Karen Bussone


Director of the Small Business Development Center


  • Drake University
  • B.S. Food Science, Western Illinois University
  • M.B.A., Western Illinois University


Professor Bussone has taught a wide variety of courses including Marketing, Organizational Management, Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, E-Commerce, Economics, Finance, Career Development, and Entrepreneurship.  She uses a team-oriented atmosphere in the classroom.

She has 21 years of industry experience, which includes managing various manufacturing and redistribution business units and leading new product launches.  Karen has held positions at Kraft Foods, Champaign, IL; Kellogg Company, Battle Creek, MI, and Dot Foods, Mt. Sterling, IL.

Areas of Study

  • Logistics/Supply Chain
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Food Science

Research Interests

  • Workplace culture and ethics
  • Team-based classrooms
  • Distribution channels
  • International trade
  • Employee training and development

Classes Taught at IWU

  • Principles of Marketing
  • Services Marketing
  • Organizational Management
  • Entrepreneurship


  • American Marketing Association
  • P.E.O. Chapter LO