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Live-In Week brings world home to Kellogg
world comes home to Kellogg Communications: EMP
students connect with global peers during Live-In Week
an international homecoming of sorts plays out at the Kellogg
School’s James L. Allen Center.
Program (EMP) students from Kellogg programs in North
America, Germany, Israel and Hong Kong gather at the Allen
Center for a week of shared learning, new friendships and
new perspectives — their International Executive MBA
For students from
Kellogg’s Evanston-based EMP program, it’s a chance
to play host to a global ensemble of their peers. For students
from the Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration
at Tel Aviv University (KR), the School of Business and Management
at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
and the Otto Beisheim Graduate School at WHU in Vallendar,
Germany, it’s a chance to study with the assembled Kellogg
faculty, as well as to explore the state-of-the-art executive
education facilities of Kellogg’s “home campus.”
Kong we have a term we call ‘mother school,’”
says Steven DeKrey ’85, associate dean and director
of HKUST. “Kellogg is the mother school. It’s
really a warm expression and it’s really true. Without
this live-in component, though, the students wouldn’t
entirely have that same connection. They are here, they enjoy
the facilities, they become part of it. That’s the No.
Week, different cultural perspectives become the basis for
Kim Brown (EMP-53) works for the General Services Administration
and attended the recent live-in program. Brown says when she
arrived for the week, she had expectations about how people
from other cultures act, but not how they think.
neat this week to talk to people on more of a social level,
to hear how they perceive what’s going on in the world,
or hear from a fellow woman how she is treated as a woman
in Hong Kong,” says Brown, also citing the week’s
rich academic component as a strong inducement to get students
excited about participating in the Allen Center curriculum.
A course taught
by Leigh Thompson, J. Jay Gerber Distinguished Professor of
Dispute Resolution and Organizations, for example, taps into
the diversity of experience present at Live-In Week to explore
cross-cultural negotiations. Thompson’s course was a
highlight for many students, including Shira Ben Meir, who
works in marketing and commercial development for BSE Distributors,
a pharmaceutical distribution company based in Israel.
with some of the people I have to interact with in my business
life, but now learning the rules that govern their negotiations,
is invaluable,” Ben Meir says.
international component in the Kellogg School culture is one
reason why students such as Recanati’s Yoav Keren (KR-06)
were attracted to its EMP program in the first place. “You
learn more by this interaction with people from other cultures
around the world,” says Keren, CEO and co-founder of
Domain the Net Technologies.
Cisek Jones, director of admissions and planning for EMP,
says one of the goals for Live-In Week, as well as the EMP
program as a whole, is to develop both personal and leadership
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don’t necessarily walk away from the program remembering
a particular class or a particular skill that you learned,
but rather the way you’ve grown as an individual,”
Cisek Jones says.
Adds Erica Kantor,
assistant dean and director of EMP: “To some extent,
we created this international program to put people, such
as Palestinian and Israeli students, into the classroom together.
At Kellogg, we model the idea that if one does things through
business, one does not necessarily have to be at war.”
come from vastly different backgrounds, Kellogg itself serves
as a kind of common language across race, gender, age and
country of origin, say Live-In Week administrators and participants.
is the shared culture that unites everyone,” says Orit
Mendelson-Shoham, executive MBA programs director at Recanati.
“Most of the students in our program share the same
Kellogg professors and most of the curriculum. They share
the same way of studying.”
like a long-lost cousin coming home — you immediately
embrace them,” DeKrey says. “These students are
true classmates, so you get rid of all the pretension and
whatever you’d have to do to build a bond. Here, that
bond is almost instantaneous.”