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The struggling world economy and a demographic boom saw MBA applicant numbers grow in recent years. But the last two years have seen a 10 to 15% decline in applications to many of the world’s top business schools. Is the market for the full-time MBA beginning to shift? The dominance of the 2-year MBA programme at US business schools has been severely tested in recent years, and the latest data suggests that applicants from around the world are now showing greater interest in shorter programs in Western Europe and Asia.

As the B-School World Changes, the Band Plays On

As the Business School World Changes, the Band Plays On

Perhaps the time has come for the great and the good of the business school community to acknowledge that the sector can’t expand forever simply on momentum. Just in case we haven’t had quite enough bad news lately, here’s some more: The word on the streets is that applications to business ...

EM Lyon graduates - new owners of Courrèges

Material Minded – The Fashion Industry Turns to Business Schools

The catwalks and hemlines of Paris and New York are rarely associated with the study of cash flow and net fixed assets so beloved of business schools around the world. And though former supermodel Tyra Banks turned to the Harvard Business School for an executive education course to help with ...

From Olympic Glory to the MBA Masses

From Olympic Glory to the MBA Masses

In the time it takes most MBA students to pull out their notebooks and iPads for a class on microeconomic theory, Usain Bolt would have run clear across campus and been in a cab on his way to discuss his latest lucrative sponsorship offer. At least he would if he ...

Business Schools in Africa

Are B-Schools Missing the Boat in Africa?

According to everyone’s favorite Irish rock star and world-saver, Bono, “Africa is a continent in flames. We’re standing around with watering cans, when what we really need is the fire brigade.” Africa is by no means the economic disaster area of popular perception, however. As James W. Dean Jr, dean ...

The Appeal of Retail for MBAs

The Appeal of Retail for MBAs

With jobs in retail now offering a wide range of opportunities for graduating MBAs to make their mark, it is no surprise that companies like Apple, Nike, Target, and Gap, are among the most sought-after employers for U.S. B-school students. Back in 2001 when Steve Jobs led a group of journalists into the ...

Why MBAs Need To Embrace Failure

Why MBAs Need To Embrace Failure

A recent article in the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper introduced me to what may be one of the most fascinating museums on the planet. Located in Ann Arbor, Mich., the facility run by GfK Custom Research goes under the informal name of  the “Museum of Failed Products” and is a massive ...

Rollodeck Degree

The Rollodeck Degree

It is often said that the most valuable benefit of a business school education is not what is learned in the classroom, or the ability to work all night fuelled only caffeine, but an address book. Pick the right school and a few years down the line you might find ...

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