Executive Education rankings 2008
Compare data for both open enrolment and customised executive education programmes.
Jeffrey David Sachs (born November 5, 1954, in Detroit, Michigan) is an American economist known for his work as an economic advisor to governments in Latin America, Eastern Europe, the former Yugoslavia, the former Soviet Union, Asia, and Africa.
He is currently a professor on the faculty at the School of International and Public Affairs and director of the Earth Institute, both at Columbia University. He is also Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. From 2002 to 2006, he was Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Director of the UN Millennium Project.
He proposed "shock therapy" (though he himself dislikes the term) as a solution to the economic crises of Bolivia, Poland, and Russia. He is also known for his work with international agencies on problems of poverty reduction, debt cancellation, and disease control — especially HIV/AIDS, for the developing world. He advocated distribution of free insecticide-treated bed nets to combat malaria. He is the only academic to have been repeatedly ranked among the world's most influential people by Time magazine
School is out, the sun is shining, and the temptation to forget about structured finance and pick up a trashy novel for beach reading is overwhelming. But those who are determined to get ahead of the MBA pack and beat out the competition for jobs in the increasingly competitive business world know that getting through an ambitious summer reading list is an assignment worth accepting.
The best thing about a summer reading list is that you can customize it to meet your interests as though you're your own professor. Also, you can complete it at your own pace, whether you're reading on a chaise poolside or waiting for the bus you take to your internship. And you don't have to do it on your own. You can start with suggestions from some professors at top American business schools, who recently shared their suggested summer reading lists with BusinessWeek.com. Another good source is BusinessWeek's list of best-selling business books.
Article of Wall Street Journal, May 30, 2008
When Duong Pham, a human-resources manager in Hanoi at a technology company, began researching M.B.A. programs on the Internet three months ago, she came across the "MBA Networking" group on Facebook, which connected her to thousands of current business-school students, alumni and prospective students. She fired off all sorts of questions, ranging from how easy it was to get part-time jobs at various campuses to whether Virginia, the site of a student massacre last year, was a safe place to study...
...Such social-networking sites are "a great place to do research. You can get very useful personal advice and opinions from a lot of people," says Ms. Pham, 26 years old. She hopes to apply to business school later this year.
Opportunities Shrink In Western Centers; 'Where the Action Is'
LONDON -- Ankur Mehrotra returned from a trip to Hong Kong and Singapore that he helped organize for his fellow London Business School students this spring break with more than just jet lag: He got a banking sales job in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
And many of the 15 master in finance students who made the trek with him were similarly successful, coming home with either interviews or strong contacts to follow up on, he said.
They aren't alone. With Western economies sagging, many European business schools say they are seeing a jump in the number of M.B.A.s and other students looking East for opportunities.
...The difficulties of getting U.S. work visas are also prompting students who might have sought to go to the U.S. to try Asia instead, Mr. Mercado said.
"Our more globally minded students are increasingly frustrated at the difficulties of breaking through the legal and regulatory barriers of getting work in the U.S.," he said. "They understand the Eastward shift in terms of dynamism in the global economy, vibrancy, growth, advancement."
Click here for article of US News and Report, May 8, 2008.
...Losing step. Frustration over how education has been crowded out of the presidential debate is barely contained among the nation's leading education experts...
"Education is a big issue, but I don't hear much about it, because everyone is going after the 'gotcha' of the day," says former Secretary of State Colin Powell, founder of America's Promise, which is working to draw attention to high school dropout rates.
...Two thirds of all new U.S. jobs require advanced training, and many U.S. companies insist they can't find enough skilled employees to fill openings without hiring foreign workers. For example, while there are nearly 100,000 new jobs annually in computer science, there has been a dramatic decline in tech graduates. As a result, the United States provides 65,000 temporary work visas each year to help make up the shortfall...
Click here for Times Higher Education, 5 June 2008
Does the Google generation, which has grown up with a deluge of data just clicks away, lack the independence of thought and critical rigour needed for higher study? Matthew Reisz investigates
...illustrates the immense gulf between the world of old-time scholarship and the assumptions made - or often said to be made - by today's "Google generation", where everything is about instant gratification and "facts at one's fingertips", and information that lies more than three clicks away simply doesn't exist. Many are now concerned that this generation gap presents a fundamental challenge to some of the things that universities have long stood for, and that universities are either unable or failing to bridge it.
