Tuesday, February 24, 2015

How Getting an Online MBA from Kelley Paid Off Sooner Than I Expected

By Siddhartha R. Venkataraman
During the last seven-years as an ERP consultant, I have been traveling and relocating for work – sometimes to multiple locations in a single year. In this time span, I have lived in four countries (India, Malaysia, Singapore and USA), four states within the U.S. and two different states in India. I was based in California about two years ago when I decided to get an MBA, a degree that would help me progress in my field, but was immediately faced with a dilemma. I didn’t know if I should give up my thriving career for two years to pursue a full-time MBA.

Fortunately, I learned about Kelley's online MBA while I was still weighing the facts, and it seemed to be the most appropriate option for me. The first thing that caught my attention when I was researching Kelley was that the online program’s faculty was the same faculty who teach in the full-time program. The next thing was the class profile. The average GMAT score was comparable to many of the top ranking MBA programs, and higher than all but one local option. This was important to me because I knew much of my learning would come from peers, and they would be a large part of my future network.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

How Managers Can Reduce Excessive Fear of Litigation in their Organization

Prof. Eric Rasmusen
Kelley Direct Professor Eric Rasmusen’s research on litigation rates in wealthy, democratic societies was recently quoted in an article about the adverse effects of America’s fear of lawsuits. Citing Rasmusen’s research, the author of The Economist article concludes that “Americans are not so much unusually litigious as unusually fearful, and this fearfulness extends to the prospect of lawsuits. The occasional jaw-dropping award in a personal injury or class-action lawsuit creates, like the occasional terrorist attack, a salient sense of pervasive danger.”

Professor Rasmusen shares more insights for managers who have to decide whether to risk potential litigation for their company in this interview:

Thursday, February 12, 2015

U.S. Air Force Officer Launches Veterans Association to Unite Service Members Pursuing Online MBA

By Audrey McLaughlin White

First year online MBA student and U.S. Air Force Officer, Brian Misuraca, recently founded the Kelley Direct Veterans Association for online MBA and MS students in our program. His motivation was his own experience when exploring MBA programs and his desire for more peer support. He hopes to provide that support for veterans who are considering our program and those who are already in Kelley Direct (KD) with this new association. More from Brian:

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Meet Kelley Direct in a City Near You this Spring

Considering Kelley Direct for your MBA or online graduate business degree?

Meet us in person at one of our networking receptions! Not only will you have the chance to meet Kelley School staff, faculty and deans (depending on the event you attend), but you will also get to ask your questions directly to our students and alumni who live and work near you.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Advice for Online MBA Students from Student of the Month Joseph Paglinawan

The Kelley Direct Student Leadership Association (KDSLA) is excited to announce our new "Student of the Month" program for 2015 and our first winner, Joseph Paglinawan. Joseph was selected for his contributions to our student community as KDSLA's VP of IT and Founder & President of the Consulting Club. Under his leadership, the Consulting Club helped the Kelley Direct Program launch the "Consulting Pathway," a series of courses designed for students who want to transition to a career in consulting after their MBA. Joseph also returned to Bloomington several times to help with on-campus events such as Kelley Connect Week and Experience Kelley Weekend. Read on to learn more about him and his advice for those who are considering our online MBA program.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Holidays from Kelley Direct

Be sure to watch the Kelley School holiday video and share it with everyone whose holidays can be made brighter by IU's beautiful sights and sounds too!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A BRIC Nation Ready to Launch: Insights on the Labor Market and Business Climate in Brazil from My MBA In-Residence Trip

By Dan Alldridge

Enjoying the visit to BM&F Bovespa

Traveling to Brazil with my online MBA classmates through Kelley Direct’s AGILE course was a great experience. It was a unique opportunity to learn about an emerging market that could not be replicated in the classroom.
I was immersed in the whole country - learning the Brazilian culture through its, business environment, economy, and politics.  During my trip, I was able to observe business politics during the lull between presidential election votes.  The business leaders in Brazil all noted their concerned about the negative effects to the economy if President Dilma Rouseff were re-elected.  These fears came to fruition on 27-October, the day following President Rouseff’s re-election, the market fluctuated drastically ending 3% down and the Brazilian real weakened even further.