Gerhard Bette
Gerhard Bette

Adjunct Lecturer of Management & Organizations

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Gerhard Bette is a Director in the Chicago Office of McKinsey & Company, Inc. He is one of the founders and leaders of McKinsey's global telecommunications practice. For more than twenty-five years his practice has focused on serving senior executives of wireline and wireless telecommunication carriers and global equipment providers on their most critical topics ranging from developing product market strategies, functional performance improvement programs to transforming entire organizations. He has also worked extensively with new entrants and many private equity investors in this dynamic space. In addition to his client commitments Mr. Bette has served in a variety of governance roles at McKinsey such as serving on the Firm's senior partner election committees, leading industry practices.

Mr. Bette has previously collaborated with Prof. Ranjay Gulati (former Kellogg School faculty member) on courses of Business Building and Strategy and Implementation. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School; Dr. rer. nat. from the University of Duisburg, Germany; and Dipl.Math. from the University of Dortmund, Germany.

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Academic Positions
Adjunct Lecturer, Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University-present

Other Professional Experience
Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company, 2010-present
Director, McKinsey & Company, 1981-2010

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Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Managing in Professonal Service Firm (MORS-934-0)
In this course, students discover what it takes to be an effective and successful professional, leading up to crafting a personal plan to kick-start his or her career. The class, which explores many of the topics executives face in a broad spectrum of leading institutions, is designed primarily for students who plan to join professional service firms, although it provides valuable insights for anyone who will engage with service firms in their careers. It is built around two modules: the first deals with common issues across professional service firms such as knowledge management, people management and the concept of ¿trusted adviser.¿ The second module explores differences in the context of these institutions, specifically consulting, private equity, asset management and talent management. The format is designed to identify implications for the individual student, building on case discussions and personal reflections of leaders (CEOs or senior executives) of prominent institutions who will be present for parts of each class.

Frameworks to Insights: Problem Solving in Fast Forward (MORS-950-0)
This course will provide students an opportunity to exercise their ¿problem solving muscles¿ real time, exploring how to short circuit the path from problem statement to identifying helpful frameworks to analytic insight to practical recommendation. It builds a direct path from their academic learning into real world problem solving. This broad based skill is obviously core to any post MBA careers, but will be especially central in many professional environments such as consulting, investment banking, private equity. The key ingredient of the class is on ¿action ¿ learning¿: we will create an immersive learning experience that first teaches/refreshes a handful of core problem solving frameworks and then applies them immediately in a ¿real company¿ setting. At the core of this class is the direct working relationship with the CEO¿s of two of Chicago¿s own recent start up success stories: Eric Belcher of Innerworkings ( and Jai Shehkawat of Fieldglass ( We will work closely with them and key members of their senior teams on problems that are relevant to their performance. Note: This course may not be dropped after the first week of the quarter.