of the schools’ partnership on the dual degree program.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Four NFL players are pursuing the Vince Lombardi Trophy and a Kelley School master's degree

An estimated worldwide audience of more than 110 million are expected to tune in this Sunday for Super Bowl LII, featuring the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. While most fans are pulling for one team over the other, we’re pulling for the four players on both teams who currently are students in the IU Kelley School of Business.

More than 85 current and former NFL players are pursuing an MBA, a Master of Science degree or a graduate certificate online through a partnership between Kelley and the National Football League Players Association. Since 2014, 11 players have earned a master’s degree in business online from Kelley.

Stephen Gostkowski kicking a game-winner in 2009.
Kelley School students playing in the big game are New England Patriots place kicker Stephen Gostkowski, guard Ted Karras and guard Joseph Thuney. On the other side of the football will be Kelley School student and Philadelphia Eagle defensive back Corey Graham, whose interception of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Kennum in the NFC Championship helped seal the Eagles’ trip to the Super Bowl.

The NFL Players Association encourages its members to be knowledgeable about the business of football and to prepare to be successful off the field. In a 2017 interview, Gostkowski said Kelley’s specialized program does both and that it is preparing him for the time when his playing days are over.

“The program offers opportunities outside of football to make an easier transition. It can really help us bridge the gap after football,” he said. “You can never be too educated, and the Kelley program is a unique opportunity to be able to take my time doing it and do it during football. It was really a no-brainer on whether to do it or not.”

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

All-female team wins 2018 National Diversity Case Competition

From left to right, Lotus Barron, Sharaine Eldafrawy, Alexis Sara and Amara Uche-Anya

An all-female team from Drexel University emerged as the winners of the 2018 National Diversity Case Competition, followed closely by teams from the University of Washington, Boston College and the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

The competition, held annually the weekend before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, brings together some of the best and most diverse talent in undergraduate business education from across the nation.

Despite a major snowstorm impacting the Midwest, 33 of the 35 business school teams were able to make it to IU Bloomington for the event, which was hosted by the Kelley School for the seventh straight year. More than 130 undergraduate business students competed.

“It is an honor to bring together so many extraordinary students from some of the best colleges and universities in the United States, along with representatives from some of our country’s great companies,” said Josh Perry, faculty chair of Kelley’s Undergraduate Program. 

“The weekend provides Kelley with an opportunity to showcase our long-standing commitment to foster a community where all students can come together to feel supported and included, and also offers all attendees multiple opportunities to make connections and share ideas about diversity initiatives within other schools, corporations, or regions of the country,” Perry added. “It is both an opportunity to learn and to develop one’s professional networks.”

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Kelley Direct Online MBA and MS Programs Each Ranked No. 2 by U.S. News

The Indiana University Kelley School of Business continues to be seen as a leader in presenting an array of choices for professionals seeking a quality graduate business degree online, according to new rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

The Kelley Direct Online MBA program and Kelley's Master of Science program each were tied with one other school for No. 2 rankings among more than 250 schools and universities offering similar degrees nationwide.

Dean Idie Kesner
“As these rankings and other indicators suggest, Kelley continues to lead the way in providing a quality graduate business education, whether it is presented online or on campus full-time,” said Idalene “Idie” Kesner, Kelley’s dean and the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management.

“We’re pleased that our Kelley Direct Program is a model for online graduate business programs worldwide. Students value our flexible, innovative and relevant approach of presenting business education and preparing them for the next level of leadership in their chosen career paths, she added.

In addition to the Kelley Direct Online MBA, students also can earn specialized Master of Science degrees in business analytics, entrepreneurship and innovation, finance, global supply chain management, information technology management, marketing and strategic management.

In the last year, Kelley Direct was ranked the No. 1 program in the United States by QS Intelligence Unit -- which also produces the QS World University Rankings – and the Princeton Review.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Kelley Direct online MBA program ranked No. 1 -- again

Kelley Direct, the online MBA program of Indiana University Kelley School of Business, continues to be seen as the leader in providing a quality education and a solid return on investment, as evidenced by a new No. 1 ranking by the Princeton Review.

Kelley Direct Students attend Kelley Connect Week

The Princeton Review rankings of online MBA programs released on Nov. 1 was based on comprehensive surveys during the 2016-17 academic year of nearly 4,700 students and administrators at MBA programs that offer most of their program of study online.

