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French business schools take a global view

French business schools are among the more active higher education institutions abroad<p>French business schools tend to be more multi-disciplinary than their US or British counterparts<p>Pressures at home are driving exploration of markets overseas<p>With the political mood in the US and UK growing more …

Business School

How business school classmates cooked up an online chef service

ESCP pair’s company connects lovers of fine cuisine with those who prepare it<p>Stephen Leguillon and Giorgio Riccò lived for a year with no salary, living off their savings while trying to figure out the best business model for their idea of fine dining booked online. On the upside, however, they ate …

MBA kicks British sportsman into US big league

A former professional footballer from the UK now promotes soccer in America<p>Jake Edwards soaks up the cool ocean breeze drifting through the window of the president’s office at the United Soccer League headquarters in Tampa, Florida. “It’s another day in paradise,” he coos.<p>It is a long way from the …

Entrepreneurial MBA students struggle against immigration curbs

Brexit battles<p>Those institutions scoring highly in the FT Business Education rankings, such as London Business School, have found ways to enable their overseas graduates to remain in the UK to work after completing courses — even after the government tightened restrictions on the post-study work …

Immigration

Detecting advantages of an unconventional MBA skill set

Heading to the City of London’s Old Billingsgate Market on my first day as a London Business School MBA, many thoughts ran through my mind. What would the students there be like? Was I skilled and experienced enough to bring valuable insight? If so, how would I be able to adapt my unusual …

MBA

Can business schools propel women to the C-suite?

Growing cohorts: The view from China<p>Jean Lee, director of the Leadership Behavioural Laboratory at Ceibs in Shanghai, says she has seen a change in the attitude of women over the past decade. On the school’s MBA programme, 37 per cent of students are women. On the Executive MBA for working …

Women's News

The art school MBA that promotes creative innovation

Thinking like a designer<p>Jeremy Till claims problems are better addressed through design thinking, which aims to involve all those affected in solving an issue.<p>Camden council in London recently gave his team a brief to improve the efficiency of its recycling services. The team convened social …

MBA

UK business schools blame immigration policies for rise in ‘no shows’

EU students failing to turn up for undergraduate courses<p>The number of students from other EU countries failing to show up for undergraduate courses has risen at one in six British business schools this academic year<p>The Chartered Association of Business Schools, which conducted the research among …

Business School

Demand rises for education in Islamic finance

Non-Muslim business students seek to understand sharia-compliant deals<p>Jeroen Tap, an energy contracts manager for the Benelux region at Dow Chemicals, acknowledges that he is among the “less obvious” students to enrol on an Islamic finance course as part of his self-funded executive MBA at London …

Finance

Duke’s Coach K brings money and prestige to class

Coach K’s classroom tips<p>On the role: “I get a group of people who are talented to commit to excellence and to work together as one. That’s where it starts. Different talents, same commitment.”<p>On planning and staying flexible: “There are things you can talk about and plan and then there are things …

Sports

Changing course: a harder sell for MBAs

Tech groups provide new territory<p>It is one of the most widely recognised qualifications around the world, but the MBA was for decades a distinctly American qualification.<p>Tuck School of Business, founded at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, in 1900, awarded the first advanced degree in business, a …

Business

Imperial College steps into Moocs market with MBA tasters

Specialised Moocs: Online development<p>For Sergio Vera, a management consultant in Lima in Peru, Wharton’s Moocs have not lead to a place on its MBA. But they have opened up a wider world of online professional development.<p>“I like the idea that you don’t need to physically move in order to get …

MBA

MBA application essays: the important piece of the puzzle is you

Going through the process of writing my MBA application essays was a journey of self-discovery.<p>Having spent the previous four years in fast-paced and demanding work environments such as consulting and ecommerce, I had not had the chance to step back and think about where my professional career was …

FT MBA Challenge 2016: Stop the Traffik announces winner

First prize for strategy that focused on marketing phone app in South Africa<p>Students from Harvard Business School in the US, Oxford’s Saïd Business School and Spain’s IE won this year’s FT MBA challenge for their plan to market an app to report suspected human trafficking. Team Umoja focused the …

MBA

Chicago's top food and drink spots for Booth MBAs

Since I have moved to Chicago for business school, the first thing my non-Chicago friends ask, long before they ask about Booth, is whether or not I like deep-dish pizza. Deep-dish is Chicago’s signature and gooey take on the otherwise thin and crispy student staple. The inhabitants of my native …

