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Paris entrepreneurs tap into millennials’ taste for Italy

It is a Sunday evening in early August and while most of Paris has decamped to the beach, outside Pizzeria Popolare in the city’s trendy 2nd arrondissement, millennials are queueing up waiting for the Italian restaurant to open.<p>The establishment does not take bookings so they have come early to be …

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The top insights from the FT business school blog

What do the corporate consequences of Brexit have in common with the challenge of getting the most from an investment bank internship? The answer is that they have both been among the most popular subjects in the first series of the new FT business school blog, the Business School Insider.<p>Written …

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Business Book of the Year 2017 — the longlist

Death, taxis and technology: titles in the running for this year’s Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year give a new twist to the old maxim about certainty.<p>The 17 books on the 2017 longlist include analyses of the implications of world-changing innovations, from the iPhone to …

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AI creeps into the work of MBA careers advisers

Technology is changing how business school graduates land a job. A large number of start-ups are selling their services to campus careers departments — and many were founded by MBA alumni.<p>One example is Vmock, a CV feedback system that uses machine learning predictive analytics and artificial …

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Your MBA application essay mastered

Writing the perfect MBA application essay involves brevity, a degree of literary panache, and total honesty. It also helps if you mention you were South Korea’s first astronaut.<p>It is not a dean’s duty to sift through the thousands of student applications that the world’s most prestigious schools …

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Business school: Middle managers as captains

<b>Andrew Hill’s challenge</b><p>The term “captains of industry” is often applied to chief executives and board chairs. But the real captains, linking the chain of command from top to bottom, are middle managers, according to Sam Walker. He’s author of a new book, The Captain Class, which identifies the …

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Start-ups get the hang of opportunities in China

Just an hour away from Shanghai by fast train is Hangzhou. Arguably the most entrepreneurial city in China, it is home to Alibaba, one of the most globally visible Chinese companies. The capital city of Zhejiang province boasts a vibrant start-up ecosystem of lesser known young companies, whose …

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Business school: Top MBAs for entrepreneurship

<b>Andrew Hill’s challenge</b><p>Calls for diversity on boards tend to focus on gender and ethnicity, but the value of other types of difference is becoming more and more obvious.Take experience, or lack of it. As I write in this week’s column, when there are too many experts on a board, directors can become …

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MBA generation demands start-up expertise

When Michael Birdsall’s first child was born he applied for a place on the MBA course at Cambridge Judge Business School. He thought fatherhood necessitated a stable career, perhaps in management consultancy, rather than the freelance home tutoring service he had been providing for the previous …

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Stanford offers best MBA for entrepreneurship

Stanford Graduate School of Business offers the best MBA for entrepreneurship, according to new data from the Financial Times.<p>The Californian school has topped the FT 2017 ranking of the best 50 MBA programmes for entrepreneurship for the third year in a row. Other US schools scored highly. The …

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Business school: how bosses earn respect

<b>Andrew Hill’s challenge</b><p>Work-life balance often seems to be the holy grail of good management. But I was intrigued to learn that Glassdoor, the jobs website, has found that highly-ranked chief executives tend to have lower ratings for their companies’ work-life balance: Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman …

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More women join financial industry but salaries are not equal

Gender diversity is increasing among graduates working in the financial industry, according to data collected for the 2017 edition of the Financial Times ranking of masters in finance programmes.<p>The proportion of enrolled female students has increased steadily since the ranking began six years ago …

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Chinese students and political uncertainty drive rise in applications for financial courses

Political uncertainty and the complex global economic environment have created more demand than ever for well-rounded finance graduates. This is good news for those teaching these subjects, as the numbers of people from around the world who want to study them are increasing.<p>The challenge for …

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Brexit bonus for students seeking worldwide financial careers

There is a fear among the hundreds of thousands employed in financial services and related jobs in London and south-east England that the UK’s exit from the EU will push jobs overseas. Estimates put the number of workers in the sector in Britain at more than 2m, about a third of whom work in the …

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Universities add blockchain to course list

The market for recruiting blockchain engineers has been described as “red hot”. But where can aspiring software coders find training about the intricacies of this technology? There has been a surprising dearth of courses available in this nascent but fast-growing field. Yet the signs are that this …

