Friday, August 31, 2012

How to find a B-school dean?

Well, I wish I knew but it's useful to know that two French B-schools have brought in heads from the university system. FT reports:

ESCP Europe has become the latest French business school to look to the university system for its next dean. History professor Edouard Husson, who for the past two years has been the Vice-Chancellor of the Universities of Paris, has been appointed dean of ESCP from September 1. ESCP, like HEC Paris, comes under the auspices of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris.
......In March 2013 another French business school, EMLyon, announced the appointment of meteorologist Philippe Courtier, director of the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC), the engineering school in Paris, as its next president (dean). He took up the position in July.
A history professor and a meteorologist as b-school deans- that's serious out-of-the-box thinking! European B-schools have also not hesitated to look outside academia: they have brought in people from industry. So did ISB in India when it appointed Ajit Rangnekar as dean. There's no need to be fixated with the idea that the head of a B-school has to be an academic and, of course, still less with the idea that it has to be an insider.

A good start is to advertise the position and advertise widely. The ad must mention that people of eminence are free to make nominations: the worst thing any search committee can do is to expect highly talented people to put in applications, complete with covering letters and CVs. ('I am a professor of Marketing with a creditable record of publications and exposure to consulting and I write to ask that I be considered for the post of Dean at......'.)


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Prof. Edouard Husson is highly capable to handle this position..!

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