The Carnegie Bosch Institute (CBI) was founded in 1990 with a generous endowment gift from the Bosch Group.

The Institute was originally established as the Carnegie Bosch Institute for Applied Studies in International Management, housed at the Graduate School of Industrial Administration (GSIA), which was later renamed the Tepper School of Business. The first president of CBI was Richard M. Cyert, who until then had served as president of Carnegie Mellon University and played a critical role in establishing the Carnegie Bosch Institute. The Institute initially focused on improving international management and its impact on leadership by advancing the understanding of both managers and researchers of fundamental issues related to global business. Over the years, the Institute shifted its research focus to more technology-based fields of ever-growing importance to international industry. In 2018, the institute name was shortened to “Carnegie Bosch Institute” and its affiliation transitioned to Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering, where it resides today.

Since its establishment, Carnegie Bosch Institute is making an impact in several areas:

  • Supporting research through funding and support of chaired professorships, research projects, and conferences;
  • Providing innovative education programs to more than 2,000 executives from companies around the globe, enabling them to make a lasting impact on the success of their organizations;
  • Fostering international collaboration through facilitating partnerships and networks among stakeholders across industry, academia, and other organizations; and
  • Sponsoring numerous campus activities that further the university’s mission, including student scholarships, case competitions, leadership workshops, and international student trips.
Hans L. Merkle

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Hans Merkle

In 1990, at the formation of CBI, former Chairman and CEO of the Bosch Group Hans L. Merkle explained Bosch's rationale for choosing Carnegie Mellon as its partner:

"Our funding of the Carnegie Bosch Institute represents a major commitment to a better understanding of critical issues in international management. It reflects the vital importance of the United States to Bosch’s corporate objective and our efforts to fully integrate the company into American society and, in particular, its scientific community.

"Carnegie Mellon will be able to better understand how a European-based, international corporation functions. Bosch will gain by its involvement with a major American university which is excellent in a large number of fields. However, this partnership is not limited to Carnegie Mellon and Bosch. Instead, we want the institute to become a truly international center — a center where faculty from the U.S. and other countries meet both together and with business leaders from around the world."

Carnegie Bosch Institute leadership


Sylvia B. Vogt (2009-present)

Johannes Elling (2007-08)

Eva Maria Höller-Cladders, Ph.D. (2006-07)

Michael Trick, Ph.D. (1997-2005)

Ilker Baybars, Ph.D. (Interim, 1996-97)

Bruce McKern, Ph.D. (1993-96)

Richard M. Cyert, Ph.D. (1990-93)


Executive director

Eva Maria Höller-Cladders, Ph.D. (2003-06)

Heinz Schulte, Ph.D. (1994-2003)

Bernd Kiel, Ph.D. (1990-94)

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