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Shaking the MBA Martini: Diversity is the New Cocktail

(published in Forbes, August 2011) Her Majesty’s Secret Service is not a typical feeder to the world’s top business schools. But assuming that James Bond could ace the GMAT and provide enough non-classified information in his essays to satisfy the admissions team of his significant accomplishments, then many MBA programs would welcome his perspective on … 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

No place for Napoleon at Apple Inc.

(published in Forbes, April 2011) OK, in outward appearance they’re nothing like each other. One’s tall and lanky, the other was short and stocky. One has that trademark Californian drawl, the other was always trying to cover up his native Corsican accent. But despite all this and the two centuries that separate them, there’s still … Continue reading

The Complication of Leadership

(published in Forbes, March 2011) In 2007 Bob Bruner,  the dean of the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia co-wrote an interesting little book  called ‘The Panic of 1907 – Lessons Learned from the Market’s Perfect Storm’ about the financial crisis that swept America precisely a hundred years earlier. Like many scholarly … Continue reading

B-school boots on the ground

(published in Forbes, Feb 2011) Doing business in China relies on more than an optimistic message in a fortune cookie. A few weeks back I was talking to the CEO of a British company which has had a very successful operation in China for several years, but which recently almost ran into serious trouble. The … 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

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

Jobs For New MBAs Are Back–But They’re Different

(published in Forbes, August 2010) It looks like last year’s predictions of a meltdown in the job market for new MBA degree holders may have been as panic stricken and inaccurate as many of the other forecasts we heard in 2009. As Pamela Mittman, who heads up career services at NYU Stern business school, reports, … Continue reading

Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught To Big Business?

(published in Forbes, April 2010) Entrepreneurship has become big business. Nearly two thirds of all the colleges and universities in the U.S. offer formal courses in it, 10 times as many as in the 1970s, when only 200 institutions had the temerity to think they could teach such a thing. Now business schools are realizing … Continue reading

How Creative MBA Programs Are Overcoming Bad Times

(published in Forbes, February 2010) A few imaginative winners stand out in a tough season for business schools. 2009 will not be remembered as a banner year for M.B.A. programs. Applications from prospective students hit record levels early in the year but then flagged as the months went on. Potential students questioned the likelihood of … Continue reading

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