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Rutgers Business School drew on its Big 10 affiliation to put on three-day, thought-provoking conference, giving educators and business people an opportunity to exchange ideas on how to better train undergraduate students for a changing business world.

Deans, faculty and advisers from 60 schools, including seven Big 10 business schools, together with executives from the country's leading companies attended the Innovations in Undergraduate Business Education Conference, which took place Oct. 26 through Oct. 28

"Business is changing dramatically," said Martin Markowitz, a senior associate dean at Rutgers Business School who organized the conference. "We have to upgrade our teaching techniques and change what we're doing to prepare students."

Markowitz said the conference was a first step in that process. "We have brought together respresentatives from those who impact the success of our students and, by extension, our economy to share perspectives, ideas and their newest practices that will help us all move forward and keep up with an ever-changing business environment."

Rutgers Business School's ability to collaborate and to showcase its own thought leadership represents another side of its membership in the Big 10 Conference. As part of the Big 10, schools get entry to the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, a consortium of academic resource-sharing.

Markowitz hoped to tap into the Big 10 network and and begin a collaboration to innovate and streamline undergraduate business education.

A day of sharing of ideas, insights and best practices on Oct. 27 began with opening remarks from Rutgers Business School Dean Lei Lei, Rutgers University President Robert Barchi and New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.

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Rutgers adds to its expertise in entrepreneurship

Professor Ted Baker's selection as the inaugural George F. Farris Chair in Entrepreneurship brings a new expertise to Rutgers Business School's study of entrepreneurship.

In a special lecture designed to serve as his investiture ceremony on Oct. 7, Baker talked about his research in South Africa and how the new Rutgers Advanced Institute for the Study of Entrepreneurship and Development will partner with The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, the Technology Management Research Center and the Collaborative for Technology, Entrepreneurship and Commercialization.

See highlights from Baker's lecture and more comments about what he brings to Rutgers.

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Award honors The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development for success in nurturing small businesses

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