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FT Executive Education Rankings 2017

Iese and IMD tighten their grip on the top for customised and open-enrolment programmes<p>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 …

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Followers of fashion struggle to break into luxury

Specialist MBA courses tailored to the sector are risky — getting a job is tough<p>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 …

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Students on the cities beyond the business school gates

Postcards from study destinations around the world<p>San Francisco<p>The San Francisco Bay area is fabulous and there are some spectacular vineyards in the surrounding region, but the weather can be unpredictable due to the microclimates. In our spare time, we played a lot of golf and watched a lot of …

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Business school: Executive courses ranking, Michelin’s revolution

Do you believe managers are necessary? Email us your thoughts<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 have any</i> …

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

Information systems will help break down company silos and better inform strategy<p>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 …

Intelligence

Business schools take a playful approach to leadership

From kidnaps to oil rig disasters, ‘serious games’ are helping to train executives<p>Divining what employers want from executive education is increasingly easy. The message is clear: companies want business schools to loosen up, open their doors and use their imaginations. You could say they want …

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How edtech start-ups are shaking up executive education

Disruption prompts innovative partnerships and experimentation in teaching<p>Executive education has long been a lucrative market for business schools, but they now face competition from tech start-ups, which have seen an opportunity for market disruption.<p>New York-based Grovo, for example, offers what …

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Elite athletes on fast track to business school

Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business offers former Olympians a bespoke education<p>When a knee injury forced Lashinda Demus to withdraw from contention for the US team at the Rio Olympics, the former world champion hurdler, who had hoped to better her silver in the 400m event at the 2012 London …

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Nationality grants open doors to MBA hopefuls

Business schools lure applicants from preferred countries with generous scholarships<p>Kelly McCracken can thank her family ties for her place at business school. The 26-year-old claims case manager at Liberty Mutual in Boston will start her MBA at the University of Edinburgh Business School with most …

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Harvard and its business school acolytes are due a rethink

The ‘golden passport’ lures ambitious students but case method is ripe for change<p>I often get the feeling that all roads lead to Harvard Business School. Such is the institution’s gravitational pull that even an idea for a column that starts on quite a different trajectory gets dragged back into its …

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Foreign students shun US over Trump

Most US business schools report drop in applications from overseas<p>Donald Trump’s arrival in the White House has damaged perception of the country’s valuable MBA degree market among outsiders, despite his pro-business agenda.<p>Halfway through the current admissions cycle, 64 per cent of US business …

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Stanford top in MBA ranking for jobs in finance

Alumni of California school achieve best salaries in high-paying sector<p>The Californian school, known for its focus on entrepreneurship and self-development, came top in this ranking of the 50 best generalist MBA programmes worldwide for careers in finance. The ranking was based on responses of …

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Edinburgh tips the gender balance with its low MBA tuition fees

A revamped affordable programme and a female-friendly policy make its campus a winner<p>The centuries-old cobbled streets that criss-cross the University of Edinburgh’s campus are a physical reminder of the long history of education in Scotland’s capital. But step on to the business school and you can …

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Fintech lures MBAs away from banking and consulting

Salaries are less of a concern to those who aim to be agents of disruption<p>Before taking her place at the Wharton School, Neha Goel followed a conventional pre-MBA career path, working as a consultant at Deloitte, the professional services firm.<p>After graduation, however, she will join the riskier …

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MBAs must grasp that business and politics are closely linked

A CEO cannot make a decision in a political or economic vacuum<p>It seems increasingly fashionable for managers to worry and complain about how unstable, risky and dangerous the world has become, as fears of low economic growth and geopolitical tensions rise. The French election highlights these …

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Business school students find voices in an age of protest

MBAs are turning to campus activism, inspired by business leaders<p>When Keith Scott was shot and killed by a policeman in North Carolina in September, Matt Bubley felt compelled to join a rally organised by his fellow students at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business.<p>The second year MBA student …

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Business school: MBAs in fintech and learning from failures

What is your favourite business model blunder and what can we learn from it?<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.</i> …

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Business school: United Airlines image and MBA activists

Send your ideas on how you would advise the airline to recover its reputation<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.</i> …

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MBAs vs hackers: leaders of the future learn to fight cyber crime

The ability to prevent hacks could be a coveted leadership skill in the big data era<p>When Nuno Sebastião enrolled on the London Business School MBA programme, he looked beyond the traditional careers of consultancy and investment banking. He decided to fight hackers instead.<p>This was not for purely …

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Business school: career aspiration gap and French leadership

What can companies do to expand young people's ambitions?<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 have any</i> …

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How to bring cross-cultural teams together

What is the best way to integrate staff in foreign acquisitions?<p>As the appetite for cross-border deals increases, business schools are mining insights from corporate couplings that prospered against the odds, in the hope that they hold valuable lessons for managers struggling to overcome cultural …

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Negotiation skills: time to ditch the winner-takes-all approach

Business schools must demonstrate that masculine stereotypes lead to poor outcomes<p>Negotiation stereotypes tend to celebrate a masculine, aggressive, winner-takes-all mentality, even when unethical actions are in play. These stereotypes are not constructive, but is there room for a more ethical …

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Indian students turn away from US and UK business schools

Donald Trump’s tough stance on immigration is a boon for Canadian schools<p>When Urvi Bhandare decided to leave her native Mumbai to study for an MBA overseas, the 23-year-old management consultant’s first instinct was to apply for one of the top US schools.<p>But Ms Bhandare was dissuaded from chasing …

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Amazon’s shopping spree at business schools

How the retailer has become one of the biggest recruiters of MBA graduates<p>In San Francisco’s Bay Area and London’s Shoreditch, dropping out of college to found a business is a badge of honour. But not if you want to work for a large, established technology company.<p>Amazon, together with Google and …

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Business school: Amazon MBA hiring and cyber attack defences

Send your ideas about how to encourage staff into behaving in a more cyber-secure way<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</i> …

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Business school: Ways to remove unwanted staff

Share your ideas on how companies can help staff move on with dignity<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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How to reinvent yourself as a business school academic

Universities want to hire former executives, but competition is fierce<p>Rupert Merson fell into lecturing at London Business School after a colleague bottled out of giving a talk. “He said he had double booked with a client meeting, but I think he had lost his nerve,” Mr Merson, who at the time was a …

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Brexit vote provides an unexpected upside for law students

Those from all over the world are studying EU law to get ahead in the race for jobs<p>Not many academics are overjoyed about Brexit. But for Anu Bradford, it has provided a big opportunity.<p>The professor in international economic law and EU law at New York’s Columbia University used to struggle to …

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Theresa May’s clampdown on international students is a mystery

There is no reason to include those arriving to study in the migration target<p>With Brexit negotiations expected to start soon, Theresa May will strive to achieve what she believes most Leave voters want: a significant reduction in immigration. It will be difficult. Incomers from outside the EU are …

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