Thursday, December 17, 2009

Telthorst named director of Kelley's Center for the Business of Life Sciences

George Telthorst has been appointed Director of the Center for the Business of Life Sciences (CBLS) effective January 1, 2010. Telthorst joined the Kelley School in 2006 as Interim Director of Bloomington Life Sciences Partnership, and he has also served as Director of Business Development for Kelley Executive Partners with an emphasis in developing relationships with life sciences related companies.

Previously, Telthorst was general manager and vice president of operations at Boston Scientific. He was also director of operations for Johnson & Johnson Medical (Wound Care).

Telthorst brings a wealth of experience in the life sciences industry. He holds a bachelors of science in general engineering from the United States Military Academy and an MBA from the University of Chicago with a major in Production Management. He has been teaching in the Operations and Decision Technologies Department and will continue to do so along with his duties as CBLS Director.

Telthorst replaces Business Economics and Public Policy Professor Larry Davidson, who is retiring from the Kelley School.

Undergrads take 2nd place in Spanish-language case competition

Congratulations to Kelley undergraduates Alan Hearth, Nic Perfetti and Ethan Bradley for taking second place in a business language case competition at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah on December 4, 2009. Joel Rubin was the team's faculty advisor.

Currently in its third year, the business language case competition is for non-native Spanish and Portuguese speakers and is the nation's only such contest. Participants are tested on their language and cultural skills.

"By learning how to do business in their target language, students will open doors for networking and build relationships that are unique to bilingual businesspeople," says Sherstin Creamer, competition director.

In the Spanish portion of the Nov. 13 competition, Utah State University won first place, followed by Indiana University and the University of Washington. In the Portuguese portion, teams from Brigham Young University took first and second place, with Brigham Young University-Idaho placing third.

For this year's case, teams presented an international business strategy for Walmart. The teams, which consisted of three students each, were required to present entirely in Spanish or Portuguese and were judged on language ability, depth of analysis and effective delivery.

Competition winners received a trophy and cash prize from BYU's Kay and Yvonne Whitmore Global Management Center, but participants especially appreciated the opportunity to apply their language skills to a business setting.

"With many companies becoming more and more global, I'm sure my language skills will give me a competitive advantage for job opportunities," says Nicolas Perfetti, a junior majoring in public policy analysis and economics who was part of Indiana University's winning team.
Perfetti's teammate Alan Hearth, a senior majoring in finance and international business, agrees.

"I think language skills are great for expanding human communication," says Hearth. "Nothing builds trust and brings down barriers like showing that you've taken the time to learn another person's language."

Marketing Prof Neil Morgan named to PETsMART Chair

Professor Neil Morgan has been appointed as the first holder of the PETsMART Chair in Marketing. Morgan joined the Kelley School of Business in 2005 and from 2007 – 2009, held the NestlĂ©-Hustad Professorship. Prior to Kelley, he was a professor at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Professor Morgan has also served on the faculty in marketing and strategy at both the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge and the Cardiff Business School at the University of Wales. He has held visiting positions at the Machine Building Institute in Lugansk and the University of Michigan.

Professor Morgan has published many articles in the leading journals in marketing including Journal of Marketing and Marketing Science. He has also published numerous articles in the top journals of other disciplines (e.g., Strategic Management Journal, Decision Sciences and Journal of Product Innovation Management). Morgan has received numerous awards for his research including four best paper awards from various Academy of Marketing conferences.

Beyond his strong scholarship, Professor Morgan is an outstanding teacher. In 2008 he won the Lilly MBA Teaching Award. He also won Kelley MBA teaching awards in 2006 and 2007. He was an MBA Teaching “All Star” at UNC in 2003, 2004, and 2005, and he was listed as a “top professor” in Business Week’s Best MBA Program Guide. Morgan is also engaged in a wide range of our executive education initiatives.

Daily Beast names IU Bloomington #3 in the decade's hottest colleges

It's not news to us, but the Daily Beast just named Bloomington the third-hottest college of the decade. Why? Picturesque, with students from all over the country, IUB is "the 'it' school of the aughts.";page=3

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Nobel Prize Chronicles

This week, Indidana University Professor Elinor Ostrom is in Stockholm accepting her Nobel Prize in Economics. A group from IU traveled with Professor Ostrom and is live-blogging the festivities at
There are photos, frequent updates, and plenty of background information about IU's Nobel laureate.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Maxwell Appointed to Pinnell Professorship

Professor John Maxwell has been appointed to the W. George Pinnell Professorship. Professor Maxwell joined the Kelley School of Business in 1993 after receiving his Ph.D. in Economics from Queen’s University in Canada. From 2006 to 2008, he served as chairperson for the Department of Business Economics and Public Policy, and during the 2008-2009 academic year he was a faculty member at the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Professor Maxwell has been affiliated with many different universities and centers globally, including Peking (Beijing) University and the University of Bonn. A leading scholar in the area of environmentalism and public policy, Professor Maxwell has published in some of the field’s top journals such as the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy. In addition, he has presented his research at prestigious conferences and universities worldwide.

