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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

Changing Careers: B-School Can Help Only So Much

(published in BusinessWeek, Aug 2011) Celebrities like Tyra Banks are enrolling in B-schools to reinvent themselves, but how much they help—the famous or inconspicuous—is debatable. No matter how good you are at what you do, sometimes it’s time to change direction. Yao Ming might have had a pretty good run as one of the world’s … Continue reading

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

Keeping It In The Family

(published in CNBC Business, June 2011) Family businesses seem to be big news at the moment – some for good reasons, some for all the wrong ones. In March, Solvay – a family-controlled public company in Belgium – raised eyebrows in financial markets when it acquired the French chemicals company Rhodia in one of this … Continue reading

How to be a hotshot

(published in CNBC Business, April 2011) Can a business school really teach you how to make it as an entrepreneur? If Europe is to take advantage of the apparent ‘green shoots’ of economic recovery it will need more entrepreneurs than ever before, particularly in countries such as Ireland and the UK where government spending cuts … 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

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

Technology adds a new dimension to learning

(published in The Independent, Oct 2010) The use and misuse of new technology is a common basis of case studies at business schools around the globe. But how are the schools themselves using technological innovations to educate the next generation of corporate leaders? With five campuses in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai, Hult … Continue reading

Business Lessons from La-La Land

(published in BusinessWeek, Sept 2010) You don’t need to go to B-school to learn the fundamentals of management. They’re as inexpensive as a DVD, and as close as your own TV. You can never afford to stop learning in business, but where do you go to get cutting-edge insight into effective negotiation, team-building, or entrepreneurship? … Continue reading

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