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Arjay Miller, Who Led a Resurgence at Ford, Dies at 101 - The New York Times
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Stanford  deanships  business_schools  obituaries  Ford  leaders 
november 2017 by jerryking
How business schools can create loyalty among alumni - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May 11
Ivey  business_schools  customer_loyalty  alumni 
may 2017 by jerryking
Laurier initiative to separate the strong startups from the weak - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Jul. 08, 2016

[For Corey & UpSpark]
Earlier this year, the school’s Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises issued a report, Scaling Success: Tackling the Management Gap in Canada’s Technology Sector, that concluded Canada “continues to underperform its peers in the creation of high-growth firms.” For example, a majority of tech startups in the professional, scientific and technical sector demonstrated “consistently negative rates of business creation” between 2001 and 2012, according to the report.

Given the poor showing, the dean asks: “So how do we take our most promising startups and take them to the next level?”

One answer, he hopes, is a new collaboration between the Lazaridis Institute and several tech-focused industry partners.

Working with Communitech, a Waterloo-based innovation centre that supports more than 1,000 technology companies, the Institute plans to develop an assessment tool this fall to identify startups with the potential to scale up. The tool, currently being tested, would evaluate companies for the quality of their product, technology, staff, management and financial muscle.
assessments_&_evaluations  brands  business_schools  Colleges_&_Universities  Communitech  culling  failure  Fortune_500  gazelles  high-growth  Kitchener-Waterloo  large_companies  scaling  start_ups  tools  under-performing  WLU 
july 2016 by jerryking
Business School, Disrupted -
MAY 31, 2014 | NYT | By JERRY USEEM.

The question: Should Harvard Business School enter the business of online education, and, if so, how?

In the Porter model, all of a company’s activities should be mutually reinforcing. By integrating everything into one, cohesive fortification, “any competitor wishing to imitate a strategy must replicate a whole system,” Professor Porter wrote.

In the Christensen model, these very fortifications become a liability. In the steel industry, which was blindsided by new technology in smaller and cheaper minimills, heavily integrated companies couldn’t move quickly and ended up entombed inside their elaborately constructed defenses.
HBS  deanships  disruption  Michael_Porter  competitive_strategy  steel  competitive_advantage  Clayton_Christensen  Colleges_&_Universities  Ivy_League  MOOCs  business_schools  Nitin_Nohria  blindsided  blind_spots 
june 2014 by jerryking
Convicted SAC Trader Loses His Business School Degree -
March 5, 2014, 1:47 pm
Convicted SAC Trader Loses His Business School Degree
SAC_Capital  business_schools  insider_trading  Mathew_Martoma  deception 
march 2014 by jerryking
The need for an analytical approach to life
November 3, 2013 | | By Rebecca Knight.

Risk analysis is not about predicting events; it’s about understanding the probability of possible scenarios, according to Elisabeth Paté-Cornell, professor at the Stanford School of Engineering.
In her latest research, she argues that expressions such as “black swan” and “perfect storm”, which have become journalistic shorthand when describing catastrophes, are just excuses for poor planning. Managers, should “think like engineers” and take a systematic approach to risk analysis. They should figure out how a system works and then identify the probable ways in which it could fail.
So does a black swan event exist?
The only one that I can think of is the Aids epidemic. In the case of a true black swan, you cannot anticipate it.
And what about ‘perfect storms’?
A combination of rare events is often referred to as a perfect storm. I think people underestimate the probability of them because they wrongly assume that the elements of a perfect storm are independent. If something happened in the past – even though it may not have happened at the same time as something else – it is likely to happen again in the future.
Why should managers take an engineering approach to analysing the probability of perfect storms?
Engineering risk analysts think in terms of systems – their functional components and their dependencies. If you’re in charge of risk management for your business, you need to see the interdependencies of any of the risks you’re managing: how the markets that you operate in are interrelated, for example.
You also need imagination. Several bad things can happen at once. Some of these are human errors and once you make a mistake, others are more likely to happen. This is because of the sequence of human error. When something bad happens or you make a mistake, you get distracted which means you’re more likely to make another mistake, which could lead to another bad event. When you make an error, stop and think. Anticipate and protect yourself.
How can you compute the likelihood of human error?
There are lots of ways to use systems analysis to calculate the probability of human error. Human errors are often rooted in the way an organisation is managed: either people are not skilled enough to do their jobs well; they do not have enough information; or they have the wrong incentives. If you’re paid for maximum production you’re going to take risks.
So in the case of a financial company I’d say monitor your traders, and maybe especially those that make a lot of money. There are a lot of ways you can make a lot of money: skill, luck, or through imprudent choices that sooner or later are going to catch up with you.
So you can do risk analysis even without reliable statistics?
We generally do a system-based risk analysis because we do not have reliable statistics. The goal is to look ahead and use the information we have to assess the chances that things might go wrong.
The upshot is that business schools ought to do a better job of teaching MBAs about probability.
“Numbers make intangibles tangible,” said Jonah Lehrer, a journalist and
author of “How We Decide,” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009). “They
give the illusion of control. [Add "sense of control" to tags]
engineering  sense_of_control  black_swan  warning_signs  9/11  HIV  Aids  business_schools  MBAs  attitudes  interconnections  interdependence  mindsets  Stanford  imagination  systems_thinking  anticipating  probabilities  pretense_of_knowledge  risk-management  thinking_tragically  complexity  catastrophes  shorthand  incentives  quantified_self  multiple_stressors  compounded  human_errors  risks  risk-analysis  synchronicity  cumulative  self-protection  systematic_approaches 
november 2013 by jerryking
Wharton Applications Drop 12% Over Four Years -
September 26, 2013 | WSJ | By MELISSA KORN
Wharton Applications Drop 12% Over Four Years
Business-School Experts and Students Say School Has Lost Its Luster
Wharton  admissions  business_schools  MBAs 
september 2013 by jerryking
Wharton start-up CommonBond extends loans to 20 US MBA courses -
September 4, 2013 2:00 pm
Wharton start-up CommonBond extends loans to 20 US MBA courses

