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MBAs in space: rocket science absorbs business school thinking

Star-struck business schools: the MBAs operating in the industry<p>• Toulouse Business School Its Aerospace MBA includes space activities management and, through its Sirius partnership with CNES, the French space agency, Airbus Defence and Space, and Thales Alenia Space, runs awards for management …

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An education in leadership from post-revolution Tunisia

From revolution to jobs<p>The key slogan of the Tunisian revolution was “freedom, jobs, and dignity”, says Tawfik Jelassi. “The freedom, we have. The jobs, we couldn’t create them. And where is the dignity for young men or women if, after many years of higher education, they don’t have a job — no …

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Business school: Tunisia’s leadership lessons and MBAs in space

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How a hostage situation can hone management skills

Hard-bitten law enforcers give lessons to executives in personal relations<p>Anh Nguyen is used to negotiating in her job as development director for the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, encouraging wealthy philanthropists to donate six-figure sums towards the upkeep of its collection.<p>But in the …

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The Body Shop rebrand test and a hostage crisis management course

A newsletter to help business students with their education and career<p><i>Welcome to the FT Business school newsletter, a weekly serving of management wisdom, reading recommendations and business-related challenges. FT subscribers can sign up here to receive the newsletter by email every Monday. If you</i> …

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International US business school students fear a travel ban

MBA providers fret over reputational damage as doubt is cast on internships<p>Saaedah Shiravany, an Iranian MBA student at a top US business school, says news of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US left her feeling “empty”.<p>…

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Podcast: is an MBA worth it?

FT ranking highlights disparities in salaries after graduation<p>As Insead’s one-year MBA programme maintains its number one position in the Financial Times Global MBA ranking for a second year, the FT Work and Careers team discusses whether this traditional route into management is still worth it — …

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FT Global MBA Ranking 2017: Analysis

Which business schools are up or down, plus trends and profiles<p>Insead is top of the 2017 Financial Times Global MBA Ranking of the best 100 programmes. It is the second year that the multi-campus international business school has taken the number one spot, after claiming it for the first time last …

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Leading business schools find it is growing tougher at the top

The highest-ranked schools, with strong global brands, are seeing record numbers of applications. But even they are fighting for the best candidates<p>A big change is where MBA students go after graduation. Investment banking has been replaced by technology<p>Competition is growing in the MBA market and …

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Should business school scholarships be awarded on merit or need?

In US business schools, those subsidised students are expected to give back in the form of donations after they graduate<p>Some top MBA students study for free — but it raises questions about social mobility<p>Business school is beyond the means of most and a stretch for many. According to research by my …

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Maggots help MBA student find wriggle room in the recycling market

‘Weird idea’ uses larvae to fill gap with a green food waste business<p>The co-founders of a Cambridge recycling technology start-up have found themselves working with thousands of unappealing business partners.<p>The four, who met as students at an environmental hackathon organised by Cambridge …

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What do MBA admissions directors want in applicants?

Business school gatekeepers on what they are looking for — and who is applying<p>Aspiring students applying to the world’s top MBA programmes face a selection process that is rigorous, to say the least. Even before candidates contemplate the detailed online application forms for their chosen schools, …

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MBA project at Cern develops device to bring electricity to refugees

The challenges are broad to give students latitude to think big<p>Students worked with scientists at particle physics facility to help displaced people<p>A team of students charged with improving the lives of displaced people found themselves debating an unlikely choice: should they develop an …

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How an MBA made a student reboot her artistic plans

The programme showed how technology has the potential to disrupt the art world<p><i>Joy Asfar is Lebanese and grew up in Paris before moving to London aged 18. After a BA in international business at Regent’s Business School London and a masters in art business at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in</i> …

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Test yourself in the FT MBA quiz and help Médecins Sans Frontières

Can you name the value of a bank’s assets minus its liabilities? If you can, why not enter the FT MBA quiz — and test your knowledge against your peers.<p>The Financial Times is working with Médecins Sans Frontières, the medical aid charity, to raise money to help it carry on providing emergency …

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Student bloggers share their MBA experiences

Participants learn lessons from bootcamps and extreme breakfasts<p>Bootcamp lessons<p><i>Wynne Lewis, Copenhagen, Business School, Denmark</i><p>After reading Harvard Business Review’s <i>The Making of a Corporate Athlete</i> by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, I should have guessed what was coming. Our professor transformed …

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Business education communities: Was your MBA worth the price?

