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Home-based business

Barbara R. Rowe

Associate professor, consumer sciences
Extension specialist, family resource management
(765) 494-8316

Has done extensive research on home-based businesses and family-owned businesses. Is heavily involved in Extension activities in those areas.

Small-business management

Arnold C. Cooper

Louis A. Weil Jr. Professor of Management
(765) 494-4401

Has served as consultant on the management of new and small firms. Has published extensively on entrepreneurship and strategic management, including a three-year study of 3,000 entrepreneurs. Research interests include the performance of new firms, responses to technological threat and the management of technology.

John M. Hannon

Assistant professor, organizational behavior and human resource management
(765) 494-5871

Research interests include small-business management, artificial intelligence, technology, banking and utilities. Spent time in Japan studying how the Japanese train employees. Has expertise in human resource management, compensation and resource planning.

Jamaluddin H. Husain

Assistant professor, management, Purdue Calumet
(219) 989-2746

Coordinates the Small Business Institute and directs the Entrepreneurship Center at Purdue Calumet. The center offers professional development programs and academic resources for entrepreneurs and small firms. Won the 1997 Ernst & Young Illinois/Northwest Indiana Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Holly L. Schrank

Professor, retail management
Head, Purdue Retail Institute
(765) 494-9851

Has studied impact of store location and traffic pattern and design on store sales volume. Has expertise in management of small businesses.

Workplace dynamics

Shelley M. MacDermid

Associate professor, family studies
(765) 494-6026

Researches work/family relationships in small businesses. Has expertise in work/family relationships, family-friendly programs in industry, and dual-earner and dual-career families. Also studies women and employment. Has published several papers on women in the workplace.

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