Friday, November 13, 2015

7 Insights About Using Analytics to Better Understand and Improve Your Marketing


The Institute for Business Analytics at the Kelley School organized the Kelley Forum on Marketing Analytics to bring MBA and MS in Business Analytics students – such as my Kelley Direct classmates and myself – together with Kelley faculty and marketing analytics experts from all over the country in Bloomington, Indiana to share ideas and to network. Executive Associate Dean Ash Soni made a great observation about the significance of the event to open the forum, “When we can get 100 people together at 8 a.m. on a Friday morning to discuss analytics, you know we’ve come a long way in this field.”

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Gaining a Competitive Edge in China: An On-the-Ground Perspective

By Christopher Reid


In October 2015, I traveled to Beijing along with thirteen fellow online MBA students from Kelley Direct to gain a better appreciation of how to successfully do business in China. This in-person portion of the Accelerating Global Immersion Leadership Education (AGILE) program represented the final module for a nine-week course focused on international business strategy; the lessons from the classroom were reinforced through a series of lectures at Peking University and numerous company visits across the city. 
One of the most impressive things about Beijing (and China in general) was the spirit of entrepreneurship and growth coming from everyone we met. Contrary to our expectations of the Chinese business environment being highly controlled and inefficient, we instead found ourselves in a country where the default mindset was that anything was possible.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Best Part of Getting My Online MBA was Learning How to KISS

by Ben Pollack

I know what you’re probably thinking, you’re about to read a juicy story about how an online MBA student learned to kiss in grad school. Sorry to disappoint, but this post focuses on the more academic side of things. KISS, a common acronym in business, is short for Keep it Short & Simple. In other words, it means being succinct and to the point in your communication.

Learning how to KISS is possibly the most valuable skill I learned while getting my MBA through Indiana University's Kelley Direct Program. Since graduation a little over a year ago, I’ve been reflecting on what lessons stood out and have helped accelerate my professional growth & development. It is clear that being able to effectively communicate with my colleagues what I am thinking, doing, and have planned has become an invaluable asset as well as enabled me to efficiently achieve my business goals.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

How an Online MBA Strategy Course Helped Student Kash Faheem Land a Job with Apple


Developing Strategic Capabilities (C562) is one of our online MBA students’ final courses. It brings together the concepts from all the previous classes and enables the students to apply what they learned in practical way. Students form groups of four or five and pick a strategic business unit (SBU) of a publicly traded company they want to investigate for the term. The student groups are tasked with delivering four written reports that identify and analyze the company’s core values, corporate structure, long and short-term goals, financial performance, and competitive landscape among many other metrics. Then in their final deliverable, they provide their recommendations for the company. 


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Next Networking Event

By Mike Schmeckebier


Networking events are an essential part of any job search and career management in general. Some people are naturals at navigating these events and come out with five great leads and maybe a new poker group. But for others, these functions come with lots of anxiety and are full of awkward moments and monotonous small talk. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Why AGILE Greece Has Been the Most Rewarding Experience in My Kelley Journey

By Astha Chouhan


My Kelley Direct Greece study abroad course was not an academic exercise. Our focus and motivation throughout the term came from the desire to make a difference for a real business in Greece, not to get an A in the class. This one-of-a-kind of experience could not have been delivered within the boundaries of a classroom. This project  enabled my fellow Kelleys and me to apply the knowledge we had gained from our Kelley online MBA courses.

Friday, July 24, 2015

How the Kelley Direct Women in Business Association is Addressing Gender Inequality in the Workplace

By Jo Cooey

 
You may have heard talk about gender equality in the workplace. Statistics such as the gender pay gap have become topics of debate in the political realm. Campaigns such as Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In movement have sprung up all around, providing a platform to discuss and to some extent combat inequality in the workplace. The bad news is that gender inequality still exists. The good news is there’s something you can do about it.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Perspectives on Business and Life in Palestine – Why I Went to Bethlehem with my Online MBA Class

By Brian Nash


I am not a stereotypical online MBA student. I prefer to spend my admittedly limited free time going to punk shows or helping sea turtles rather than networking to find the next step in my career. That said, here I am, writing an article for Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Why? Because my Kelley Direct AGILE study abroad course in Bethlehem was easily one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, and I hope other current or prospective students can find their inspiration, challenge preconceptions and build a better world.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

5 Ways Online MBA Students Can Enhance their Virtual Classroom Experience

First-year online MBA student and management consultant Sri Chatterjee tweeted this picture recently:



She was attending a live Economics lecture online on-board a flight taking her back home to Chicago. This of course excited her professor, Dr. Steven Kreft, who reached out to share his thoughts:

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Lessons Online MBA Students Learned While Helping a Botswana Business Return to Profitability

In August 2014, online MBA students Mike Vought, Jason Kuck and Rachel Skiles arrived in Botswana to meet the owners of Dips Motors, their client for the global immersion and leadership course we refer to as AGILE (short for Accelerating Global Immersion Leadership Education). The team was tasked with helping this 25 year old, family-owned auto repair business overcome its management, accounting and financial woes over the course of this 12 week class. They had the opportunity to meet Mel, the new manager of Dips Motors, at the start of the term. That was when they first learned about this company’s obstacles.

Monday, May 4, 2015

How Pitching to Silicon Valley VCs Better Prepared Me for Managing Risk and Entrepreneurship

By Sean Taylor


Some opportunities are simply too good to pass up. They are the kind of opportunities that would harbor regret and resentment if missed. The chance to participate in the Kelley Direct Silicon Valley Challenge was exactly one of those opportunities.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

How Business School Can Help You Turn Your Entrepreneurial Idea into Reality

By Ethan Grob

Plug N Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, CA - the venue for the Silicon Valley Venture Challenge pitches - is the largest startup incubator in the world. This sign displays many of the companies that started here.

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Kelley Difference: Why I Chose This Online MBA


by Nathan Hall

 
Making the decision to attend an online MBA program

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My journey towards my MBA began while I was already in grad school completing my Master’s in E-commerce. I knew I wanted to continue my education with an MBA, but I wasn’t quite sure which program was for me. I remember asking my school at the time if I could take any of my courses online. As I was working full-time, having to physically attend school ate up so much of time and was very taxing on my personal life. Moreover, I realized that I became more dependent on online resources to supplement the material learned in the classroom, and even more so with group work. The internet became such a powerful resource to improve my efficiency, productivity and knowledge as a student. Learning in just the traditional classroom seemed so antiquated to me, the more my professors and classmates embraced technology in the classroom, the better my educational experience was. With that revelation, I felt that pursuing my MBA online made perfect sense, so I went in search of the best program, and all roads lead to Kelley--sort of.

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.