The economic crisis has thrown business schools into disarray. Deans and professors are suffering a crisis of confidence and are seriously questioning the structure and content of a twenty-first century management education. At the same time, business schools are searching for a way to contribute to global economic recovery. How can trust be rebuilt in business schools in general and the MBA programme in particular?
Participating in this Q&A session are: Paul Danos, Dean of the Tuck School at Dartmouth College; Yash Gupta, Dean of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School; Frank Brown, Dean of Insead; Santiago Iñiguez, Dean of IE Business School in Spain; and Della Bradshaw, Business Education Editor of the Financial Times.
Paul Danos is the longest-serving Dean at any of America’s Ivy League business schools. He joined Tuck as Dean in 1995 from the University of Michigan business school (now the Ross school). The Tuck school has one of the oldest MBA programmes in the world.
Yash Gupta, on the other hand, is Dean of one of the US’s newest business schools at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The business school was founded in December 2006 following the gift of $50m by William Carey, a New York City Investment Banker. The school’s full-time MBA programme is still on the drawing board and the school will enrol its first full-time MBA students in 2010.
Frank Brown joined Insead as Dean in 2006 from PricewaterhouseCoopers, the professional services firm, making him one of the few top Deans to have real business experience. Insead pioneered both the one-year MBA programme, which will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary this year, and the two-campus business school model - Insead has campuses in both France and Singapore.
Santiago Iñiguez became Dean of IE Business School in Madrid, one of the world’s most entrepreneurial business schools, in 2004. Just four years later he became Rector of IE University, following the decision of the business school to buy a university in nearby Segovia. The university has schools of Law, Humanities and Arts, Architecture, Communications, Psychology and Biology as well as Business.
Della Bradshaw is Business Education Editor of the Financial Times.
The panel will answer your questions on the future of business schools and the future of the MBA on Wednesday June 10 between 2pm and 3pm BST.