Stanford’s New Dean Featured in The Economist

stanford-dean-saloner1The new dean of Stanford Graduate School of Business, Garth Saloner, tells the Economist he thinks the school sidestepped much of the current ethics crisis plaguing other top business programs.

With the launch of a new MBA curriculum two years ago, Saloner says Stanford GSB was ahead of the turmoil. “If we had designed the curriculum now we would have put in place precisely the same elements.”

The school switched the emphasis of its MBA program towards ethics, leadership and, in particular, critical analytical thinking””something often missing at the top of many of today’s struggling corporations, the Economist reports.

“The business leaders of the future are going to have to do much more than just master the basic functions and disciplines,” Saloner says. “They are going to have to understand all of the systemic elements that impinge on their ability to manage their organizations. That’s a level of general management skills and a level of critical analytical skills that goes well beyond what we have traditionally tried to achieve in MBA programs.”

Professor Saloner headed up the school’s MBA program task force and played a pivotal role in pushing the changes to the curriculum through””a significant reason, he believes, as to why he was chosen from a long-list of over 100 candidates looking to take over Stanford’s reins, from both inside and outside academia.

For more on Saloner’s take on Stanford’s new campus, the state of alumni donations and the new curriculum model, click here.

(Saloner image from Stanford Graduate School of Business)

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