Monday, October 29, 2012

Kelley sweeps top spots in annual competition with Purdue

1st Place: Chris Allen, Di (Esther) Chen, Haley Wolf and Augustin Ruta of Kelley Bloomington

2nd Place: Matt Whitesel, Justin Tran, Kristyn
Crawford and Jay Trewn of Kelley Bloomington 

The Kelley School of Business earned a year's worth of bragging rights when it claimed 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the 14th annual Kelley-Krannert Case Challenge with intrastate rival Purdue.

Kelley and the Krannert School of Management at Purdue send four teams each to the competition, which alternates sites. Based on enrollment, three of Kelley's teams come from IU-Bloomington and the fourth comes from the Kelley Indianapolis campus at IUPUI. This year, the competition was hosted at Bloomington.

The teams examined a Harvard Business School case concerning the LEGO toy company.

3rd Place: Jon Nix, Jim Plew and Ajay Bohra of
Kelley Indy
Kelley teams from the IU-Bloomington campus earned 1st and 2nd places, while the team from Kelley Indy took 3rd place.

Kelley would like to thank our judges: Martha Blood, director of corporate partnerships for the Association of College Unions International and COO of ACUI Procure; Donna Snyder (Kelley-BS'86), vice president and CFO of Hoosier Energy; Fernando Cadena (Kelley-BS'07), associate engagement manager with Elwood Staffing Services; John Rose (IU-MS'78), president and co-owner of Textillery Weavers; Bill Metzger (Kelley-BS'73, MBA'77), national sales manager with ACME Manufacturing; and Karthik Krishnan (Kelley-MBA'10), supply chain planning and purchasing team management with Carlisle Brake & Friction.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 24 -- The view from my desk

An aerial lift and 50-ton crane work in tendem as crew members remove limestone.
Workers in the lift use a saw to
cut through limestone sections.

So much activity going on outside my window this week!

Workers on the lift have finished removing the protruding limestone from the side of the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center on the Fee Lane side, while those on the ground have been working on walls and backfilling areas with crushed stone.

An auger drills 65 feet below the
surface for the elevator's
We had another piece of equipment on site this week, too. An auger was brought in to drill a hole for the hydraulic shaft for the elevator. 

The hole had to be equally as deep as the highest point of ascension, which meant they had to drill 65 feet below the surface. It took less than two days. 

On the 10th Street side, steel beams continue to rise, creating the skeleton of the Hodge Hall expansion. 

Crews have been working through the rain and wind and are on schedule. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 23 -- The view from my desk

Up in the air: A 50-ton crane and an aerial lift are used to remove protruding limestone from the
building's facade in order to have a flat surface. On the ground: Workers continue to form the foundation walls.

The steel has arrived, and there has been a buzz of activity on the Hodge Hall construction site this week. Let's look at it by the numbers.

Capstones are removed from atop the undergraduate
building. The top of the 90-ton crane for the steel
 can be seen in the background.
For most of this week, we've had 10 construction vehicles on the site:

  • 1 90-ton crane
  • 1 50-ton crane
  • 1 aerial lift 
  • 2 forklifts
  • 2 bulldozers
  • 1 backhoe
  • 1 Bobcat skid steer
  • 1 cement truck
Add numerous personal trucks, trailers, the site supervisor's golf cart, and all of the people who operate them and who work on the ground, and our little corner of Indiana University at 10th and Fee is as busy as the mezzanine of The Union between classes. 

A sneak peak at what's to come: Site manager Gregg
Rinnert of The Skillman Corporation shared this photo
of the steel beams going up in front of the Kelley School.

About those cranes: The 90-ton crane is hauling huge steel I-beams into place on the 10th Street side, while the 50-ton crane is conveying dismantled limestone from the building's facade. The limestone weighs about 160 pounds per cubic feet -- that's some pretty heavy rock.

The stone has already been removed from the front of the Kelley School, and workers have been removing the capstones from the Fee Lane side this week. Meanwhile, more concrete foundation walls are going up.

The steel beams are going up, too. They're not visible from my desk yet, but the site manager took a photo for us from the 10th Street side. 

Exciting to see so much progress above ground!  

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Entrepreneurship professor Dean Shepherd awarded honorary doctorate

Kelley professor Dean Shepherd receives his doctoral hat from Jönköping professor Ulla Runesson during the ceremony.
Photographs by Patrik Svedberg, courtesy of Jönköping University.

Honored scholars also received
a diploma and ring.
Kelley School faculty contribute to their fields and the world at large in ways many people don't ever know about. 

For many years, Dean A. Shepherd, professor of entrepreneurship at the Kelley School of Business, has collaborated with Jönköping University in Sweden, helping to establish its entrepreneurship center, mentoring doctoral students and sharing his research insights.

For his contributions to the success of the university and its students, Jönköping recently presented him with an honorary doctorate.

"It means a great deal when the people who know you well over a long period of time recognize and appreciate your relationship with them," Shepherd said of the honor. "The contribution to the university has meant a great deal to me because I have helped develop entrepreneurship research and entrepreneurship researchers in a different country. It means that my work, and hopefully my contributions, extend beyond the U.S. to a group of people who will continue to make contributions through their entrepreneurship research and the development of the next generation of scholars.

Shepherd, the Randall L. Tobias Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership at Kelley, is recognized as one of the world's leading entrepreneurship researchers and scholars. His groundbreaking work on entrepreneurial failure is helping to cultivate a culture of innovation in which failure is seen as part of the process in a competitive business climate.

Dean Shepherd
During a weekend celebration of the honored scholars in Sweden, Shepherd discussed that work as part of a series of presentations by the honorary doctorates to more than 250 students and faculty. 

At the formal conferment, the honorees were presented with a doctoral hat, a diploma and a custom ring from the university.

