Vol.06 Issue 03 – ’12

What Does Business Want from Business Schools?

Sir Richard Lambert suggests four key issues. What does business want from business schools? The answer is: “exactly what it has always wanted” – great graduates and relevant ideas. But the qualities required of those graduates and the nature of the ideas that are of most interest to business are both changing radically. The world…

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Renewing Mediterranean Roots

Didier Jourdan and Nassim Belbaly explain how a new Mediterranean Schools of Management Consortium will strengthen the Mediterranean region. The competitiveness of the management education market in Europe, and especially in France, leaves medium-level business schools no choice other than to follow innovative strategies to sustain their development. Given that mainstream strategy is focused on…

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Teaching Sustainability to Tomorrow’s Leaders

How can we make managers globally responsible leaders attuned to the needs of sustainability? CB Bhattacharya explains how one school is trying. The clamour for business schools to educate their graduates not only as managers but also as responsible leaders is increasing in volume. There is a cry for academics and executives to change mindsets…

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Inciting Exciting Insights

Julie Davies looks back on five years of the International Deans’ Programme, a joint initiative between the Association of Business Schools and EFMD. Do business school deans take their own medicine? How do they make a difference? What keeps them sane? These are just some of the questions the International Deans’ Programme (IDP) seeks to…

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50+20 Offers a Clear Vision

Can business schools present a new vision of management education for the world? Katrin Mufff believes that through the 50+20 initiative they can. The World Business School Council of Sustainable Business, WBSCSB was founded at;the Academy of Management in August 2010 as a think tank. We intended it to serve as a platform for action…

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Executive Development: Evolutionary Revolution

Evolution, revolution? Whatever is happening, Jørgen Thorsell, Justin Bridge and Fiona Gardner describe big changes in the way we are developing executives. Dramatic revolutions that happen with a “bang” are often less dangerous than evolutionary changes that creep in over time. Such incremental changes often go unnoticed – with catastrophic consequences. Think of Kodak and…

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Gradualism Prevails and Perception Outbids Substance

Ulrich Hommel, Mollie Painter-Morland and Jocelyne Wang summarise the results of the Third EFMD/EABIS Global Deans Survey on ‘Sustainability and the Future of Management Education’. Business schools play a key role in driving the sustainability agenda within management practice. They do so not only by shaping and preparing the next generation of business leaders but…

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The Age of Uncertainty

The latest EFMD/CarringtonCrisp Tomorrow’s MBA survey shows an MBA marketplace that is more diverse, confused and uncertain than ever. Andrew Crisp reveals the details. Looking at my Twitter feeds one day earlier this year, I got a sense of the current MBA marketplace. In three tweets there was coverage of the winning entry in the…

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Rebranding as Fuel for Growth

Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School is now Vlerick Business School. It started the 2012 academic year with a new name and a new look to match. Dean Philippe Haspeslagh explains how it forms an integral part of the school’s development strategy to meet today’s challenges. First, what are these challenges and how does a school…

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Cox Steers a New Course for Business Schools

Sue Cox, Dean of Lancaster University Management School, discusses her new role as an EFMD vice-president with George Bickerstaffe. Sue Cox, Dean of Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) in Britain, has been appointed EFMD vice-president for academic affairs. The first woman to fill the role, she joins Thomas Sattelberger, the vice-president for the EFMD’s corporate…

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Being Different: Ashridge’s New MBA

Martin Lockett looks at the experience of redesigning Ashridge’s MBA programmes. In a global marketplace with around 150 EQUIS- and EPAS-accredited business schools offering MBAs and thousands of other MBA programmes, differentiation is a challenge. For Britain’s Ashridge Business School this came into sharp focus when a 2009 internal quality review concluded controversially that its…

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