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Making HR future proof

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Amber Wigmore Alvarez asks if we are educating tomorrow’s talent effectively.    Across the globe, we are witnessing the unravelling of traditional HR selection processes. Until now, much of the design of academic institutions’ Career Services has been around Career Education and Career Advising only then to be followed by Recruiter Relations. The time has…

Digital Augmented Education – Are you ready to experiment?

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Chengyi Lin looks back on the so far somewhat chequered history of technology in management education but is sanguine about its future.    In 2018, total registered learners in the top MOOC platforms passed the 100 million mark. The total number of online courses was over 11,400. Roughly 18.2% of the courses are business related,…

Do Business Schools have a Plan B for Plan S?

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For those involved in STEM research and the publishing industry, the last year has been all about Plan S and its potential impact on both constituencies. But what are the consequences, unintended or otherwise, for business schools and their research programmes? Simon Linacre lifts the lid on Plan S and what might be in store…

Crafting a successful executive education programme

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Harwin de Vries, Jens Meyer, Luk Van Wassenhove and Nana von Bernuth recount the difficulties involved in reorienting a flagship programme for senior executives.   Adults learn from situations of immediate relevance to them; from utilising their experience and problem-oriented learning rather than from content-oriented teaching. Based on these adult-learning principles, grounded in neuroscience, CEDEP,…

The Power of Ecosystems

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Richard Straub tracks the growing interest in ecosystems and their profound implications for management education and research and development.    By spotting emerging trends, managers could act on and shape these forces to the benefit of wider society.   Peter Drucker always said that his interest in management was an offshoot of his preoccupation with…

A future for business education: why business as usual is bad business

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Chris Pitelis calls for a re-imagining of business education and business schools so they can help build a better and brighter future.    Business education is relatively young, about 140 years old. It started as a case study-based approach with little by way of conceptual foundations. Nevertheless, it has become very successful. Circa one in…

The future of business schools: shut them down or broaden our horizons?

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Ken Starkey and Howard Thomas report on a groundbreaking workshop that debated the mounting criticism of business schools and where they might go from here.   We live in turbulent and complicated times and business schools are not immune to the uncertainties that now afflict so many aspects of our social and economic lives. The…

Preparing students for the world outside the classroom

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Ishwar Puri and Leonard Waverman describe how a new programme at a top Canadian university breaks down academic barriers and allows students to pursue their interests across the campus in collaborative and experiential ways.   At Canada’s McMaster University, hundreds of undergraduate students are embarking on an educational adventure. As they pursue their core programmes…

Much ado about …scientific research

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Defining a sustainable research and development strategy gives many business schools a headache. Michael Haenlein suggests some cures.   If there is one thing most, if not all, business school deans can agree on it is that research is an expensive activity. Several years ago, Christian Terwiesch and Karl Ulrich from the Wharton School at…

Sustainable education

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Antonia Lütgens describes how an education geared to sustainability is proving itself as sustainable.   Many business schools are now numbered among the 730 global signatories of the United Nations’ PRME initiative. PRME aims to raise the profile of sustainability – including equipping students around the globe with a deeper understanding and better-developed skills to…

Harnessing disruption – a glimpse into the future

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An innovative programme in Canada is showing how co-operation between academia and business can profit both. By Ralph Eastman.   There are few business sectors that are not being affected by disruptive technologies in one way or another. From web-based video changing how we access news and entertainment to 3D printing changing the way we…

Will learning get you there?

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It may not be enough argues Nikki Huyer. She believes that more attention needs to be paid to learning transfer.   As the nature of work continues to change, the need for learning continues to grow. The business of organisational learning has increased so much that the annual spend is now estimated to be in…

Interweaving internationalisation and corporate relevance

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Germany, the US, Singapore, Brazil may sound like an exciting world trip but they are also places where lucky students are IBEA undergraduates. By Ingo Bayer, Yvonne Hall and Christina Vonhoff.   The International Business Education Alliance (IBEA) allows students to obtain a bachelors degree studying in Asia, Europe, and North and South America. Intercultural…

The quest for effective performance management

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Edna Diez and Revathi Raghavan argue that to work properly performance management needs to shift from being an evaluative tool to one that grows and develops people.   Organisations are constantly in search for that one idea that will solve their ailments. Buzzwords such as agile, feedback culture, team versus individual performance, check-ins and so…

Positive learning on carbon neutrality

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A leading Canadian school helps students to live their sustainable curriculum. By Simon Pek, Rick Cotton and Mackenzie Ford.   Growing a world-class, competitive business school and being a leader in sustainability may seem like two juxtaposed goals but the University of Victoria’s Peter B Gustavson School of Business, in Victoria, BC, has found a…

