Five questions with Kellogg Professor Paul Christensen

Paul Christensen is a clinical professor of finance at Kellogg, where he teaches courses in microfinance and international business. In addition, he serves as Academic Director for Kellogg’s Global Study Programs, enabling MBA students to explore international business and markets through global immersion experiences. Prior to Kellogg, Christensen was the founder and President of ShoreCap International Ltd., a $28 million private equity company, based in London, which invests in financial institutions in developing countries throughout Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

Christensen took time to talk about what he teaches, why he teaches and what he hopes students take away from his courses.

Choosing the Kellogg One-Year MBA program

It’s been three months since the Kellogg One-Year MBA class of 2016 stepped onto the Evanston campus, and it has been an intense and fun experience.

It was a little over a year ago when I was researching about one-year MBA programs. While you may have various professional and personal reasons for choosing a one-year or two-year MBA, here are some of the unique features of Kellogg’s One-Year MBA program that may be considered while trying to navigate though the decision.

Faculty podcast: How to handle a bad boss

Of all the annoyances the workday can entail — that too-early alarm, rush hour traffic, late nights stuck at your desk on deadline — having a bad boss can be the most insidious.

“Nobody wants to go to work when they don’t get along with their boss,” says Jon Maner, a professor of management and organizations at the Kellogg School. “It really weighs on people’s everyday life.”

Learn about what motivates bad bosses and how to manage them from Kellogg faculty members Jon Maner and James B. Shein in this month’s Insight in Person podcast.

Faculty advice for the Class of 2015

Kellogg celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2015 this past weekend. Prior to the ceremony, Kellogg’s faculty members were asked to offer their advice to the new graduates. Their responses ranged from the ideas of working hard and constantly learning to remembering to smile and focusing on more than just work.

Kellogg announces Professor of the Year

Gad Allon, professor of managerial economics and decision sciences, was named the 2015 L.G. Lavengood Outstanding Professor of the Year Award on Friday.

The award, named in honor of former Kellogg Professor Lawrence G. Lavengood, is voted on by graduating students of Kellogg’s Full-Time and Part-Time programs.

“As an aspiring operations expert and life-long learner, Professor Allon continues to inspire me and those around me with his passion for operations, his drive to continuously improve and his desire to help others learn,” wrote one student in their nomination for Allon.

Two professors named to Poets and Quants 40 Under 40 list

Kellogg faculty members Craig Garthwaite and Lauren Rivera were recently recognized on “The World’s Best 40 Under 40 Business School Professors” list by Poets & Quants. Garthwaite is an assistant professor of strategy at Kellogg, while Rivera is an associate professor of management and operations.

To make it on the list, Poets & Quants writes that the professors need to possess an excellence in research, combined with world-class teaching prowess.

Bend the curve: Accelerate your startup’s success

In the world of innovation, there is no single path to success.

There can, however, be value in learning about the successes — and failures — of other innovators. That is why Kellogg lecturer Andrew Razeghi wrote “Bend the Curve: Accelerate Your Startup’s Success.” In the book (available for purchase here), readers will learn from successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and mentors of Techstars, one of the world’s leading new venture accelerators. The goal? Learn how to grow your startup.

Student shares CEO experience in new case

Executive MBA students bring years of rich work experience that shape classroom discussions. In the case of Anna Kan ’15, her background now serves as conversational fodder for both her classmates and future EMBA students. Kan was taking Marketing Strategy with Professor Alexander Chernev when she first mentioned some of the challenges she faced as CEO… Continue reading

Professor earns Journal of Finance best paper for second straight year

Associate Professor Dimitris Papanikolaou had a question. He wondered why investors are so willing to invest in growth firms – like Uber or Facebook – that have historically produced low average returns, when they could be investing in value stocks – like General Electric – that seem to provide a more guaranteed return.

Papanikolaou, who teaches finance at Kellogg, investigated that question in new research that recently won the Amundi Smith Breeden Award for best paper in the top-ranked Journal of Finance. He earned the same award last year for his paper on the value of investing in people.