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Dipak Jain, one of the most high profile professors in the world of management education, will replace Frank Brown as dean of Insead when the latter steps down next year. Prof Jain was dean of the Kellogg school at Northwestern University in the US from 2001 to 2009 and is a highly-respected marketing scholar.
Though a native of Assam in India, Prof Jain now holds US citizenship. Although Insead has three campuses in France, Singapore and Abu Dhabi, the self-styled “business school for the world” has still to make headway in delivering degrees and other programmes in both the US and India - arguably the two most significant markets for management education in the world.
Franz Humer, chairman of the Insead board, said that the school wanted a dean who could lead Insead in both developed and emerging economies. “The Board chose Dipak Jain to lead Insead into what is fast becoming a new global economic climate - one in which emerging markets are growing at a faster rate than the industrialised mature economies of Europe and North America. In this environment we need to teach solid business and management skills while being innovative, entrepreneurial and instilling a culture of true sustainability.”
Prof Jain developed an holistic approach to management training at Kellogg and told the FT a year ago that one of his achievements was to alter the culture at the school from an individual-driven school, as it was when his predecessor Donald Jacobs was dean, to an institution-driven school, with multiple associate deans and devolved responsibilities.
On the announcement of his appointment Prof Jain said he appreciated the values at Insead. “The values that drive Insead - including a deep respect for the power of diversity; a desire to link theory and practice to address important managerial issues; and an entrepreneurial approach to teaching and research - are ideal to meet the opportunities and challenges facing organisations in the coming years.”