A self-employed investor and mentor in the field of entrepreneurship, Jean-Jacques Degroof studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management in the 1990s. Jean-Jacques Degroof continues to proudly support the culture of research and innovation at MIT through his membership in the Dean’s Circle, which honors those who have given generous financial support to the school.
Membership in the MIT Sloan Dean’s Circle provides many benefits, encouraging alumni and other friends, who are interested in fueling greater innovation and in supporting opportunities for students and faculty, to give to the school. Regardless of the amount Dean’s Circle donors provide, they gain access to many special events at a reduced fee, and are invited to the Dean’s Circle reception and other events not open to members of the general MIT community. They also receive regular updates on the state of the school and are permitted to attend a special speaker series.
Larger donors receive several additional benefits, most of which involve greater access to Sloan faculty. They receive regular case reports on research done at Sloan, as well as a suggested reading list and at least one book recently published by a faculty member. They can also attend special events featuring senior faculty and receive complimentary admission to conferences.
An educator and mentor, Jean-Jacques Degroof was a fellow of the Center for Business and Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In addition to his work at Harvard, Jean-Jacques Degroof was a Sloan Fellow of the MIT Sloan School of Management.
MIT Sloan’s mission is “to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and to generate ideas that advance management practice.” In line with this goal, the school launched LearningEdge in 2009. LearningEdge is a collection of case studies and management simulations appropriate for teaching business and management. The materials were developed by the school’s faculty and students and have a creative commons license, meaning they can be downloaded and used by anyone in the world.
The case studies cover various topics including entrepreneurship, operations management, leadership and ethics, strategy, and sustainability, all areas where MIT Sloan faculty have shown exemplary expertise. The studies highlight how business managers make decisions, and are designed to elicit class debates rather than promote a certain view.
The management simulations are virtual re-creations of real-world problems. Students come up with solutions for these problems and get to see how the actions they propose play out in the virtual world.
In the course of completing his doctorate studies in management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management, university lecturer and investor Jean-Jacques Degroof served as a teaching assistant for Professor Eric von Hippel’s New Enterprise class. Currently, Jean-Jacques Degroof continues to guide MIT Sloan students and give back to his alma mater as a mentor in the MIT Sloan Student-Alumni Mentoring Program.
At the beginning of the fall semester, the mentoring program starts with students and alumni providing general information, such as academic concentration and career goals, to build a user profile in the program’s online platform. Once prospective mentees and mentors have uploaded their profiles, the system suggests suitable matches.
After reviewing alumni profiles, students request mentors with whom they wish to begin an interaction. Mentors then select the students they feel they are best suited to counsel and work with them to devise a framework for their relationship and determine a workable schedule for regular interaction over the next six to 12 months.
Designed to facilitate opportunities for current MIT Sloan students to engage in one-on-one relationships with alumni experienced in a diversity of fields, the program nurtures the leadership potential of mentees by supplementing their classroom activities with the personal advice and professional insights of a successful graduate who has shared the experience of studying at MIT Sloan. Mentees also benefit from a mentor’s connection to the greater network of Sloan alumni, granting the student access to a wide circle of professionals working around the world in myriad industries and functions.