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Strategic Leadership in the Business School
Keeping One Step Ahead

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  • Business schools have come under fire in recent years with criticisms centring on their academic rigour and the relevance of business education to the 'real' world of management. Alongside this ongoing debate, increasing international competition and media rankings have led to a fierce struggle between business schools for positioning and differentiation. These are among the challenges that are faced by the dean of the modern-day business school. In this book, Fernando Fragueiro and Howard Thomas show how deans of business schools can meet such challenges in terms of strategic direction setting and the execution of their leadership role. Drawing on their invaluable experience as deans of highly successful business schools, they present a series of case studies to show how leaders of five leading business schools (IMD, LBS, INSEAD, IAE and Warwick) have built effective strategies in the context of internal and external political pressures.

    • Includes a comprehensive treatment of the history and competitive landscape of business schools
    • Provides case studies and insights about strategic leadership processes in five leading business schools, including profiles of Deans
    • Examines the parallels between leading a business school and leading a professional service firm
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    “Business schools are facing unprecedented change and new challenges. More than ever, schools need a sense of mission that explains inside and outside why the school actually exists, and a clear strategy. Fragueiro and Thomas’ book offers a deep, innovative and well-articulated model of business school’s leadership in this context. This excellent text offers extremely useful ideas for deans and university presidents.”
    – Jordi Canals, Dean and Professor of General Management, IESE Business School

    “A very thoughtful book on how to transform business schools for the future through strategic leadership processes (SLP). In particular, Fragueiro and Thomas demonstrate the critical role of the dean as the Chief Transformation Officer through case studies and personal experiences. Strategic Leadership in the Business School is a must-read for business school deans as well as provosts and presidents of universities globally.”
    – Jagdish N. Sheth, Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing, Goizueta Business School, Emory University, Atlanta

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139064897
    • contains: 25 b/w illus. 19 tables
    • availability: Adobe Reader ebooks available from eBooks.com
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    1. Introduction: global financial crisis: future challenges for strategic leadership, Deans and business schools
    2. The business school landscape: trends and dilemmas
    3. Business schools as professional organisations (professional service firms)
    4. The leadership process in business schools
    5. Strategic leadership in practice: leading the strategic process in three top business schools
    6. Strategic leadership in practice: the role of the Dean
    7. Learning from the trenches: personal reflections on Deanship
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Authors

    Fernando Fragueiro, IAE Business School
    Fernando Fragueiro is Professor of the Organizational Behavior Academic Area and Director of the CEDI Research Center at IAE Business School in Buenos Aires. He has previously served as Dean of the IAE Business School (1995–2008) and as Vice President of Austral University (1995–2007).

    Howard Thomas, Singapore Management University
    Howard Thomas is Dean and Chair in Strategic Management at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University. Until recently, he was Dean of Warwick Business School (2000–2010) and, prior to this, he was Dean of the College of Commerce and Business Administration at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1991–2000).

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