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What MBAs can learn from small businesses

Hsin-Hsuan Meg Lee<p>December 6, 2017<p>At top-tier business schools, students learn about multinational companies in various industries via seminars, guest lectures, case studies, and company visits. But missing are efforts to help students learn about small and medium-sized companies. This is a gap …

Small Business

FT European Business School rankings 2017

As Europeans look for stability in turbulent times, the continent’s best business schools deliver exactly that. The top 14 schools remain the same as last year, with only slight reshuffling, while London Business School is number one for the fourth year in a row.<p>LBS continues to benefit from its …

Europe

FT 2017 top 20 business schools in the Americas and Asia-Pacific

These new top-20 rankings for the Americas and Asia-Pacific are based on the quality and breadth of business schools’ postgraduate programmes. The Financial Times measured their performance in the main rankings published in 2017: MBA, Executive MBA, Masters in Management (MiM) and the two rankings …

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France’s advertising queen Mercedes Erra on her journey to the top

Mercedes Erra arrived in the advertising industry almost by accident. In the late 1970s she was an idealistic young teacher with a masters degree in literature and an enthusiasm for Marcel Proust and James Joyce. Erra had noble ideas about a career in teaching but it turned out to be an …

Advertising

Why applications for European business schools are on the rise

Melinda Aulie left Europe aged 15 when her American parents moved from Madrid back to the family home in Chicago.<p>She went on to study at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, for her bachelors degree in economics and business, and worked as a corporate account manager at Bloomberg in San Francisco.<p>Now …

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Career lessons from Arianna Huffington’s unconventional life

Marion Debruyne<p>In a short TED video watched by 4m people, an elegant blonde woman makes a passionate plea for the benefits of getting a good night’s sleep, away from your smartphone. The woman is Arianna Huffington and her emergence as a writer and campaigner on sleep is the latest reincarnation in …

Arianna Huffington

Why geopolitics is finding a place on the business school map

The dispute over Catalan independence from Spain is escalating; Donald Trump is threatening to pull out of the Nafta free-trade agreement; Britain is leaving the EU. Geopolitical events shape the environment in which businesses operate and in recent years the world has looked an increasingly …

Geopolitics

How an MBA entrepreneur made his multiple-account bank card add up

Israeli Shachar Bialick spent the first decade of his working life founding and backing start-ups before he dropped everything to move overseas and take an MBA.<p>“I decided to have a year off,” he says of his time at the Fontainebleau campus of Insead, on the edge of Paris. “Self-improvement is …

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Business school students and alumni share tips and experiences

Blair Bugge<br>American, MBA, Cambridge: Judge, UK. Graduates 2018<p>What are the advantages and disadvantages of a one-year MBA?<p>A one-year MBA is less expensive and you are only out of the workforce, and without a salary, for one year versus two. The disadvantage is that you start the job-seeking process …

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Why an opera singer went to business school

Anjuli Deo as told to Patricia Nilsson<p>December 3, 2017<p>I say this cautiously but Americans can be very Americentric.<p>I know I used to be, even though I am the child of an immigrant. Moving to Denmark was a big part of learning how disadvantageous it is to think that the US is at the centre of the …

Opera

Business school: European school ranking; how to lead; being kind

<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 feedback about FT Business school, please email</b> …

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How to break into venture capital

An MBA from London Business School was key to Joe Krancki securing a job in venture capital — but not because of anything he learnt in class.<p>What counted was being a full-time student on campus, surrounded by people with connections to the best jobs in London’s financial services industry. A …

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Executive apprentice courses hit by fee delays

in London<p>Hundreds of senior executives starting business degrees in the new year will be unable to pay their tuition fees from a UK tax secured from their employers because officials have yet to finalise what course costs will be covered by the arrangements.<p>Business schools had welcomed Britain’s …

Business School

How machine learning creates new professions — and problems

It is not often that a new profession springs up almost overnight.<p>It is also unusual for many of the people who find their way into this new field to do it without the formal training provided by the normal institutions of higher education.<p>Machine learning, as well as the allied field of data …

