Meet Dean Klaas

While he’s only been on the Bloch School scene a short time, Brian Klaas, Ph.D., is ready to make his mark on UMKC and Kansas City. Klaas comes to Bloch from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, a school with a number of nationally ranked programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Illinois State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

In addition to his duties as dean of the Bloch School, Klaas is also a professor of management. Bloch faculty and staff are excited to have Klaas’ leadership in driving the Bloch School to the next level of success. And when he’s not on campus, you can be sure to catch him around Kansas City — embracing all the community has to offer.

First impression of Kansas City?

It’s a gem flying under the radar. Outstanding community spirit, positive public and private sector engagement, entrepreneurial energy — all combine with an extremely high quality of life. KC also has easy access to world-class museums, farmer’s markets, performing arts venues and professional sports.

Favorite Kansas City barbecue restaurant? Thus far at least?

To this point, I have been to Gates, Joe’s Kansas City, Jack Stack and Q39. There is no way to identify a favorite among that group — all were amazing. I loved the ribs at Gates and Joe’s, the Crown Rib and beans at Jack Stack and the brisket and burnt ends at Q39. Recently, Henry Bloch suggested a few that were on his list of favorites. I can’t wait to make my way through the rest of the list.

Continue reading

Strategic Planning Retreat Feb. 26

A strong strategic plan is critical to any organization. The Strategic Plan Steering Team has collected information from departments to prepare for the upcoming faculty and staff retreat. On Feb. 26, the retreat, held at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, will focus on selecting themes and possible priority areas for the plan. Sue Mosby, President of Infinium, will facilitate
the retreat.

“The success of any strategic planning process is bringing as many of the core stakeholders to the table as possible,” said Brent Never, Steering Team co-chair. “We want our Bloch faculty and staff to own this process and feel a stake in how the school develops over the next five years. One of the most important steps is to have everybody at the retreat to help chart our future here.”

Following the retreat, the team will combine their research with the faculty, staff and stakeholder input. Using the wide set of data, they will begin to draft an updated strategic plan that will be shared throughout the Bloch School’s internal and external network. After receiving feedback on a first draft, the Steering Team will update a new draft to be shared with key stakeholders. The team wants to have the plan finalized by the end of the spring semester.

The Steering Team is composed of Bloch School employees, with participation from academic and administrative departments. Selected participants have extensive experience in leading strategic planning for organizations. The members of the Steering Team are:
Brent Never, Co-Chair
Doranne Hudson, Co-Chair
Larry Garrison
Fred Hays
Rita Cain
Mark Parry
Chuck Connely
Kimberly Young
Kami Thomas
Jeff Chapman
Leigh Salzsieder
Sheri Gormley, Facilitator

The team is committed to leading a thoughtful, transparent, collaborative and research-based process. The Steering Team has analyzed feedback from faculty and staff on the current plan; gathered input from key stakeholders such as the Bloch Advisory Council, Dean’s Student Advisory Council and Bloch Family Foundation; identified mega-trends that will affect higher education, and more specficially schools of business, in the next five years; identified differentiators the school uses to compete in the marketplace; determined key beliefs to understand why the school operates the way it does; used research to create a future state of where the Bloch School will be in the next five years; and, finally, revised strategic themes through the lens of this future state, creating a sense of how to reach this vision in the next five years.

Hornsby Receives Award for Entrepreneurship

 

hornsby award

Jeff Hornsby received the John E. Hughes Award for Entrepreneurial Advocacy at the recent 2016 USASBE Conference.  He is the Henry W. Bloch/Missouri Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship and Director of the Regnier Institute.

The award, named after its first recipient John E. Hughes, recognizes an individual who has consistently over time contributed encouragement, support, resources, time, development, talent and skills to further the field of entrepreneurship and support structures that nurture emerging and practicing business owners.

Hornsby has spent his career as an advocate and educator in entrepreneurship. He has authored or co-authored 148 refereed journal and proceedings articles appearing the top journals in entrepreneurship and management including Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and Journal of Operations Management. His research has earned five conference best paper awards

He  has coauthored five books entitled: “Innovation Acceleration: Transforming Organizational Thinking, New Venture Management: The Entrepreneur’s Roadmap,” “The Human Resource Function in Emerging Enterprises, Frontline HR: A Handbook for the Emerging Manager” and “Training Systems Management.”

The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship® (USASBE) is the largest independent, professional, academic organization in the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship. With over 1000 members from universities and colleges, for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations and the public sector, USASBE is a diverse mix of professionals that share a common commitment to fostering entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviors.