With galloping economic growth in recent years, Indonesia has emerged as a promising economic powerhouse, joining China and India. Yet there is an acute shortage of local talents with reputed Master of Business Administration degrees to fill the senior and mid-level managerial positions in existing and incoming Fortune 500 companies.
This presents a challenge to the aspiring Asian Tiger, whose economy is the largest in Southeast Asia. But for the dean of a prominent business school in the United States, there are also plenty of opportunities.
Judy Olian is the eighth dean and the first woman to ever lead the Anderson School of Management at the famed University of California, Los Angeles. The school was ranked first in terms of intellectual capital by BusinessWeek and fifth in entrepreneurship by the Financial Times’ Global MBA ranking.
“There is tremendous economic growth in Indonesia and we would like to see how a major global university like UCLA can play a part in developing managerial capacity and enlarging the talent pipeline here,” said Olian, who was in Jakarta on Sunday for an event honoring Indonesian alumni of the school...