Centers and Facilities

Business schools open new research centers and learning facilities.


Kedge Business School in France has opened a new Wine Lab on its Bordeaux Campus; the lab will accommodate activities of its Wine & Spirits Academy and executive education offerings. The lab features a creativity room, as well as a wine tasting room and cellar. Wine & Business Essentials, a new five-day program for wine professionals, will be among the first offerings supported by the lab.

Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford in the U.K. has co-founded the Institute for Real Growth (IRG) to support chief marketing officers and other senior business leaders as they help their organizations adopt sustainable, long-term strategies for growth. Co-founders of IRG include New York University, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, marketing and consulting company WPP, research consultancy Kantar, and executive search and leadership consulting firm Spencer Stuart. The findings from WPP’s latest global study of business growth provide the foundation for the IRG’s curriculum.

Energy company BP has opened an information technology center at the University of Illinois Research Park in Champaign. Through the center, students will work with BP IT experts to develop proof-of-concept prototypes for digital solutions in areas such as big data, machine learning, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things. BP’s Bryan Copeland has relocated to lead student recruitment, training, and mentorship at the center.

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia has established the Stevens Center for Innovation in Finance. The Stevens Center will work with fintech companies to develop educational programming, conduct research, and establish mentorships related to the impact of information technology on financial services.

Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts, will establish the Simmons Institute for Leadership, which focuses on advancing women in leadership. Simmons’ existing leadership conferences, executive education programs, and Center for Gender in Organizations will now be delivered under the umbrella of the institute, which also will engage men as allies and partners. The institute’s first director will be Susan MacKenty Brady.

The University of Dayton and The Entrepreneurs Center in Dayton, Ohio, have signed a ten-year lease for a 95,000-square-foot space, where the partners will create an innovation hub. The hub will offer opportunities for students to work alongside local startups, and it will feature working space for entrepreneurs and small businesses; a gallery; a maker space; academic programming in business, art and design, engineering, and applied creativity; and a new venture from Flyer Enterprises, the fourth-largest student-run business in the country.

The Fowler College of Business at San Diego State University in California has created the Center for Advancing Global Business (CAGB), which will house the university’s Center for International Business Education and Research (SDSU CIBER) program and the Charles W. Hostler Institute on World Affairs.

The Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship Network (GCSEN) recently launched its Social Venture Research Institute (SVRI) on the campus of Wheaton College, based in Norton, Massachusetts. The organization’s goal is to “make meaning, make money, and move the world to a better place” via social entrepreneurship education. The organization’s two-day fellowship experience is designed for the certification of school educators and administrators and for the training of administrators who work with special needs populations.BM