Dean's Update November 2011

A weeklong celebration of entrepreneurship at Marquette

More than 50 Entrepreneurship Week events across campus drew hundreds of students, faculty, alumni and members of the broader community in a weeklong series of events celebrating innovation and new venture strategy. The annual Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship program continues to bring in entrepreneurs from a diverse array of backgrounds, such as history, English, marketing, computer science, biology, biomedical engineering and more.

Highlights included a keynote presentation by Johnsonville Sausage chairman and CEO Ralph Stayer, preceded by a Harvard Business Review case study presentation on Johnsonville, and a social cause “Hackathon,” wherein teams had one week to develop a software program to address a social need.

The week also featured a presentation by Richard Boly of the U.S. State Department of eDiplomacy who discussed using entrepreneurship to create and develop foreign relations, and “Dissecting the Deal,” a behind-the-scenes look at how angel investors analyze and make deals.

Next, the Kohler Center is kicking off its popular annual Business Plan Competition, now in its 10th year. (See full story below.)

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Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship kicks off 10th annual Business Plan Competition

On the heels of its second successful Entrepreneurship Week series of events, the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship is accepting applications for its annual Business Plan Competition. The new venture contest is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

“For the past decade, Marquette’s Business Plan Competition has spawned hundreds of business plans with many entrants going on to start successful enterprises,” said Tim Keane, director of the Kohler Center.

College mourns the loss of alumnus, former faculty member Charles Horngren

Charles T. Horngren, who pioneered the development of modern management accounting as a professor with the Stanford Graduate School of Business, died in late-October at the age of 84. He was a 1949 Marquette accounting alumnus who also served as a faculty member in the college’s accounting department. Horngren endowed an accounting professorship in his name, which is currently held by Mike Akers, chair of the department.

Horngren’s full obituary appears in Silicon Valley’s Mercury News.


Abdur Chowdhury, chair and professor of economics, calls the recent loss of private-sector manufacturing jobs in Wisconsin “alarming.”

Dennis Garrett, associate professor of marketing, says retailer desperation was fueling unique Black Friday promotions and extended store hours.

Heather Kohls, adjunct associate professor of economics, discusses Milwaukee's solar industry in wake of the Solyndra controversy.


VIDEO: How to avoid herd mentality in research

John Davis, professor of economics, sat down with the Institute for New Economic Thinking to discuss what he calls “herd mentality” in research. Davis says that researchers and fish are alike – both engage in herd behavior. Ph.D. production, the role of journals, the incestuous relationship between top universities – Davis looks at it all with an eye to informing policy to promote diversity and alternative views in the profession.

Davis’ interview was cited in the New York Times’ “Economix” blog, Nov. 28, 2011


Alumnus named CIO of the Year

Rick Roy, a 1990 MBA graduate and CUNA Mutual Group senior vice president and chief information officer, has been named the 2011 Chief Information Officer of the Year in the Enterprise category by the Wisconsin Chapter of the Society of Information Management and the Business Journal of Milwaukee.