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IU Kelley School entrepreneurship faculty earn global award for research

Oct 17, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University's Kelley School of Business has been named winner of the 2012 Award for Exceptional Contributions in Entrepreneurship Research by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers.

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Donald F. Kuratko

Accepting on behalf of IU and its Kelley School of Business was Donald F. Kuratko, the Jack M. Gill Distinguished Chair of Entrepreneurship and executive director of the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

In his acceptance speech, Kuratko highlighted the enormous contributions of the Kelley School's entrepreneurship faculty and the worldwide respect they have developed.

"IU's Kelley School of Business stands as a world leader in entrepreneurship. Fortune magazine has stated that our faculty list reads like a virtual 'who's who' of entrepreneurial thought leadership," he said. "The research generated here is not only extensive but also transformative, as it will guide future researchers in the years to come."

The award recognizes a business school where the faculty is dedicated to advancing and supporting the creation and creators of new entrepreneurship knowledge. The award criteria is based upon the faculty's research agenda, published research, journal management, research grants, impact factors of the publications and the profile of each faculty member. The judges are a jury of peer entrepreneurship professors from around the globe.

The Kelley School of Business exemplified the very best in entrepreneurship research as they excelled in every category, according to the judges. Some of the outstanding research faculty include Dean A. Shepherd, Jeffrey G. Covin, Patricia P. McDougall-Covin, Jeffery S. McMullen, David B. Audretsch, Gregory F. Udell, Herman Aguinis, Marc J. Dollinger, Siri Terjesen, Toyah Miller, Greg Fisher and Kuratko.

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Idalene Kesner

"This award is a tribute to our outstanding faculty in the Kelley School's Department of Management and Entrepreneurship," said Idalene Kesner, interim dean of the Kelley School. "The work of these extraordinary researchers helps to advance knowledge for students, scholars and practicing entrepreneurs worldwide. And, because outstanding research goes hand-in-hand with outstanding teaching, it's clear why the Kelley School has top-ranked entrepreneurship programs at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels."

The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers was established in 1997 for the purpose of becoming the key junction for university-based entrepreneurship centers across the world to collaborate, communicate and jointly advance excellence in entrepreneurship through the unique role and position of the centers in the academic and business communities. Today, GCEC stands as the premier leadership organization addressing the emerging topics of importance to university-based centers for entrepreneurship. The consortium is composed of over 350 entrepreneurship centers across the globe.

The award was presented at the annual conference this earlier this month in Washington, D.C.