...So is it not just a particular generation but the whole academic world that has been Googlised? There seems to be some evidence for this. "With Google Scholar and Google Library under way," Library Journal reported in 2006, "Google strengthened its claim as the ubiquitous front door to the web and all of its content... 72 per cent of scholars surveyed for a report on self-archiving confessed to using Google to find scholarly literature on the web. Journal publishers of all sizes and importance are shaping their business plans around this phenomenon, sharing metadata with Google and other web crawlers in hopes of drawing users to content behind their tollgates."...
....None of this suggests a very sophisticated level of searching skills among the students of tomorrow. But that is only the half of it. Uncritical reliance on search engines may be a reasonable way of accessing information, despite their many limitations, but it is of no help for the core educational goal of learning to assess such information. The Ciber paper expressed concerns about whether students' "having 'facts at their fingertips' and a surfeit of information is at the expense of creative and independent thinking".
Click here for article of BBC News, 3 June 2008
University College London, the Open University and Trinity College Dublin are putting lectures onto iTunes.
Educational content is already available in the United States through the non-charging "iTunes U" section of the music downloading service.
But European universities are now joining, providing video and audio material for students to use on iPods or computers.
The service will include recordings of lectures from leading academics...
Press release of Media-Newswire.com - June 5, 2008
HANOVER, N.H.-Deans from business schools in Eastern Europe, Spain, and the United States recently gathered to discuss the differences in international models of business education and the impact of globalization on their industry. The event was the latest in a series of roundtables held around the globe and organized and moderated by Paul Danos, dean of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and Santiago Iñiguez, dean of Instituto de Empressa Business School. This latest assembly was hosted by Dean Paul Garrison of the Central European University Business School in Budapest.
"Globalization is changing business education just as surely as it has changed international business," says Danos. "These roundtable discussions have been a valuable tool for comparing regional business school models and ensuring that our MBA programs reflect the realities of the modern marketplace."
Deans from more than 20 schools around the world, senior faculty members, business education reporters, education consultants, and professional development executives from top corporations have joined together for the four roundtable sessions held to date...
Published on Tuesday June 3rd , 2008
By Jessica Merritt
Although becoming a leader may seem simple, the fact is that there's a lot of consideration that goes into management. You not only have to stay on top of your team, but make sure that you're fostering communication, growth and productivity. Here, we'll take a look at a number of high quality courses that will show you how to take care of these issues and more.
Get started with learning about management and leadership through these courses.
News from the schools, May 2008 - The Economist - May 31st 2008
Dean's column, Financial Times, May 12, 2008.
When the world wide web goes down, my whole day comes to a grinding halt. I cannot work, I cannot play, and all that is left is for me to do something upright and worthy, like going for a walk or, heaven forbid, talking to people...
...Then on Christmas day, 1990, the world changed. Tim Berners-Lee and his colleagues at Cern, the European particle physics lab in Geneva, launched the first successful client-server communication via the internet and the world wide web was born. What Sir Tim managed to do was to make all the pieces of the puzzle fit and, by adding web browsers, servers and editors to the mix, made it possible for Cern to launch the first ever website in August 1991.
...In fact, Sir Tim has maintained his commitment to an open technology community, which has given impetus to the open source movement that continues to grow in importance...
..Sir Tim changed the rules of the game by inventing the web. Suddenly, it was possible to communicate with people all over the world. Electronic brochures turned into virtual retailers and one-way communication turned into social networks so people did not have to go for a walk or talk anymore...
The closing date for receipt of applications is 1 October 2008. For any queries regarding the Awards, please contact Ruth Heppenstall by e-mail at email@example.com or by telephone at +44 (0)1274 777700.
International recognition and cash awards for the best doctoral research.
Emerald and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) seek to celebrate excellence in research by sponsoring the 2008 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards.
Submissions are now being accepted for research papers in the following subject categories:
Povl Tiedemann, Head of Department, Danish Business Economists
As member of the input panel for the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook, Danish Business Economists are granted access to the very first results of the 2008 survey (29th May sent).
Last year’s 3 primary observations are still in long term focus with (last years post on BizDeansTalk)
• Emergence of a new Middle Class.
• From cheap Manpower to cheap Brainpower.
• Low demography in Europe, Japan and Russia.
However, on the shorter term 3 observations from the actual version of the Competitiveness Roadmap are attracting attention as issues expected to have highest impact on the world’s competitive landscape during the mid 2020’ies:
US mortgage market in disarray:
Two million homes will be repossessed this year by banks. Mortgage-backed assets (MBAs) have become a bad name in finance. The Fed may have to buy back some of them directly.
Increased demand for food commodities:
As a consequence of the growth of emerging markets and changes in consumption patterns, prices for basic commodities such as rice, wheat or fish more than double. Shortages appear. World stocks of wheat are down from 18 to 12 weeks in one year.