By Adam Palin
crowdsourcing  crowdfunding  Wharton  start_ups  MBAs  business_schools 
september 2013 by jerryking
Harvard Business School Case Study - Gender Equity -
September 7, 2013

The dean’s ambitions extended far beyond campus, to what Dr. Faust called in an interview an “obligation to articulate values.” The school saw itself as the standard-bearer for American business. Turning around its record on women, the new administrators assured themselves, could have an untold impact at other business schools, at companies populated by Harvard alumni and in the Fortune 500, where only 21 chief executives are women. The institution would become a laboratory for studying how women speak in group settings, the links between romantic relationships and professional status, and the use of everyday measurement tools to reduce bias.
gender_gap  HBS  business_schools  case_studies  women  Fortune_500  students  makeovers  leadership  Nitin_Nohria 
september 2013 by jerryking
Take one philanthropist plus one hedge fund -
June 2, 2013 | FT | By Emma Boyde.

the Pershing Square Foundation has announced a gift of £4.5m to Saïd Business School at Oxford university....The gift will fund up to five scholars a year on Saïd’s “1+1” programme, which allows students to study an MBA and an Oxford university specialist master’s degree in two years. The gift will be matched by a further £3m from the Oxford Graduate Scholarship Matched Fund.
philanthropy  Oxford  hedge_funds  business_schools  William_Ackman  money_management 
june 2013 by jerryking
Sustainable enterprises give students food for thought -
February 3, 2013 7:56 pm
Sustainable enterprises give students food for thought

By Alina Dizik
MBAs  business_schools  food  agriculture  agribusiness 
february 2013 by jerryking
The Messy Business of Management
By Ian I. Mitroff, Can M. Alpaslan and Richard O. Mason

September 18, 2012| |

“Managers don’t solve simple, isolated problems; they manage messes.” Ackoff was also instrumental in defining the nature of such messes. According to him, a mess is a system of constantly changing, highly interconnected problems, none of which is independent of the other problems that constitute the entire mess. As a result, no problem that is part of a mess can be defined and solved independently of the other problems. Accordingly, the ability to manage messes requires the ability to think and to manage systemically; this in turn requires that one understand systems thinking. addressing complex, messy problems also requires constructive conflict and structured debate with others to help test one’s assumptions — and help ensure that one is not solving the wrong problem. Many business schools excel at teaching young managers well-structured models, theories and frameworks. But we believe that business schools should spend more time helping their students surface, debate and test the assumptions underlying each model, theory or framework they are learning about. In this way, by developing students’ critical thinking skills, universities would prepare young business leaders to succeed in a messy, uncertain world.
critical_thinking  crisis  business_schools  constant_change  uncertainty  management  systems_thinking  complexity  networks  interconnections  problem_solving  messiness  assumptions 
january 2013 by jerryking
90 seconds to MBA acceptance - The Globe and Mail

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Oct. 19 2012
Rotman  Ivey  alumni  admissions  business_schools  MBAs 
october 2012 by jerryking
Help planning a career from the get-go in B-school - The Globe and Mail

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Oct. 05 2012
october 2012 by jerryking
Teaching Turnaround Management and Bankruptcy
Fall/Winter 1995 | Social Science Research Network | by Harlan D. Platt.

