Category Archives: innovation

Academic Search: Focus for KULPER & COMPANY

Our firm is one of the best in providing executive search consulting for academic and corporate search hiring needs. Because we are frequently asked about our Academic Search experience I thought it would be helpful to discuss it in my blog.

We focus on attracting transformational leaders who can step into Provost, VPAA, Dean and VP positions at leading research universities and drive growth and development. We are very experienced in completing Business & Engineering Dean, VP Research, Sponsored Grants Administration and senior faculty/chaired professorship searches.

Our corporate clients benefit from our academic search experience in that we are often able to connect them with top research university principal investigators to help with their product innovation initiatives.

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Year End Economic Forecast

With Thanksgiving, the presidential election and Hurricane Sandy all behind us and the hoped for positive resolution of “fiscal cliff” deliberations forthcoming in December, 2013 appears to be shaping up as a real “Lucky Thirteen” year for the US and Global economies. The secular decline in residential real estate values appears to have ended and because mortgage rates will remain low for most if not all of 2013, could we be set for break-away economic growth? We were taught many years ago in business school that it is important for executives to have a view of the direction of interest rates but are there any reliable ways to do that?

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Current executive search consulting activity indicates Strong Economic Growth, ahead!

As many executives know, hiring is always a challenging matter for organizations. Getting the” right people on the bus”, to quote Good to Great, author Jim Collins, is job #1 for any CEO, University president or EVP seeking to grow, develop and bring long-lasting transformational change to their organizations.
Since the beginning of September, our phone has been ringing from clients and prospects wishing to explore engaging our firm to help them attract the right leaders for their organizations. We think this development is worth sharing with readers of our blog and friends of KULPER & COMPANY because our business tends to be a leading economic indicator for the broader economy.
When search firms are particularly active it means that companies and universities are  serious about stimulating their growth and development by attracting new leadership talent for key positions. Often this does not mean simply replacing an existing leader due to retirement or for other reasons; rather it is because the organization wants to expand and grow in a sustainable manner. The positions we are asked to assist in filling are often completely new jobs… perhaps the truest indicator of an expanding economy if there is one since increasing organization headcount involves such a long-term expense.
Smart board members and trustees like to have an executive search firm involved because it helps to expand the reach of the hiring effort; so do the best presidents, CEOs and EVPs. Use of their executive/administrative network to fill key positions, while convenient and seemingly cost effective, can be less than optimal since the candidate pool may exclude too many potential “A” level candidates since if candidate outreach is limited, it stands to reason that fewer “A” level candidates will become aware of the opportunity.  A professional, comprehensive approach not only increases the odds of hiring success but also provides invaluable market intelligence resulting from a thorough review of the candidate channel.
Effective executive search consulting involves a comprehensive approach that broadcasts and markets the hiring need in a compelling and professional manner to “A” level candidates who potentially will be perfect for the role.
As the third quarter economic results are reported in the weeks ahead we believe that the numbers will reflect a solid uptick in growth and point to continued economic expansion. What is more important to your organization…a quick solution that might be less than satisfactory or a great hiring match that will likely result in helping achieve the long-term growth and development objectives of your organization?

Posted in Academic search firm, Business School Dean search, Career Advice, effective hiring, entrepreneurship, executive search consulting, innovation, R&D, The right hired candidate, Transformational Leaders

Selecting a Business School Dean: Key Indicators

Over the past 10 years we have successfully conducted and completed a number of Business School Dean searches for large and medium sized universities around the country. There are several key indicators to weigh when selecting the right new Dean.

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Selecting an Executive Search Firm

Red Tail Hawk: Persistence

This is a favorite topic for us here at KULPER & COMPANY because we not only want new business but also the right clients. But, how do you know if we would be the right search firm for your needs.

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Jobs Report–a pleasant surprise…

What will the pundits and naysayers have to say now? Unemployment is now officially reporting in at 8.3 % with over 200,000 jobs being created in January 2012. President Obama must have a big smile on his face this morning—-the market is reacting positively—should be a great day.

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New Client Relationships

Welcome to 2012. If there is one thing that all university presidents and corporate leaders share in common it is in the importance of their professional relationships with key clients and constituencies. It is what they must focus on every day —all day long. It makes me think: how can I perform in a way that will continuously surprise, delight, challenge and help my clients?

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R&D Manager /Director/ VP Searches

As we know there is a real dearth of available engineering talent but the prospects for improvement are showing some signs of progress . We recently accepted and completed a search for a Manager of R&D for a specialty chem and gases company that caters to the integrated circuit and photovoltaics industries. The search was successful because we worked in tandem with our client to create a critical mass of candidates who possessed the right attributes, skill sets and experience to tackle the job. The hired candidate is a terrific person who will make a difference in the long term growth and development of the company.

Posted in entrepreneurship, innovation, The right hired candidate

A surge in hiring…HIRE=HELP

For the past few months our phone has been ringing and our email in box has been filled with inquiries regarding our services. Is it because KULPER is doing a good job…or is it a secular trend? Inasmuch as I would like to believe it is all about the word getting around about the quality of work we are doing here in our search firm…I have to believe that it is more about a steady increase in hiring needs by our clientele.

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FULBRIGHT Program makes a difference

I was about to get started on today’s tasks when I saw the article about the Fulbright Program in today’s Chronicle of Higher Ed http://http://chronicle.com/article/Interactive-Map-Countries-and/129471/?sid=wb&utm_source=wb&utm_medium=en

I hope you can access it using the link inserted because the Chronicle writers did such a good job explaining what is happening with the program and why it continues to have such an excellent impact on world development.

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