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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

The military and MBAs: Business on the front line

(published in The Economist, July 2011) THE trail from the military to business school is well yomped. A life in the armed forces teaches many lessons, but marketing, finance and entrepreneurship are rarely among them. So veterans looking for a move into the commercial world often need a crash course in the basics. But when … 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

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