John C. Camillus, Donald R. Beall Professor of Strategic Management at the Katz Graduate School of Business, has been awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from his post-graduate alma mater, the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA). He is a past gold medalist in the Post Graduate Programme (PGP) at IIMA and subsequently earned his doctorate at Harvard Business School.
IIMA is one of the most prestigious business schools in the world, outperforming Ivy League schools in the United States in some categories. In the 2011 Financial Times rankings, IIMA was11th in Global MBA programs and its graduates commanded higher average salaries than MBAs from Harvard Business School and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The same Financial Times report ranked IIMA 7th in the world for Masters in Management programs. In 2001, The Economist identified IIMA as the world's most selective business school.
Camillus recently accepted his Distinguished Alumnus Award at an IIMA ceremony that coincided with the school's 50th Anniversary celebration. It isn't his first award from the school; previously Camillus received IIMA's first-ever Best Teacher Award. That award was remarkable given that Camillus was the first alumnus to obtain a faculty position at the school. Camillus has also been honored with the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Pittsburgh.
"IIMA transformed my professional life," Camillus says. "My two years as a student were a marvelous and energizing time. My classmates were simply great and the faculty was brilliant. Three professors, in particular, were wonderful mentors during my time as a student and even afterwards. They taught me how to analyze complex problems, how to visualize and affect organizational outcomes, and how to seek and find simple solutions that work. "
Four IIMA alumni are on the Katz faculty. The group earned their doctoral degrees from Harvard University, MIT, University of Texas, Austin, and University of Pennsylvania. The Katz faculty is in elite company, as many globally-recognized academics are IIMA alumni and so are the CEOs of two-thirds of India's listed corporations, as well as several multinational companies.
Camillus, a member of the Katz faculty since 1977, is an expert on strategic planning and management control. He has consulted for more than 80 organizations, including Fortune 500 companies in the manufacturing, chemical, and energy industries, as well as government agencies and a wide variety of not for profits. His primary current research project is on the "Business of Humanity.®" This project constitutes the basis for a new Katz MBA elective course: The Business of Humanity: Strategic Management in the Era of Globalization, Innovation and Shared Value. Among Camillus' many publications, his article on "Strategy as a Wicked Problem" (Harvard Business Review, May 2008), was especially well received.
Camillus is a trustee of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and executive vice chair of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. He is very active in the Pittsburgh community and has received the Chancellor's Distinguished Public Service Award.
"This award from IIMA came out of the blue," Camillus says. "I had no idea that I was being considered. I am sure that there are many alumni who deserve the award much more than I do, but I am also sure that no one would appreciate the award more and be more grateful than I am."