Machine Learning

How business schools teach cryptocurrencies

in London<p>David Yermack is a man in great demand. In 2014, the professor of finance at the NYU Stern School of Business helped it become the first major university to launch a course in the nascent field of blockchain and cryptocurrencies.<p>Since then the course has taken off and as well as teaching …

Bitcoin

Best practice can make lemmings of us all

If I have learnt one thing in business journalism, it is that flops and failures are rarely available for interview, while successes flock to the limelight.<p>By the same token, business leaders love biographies, where in the lives of great figures they can trace the similarities to their own careers. …

Eric Ries

Alibaba rethinks its aversion to hiring MBA graduates

Jonathan Moules<p>Jack Ma built a business empire helping the masses — half a billion of them at the last count. Alibaba brought ecommerce to everyone, from small businesses trading on its online marketplace, to shoppers who use its Alipay service to buy groceries with a swipe of a smartphone.<p>When it …

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Most ‘innovations’ are mere novelties

The Innovations catalogue is lodged in the memory of anyone who grew up in the UK in the 1980s and 1990s. Every Sunday the compendium of cut-price gadgets fell out of newspapers, offering ludicrous inventions that promised to solve everyday problems.<p>Arachnophobic? Try the Spider Catcher (“Lets you …

Innovation

Can you learn how to be charismatic?

Want to be charismatic? You can learn how, according to Richard Reid. While he does not claim he is able to transform a wet lettuce into Barack Obama, the psychologist and coach does believe he can ramp up charisma in everyone.<p>He is one of a new breed of executive coaches promising to step up your …

Leadership

Corporate succession: planning does not always pay off

Philip Stiles<p>One leader departing and another taking over is a perilous and emotional event in the life of an organisation. The stories of difficult successions litter the business pages — think of Carly Fiorina at Hewlett-Packard; Philip Clarke following Sir Terry Leahy at Tesco, and David Moyes …

Governance

Microsoft is on a hiring spree at US business schools

Safiya Miller had her pick of job offers from big technology companies after earning an MBA from Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management in New York state.<p>In the end, she chose Microsoft, becoming an account executive in its Bay Area offices in 2015. Her decision was clinched by the …

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MBAs who specialise in environment will drive change

Mirabelle Muûls<p>Whenever I teach business students the importance of climate change, they perk up. The class does not require a year of environmental science, but students need to have an awareness of the planet’s boundaries and the limits of our resources. For businesses, cutting carbon footprint …

Mark Carney

MBA students: it is OK to be human

The world is awash with the idea of self-improvement. Be more mindful, we are told. Meditate, set yourself goals, take regular exercise, eat clean and you will be happier, healthier and more successful.<p>You only have to look to the growth of the multibillion-dollar “wellbeing” industry to see how …

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Are business schools on the brink of a Brexit talent drain?

Christer Jepsen, a social sciences professor with a Danish passport, quit his job at one of the UK’s top-tier business schools for a rival on the continent after the 2016 Brexit vote.<p>“You could see the upcoming slow-motion train wreck,” says the academic, whose name is changed to avoid …

Brexit

Business school: Dispensable directors; Brexit talent drain

Andrew Hill<p>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 feedback about FT Business school, please email</i> …

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Catalan independence would be disastrous for business schools

Catalonia is in turbulent political waters. The region’s parliament proclaimed independence on Friday, prompting Spain’s central government to take exceptional measures to reassert its control.<p>As the situation unfolds, flagship companies and banks are leaving or planning to leave. How will this …

Education

Business school: Blockchain; AI’s role in job search; harrasment

Andrew Hill<p>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 feedback about FT Business school, please email</i> …

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Barcelona business schools braced for fallout from Catalan crisis

Until he moved to Barcelona last month to start his MBA studies at Iese Business School, Michael Wurth had only ever visited Spain as a tourist. Neither the terrorist attack in the city in August that killed 13 people nor the Catalan independence referendum this month deterred the 28-year-old …

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Are MBA admissions consultants worth their fees?

With a wide range of entrance exams, essays and interviews, securing a place at a top business school has never been easy. With more would-be MBAs applying for the elite schools, it is getting harder still. Growing competition has lowered the average acceptance rate for the top-10 US MBAs ranked by …

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