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The Usual Suspects

(published in CNBC Business, July 2011) When employment lawyer Thijs Glasz wanted to broaden the scope of his career outside of the law, the logical step was to join an MBA programme at a major international business school. But if he expected to be rubbing shoulders with fellow legal professionals, he was soon to be … Continue reading

Executive coaching – another set of clothes for the Emperor?

(published in Forbes, Jan 2011) Executive coaching is a fast growing business, at least in the ‘usual suspect’ economies of the developed world. And there are no shortage of individuals, firms and educational institutions ready and willing to provide it. Just try entering the term into Google to see just how many (this morning the … Continue reading

A Change Of Course

(published in CNBC Business, Dec 2010) At the beginning of 2009 things looked decidedly grim for executive education providers. The global financial crisis meant that businesses of all shapes and sizes were looking for ways of keeping costs under control, and many believed that this would lead to substantial cuts in budgets devoted to management … Continue reading

Back in the hiring line

(published in CNBC Business, Nov 2010) This time last year it looked as if the MBA jobs market might be facing a crisis every bit as bad as the early years of the millennium, in the wake of the dotcom implosion and 9/11. But all the indications are that, while there’s certainly no room for … 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

Bright Lights, Big City, Best MBA?

(published in CNBC Business, Oct 2010) In a competitive market, can a business school’s quality really be defined by its campus postcode? The spread of business education over the past decade means that it’s almost easier – and certainly quicker – to name the major cities that don’t offer some sort of MBA programme. In … Continue reading

Business experts appraise World Cup bosses

(published on BBC News, July 2010) For the last four weeks there has been no shortage of bar room and armchair pundits with an opinion on whether it is players or managers who are really responsible for World Cup goals (or the lack of them). But where do the professionals who are paid to study … 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

New Life Lessons

(published in CNBC Business, May 2010) Most people taking an MBA or participating in an executive education programme at a major school will be taught by someone who has come through the traditional PhD system – a set-up that often tends to churn out academics who are passionate and informed about their subject but are … 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