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France looks to the big league

(published in The Economist, November 2011) Plans to create a French Ivy League are part of the biggest shake-up in French higher education since students threw cobbled stones in les évènements of 1968. Championed by President Nicolas Sarkozy, the idea is to spend €7.7 billion ($10.6 billion) to produce a handful of world-class universities which can compete … Continue reading

Creativity and business studies: From liquid raviolis to illiquid businesses

(published in The Economist, Oct 2011) At its peak, Ferran Adria’s elBulli restaurant in Spain was fielding 2m requests for one of the 8,000 dining places it made available each season. It seemed an unstoppable success. Customers were clamoring to pay €250 for a 30-course meal of such delights as liquid raviolis, caviar made from … Continue reading

Teaching Business Leadership As Fine Art

(published in Forbes, Oct 2010) Thirty years ago top business schools had a simple philosophy about how to teach students good business leadership. All you had to do was examine how the people who ran successful companies went about dealing with problems and opportunities, and then follow their examples. After a while, however, that became … Continue reading

CEOs must be artists?

(published in The Toronto Star, Sept 2010) It’s time to start developing a new type of business leader, according to Valerie Gauthier, associate dean at one of Europe’s top business schools, HEC Paris. The modern world is so complex, she argues, that we need people in corporate boardrooms who can embrace science, art and philosophy … Continue reading

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