Vol.10 Issue 02 – ’16

Bringing Quality to Technology Enhanced Learning

David Asch and Martin Schader explain why EFMD has launched EOCCS EFMD’s Online Course Certification System Five years ago many business schools were bracing themselves for disaster with the arrival of massive online open courses, or MOOCs. The Financial Times now reports that “far from cannibalising existing revenue streams the availability and accessibility of on-line…

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Piloting the Academic Leadership Plane

Co-operation between academic leaders and professional managers is essential for the success of large business schools says Eric Ponsonnet Professional organisations such as law firms, consultancies, hospitals, schools and universities are usually led by a combination of experts (lawyers, consultants, doctors, professors) and professional managers who have to co- operate with each other on a…

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Searching for the Holy Grail

Patricia Hind and Viki Holton outline four principles of effective management development The organisations most of us live and work in are many and varied. They may have a commercial, educational, social, sporting or other focus but they are the life blood of our society. Most of us spend our lives, whether working or relaxing,…

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This Time it’s Personal

Baback Yazdani describes how one UK business school has embraced the concept of the ‘personalisation’ of business education “Personalisation” is increasingly demanded by students at all levels of study. It stems from the fact that an individual’s needs, wants and preferences in any given setting will differ slightly from those of other individuals. In an educational situation,…

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The Business of Cultural Intelligence

Eel soup, floor numbers and compensation packages are just some of the disasters that lack of cultural intelligence can bring about. Ravi Kumar offers some solutions One of HSBC’s most memorable advertising campaigns in the early 2000s positioned the bank as the “world’s local bank”. In a series of television and print advertisements, the international…

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Agile Universities

Borrowing from concepts first used in the software development industry, Martin Luckmann and Christiane Prange suggest how modern universities can regain their role The university as an institution of higher education derives its name from the Latin term universitatem a shortening of universitas magistrorum et scolarium, or a community of masters and scholars. However, modern…

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The Future of Work?

How can we tackle the current youth labour market crisis – where millions are unemployed at the same time as employers seek desperately to fill vacancies? Peter Vogel has some suggestions The world is facing major labour market challenges. According to the International Labour Organisation more than 61 million jobs have been lost since the…

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Does Africa Need an “African” Management Education Model?

Howard Thomas, Michelle Lee, Lynne Thomas and Alexander Wilson ask if Africa can (and should) develop its own style of management education The African approach to management education has been shaped by a range of environmental, cultural, contextual and regional characteristics. Africa is by any measure a massive, multi- cultural, multi-lingual continent offering the promise…

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Classrooms of the Future

Martina Wolff de Carrasco and Elmar Husmann detail how curiosity and creativity can thrive in modern learning spaces Observing children is one of the best ways to find out how learning happens, be it as a side-effect of life, through experimentation or trial and error, or by creativity and curiosity. Children are explorers. Professor Yong…

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Looking on the Bright Side

Raymond Saner and Lichia Yiu argue that despite worrying times, initiatives such as the sustainable development goals, responsible business conduct and business diplomacy management can provide a winning formula for shared prosperity We easily get overpowered today by bad news, ranging from terrorist attacks through desperate mass migration to deep-seated corruption in business and politics.…

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Mind the Gap

Research shows that the gender gap in faculty in European business schools is not closing. Lynn Roseberry suggests some reasons why and what can be done to improve it To say there is a gender gap among faculty at European business schools is an understatement. The average proportion of all full-time female faculty – not…

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Sustainable Business

The world is facing many complex issues that threaten our collective wellbeing and prosperity. Cecilie Hultmann asks how these risks will affect the future business landscape. And can they be turned into opportunities for business innovation? Despite the tremendous progress seen over the past century in many aspects of human development, our current economic, political…

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Building the New Entrepreneurial Society

Richard Straub explains why ‘getting back to normal’ is no longer an option Since the financial crash of 2008 the world has been struggling to “get back to normal”. But, to quote Charles Handy, “the past is not the future”. And as Albert Einstein famously put it: “the significant problems we face cannot be solved…

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The Global Workplace – A Compassion- Free Zone?

Michael Jenkins outlines a new initiative to convince managers that compassion and caring are not ‘pink and fluffy’ irrelevances but key tools for business success At a conference recently I gave a presentation on Roffey Park’s research into caring and compassionate leadership. I was struck by the feedback I received from a group of three…

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Higher Pass

Della Bradshaw, a key player on the management education stage for 20 years, has retired but tells George Bickerstaffe she still loves the business Unless you have been living on Mars for the past six months you will be aware that Della Bradshaw has retired from the Financial Times. The doyen of the FT rankings…

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