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Last modified: Thursday, August 30, 2007

Kelley School of Business faculty earn research honors at Academy of Management Conference

Aug. 30, 2007

Donald Kuratko

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Donald Kuratko

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Four professors at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, including the executive director of its Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, earned top honors at the 2007 Academy of Management Conference. A 2007 doctoral graduate from Kelley also was honored.

The Academy, which held its conference earlier this month in Philadelphia, is the leading international scholarly organization for studying issues of management and organizational leadership, with nearly 20,000 members from more than 100 countries.

Donald F. Kuratko, the Jack M. Gill Chair of entrepreneurship and executive director of the Johnson Center, received the National Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Advocate Award.

The award is designed to honor a significant career and advocacy for the field of entrepreneurship, which includes activities supporting the idea that it is an activity or process that should be taught to anyone interested in starting his or her own venture at any time in his or her life. Winners are evaluated according to the magnitude of their contributions, and primary consideration is given to those whose efforts promote entrepreneurship as an intellectual and teaching discipline. It recognizes a lifetime of achievement award and is not bestowed every year.

Susan Powell Mantel

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Three faculty members in Kelley's Indianapolis program were honored for their research. Susan Powell Mantel, associate professor of marketing, and Mohan V. Tatikonda, associate professor of operations and technology management, earned the Journal of Operations Management's Best Paper Award for their work, "A Behavioral study of Supply Manager Decision-making: Factors Influencing Make versus Buy Evaluation."

This award recognizes the best paper published in that scholarly journal in the year 2006. Mantel and Tatikonda presented their study at the academy's conference earlier this month in a special, standing-room only session along with other finalists, with best paper award recipients announced at the end of the session. In 1999, Tatikonda received the prize for the best conference paper presented in the Operations Management Division of the conference.

Barbara B. Flynn, professor of operations management at Kelley-Indianapolis and director of the IU Center for International Business Education and Research, earned the prize for the best conference paper presented in the Operations Management Division of the conference. The academy previously honored Flynn in 1986 and 1991 for her studies of total quality management.

Mohan Tatikonda

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Kim Green, who earned a doctorate in entrepreneurship from Kelley this May, also received the "2007 Best Reviewer Award." There were 579 reviewers overall, including professors, researchers and doctoral students. It was the second straight year that Green earned this honor. She has accepted a position as assistant professor of entrepreneurship at Clemson University.

"The recognition of our faculty by the Academy of Management and the Journal of Operations Management is another illustration of our dual commitment to research and industry outreach along with excellence in the classroom," said Phil Cochran, Kelley's incoming associate dean for Indianapolis programs. "We're very proud of Mohan, Sue and Barbara."

Dan Smith, dean of the Kelley School, said of Kuratko's honor, "Ultimately, the success of any program is due to its people. I am particularly proud of Dr. Kuratko's individual recognition by his peers as it demonstrates the national visibility he has created for IU and the Kelley School. He continues to provide tremendous leadership for our entrepreneurship efforts at Indiana University."