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FT Executive MBA ranking 2017: a new challenger at number two

It is the first time in the history of FT business education rankings that a programme has been placed so high on its first participation. The EMBA-Global Asia, delivered jointly by Columbia Business School, London Business School and the University of Hong Kong, enters the FT Executive MBA Ranking …

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‘Design thinking’: Does it live up to the hype?

Almost one in five people waiting at the emergency department at Whiteriver Indian Hospital on Arizona’s Fort Apache Reservation left without being seen by medical staff, a rate 20 times the national average. The first instinct of Marliza Rivera, the hospital’s performance improvement officer, and …

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Prepare to meet the robot recruiters

When you apply for your next job, it could be a computer algorithm, rather than a human, that asks you the first round of screening questions.<p>That is the hope of Eyal Grayevsky, whose company Mya Systems uses artificial intelligence and a chatbot named Mya to help recruiters screen high volumes of …

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‘Portable’ leaders need people skills

General Electric will soon be able to predict when staff are about to quit. An application under development will analyse human resources data, identify situations where people often leave and prompt the group to step in and persuade them to stay. “If we can reduce GE’s average voluntary attrition …

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Students’ hunger for a global perspective drives EMBA partnerships

When Isabelle Graveline took time out from her role as a chief executive of Ontario-based plant maintenance and repair business, Kilmarnock Enterprise, she did so to leave her comfort zone. She had spent almost two decades overseeing a company recently ranked as one of the fastest growing in Canada.<p>…

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Mango China CEO’s eastern EMBA premise

David Sancho’s office at Mango sits in the sprawling Chinese headquarters building in the bustling Jing’an district of Shanghai. From here he oversees 200-plus stores that make up the Spanish clothing retailer’s East Asian and Indian operations.<p>But our interview is conducted in Hong Kong, as he …

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Why a 16th-century saint is a model of modern management

When Pope Francis assumed the papacy in 2013, there were cheers from many around the world. Francis was the first pope from the Americas and the first Jesuit. While his appointment focused new attention on the Jesuit Order, the Society of Jesus has been around since 1540, when it was founded by St …

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How executive MBA students are learning to negotiate

Brexit has brought the importance of negotiation skills into crisp focus in recent months. The UK’s vote to leave the EU will require years of complex negotiations over hundreds of trade deals and treaties and some have questioned whether enough people have the skills and expertise.<p>Such skills have …

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London’s EMBA market grows despite Brexit fears

Gold mining in Sweden, silver mining in Mexico and exploring tar sands in her native Canada are just three of the varied experiences on Luisa Da Silva’s curriculum vitae. Next year she aims to add another selling point to her CV: an executive MBA from Warwick Business School.<p>Like many scientists, …

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EMBA graduate’s networking app helps put names to faces

Having trouble remembering someone’s name? You know how important it is but still it escapes you, however hard you try, even if you were introduced just five minutes before. What if you need to make contact afterwards?<p>Andrea Sommer, the 36-year-old entrepreneur and founder of Hiver, a networking …

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EMBA students and alumni share their top tips

<b>Idara Umoh Nickelson, Executive MBA, Kellogg School of Management, US, graduated 2017. Vice-president, Adfinitas Health, US</b><p>How has your alumni network helped?<p>My EMBA spanned five campuses in four countries — US, Canada, Germany and Hong Kong — and I seized the opportunity to cultivate a global …

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From Swiss Vatican guard to executive MBA student

<i>Gautier Porot is studying for an EMBA at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland and has designs for his own project</i><p>I am a couple of years younger than most of my peers at IMD. When the school chose me for the EMBA they said: “We’ll accept you even if you’re young because you have a unique profile and a …

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Women still hesitate to accept foreign assignments

Leila Guerra tells an only-funny-because-it’s-true story.<p>Now assistant dean of postgraduate programmes at Lee Kong Chian School of Business in Singapore, she is a business school academic in demand, having worked in senior roles around the world. Whenever she moves jobs, which is often, her family …

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Female MBA students are undeterred by Silicon Valley’s sexism

Fern Mandelbaum’s Stanford business school courses fill up quickly. The professor’s two MBA electives on diversity and the “power of inclusion” in start-up culture are so popular, she added a third this year.<p>On Prof Mandelbaum’s latest course, Equity by Design: Building Diverse and Inclusive …

