As business changes, so must business education. In a landmark gathering, an esteemed panel of deans from the world’s top business schools comes together to answer critical questions and examine what steps business schools need to take to continue preparing tomorrow's leaders with the skills necessary to face challenges in a twenty-first century economy.
This group of esteemed thought leaders will discuss the future of management education and answer questions such as:
- What are the challenges and opportunities facing today’s MBA programs?
- How will business schools evolve to meet the demands of a changing economy?
- Will the value of the MBA degree continue to be as prized in the future?
- Geoffrey Garrett, Dean, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
- Glenn Hubbard, Dean, Columbia Business School
- Nitin Nohria, Dean, Harvard Business School
- Garth Saloner, Dean, Stanford Graduate School of Business
- Moderator: Jan Hopkins, Former Anchor and Correspondent, CNN; Owner, The Jan Hopkins Group
Geoffrey Garrett is dean, Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise, and Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He became dean of the Wharton School in 2014, having been a member of the Wharton faculty in the Management Department from 1995 to 1997. Prior to his return to Penn, Dr. Garrett was dean of the business schools at both the University of Sydney and UNSW in his native Australia.
A distinguished international political economist, Dr. Garrett served as president of the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles and dean of the UCLA International Institute before his return to Australia in 2008. Earlier in his career, Dr. Garrett held appointments at Oxford, Stanford, and Yale universities. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences, a trustee of the Asia Foundation in San Francisco, a member of the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations, and he serves on the Advisory Board of Global Policy.
Dr. Garrett is a well-respected commentator on global business, economics, and politics in major media outlets, such as the Los Angeles Times, China’s Global Times, Le Monde, The Times of India, and South China Morning Post. Additionally, he was a speaker at TEDx Sydney, has contributed to Foreign Affairs, writes frequent blog posts on LinkedIn and is active on Twitter.
His academic publications include “Partisan Politics in the Global Economy,” “The Global Diffusion of Markets and Democracy,” and “The Encyclopedia of Political Science.” Dr. Garrett has led C-suite executive education programs on the global economy for Columbia, Stanford, UCLA, and Wharton, and in Australia he developed thought-leadership collaborations with companies, like Chevron, Dow Chemical, GE, News Corporation, and Northrup Grumman.
Dr. Garrett holds a BA (Honors) from the Australian National University, and an MA and PhD from Duke University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.
Glenn Hubbard was named dean of Columbia Business School on July 1, 2004. Hubbard began his teaching career at Northwestern University before moving to Columbia in 1988. He served as senior vice dean of the Business School from 1994 to 1997 and co-director of the Entrepreneurship Program from 1998 to 2004. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School, as well as at the University of Chicago. Hubbard also held the John M. Olin Fellowship at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington and a member of the International Advisory Board of the MBA Program of Ben-Gurion University.
In addition to writing more than 100 scholarly articles in economics and finance, Hubbard is the author of two leading textbooks on money, financial markets, and principles of economics, as well as co-author of The Aid Trap: Hard Truths About Ending Poverty (Columbia University Press, 2009), Balance: The Economics of Great Powers From Ancient Rome to Modern America (Simon & Schuster, 2013), and Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Five Steps to a Better Health Care System (Hoover Institution Press, 2011).
In government, Hubbard served as deputy assistant secretary of the US Treasury Department for tax policy from 1991 to 1993, supervising administration efforts on revenue estimates, tax reform, and health policy. From February 2001 until March 2003, he was chairman of the US Council of Economic Advisers under President George W. Bush. During that time, he also chaired the Economic Policy Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. In the corporate sector, he is currently a member of the board of directors of ADP, BlackRock Closed-End Funds, and MetLife. Hubbard has also served on the advisory boards of several organizations, including the Council on Competitiveness, the American Council on Capital Formation, the Tax Foundation, and the Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and co-chair of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, a past chair of the Economic Club of New York, and a past co-chair of the Study Group on Corporate Boards.
Nitin Nohria became the 10th dean of Harvard Business School on July 1, 2010. He previously served as co-chair of the Leadership Initiative, senior associate dean of faculty development, and head of the Organizational Behavior unit.
As dean, building on input from faculty members, students, staff members, and alumni, he has identified five priorities for Harvard Business School: innovation in the School's educational programs, beginning with the MBA program; intellectual ambition that advances ideas with impact in practice; continued internationalization, through building a global intellectual footprint; creating a culture of inclusion, where every member of the community can do their best work in support of the School's mission; and fostering a culture of integration within HBS and across Harvard University that acts as a catalyst for entrepreneurship. Recent examples of activities in support of these priorities include:
- A new year-long course in the Required Curriculum of the MBA program, Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development (FIELD). FIELD provides students with intensive, immersive, small-group opportunities to develop leadership, global, and integrative intelligence.
- The US Competitiveness Project, a multi-faculty research-led effort to understand and improve the competitiveness of the United States — that is, the ability of firms operating in the US to compete successfully in the global economy while supporting high and rising living standards for Americans.
- The launch of the Harvard Innovation Lab, an initiative to foster team-based and entrepreneurial activities and deepen interactions among Harvard students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and members of the Allston and Greater Boston communities.
Dean Nohria's intellectual interests center on human motivation, leadership, corporate transformation and accountability, and sustainable economic and human performance. He is co-author or co-editor of 16 books. The most recent, Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice, is a compendium dedicated to advancing research on leadership based on a colloquium he organized during HBS’s centennial celebrations. Dean Nohria is also the author of over 50 journal articles, book chapters, cases, working papers, and notes. He sits on the board of directors of Tata Sons, and he has served as an advisor and consultant to several large and small companies in different parts of the world. He has been interviewed by ABC, CNN, and NPR, and cited in Business Week, The Economist, Financial Times, Fortune, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal.
Prior to joining the Harvard Business School faculty in July 1988, Dean Nohria received his PhD in management from the Sloan School of Management, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BTech in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (which honored him as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2007). He was a visiting faculty member at the London Business School in 1996.
He and his wife live in the Boston area with their two daughters.
Garth Saloner has been dean of Stanford Graduate School of Business since 2009 and has been a Stanford faculty member since 1990. He is currently the Philip H. Knight Professor. He has taught management, strategy, entrepreneurship, and e-commerce courses and is a two-time recipient (1993, 2008) of the GSB’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
In 2006, Saloner led the Curriculum Review Committee that restructured the MBA program. In 2011, he led the effort to establish the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies to improve the lives of people in poverty on a massive scale.
Saloner is recognized for his groundbreaking research on network effects, which underlie much of the economics of e-commerce and business. He founded the Center for Electronic Business and Commerce as well the Summer Institute for Entrepreneurship, a program to teach general management and entrepreneurial skills to graduate students in life sciences, chemistry, and non-business fields.
Saloner is a native of South Africa. From 1978 to 1982, he earned three degrees from Stanford University, including a PhD in economics, business, and public policy.
Jan Hopkins is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist with nearly 20 years covering business as an anchor and correspondent for CNN. She is the former president of the Economic Club of New York, one of the world’s major forums for economic policy speeches. She is also an independent director at three Franklin Templeton Mutual Fund families. In addition, she has her own media consulting company, The Jan Hopkins Group. Jan is a former Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and now a member of the advisory board. She has a MA from Case Western Reserve University and a BA, cum laude, from Hiram College.