WSBE Dean Names Two New Associate Deans

WSBE Dean Names Two New Associate Deans

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A.R. “Venky” Venkatachalam has been named associate dean for academic programs, and Peter Lane has been named associate dean for faculty and administration at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics, effective Aug. 1, 2012.

A.R. “Venky” Venkatachalam

Venky VenkatachalamVenkatachalam recently held the position of chair of the Decision Sciences Department. He is a professor in the Decision Sciences department and the project director for the Green Launching Pad. Since 2005, he has been the director of the UNH Enterprise Integration Research Center. He joined UNH in 1992.

 Venkatachalam has a successful track record in teaching, research, and service. He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the business administration programs. He has significant experience in program development in the Information Systems Management Option and in the MBA programs. For more than 10 years Venkatachalam has successfully developed and managed the Corporate Consulting Projects course for the MBA students, which involves MBA student engagement with New Hampshire businesses to solve real-world problems.

Venkatachalam has received several awards and distinctions, including the 1995 WSBE Teaching Excellence Award, 2006 UNH Faculty Excellence in Research Award, and the 2012 Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Public Service. He was recognized in 1997 by the United States Vice President Al Gore at the White House for his pioneering work in the development of Pro-Net (procurement and marketing network for small businesses).

Venkatachalam is currently leading the Green Launching Pad project in creating and accelerating green ventures in the state of New Hampshire, with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and NH Office of Energy and Planning. Since February 2010 14 new high-tech ventures have been launched and funded and these ventures have demonstrated success through job creation and business growth including securing funding from private investors.

Venkatachalam has led several externally funded research projects with funding from various federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Energy, Homeland Security, Small Business Administration, DARPA, and the U.S. Patent and Trademarks Office. One of his inventions for conducting due diligence on patent ownership is currently patent-pending.

Venkatachalam has published extensively in journals such as International Journal of E-Business Research, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, Journal of Information Science and Technology, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Technology in Society, Journal of Law and Technology, Journal of Business & Entrepreneurship, Strategic Information Systems, Journal of Forecasting, Information & Management, Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, Computers & Operations Research, International Journal of Expert Systems with Applications, Industrial Management, Simulation, and Journal of Global Information Management.

Venkatachalam is an associate editor for the Journal of Information Technology Cases and Applications and serves on the editorial review boards of prestigious research journals in the information systems area including Journal of Electronic Commerce in Organizations, and Journal of Organizational & End-User Computing.

Peter Lane
Peter LaneLane is a professor of strategic management and technology. Prior to becoming an academic he owned and managed several businesses. After graduating from UNH in 1981, he managed a fine wine store in Boston’s financial district. Lane went on to become a regional sales manager for Grapevine Imports and to co-found Alexander Wines, Ltd., both importers and wholesalers of fine wines. He has managed restaurants for a real estate developer and has written wine reviews for The Quarterly Review of Wines.

Lane uses his managerial experience to frame his research and applies rigorous scholarship to real-world problems in corporate strategy, leadership, change management, and technological innovation. His model of learning and innovation within alliances is one of the most highly cited strategic management studies of the past two decades. Lane has served on the editorial board of three leading international scholarly journals and has been elected to leadership roles in the Academy of Management’s Business Policy & Strategy Division, and in the Strategic Management Society’s Strategy Process Interest Group and its Knowledge & Innovation Interest Group.

Working with CEOs and industry groups, Lane and a colleague developed the “corporate statesman” model of CEO involvement in public policy which was praised as a "new paradigm" for corporate leadership by the Peter Drucker Foundation's Leader to Leader magazine. Lane has worked with MBAs, managers and executives in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Through executive education and consulting he has helped a wide range of organizations improve their effectiveness including local nonprofits, national business associations, entrepreneurial companies and major international corporations.

Lane was on the faculty of two other business schools prior to joining the UNH Whittemore School. From 1996 to 1998 he was at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, where he won three MBA teaching awards. From 1998 to 2003 he was at Arizona State’s W.P. Carey School of Business where he served as curriculum co-director of their full-time MBA program and helped direct the Management Department’s Ph.D. program.

After joining WSBE in 2003 Lane served as a founding co-director of WSBE's innovative Master of Science in Management of Technology (MS-MOT) degree programs in the Unites States and Korea from 2004 to 2008. From July 2008 to July 2011 he served the chair of the Marketing Department. His teaching accomplishments at UNH have earned him awards from WSBE’s MBA and MS-MOT students and the university honor "The Class of 1941 Professor" which recognizes excellence in teaching and research.

A proud alumnus of UNH, Lane serves on the board of the Sigma Beta Alumni Association.