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The MBA is a Grand Tour in the age of Airbnb

More than 11m people this year will apply for places at business schools. But the nature of what they are learning is changing. King’s College London will open its business school next month without offering an MBA programme, for decades the gold standard of general management education. Employers …

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MBA students become unlikely beneficiaries of UK apprenticeship levy

Harriet Griffin counts herself as a senior executive running a team of 12 people at Charles Stanley, the investment management firm based in the City of London.<p>But the UK government classes Ms Griffin as an apprentice. This is because Charles Stanley is paying for the 31-year-old to attend business …

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Business school: Scions, perils of WhatsApp, female MBAs in tech

<b>Andrew Hill's challenge</b><p>Family businesses have a head start when it comes to culture, values and, sometimes, longevity — provided they can get the critical handover between the generations right. My column this week is about how to do just that, not by automatically switching to professional …

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Business education goes faster, younger, cheaper

The global economic recovery has been weak. Output growth in the US and Europe is only now, 10 years after the crisis, stabilising. Under this “new normal”, two to three per cent growth is cause for celebration. Lucky is the industry that has been able to raise prices through the decade.<p>One product …

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King’s rejects MBA courses after talks with business

King’s College London has become the first leading British university to open a business school that will not offer an MBA.<p>Stephen Bach, who will be the dean of the school when it opens next month, said that, after speaking to businesses, there did not appear to be enough support for an MBA …

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WeChat replaces textbooks in MBA classrooms

Asithandile Nkatha recently completed the first year of her MBA degree at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management, but she has yet to buy a textbook.<p>At the beginning of each semester, she and her classmates collect a freshly published and bound volume of material from each of their …

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Business schools in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan — FT.com

The greater China region that encompasses mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan is becoming increasingly important in the world of business education.<p>Many schools have received seals of approval from AACSB and Equis, the two leading global business education accreditation organisations. Many also …

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China’s business schools face new challenges as they mature

It is less than 25 years since the first manager graduated from a Chinese university with an MBA, but in just a quarter of a century, Chinese business schools have been rapidly catching up with their American and European counterparts. Now, as they expand domestically and overseas, these business …

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Business school: Dull-bots, Brexit MBAs, China’s students

<b>Business School Insider</b><p>London's vibrant global business hub and entrepreneurship scene are still attracting potential MBA students from overseas to the UK. Plus, a fall in the pound means lower study costs. Read <i>Brexit Britain’s MBAs defy expectations to lure overseas students</i> by Francisco Veloso, …

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China’s roving students are lured home

After high school in Nanjing, Queenie Ren followed a familiar path for young Chinese students. She moved to the US for higher education, studying economics at Brown University.<p>Five years later, she is back in China working for consultancies and investment banks. Now Ms Ren is considering applying …

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How MBAs can develop cross-cultural skills

Culturally diverse groups of students have many benefits, especially when it comes to solving problems creatively. But they also run the risk of misunderstandings and friction. As more businesses cross borders, leaders who have the skills to gain the most from cross-cultural teams will have a …

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Brexit Britain’s MBAs defy expectations to lure overseas students

After Britain voted to leave the EU, some voiced concern that our world-class universities would struggle to attract international talent and serve the needs of employers.<p>Many worried that international students would be put off from coming to the UK. Multinational firms threatened to withdraw …

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Trump election blamed as foreign MBA students shun US schools

Donald Trump’s election to the White House is to blame for the growing number of US business schools seeing a drop in MBA applications from overseas students, the head of the elite qualification’s global examining board says.<p>Only 32 per cent of US business schools reported an increase in …

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Interview advice for MBAs: be as open as you dare

MBA graduates face an intensely competitive search for internships and jobs. Each interview requires the necessary research and preparation as candidates are put through their paces. So what is the best approach and how do you make yourself stand out?<p>New research conducted by myself and Celia …

Employment

Business school: Apple’s town squares, China’s universities and interim managers

<b>Business School Insider</b><p>Interview advice for MBAs: be as open as you dare, by Dan Cable, professor of organisational behaviour at London Business School.<p><b>Andrew Hill's challenge</b><p>Apple has overstepped the mark, in my view, by deciding to call its stores "town squares" — as it announced in the preamble …

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