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What is an alumnus worth?

A new ranking in China rates universities by the number of billionaires they have created.  For those taking part in the Rio+20 summit, this may seem an odd way to measure the success of a university.  However, alumni do have an ever more important role in the success of a university, one ...Read More
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I recently took part in an excellent session at the Global Business Schools Network conference in Delhi.  The session, Successful Strategies:  Executive Education for Emerging Markets, had speakers from Fundacao Dom Cabral (FDC) in Brazil and the Indian School of Business (ISB).  Howe...Read More
Added by: Andrew Crisp Tags: Executive Education, Global Business Schools Network, GBSN, FDC, ISB
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“I know that half my advertising works, I just don't know which half”.  The quote is attributed to John Wanamaker, a department store owner in the US in the early 20th century.  Today, the question might be simpler, ‘Does advertising work?’ In the traditional sense...Read More
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Anyone for a ranking?

The release of the THE World University Reputation Rankings today is yet another opportunity for universities worldwide to put out a press release or post a news story on their websites, hoping to entice more students.  But exactly what role do rankings play in the development of brands and the...Read More
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If you haven’t see the recent Brad Pitt film, MoneyBall, then you might well ask this question.  In the film, Brad Pitt, uses data to turn the Oakland Athletics, in to one of the best baseball teams in the USA, even though he has only a fraction of the budget of the ‘big’ team...Read More
Added by: Andrew Crisp Tags: Brad Pitt, baseball, MoneyBall, data, MBA
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The Culture Secretary in Britain’s government recently announced a new campaign to attract tourists based on putting right some myths about Britain’s weather.  So could weather play a part in attracting international students to business schools? In 2007. GMAC produced some researc...Read More
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Spot the difference

Looking at a series of opening statements from business schools on their websites recently it was hard to spot the difference.  Much of it seemed to be platitudes rather than a clear statement of what makes them different.  Many talk about new business leaders, creating global leaders and ...Read More
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The age of uncertainty

The MBA has been an incredible success.  In 2011 GMAC recorded 131,187 applications for full-time MBA programmes at 199 business schools.  In the UK, the MBA is estimated to contribute £2 billion to export earnings annually.  Yet, everywhere there seem to be doubts about the...Read More
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Social media is a hot topic with many business schools.  What returns can you expect?  Should you get involved in the conversation or just monitor it?  When to respond and when to stay out?  Which service should you use? The difficulties of using social media from a corporate po...Read More
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The humble MBA?

According to a new book, ‘World Changers – 25 Entrepreneurs Who Changed Business As We Knew It’ by John Byrne, the head of SouthWest Airlines, Herb Kelleher, only hires ‘humble MBAs’.  So should humility be taught at business schools? Probably not.  At least,...Read More
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