In May 2005, Joep C. de Jong, a senior executive from British Telecom, hosted LTU’s Doctoral students and family members at the World Headquarters in Amsterdam. Both Dr. Steenkamp and Dr. Castelli were the Program Directors of the DMIT and DBA programs respectively and the trip included visits to organizations and universities in England and The Netherlands. He had fond memories of the visit and the first thing Mr. de Jong asked was “How is Dr. Steenkamp, Dr. Castelli, and Patty Riney?”
Mr. de Jong is now the CEO of Van Harte & Lingsma [www.h-l.nl] and presented his Leadership Value Chain Model and principles of Appreciative Leadership during our workshop. We had an opportunity to share a lovely dinner with Joep and talk about the growth of the doctoral programs and the accomplishments of our students.