About the Carnegie Bosch Institute

The Carnegie Bosch Institute (CBI) is a unique alliance between the Tepper School of Business and the Bosch Group, a leading global supplier of technology and services. Headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, the Bosch Group’s 375,000 associates in some 60 countries work in the business sectors of mobility solutions, industrial technology, consumer goods and energy and building technology.

CBI was established as an entity within the Tepper School in 1990, through a major endowment provided by the Bosch Group. The institute focuses on the improvement of international management through research, education and collaboration. To that end, CBI sponsors academic research chairs and funds research projects and conferences while focusing on the management of international corporations and providing 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 composition mirrors the purpose of CBI 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.

See a video about CBI's activities here.


In the summer of 1990, a compelling vision — the linking of the worlds of management and academia — was realized. CBI was formed after long discussions and planning between several key players:

  • Hans L. Merkle, Bosch Group CEO and Chairman
  • Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State
  • Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber, former French freedom fighter, journalist, government official and Carnegie Mellon professor
  • Richard M. Cyert, Carnegie Mellon University President

The institute was funded by a generous endowment gift from the Robert Bosch Corporation.

At a dinner announcing the formation of CBI, 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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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).

Previous Presidents

Johannes Elling (2007-08)

Eva Maria Höller-Cladders, Ph.D. (2006-07)

Michael Trick, Ph.D. (1997-2005)

Ilker Baybars, Ph.D. (Interim, 1996-97)

Bruce McKern, Ph.D. (1993-96)

Richard M. Cyert, Ph.D. (1990-93)

Past Executive Directors

Eva Maria Höller-Cladders, Ph.D. (2003-06)

Heinz Schulte, Ph.D. (1994-2003) 

Bernd Kiel, Ph.D. (1990-94)



The Memorandum of Understanding, signed by Hans L. Merkle and Richard M. 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."