Message from the Dean, Sally Blount


General questions about Kellogg

Many people in Japan perceive Kellogg to be a marketing school. What aspects of this do you think to be true and not true?

Indeed, we are very proud to say that the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University has the best marketing department in the world, with top managers employed at global organizations like Target, Campbell’s Soup, Kraft and Mars. Our strengths don’t stop here, though. We count two Nobel-winning economists among our own. We’ve educated some of the most successful names in finance and private equity and have also shaped young social entrepreneurs who have found ambitious, life-changing ways to make lasting change around the globe. All told, today we have a broad and deep pool of more than 53,000 talented alumni who represent Kellogg across all industries and geographies.

What does Kellogg’s global strategy look like?

We are developing a roadmap for our global strategy in the 21st century. We recently conducted an audit that confirmed Kellogg’s global assets and activities are countless; as dean it will be my job to prioritize and focus them.

In addition to the obvious benefits to students, faculty and alumni in making our global play, there are huge intellectual benefits for humankind that makes this exploration worthwhile and exciting.

What kind of people do you want to come to Kellogg from Japan?

One of our greatest strengths is that our intelligent, well-rounded and collaboratively-minded students contribute to the diversity of ideas that embody the Kellogg experience. In applicants, we’re looking for talented minds: students with strong academic records and notable professional accomplishments who demonstrate significant leadership potential. By attracting the best and brightest, our students add insight to classroom discussions and will make contributions to the school that will last well after graduation.

How do you think they can enrich and contribute to the Kellogg community? What are your expectations of Japanese students at Kellogg?

The diversity of ideas valued at Kellogg is derived from a diverse student body representing a broad array of knowledge, experiences and cultures. While at Kellogg, we expect all of our students to work collaboratively, and to understand the power of teamwork in building effective organizations and deeper, richer communities.

After they graduate from Kellogg?

An important role of management education today is to prepare young managers to meet pressing global challenges with skill and acuity. Tomorrow’s leaders will need to be locally grounded, invested in their own communities while being globally attuned—understanding how their decisions have a ripple effect around the world. Young managers will also have to stand for their convictions while taking wise and courageous risks. Kellogg equips graduates with these qualities and more, preparing them to make a positive impact on their industries, organizations and communities.

A message to the Japanese people who are interested in pursuing an MBA at Kellogg.

Kellogg has long prized its culture of collaboration and innovation. Those who pursue their MBA at Kellogg will have the opportunity to learn from an esteemed faculty known throughout the academic community for award-winning research and for writing the books used in numerous MBA programs worldwide. Also, our cross-disciplinary curriculum balances an understanding of the power of markets with the nuances and pragmatics of effective management. With a foundation built on teamwork, we equip students to lead teams, organizations and communities that can have a positive impact amid unprecedented levels of social and economic complexity in the 21st century.