Students both need and want to learn how to restore distressed and dying companies. Business schools have a responsibility to both their students and to society to teach these skills. One factor holding back faculty who might have considered teaching a course on this topic is the lack of a textbook and any ancillary support material. This article discusses how several faculty members have successfully overcome this limitation. A short review of the techniques of turnaround management is also provided based on discussions with several practicing turnaround managers.
turnarounds  bankruptcies  teaching  business_schools  curriculum 
august 2012 by jerryking
Introduction to the Case Method
(1) Define the central problem. (Problems vs. symptoms, sequence, linkages)
(2) Formulate the alternatives. (3 or 4 are usually sufficient. Include maintenance of the status quo).
(3) Analyze the alternatives. (Uncover the nature, proportion, function, and underlying relationships among a set of variables). Lay out assumptions. Review assumptions to see how dependent conclusions are on the assumptions made. Contingency plans in the case that assumptions don't hold. Opposing arguments addressed? Pros/cons of each alternative.
(4) Recommend a solution. (Make it clear cut. Avoid qualifications)
(5) Specify a plan of action. (Potential reactions)
(6) Prepare contingency plans.
case_studies  business_schools  symptoms  howto  frameworks  problem_framing  problem_solving  linkages  marketing_math  critical_thinking  action_plans  contingency_planning  alternatives  assumptions  argumentation  sequencing 
july 2012 by jerryking
Romney Merged Law and Business at Harvard -

When Harvard started its so-called J.D.-M.B.A. program in 1969, there were just a handful like it. Others have cropped up since, but Harvard’s has what may be the most successful alumni roster, particularly in finance....Students must be admitted separately to the business and law schools before applying for the program. That is a feat in itself, because the two student bodies are quite different.

The law school takes younger students, often straight out of college, putting more emphasis on academic credentials, while the business school usually wants work and leadership experience. Business students are often described as being more gregarious and at ease with numbers, law students as more intellectual and facile with words.
HBS  Mitt_Romney  business_schools  law_schools  alumni  Silver_Lake  J.D.-M.B.A. 
july 2012 by jerryking
Business Schools Short on Diversity -
July 4, 2012 | WSJ | By MELISSA KORN.
Business Schools Short on Diversity
Asian-Americans, Statistically Overrepresented, Can Mask the Levels of Underrepresented Minorities
Asian-Americans  business_schools  diversity  ethnic_communities  MBAs  overrepresentation  under-representation 
july 2012 by jerryking
Blacks at the Nation's Top-Ranked Business Schools: Enrollments Are Down But Graduation Rates Are Almost Perfect
Winter 2005/2005

Blacks at the Nation's Top-Ranked Business Schools: Enrollments Are Down But Graduation Rates Are Almost Perfect
enrollment  African-Americans  business_schools  MBAs  Ivy_League  elitism 
june 2012 by jerryking
The Management Myth
June 2006 | ATLANTIC MAGAZINE |By Matthew Stewart

Most of management theory is inane, writes our correspondent, the founder of a consulting firm. If you want to succeed in business, don’t get an M.B.A. Study philosophy instead
skepticism  management  curriculum  business_schools  MBAs  philosophy  philosophers  myths 
june 2012 by jerryking
More Schools Set Their Minds on Design Thinking -

Forget B-School, D-School Is Hot
'Design Thinking' Concept Gains Traction as More Programs Offer the Problem-Solving Courses
design  Colleges_&_Universities  business_schools  problem_solving 
june 2012 by jerryking
B7399 Private Equity Columbia Business School
Case Presentations
You will be asked to form teams that will analyze a case and present your findings in
class. Each presentation will need to address the following:
1. Overview of business/investment opportunity
2. Investment strengths
3. Investment weaknesses/risks and possible mitigants
4. Financial performance, projections and expected returns
5. Your recommendation (i.e., to invest or pass)
private_equity  business_schools  curriculum 
april 2012 by jerryking
Tomorrow's B-School? It Might Be A D-School
AUGUST 1, 2005
Graphic: The B-Schools Who Get It, Plus The New D-Schools
design  Colleges_&_Universities  business_schools  IDEO  Rotman 
april 2012 by jerryking
Was my MBA worth it? - The Globe and Mail
adam janikowski
Globe and Mail Update
Published Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012
MBAs  business_schools 
january 2012 by jerryking
How Harvard Shaped Mitt Romney -
Published: December 24, 2011

“You have the same question as General Electric,” said Mr. Romney, then a young father and a management consultant. “Your resources are your time and talent. How are you going to deploy them?”

