IU Kelley School’s entrepreneurship program and its director earn global awards

Donald F. Kuratko, right, accepts the Entrepreneurship Program Directors’ Legacy Award from Brad Burke, executive director of the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers.

Donald F. Kuratko, right, accepts the Entrepreneurship Program Directors’ Legacy Award from Brad Burke, executive director of the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers.

For more than a half century, entrepreneurship education at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business has built a legacy of helping alumni spark business creation and innovation.

Recently, the Kelley School received international recognition at the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers. At the consortium’s annual conference, the school was honored for its contributions to research as was Donald F. Kuratko, the Jack M. Gill Distinguished Chair of Entrepreneurship.

More than 450 professors and entrepreneurship program directors from 260 member universities in 16 countries attended the ceremony, held in the Eastman Theatre in downtown Rochester, N.Y. It was part of the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers’ annual conference Sept. 30-Oct. 1, co-hosted by the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology.

IU and the Kelley School received the 2016 Award for Exceptional Contributions in Entrepreneurship Research. This award recognizes a business school at which the faculty are dedicated to advancing and supporting the creation and creators of new entrepreneurship knowledge.

Award criteria are 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.

Accepting on behalf of the Kelley School of Business was Kuratko, who also serves as the executive and academic director of the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the Kelley School.

“IU’s Kelley School of Business stands as a world leader in entrepreneurship. Having been recognized as one of the most powerful nodes of entrepreneurship by the journal Scientometrics, our faculty list reads like a virtual ‘who’s who’ of entrepreneurial thought leadership,” Kuratko said.

“The research generated here is not only extensive but also transformative, as it will guide future researchers in the years to come,” he said.

Established in 1997, the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers brings together university-based entrepreneurship centers from around 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.

Kuratko, who has served on the organization’s executive committee for many years, also received a special honor, the Entrepreneurship Program Directors’ Legacy Award. He received a standing ovation as he accepted the award, which was presented in recognition of his pioneering efforts and impact on the entire field of entrepreneurship.

Idalene "Idie" Kesner

Idalene “Idie” Kesner

“These awards stand as a tribute to our outstanding faculty in the Kelley School’s Department of Management and Entrepreneurship. It is also a testament to the global leadership efforts of Professor Kuratko in the entrepreneurship realm,” said Idalene Kesner, dean of the IU Kelley School of Business and the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management.

“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,” she said.

The Kelley School established the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in 1998, thanks to a financial gift from Richard “Dick” and Ruth Johnson given in recognition of their family’s lifelong commitment to the school and their entrepreneurial achievements.

Today, the center is the focal point for all entrepreneurial activity on the IU Bloomington campus. Kelley first offered an entrepreneurship program in 1989. Entrepreneurship courses at IU date to 1959.

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