Shaping our future and reaffirming our strengths
Building on the success and outstanding reputation of our existing centers of research and education — the Parker Center for Investment Research and the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise — I am pleased to announce that this fall we established two new entities: the Emerging Markets Institute and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute. We have been working in both of these areas for some time. Creating these institutes now reaffirms our achievements and signals our commitment to bring together preeminent practitioners and academics and expand our educational and research programs.
The new Emerging Markets Institute underscores our resolve to become more global in focus and outlook, to educate students about the global nature of business, and to enlarge our footprint around the world. Read more about how it came about, as well as its goals, mission, and strategy in Getting More Global. We are grateful for the very generous support from our alumni, including classmates Bob Staley ’58, MBA ’59, and Albert E. Suter ’57, MBA ’59, both retired executives at Emerson, who were among the first to fund our global business efforts. More recently, we received significant support from Kyung-Bae Suh, MBA ’87, president and CEO of Seoul-based AmorePacific Corp., who funded a faculty chair in global business.
As you may already be aware — from one of our enewsletters, our Web site, or our ads in the press — we have a new logo and a new look. Building on research for the strategic plan, plus an additional, year-long research effort (involving input from thousands of potential students, students, alumni, recruiters, faculty, and staff as well as extensive market research), we updated our brand, maintaining our three pillars — performance learning, collaborative environment, Cornell connections — because our research validated these. While giving the “Johnson” name more prominence, we continue to strongly connect Johnson with Cornell. Our new position statement is based on what we hear back from employers: Johnson graduates know how to harness the collective strength of others to create extraordinary results. Learn more about our new brand here and on our Web site.
We are committed to continually improving the curriculum in all of our programs, as our strategic plan stipulates. Professor Beta Mannix is leading an effort to improve, update, and build on our curriculum for our Palisades-based Executive MBA program, and we plan to reevaluate the Cornell-Queen’s EMBA curriculum over the coming year.
This semester we have welcomed an impressive array of guest speakers to the school, including John C. Bogle, founder of the Vanguard Group, Inc.; former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulsen; Andrew Ross Sorkin, author of the bestseller, Too Big to Fail; Scot Safon, executive vice president of CNN Worldwide and general manager of the HLN network; and William C. Dudley, president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank.
Early indications are that the job outlook for 2011 will be better than 2010, which was better than 2009. While we’re climbing back up, we know it will still be a difficult year for placement, and we still need your help. Our Class of ’11 students are outstanding, and the high caliber of summer internships they completed makes them well-prepared to be effective in the workplace.
As always, I appreciate your help in many ways. Please stay in touch with news about yourself and your ideas for us, and best wishes for health and success.
L. Joseph Thomas
Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean