About the Author
Dr. Hodgetts has consulted for a number of Fortune 500 firms and has provided training for a wide variety of companies, including AT&T Technologies, Delco Electronics, Eastman Kodak, general Electric, IBM, Motorola, Texas Instruments, and Wal-Mart. He has also lectured in Mexico, Venezuela, Peru, Chile, Jamaica, Trinidad, Denmark, Kuwait, and at a host of U.S. colleges and universities.
In recent years Dr. Hodgetts has been recognized for his teaching and contributions to the field of management. He received the Outstanding Educator Award from the National Academy of Management in 1999; the John F. Mee Management Contribution Award, from the Management History Division of the Academy of Management in 1998; the Professor Excellence Program Award from FIU in 1997, a Teaching Improvement Program Award from FIU in 1996; and an Excellence in Teaching Award from FIU in 1995.
Professor Hodgetts is a fellow of the Academy of Management and a past memeber of the Academy's Board of Governors. He also serves in three academic review boards and writes a biweekly column on small business and entrepreneurship in the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel.
Dr. Donald F. Kuratko is the Stoops Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and founding director of ther Entrepreneurship Program, College of Business, Ball State University. In addition, he is executive director of the Midwest Entepreneurial Education Center. Dr. Kuratko is the first professor ever to be named a Distinguished Professor for the College of Business at Ball State University. He has published more than 150 arcitles on aspects of entrepreneurship, new venture development, and corporate entrepreneurship. His work had been published in journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Small Business Strategy, Family Business Review, Advanced Management Journal and The Small Business Forum.
Dr. Kuratko has authored eight books, including the leading entrepreneurship books in American universities today: Entrepreneurship: A Contemporary Approach, Fifth Edition(Harcourt College Publishers, 2001), as well as Strategic Entrepreneurial Growth (Harcourt College Publishers, 2001), Entrepreneurial Strategy (Dryden Press/Harcourt Brace & Co., 1994), Effective Small Business Management, Seventh Edition, (Harcourt College Publishers, 2001), Management, Third Edition (Dryden Press/Harcourt Brace & Co., 1991), and Corporate Entrepreneurship. In Addition, Dr. Kuratko has been a consultant on corporate intrapreneurship and entrepreneurial strategies to a number of major corporation such as Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, AT&T, United Technologies, Ameritech, The Associated Group (Acordia), Union Carbide Corporation, ServiceMaster, and TruServ.
The academic program in entrepreneurship that Dr. Kuratko developed at Ball State University has received national acclaim with honors as the George Washington Medal of Honor (1987); the Leavey Foundation Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise (1988); the National Model Entrepreneurship Undergraduate Program Award (1990); the NFIB Entrepreneurship Excellence Award (1993); and the National Model Entrepreneurship Graduate Program Award (1998). The Midwest Entrepreneurial Education Center (which Dr. Kuratko developed at Ball State University) has received the Quality Improvement Award from the state of Indiana (1998 and 1999) and the Nasdaq Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence Award (2000). In addition, Ball State University's Entrepreneurship Program has continually earned national rankings including: Top 20 in Business Week and Success magazines; Top 10 business schools for entrepreneurship research over the last ten years (MIT study); and Top 5 in U.S. News & World Report's elite ranking (including the #1 state university for entrepreneurship).
Dr. Kuratko's honors include Professors of the Year for five consecutive years at the College of Business, Ball State University, as well as earning the Ball State University College of Business Teaching Award 14 consecutive years. Dr. Kuratko holds the distinction of being the only professor in the history of Ball State University to achieve all four of the university's major lifetime awards: Outstanding Young Faculty (1987); Outstanding Teaching Award (1990); Outstanding Faculty Award (1996); and Outstanding Researcher Award (1999). Dr. Kuratko was also honored as the Entrepreneur of the Year for the state of Indiana (sponsored by Ernst & Young, Inc. magazine, and Merrill Lynch) and was inducted into the Institute of American Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame (1990). In addition, Dr. Kuratko was named the National Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator for 1993 (by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship) and in 1994, he was selected one of the Top Three Entrepreneurship Professors in the United States by the Kauffman Foundation, Ernst & Young, Inc. magazine, and Merrill Lynch. In 1998, he was honored with the Entrepreneurial World of Difference Award by the Indiana Health Industry Forum.