The challenge of change

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Throughout history people have thought that theirs was a truly transformative time. In hindsight they were often wrong but, says Bert van der Zwaan, now there are reasons to believe that the world of higher education at least is changing more profoundly than ever.   As an institution the university is being forced to adapt…

See the Future

Andrew Crisp outlines how business schools can plan ahead. Five years is a long time in business education. In February 2013, Professor Clayton Christensen at Harvard Business School stated: “I think higher education is just on the edge of the crevasse. Generally, universities are doing very well financially, so they don’t feel from the data…

Haier’s philosophy: Personal values first

Zhang Ruimin is a world-renowned Chinese entrepreneur, founder of the Haier Group, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of the Haier Group. In recognition of his achievements in management innovation, he has received numerous awards in the field of international management. In this interview he outlines his unique approach to management, integrating China’s…

Collaborate for success and sustainability

David Grayson explains the dramatic growth of the quantity and quality of business collaboration linked to sustainable development.   Sustainability is “the primary moral and economic imperative of the 21st century,” according to Mervyn King, a former governor of the Bank of England. It is also considered to be “one of the most important sources…

Achieving change in HE professional support

Professor Edward Byrne argues that professional services resources must be aligned and focused on meeting future strategic needs and describes how he has approached this issue at three world-class higher education institutes.   At King’s College London our core mission statement is “to make the world a better place”. A grand aim, indeed, and a…

An infinite loop: Management and research-in-action

It is time for a new, coordinated and collaborative approach to management research say Andrea Cuomo, Yves Doz, Mikko Kosonen, Christophe Midler and José Santos.    Michael Porter and Nitin Nohria, respectively University Professor and Dean of the Harvard Business School, after years of survey research into the role of CEOs, state unequivocally: “surprisingly little…

Impact: is it enough just to talk about it?

Michel Kalika and Gordon Shenton explain why business schools not only talk about impact but are learning how to make a better job of assessing it.    Business schools refer more and more frequently to the issue of impact when defining their mission/vision/strategy. In 2018, out of the 55 schools to which AACSB and EFMD…

Exponential Organisations: Helping students to build the businesses of the future

Francisco Palao Reines describes how business school students are being exposed to a new type of business to match today’s exponential environment, the ‘Exponential Organisation’.   People often say that beginners are lucky. I believe this was exactly my case when I launched my first start-up at the age of 19. I was in my…

Beyond misogyny: Our pathologically mean leaders

The #MeToo movement has unleashed a maelstrom of reports of inappropriate sexual behaviour. But, says Mark Lipton, what he calls the “Mean Men” syndrome has been responsible for equal, and sometimes even worse, wrongdoings.   With the arrest of Harvey Weinstein and monthly firings of so many organisational leaders, we are witnessing a day of…

Enabling models of inclusive growth: Addressing the need for financial and social inclusion

While poverty is falling, the gap between the rich and poor is getting wider and more and more people are being excluded from the means to better themselves. Yuwa Hedrick-Wong and Howard Thomas look at ways to include them.   The widening gap To advance inclusive and sustainable growth, we need to address the puzzle…

Learning for agility, with agility

How a leading Greek business school redesigned its executive programmes to reflect and respond to today’s rapidly changing environment. By Kostas Axarloglou and Marina Gryllaki.   In a disruptive and non-linear world, where the present is drastically different from the past, what is important or meaningful or valuable today will not be so tomorrow. Companies…

Disrupting the curriculum

Business students should be more knowledgeable about new technologies say, Mukul Kumar and Johan Roos. Business schools need to accelerate how they enable students to partner with engineers and scientists, bring tech-driven innovations to market in responsible ways, and understand the evolving applications of disruptive technologies in society.   STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)…

Results Oriented

Pioneering the learning and leadership that meets the urgency of our times – Results from the GRLI Deans and Directors Cohort. Collated by John North and Claire Sommer.   To achieve the kind of world we consider human, some people had to dare to break the thrall of tradition. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Hungarian psychologist and author…

The missing shifts

Saumya Sindhwani, Jerry Connor and Howard Thomas argue it is time to change the way we develop leaders – and tap into the power of mindset.    Every year hundreds of books are written on leadership; business schools turn out thousands of graduates; and businesses spend millions on leadership development. But are we focusing on…

Be conscious!

Launched in 2012 by Ben Emmens and Abi Green, the Conscious Project has one clear aim: to help individuals and organisations think about what they are doing, and do it better or, in other words, to be more conscious.   The Conscious Project works with organisations that seek to be more conscious, those who want…

On the right track: Developing an innovative and evolving MBA curriculum

Ajoy Kumar Dey explains how the MBA curriculum is kept fresh and relevant at a leading Indian institution.   In their renowned article “How business schools lost their way” in the Harvard Business Review (May, 2005) the authors Warren Bennis and James O’Toole warned that business schools are on the wrong track. Even if the…

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