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Reflections on Kellogg, management education and life in the 21st century

 

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The Wormhole to the New MillenniumThe Wormhole to the New Millennium
May 7, 2012

Since the start of the new millennium, the world order has undergone a powerful transformation process. Rarely in human history has such a major chronological marker coincided with a decade of such deep social, economic, geographic and political upheaval. In fact, I’d argue that humankind has been through a virtual socio-economic wormhole since 2000. Read more...

Linda Darragh

Driving Envision Kellogg Forward
March 29, 2012

Since announcing our strategic plan – Envision Kellogg – last month, we have been focused on moving from concept to action. Key to our success over the next five years is the leadership team we’re putting in place for this journey. Read More...

ENVISION | KELLOGG

A New Day for Kellogg in the 21st Century Collaboration Economy
February 6, 2012

Since the beginning of this century just over 10 years ago, the world has seen startling transformations—economically, politically, socially, physically, technologically and culturally. The geopolitical power balance has shifted toward the southern and eastern hemispheres. Old ways of wealth creation have fallen away.

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Building for our FutureBuilding for our Future
December 7, 2011

Now that Kellogg has selected Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB) to design our new building, we’ve moved into high gear. We’re busy fostering detailed discussions among the Kellogg community about what the design needs to accomplish practically, while at the same time looking at the “built” world for ideas and inspiration for what we can accomplish aesthetically. Read More...

Exciting News to Close the Week7 Billion Plus One
November 8, 2011

The world population hit 7 billion last week. There are ever more people, many of whom are living longer lives. Yet, ironically, it often feels like we have less and less time. Read More...

 

Blame Game

September 2, 2011


As my friends and family clean up in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and I read about the discussions that recently took place at the central bankers’ conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo., I cannot help but reflect on how we, as humans, prepare for and deal with threats and disasters. Read More...

While in São Paulo, I had the chance to meet with 80-plus Kellogg alumni based in the region.
 
 

August 23, 2011


I was in São Paulo, Brazil this past week. While there, I had the chance to meet with 80-plus Kellogg alumni based in the region. I also participated in a meeting of the International Advisory Board for Fundação Dom Cabral, a long-time Kellogg partner in Executive Education. Read More...

Volatility and Psychology

August 15, 2011


The one thing that all of the economists I know agree upon is that we are in an era of increased market volatility. The errant notion of the “great moderation” has long passed. We all have deeper respect for the interconnectedness and uncertainty that comes from the markets, currencies, political turmoil and daily lives of the nearly 7 billion sentient beings who now occupy our world. On a simple numbers level, humanity confronts more complexity and uncertainty every day with each uptick in the world population. Read More...

Remembering Harry Truman: The Importance of Service

August 3, 2011


When I recently traveled to Independence, Missouri, I was fortunate to visit the Truman Library and meet a group of young adults who had been elected as Truman Scholars. The Truman Scholars program was created by the U.S. government in 1975 as a federal memorial to President Truman’s legacy. Each year, 60 college students are chosen from across the country in recognition of their passion for public service and potential to make a difference. Read More...

Reflections on life, learning and lunch

July 26, 2011


Let’s be honest—the Aug. 2 deadline to raise the debt ceiling is not really a deadline. It’s hard to imagine that anyone in Washington is going to allow the U.S. government to shut down. This is about both sides using this moment, this punctuation point in time, to gain legislative advantage. Read More...

Reflections on life, learning and lunch

July 21, 2011


My 50th year has been a big one — not only symbolically, but materially. During this period, I not only returned to Kellogg to serve as dean, but also sent the last of my three children to college, moved away from the home in which I raised them, as well as from my sister and her family, and experienced the passing of two friends unexpectedly. Read More...

Reflections on life, learning and lunch

July 15, 2011


I’m sitting on a rocky ledge on a small island a few miles off the coast of northern New England. Coming to the island has been a time for regrouping. I have caught up on sleep, spent time with old friends, enjoyed homemade bread, good wine and great views, and taken many walks. Between the salt air and the days full of exercise and laughter, it’s been a great time to recharge. Read More...

Anything is Possible at Kellogg

March 30, 2011


Today I celebrate a year since being announced as the dean of Kellogg. It’s been a transforming, invigorating and hectic year. I have met so many incredible people connected with Kellogg who energize me every day, as we work to set our trajectory for 2030. Read More...

