Here, there and everywhere
Kellogg partnerships and alliances create a shared culture
on which the sun always shines
P. Jacobs recalls that, when he set about
the Kellogg School's network of global pairings
more than two decades ago, other MBA schools were establishing
own clear precedents for forging international partnerships.
"East Coast business schools looked to Europe and West
Coast programs looked to Asia to build alliances. Midwestern
MBA programs were supposed to look to the cornfields," says
Jacobs, who shunned that notion and instead set a goal of
partnering with the top business school in each region around
their quest to build an international system of affiliations,
Jacobs, current Dean Dipak
C. Jain and other administrators
adopted as their motto "the sun always shines on Kellogg."
"We wanted to extend our global reach from Europe to the
Middle East to Asia and back," remembers Jacobs.
days that vision has become reality, thanks to pairings with
schools on almost every continent. These collaborations have
built an international network of MBA students, all fluent
in the common Kellogg language of academic excellence and
team leadership that draws upon the power of diversity.
past 10 years, the Kellogg School has established joint executive
MBA programs with the Recanati
Graduate School of Management at Tel Aviv University in Israel;
Beisheim Graduate School of Management in Vallendar, Germany;
of Business and Management at the Hong Kong University of
Science and Technology in China (HKUST); and the Schulich
School of Business at York University in Toronto, Canada.
Graduates of the programs earn joint degrees from Kellogg
and the partner school, gathering for International Live-In
weeks at the James L. Allen Center, where they complete joint
classes in crisis management and negotiations and collaborate
with their international counterparts including U.S. students
in Kellogg's Executive Master's
facet of this global connectivity is the Kellogg School's
formal alliances with schools around the world, including
Graduate School of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn
University in Bangkok, Guanghua
School of Management in Beijing, and the Indian
School of Business in Hyderabad, as well as its newly
formed alliances with the Graduate
School of Business Administration at Keio University in
Business School in Brussels.
partnerships allow both institutions to share faculty
and resources, and provide students with additional chances
to study management in some of the world's most vibrant economies.
Burnett, the Kellogg School's associate dean
of executive education: "As a professor of strategy, I often
talk to my classes about how difficult it is for organizations
to achieve synergy. With our international partners, synergy
is dramatically evident — by combining the faculties of the
Kellogg School with our sister schools, the programs we deliver
are uniquely tailored to the needs of our executive students.
They truly get the best of both schools: a global perspective
with deep insights into local business conditions. It is
impossible for a single school to create such an experience."
Kellogg School's groundbreaking
efforts to make connections with other top schools around
the world reflect the strong need for an international
perspective in management education.
Global corporations demand executives who are familiar
not only with the business practices of their own country,
but with those of countries around the world. And managers
increasingly are called to work in teams with their counterparts
in other countries to solve companywide problems.
But knowing that this global economy exists and being prepared
to navigate the cultural divide are two different things.
Dalia Megiddo chose the Kellogg-Recanati joint executive
MBA program to help her better understand business partners
"My work involves intensive interaction with American and
European businesspeople," says Megiddo, a member of the Class
of 2000. "I felt that I needed a deeper understanding of
their business culture and a common language I could share
Canada, the Schulich School of Business uses the tagline
"In a Class by Itself," to reflect its unique status
as the only
MBA program in its area to partner with an American school,
says Andrè deCarufel, executive director.
United States is Canada's largest trading partner, and many
of our students work for companies that either do business
in the United States or are headquartered there," deCarufel
says. "Exposure to U.S. business practices and the recognition
of the Kellogg School brand on the joint degree is an important
factor in recruitment."
the Kellogg School brand is at an all-time high throughout
Asia, says HKUST Associate Dean and Program Director Steven
DeKrey '84, thanks to positive press and stellar international
rankings. The Kellogg School's efforts to build bridges in
Asia were rewarded with HKUST's top 10 ranking in the Financial
Times' 2003 listing of executive MBA programs, including
a mention as the "top-ranked new entry."
says, "The partnership model is compelling in that
Kellogg benefits from local knowledge and facilities while
accessing different markets worldwide. Each partner is unique
and occupies leadership positions in its respective markets."
borrow a popular saying, Kellogg School alliances allow
each partner to "think globally, act locally," deCarufel
says, by combining intellectual resources and knowledge of
local culture and companies.
is a body of business knowledge that transcends the context
in which it was researched, but the application of it requires
local knowledge, even in a country as similar in some ways
to the United States as Canada," he says.
Kayser, acting dean and program director at WHU, divides business
principles into what he calls "hard factors" and
"soft factors." The hard factors — an example
might be basic accounting or finance principles — don't
change at all across cultures. On the other hand, the soft
factors, things such as behavior in organizations, do change.
Variations also exist in the way individuals of different
cultures behave in teams, interact with subordinates, solve
disputes and ethical problems and negotiate with business
Such differences, rather than similarities, might provide
more of a reason to embrace international affiliations. The
differences, after all, often provide students the greatest
opportunity to learn something new.
