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Idalene Kesner - Indiana University, Kelley School of Business. Bloomington, IN, US

Idalene Kesner Idalene Kesner

Dean | Indiana University, Kelley School of Business

Bloomington, IN, UNITED STATES

An accomplished scholar, teacher and leader with 18 years experience at Indiana University

Secondary Titles (2)

  • Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management
  • Professor of Management





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GIBS and the Kelley School of Business




On April 11, 2014, Idalene F. (Idie) Kesner was appointed to the board of directors of Berry Plastics Group, Inc. Kesner has served as dean for Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, since July 2013. Kesner joined the Kelley School faculty in 1995, coming from a titled faculty position at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at Indiana University (IU), Kesner has served as chairwoman of Kelley's Full-Time MBA Program, Chairwoman of the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, and co-directed the School's Consulting Academy. Kesner has taught in more than 100 executive programs and served as a consultant for many national and international firms, working on strategic issues. Her research has focused on the areas of corporate boards of directors, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions. Kesner is a director for Lincoln Industries, Main Street America Group, and Sun Life Financial. Kesner holds an MBA and Ph.D. in business administration from IU and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University.

Industry Expertise (5)


Training and Development


Financial Services

Business Services

Areas of Expertise (4)

Corporate Board of Directors

Chief Executive Succession

Corporate Governance

Mergers & Acquisitions

Education (3)

Indiana University: Ph.D., Business Administration

Indiana University: MBA, Business Administration

Southern Methodist University: BBA, Business Administration

Media Appearances (6)

IU students, faculty help build a home

Indiana Daily Student  online


The business school’s involvement with the non-profit agency allows the business school to represent its core values in a tangible form, said Idalene Kesner, dean of the Kelley School of Business. In Monroe County, one in five people live in poverty. Kelley’s teamwork, service and leadership have combined to create lasting change for families and raise awareness of the importance of affordable housing in Monroe County, according to the University...

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Rose-Hulman students can earn master's degree through new IU Kelley School of Business partnership

IU Bloomington News  online


They also will have the option of applying for deferred admission to Kelley's full-time MBA program after graduating from Rose-Hulman. “We are thrilled to be partnering with the No. 1 engineering school in the country,” said Idalene “Idie” Kesner, dean of the Kelley School of Business and the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management. “Rose-Hulman’s elite reputation and personal approach to education are similar to Kelley’s. I think students will find this a good match and a very worthwhile program that will help them navigate today’s business world." Recent studies have indicated that while graduates of engineering programs such as Rose-Hulman enjoy high employment and earnings rates, many employers also are looking for those employees with business knowledge and skills...

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Hodge Hall dedication attended by faculty, staff

Indiana Daily Student  online


The Kelley School of Business dedicated Hodge Hall on Friday in a celebration that spanned two floors of the William J. Godfrey Graduate and Executive Education Center. The expansion is part of a $60 million project that continues to renovate older areas, according to the University. The expansion also adds nearly 90,000 square feet to the business school. IU President Michael A. McRobbie and Kelley School of Business Dean Idalene Kesner were two of the speakers at the dedication...

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Striving for global expansion

The Korea Times  online


Idalene Kesner, dean of the Kelley School of Business, said the school would continue to pursue global expansion by forging close partnerships with universities around the world. "We are expanding partnerships all the time in Asia, which is our primary area, but also in Africa and even in Latin America," Kesner told The Korea Times at Sungkyunkwan University on Aug. 7. "That will continue." Kesner frequently travels to Asia and other parts of the world to build such partnerships...

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IU Scores NFL Players Association Partnership

Inside Indiana Business  online


The Kelley School will offer NFL players a unique model that will guide them from initial career development through professional and certificate programs and ultimately to a Master of Business Administration degree. "For more than a quarter century, the Kelley School has provided customized programs that have met the needs of many students within a variety of corporate and educational settings," said Idalene Kesner, dean of the Kelley School and the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management...

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Indiana's Kelley School Gets a New Dean

Bloomberg Businessweek  online


Idalene “Idie” Kesner, an associate dean and professor of management at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, will become the school’s next dean, pending approval by the board of trustees. Kesner has served as interim dean since October, after Dan Smith left to become president of the IU Foundation, the school’s fundraising arm. She will be the first woman to lead the school, becoming one of a handful of female B-school deans in the U.S. Lauren Robel, IU executive vice president and provost of the Bloomington campus, said she will recommend Kesner to the trustees at the board’s June 20-21 meeting...

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Articles (3)

The Selection of an Interim CEO Boundary Conditions and the Pursuit of Temporary Leadership

Journal of Management

2014 More and more boards are tapping interim CEOs to temporarily fill the corner office. Prior research indicates the negative performance implications of this decision; yet, little is known about the rationale behind this decision. Our aim is to fill this research gap. ...

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Interim succession: Temporary leadership in the midst of the perfect storm

Business Horizons

2013 The corporate governance environment has changed. The rate of CEO successions is naturally trending up, succession planning is in dire need of repair, and boards are under increasing pressure to focus on oversight. This confluence of events creates a 'perfect ...

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Performance implications of firm resource interactions in the acquisition of R&D-intensive firms

Organization Science

2008 We explore the role of resource interactions in explaining firm performance in the context of acquisitions. Although we confirm that acquisitions do not lead to higher performance on average, we do find that complementary resource profiles in target and acquiring firms are ...

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