Q&A with VIP Guest Johan Roos

Don’t miss Johan Roos leading the discussion on cultivating relevant, impactful research at 11 a.m. EST on October 2.

Johan Roos, PhD—Dean, CEO and Managing Director, Jönköping International Business School (JIBS)—talks with the Jam Team:

How would you describe industry/academia relationships today? How do you hope to describe them in five years?

Too distant. I hope we can develop new and creative ways to bridge the gap. In a few years I hope we have undergraduate and graduate-level programs that integrate different forms of “learning-at-work,” just like we do in executive education. I also hope we have part-time “professors-in-residence” in different kind of organizations, for example.

What do you think the most exciting thing about the Business Education Jam is/will be?

The format, the theme, and the potential of the dialogue.

What are the three most important things institutions must do in order to remain relevant to industry—both now and well into the future?
  1. Develop and implement a more focused strategy based on making real choices.
  2. Graduate T-shaped individuals who are both generalist and specialists.
  3. Ensure that the faculty pool have hands-on experience of management practice.
What is the one piece of advice you would give students as they pursue business education?

Ensure that you have the knowledge, attitude, and curiosity that make you a valuable partner to engineers and designers.