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Robert E. Kennedy

Dean; Nanyang Technological University's College of Business

Robert E. Kennedy is the Dean at Nanyang Business School and assumed office on January 1, 2018. He came to NTU from the Ivey Business School in Canada, where he was Dean and the Tapp Chaired Professor since 2013. Under his leadership, the school increased research output by more than 30% per faculty member and improved its global rankings. The school was twice ranked as the top “international” program in the BusinessWeek MBA rankings (2014 and 2015), and improved its FT Research rank from 44th to 26th.

Kennedy is a well-known scholar, speaker, and educator. His research focuses on business strategy and policy issues in developing countries and has been widely published in leading economics and strategy journals. He has authored more than 120 articles, chapters, notes, and case studies on emerging market issues. From 2002-2016, his teaching materials were used at every one of Business Week’s top 25 U.S. business schools.

Prior to Ivey, Kennedy was the Tom Lantos Professor of Business Administration at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business – where he led the school’s international programs. He was also Executive Director of the William Davidson Institute. Prior to Ross, he was an Assistant, and then an Associate, Professor at Harvard Business School.

Prior to his academic career, Kennedy worked as both a strategy consultant (late 1980s), and as a partner in a Private Equity firm in Poland (1991 – 1995).  He holds BA degrees in Economics and Political Science from Stanford University, an MSM in Management from MIT, and a PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University.

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Note on the Global Middle Class
Rapid economic growth in India, China, and other developing nations in the late 20th and early 21st centuries led to the emergence of a new global middle class. These billions…
Publication Date: 07/26/2011 Product ID: 1-428-941
Note on the Global Business Environment
This note describes the historical, present day, and projected future of changes in the global business environment. It is organized into four sections. The first discusses how economic performance is…
Publication Date: 02/21/2011 Product ID: 1-428-651
Note on Managing the Value Chain: Governance, Location, and Firm Scope Decisions
This note explains the considerations involved in determining a firm’s vertical, horizontal, and geographic scope. It is organized into five sections: An introduction that presents important questions related to strategy…
Publication Date: 12/07/2010 Product ID: 1-429-011
Mass Production and Vertical Integration at Ford in the 1920s
This mini-case provides a concise description of Ford’s early history, highlighting milestones like the debut of the Model T, the use of labor specialization, the first moving assembly line, the…
Publication Date: 12/05/2010 Product ID: 1-429-003
Circuit City
This case tells the story of Circuit City (formerly known as Wards). It describes the company’s rise to prominence as the leading consumer electronics retailer in the United States. It…
Publication Date: 12/04/2010 Product ID: 1-429-013
Note on Economic Variation Across Firms
This note is intended to provide insights into variation across firms and industries. It reviews the various types of variation among firms–variations in revenues, profits, size, employment, capital intensity, output…
Publication Date: 12/01/2010 Product ID: 1-429-001
Going Global (D): Apollo Hospitals
Driven by lower costs and shorter waiting times, medical tourism is growing as a major industry in developing countries. This mini-case focuses on Apollo Hospitals, a healthcare company in India…
Publication Date: 03/29/2010 Product ID: 1-429-063
Going Global (E): Embraer
This mini-case describes the Brazilian company Embraer’s push into the global defense aircraft market against America’s Boeing and Canada’s Bombardier. While Embraer’s size-customization and innovation strategy paid off in international…
Publication Date: 03/29/2010 Product ID: 1-429-064
Going Global (F): Haier Appliances
Haier is one of China’s largest companies and a major competitor in the home appliances international market. Focused on low-priced innovative technology that is customized to local needs, Haier’s international…
Publication Date: 03/29/2010 Product ID: 1-429-065
Going Global (G): MTV India
Attracted to the large population and rising middle class, MTV sought to do in India what it had done in many countries before: customize its channel offerings to match the…
Publication Date: 03/29/2010 Product ID: 1-429-066

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