Ilitch School appoints faculty fellows in entrepreneurship and innovation

Three Mike Ilitch School of Business professors have been appointed faculty fellows in entrepreneurship and innovation to support the rapidly growing program. Mai Iskandar-Datta, Amanuel Tekleab and Jaegul Lee will assume the duties of this new role effective January 1, 2017.

"Having the right combination of full-time faculty and practitioners working closely together is essential for the success of this new initiative," said Jeff Stoltman, director of the entrepreneurship and innovation program. "I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with these accomplished scholars who will bring additional expertise, perspective and rigor to the program."

Professor of Finance Mai Iskandar-Datta has wide-ranging research interests in corporate finance, including executive compensation and clawbacks, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, leveraged buyouts, corporate cash holding policies, corporate restructuring, capital structure and initial public offerings of debt securities. She is a highly prolific researcher who is consistently published in top finance, accounting and management journals.

Associate Professor of Management Amanuel Tekleab is an expert in organizational changes, teams and team processes, psychological contracts, justice issues, leadership and organizational behavior. He serves as an ad hoc reviewer for many journals on management and organizational psychology, and he frequently publishes and presents his research.

Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship Jaegul Lee is trained in both management and engineering, with a research focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Lee earned his Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University in the Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Technological Change program, and his doctoral dissertation won the 2006 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Industry Studies Dissertation Award – First Prize.

 Entrepreneurship and innovation faculty fellows will: 

  • Support program initiatives through teaching and research
  • Provide leadership to design, develop, integrate and assess course content, pedagogy and curriculum
  • Assist in recruiting and mentoring adjunct faculty 
  • Help students develop plans of work 
  • Serve as subject-matter experts and/or evaluators in capstone courses
  • Support student recruitment
  • Coordinate program offerings with other Wayne State schools and colleges 
  • Represent the program within the broader community 
  • Line up speakers, advisors and mentors
  • Foster research activity on entrepreneurship and innovation

"We look forward to building the team of faculty, instructors and experienced practitioners working together to raise the bar, enhance the student learning experience and increase the odds of new venture success as a result," Stoltman said. 

We will create and advance knowledge, prepare a diverse student body to thrive, and positively impact local and global communities.