and Recanati: a decade of leadership
with top Israeli school flourishes, spreads influence throughout
Simon Benninga, dean of the Leon Recanati Graduate School
of Business, Tel Aviv University
This year marks
the 10th anniversary of the joint-degree executive MBA partnership
between the Kellogg School of Management and the Leon Recanati
Graduate School of Business Administration, the foremost business
school in Israel. We are proud to be part of the Kellogg global
network and, moreover, we are proud of the tremendous effect
that the Kellogg-Recanati Program has had both on our school
and overall in the Israeli economy.
By being positioned as
the elite EMBA offering in Israel, the program has attracted
an incredible student body of mid-level managers positioned
for senior leadership roles at the forefront of Israeli business.
Recanati is the only business school in Israel to have been
awarded the prestigious accreditation of the Association to
Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the international
organization that accredits the world's best business schools.
The Kellogg-Recanati Program boasts a strong management faculty
that draws upon the intellectual capital of both schools'
esteemed faculty. As a result, our graduates — more
than 16,000 of them from all areas of the Recanati School
and some 400 alumni affiliated with the joint program with
have played a prominent role in transforming the Israeli economy.
Recanati campus at Tel Aviv University
Over the 10 years that
the Kellogg Recanati Program has flourished, this relatively
small group of alumni has created an effect beyond its numbers.
As graduates of the only multinational MBA program offered
in Israel, they are culturally comfortable in both their own
culture and in the borderless culture of world business.
They have benefited from the Kellogg School's global
perspective and have learned to combine this frame of reference
with the technological leadership evident throughout the Israeli
economy. Their contacts with students and professors from other Kellogg
joint-degree EMBA programs in Germany, Hong Kong and Canada
have proven invaluable.
In addition, the Kellogg-Recanati
alumni association is a powerful network of professionals,
and one that is unique in Israel. These alumni — who won the Kellogg
School's prize for the best alumni association in the world
in 2005 — have shown Israeli business schools how an
enduring association of peers who have shared an outstanding
leadership and management curriculum can provide each other
with informal support long after their formal studies have
befits an association of privileged managers, the Kellogg-Recanati
graduates have been active in the larger community, organizing
projects for the benefit of the poor and disadvantaged.
on the Recanati School has also been remarkable. The program
has improved our teaching holistically, throughout our MBA
and our undergraduate programs. Our professors know that only the best teachers are incorporated
into the program. Indeed,
teaching within the program is a mark of pride for all Recanati
faculty privileged to be associated with the joint-degree
all its programs, the Recanati teaching philosophy strives
to combine the theoretical and the practical. This framework
includes room for provocative, outside-the-box techniques
that encourage original thinking, alongside emphasis on mastery
of management theory and high-level analytical skills, both
essential tools for tomorrow's managers. At the same time, we allow our students
a great degree of freedom to specialize, to follow their inclinations
and focus what they learn onto their particular field. All of our programs emphasize the dynamics of globalization
and Israel's international business future. The joint Kellogg-Recanati Program has helped us focus and
sharpen this global point of view.