The S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR) and the Broad College’s Executive Development Programs group have announced a partnership to establish a joint center of management, leadership and operations (supply chain) excellence located at the SPJIMR campus in Mumbai.

By joining forces, SPJIMR and the Broad College will be better able to develop and deliver the necessary research to create programs and advance projects for the benefit of management and business in India while also developing greater research knowledge, access to resources and a stronger global reach for the Broad College. Through student and faculty collaboration, the goal is to create a center for excellence in management and leadership to research, teach and facilitate leading-edge management practices.

“SPJIMR was recently ranked as one of the top five business schools in India, and their institutional values align well with the land grant and world grant values of MSU,” says David Frayer, director of Broad’s Executive Development Programs. “The opportunity to collaborate on management development will benefit both institutions by providing a true value proposition to industry that neither school could achieve by itself.”

Faculty from both institutions will work together to design and develop an international business presence in India supported by capabilities such as the Broad College’s globalEDGE platform to aid research, entrepreneurship linkages and improved faculty education. In addition, students from both institutions will be part of Masters-level student exchanges between Mumbai and East Lansing. These exchanges will also engage students in joint projects and research as well as work within non-governmental organizations throughout India.

By listening to businesses in India, faculty and students involved in the partnership will help determine their needs, develop a management calendar of open enrollment programs, and establish foundations and governance for centers as well as key programs within organizations. This program will not only expand the reach of the Broad College, but also the depth of information available and the understanding of the increasingly global business community.

“We are particularly fortunate to have SPJIMR as a partner in India,” says Eli and Edythe L. Broad Dean Stefanie Lenway. “We share a similar emphasis on the importance of value based growth and a commitment to provide our students with the skills to promote holistic, systematic thinking while building character.”