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Perspectives on the present and future of business education


Internationalization of SchoolsShould We Give Business Students What They Want or What They Need?

By Kimmo Alajoutsijärvi, Julie Davies, and Kerttu Kettunen

In today's highly competitive environment, are business schools still doing well by doing good, or are we colluding with what students want, to make time for what we want?

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Internationalization of SchoolsDoes Your School Have an International Strategy?

By Gabriel Hawawini

Hawawini argues that most business schools do not truly have an international strategy; they lack in their aims a balance of both "international reach" and "international richness."

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Online Learning and Teaching Laptop Technology ToolsBrexit, Business Schools, and the Search for Empathy

By Laurie Cohen

While business schools have long been truly international in nature, the broader population’s apparent desire for separatism has dealt a heavy blow to morale and feelings of inclusion.

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Online Learning and Teaching Laptop Technology ToolsCreating a Rich Online Learning Experience

By Sean Stein Smith

A millennial who has transitioned from practitioner to academic outlines seven specific approaches to making online learning richer for both students and teachers.

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business practitioner merging with academic professorRethinking the Liberal Arts for Business Education: Rise of the ‘Pracademic’

By Jeff DeGraff

In a liberal arts approach to education, business schools will seek out and nurture practitioners and academics to better connect universities with their communities.

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business person at laptop, video on screenLinkedIn Learning: Loading Education 4.0?

By Stefan Michel

LinkedIn recently announced that it was entering the professional development market. Can established colleges and universities remain competitive in this market?

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Robert Fleming, Professor of Management, Rohrer College of Business, Rowan UniversityPreparing Business School Graduates to Manage Successfully in Times of Crisis

By Robert S. Fleming

The business world has changed dramatically since the tragic events of September 11. Teaching students a contingent mindset will help them effectively manage a crisis.

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man running on trackLearning Velocity: From Zero to Hero

By Martin Binks

How rapidly are our students approaching the point at which they have the skills required for life after graduation? Three weaknesses in achieving this goal demand particular attention.

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Angus Laing, Dean, Lancaster University Management School‘Brexit,’ Business Schools, and Responsibility

By Angus Laing

A response to Brexit needs to be visceral, from the heart, if we are to learn anything from it and create not only better business schools but stronger economies and better societies.

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Thami GhorfiHarnessing the Power of Business Education in the Arab World

By Thami Ghorfi

Business schools in the Middle East and North Africa region must address three main economic and social challenges in order to keep pace with peers globally and promote positive change.

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Sean Stein Smith, Financial Analyst - Joint Ventures, Hackensack University Medical CenterCommunicating About Technology

By Sean Stein Smith

As technology becomes more essential to the business enterprise, being able to talk about it becomes a critical skill.

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Martin BinksTo Prepare for the Future, We Must Relive the Past

By Martin Binks

Genuine, experience-based “know-how” is vital to survival and growth and can bridge the ever-expanding void between stasis and evolution in business education.

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Bill BergmanBusiness School Solutions to the Growing Epidemic of Job Unhappiness

By Bill Bergman

If business schools are going to play a role in solving this growing “unhappiness epidemic” among young professionals, then they are going to have to infuse a dose of reality into their already crowded curricula.

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Nicola KleynEnabling Business-Government Engagement: A View From South Africa

By Nicola Kleyn

Given the dire state of inequality that persists in many of the world’s emerging markets, a business school’s social connectedness is an imperative. But what of its role in fostering relationships between business and government?

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Lucy LeskeWho Will Keep Business Schools in Business?

By Lucy Leske

Business schools are fielding increasing numbers of questions from employers about how—and whether—a graduate with a business degree will impact their companies’ bottom lines. But what will determine success for business schools?

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Norean SharpeEmbracing Risk

By Norean R. Sharpe

We live in a global economy, where risk is unavoidable. Thus before us we have a choice: we can either ignore risk or we can use it to our advantage to create opportunity.

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Boat Adrift - Business Schools in a Crisis of PurposeA Crisis of Purpose

By Richard T. Watson and Stefan Seidel

For business schools, teleology is the process of setting and achieving clear objectives and being purpose-driven. By these definitions, we believe business schools are in a teleological crisis.

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Martin BinksReflections of an Ex-Dean: Complacency Is a Dinosaur's Greatest Enemy

By Martin Binks, Former Dean, Nottingham University Business School

What struck me during my deanship was the speed at which we all risk becoming “out of date” in a world in which the rate of transformation is arguably unprecedented.

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Hema KrishnanFrom Faculty to Administration—and Back Again

By Hema A. Krishnan, Professor, Xavier University

My administrative sabbatical leave was the perfect time for me to reflect on my career and decide what steps I needed to take to ensure that I was happy professionally and personally in the future.

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Cuba: Business Education DiplomacyPursuing Business Education Diplomacy

By Bruce R. Magid, Dean, Brandeis International Business School, and Alan Hassenfeld, Retired Chairman and CEO, Hasbro, and Co-Chairman, Board of Overseers, Brandeis International Business School

For academic institutions in the U.S., particularly business schools willing to make the first move, the opportunity exists to have a profound impact on the next stage of U.S.-Cuba economic relations.

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Deborah Merrill-SandsRefueling the Pipeline of Women Leaders: A Call to Action

By Deborah Merrill-Sands, Dean, Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, University of New Hampshire

Business education is a critical pipeline for preparing our future organizational leaders. What we do in our schools to build and shape the pool of future leadership talent has a material impact.

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Carolyn_WooSeeing Business as a Necessary Good

By Carolyn Woo, President and CEO, Catholic Relief Services

The biggest challenge management educators face today is coping with questions about the legitimacy of business—and therefore the legitimacy of business education.

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