The Carnegie Bosch Institute is a unique alliance between Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business and the Bosch Group, a leading global supplier of technology and services in the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.
The Institute was established as an entity within the Tepper School of Business in 1990 through a major endowment provided by the Bosch Group. The mission of the Institute is to improve international management and its impact on leadership by enhancing the knowledge and performance of managers and executives in global operations and supporting academic research in the field. To that end, the Carnegie Bosch Institute sponsors five academic chairs, funds research projects and conferences focusing on the management of international corporations, and provides innovative executive education programs targeted to the needs of multinational companies.
General direction of the Institute is charted by the governing board. The governing board's structure and compositions mirrors the purpose of Carnegie Bosch Institute at the intersection of business and academia.
Strategic development and administration is managed by the CBI team, consisting of President Sylvia B. Vogt and her staff.
In the summer of 1990, a compelling vision—the linking of the worlds of management and academia—was realized. The Carnegie Bosch Institute for Applied Studies in International Management was formed after long discussion and planning between longtime CEO and Bosch Group Chairman Hans L. Merkle; former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; former French freedom fighter, journalist, government official, and Carnegie Mellon professor Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber; and then Carnegie Mellon University President Richard M. Cyert. The Institute was funded by a generous endowment gift from the Robert Bosch Corporation.
At a dinner announcing the formation of the Carnegie Bosch Institute, Hans L. Merkle explained Bosch's rationale for choosing Carnegie Mellon as its partner:
"Carnegie Mellon will be able to better understand how a European-based, international corporation functions. Bosch will gain by its involvement with a major American university which is excellent in a large number of fields.
"However, this partnership is not limited to Carnegie Mellon and Bosch. Instead, we want the Institute to become a truly international center -- a center where faculty from the US and other countries meet both together and with business leaders from around the world. The Institute will clearly be distinctive in its ability to bridge scientific research in international management and the practice of global corporations.
"The Carnegie Bosch Institute will operate as part of the Graduate School of Administration. This school certainly belongs to the top business schools in the US and in the world. However, we also have the strong impression that this school is so energetic, flexible, and open to new ideas that it will serve as an excellent home for what we want to achieve."
The current CBI president is Sylvia B. Vogt (2009-present). Past presidents have been Johannes Elling (2007-08), Eva Maria Höller-Cladders, PhD (2006-07), Michael Trick, PhD (1997-2005), Ilker Baybars, PhD (Interim, 1996-97), Bruce McKern, PhD (1993-96), Richard M. Cyert, PhD (1990-93). Past executive directors have been Eva Maria Höller-Cladders, PhD (2003-06), Heinz Schulte, PhD (1994-2003), and Bernd Kiel, PhD (1990-94).
For Carnegie Bosch Institute's 20-year anniversary, an article about the Institute was published in the Summer 2010 edition of Tepper Magazine. Read it here.
The Memorandum of Understanding, signed by Merkle and Cyert in July 1990, elucidates the Institute's mission:
“The purpose of the Institute shall be:
First, to stimulate scientific research in management issues relevant to business with a global orientation in order to help improve international management ... by developing ...guidance for managers in an international environment.
Second, to disseminate knowledge in the field of international management to improve the understanding of both managers and researchers of fundamental issues related to the global orientation of business.
Third, to foster international cooperation by encouraging close partnership among corporate, foundation, and academic partners from around the world.”