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. 

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