China and India over consume raw materials:
China and India continue to over consume raw materials. China, for example, is now responsible for 19% of the world’s aluminium consumption, 20% of copper, 27% of steel, 31% of coal, 47% of cement – but only 8.5% of oil. The economic slowdown has a minor impact on the raw materials’ demand of emerging markets.
Again the IMD initiative delivers information with absolute demand for strategic reflection.
For additional information, please check:
Article of The Times, May 14, 2008
...Thierry Grange, the dean of Grenoble Ecole de Management, says: “What about the 25 per cent of Americans who speak Spanish? If you want to improve your fluency as a Spanish-speaking American then Spain is a good place to do your MBA.”...
GRADUATING IN A RECESSION, Business Week article.
By Alina Dizik
For MBAs who are graduating in an economic downturn, finding a job can be a lot tougher than simply attending a few career services orientations and acing an interview. But while it does get more difficult, there are still plenty of positions available, say those who have graduated into a recession. Here we've gathered alums from 1990 and 2001 (two previous recession years) to see how they fared in the tougher job market and what they recommend for job-hunting B-school students....(see article).
1 The Waning Days of the Road Warrior, Business Week, May 22, 2008.
Whenever there's an economic downturn, corporations slash their travel budgets. The International Air Transport Assn. is already reporting that business and first-class travel have experienced the biggest plunge in five years. Typically, when the economy snaps back, so do the business trips.
...Take HP's Halo and Cisco's TelePresence technologies, which cost up to $300,000 a pop. Chief information officers of big companies say the systems usually pay for themselves within nine months. These machines bear no resemblance to the grainy, herky-jerky technology of yore. Researchers studying bodily reactions found that co-workers on different continents experienced the same chemical responses as they would in face-to-face meetings...
...Consulting firm BDO Seidman is pushing employees to meet virtually by using WebEx technology, which lets co-workers across the globe scrawl on whiteboards and share documents. The company is saving $1 million a year...
2. Aother "TelePresence" technology?
Britain's Prince Charles on Monday gave a speech at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, although he wasn't really there. Instead, a 3-D holographic projection of the Prince, recorded last...
...Few business schools have embraced culture to the extent of Spain’s IE Business School which now includes liberal arts studies, defined as applied culture, in its different Masters programmes. This, says Arantza de Areilza, dean of the IE School of Arts and Humanities, is a direct response to increasing demand from the business world for managers with a knowledge that goes beyond traditional management education.
“The market calls for businessmen and women who understand the global surroundings in which they live and work and who are sensitive to cultural differences,” says de Areilza....
Warren Buffett held a news conference in Madrid, Spain Wednesday on the third stop of his 4-day European tour.
Among the topics covered: his continuing effort to get the word to large family-owned businesses that he may be interested in buying if the family needs to sell, the U.S. economy and 'financial weapons of mass destruction.'
He also revealed that he made a mistake by waiting for so long before targeting Europe as a source of acquisitions.
Here, in its entirety, is that news conference, divided into four video clips.
Zopa is the world's first social finance company. In 2005 we pioneered a way for people to lend and borrow directly with each other online as part of our continuing mission to give people around the world the power to help themselves financially at the same time that they help others.
For Coca-Cola's E. Neville Isdell, corporate social responsibility isn't just about good deeds—it's about good business.» Download the PDF (656 MB)
If you were to come into a business classroom for a day, what would you want to say to business students?
When Coca-Cola hires business school graduates, what qualitites do you look for?
Article of TimesOnline, May 14, 2008
So, should students learn a second language on their MBA programme so they can offer a well-rounded set of management skills?
Article of The Economist, May 15, 2008
MBA students appear remarkably sanguine in the face of a difficult job market. “Which MBA” asks: are they right to be?
There should be nothing more disheartening for an MBA student than, after all that work, graduating into an economic downturn. Particularly when the organisations suffering the biggest economic woes are prime recruiters of MBAs: financial services and banks. But, while no one doubts that the prospects for the economy and job market have worsened, compared with previous downturns something feels different this time around: both business schools and MBA students are remarkably upbeat...
China: Why Western B-Schools Are Leaving, Business Week, May 15, 2008.
Red tape, difficult partners, and weak demand have Western universities closing executive MBA programs.
...All foreign schools have to collaborate with a Chinese university and contend
with the local education authority and the Education Ministry, which exercise
tight control over joint ventures. But the biggest problem is that relatively
few Chinese have the requisite language skills to handle an all-English
curriculum. And with the cost of these programs averaging $50,000, companies
send only those with real potential. "I've done the math several different ways,
and I always get the same result: It's a really small market," says...
