|S.C. Johnson School of Management|
|Type||Private business school|
|Dean||L. Joseph Thomas|
|Location||Ithaca, New York, USA|
Coordinates: The S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management is a graduate business school located in Ithaca, New York, USA, at Cornell University, a private university and member of the Ivy League. The Johnson School, as it is commonly called, was founded in 1946 and is one of six Ivy League business schools. It is named for S.C. Johnson, known for founding the global consumer products and chemicals company that bears his name.
Johnson is housed in Sage Hall and supports 53 faculty members, including 14 endowed chairs and 30 adjunct or visiting faculty members. There are 544 MBA students, 170 EMBA students, and 30 Ph.D. students. The school counts over 10,000 alumni, and its endowment is $154 million. The school has 90 corporate partners and publishes the top-ranked academic journal Administrative Science Quarterly.
In 1946, Cornell University founded the School of Business and Public Administration. The school was housed in Malott Hall. In 1984 the school was renamed for benefactor Samuel Curtis Johnson, Sr., founder of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. He and his family's $20 million endowment gift to the university was, at the time, the largest gift to any business school in the world.
The Johnson School is located on the main campus of Cornell University, which is situated immediately south of Central Campus, across the street from the Hotel School and Statler Hotel. The school is housed inside Sage Hall, a 1873 edifice that exhibits late 19th century High Victorian Gothic architecture. Before housing the business school, the building served as a dormitory for women, the U.S. Navy, freshman, and lastly graduate students until the university's decision in 1993 to renovate the structure in order to accommodate Johnson. A $38.2 million, two-year renovation increased the building's capacity 65 percent and readied the facility technologically to house the school.
The Johnson Graduate School of Management has a wide assortment of business related programs. It has the standard MBA degree, and for those with advanced science or technical degrees, there is a fast track Accelerated MBA program which is completed in 12 months.
The Johnson School also has two Executive MBA programs. Established in 1999, the Cornell Executive MBA Program is based in Palisades NY, approximately 15 miles north of Manhattan. This program uses a traditional classroom setting at the IBM Executive Education Center. In 2005 the Johnson School launched the Cornell-Queen's Executive MBA program (originally called the Cornell Boardroom Executive MBA program) in partnership with Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. This program organizes participants into teams of 6-8 people in cities across the USA and Canada and links these teams via multi-point, interactive videoconferencing for class sessions. In addition, the Johnson School also provides a PhD degree in Business. The Johnson School also has MBA exchange programs with 21 universities in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
The Johnson School of Management has numerous options for dual-degree programs on the undergraduate and graduate level: MEng/MBA, JD/MBA, MBA/MA in Asian Studies, MILR/MBA, MD/MBA, MBA/MPS in Real Estate, and MBA/MHA (Masters of Health Administration).
The Johnson School does not offer undergraduate business degrees. However, Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences does, and the Johnson School participates in joint programs in which students receive both undergraduate non-business and graduate business degrees.
The S.C. Johnson School of Management's interdisciplinary centers include the Center for Leadership, the Center for Manufacturing Enterprise, the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise and the Parker Center for Investment Research. Cornell's chapter of Net Impact hosted the organization's annual conference at the Johnson School, where GE CEO Jeff Immelt was the keynote speaker.
|U.S. News & World Report||17|
|Wall Street Journal||11|
†Indicates worldwide ranking
Cornell University was conceived by its founders in 1865 as a university where "any person" could find instruction in "any study." The Johnson School embodies this 142-year-old vision of inclusiveness in several ways: (1) The Johnson School was the first top-tier business school to create an office dedicated to increasing diversity and promoting inclusiveness among its student body; (2) the school's five-year plan identifies increasing diversity at the school and in the business community as one of its five major objectives; (3) pipeline to the 21st Century is the Johnson School's strategy-in-action for making more young people aware of the opportunities for business education and careers; and (4) the Office of Diversity and Inclusion exists to execute the school's goals and visions for a more diverse business community nationwide. Every year Johnson school conducts various events to promote the culture of diversity.
For 2009, national rankings of the Johnson School include 7th by Forbes, 11th BusinessWeek, 11th by the Wall Street Journal, and 17th by U.S. News and World Report. In addition, international publications the Financial Times and The Economist ranked it 17th and 15th in the United States respectively in 2007 and 2008. The Wall Street Journal ranked the EMBA program 7th in 2008. Also, the Johnson School's Executive MBA program was ranked first in the Northeast by BusinessWeek, and the World Resources Institute and Aspen Technical Institute ranked the school 9th best in Beyond Gray Pinstripes, the only global ranking of student preparation on the social, environmental, and economic perspectives required in a competitive global economy. In addition, recruiters rank the Career Management Center at the S.C. Johnson School of Management as the 5th best in the nation by Business Week.
Professors at the Johnson School include former school dean Robert J. Swieringa, member of the Board of Directors for General Electric; author and The New York Times columnist Robert H. Frank; Maureen O'Hara, who was the first female president of the American Finance Association; and Robert Jarrow, co-author of the Heath-Jarrow-Morton (HJM) framework for pricing interest rate derivatives.
Johnson School alumni have served in executive leadership positions for numerous corporations. Alumni include Kraft Foods CEO Irene Rosenfeld (Ph.D. '80), Ocean Spray CEO Randy Papadellis (MBA), co-founder of PeopleSoft David Duffield (MBA '62), former Chevron CEO Ken Durr (MBA '60), Towers Perrin COO Stuart Roth (MILR/MBA '00), former Cargill CEO Warren Staley (MBA '67), former CEO of Emerson Charles F. Knight (MBA '59), former Applied Materials CEO James C. Morgan (MBA '63), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President Terry C. Stewart (MBA '72), Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse (MBA '77), BP CFO Byron Grote (Ph.D. '81), Comcast CIO Andrew Baer (MBA '82), S.C. Johnson & Son CEO Fisk Johnson (MBA '84), and Nancy Schlichting (MBA '79), CEO of Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital.
Johnson graduates are represented in academia and government by Robert Sullivan (M.S. '68), Dean of the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego, and John Hillen (EMBA '04), former Assistant Secretary of State.