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Indiana University Bloomington



Fortune Small Business magazine listed Kelley’s MBA and undergraduate programs in entrepreneurship No. 1 among all public universities in the nation in 2009.

Idalene Kesner

Contact Information

(812) 855-8489
ikesner [at] indiana [dot] edu (E-mail)
Godfrey Center, Room CG 3002

  • Dean of the Kelley School of Business
  • Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management
  • Professor of Management


  • Bloomington


  • PhD, Indiana University
  • MBA, Indiana University
  • BBA, Southern Methodist University

Awards, Honors & Certifications

  • Undergraduate Teaching Award: 1982
  • MBA Teaching Awards: 1989, 1997, 1998, 1999,2000, 2001, 2002, 2003,2004, 2005,2006
  • Executive Programs Teaching Awards: 1990, 1993, 1997
  • Teaching Excellence Recognition Award (TERA): 1997, 1998
  • Trustee Teaching Awards: 2001, 2002, 2004

Professional Interests

Corporate Board of Directors, Chief Executive Succession, Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions

Personal Interests

Family activities, Foreign films

Current Projects

  • Case: Intradevco

Selected Publications

  • King, David R., Rebecca J. Slotegraaf, and Idalene Kesner (2008), "Performance Implications of Firm Resource Interactions in the Acquisition of R&D Intensive Firms," Organization Science, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 327-340. Read Abstract ››

  • Kesner, I. and R. Walters (2005), "Class or Mass?," Harvard Business Review, April, pp. 35-45.

  • Kesner, Idalene (2003), "Leadership Development: Perk or Priority," Harvard Business Review, May, pp. 29-38.
  • Kesner, Idalene (2003), "Effective Crisis Management: Now More Than Ever," in M. Goldsmith, V. Govindarajan, B. Kaye, and A. A. Vicere (eds.), The Many Facets of Leadership, pp. 241-250.

  • Kesner, Idalene (2002), "The Coach Who Got Poached," Harvard Business Review, March, pp. 31-40.

  • Kesner, Idalene F. (2001), "The Strategic Management Course: Tools and Techniques for Successful Teaching," in M. Hitt, R. E. Freeman, and J. S. Harrison (eds.), Handbook of Strategic Management, Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, Ltd., pp. 671-696.