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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

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

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

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

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

Trying To Create A Well-Rounded M.B.A.

(article published in Forbes, December 2009) In our increasingly complex world, becoming an effective business leader gets ever more difficult. Of course, it has never been simple, and commerce has always been affected by politics and diplomacy, the natural sciences, demographics and other fields that require specialized expertise. But change used to happen more slowly, … 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

Is B-School Academic Research Worth It?

(article published in Forbes, July 2009) Business school directors insist it is, as they cut back in other areas but not there. Yet it didn’t help them foresee the global recession. Like the corporate world, big international business schools are trying ever harder to cut costs as the downturn drags on. Even the mighty Wharton … Continue reading