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The Kellogg school at Northwestern University is to establish a network of hubs on three continents, says Sally Blount, who has been dean at the school for just a year. As well as Chicago, the school is expected to set up two more centres, one of which will be in Asia.
“To be a global player you have to have more than one home,” says Prof Blount.
The proposed centres could be stand alone campuses or centres developed with partners. In Hong Kong, for example, Kellogg already has a strong relationship the the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, with which it runs an executive MBA programme.
During her first year at the school Prof Blount has wasted no time in ringing the changes, including changes in the staff at the school. She has brought in a new head of executive education and an associate dean for MBA relations.
She has also confirmed that Kellogg’s accelerated one-year MBA programme will continue. “There’s so much traction there,” she says.
In addition to this Prof Blount says the school is looking for three to five big ideas. “to regenerate a school that has a great legacy”. She is expecting a five-year plan for the school to be in operation by December.