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Vol.09 Issue 02 – ’15 – Special Masters Supplement

Business School Masters Programmes in Australia: Challenges, Achievements, Opportunities

John Shields explains the way Australian masters programmes have developed (and will develop more). In essence, masters-level education in business and management in the Australian university sector is a hybrid of the European pre-experience MSc model and the North American postexperience MBA tradition. While the flagship postgraduate coursework (PGCW) programmes offered by Australian business schools…

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I hope you will enjoy this special supplement to EFMD’s Global Focus dedicated to masters programmes. It provides insights from leading specialists on the development of these programmes in North America, Europe and Australasia. As well as giving an academic vision on the latest trends in these programmes this edition also gives a voice of…

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Masters Programmes: The North American View

Mark Vandenbosch looks at shifting preferences for business education in North America and explains why the market domination of the MBA is not threatened. The history of North American business education dates back to 1635, when records show a school in Plymouth Colony, America’s first permanent Puritan settlement, advertised that it taught “reading, writing, and…

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Masters Programmes: a European Perspective

Nigel Hayes and Roland Siegers look at the seemingly irresistible rise of the specialised masters business programme. For over a decade, European business schools have stolen a march on their US counterparts by offering candidates the opportunity to study one year business masters programmes. One reason for US schools’ reluctance to embrace these masters programmes…

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The Corporate Perspective on Masters Programmes

Mark Thomas reports on a stimulating conference session with practising managers. The EFMD 2014 Conference on Master programmes at Grenoble EM provided an opportunity for three professionals to give their opinion on the things business schools are doing well and things they could do better. Many academic conferences can be quite insular, with academics largely…

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Can the MiM Become a Global Brand?

Della Bradshaw looks at the widespread (if confusing) growth of the one-year MiM degree. Ask any European business school dean to name his or her school’s flagship programme and almost all will give the same answer: the Masters in Management degree. The number of European business schools that list their MBA as their flagship degree…

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