The pros and cons of an online MBA

One question I get more often than any other is why I chose an online programme over on-campus.<p>I asked myself a similar question when deciding on which MBA I wanted to do, so here is what you need to think about:<p><b>Flexibility without compromising quality:</b> This was my single biggest reason. When I …

Top five reads to get you in the MBA mindset

This summer I got the ball rolling in preparation for my MBA at Copenhagen Business School with a little inspirational book reading.<p>My former workplace was full of people who loved to read so we started a book club. We would source a list of recommendations from everyone, send it out in a survey …

Spain’s business schools best for entrepreneurs, FT data show

Analysis of full-time and executive MBA alumni puts US schools third behind Switzerland<p>Budding global entrepreneurs should consider studying in Spain, setting up their company in the UAE and networking with their Mexican counterparts, additional research produced by the Financial Times suggests.<p>An …

FT Executive MBA Ranking 2016

This year’s listing, analysis of top-placed schools, profiles, key and methodology<p>The joint Sino-American programme delivered by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Kellogg School of Management has returned to the top of the Financial Times ranking of the best 100 executive …

Business School

Companies turn down the funding tap for executive MBAs

Corporate backing for students fades along with single-employer careers<p>Jonathan Delauménie is typical of executive MBA students in many respects — with one glaring exception.<p>Employed by Sapa, a maker of aluminium products, he was 38 when he started his EMBA at HEC Paris, the French business school, …

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How an EMBA fuelled Linda Jackson’s drive to become Citroën CEO

Being a woman, if you do a great job, everyone remembers you. It’s not politically correct to say that<p>Car chief started in the industry as a student holiday worker at Rover<p>Linda Jackson arrived in the car industry almost by accident. The British boss of Citroën took a holiday job stapling invoices …

Autos

How an executive MBA can signal your next move

Citroën chief executive Linda Jackson’s EMBA underlined her credentials for further advancement<p>Editor’s letter: The qualification is a powerful sign that you are ready to change up a gear<p>The signalling effect is one of the key attractions of an executive MBA. Securing the qualification can tell …

How to treat a family business: like a son or a pig?

Dean’s column: Ceibs’ Prof Ding Yuan on the quandary facing China’s company owners<p>As succinctly put by Zhu Xinli, founder of the Chinese beverage company Huiyuan Juice, you must ultimately choose between raising your company like your son or selling it like your pig.<p>I agree. Chinese entrepreneurs …

China

Opinion: Why banking competition policy gives us the wrong choice

Regulation-driven strategy makes us decide between near-identical options<p>The latest regulation-driven attempt to gee up an apparently slothful business sector is “open banking”. This is meant to improve the customer experience by increasing transparency and hence competition. The aim is to make it …

Banking

How to juggle the demands of an EMBA

The competition can be really tough when you’re surrounded by really brilliant people<p>When you set high expectations for yourself, you feel you have only done each thing halfway and that can cause stress<p>Naomi Shragai on balancing study, work and family on what some call the ‘divorce course’<p>It was …

London Business School

EMBA graduate’s app helps TV viewers buy what they see on screen

How an executive MBA helped student fund business<p>Jonas De Cooman’s decision to become a tech entrepreneur has taken him from white coats to fashion labels.<p>Science was the Belgian’s first love. But even before completing his masters degree in biotechnology and food science at the University of …

Business

Iese dean Franz Heukamp on his plans for the Spanish Business School

I‘m definitely in a bad situation here. Jordi leaves with a sense ... that he has done great things<p>The professor admits he has a tough act to follow after Jordi Canals’ 15-year leadership<p>As a keen cyclist, Franz Heukamp gets a regular workout negotiating the steep climb to his office at Iese …

Business School

The Canadian aboriginal EMBA that goes beyond tradition

Beedie School executive MBA builds on communities’ skills and insights<p>Storytelling can be found on the syllabuses of many management degrees. Such classes are claimed to foster everything from innovation to successful leadership. But if storytelling has become a business buzzword, for one group of …

Simon Fraser University

Mobility and value for money chime the loudest for students

Today’s twentysomethings need to launch themselves successfully into work at the start of their careers<p>Outsiders often bounce off Paris’s surface — something I experienced when I was a foreign correspondent there a decade ago. The social networks built up by the French at school can persist at …