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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

Going global: A New Breed of Executive MBA

(published in Forbes, Aug 2011) The world’s top full-time MBA programs have enjoyed several years of rising applicant numbers, fuelled by the struggling economy and strong international demand, notably from Asia. But with an improving global jobs market, many schools are now seeing a fall in full-time MBA applications. However, what may be bad news … Continue reading

The course that’s just what the doctors ordered

(published in The Independent, April 2011) After six years of medical school, a demanding schedule in a busy hospital, family commitments and a mortgage to take care of, the idea of a doctor returning to business school might not seem an obvious choice. Wouldn’t they be better served joining the local golf club? For Hugh … Continue reading

Lessons in Diplomacy

(Published in CNBC Business, Jan 2011) This could well be the year when things really start to get improve in the world economy. And if that happens, then the ‘war for talent’, which has dwindled to little more than a playground squabble in some sectors, may be back on with a vengeance. Of course, the … Continue reading

The luxury class of 2010

(published in CNBC Business, June 2010) As interest in luxury goods grows once again, sector-related MBAs are seeing a similar bump. Although by no means immune to recession, it would appear that the luxury goods sector is still a highly resilient one. According to the MasterCard SpendingPulse monitor, luxury sales in the US alone are … Continue reading

China’s growth drives change

(published in South China Morning Post, Feb 2010) East-West partnerships can bring huge benefits to business schools, but choosing the right partner is crucial. The demand for formal business education among mainland managers and professionals has gone hand in hand with the country’s status as a world economic power. But whereas in the past when … Continue reading

Trying To Create A Well-Rounded M.B.A.

(article published in Forbes, December 2009) In our increasingly complex world, becoming an effective business leader gets ever more difficult. Of course, it has never been simple, and commerce has always been affected by politics and diplomacy, the natural sciences, demographics and other fields that require specialized expertise. But change used to happen more slowly, … Continue reading

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