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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

Business Schools Beware: Gen Y is at the Door

(article published in BusinessWeek, January 2010) They say every army trains to fight the last war, not the next one. Could it be that business schools are in danger of falling into the same trap, gearing up to train the current generation of corporate leaders rather than the upcoming one? The bright young things that … Continue reading

How To Get Into Business School

(article published in Forbes Business School Edition, August 2009) Applications to business school are up. Way, way up. The economic downturn, the demographic boom of Gen Y and … dare we whisper it? A handful of top schools are encouraging younger applicants to apply, some even straight out of college. It’s not just the triumvirate … 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

Startups for Upstarts

(Article published on businessweek.com), Apr 2009 Business schools have a chance to unleash the entrepreneurial dreams of a generation—they should jump at it. There was a time when being in a rock band was the ultimate in campus cool. Now it seems that once again being in a startup gives you instant cool, particularly for … Continue reading

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