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Richard Ivy School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada, has put aside a seed amount of US$ 100,000 for joint research with IIMBInterviewed by Vandana Ramnani

education Updated: Jun 02, 2010 09:15 IST
Vandana Ramnani

Are you planning to set up a foreign campus in India?
No. We do not support exporting MBA education. We believe that collaboration is the right strategy. Our goal is to work with different partners in India. We signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Indian School of Business six months ago and last week we signed an MoU with Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore.

Please tell us more about the recent MoU you signed with IIMB?
We’ve signed this MoU to foster and grow research collaborations between Richard Ivy School of Business and IIMB. This partnership aims at developing India specific case materials for use in business education around the world. Being a significant milestone for both the management schools, this partnership intends to build on the complementary strengths of the institutions through multiple points of collaboration.

The MoU will help expand both schools’ global research network and encourage joint research and co-authorship between faculty at IIMB and Ivy with the goal of jointly publishing articles in top international academic and managerial journals.

This partnership is expected to enhance support for PhD training at Ivy and IIMB by providing support to doctoral students who want to pursue course work and/or field research in Canada and/or India and support IIMB’s emphasis on case based teaching and writing, enhancing its reputation as a leader in management education in India.

What about faculty exchanges?
We wish to encourage faculty exchange with IIMB and have put in a seed amount of US 100,000 dollars for the purpose. As faculty interactions increase, we hope to increase the amount as more vibrant proposals come together for joint research.
Our endeavour is joint knowledge creation for India and the global market. The world can learn a lot from the interesting things happening in Indian business.

And long distance programmes?
Once we write cases together with IIMB, we intend to jointly teach these cases through video conferencing. One of our goals is to jointly discuss these cases in real time. Our aim is to provide an international classroom experience.
We are also working with leading companies. We are developing programmes for CXOs and custom designing executive education programmes for corporates in India.

Case by case
Ivy is the world’s largest producer of interview-based Asian business cases. Since Ivy’s inception in 1922, the case study method has been the keystone of the school’s approach to learning. The case method is active learning by doing. Each case provides the student with an opportunity to stand in the shoes of the decision-maker, analysing the business issue presented, making judgements and determining the course of action

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