Timothy Snyder is Housum Professor of History at Yale and a visiting fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He is the author of Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. (February 2014). (It has received a number of honors, including the Leipzig Prize for European Understanding and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award in the Humanities. It was named a book of the year by some dozen publications, has been translated into more than twenty languages, and was a bestseller in four countries.)
Rolf Strom-Olsen earned his BA from the University of Pennsylvania, his MA from McGill University and his PhD from Northwestern University, all in history. A Fulbright scholar and SSRC fellow, and the author of several articles on ritual and state-building in Early modern Europe, he has been responsible for developing the Humanities curriculum in the highly-ranked MBA program of IE Business School in Madrid, where he has taught since 2009. Professor Strom-Olsen has received several teaching awards and his class is amongst the most popular in the MBA curriculum at IE.
In Ancient Rome, merchant organisations very similar to modern firms were critical to capitalising key markets and to solving serious logistical problems to enable a vibrant trading network across the Mediterranean, including, critically, supplying the city of Rome itself with the food its citizens needed to survive. We will examine the Roman grain market and the organisations that operated within that market to ask: what, exactly, is a firm? What led to the firm's evolution? And what is the issue of agency that a firm inevitably entails?
Week 2 - The Lessons from Rome (II)
This lecture expands upon the first discussion, drawing from the insights gained about firm organisation in the Ancient world to ask about the effectiveness of the Forced Distribution Ranking Scheme (also known as "stack and rank", "up and out", etc...) to evaluate and promote or terminate employees, widely used by many of today's leading corporations.
...Mazzini was an early advocate of a "United States of Europe" about a century before the European Union began to take shape. For him, European unification was a logical continuation of Italian unification...
Mazzini was an original, if not very systematic, political thinker. He put forward principled arguments in support of various progressive causes, from universal suffrage and social justice to women’s enfranchisement. Perhaps most fundamentally, he argued for a reshaping of the European political order on the basis of two seminal principles: democracy and national selfdetermination. These claims were extremely radical in his time, when most of continental Europe was still under the rule of hereditary kingships and multinational empires...
It was in 1967, a few months before rioting students filled the streets of Paris, that François Vachey enrolled on a degree course that at first glance must have seemed anathema to those Sorbonne rebels. It was Europe’s first MBA programme and the first one-year MBA in the world, at Insead, just outside the French capital.
Laura James, CEO of the Open Knowledge Foundation said:
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A goal for #Europeana: in 2020 all Public Domain material is freely available for any to re-use without any restrictions. #AllezCulture
With Della Bradshaw, editor of FT.com/BusinessEducationOct 15, 2013 : Managers need to understand things that do not normally appear in a business education curriculum, such as law, sociology and history, says Santiago Iñiguez, dean of IE Business School. He tells Della Bradshaw about his school's encouragement of working with other disciplines.