Prof. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto on SBM 11 Years Existence

KMSIn a speech in front of SBM’s staff on 23rd December 2014, one of SBM founders, Professor Kuntoro Mangkusubroto stated that “We are the agent of change”. This statement arises when he tries to reflect on what the founders of SBM had done in the early process of the establishment of SBM. It was not an easy task. Meeting after meeting was conducted by the founders in the historical building, where SBM now resides. At that time the building was abandoned by ITB and no one seriously took care of it. The conditions of the building were very awful. After a number of simultaneous meetings, the founders came to a conclusion to develop a business school. To convince stakeholders that ITB needs to establish a business school was very much challenging. Furthermore, there was no available fund. KMSIn a speech in front of SBM’s staff on 23rd December 2014, one of SBM founders, Professor Kuntoro Mangkusubroto stated that “We are the agent of change”. This statement arises when he tries to reflect on what the founders of SBM had done in the early process of the establishment of SBM. It was not an easy task. Meeting after meeting was conducted by the founders in the historical building, where SBM now resides. At that time the building was abandoned by ITB and no one seriously took care of it. The conditions of the building were very awful. After a number of simultaneous meetings, the founders came to a conclusion to develop a business school. To convince stakeholders that ITB needs to establish a business school was very much challenging. Furthermore, there was no available fund. The only possible way to obtain the funding was by borrowing money from ITB. The founders then proposed a financial loan as much as four billion Indonesia Rupiah. As Professor Kuntoro said, ITB at that time was a little bit shocked with the proposal.

Time goes by. SBM will soon celebrate its 11 years anniversary. Within this relatively short period of time, Professor Kuntoro admits that we have gained significant achievements. It is of course natural for us to be proud of with such achievements. “Well, being complacent for a while is just normal”. Professor Kuntoro, who was the Minister of Mines and Energy as well as the head of the Presidential Work Unit on Monitoring and Controlling Development (UKP4), however immediately remind us not to feel satisfied with the achievements because there are many things that have not yet been achieved. He then demands that SBM’s staff need to feel restless by constantly asking reflective questions with regard to the existence and achievements of SBM: “Why we are here at this time and why we are not at another position”. He urges that such restlessness, which he convinces to be productive, needs to be cultivated here at SBM. He also insists that SBM needs to nurture a culture where everybody can freely speak out her/ his ideas. We here at SBM need to appreciate someone else’s different ideas. Someone else’s ideas may not necessary be bad. Everybody should therefore not easily get irritated or offended. He believes that such different ideas can be beneficial for SBM’s advancements.

Before ending the speech, he thanks for all the SBM members for the 11 years togetherness. “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015”. In the coming years, he believes that SBM can definitely become better as long as all of us have strong wills.

Contributor: Dedy Sushandoyo, Ph.DThe only possible way to obtain the funding was by borrowing money from ITB. The founders then proposed a financial loan as much as four billion Indonesia Rupiah. As Professor Kuntoro said, ITB at that time was a little bit shocked with the proposal.

Time goes by. SBM will soon celebrate its 11 years anniversary. Within this relatively short period of time, Professor Kuntoro admits that we have gained significant achievements. It is of course natural for us to be proud of with such achievements. “Well, being complacent for a while is just normal”. Professor Kuntoro, who was the Minister of Mines and Energy as well as the head of the Presidential Work Unit on Monitoring and Controlling Development (UKP4), however immediately remind us not to feel satisfied with the achievements because there are many things that have not yet been achieved. He then demands that SBM’s staff need to feel restless by constantly asking reflective questions with regard to the existence and achievements of SBM: “Why we are here at this time and why we are not at another position”. He urges that such restlessness, which he convinces to be productive, needs to be cultivated here at SBM. He also insists that SBM needs to nurture a culture where everybody can freely speak out her/ his ideas. We here at SBM need to appreciate someone else’s different ideas. Someone else’s ideas may not necessary be bad. Everybody should therefore not easily get irritated or offended. He believes that such different ideas can be beneficial for SBM’s advancements.

Before ending the speech, he thanks for all the SBM members for the 11 years togetherness. “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015”. In the coming years, he believes that SBM can definitely become better as long as all of us have strong wills.

Contributor: Dedy Sushandoyo, Ph.D