(Rotterdam) – About 200 graduates and their guests fill a large part of the Aula. Some professors are also present to see their students graduate and/or to hear if their nomination has resulted in a positive election for the professor of the year awards. The ESE-dean takes the stage right after Porsche-boss held his speech to thank him for visiting the Erasmus University (FYI: his son graduated in the IBEB-program).
Franses immediately decides to use some previous advice and confirms the prerequisites for leading a good and healthy firm: good management skills (1) and a good product (2). Franses continues by stating “I’ve got no management skills, but I do have a good product and that are the students.” Did the dean reveal the truth? Is he really incompetent as a manager?
Furthermore, Franses sees students as ‘products’ while students during protests earlier this year shouted not to compare universities with a factory and students with products. To be fair, comparing people with products is a bit demeaning and outs disrespect. The second part of his statement was therefore completely inappropriate while the first part is just embarrassing.
A dean lacking management skills: should we fear failure of the School?