To some degree, MBA programs are advanced driving schools. We teach students how to operate one of the most powerful engines in the world: business. We teach how this engine must be finely engineered (operations), how it needs special fuel (finance), and how the parts need to work together (organization and leadership). We teach how to monitor the gauges carefully (accounting), how to steer our vehicles at high speeds and through rough weather (strategy).
Extending the metaphor, we have, in recent years...
...A Spanish person learning Portuguese is comparable to a violinist taking up the viola, whereas an American learning Chinese is more like a rock guitarist trying to learn to play an elaborate 30-stop three-manual pipe organ.
Someone once said that learning Chinese is "a five-year lesson in humility". I used to think this meant that at the end of five years you will have mastered Chinese and learned humility along the way. However, now having studied Chinese for over six years, I have concluded that actually the phrase means that after five years your Chinese will still be abysmal, but at least you will have thoroughly learned humility...
David Moser holds a Master’s and a PhD in Chinese Studies from the University of Michigan, with a major in Chinese linguistics and philosophy. His PhD dissertation Abstract Thinking and Thought in Early Chinese and Classical Greek won the Rackham Distinguished Dissertation Award in 1996. He has been a visiting scholar at Beijing University and a visiting professor for five years at the Beijing Foreign Studies University, where he taught courses in Translation Theory and Psycholinguistics. Dr. Moser has also worked as a program advisor, translator and host at China Central Television (CCTV) in Beijing. Since 1992, he has appeared frequently on Chinese TV as a foreign expert, host and occasional performer of a kind of Chinese stand-up comedy form called xiangsheng or “crosstalk.” He lives in Beijing with his wife, Lihua, and daughter, Leah, and regularly plays piano with various Beijing jazz groups.
It's hard to predict the pace of technological innovation, but there are steps we can take to make it more or less likely. Robert Gordon and Joel Mokyr of Northwestern University join Chad Syverson and Steven J. Davis to discuss the influence of innovation on the US economy.
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Perspective and wisdom (personified for example by Ann Landers): the coordination of "knowledge and experience" and "its deliberate use to improve wellbeing." Many, but not all, studies find that adults' self-ratings of perspective/wisdom do not depend on age. This stands in contrast to the popular notion that wisdom increases with age.
Courage (strengths that allow one to accomplish goals in the face of opposition)
"Professor Goldin will address how global hyperconnectivity creates systemic risks and how this can be managed effectively.
Ian Goldin is Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professor of Globalisation and Development at the University of Oxford.
Professor Goldin was Vice President of the World Bank (2003-2006) and prior to that the Bank's Director of Development Policy (2001-2003). He served on the Bank's senior management team and led the Bank's collaboration with the United Nations and other partners as well as with key countries. As Director of Development Policy, he played a pivotal role in the research and strategy agenda of the Bank."
Máriam Martínez-Bascuñán – Autonomous University of Madrid
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After a few of these trips, Cui, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at Stanford, came up with an idea to clean the pollution. He and his graduate students set to work designing an inexpensive, efficient air filter that could ease the breathing for people in polluted cities.
"My lab group really likes to solve problems, even if it's something we've never worked on," Cui said. "We think we could use this material for personal masks, window shades and maybe automobiles and industrial waste. It works really well, and it might be a game-changer."
The work is published in the current issue of the journal Nature Communications.