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Ross Establishes Office of Global Initiatives

9/16/2011 --

Global outreach starts in India, where Ross has longstanding partnerships and experience.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—In keeping with her goal to advance the Ross School's global footprint, Dean Alison Davis-Blake has established the Office of Global Initiatives, led by Bill Lanen, associate dean and KPMG Professor of Accounting. The goal is to integrate existing relationships and opportunities, and identify new ways to deliver globalization across all business school programs.

The global portfolio includes the Executive MBA Program, the Global MBA Program, the East Asia Management Development Center, the Center for International Business Education and Research, and the newly created India Initiatives.

Under Lanen's direction, the Office of Global Initiatives will coordinate academic and research activities, as well as alumni and corporate outreach. This includes custom executive education, in-country student projects, and new knowledge creation, among other things. Much of the early focus will be on India, where Ross has a vibrant alumni network and a long history of corporate connections.

Professor M.S. Krishnan will oversee the newly established India Initiatives as its faculty director. The India Initiatives comprise, but are not limited to, the C.K. Prahalad Initiative and the Center for Global Resource Leverage: India. Krishnan is a leading expert on the Indian economy and regularly consults executives there through Ross Executive Education. He is the Joseph Handleman Professor of Information Systems and Innovation.

"We are focusing on India now because of Krishnan's expertise and the scale that exists there already," says Lanen. "As we further coordinate our efforts in India, we'll be able to determine the best ways to replicate our success toward new options in other countries."

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat, (734) 647-1847,