Dr. Susan D. Peters,
Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship
- Ph.D. in International Business and Marketing — St. Louis University, 2001
- MBA — Kent State University, 1989
- B.S. in Industrial Engineering — Millikin University, 1982
My husband and I—and three of our four children—are all entrepreneurs. (And the following generation shows promise already!) I started my first in Poland. Much of my research has been in business case studies for classroom usage, and I also teach case writing to professors around the world, in addition to being editor of one case journal and associate editor of another.
In which online programs do you teach?
Why did you start teaching?
We moved to Poland in the early 1990's. I soon found myself doing professional development work with companies trying to shake of decades of command economy business practices and adapt to free markets. Basically, I was teaching. I started reflecting on professors I had studied under earlier—what made for a good professor and for a not-so-good professor—and for me, it was those who had real-life experience to share. I realized that now I had those experiences and loved sharing them. I enrolled in a Ph.D. program shortly thereafter and now do what I love.
What advice would you give to those considering the UNCP online MBA program?
Online offers a lot of advantages for busy students. However, remember that your professors have a lot of face-to-face experience. Even in online classes, we relish the ability to get to know you, so don't hesitate to contact us or stop by our office or reach out in any way.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in business?
Adaptability, creativity, flexibility, the ability to see multiple sides to problems, and to think outside the box.
What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in business face today?
Change! It is so rapid today and moves in directions hard to anticipate. You either adapt or move on. Sometimes it's a tough call to decide, which is the best thing to do in a particular situation.
Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know.
I started school as a piano performance major, and I still play for my church (piano, organ) or for anyone who will listen.