IESE Profs Nominated for EIU's Professor of the Year

Evgeny Káganer, Pankaj Ghemawat and Jan Simon recognized

14/11/2012 Barcelona


Three IESE faculty members - Evgeny Káganer, Jan Simon and Pankaj Ghemawat - have been nominated for the Economist Intelligence Unit's 2012 Professor of the Year. The award recognizes professors who have "inspired, challenged and guided" students during their studies and made a significant impact on their lives. Voting for nominated candidates will close on Nov. 23 at 5 p.m.

Evgeny Káganer is assistant professors in IESE's Department of Information Systems. His research centers on IT innovation, industry transformation and web-enabled business practices. Káganer was nominated particularly for his ability to engage students and make a class on IT interesting and relevant, even for those without an IT background.

Pankaj Ghemawat was nominated for the caliber of his courses on competetive and global strategy, which have inspired students at both IESE and Harvard Business School. Ghemawat's "path-breaking" ideas have also had an important impact on scholars and managers, affecting how strategy is practiced around the globe.

Jan Simon's nomination was based on the professor's "rare ability to challenge a classroom of students and still be liked for it." His extensive knowledge and outstanding teaching skills have made him one of the most respected professors at IESE School.

Once online voting is closed on Nov. 23, a panel of experts will select four finalists. These four professors will be flown to London to take part in a live "teach-off" on Thursday March, 14, 2013. Professors will lead a session focused on their area of their choice to a live classroom audience. Online voters and voters in the room will then cast their votes for Professor of the Year. The winning professor receives an award of U.S. $100,000.

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