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In February, two faculty members from Temple University’s Fox School of Business traveled to Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia to help launch a new innovation and enterprise program they helped create. The program is part of a three-year partnership between the two universities to deliver customized entrepreneurship and innovation education to Flinders students, and this visit marks the first delivery of curricula after nearly two years of preparation.

Dr. TL Hill, Associate Professor of Strategic Management at the Fox School and Managing Director of Fox Management Consulting, and Michelle Histand, Adjunct Professor at the Fox School, are among the Fox School faculty members developing content for the new program. They spent two weeks at Flinders University working with faculty and observing classes to provide real-time guidance and support. Their visit coincided with orientation week, during which they spoke with students to promote and the program and generate enthusiasm, and met with administration members to deepen the relationship between the two universities. Hill’s course, called a topic in Australia, is an elective on Social Entrepreneurship, and Histand’s Creative Thinking and Innovation course is required for incoming freshman.

The new courses offer students real-world, hands-on opportunities, which differs from the usual classroom lecture-based teaching approach, according to Histand, and so far, the courses are receiving positive feedback from students. A fundamental difference between the two universities is that Australian students are not required to attend classes; nevertheless, students have been attending and actively participating, and all of the course sections are registered to capacity.

“We hope students get a different learning perspective from these classes and think about alternate career paths they hadn’t thought of before,” she said. “We want to create excitement and drive to get students to class and make them employable at the end [of the program].” Histand highlighted the importance of on-campus collaboration opportunities between the two universities, which strengthened their relationship and made collaboration more seamless.  

The Fox-Flinders partnership builds on the success of both organizations’ efforts to support entrepreneurship. Fox’s expertise in entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education has been widely recognized: The Online MBA program at the Fox School of Business is ranked No. 1 in the nation for the third consecutive year by US News & World Report, both the graduate and undergraduate Entrepreneurship programs at Fox are ranked among the top 10 by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine, and Fox MC has provided consulting services to nearly 150 startups and early stage companies.

“Fox MC and others at the Fox School of Business, including the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute and faculty in the Strategic Management Department, have been studying and teaching entrepreneurship for quite some time. Fox is well-positioned to help Flinders cultivate a dynamic entrepreneurship program that prepares students for the future,” Hill said.

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This week, senior leaders from Flinders University’s New Venture Institute (NVI), the University’s center of innovation and entrepreneurship, are visiting Temple’s Fox School of Business (Fox) to collaborate with faculty and solidify the initial round of courses that will launch this February as part of a three-year partnership between Fox and Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia to deliver customized entrepreneurship and innovation education to thousands of Flinders students.

Through the partnership with Flinders, Fox faculty members are developing a series of 12 online education modules related to entrepreneurship and will provide training to Flinders faculty to deliver the course materials. The content will be available to all Flinders students, regardless of major or course of study, and will include videos, exercises and training manuals.

“This is a critical visit,” said Marilyn Anthony, Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at Fox and Director of the Flinders project. “Our key content developers, including Fox faculty and adjunct professors, are meeting individually with the Flinders team to develop the conceptual design of each course (called a “topic” in Australia), including instructional flow and course materials. They want to ensure that the content aligns with Flinders students and local issues relevant in Southern Australia.”

As part of Fox-Flinders partnership, Fox will also provide RoadMap, its proprietary higher-education platform that assembles all feedback and assessments to demonstrate personal development and return on investment to students. It will be customized, however, to track the development of competencies, or personal behaviors, that have been identified as valuable based on focus groups, surveys, and feedback from business professionals and industry leaders in Adelaide.  

“The model takes advantage of Fox’s expertise and adapting that to knowledgeable insiders to make it a better fit for South Australia,” Anthony said.

“One of the major benefits of RoadMap™ from an administrative perspective is the ability to analyze and access and analyze cross-course data and use it in a variety of ways that one can’t natively in a learning management system such as Moodle or BlackBoard,” said Cliff Tironi, co-creator of RoadMap™ and Manager of Performance Analytics for Fox’s MBA and MS Programs.

As part of the visit, Matt Salier, Director of NVI, delivered a presentation to Fox faculty and administration on “the value of the Flinders NVI Model – The Entrepreneurial University.”

“We can’t do things as universities have always done things,” Salier said. He emphasized the need to challenge the way things have been done in the past, learn from past mistakes, and encourage students, regardless of major, to “Differently Think,” the advertising slogan running in Australia to promote the Flinders-Fox partnership. “We want our graduates to be the most innovative employees for our SME (small and medium enterprise) economy. We have to find a way to run alongside contemporary issues and stay current.”

