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Photo of cover of Forbes Magazine, Croatia Edition

Source: Forbes Croatian Edition, December 2012

Student at IGBS, Kelley partner school, in Forbes Croatian Edition

Feb 25, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Professor Rhonda Lummus, a faculty member with the Department of Operations and Decision Technology at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, taught Katarina Arbanas, who appeared on the cover of the December 2012 Forbes Croatian Edition. Lummus taught one of Arbanas’s MBA courses and also served as her thesis advisor. 

Arbanas, a recent MBA graduate at the International Graduate Business School Zagreb (IGBS), a partner school with the Kelley School of Business, appeared in Forbes Croatian Edition in an article discussing 20 successful entrepreneurs. Arbanas works at Microsoft Croatia and, at age 28, became the services partner area lead for Central and Eastern Europe, covering 35 countries. She currently focuses on the Russian, Hungarian, Polish, and Czech markets, working with Microsoft's global strategic partners to develop joint project and sales strategies for key clients.

Arbanas wanted to apply process improvement concepts to one of the Microsoft client services processes—process improvement is a large part of what is taught in Lummus’s operations and supply chain management course. Arbanas’s thesis defined the needed improvements using Six Sigma methodologies and was in a pilot stage of implementation. 

“It was great to see a student apply the concepts that are learned in the class room,” Lummus says. “Katarina is very self-motivated and during her studies also achieved her Six Sigma green belt certification using this project to demonstrate her knowledge of the tools.”

IGBS, the first graduate business school in Croatia, was launched in 2002 through a partnership with the Kelley School of Business. IGBS provides Croatia-area companies access to management education for their most promising managers. Indiana University's Kelley School of Business faculty members teach the majority of the courses, joined by Croatia's outstanding teaching and research faculty. 

Read a translation of the article featuring Arbanas

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