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Kellogg and Recanati: a decade of leadership

Partnership with top Israeli school flourishes, spreads influence throughout economy

By 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 Kellogg  — have played a prominent role in transforming the Israeli economy.

Kellogg-Recanati Executive MBA Program  
The Recanati campus at Tel Aviv University  
The 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 concluded.  As 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.

Kellogg-Recanati's effect 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 curriculum.

In 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.

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