Vol.11 Issue 01 – ’17

Embracing blended learning

Krzysztof Rybinski and Erik Sootla show how a business school in Kazakhstan learned to embrace innovation in the classroom Digital innovations over the past two decades have started a revolution in higher education. Through e-learning platforms students now have access to high-quality online courses at zero or low cost compared to standard university tuition. We…

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How terrorism challenges the way we lead

Jeneva Patterson describes how a close brush with a terrorist attack threw light on her professional work in helping develop leadership March 22, 2016 8:43 am. Day Two of the Center for Creative Leadership’s Leadership Development Program (LDP) had just begun when my Apple watch started buzzing. When I saw that the call was from…

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The power of dreams

Building a solar-powered car and racing it on a Belgian racetrack in just 90 days seems a strange task for young students. But, say Manuel Acevedo-Jaramillo, Sara Aguilar-Barrientos and Juan Esteban Escalante, it has had a major influence on the pedagogic approach of one of Colombia’s top universities Building a solar-electric vehicle from scratch in…

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Asking for the world?

Most business schools and similar institutions will probably never make themselves truly global. Gabriel Hawawini addresses some of the issues raised by his latest book Your new book provides a critical review of the internationalisation process adopted by higher-education institutions in general and business schools in particular. What is the essence of your criticism? The…

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The ideal model

Eugenia Bieto describes how a leading Spanish business school has responded to a paradigm shift in management education L’avenir a plusieurs noms. Pour les faibles, il se nomme l’impossible; pour les timides, il se nomme l’inconnu; pour les penseurs et pour les vaillants, il se nomme l’idéal.* *The future has many names. For the weak, it is called the…

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Teaching the art of business

Emeric Peyredieu du Charlat describes how a business school incubator is combining art and business training to produce ‘artrepreneurs’ An abstract sculpture in a multinational’s main entrance hall, an art foundation set up by a CEO passionate about paintings, an artist in residence whose work reflects company life, business schools that bring art onto campus…

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Getting university brand management right

Brand management is one of the most complex management challenges for leaders of business schools and business universities. Thomas Bieger and Patrik Sonderegger chronical how University of St.Gallen in Switzerland approached the issue The globalisation of the education sector and increasing competition in higher education means that brands have increasingly become a strategic asset to…

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Time to think again

Creativity needs space and time to flourish, says Dan Pontefract. Being too busy harms this. Too often it gets lost in status quo thinking. We have to make the time to rethink how we think Sweden’s Astrid Lindgren was a literary giant who changed the game of authoring. Through the introduction of an anti-authoritarian adventurer,…

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Living in a new world

A New world order is slowly beginning to emerge around us. Matthew Gitsham, Joanne Lawrence and Martin Lockett look at some of the responses we will need to develop to deal with it In boardrooms from New York to London and around the world, the pursuit of shareholder value has been a mantra for decades.…

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Towards a marketplace approach to managing talent

To be successful, organisations and individuals need to transform jointly from a stable to an agile world. Agile organisational structures will be fuelled by agile talent, embracing and thriving in new dynamic environments. By Martin Moehrle In the October 2016 issue of Global Focus, I shared my view that while talent management practices have extensively matured over…

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‘Brexit means…’

UK business schools are facing a perfect storm with transformational policy reforms in the Higher Education and Research Bill and uncertainties following the Brexit referendum. Julie Davies, a long-time London resident, and Kimmo Alajoutsijärvi and Kerttu Kettunen, from Finland, reflect on prospects for London’s business schools Location still matters for business school students who want to experience the excitement of…

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Net gains

The EFMD Online Course Certification System (EOCCS) management team provides an update on EOCCS’ progress, lessons from its Pilot Phase and shows how EOCCS is working in practice. By Stephanie Lambert, Anne Swanberg and Antonia Lütgens “EOCCS represents an important step in increasing awareness of the specific capabilities needed to design, create and support highquality…

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The future is blended

Santiago Iniguez explains why business schools and corporations must accommodate the increasing role of technology in education Technology, in parallel with developments in cognitive psychology and education sciences, is producing a formidable paradigm shift in the learning process and the mission of educators and, of course, in business schools. Traditionally, the objective of education has been standardisation: to teach students the “three…

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Casting light in the shadows

Do not be lulled by today’s strong management education market, says Johan Roos. Business schools still need to find a grander vision of hope, change and community to counter emerging shadows Business school deans are smiling and optimistic these days. Things have improved since the 2008 crisis. Applications are skyrocketing at most schools, enrolments are up and, with a few notable…

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Why care about impact?

The impact, or otherwise, of academic research in management and business is a current hot topic but Peter McKiernan and William Glick suggest a cooler, more measured approach The European Enlightenment shaped much of our present educational world. The intellectual elites of the day placed great emphasis on the usefulness of science to a changing social and economic society. John…

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Empowering programme directors

EFMD Global Network will launch its Teaching & Learning Executive Academy in Spring 2017. Programme directors are invited to participate in an intense educational experience to further develop their leadership qualities and effectiveness. By Jordi Diaz and Ulrich Hommel EFMD Global Network’s Executive Academy puts participants on a development journey from “Leading without Authority” to “Leading with Impact”.…

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