on February 3, 2021 at 5:02 pm
The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University appointed Teppo Felin as its first Douglas D. Anderson Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship.
The Anderson Chair is one of five endowed professorships established by the Jon M. Huntsman Foundation in 2019. Felin’s appointment begins July 1.
David Huntsman, President of the Huntsman Foundation, said that when he set aside the funds for the establishment of the Huntsman Fund for Faculty Excellence in 2019, it was exactly what his father wanted to find a professor of the Teppo Felin caliber.
“As this fund grows, we expect to create additional chairs and other world-class academics for the Huntsman School faculty,” said Huntsman.
Finnish-born Felin is a world-renowned professor of strategy at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, where he currently serves as the Academic Director of the Oxford Diploma in Strategy and Innovation. He was also Head of Academic Affairs for the Faculty of Strategy, Organizational Theory, International Business and Marketing at Saïd Business School.
Felin has published around 60 publications in high quality or elite journals in the middle of his career. His research has been published in management journals such as Organization Science, Academy of Management Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, and Research Policy. He has also published in journals such as Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, Perception, the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, Plos One and Knowledge. Before entering the academic world, Felin worked in the venture capital industry in Munich and Amman, Jordan.
Felin said, “I am very excited to attend the Huntsman School of Business and Utah State University as Chair of the Douglas D. Anderson Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship. I have had the privilege of teaching the Huntsman Scholars over the years when they attended Oxford. I was very impressed with the students, their quality and their global ambitions. I look forward to teaching and interacting with USU students full time. “
Felin plans to continue the broad-based interdisciplinary research at USU. He will be the founding director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies. The aim of the institute is to promote world-class interdisciplinary research and teaching.
In particular, the institute will try to combine the business field with other disciplines such as biology, psychology, computer science, engineering and the humanities. In addition to engaging in world-class research, the institute will enable students to recognize the power of interdisciplinary thinking in tackling business and social problems. The Institute for Interdisciplinary Study plans to create deep connections with Utah’s entrepreneurial, technology, and business communities.
“I am not only impressed by the students, but also extremely impressed by Dean Anderson’s leadership and vision, as well as the Huntsman family’s deep and ongoing commitment to the business school and USU. I am delighted to found the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies and to leverage the opportunities it offers for research, teaching and engagement for the broader business community in Utah, ”said Felin.
One USU graduate, Jackie Sullivan, opted for a master’s degree in economic development at Oxford University after completing her bachelor’s degree from USU and said that Felin inspired her to go to Oxford.
“I worked with Felin first as a student at USU and then at Oxford,” said Sullivan. “From my first interaction with Felin, which he gave during a guest lecture for me and my classmates at USU, it was clear that he was a committed, thoughtful lecturer. Felin has lived, worked, and taught all over the world. An incredibly unique perspective using best international practices … I believe Dr. Felin [will] This is a great asset for students looking to broaden their horizons, dream big, and learn best practices from someone with deep international credibility. ”
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