There are at least 50 dean jobs of business schools open. FT had an interesting write-up musing about why its so difficult to fill. The pay is excellent: $400K in Europe, and $500-750K in the US. So what?s going on ?
If you?re a PhD or a DBA in Management, the Dean of a business school is potentially a great top-job, that you could aspire for, if you are in Academia.
FT and others speculate about many reasons why these positions are currently hard to fill.
The deserving ones aren?t interested. There is competition from Asia and the Middle East, and Deans need to have a very international outlook. Fundraising skills are very important. They?ve got to be a combination of CEOs and politician, needing to appeal to Faculty, who places a premium on academic research, and students and alumni, who are interested in the relevance of the teaching to the business world. This places students and Faculty at odds at times, since the research isn?t always relevant to what the students are doing.
There are lots of jobs, and Indians with a global outlook, Asian familiarity, and non-confrontational management styles, would be great candidates. If you?re looking, Northwestern just hired the Stern NYU undergrad. HBS, Chicago and Cambridge are looking. INSEAD and Oxford will look for people next.
One of the most successful Indian Deans is Dipak Jain, who is at Kellogg. While he stepped down from the job some time back, he oversaw a great program, and Kellogg was ranked #1 in Business Week rankings many times over.