We asked graduates if their programme justified the price tag — and why?<p>My MBA gave me leadership confidence to not fear senior executives, but to embrace them as mentors and peers I can learn from. I do not fear unemployment because I have skills that will enable me to obtain work in many …

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Why business school mentoring can work both ways

It is good to have an outsider’s perspective. Someone to help navigate professional decisions. I go to Jeremy for key points<p>You can give back to the community. And you can look at what you’ve done, how you did it and how you can do things differently<p>A graduate and his mentor on what each gains from …

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FT Global MBA ranking 2017: Methodology and key

How the table was compiled<p>This ranking features the world’s best 100 full-time MBA programmes. A total of 156 schools took part in the 2017 edition of this ranking. All participating schools meet the FT’s entry criteria, including being accredited by Equis or the AACSB.<p>We survey alumni three years …

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Weak German MBA market is growing up, claims dean

ESMT is the first German institute of higher education to take bitcoin payments<p>ESMT Berlin’s Jörg Rocholl says the country need not be a business school backwater<p>From the window of his office, ESMT Berlin’s president, Jörg Rocholl, can see two landmarks illustrating the city’s turbulent past.<p>In one …

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MBA students help Ethiopia tackle the impact of urbanisation

Project aims to widen team’s world view and make population growth greener<p>For Ria Tobaccowala, a Chicago native studying in New York, arriving in the fast-growing southern Ethiopian city of Hawassa was a revelation.<p>“The first plants are going up, the first airport is being constructed and the first …

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Do the financial benefits of an MBA outweigh the costs?

Both the value and the cost are more than monetary<p>Weighing the outlay in time and money against the rewards<p>Matt Bulloch had already set up his company, TentCraft, when he decided to apply to study for an MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business, the California institution renowned for creating …

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How Martine Rothblatt leapt boundaries in science, tech and gender

Dean’s column: UCLA Anderson’s Judy Olian on a remarkable innovator<p>Entrepreneurs who beat the odds and build a single strong business intrigue me. Successful serial entrepreneurs, those who create multiple pioneering businesses, amaze me. Only a handful qualify as members of that exclusive …

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Are technology-driven changes to the way we work fuelling populism?

On Management: Advances in tech can create insecurity and encourage angry politics<p>Born in rationality, management has always welcomed science and technology as allies in its struggle to increase predictability and limit risk. The more variables that can be captured in data or embedded in code, the …

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How an MBA took Broadway impresario Jordan Roth to the next stage

Roth was announced as president of Jujamcyn Theaters on the first day of his third term<p>He landed one of the top jobs in New York halfway through his programme<p>Jordan Roth’s office, in the heart of Broadway, is not a stereotypical executive’s lair. There is a large illuminated “THEATRE” sign instead …

Retirement

Spain’s business schools buzz with start-up culture

Studying entrepreneurship would once have been like studying pottery or basket-weaving. Today, it is more like accounting<p>Spain: A hot contender<p>Spain still has a long way to go before it can rival the start-up environment in more established destinations such as London or Berlin. Funding is a …

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Introducing FT Business school

Welcome to our new Business school newsletter for FT subscribers. It will provide a weekly serving of management wisdom, reading recommendations and business-related challenges. Please send any feedback and ideas to <b>bschool@ft.com</b>.<p>FT subscribers can <b>sign up here</b> to receive the newsletter by email …

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FT Business school: Recruiting via social

A newsletter to help business students with their education and career<p><i>Welcome to the second edition of the FT Business school newsletter, a weekly serving of management wisdom, reading recommendations and business-related challenges. FT subscribers can sign up here to receive the newsletter by</i> …

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Accreditation inflation: business schools seek multiple approvals

AMBA, AACSB and Equis issue record numbers of quality marks<p>For those who could be spending $100,000 on an MBA course, a quality check by a third party feels reassuring. The problem for prospective business school students, however, is that the industry is assessed by multiple accreditation bodies. …

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