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Vol.06 Issue 02 – ’12

High Impact: Improving the Impact of Corporate Education Programmes

Employee training and development is essential. But how can companies ensure it is effective and worthwhile? Lindsay Ryan provides some guidelines. Most organisations realise they need to spend money on employee training and development but few of them optimise their programmes and return on training expenditure. Even organisations among those highly regarded for investing in…

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Milan Mumbai Fusion

In July SDA Bocconi, the leading Italian business school, will open a new school in Mumbai, India. Stefano Caselli explains how the partnership to create the school came about and how it is likely to develop in the future. SDA Bocconi started exploring the opportunity of launching a new venture outside Italy some years ago…

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The Business of Business Schools Investigated

Eric Cornuel assesses the results and implications of the EFMD’s first research conference. An increasing understanding of our institutions and our industry confirms how vital leadership, change and innovation are for the business school and management education community. The early days of the EFMD R&D initiative identified core research themes for management education as a…

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Castles in the Sky or More Reality?

Wolfgang Lassl offers some thoughts on the relationship between business academia and managers. The 16th century marked the end of medieval castles. The power of gunpowder turned their walls into paperboard and the rise of cities as the vibrant centres of society made rural castles irrelevant. So, are we now seeing similar changes with regard…

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How Women can Navigate to Become Global Leaders

Fiona Dent and Viki Holton detail how organisations can help more women to become business leaders. It is clear to us from our own and others’ research that organisations and senior teams within them increasingly recognise the importance of the role of women in business and, indeed, see it as a key business imperative. There…

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One Giant Step to Collaboration and Innovation?

Business schools are increasingly looking to alliances to increase their strategic reach. Julie Perrin-Halot reports on one French attempt to break down the barriers between management and hard science. In a time of shifting dynamics – economic, societal, geopolitical and more – business schools are finding it necessary to think more innovatively about their current…

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Pressures to Conform

Peter McKiernan and David Wilson argue that business schools should stop copying each other and start rediscovering their diversity. Over the last 40 years, variety in business schools has diminished considerably. Where once there stood a rich intellectual diversity, there now sits an intellectual conformity as a result of deans being seemingly content to achieve…

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Needed: Academic Triathletes

Santiago Iñiguez argues that what business schools need today is multi-faceted and well-rounded faculty. When the Olympic Games were founded in Ancient Greece sometime during the eighth century BC, the king of sports was the Pentathlon. As its name suggests, competitors were required to show supreme skill in five areas: the long jump; javelin; discus…

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Making Managers Fit for the Future

We have always needed leaders able to understand what the future may hold. It’s just that today we need them more than ever. Patrick Harris and Dr Rebecca Nash outline how we might produce them. It is easy to suggest that, given the uncertainty in the world today, having a future-focused leader at the helm…

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New Horizons

Capitalism 2.0 – new horizons for managers Richard Straub in defence of a capitalism rejuvenated. The world has been shattered by a series of crises since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008: the near shattering of the world financial system followed by a severe economic downturn across the advanced economies and the surfacing of…

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Lessons from China

John Quelch discusses his first year as dean of CEIBS with George Bickerstaffe and Matthew Wood. In February 2012 John Quelch completed his first year as Dean of the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai, China. It was a busy 12 months. Dean Quelch, one of the world’s leading marketing gurus, a long-term…

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