IU’s Kelley School always has had strong ties to top international business academic society

Patricia McDougall-Covin

Patricia McDougall-Covin

In June, Patricia McDougall-Covin formally will become the second professor at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business to be named a current fellow of the top association of scholars and specialists in international business.

McDougall-Covin, director of the Institute for International Business, a professor of strategic management and the William L. Haeberle Professor of Entrepreneurship, will become a fellow of the Academy of International Business at its meeting in Bangalore, India.

AIB Fellows are recognized for their contributions to the scholarly development of the field of international business. They choose the organization’s International Executive of Year and its Educator of the Year and organize sessions at its annual meeting each year — often the first plenary panel.

She and her frequent co-author, Benjamin Oviatt, are widely credited with pioneering the growing field of international entrepreneurship, and their research has been honored as having the most significant impact on other scholars.

Their research on rapidly internationalizing young ventures is regarded as having changed the scholarly conversation in international business from a focus on large, established multinational firms to a conversation that includes entrepreneurial firms that are competing internationally.

Since 2011, McDougall-Covin has directed the school’s Institute for International Business, which supports internationalization of Kelley’s academic programs and is engaged in projects in Myanmar, Malaysia and Palestine.

She served as associate dean of the Kelley School from 2004 to 2009 and as chair of its management department from 2000 to 2003.

Kelley colleague Marjorie Lyles became AIB Fellow in 2005

McDougall-Covin joins Marjorie Lyles, professor of international strategic management, the One America Chair in Business Administration and a Chancellor’s Professor at IUPUI, who was inducted in 2005.

Marjorie Lyles

Marjorie Lyles

It is a select and prestigious honor. Of the more than 3,200 academy members in 87 countries, only about 80 scholars from around the world today are active AIB Fellows.

“I am honored to be elected as an AIB Fellow,” McDougall-Covin told me. “It is humbling to be recognized as part of the Kelley School’s long-held tradition of thought leadership within the international business scholarly community.”

“This is a group of prominent scholars who are the thought leaders of the future of international business. AIB is an international organization and it is a great honor to be invited to be one of their fellows,” said Lyles, who added, “Congratulations to Trish.”

Both Lyles and McDougall-Covin have served the organization well. In 2012-14, McDougall-Covin served as an AIB vice president and was in charge of the program for its international 2013 conference in Istanbul.

Lyles helped organize the international conference when the Kelley School hosted it in Indianapolis in 2007.

This spring, Lyles will become an eminent international management scholar at this year’s Academy of Management annual meeting. She also is a fellow of the Strategic Management Society and was the first woman to lead that organization since its founding in 1981.

Several other Kelley faculty and alumni also have been so honored

Lyles and McDougall-Covin are the most recent Kelley School faculty to be so recognized by Academy of International Business since its establishment in 1959. Several AIB Fellows who are now deceased were professors or earned their degrees at Kelley.

They include Richard N. Farmer, who died in 1987 and was one of the academy’s earliest and most active members. The former chair of the Kelley School’s international business department served as AIB’s president and one of its major dissertation awards is named in his honor.

Farmer’s creative introductory text, “Business: A Novel Approach (Ten Speed Press, 1984),” rested on my office bookshelf for many years as a useful reference.

Another distinguished AIB Fellow with ties to Kelley was Jeffrey S. Arpan, who was the youngest person to receive a doctoral degree in international business at IU at the age of 24. His dissertation was selected by the Academy of International Business as the best dissertation completed in 1971.

Arpan, who also earned a bachelor’s degree at Kelley, went on to teach at the business school before going on to a distinguished career at the University of South Carolina. He passed away in 2005.

Alan Rugman

Alan Rugman

Alan M. Rugman, the L. Leslie Waters Chair of International Business from 2001-09, served as AIB’s president in 2004-06. A prolific author of more than 300 articles and books on the economic, managerial and strategic aspects of multinational enterprises, he taught at Oxford, Columbia University, the University of Toronto, Harvard and the Sorbonne before coming to Kelley.

Rugman, who served as an advisor to two Canadian prime ministers, was teaching at the Henley Business School at the University of Reading at the time of his death last year.

Hans Thorelli, whose affiliation with IU began in 1964 at the Harvard-operated IMEDE Institute in Switzerland, chaired Kelley’s marketing department in 1966-69 and became the E.W. Kelley Professor of Business Administration in 1972.

I fondly remember working with Professor Thorelli on releases about his research when I first came to IU in 1990. He remained active for many years and died in 2009 at the age of 88.

Lee C. Nehrt taught at Kelley from 1962 to 1974 and later went on to serve as director of the World Trade Institute in the World Trade Center and as a frequent consultant to the United Nations and World Bank. While at IU, he was a key advisor to Ford Foundation projects in Tunisia and Pakistan. He returned to Bloomington, where he passed away in 2013.

As set out in its constitution, the objectives of the Academy of International Business are to foster education and advance professional standards in the field of international business. It is clear that faculty in the Kelley School have supported that mission and will continue to be the leaders.

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