Megiddo: "There are some business principles that
transcend cultures; however, the most important contributions
of joint academic programs are their ability to bring forward
the differences in business cultures and help to understand,
respect and function within these differences," she says.
Erica Kantor, assistant dean of administration for executive
education, says International Live-In weeks provide a significant
way for participants to learn from cultural differences.
courses taught during Live-In Week, negotiations and crisis
management, allow for powerful exchanges between students,
between cultures," she says. "These interactions
during class time continue during breakfast, lunch, dinner
and a variety of outings. The Allen Center becomes a type
of United Nations. Participants leave with new insights and
many new friends."
values, distinct flavors bring unity with local strengths
between the Kellogg School and its collaborators work like
a good marriage — both personalities complement one
another and each contributes equally to the greater whole.
Assistant Dean and Director Julie Cisek Jones says part
of the key to success is choosing institutions that
share the same values — academic rigor and a global understanding
of management, for example. But at the same time, each school
must be able to preserve its unique cultural identity.
Finding this balance can prove one of the most difficult
things about forming such a bond, says Professor Toemsakdi
Krishnamra, director of the Sasin program, a Kellogg alliance
now more than 20 years old.
values and reinforces all aspects of the Kellogg brand
and philosophy," Krishnamra says. "Kellogg's 'Learning,
Opportunities, Values, and Ethics' framework, its emphasis
on teamwork, and its informal student-centered culture are
also evident at Sasin. At the same time, we try to maintain
the distinctive Thai and Asian quality of our school."
Kellogg and its partner schools each contribute half of
the faculty to their joint programs, but the true value of
partnership runs much deeper. At HKUST, DeKrey says, the
Kellogg School philosophy is also evident in a student-centered
approach to administration and a strong focus on teams.
all of the school's partnerships, the Kellogg-HKUST pairing
works because HKUST is able to leverage the Kellogg Schoolís
academic strengths, combining them with its own prowess. This
teamwork results in a combined curriculum more powerful than
individual schools would be able to accomplish alone.
Program Director Orit Mendelson-Shoham sees another advantage
to this network; namely, that each school contributes its
own international flavor to create what is truly a global
mix. The Recanati student body, for example, is very much
characterized by the region's high-tech economy.
sure that each of the programs represents in many ways
the character of the industry or of the specific country
they represent," she says. "The added value of combining
all of them together is huge."
Dell'Antonio, a 1999 graduate of the Kellogg School-WHU
joint program, says he benefited from the exchange of ideas
and experience with program participants from different countries.
"Interaction with alumni enables students to build a
network of contacts
spanning the globe that will continue to be of benefit,"
addition to their partnerships with Kellogg, or "the
Mother School," as some international program directors have
called it, schools also enjoy strong links with one another.
This year marked the first time students in WHU's EMBA program
were offered an elective Live-In Week at the Recanati School
in Tel Aviv. And in May, for the first time since the program's
inception, all students will spend a Live-In Week at HKUST,
where they will study aspects of management specific to the
in January 2005, U.S.-based Executive Master's
Program students will be able to choose an additional Live-In
Week at Recanati.
Expect these types of relationships to intensify in the
future, Cisek Jones says, as the Kellogg School activates
additional links in its global partnership network.
take our partnerships to the next level," Cisek Jones
says, "we're webbing together all these different affiliations
into a network of global students."
'One Kellogg' challenge
the greatest challenge for administrators is combining
into a unified whole known informally as "Global
Kellogg," where program participants are assured the same
standard of quality and a philosophy of management education
that binds all the parts together.
coordination between collaborators demands a tight
connection between faculty and administrators in Evanston
and abroad. This is accomplished through regular meetings,
which enable administrators to pore through feedback and
recommendations from international executive MBA participants,
and to decide how to make the best use of each school's academic
the use of a core curriculum means all students learn
important basics, but allows each school the flexibility
to make some tweaks, adding material appropriate to the local
economy and culture. The Recanati program, for example, incorporates
Middle East-specific issues into its macroeconomic course,
and has included many electives related to the region's burgeoning
high-tech economy, Mendelson-Shoham says. And at HKUST, students
take three required courses specific to the China region
and study the Asian perspective in a law course, so every
graduate has a firm grasp on regional issues.
challenges to building a shared culture can be enormous,
as program participants and staff contend with global issues
on the order of the SARS health crisis, war in Iraq and a
volatile political situation in Israel. But joint-degree
students quickly bridge differences when they meet face-to-face
with their peers in Evanston — a homecoming of sorts for
students who already have much in common.
says she's surprised at how quickly students
become "one big Kellogg family" during international Live-In
"When we take the classes to the Live-In weeks in Evanston,
it always amazes me how fast the newly created groups of
all the international programs start working as if they were
part of one big melting pot," she says.
melting pot is Kellogg culture— the way classes are held,
the honor code, and the similarities