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Kelley Executive Certificate in the Business of Life Sciences (ECBLS)

Courses & Faculty


The Kelley Executive Certificate courses are delivered in a unique blended format which uses both in-residence and online learning modes. The program begins with a combined 6 day in-residence course and program orientation. †Students form teams, meet the faculty and receive a tutorial on the Kelley Direct online system. †Four online courses follow. †The program concludes with a two day capstone experience. †Student teams demonstrate the skills learned in a case analysis to the ECBLS faculty.

The following five courses compose the Executive Certificate in the Business of Life Sciences. Students take these courses sequentially:

  1. BA601 Management of Organizations & Human Resources (6 days in-residence)
  2. MGT626 The Value Chain in Healthcare (10 weeks online
  3. ACCTG696 Accounting for Executives in Life Sciences (10 weeks online)
  4. BA615 Strategic Financial Management (10 weeks online)
  5. BA655 Marketing Management and Strategy in Life Sciences (8 weeks online)
    Capstone Experience (2 days in-residence)

Carl Briggs

Carl Briggs received his MA and PhD at Indiana University. He is a nationally recognized educator and lecturer with over ten years of experience at the Kelley School of Business. He has been recognized both in the United States and abroad for his innovative approach to management education, his commitment to rigorous and relevant curriculum, and his passion for excellence. He has received multiple awards including the Microsoft Research Higher Education Initiatives, Panshar Outstanding Lecturer Award, and Teaching Excellence Award.

His current research theories are based on Business Intelligence: Including Knowledge Discovery & Management, Wireless Business Applications & Wireless Networking, Enterprise Technology Applications, and Electronic Commerce and Its Extensions.

Linda M. Dunn-Jensen
Video: Linda Jensen

Linda M. Dunn-Jensen was a visiting Assistant Professor at Northern Illinois University prior to joining the Kelley School. Linda had a 12 year career in human resources prior to returning to school to pursue her doctorate degree. Lindaís experience includes working in organizations such as Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Evanston Hospital, Kraft Foods, and Quaker Oats. Linda has been invited as Keynote Speaker for the Womenís Leadership Summit at A.T. Kearney and the Indiana SHRM Leadership Conference.

Focusing on the changing nature of work, Linda has had numerous publications including a recent article in the International Journal of Conflict Management and a chapter in the Handbook of Women in Business and Management. Linda has also presented her work globally including conferences in Singapore, Berlin, and London. Linda received her PhD from the Stern School of Business at NYU and her doctoral dissertation was nominated for the William H. Newman Award at the Academy of Management Conference.

Pat Hopkins
Video: Patrick Hopkins

Pat Hopkins has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on financial reporting for mergers, acquisitions and changes in corporate structure since 1996. During the 2002-2003 academic year, he also served as a Visiting Professor at Stanford University ís Graduate School of Business teaching courses there on global financial reporting and on accounting for mergers, acquisitions and changes in corporate structure. During his career, Pat has won each of the top teaching awards in the Kelley School of Business, including the Trustees Teaching Award, the Schuyler F. Otteson Award, and the Sauvain Award. He is also a widely respected research scholar in the area of financial reporting, and investor and analyst judgment and decision making.

Patís work has appeared in top accounting journals, including The Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Research, and Accounting Organizations and Society, and has been discussed in business press publications, including Barronís, CFO, and The Deal. Pat is the past winner of the American Accounting Associationís Financial Accounting and Reporting Section Best Research Paper Award (1999), the Indiana University Outstanding Junior Faculty Award (1999-2000), and Kelley School of Business Outstanding Research Award (2001). Prior to entering the accounting doctoral program at the University of Texas at Austin, he served as a senior consultant with Deloitte Haskins and Sells, assisting biotechnology and other firms with accounting, tax and initial public offerings of stock.

Sreenivas Kamma
Video: Sreenivas Kamma

Sreenivas Kamma (Sreeni) joined the business school in 1986 after completing his PhD in finance at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Sreeniís research interests are in corporate governance and corporate financial policy. He has published on such topics as poison pills, Dutch auction methods for repurchasing shares and the valuation of complex capital structures. Sreeni has taught extensively in the MBA and PhD programs. He has offered courses in corporate financial strategy, valuation, mergers and acquisitions, and the law and finance of corporate activity. He is the recipient of several MBA teaching excellence awards.

Sreeni has taught at the Wharton School of Business and at the London School of Business where he received a teaching excellence prize from the Masters in Finance program. He also has taught short programs for such corporations as Elementis, MOL, Rolls Royce, John Deere and Whirlpool, TVS Motor, and Manitowoc Corp. Sreeni is currently the program manager for the MBA in Finance program for John Deere Finance Professionals and also serves as a senior advisor for the Valuation and Forensic Group at Clifton-Gunderson.

ECBLS Faculty Chair Frederick W. Roedl
Video: Fred Roedl

Frederick W. Roedl teaches marketing strategy and business marketing courses within Kelleyís residential and online MBA and undergraduate programs. Fred also directs the Business Marketing Academy, which provides MBA students with a variety of educational, experiential and networking opportunities in the business-to-business marketing field. A significant component of both of these assignments focuses on current topics and challenges within the life science industry. Fred is the recipient of several teaching awards including the 2009 MBA Teaching Excellence Award and the 2008 Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award.

Prior to joining the Kelley School of Business, Fredís professional career spanned more than 25 years in senior marketing and sales management positions within large multi-national corporations. He has broad based experience in marketing.