C. Jain, the Sandy and Morton Goldman Professor of
Entrepreneurial Studies, addresses full-time students
during CIM Week 2007. Photo
© Nathan Mandell
from the Dean
Kellogg School Alumni and Friends,
we vigorously pursue the opportunities of a new academic year,
I want to share how recent market feedback has helped us define
the Kellogg School's strategy — and the implications
for you as alumni and for our students as they reenter the
my tenure as dean, my colleagues and I have witnessed an increasingly
challenging marketplace in which a strong knowledge-base is
the main source of competitive advantage for MBAs. This reality
has spurred us to reexamine the best means to prepare students
to become global leaders, and to dig deeper in thinking about
curricular changes that teach the right skills.
result of these efforts is our brand statement: Educating global leaders in a culture of innovation and collaboration.
This is supported by four platforms, which provide a holistic
approach to probing the intellectual, global, social and leadership
dimensions of business problems in this complex environment.
These platforms accent the importance of intellectual depth,
experiential learning, global perspectives, and leadership
skills and social responsibility. These elements together
create a framework that guides us as we give Kellogg MBA students
an educational experience that is rigorous and relevant.
Kellogg alumni, you must challenge yourselves to dig deeper,
too. Let lifelong learning guide your decisions by taking
every opportunity to embrace the academic culture and resources
we offer. Tap into the powerful ideas our faculty members
generate in their research and challenge yourself to apply
those theories in your organizations. To help you achieve
this goal, you can now access our latest online alumni learning
Insight. This Kellogg innovation is headed by finance
Hagerty, senior associate dean for faculty and research.
She directs a team of Kellogg students, faculty and staff
in the development of this resource, producing new material
Insight is intended to give our alumni, and other users,
the foresight they need in making future business decisions.
You can find a complete story about Kellogg Insight,
as well as excerpts from articles you can access online, in
the story "Kellogg School
launches online research digest," or go to insight.kellogg.northwestern.edu
for a firsthand look.
while their research is important, our professors' teaching
skills are still one of our finest assets. This issue of Kellogg
World focuses on excellence in the classroom. Our faculty
is second to none when it comes to providing the exemplary
classroom experience. I am happy to say this tradition continues
to be a point of differentiation for Kellogg. Last year, for
example, students nominated more than 80 professors for the
L.G. Lavengood Professor of the Year Award — an all-time
remember that as Kellogg alumni you are ambassadors for our
brand and that you carry not only your personal aspirations,
but those of the entire Kellogg community. As you know, one
of our school's other great traditions is producing leaders
with a human touch.
is an essential part of our identity in that we not only ask
it of our students, but also practice it as administrators
while interacting with our alumni, corporate partners and
many supporters, as well as with one another. Indeed, one
of the traits necessary for good leadership is always keeping
your feet on the ground. This trait will serve you well no
matter what dynamics may be driving the marketplace.