Teaching future leaders Featured

8:00pm EDT June 25, 2008

Dipak Jain is being recognized for his effort in building the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University into one of the country’s leading business education institutions.

Jain believes that helping students reach their potential is at the heart of the school’s mission, and he revels in the constant challenge of meeting that lofty goal. He is no stranger to the challenges of continued learning, as he holds degrees in mathematics, statistics, marketing and business management.

He established three key directives on his first day: Build the Kellogg School brand and differentiate themselves as management leaders; enhance the school’s alumni network and keep the alumni engaged; and build the global reputation by having a presence in key markets, such as Asia, Europe and Latin America.

In order to put the school in a position to succeed in achieving his vision, Jain knew it was essential to create an inclusive culture that focused on fostering ideas and decisions bordering on a speed of execution unknown in the school’s storied past. This was accomplished by changing the structure of the management team from a dictatorship, largely driven by the decisions of the dean, to an institutionally driven spirit of entrepreneurship, focused on empowering a task force of himself, two senior associate deans and six management chairs. In order for this structure to produce results, any two of the three deans are empowered to make final decisions for the school. This new structure enables Kellogg to focus on its main purpose — helping students reach their potential.

HOW TO REACH: Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, www.kellogg.northwestern.edu