During his introduction, Johan Wiklund, professor of entrepreneurship at Jönköping International Business School, enumerated the contributions Shepherd has made to the school and the field of entrepreneurship:

"First, he has helped foster the next generation of academics by working with our PhD students. He has been adviser, faculty opponent and host to a large number of our PhD students. Second, he has worked in close collaboration with several of our scholars to take their research to the next level, coauthoring several important paper and publishing it in the most prestigious and impactful journals. Third, during his frequent visits to Jönköping he has generously shared his deep knowledge of research with everybody interested by organizing workshops, seminars and courses.

"Apart from being a close friend of Jönköping University assisting in our development, Dean is an outstanding scholar in his own right who has pushed the research frontier forward by his numerous publications and his editorship of our leading entrepreneurship research journal."

Included in Shepherd’s accomplishments are citations for having published some of the most significant articles in the field of entrepreneurship over the past five years, an award from the Academy of Management annual conference recognizing him as a “thought leader” for entrepreneurship research, recognition as an Entrepreneurship Research Exemplar and the 21st Century Entrepreneurship Research Fellow of the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, and the Academy of Management Mentor Award for the Entrepreneurship Division.  

Idalene Kesner, interim dean of the Kelley School, said Shepherd is a "one-of-a-kind scholar" whose outstanding publishing record is a key reason the Kelley School has been regularly ranked No. 1 for entrepreneurship research. She said the honorary doctorate from Jönköping is a tribute to all that he has achieved.

"We all hold the greatest admiration for Dean. He is the best researcher in the field; he is an outstanding teacher; he is an amazing service contributor to the profession and to his school and university," Kesner said. "He is the academic’s academic – a role model whose contributions leave us humbled by comparison. Furthermore, you would be hard-pressed to find a nicer, more generous colleague.”

Donald F. Kuratkothe Jack M. Gill Chair of Entrepreneurship and executive director of the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Kelley School, agrees.

“Dean is recognized as the world’s leading entrepreneurship research scholar because of the immense impact his work has had on our field," he said. "Our entrepreneurship research team at Indiana University is truly enhanced by his extraordinary talent and research skills. 

"Dean is not only a gifted scholar but also a great friend to all of us here, and we are proud of him," Kuratko continued. "Speaking on behalf of our entire faculty team in entrepreneurship, we extend our heartiest congratulations to Dean on this marvelous honor.”


Read OnTopic: Entrepreneurship and Innovation to find out more about Dean Shepherd's research on entrepreneurial failure and other research by the Kelley School's award-winning entrepreneurship faculty. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 22 -- The view from my desk

That cement mixer couldn't be painted in better colors.
Construction workers have been setting up forms for the foundation walls at the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center site this week. The cement is poured inside the forms -- the wall of dark sections in the middle of the photo -- and allowed to hardened, then the forms are removed.

The foundation walls near where the back steps to the expansion will be are visible on the left side of the photo.

Trucks loaded with crushed stone for backfill have been navigating through the site and dumping the stone that is then spread with bulldozers and smoothed out and compacted with a road roller.

Another key change this week is good news for students -- things should be a little quieter during class. While we can't eliminate all of the noise, the construction manager said they are putting away the jackhammer for a quieter saw to cut through stone and concrete.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 21 -- The view from my desk

We're starting to see the outline of the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center expansion.

Now that the work with the concrete footings for Hodge Hall has reached the Fee Lane side, we can begin to see the outline of the expansion of the undergraduate building.

Nathan Morrison, construction overseer for the Kelley School of Business, brought the design plans with him this week to help me visualize what is taking shape outside of my window.

The design plans help visualize the addition.
I should clarify that he brought Volume 1 of the design plans, which contained hundreds of pages and was more than an inch thick. The detail is amazing, if not overwhelming. Nathan and I marveled over how people used to do this by hand. Every wire, every light switch, every beam, and every inch of stone is accounted for.

In the main photo, the grouping of concrete walls on the left marks the north side of the expansion. Steps will lead to an entrance there from a small courtyard. The concrete footing just above the IU logo on the fence marks about how far the building will extend toward Fee Lane, minus the addition of the stone exterior.

We should begin to see a lot more activity on this side of the building in the next few weeks. Call me a construction geek, but I have to admit, I'm excited that the steel beams will be arriving soon!

Executive students from India explore analytics, culture in Macedonia

Students from the Indian Institute of Management-Lucknow who are participating in a joint-certificate program with the Kelley School of Business studied business analytics with Kelley faculty in Macedonia recently.
About 70 students from Indian Institute of Management-Lucknow recently explored business and culture in Macedonia as part of the Kelley School's Business Analytics certificate program.

The 10-day business analytics symposium was a multi-school, multi-cultural event in partnership with South East European University aimed at educating students about business analytics and equipping them with tools to make business decisions based on data.

The 10-day symposium was intense, but also mixed in
a little culture. The course ended with a case competition.
Students learned how to frame problems analytically, build models to aid decision making, and derive insights from data. Students were also introduced to the concept of managing the data life cycle.

In addition to the academic experience, students gained an understanding of the cultures and customs of Macedonia by interacting with students of SEEU and visiting the cities of Skopje and Tetovo. 

The week included several activities outside of the classroom -- social events, team exercises and visits to local companies -- and ended with a case competition in which students applied the concepts they learned.

Archana Shukla, dean of IIML-Noida, participated in cultural activities and helped judge the case competition. Kelley School faculty who presented during the symposium were M.A. Venkataramanan, Vijay Khatri and Goker Aydin.  Kelley Executive Partners provided support.

The program was coordinated through Kelley's Executive Degree Programs. Richard J. Magjuka is faculty chair of EDP, and Usha Venkataramanan is the director.