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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

The art of being a good manager

(published in The Independent, April 2010) Schools are taking a creative approach to their courses to foster leaders as comfortable with the finer points of art and design as with a balance sheet. For more than 100 years, business schools have been successfully teaching the hard “left-brain” aspects of management and leadership, but, in an … Continue reading

Weaving Creative Careers into an MBA Mix

With jobs scarcer in such classic fields as finance and consulting, Europe’s MBAs and B-schools are looking into more creative professions (published in BusinessWeek, March 2010) Last year, as the world economy teetered on the edge of economic abyss, there was a simmering panic in business school circles about where the next set of MBA … Continue reading

Endurance is key to survival of downturn

(published in The National, Feb 2010) The notion that a leader should have all the answers in a crisis is under serious re-examination, and some even view the idea as simply dangerous. It seems that, finally, the worst of the economic downturn may be over, both here in the GCC and around the world, at … 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

Where could I be taking my MBA? The overseas option

(article published in The Toronto Star, Sept 2009) As he heads down Bloor Street and steps into the Toronto offices of Gap Inc., Jeffrey Spivock reflects on how quickly his career has changed. A little over a year ago Spivock had begun his MBA at Melbourne Business School, one of the leading schools in the … Continue reading

Where in the world with an MBA?

(article published in The Warsaw Business Journal, August 2009) A look at the Polish job market for MBA graduates in today’s difficult economy Historically, the MBA qualification has been an almost guaranteed route to a fast-track career. But with job markets under pressure around the world, how is the value of the qualification holding up? … Continue reading

B-Schools’ Big Challenge: Developing Leaders, Not Just Managers

(article published in Forbes, June 2009) Hard work and technical ability might once have been enough to ensure promotion to the boardroom or the partnership table. Today interpersonal skills, a flair for selling ideas and a capacity for developing people are all just as important. But even combining all those talents as good management is … Continue reading

MBA basics remain strong

(Article published in Times of India, May 2009) At the end of 2008, applications for MBA programmes across the globe had reached unprecedented levels. A survey by GMAC, the Graduate Management Admissions Council, of 500 schools around the world found that the number of potential MBA students had risen by a staggering 64% on the previous … Continue reading

Soaring demand (and competition) for the MBA

(Article published on vault.com, May 2009) Competition for places increases as young professionals use the MBA to turn the economic crisis into a career opportunity. As the final round of admissions to the world’s top business schools draws to a close, the numbers show that demand for places in the MBA classroom are reaching record … Continue reading

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