The Fox MC-Flinders partnership builds on the success of both organizations’ efforts to support entrepreneurship. Fox’s expertise in entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education has been widely recognized: The Online MBA program at the Fox School of Business is ranked no. 1 in the nation for the second consecutive year by US News & World Report, both the graduate and undergraduate Entrepreneurship programs at Fox are ranked among the top 10 by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine, and Fox MC has provided consulting services to nearly 150 startups and early stage companies.

Fox Management Consulting develops customized entrepreneurship education programs to support entrepreneurs, government and nonprofit organizations, service-providers, and students.

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Flinders SigningTemple University’s Fox School of Business has entered a three-year partnership with Flinders University to deliver its nationally ranked entrepreneurship programs to the prestigious Australian university.

The Fox School of Business will help Flinders University drive South Australia’s economic transformation by training thousands of undergraduate and graduate students annually in the entrepreneurial mindset and skills required to start new businesses and facilitate innovation in existing industries.

To do so, the Fox School will build a series of 12 modules of online education to expose Flinders University’s 26,000 students to entrepreneurship – regardless of their major or course of study. The modules will include videos, exercises, and training manuals, and will be localized by South Australian faculty and executives trained by Fox School faculty.

Additionally, the Fox School will provide RoadMapTM, Fox’s revolutionary higher-education platform that assembles all feedback and assessments to demonstrate personal development and return on investment to students. RoadMapTM will be customized to track the development of those personal enterprise behaviors, or competencies, that have been identified by business and society as valuable in the Australian context.

This partnership leverages Fox’s reputation as a leading provider of online and entrepreneurship education. In January 2016, the Fox Online MBA program earned a No. 1 national ranking from U.S. News & World Report for the second consecutive year. And in November 2015, Fox’s undergraduate- and graduate-level Entrepreneurship programs earned top-10 rankings from The Princeton Review and Entrepreneurship magazine. It also leverages the Fox School’s extensive experience in supporting entrepreneurship-based economic development in the Philadelphia region, largely through the 350 projects completed by its renowned Fox Management Consulting program.

“We are proud to enter this partnership with Flinders University,” said Dr. M. Moshe Porat, Dean of Temple’s Fox School of Business. “There are a number of similarities between students at Flinders and Temple – two universities that have stimulated innovation and promoted entrepreneurship for decades. This partnership enables the Fox School to employ our expertise to power the Personal Enterprise Journey of Flinders students more than halfway around the world.”

Flinders University Chancellor Stephen Gerlach and Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Colin Stirling visited Temple University Aug. 18 and met with Acting President Richard Englert and Provost and Executive Vice President JoAnne A. Epps to make official the contractual partnership and to discuss Temple’s role in extending entrepreneurship throughout the university and into the community.

Flinders University, through its New Venture Institute (NVI), is creating entrepreneurial opportunities for its 26,000 students. Since its founding in 2013, the NVI has overseen 252 student projects and 136 start-ups, trained nearly 1,500 individuals, and generated more than $540,000 in investments.

“Innovation and creativity – those characteristics that underpin entrepreneurial thinking – are a critical part of the picture for all industries,” said Matt Salier, Director of the NVI at Flinders. “Next time someone asks you what job you’d like, challenge yourself by reframing the question as, ‘What problem would you like to solve?’ Our partnership with the Fox School of Business brings the best in global education methods and content to help our students answer this question.”

The Flinders-Fox School partnership also will allow for potential study-abroad opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at both universities. Details on this will be finalized and announced at a later date.


About the Fox School of Business at Temple University

Established in 1918, the Fox School of Business at Temple University is the largest, most-comprehensive business school in the Greater Philadelphia region, and among the largest in the world, with nearly 8,500 students, more than 200 full-time faculty and more than 65,000 alumni. Accredited by AACSB International — a distinction held by less than 5 percent of the world’s business schools — the Fox School offers BBA, Global MBA, Part-Time MBA, Executive MBA, Online MBA, Specialized Masters, and PhD programs, and an Executive Doctorate in Business Administration, on campuses throughout the world.

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About Flinders University

Flinders University, in Adelaide, Australia, is a world top 2% University that enjoys a well-justified reputation for excellence in teaching and research. It provides exceptional student experience and has a long-standing commitment to enhancing educational opportunities for all, attracting students from more than 100 countries. Established in 1966, Flinders’ leadership in innovative research has seen it rise to equal 10th in the prestigious Time Higher Education rankings of Best Universities in Australia 2016.