He drew a chart called a growth-share matrix with little circles to represent various pursuits: work, family, church. Investing time in work delivered tangible returns like raises and profits.

“Your children don’t pay any evidence of achievement for 20 years,” Mr. Romney said. But if students failed to invest sufficient time and energy in their spouses and children, their families could become “dogs” — consultant-speak for drags on the rest of the company — sucking energy, time and happiness out of the students....early four decades ago at Harvard, Mr. Romney embraced an analytical, nonideological way of thinking, say former classmates and professors, one that both matched his own instincts and helped him succeed....Every day for an hour, the all-male group — there were relatively few women in the program back then — sat at a semicircular table outside the classroom and briefed one another on the reading material....The case study method “doesn’t start with the theory or even principles,” said Kim B. Clark, a friend of Mr. Romney’s who later became dean of the school. “It starts with ‘All right, what is going on? What does the data tell us?’ ”

The cases did not even lay out questions. Students had to analyze the material, sometimes just a paragraph long, figure out the company’s problems and pose solutions. “The case study method is like trying to train doctors by just showing them [sick] patients, rather than by showing them textbooks to depict what a healthy patient should look like,” said Mr. Brownstein, the former classmate.
business_schools  case_studies  finite_resources  Harvard  HBS  J.D.-M.B.A.  marriage  MBAs  Mitt_Romney  parenting  problem_framing  quantified_self  questions  resource_allocation  work_life_balance 
december 2011 by jerryking
Where Are the Black and Latino M.B.A.s?
Gardner, SandraView Profile. The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education18. 7 (Jan 7, 2008): 22-25.
MBAs  business_schools  enrollment  ProQuest  African-Americans  Hispanic_Americans 
october 2011 by jerryking
May 16, 2005 | Fortune Magazine | By CLAY CHANDLER
China  business_schools  Tsinghua  Colleges_&_Universities 
october 2011 by jerryking
MBA students get a lesson they won’t forget - The Globe and Mail
rita trichur
From Thursday's Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011
ethics  Ivey  MBAs  business_schools  lessons_learned 
october 2011 by jerryking
Business Schools Plan Leap Into Data -
AUGUST 4, 2011
As the use of analytics grows quickly, companies will need employees who
understand the data. A May study from McKinsey & Co. found that by
2018, the U.S. will face a shortage of 1.5 million managers who can use
data to shape business decisions....The Center for Customer Insights at
the Yale School of Management offers students the chance to work on
analytics projects for, and with, companies.
analytics  curriculum  business_schools  McKinsey  Yale  customer_experience  Melissa_Korn  data  massive_data_sets 
august 2011 by jerryking
Harvard M.B.A. Students Stroll the Catwalk for Charity -
April 4, 2011, 12:33 pm Investment Banking
Harvard M.B.A. Students Stroll the Catwalk for Charity
HBS  fashion  MBAs  business_schools  charities 
april 2011 by jerryking
Why Can't M.B.A. Students Write? -
MARCH 3, 2011 By DIANA MIDDLETON. Students Struggle for Words
Business Schools Put More Emphasis on Writing Amid Employer Complaints
One of the shortest writing assignments at Northeastern is one of the
most frequently bungled. For the Marketing and Customer Value class
students must write, in fewer than 150 words, a compelling email
convincing executives to implement a marketing and pricing strategy.

