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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

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

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

Lessons in Diplomacy

(Published in CNBC Business, Jan 2011) This could well be the year when things really start to get improve in the world economy. And if that happens, then the ‘war for talent’, which has dwindled to little more than a playground squabble in some sectors, may be back on with a vengeance. Of course, the … 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

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 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

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

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

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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