Blount

March 16, 2011


I was in New York City last week, where I met with many Kellogg alumni and friends. We hosted our annual Kellogg IMPACT event that featured alumnus Pete Peterson ’47, former Secretary of Commerce, co-founder of the Blackstone Group and chairman of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. I also had the chance to catch up with Judy Samuelson, executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program. Read More...

On a Culture Note

March 10, 2011


At Kellogg’s Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference last month, I learned that building a strong venture capital firm and a strong business school have far more in common than I ever realized. The conference had a terrific line-up of speakers. Kevin Efrusy was one of them. He’s a partner at Accel Partners, early investors in both Facebook and Groupon. Read More...

Reflections on Watson the Computer

March 1, 2011

The gap between human and artificial intelligence seems to be getting smaller. . .on Feb. 16, IBM’s “Watson” computer outsmarted two Jeopardy champions. A recent edition of TIME magazine explored our quest for human perfection and the rapidly emerging human-technology interface. And the current issue of Atlantic magazine reports the ever-closer results of the Turing Test—which determines whether a human or computer program can hold the most human-like conversation for five minutes. Read More...

February 17, 2011

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been traveling more internationally and have had several great conversations with highly-placed alumni and advisors in global leadership roles. From those conversations, I have gotten a much keener sense for what they want and need from business schools and what they want and hope to see from Kellogg, in particular. They all love Kellogg. They have a deep passion and connection to the school. But there is a general sense across all of my conversations that Kellogg has an opportunity to reignite its spark—that gutsy, innovative, entrepreneurial spirit that first put us on the map. Read More...

First 100 Days

November 11, 2010

These 100 days have flown by, and I have to be honest—I am still not fully settled in. The last of my boxes and furniture only arrived in Evanston last week, and my suitcase has been packed and on planes with me every week. But despite the frequent travel and hectic pace of the transition, I find myself deeply energized and excited by the challenges and victories that lay ahead. I’m feeling more convinced than ever about the critical role that business schools need to own and embrace in preparing leaders for the 21st century and the unique role that Kellogg can play in that task. Read More...

Exploring Global Plays for the 21st Century

September 30, 2010

The bustle continues—another week full of travel and meetings in Chicago, Evanston and other key U.S. cities. I met some terrific alumni at a dinner in Minneapolis on Monday night and held my first faculty meeting yesterday at the Allen Center. One of the questions that keeps coming up in all of my discussions, both on and off campus, is that of Kellogg's global strategy—what will it be? Read More...

It Takes a Village to Make a Dean

August 12, 2010

One of Kellogg’s less recognized, but clear, strengths is in its doctoral education and post-doctoral training. Consider my home department, Management and Organizations, which educates the faculty who teach management and strategy courses at some of the world’s best business schools. Students who join our department benefit from Kellogg’s broad-based approach that balances the study of management with the study of markets. Our graduates sit as tenured professors on the faculty of major business schools in the U.S. (e.g., Berkeley, Columbia, Cornell, Darden, Harvard, Stern, Wharton) and beyond (e.g., London Business School, Melbourne Business School, Rotman School in Toronto). I have personally benefitted from the power of this “Kellogg Network” at many points in my career. Read More...

August 10, 2010

After last week’s blog post, a friend forwarded me an article from Friday’s New York Times. It talked about the increasing popularity of Middle Eastern sites for student study abroad programs. She’d highlighted a great quote: "these are not the same kids who go bike touring in France.” In her note, she wrote, “That sounds like Haley." Read More...

Do More, Be More

August 5, 2010

I just got off the phone with Haley, my college-age daughter, who’s spending the summer traveling in Central America on a research grant from her college. She’s studying rural poverty in the region and the revolutionary movements it has inspired. In the process, she is visiting different types of farms, including some undertaking sustainable agriculture and eco-tourism projects. Read More...

A New Generation in Management Education

July 23, 2010

What a whirlwind this first week has been! Last Thursday, my first official day, began with a reception that was attended by literally hundreds of faculty and administrators who were there to greet me. It was exciting, and I felt so warmly welcomed. Then it was on to many meetings and time spent “walking the halls” on our Evanston campus, connecting with both familiar and new faces. Through all of my interactions, I have been constantly reminded of the unique culture and strong people and relationships that make Kellogg so special. Read More...



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