Krannert has restructured its academic programs into the departments of economics and management.
Dean Rick Cosier says the school has grown sufficiently over time to make the change worthwhile. “These areas have been informally labeled as departments for some time,” he says. “We are now formalizing each and have assigned department heads to better serve faculty and students who will have a direct link to the decision-makers in their academic areas.”
Manu Kalwani, Krannert’s OneAmerica Professor of Management, will serve a five-year term as head of the Department of Management. Jack Barron, the Loeb Professor of Economics, will serve a three-year term as head of the Department of Economics.
Kalwani’s and Barron’s responsibilities include policy development and maintenance in the areas of teaching, research, and service activities; curriculum and academic supervision of degree programs; retention of faculty and recruitment of new faculty; recommendations for changes in salary, merit raises, rank, and tenure of staff members; and general welfare and progress of the department.
Left to right: Krannert Dean Rick Cosier, Leibniz President Erich Barke, and GISMA Senate President Joachim Werren.
German university, business school extends Purdue partnership
The Krannert School has finalized a cooperative agreement with Leibniz University Hannover, the GISMA Business School, and the government of Lower Saxony, Germany.
Under the agreement, faculty from Leibniz who are approved by Krannert will teach at the GISMA Business School, which was launched in Hannover, Germany, in 1999 as a joint effort between Lower Saxony, private-sector enterprises, and Purdue.
The school offers full-time and executive MBA degrees with courses taught in Hann-over by Krannert faculty. All Krannert faculty courses are taught in English. Krannert is the only American business school GISMA has engaged for a cooperative agreement.
“We’re pleased to bring Leibniz University into our partnership,” says Krannert Dean Rick Cosier, who was in Germany to sign the agreement. “This allows us to sustain the programs at GISMA and expand our reach by exploring various new opportunities. We also appreciate of the support of the government of Lower Saxony.”
Leibniz was founded in 1831 and is one of the largest institutions of higher education in Lower Saxony, with an enrollment of more than 21,500 students.
former faculty members
Krannert is saddened to report the passing this summer of former faculty members Rene Manes and George Horwich.
Manes was a 1961 Krannert PhD graduate and a faculty member at the school until 1972. He also served for several years as an associate dean. He eventually retired from Florida State University in 1995 and spent the last years of his life in Tallahassee. Manes was fluent in three languages and was a founder of Lafayette’s Wabash Center.
Economics Professor Emeritus George Horwich joined Krannert’s faculty in 1956 and was at Purdue for all or part of five decades before his retirement in the 1990s. He also was a senior research associate at the Brookings Institution, a member of the U.S. Treasury Consultants Group, and a consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
Ethics Series lineup announced
The 2008–09 Purdue Series on Corporate Citizenship and Ethics will kick off on
October 29, 2008, with speaker James
Owens, chairman and CEO of Caterpillar.
Hosted by the Krannert School and the College of Education’s James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship, the series will continue with appearances in 2009 by Jerome Ringo, president of Apollo Alliance, and Harvey Pitt, former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). All events are free and open to the public.
For more information and a detailed schedule, visit www.krannert.purdue.edu/events/ethics.
Purdue celebrates Green Week
Purdue University sponsored Green Week in September to raise environmental awareness on campus and in the Lafayette–West Lafayette community.
Each day focused on one aspect of preserving the environment and practicing conservation. There were opportunities for students, faculty and staff, and community members to participate throughout the week, including activities such as clean-up efforts, recycling, and incentives for trying alternative transportation.
“We need to all start talking about what we do every day,” says Robin Ridgway, Purdue’s environmental regulatory consultant and chair of the Purdue Sustainability Council. “The value of Green Week is in encouraging conversation about sustainability and what it means for Purdue and the broader community. We need to move together as a group.”
Sustainability is defined as meeting current needs in ways that won’t compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Following the theme of “Living Green at Krannert,” undergraduates in Krannert’s School of Management Council (SMC) participated in the week’s events by helping create an interactive display that provided students, faculty, and staff with simple tips for a more environmentally friendly life and opportunities to receive eco-friendly prizes.
Undergrad program moves from minors to concentrations
Krannert students now have more options for undergraduate study in management after an academic restructuring transformed undergraduate minors to concentrations.
Steve Green, the Basil S. Turner
Distinguished Professor of Management, says the changes were made during a review by the management undergraduate task force. Green chaired the committee, which meets periodically to review the structure of the school for efficiency and possible improvements.
“We felt that changing our minor system to concentrations would give a better indication of the time students spend on these studies,” Green says. “We also were able to streamline the system to make the academic requirements of concentrations more straightforward while providing students more choices in the classes they can take.”
For example, students who once majored in management and minored in information systems will now pursue a
degree in management with a concentration in management information systems.
“Parents and employers were often confused by the term minor,” Green says. “In reality, students who choose these specific areas of study are completing a significant amount of coursework. Concentration is a more apt description.”
Sara Stein Koch, director of undergraduate programs for Krannert, says the change has also allowed the school to expand its offerings. The new system requires successful completion of 12 credit hours for each concentration. At least six of those hours must be in the area of study.
“Students can concentrate in two areas of study if they wish by integrating courses across two concentration areas,” Stein Koch says. Concentration areas have been strengthened to include both new and revised courses.
Moskowitz ends 38-year Purdue career
Lewis B. Cullman Distinguished Professor of Management Herb Moskowitz, quantitative methods, retired in June following nearly four decades at the Krannert School.
Moskowitz joined the faculty in 1970
after completing his doctoral studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is
a past director of graduate professional management programs and executive education at Krannert, as well as the former director
of the Dauch Center for the Management
of Manufacturing Enterprises. He was named the school’s first James Brooke Henderson Distinguished Professor of Management
The author of more than 120 journal articles and four textbooks, Moskowitz has also served as a consultant in project management, quality management, new product development, and other areas for numerous organizations, including the National Science Foundation, Abbott Laboratories, General Motors, Eli Lilly, and AT&T, among others.
“Herb Moskowitz is one of the leading scholars in his field and will be greatly missed by his colleagues and students,” says Krannert Dean Rick Cosier. “His contributions as a teacher and researcher are immeasurable.”
Professor Herb Moskowitz (center) shares a laugh with associate deans Kwei Tang (left) and Diane Denis (right) at his retirement reception in June.