Students rarely get to the point, says Bruce Clark, writing coordinator
for the M.B.A. program. "The first sentence should begin with, 'The
single most important issue here is.' You'd be amazed how few students
do that," he says.
brevity  business_schools  Communicating_&_Connecting  concision  curriculum  incisiveness  linchpins  MBAs  writing  the_single_most_important 
march 2011 by jerryking
Harvard's Curriculum Overhaul Part of a Push to Reform Elite B-School Culture -

Harvard Changes Course
School's Curriculum Overhaul Part of a Push to Alter Elite B-School Culture
HBS  curriculum  business_schools  MBAs  elitism 
february 2011 by jerryking
For B-Schools, Opportunities Rise in Africa -
September 23, 2010 | BusinessWeek | By Alison Damast. Once
content with distant partnerships in Africa, business schools in Europe,
Asia, and the U.S. are now establishing more direct programs on the
continent. An example of relevant content and it begs the question
whether our proposed website be of assistance to the three schools in
this regard.
Ivey  UFSC  business_schools  MBAs  Africa 
september 2010 by jerryking
Companies Tap Students as Teachers -
SEPTEMBER 2, 2010 | | By EMILY GLAZER. At Some Companies, Students Are Teaching
business_schools  management_consulting 
september 2010 by jerryking
Ex-BizWeek, Fast Company Editor Byrne Launches Site for MBAs - WebNewser
By E.B. Boyd on Aug 13, 2010

The next site C-Change plans to launch: "Slingshots for David," which
C-Change says will "provide the tools, advice and inspiration to help
entrepreneurs develop disruptive business models to slay the Goliaths in
business." Release date TBA.
ufsc  MBAs  business_schools  entrepreneur  entrepreneurship  websites  disruption  tools 
august 2010 by jerryking
Website Offers New Ranking, Insights to Prospective M.B.A.s -
AUGUST 13, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By DIANA MIDDLETON.
Former BusinessWeek Editor Launches Website for M.B.A.s.....The next
site in the line-up, slated for a fall launch, will be called Slingshots
for David, which will focus on entrepreneurship. Each site will have
its own editor-in-chief, he says.
ufsc  best_of  websites  business_schools  MBAs  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur 
august 2010 by jerryking
What Leads to Minority Enrollment into B-School?
September 12, 2005 | GMAC. In response to Googling "how to encourage minority attendance in business school"
ufsc  business_schools  MBAs  enrollment  visible_minorities  decision_making  filetype:pdf  media:document 
august 2010 by jerryking
At MBA Schools, Indians Go to the Top
July 29, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By Tripti Lahiri. It’s
not surprising to see Indian-origin candidates take the top position at
business schools. For decades Indian students have made up a large
proportion of the student bodies at many international business
schools—it was viewed as a more interesting option to studying
engineering or medicine, Mr. Nohria said in Mumbai on Thursday on his
first visit to India since his appointment.

And many of them have gone on to climb the ranks at B-schools, holding
top faculty positions. In fact, there might have been three Indians
heading top 10 B-schools in the U.S., but Sally Blount replaced Dipak
Jain as the head of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management in

Although a few are starting to question the importance Indians place on
the degree, B-school remains a popular next step for Indians with
bachelor’s degrees. And vice-versa, Indians remain an important source
of talent (and fees) for the schools.
deanships  business_schools  MBAs  Colleges_&_Universities  Nitin_Nohria 
july 2010 by jerryking
Going To The Head Of The Class
JANUARY 8, 2007 | Business Week | Jane Porter
diversity  business_schools  ufsc 
june 2010 by jerryking
Building a Fire Under the Melting Pot
MARCH 16, 2005 | Business Week | By Francesca Di Meglio. Send to marlon, del and neil.
diversity  enrollment  business_schools  MBAs  ufsc  melting_pot 
june 2010 by jerryking
Turnaround Specialist Sets Eyes on Yale -
JUNE 3, 2010 | WSJ | By DIANA MIDDLETON. Turnaround Specialist to Take On Yale.
Yale  business_schools  MBAs 
june 2010 by jerryking
Upper Mismanagement
December 18, 2009| The New Republic | Noam Scheiber. Why can't Americans make things? Two words: business school.
manufacturers  business_schools  MBAs 
may 2010 by jerryking
Can B-school Students Learn From Cartoons? -
MARCH 12, 2010 | wall street Journal | by Diana Middleton. Can B-school Students Learn From Cartoons?
A look at some of the latest news--quirky and serious--coming from the halls of business schools.
cartoons  creativity  business_schools  innovation  ufsc 
march 2010 by jerryking
Current Trends in MBA Admissions - Interview with Knewton CEO Jose Ferreira
Current Trends in MBA Admissions
Interview with Knewton CEO Jose Ferreira

By Karen Schweitzer, Guide
admissions  trends  business_schools  ufsc  MBAs 
march 2010 by jerryking
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