Former MIT MBA chief takes reins at Uni of Adelaide

140129 university of adelaide library 600x250The University of Adelaide has appointed former MIT Sloan School of Management MBA Director Dr Lawrence Abeln to  spearhead its prestigious Business School.

Dr Abeln has two decades of senior academic leadership experience directing top-ranked MBA, EMBA and Executive Education programs at MIT, Georgetown, Cambridge and University of Texas at Austin. He began his academic career at the MIT Sloan School of Management as the Director of the MBA.

He will take up his position in February.

Dr Abeln will be joined by August by two new Heads of School.

Associate Professor Paul Coram will lead the School of Accounting and Finance. He is currently Deputy Head of the Department of Accounting at the University of Melbourne.  Professor Manuel Becerra will take up the role of Head of Marketing and Management. He comes from the IE Business School in Madrid where he was Accenture Chair in Strategic Management and Strategy Department Head.

The University of Adelaide Business School has 75 staff members and around 5500 students (undergraduate and postgraduate), representing 1/5 of the University’s total enrolments. Its MBA program was established over 50 years ago and is accredited by the AACSB International.

It has undergone major transformation in the past 18 months to provide an enhanced environment for senior academic staff to lead the research agenda, raise the profile of the School and deliver strong research, teaching and unique student experiences.


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