home to a strong international alliance
Executive MBA Program well established in Europe
Professor Dr. Michael Frenkel, dean of the WHU – Otto
Beisheim School of Management
The idea of a joint
executive MBA program offered by the Kellogg School of Management
and the WHU–Otto Beisheim School of Management developed
in 1997 from mutual interest in attracting European executives
to a program with a partnership between a U.S. and a German
business school. The two founding deans envisioned an alliance
that would combine the market strengths of each institution
to create a truly global experience for young executives.
Today, the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program is still defined
by the cooperative spirit that led to its founding, and it
has evolved into an international program.
Germany, the Kellogg-WHU program's campus
Our joint program aims
to improve essential management skills of executives operating
in global business. The unique blend of U.S. and European
management teaching and experiences, as well as study weeks
and joint classes with international students ensures exposure
to diverse experiences and cultures. The program offers a
global dimension to its participants in many ways. Students
spend about 20 percent of their time with other international
students during joint modules abroad. At the beginning of
the second year, participants take part in a two-week international
Live-In session at the Kellogg School in Evanston. The program
also offers another international residential week at a Kellogg
partner school — electively either in Hong Kong, Israel,
Canada, or at the newly established Kellogg-Miami campus.
The program ends with a module in Germany to which the WHU
invites students from all other partner programs. But the
international aspect is not limited to the teaching locations.
Our students are part of an international body. In September,
we launched our 10th joint executive MBA program. This new
EMBA Class of 2008 has 45 percent non-German students representing
14 countries across Europe.
The benefit of the Kellogg-WHU
partnership is the bundling of teaching and research to create
a joint executive program of high quality that provides participants
with necessary global management skills and knowledge. Participants
benefit from insights gained by the newest research produced
by faculty of both WHU and Kellogg. Faculty from each school
also conduct joint research projects.
program has proven innovative and successful. At its 10th
anniversary, the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program is proud
to look back on a remarkable time during which it educated
about 450 executives around the world. The success goes beyond
the professional achievements that the Kellogg-WHU alumni
have already obtained. In October 2005, Kellogg-WHU was the
only German EMBA program included in the Financial
Times ranking. We have
been ranked as the foremost U.S.-European MBA partnership,
achieving the excellent result of being listed among the top
five offerings. With respect to the accomplishment of professional
objectives, the alumni survey proved this program No. 1 worldwide.
this way, the cooperation between our schools has created
not only great value for managers seeking an international
management education, but it also has created great benefit
for Kellogg and WHU by positioning each as a renowned academic
institution with a strong brand in the European market.