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Last modified: Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Flynn named to lead Center for International Business Education and Research in the Kelley School

April 3, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana University Kelley School of Business Dean Daniel Smith has named Barbara Flynn, professor of operations management at Kelley's Indianapolis campus, as the new director of the IU Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER).

CIBER creates business research and study opportunities for Indiana University faculty and students, allowing the university's graduates and partners to better compete in today's global economy. As faculty director, Flynn will provide strategic guidance to the center's research initiative, faculty development programs and grant development efforts.

Flynn is a recent addition to the Kelley Indianapolis faculty, coming to Kelley from Wake Forest University in 2006. At Wake Forest, she was the Sisel Fellow of Operations Management at the Babcock Graduate School of Management and also served as a past president of the Atlanta-based Decision Sciences Institute.

"Professor Flynn is an extraordinary member of the Kelley School faculty," said Daniel Smith, dean of the Kelley School. "She is widely recognized as a leader in her field and is truly global in her interests. She also has a wealth of experience managing large grants which will be critical as CIBER is funded by a $1.3 million Title VI grant."

Flynn's work centers on manufacturing operations, including studies of quality management, "just in time" production and the issues that determine manufacturing plant performance, with a recent emphasis on China and global supply chains.

Her work has been highly cited by academics around the world, and she has served in editorial positions at publications such as Quality Management Journal and the Journal of Operations Management. She has authored and served as principal investigator on research projects representing more than $1 million worth of research funding from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education.

"Today, markets transcend borders -- we must prepare our students to succeed in a global economy," said Roger Schmenner, Kelley's associate dean of Indianapolis programs. "CIBER plays a critical role in making Kelley a leader in international business education, and we're proud that Barb Flynn will lead this important effort."

"Through the years, the Kelley School has been a leader in international business education. I'm pleased to help carry on this tradition at CIBER," added Flynn. "My research has carried me around the world and given me a first-hand look at many of the markets that are now major trading partners and economic competitors. I look forward to bringing this experience to CIBER."

Flynn's appointment as faculty director is effective July 1.

The Kelley School of Business has been a leader in American business education for more than 85 years. With an enrollment of more than 4,800 undergraduate and nearly 2,000 graduate students, it is among the premier business schools in the country, with both the undergraduate and graduate programs ranked among the best in the United States. Kelley's Indianapolis campus, based at IUPUI, is home to the school's Evening MBA and Master of Professional Accountancy programs and a full-time undergraduate program.