Faculty Research Shapes the Way Business Happens
Online interaction between students and faculty members moves research both ways. Always on the prowl to answer practical questions, faculty members leverage the wisdom of Kelley Direct’s working professionals to generate data and research ideas. For example, Professor Matt Semadeni recently surveyed online MBA students on their appraisal of executive performance. This informed Professor Semadeni’s nationally recognized research on the division of labor between CEOs and Board Chairpersons in the Fortune 500.
Kelley Students Envision a Course, Faculty Members Make it Happen
Members of the Kelley Direct Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club wanted a class or conference to teach them skills in business plan pitching to angel investors or venture capitalists. Faculty advisor and Indiana Venture Faculty Fellow Professor Todd Saxton did them one better. He worked with the club leadership and Kelley Direct office to offer a new elective “Business Models and Venture Ecosystems” during summer 2014 that will include online instruction and bring students to Indianapolis for three days for The Innovation Showcase to meet and interact with hundreds of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Some have even applied to pitch! Saxton's entrepreneurial teachings and work in the venture community are both informed by his research in this area, and vice versa.
Faculty Mentors Support Kelley Direct Students On & Off Campus
By Phil Powell, Faculty Chair of Kelley Direct