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Finance sector employers hunt for digital natives

These should be exciting times for finance graduates: tougher regulations and new reporting standards are being written to prevent another global financial crisis; the emergence of new fintech challengers is reshaping the sector as cutting-edge technology disrupts everything from trading floors to …

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Brexit exacts a heavy toll on UK business schools

Luis Garicano arrived in the UK a decade ago to take up the role of professor of economics and strategy in the department for management at the London School of Economics. Today, he is preparing to return home to Spain, where he will join Madrid’s IE Business School as a member of faculty and to …

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Business school: Indispensable CEOs and the benefits of saying no

<b>Andrew Hill's challenge</b><p>How do you handle a chief executive who appears to have made him or herself indispensable? That's the case with famed railroad innovator Hunter Harrison of CSX, who, as I recount in my latest column, persuaded investors to support the reimbursement of $84m of pay and …

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How complementary strengths boost team performance

Whether it be for business school projects, creating or joining start-ups, or going to work for large organisations, MBA students often have to focus on building teams. While choosing the best and brightest people is important, it is not the only factor. How that talent is configured physically in …

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Chatri Sityodtong: Harvard graduate turned Asia’s king of martial arts

Chatri Sityodtong survived on a diet of budget Korean buffets while an undergraduate at Harvard. Now, the protean martial arts expert, former internet entrepreneur and one-time hedge fund manager wants to create the biggest and most lucrative sporting spectacle in Asia, the world’s most populous …

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How to turn that MBA internship into a job

Hamish Forwood-Stokes is midway through an internship with Splittable, a financial services start-up with offices above a Vietnamese restaurant in the east London district of Shoreditch. The stint is part of his two-year MBA degree at London Business School.<p>The company, whose smartphone app helps …

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The academics who study the secrets of work

From technology to the gig economy to big data, business school academics study the forces that will shape our working lives. We asked five leading business school professors who specialise in researching the world of work to nominate the academic peers with the most innovative and original …

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Investment bank internships: a guide for MBAs

French philosophers are generally not part of the curriculum covering the skills needed for investment banking and financial modelling. However, with the time for summer internships in the banking industry drawing near, I often find myself repeating the same Voltaire quote to MBA students: “Common …

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Business school: Crisis management, German business schools

<b>FT Engage</b><p>What skills do you need to succeed in the workplace? Join our conversation with Lucy Kellaway, FT management columnist, and guests.<p><b>Business School Insider</b><p>Are you studying for an MBA or thinking about it? Find out here what is being taught, why it matters and how it relates to the business …

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German business schools seize chance to outshine rivals

If students at Berlin-based ESMT want a glimpse of recent history rather than a lesson in the latest business case study, they need only look up. Looming over them in the main lecture hall wall is a tiled mosaic, featuring the German Democratic Republic’s hammer and compass emblem. The business …

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AI and collective decision-making for 21st-century management

The future of work is high on chief executives’ agendas. But, at a recent forum where senior managers from major companies agreed that changes, such as automation, artificial intelligence, the rise of non-traditional competitors and advances in manufacturing, were imminent, few had conceived …

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FT Executive Education Rankings 2017

IMD and Iese Business Schools have tightened their grip on the top spots of the twin FT executive education rankings, monopolising first and second places for both open-enrolment and customised programmes.<p>Swiss school IMD comes top in the 2017 ranking of open-enrolment courses, available to all …

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Business school: Executive courses ranking, Michelin’s revolution

<b>Executive Education rankings 2017</b><p>Which schools will be number one in the FT Executive Education ranking for custom and open programmes? Will Iese and IMD be able to retain their number one position?<p><b>Andrew Hill's challenge</b><p>Tyremaker Michelin wants to push more decision-making down to its front-line …

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Followers of fashion struggle to break into luxury

New York City is used to setting trends. But when NYU Stern School of Management announced a specialist one-year MBA in luxury and fashion this month, it was following rather than leading the crowd.<p>Specialist masters courses and MBA programmes focused on fashion are in vogue. Dozens of business …

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