Professor Maxwell's teaching spans all levels from undergraduate to Ph.D. and covers a broad range of topics such as game theory, business strategy, regulation & antitrust, industrial organization, public policy, and microeconomic theory. In 2003 he received an award for “excellent instructor” from the General Motors Tech-Ed Program. In 2001 he received an MBA Teaching Award and the Ph.D. Innovative Teaching Award. Professor Maxwell has received numerous fellowships including the Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce, the China Center for Insurance and Social Security Research, and the Center for European Integration Studies.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Langvardt named to Eveleigh Professorship in Business Ethics

Professor Arlen Langvardt has been appointed to the Eveleigh Professorship in Business Ethics. In his new role, Professor Langvardt will work with interested faculty throughout the Kelley School to add ethics content to their undergraduate courses. His efforts will include consulting with faculty concerning ethics-oriented materials tailored to their courses, as well as making himself available for guest teaching appearances in others’ classes.

Professor Langvardt joined the Kelley School of Business in 1985. Prior to that he was an attorney with various law firms in Nebraska. He received his JD from the University of Nebraska in 1981. From 1997 until 2009, Professor Langvardt served as the chairperson of the Department of Business Law & Ethics at the Kelley School.

He has won numerous teaching awards: MBA teaching awards in 1992, 1996, and 1997 (with the 1996 award the prestigious Lilly MBA Teaching Excellence Award), TERA Awards in 1997 and 1999, and Alpha Kappa Psi Alumni Awards for Teaching Excellence in 1991 and 1993.

Professor Langvardt has published extensively in many different highly regarded law review journals, and he has won numerous best paper awards including the 2008 award for the Best Published Paper in Life Sciences from the Center for Business of Life Sciences (with co-authors Professors John Hill & Anne Massey). He received the Hoeber Award for Excellence in Research in 1997 and 2000.

A special thanks goes to Professor Jane Mallor, who served as Kelley's first Eveleigh Professor in Business Ethics. She provided outstanding leadership in this position beginning with her appointment in 2004. She stepped down from this position recently to serve as chair of the Business Law & Ethics Department.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Two weeks in the life of Kelley's Living Learning Center

Derek Green is a freshman at Indiana University, and a member of the executive board of the Kelley Living Learning Center (LLC). Here he describes life at the LLC over a couple of weeks. Stay tuned for future guest blogs from LLC residents.

The Kelley LLC has proven itself to be one of the best choices I have made so far in college. Besides the amazing faculty and support offered through the business school, the KLLC has been such a source of teamwork and mutual aid -- a place where we are all in the same boat, taking the same classes, and can truly appreciate what our peers are going through. We have been taking advantage of field trips, the most recent being a trip to a theme park. The KLLC allows a balance between academics and socializing, perfect for any freshman looking to get acquainted with college. – November 10th

The Kelley LLC is busy as always. With our bi-weekly speaker series, networking opportunities, faculty lunches, and individualized course loads, we remain extremely active. It is always helpful living in a dorm where you sleep right next door to 2 other business students, allowing help to be literally “just around the corner.” KLLC is a nurturing and inclusive environment and has helped my friends and me become immersed in the business community. - November 16th

As of right now, many of us are studying for hours on end in preparation for this week’s tests. The study lounge on the basement floor as well as the silent study rooms on every floor are full of students in search of a place where they can focus. It’s always nice to take a break and grab a drink from the Starbucks in the central McNutt CafĂ©, and it makes a great stop on the way to class. -November 23rd

We’re back from Thanksgiving break, transitioning back into dorm life. The mood in the KLLC is great, everybody has been catching up with friends and classmates. The weather is cooling down now, fall is definitely starting to turn into winter. The next few weeks will bring tests and finals, so we are working hard to finish the semester off with strong grades. Despite the workload, we manage to spend time with friends, remain active in clubs, and stay healthy by working out at the workout facilities in different locations on campus. – November 30th