Jenkins MBA Associate Professor Named Top Enterprise Resource Planning Software Influencer by

Marianne Bradford Recognized as Leading ERP Software Expert.

Raleigh, NC, August 11, 2010 --( The NC State Jenkins MBA program ( has announced that Focus Research named Dr. Marianne Bradford, associate professor of accounting in the NC State College of Management, as one of the top 25 Enterprise Resource Planning software influencers to track in 2010. Bradford teaches ERP in the NC State Jenkins MBA and Master of Accounting programs.

Enterprise resource planning software, or ERP, helps a company’s numerous departments collaborate through a single database. Bradford is the author of Modern ERP: Select, Implement & Use Today’s Advanced Business Systems, a textbook that is widely adopted by universities and colleges. It focuses on the broader aspects of ERP including database technology, business process reengineering, process mapping, risk, auditing and core functionality.

Among the other ERP influencers recognized along with Bradford are Adam Saunders, a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School; Wayne Schultz, founder of Schulz Consulting; and Eric Kimberling, president of Panorama Consulting Group.

“We are excited that Marianne was acknowledged for her expertise in ERP software systems,” said Steve Allen, associate dean for graduate programs and research in the NC State College of Management. “She has done extensive research with this software and I am confident that she will continue to make an impact in this field.”

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About The Jenkins Graduate School of Management:
The Jenkins Graduate School of Management is part of the North Carolina State University College of Management in Raleigh, N.C. In addition to the Jenkins MBA program, it offers graduate programs in accounting and economics. The Jenkins MBA program was established in 2002 to provide graduate management education with an emphasis on technology and innovation. Its real world approach to learning brings students, top educators and professionals together in a research and technology focused environment that supports the knowledge, skills and leadership development needed for today’s global marketplace. The Jenkins MBA program offers concentrations in biosciences management, entrepreneurship and technology commercialization, financial management, innovation management, marketing management, services management and consulting, and supply chain management for both full- and part-time students. Consistently rated among the top 75 MBA programs, the Jenkins MBA continues to receive national and international attention for its commitment to quality education and research. For more information, visit

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