Full Time

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.

Getting Science 'Geeks' into the Corner Office

Getting Science ‘Geeks’ into the Corner Office

What often stops scientists and techies from achieving their full potential is an inability to turn a brilliant invention into a money-making enterprise. So what are business schools doing to address this challenge? Think of the most high-profile entrepreneurs of recent years, people who have not just created hugely successful businesses ...

The Bourne Education

The Bourne Education

You don't need Jason Bourne's drawer full of fake passports to flit around the world hobnobbing with the powerful these days. Given the way that governments have bailed out banks, industrial giants and failing European economies in recent years, it's clear that business and politics are closely intertwined, and MBA ...

Latin American B-schools - Muy Caliente

Latin American B-Schools: Muy Caliente

Business schools are devoting increasing time to helping students understand the opportunities and challenges inherent in the emerging markets of Asia and, in particular, the economic powerhouse of China. But what of other rising economies, such as those of Latin America? Goldman Sachs identified Brazil as a “one to watch” ...

Getting women into the boardroom

Encouraging Women Into The Boardroom

It is 2082. Under Chinese sovereign fund ownership, Greece has been transformed into a giant theme park devoted to European antiquity, Apple and Facebook have replaced passports with the biographical iPad 12, and in UK boardrooms there are equal numbers of men and women at last. Given current evidence, only ...

Teaching Leadership to MBAs, European Style

Teaching Leadership to MBAs, European Style

I often wonder about the MBA challenge that comes with sticking a couple of hundred bright and ambitious young professionals in a room, and hoping they will all get along and support one another. Surely there will be personality conflicts, cultural clashes, competition for recognition, and more than the odd ...

Close to the Action

Close to the Action

Even the most passionate champion of management education might concede that there was a time, well within living memory, when the business campuses were little more than ivory towers. MBA students were far too busy poring over case studies to worry about what was going on in the real world ...

Passport to success

A Passport to Success

In recent months Harvard Business School has received much publicity about its FIELD 'global immersion experience' - the dispatch of nearly all of its 907-strong MBA class to assignments in countries as disparate as Argentina, China and South Africa. Critics argue that seven days provides little more than educational tourism, rather ...

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