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Vol.10 Issue 03 -’16

Refugees welcome

Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger describes how Vienna University of Economics and Business and other Austrian universities offer a wide range of activities and initiatives for refugees In the autumn of 2015, 31-year-old Adnan came to Austria with his wife and two small children, full of hope and gratitude. Adnan had completed a master’s degree in banking and financial studies in Syria and…

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ePortfolios: what employers think

Kim Watty and Jade McKay explain the benefits – for both employers and business graduates – of ePortfolios, and what empolyers think of them  Graduate employers are seeking the best and brightest students who provide a strong “cultural fit” with their organisations. Solid grades are important but not critical for many employers. They are looking for evidence of well-developed generic/employability skills as…

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What keeps you awake at night?

The question of whether talent management is working would be high on a list for many CEOs and corporate leaders. Martin Moehrle analyses the present state of talent management “Talent management” consistently features on the what keeps you awake at night? list of CEOs and other corporate leaders. At about the turn of the millennium, the term became fashionable (though occasionally…

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Making a management education partnership

Daniel Scheu and Sabine Kuschel explain how two very different business schools in two countries created a winning EMBA partnership From this year, the EQUIS-accredited Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences, University of Cologne in Germany will be offering a new international, part-time EMBA programme in co-operation with the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), also EQUIS-accredited, in the Netherlands. The…

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Myth-busting

Three myths are weakening the development of executive learning, Winfried Ruigrok and Georg Gutmann explain why it is many firms are struggling to make their executive learning and development work Getting managers ready to take up or extend executive responsibilities has always been important but never easy. Over 90% of companies consider executive learning and development (L&D) key to their long-term success…

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Making the SUN shine on tourism

Geoffrey Lipman argues the case for Impact Travel I was planning to devote this article to the need that exists for a radical new approach to education and training in the dynamic and socio-economically important field of travel and tourism. The context was to be the agreement last year by the Finance, Sustainability and Climate Summits, finally creating a long-term road-map, with…

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Does academic research have to have impact?

Not necessarily say Udo Steffens and Michael Grote. What is more important for both researchers and students is that research and teaching is based on rigorous scientific thinking A current lively discussion among business school deans centres on measuring the impact of not only business schools themselves but also of the research they carry out. The catchphrase to be heard is: “impact is…

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Embrace disruption

Why universities are under threat? What do they need to do if they are to survive? Mark Farrell and John A Davis argue that universities outside the elite must embrace disruption or succumb to it Barely surviving relegation in the previous season and against odds of 5,000 to 1, Leicester City won the English Premier…

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Designing digital learning strategies

Business education has been slow to respond to the disruption (and opportunities) caused by technological innovation. Tony Sheehan provides some guidance on how it should act The past decade has seen “digital disruption” everywhere. Firms such as Uber, Facebook, Google, Airbnb and Netflix have revolutionised their sectors. Business education has been far from immune MOOCs…

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Gender: Ms—ed opportunities for business schools?

Gender equity has been an issue in business schools (and many other places) for a long time. But Dianne Bevelander and Michael Page wonder why it has taken so long to address it and what the way forward might be Business, civic and political leaders have increasingly accepted the need for gender equity, both for reasons of justice and…

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How will your company cope with the 100-year life?

Andrew Scott, Professor of Economics at London Business School, explains why future generations of people living to 100 will completely change how we work and live. By Rob Morris Medical advances, improved living and working conditions and greater wealth among the middle classes have boosted life expectancy in developed nations. But while younger people can expect to outlive their parents and grandparents,…

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How to survive and thrive in the 21st century

Why are business schools so often wasteful and self-defeating competitors when they could be models of co-operation, co-ordination, and collaboration? There can be transformation says Dr Ying Zhang Over several decades, education has produced a huge amount of human capital around the world. In this regard, the performance of business education has been outstanding, with ever more business schools producing ever more…

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Start-up

Emerging economies need an effective entrepreneurial ecosystem that is government-enabled, youth-led, private sector-supported and future-oriented says Sherif Kamel Entrepreneurship has, over the last decade, dominated various societies, communities and markets in both developed and emerging economies, giving growing tech-savvy and interconnected young populations around the world the potential opportunities offered by information and communication technologies (ICTs). However, innovation in general and in ICTs in particular…

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In conversation with the Dalai Lama

In this edited extract adapted from his new book, Business as an Instrument for Societal Change: In Conversation with the Dalai Lama, Sander Tideman discusses the idea of Bodhisattva leadership and looks at how ancient ideas can be translated to meet the needs of modern-day business “Leaders are not born or made, but cultivated and developed. The best way to develop…

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