In each instance, students and administrators used more than 30 criteria aspects to evaluate programs. Among the factors for students were faculty quality, career preparation, academics, the technology platform and overall satisfaction. Schools were asked to provide information about admissions selectivity, graduation and retention rates, faculty training and credentials, technological infrastructure, student indebtedness and career outcomes.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

William Haeberle, Kelley professor and Indiana's 'godfather of entrepreneurship,' passes away at age 95

William L. "Bill" Haeberle, the creator of one of the nation’s first collegiate entrepreneurship programs and emeritus professor of management and entrepreneurship at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, died at his Bloomington home on Oct. 26 at the age of 95.

William L. Bill Haeberle
Over a career spanning nearly six decades, Haeberle left an enduring impact not only on the Kelley School, but also on Indiana’s entrepreneurial culture, working with many who started new enterprises. He also advised numerous top executives on how to they could spark a more entrepreneurial spirit at larger firms.

Haeberle’s contributions to executive education led to its emergence as part of the mission at Kelley and other business schools around the country. He taught at the Kelley School from 1946 until his retirement in 1984 and remained active as an emeritus faculty member into the next decade.

“Bill Haeberle’s forward-thinking mindset was the foundation of the Kelley School’s entrepreneurship and executive education programs, but it also contributed greatly to Kelley’s tradition of a culture of innovation across all programs,” said Idalene “Idie” Kesner, Kelley School dean and the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management. “He challenged norms and inspired his colleagues and students to go beyond their comfort zones, firm in his belief that complacency and risk aversion were obstacles to personal excellence.”

Donald F. Kuratko, the Jack M. Gill Distinguished Chair of Entrepreneurship and executive director of Kelley’s Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, said very few individuals can say they affected an entire state the way Haeberle has.Bill Haeberle was talking and living entrepreneurship long before anyone else used the word in 1946. His entrepreneurial career spanned over six decades, truly an indelible legacy that established him as the ‘godfather of entrepreneurship’ for the state of Indiana.”

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

$5M Gift to Support Students Interested Social Impact

Kelley students annually help build a Habitat home for a local family

A new fellowship program at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business will support a growing number of undergraduate students who combine business interests with community service and social entrepreneurship.

The fellowship program will be established with a $5 million gift from a Kelley alumnus and his wife, who wish to remain anonymous.

Students in the program will receive fellowships that will provide for tuition and fees, room and board, books, and a semester abroad, minus any other fellowships/scholarships the students receive from other sources.

The fellowships will be renewable if students remain in good academic standing as business majors, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Only students from Indiana will be eligible.

Unlike other fellowship/scholarship programs at Kelley, these students will be required to participate in service opportunities, particularly those offered by the Kelley Institute for Social Impact.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Greetings from Josh Perry, New Undergraduate Chairperson

Since joining the Kelley faculty in 2009, I’ve witnessed firsthand the incredible opportunity that a Kelley education affords. It’s not only the teaching of our world-class faculty and the guidance from the top career services office in the nation – but also the chance to get involved in deep and meaningful ways with dynamic experiences outside the classroom, both locally and globally. At Kelley, you’re not just a student studying business. You are pursuing your purpose, developing your professional identity, and preparing to be a leader in your organization and community.

Whether you’re a senior serving in a club leadership role, a junior about to experience I-Core, a sophomore looking forward to your first experience traveling abroad or a freshman still learning your way around campus, I hope that you will see this new academic year as an opportunity to become even more invested in building our Kelley culture and your future as a Kelley alum.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Early-Career Communication Part 3: Leading Without Authority

Kendell Brown
By  Kendell Brown, Associate Director of Graduate Career Services

Articulating a vision and getting people to work toward that vision is formidable for many. Motivating clients, peers and other key stakeholders can be particularly challenging for someone who doesn’t have a title that commands action. However, for you to be personally successful, that success has to come as part of a broader effort. I am going to highlight 4 characteristics that can help you lead despite having no specific authority to do so.

Speak confidently.

If you speak confidently and in a manner that underscores a belief in what you are saying, you are likely to get others to agree. Meaning people want to follow the lead of someone that appears knowledgeable and self-assured. 

It is necessary to note that sometimes people will undermine their own confidence by saying things like “I’m not sure, if you’ll agree” or “Is that in line with what you were thinking?” When you are rallying people and getting them to do what you want - refrain from using qualifying and confirmatory language, it will weaken you and your ideas. Instead focus on speaking with certainty and assurance.