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The Ivey Interview: Robert Kennedy

by Thomas Watson
published by Ivey Business Journal, 2014
Ref 9B14TB07

Robert Kennedy became Dean of Ivey Business School in October 2013 following an extensive international search to find the right candidate. In this article, the Editor of Ivey Business Journal, Thomas Watson, interviews Ivey’s first academic dean in more than a decade.

The interview explores the Dean’s views on a number of issues, including globalisation, MOOCs, Europe’s social welfare system, and China.

He sees globalisation as disruptive in the short-term, but believes that ‘unless you work hard to avoid the short-term pain, you will not enjoy the long-term gains’. He compares globalisation to medicine that is ‘really, really unpleasant’, but must be taken to survive and thrive long-term.

International economic and political conditions are also discussed, ranging from unsustainable debt levels in some European countries to austerity programmes and bailouts. The Dean notes that, ‘how the tension between economics and politics gets resolved is going to be something that will affect the whole world’.

The interview includes the Dean’s thoughts on his role at Ivey Business School and asks where he will be focusing his energy. It also touches on his early work experiences as a teenager and why he became determined to find a job that he can ‘wake up and look forward to going to every day’.

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Thomas Watson is the Editor of Ivey Business Journal.

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