Former INSEAD Dean Shares His Plans for Cambridge’s Judge Business School
Last year, the former dean of INSEAD’s PhD program left that school to become director of the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge. In an interview published this week in the Financial Times, Christoph Loch talks about the differences between the schools and his hopes and plans in his new role at Judge.
German-born Loch told the FT that he thinks that the 20-year-old Judge Business School is about two-thirds of the way towards becoming an institution that will truly rival the Ivy Leagues. “The rule of thumb is that it takes 30 years to build a top business school,” he told the FT.
Judge currently has 55 faculty, and Loch has a goal of growing that to 75 in the medium term. He does not have aspirations to transform Judge into an INSEAD, with campuses in three different parts of the world, 140 faculty and 1,000 students per class, he told the FT. “The biggest business schools are not necessarily the best,” he said. “We will never have 1,000 MBAs.”
In fact, it was the many ways in which Judge is different from INSEAD that attracted him to his new position, he says. “Part of the reason I came is that you can do things as part of a great university that a stand¬alone business school cannot do,” he told the FT. “We need to build on those [university] assets. The strategy is simply different from a standalone school.”
Over the course of the next 10 years, Loch hopes to build a research-based school focused around the “Cambridge phenomenon” – the cluster of high-tech start-ups that have become part of the university town. A tech specialist himself, he hopes to work with organizations within that cluster to help Judge develop its research acumen – specifically by investigating issues that are important to the high-tech companies themselves.