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Today’s economic landscape presents a unique challenge for those entering into the workforce, as many economies shift from a labor-based focus to one that’s knowledge- and innovation-based. Workers must continue to learn, adapt to changes, create opportunities, and, in some cases, build new organizations if they want to remain competitive. In fact, Oxford University researchers have estimated that 47 percent of US jobs could be automated within the next two decades. Given this rapid rate of change, how can students and younger workers position themselves for thriving careers 20, 25 years in the future?

Fox Management Consulting (Fox MC) at Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia are teaming up to address the question. Together, they’re creating a series of online entrepreneurship and innovation modules that will encourage students, regardless of major, to “Differently Think.” Fox MC and Flinders believe that innovation-thinking will prepare people for the realities of the 21st century economy. Some students will take this thinking into established organizations, and others may use it to launch their own ventures, creating new job opportunities for themselves and others.

“We can’t train for specific jobs anymore,” said Dr. TL Hill, Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Managing Director of Fox MC. ”We have to train for competencies and agility because the jobs just aren’t going to be there.”

The initiative between Fox MC and Flinders is particularly beneficial to a city such as Adelaide, which represents the global shift away from a manufacturing-focused economy, and the need for increased entrepreneurship to help businesses become more nimble. Once a major hub of the auto industry, car makers have halted the assembly and building of cars in Adelaide. Moreover, the country’s economic growth is expected to be below the average rates of other first-world countries, and the changing business landscape is leaving a dramatic impression on the nation’s economy, according to the InDaily article, “SA’s economic outlook: flat but with a potential upside.”

“We are working to build a more agile, competitive and innovative economy, one that is going to assist our nation in addressing modern challenges so that Australians will be better off in a new economy with new jobs in the future,” Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison said in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald.

This new economy is already becoming a reality for young Australian graduates, around 70 percent of whom are starting their careers in roles that will substantially change or become obsolete in the next 10 to 15 years, according to the Foundation for Young Australians’ report “The New Work Order.”

For the past three years, Flinders University in Adelaide has been successfully addressing this reality through its New Venture Institute (NVI), which leverages university resources to support entrepreneurship and innovation in South Australia and for its 26,000 students. To-date, NVI has overseen more than 250 student projects, nearly 150 startups, trained close to 1,500 people, and generated more than $540,000 in investments.

The Fox MC-Flinders partnership builds on the success of both organizations’ efforts to support entrepreneurship. Fox MC’s expertise in entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education has been widely recognized: The Online MBA program at the Fox School of Business is ranked no. 1 in the nation for the second consecutive year by US News & World Report, both the graduate and undergraduate Entrepreneurship programs at Fox are ranked among the top 10 by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine, and Fox MC has provided consulting services to nearly 150 startups and early stage companies.

Through the partnership with Flinders, Fox will develop a series of 12 online education modules related to entrepreneurship and will provide training to Flinders faculty to deliver the course materials. The content will be available to all Flinders students, regardless of major or course of study, and will include videos, exercises and training manuals.

Students will have numerous opportunities to participate in innovation-related coursework at Flinders. They can major in a newly created degree—Bachelor of Business (Innovation and Enterprise)—embed innovation topics into their existing bachelor degrees, and opt to add a year-long stand-alone course to their undergraduate degrees, earning an additional Bachelor of Letters (Innovation and Enterprise).

As part of the partnership, Fox will also provide RoadmapTM, a proprietary, revolutionary higher-education platform that assembles all feedback and assessments to demonstrate personal development and return on investment to students. Through RoadmapTM, students will work with faculty and advisors to devise and manage their custom learning plans, review their progress during the program, and provide employers and interviewers with a visual representation of their skills and competencies.

“Fox MC and others at the Fox School of Business, including the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute and faculty in the Strategic Management Department, have been studying and teaching entrepreneurship for quite some time. Fox is well-positioned to help Flinders cultivate a dynamic entrepreneurship program that prepares students for the future,” Hill said. “We’re in a special place because we have knowledge to share and are located in an area that also needs economic development, so there’s a natural meeting there.”

Philadelphia, like Adelaide, is struggling to be seen as an innovative place at the SME (small and medium enterprise) level, according to Hill, and the partnership with Flinders is an opportunity for Fox MC to learn from Adelaide’s entrepreneurship ecosystems and bring lessons back to Philadelphia.

“This is an opportunity for us to learn together how to do this globally,” Hill said. “There are lots of places around the world where this kind of collaboration could be applied. Together, we’ll get really good at this.”

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