...The five top programs in Shanghai together have only 230 students enrolled.
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School is proud to celebrate its tenth year as a research program founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development. Running through the 2007-2008 academic year, the celebration includes an event and distinguished speaker series; major releases of books by Berkman projects and people; a culminating conference -B@10 -The Future of the Internet" - on May 15-16, 2008; and a gala on May 16. More>>>
It's official! Berkman Center goes university-wide May 16, 2008 The Harvard Gazette carries the news, which was announced Thursday morning during opening remarks at the Berkman@10 conference, now concluded...
Today, WSJ’s Erin White ranks the top most influential business thinkers: Gary Hamel, No. 1. There’s also Thomas Friedman, Malcolm Gladwell and Jack Welch in the Top 20. This follows a recent story in USA Today talking about rich entrepreneurs.
Who’s missing from both groups? Women.
Not a single one popped up in the Journal’s Top 20 list. Rankings were based on Google hits, media mentions and academic citations.
Rankings were based on Google hits, media mentions and academic citations.
...But Dr. Hamel is the only traditional business guru in the top five, which includes two journalists, Thomas Friedman and Malcolm Gladwell, and a former CEO, Bill Gates. Mr. Gladwell is among three thinkers in the top eight who focus on psychology..
When Winning Is Everything, Harvard Business Review, May 2008
The primal urge to win often overwhelms rational decision making. Here’s how to tame competitive arousal, head off emotionally charged competitions, or manage them to your advantage.
Have you ever made a decision in the heat of competition only to wonder, when faced with the consequences, “What was I thinking?” Such charged decision making is driven by an adrenaline-fueled emotional state we call competitive arousal. It’s all too common in business—and all too often leads to costly mistakes...
1. Harvard Business School (U.S.A.)
2. University of Virginia: Darden (U.S.A.)
3. IMD (Switzerland) and 3. Stanford University GSB (U.S.A.)
5. IE Business School (Spain)
6. Center for Creative Leadership (U.S.A. / Belgium / Singapore)
7. Iese Business School (Spain)
8. Columbia Business School (U.S.A.)
9. UCLA: Anderson (U.S.A.)
10. University of Western Ontario: Ivey (Canada / China)
Arabs’ own Bologna process, Published in Jordan's JORDAN TIMES on April 25, 2008, Al Arabiya, News channel.
(Article on Al Arabiya : A voice of moderation helps transform Arab media, IHT January 4, 2008.)
Ahmad Y. Majdoubeh
"Life is full of ironies and paradoxes. We, Arabs, have a lot in common: language,
religion, history, heritage, customs, etc. Many Arabs believe in their heart of
hearts that they are one people, one nation. Not long ago, in fact, the various
territories occupied by the more than 22 Arab states at this point in time used
to form one territory, one nation.
Europe, by contrast, is composed of several nations, with different languages, cultures and geography. In several individual European countries, there are two or three (or more) different languages spoken, and people of different ethnic origins. Nevertheless, the Europeans (27 or more countries so far) have succeeded in forming a union - one which actually works: despite some snags here and there.
Europeans travel within all countries belonging to the European Union as if they were travelling within one country: no borders, no visas. Foreign nationals who obtain a Schengen visa from one European country can travel as freely as European nationals within the European Union.
Arabs, who claim to be one nation, cannot do the same in the Arab countries. In most cases, visas are required, and borders separate all 22 or more Arab countries. And, of course, there is no Arab union. And the Europeans have done more than ease travel.
Last week, I took part in a seminar in Brussels on the Bologna process, and in a follow-up seminar on the same subject on the campus of the University of Jordan a few days ago. The Bologna process is an initiative which is seen as part of an overall European drive to develop and modernise the higher education systems throughout Europe.
It took shape (though it started earlier) in the city of Bologna, in Italy, when 19 European ministers of higher education met and drafted a declaration, pledging to develop and upgrade the European systems of higher education (the so-called Bologna Declaration). These ministers (others were added later) meet every two years in a European city to evaluate progress.
The declaration (the process at large) focuses on a number of key components, summarised in the so-called ten action lines: system transparency, compatibility, student mobility, credit transfer, quality assurance, the three cycles, and many others.
In layman terms, the process aims at developing higher education throughout the European Union, creating an “area” of higher education which enables European students and faculty members to move within it with ease and effectiveness.
Just as travel among countries within the union has been made easy, “travel” of students and faculty members within European institutions of higher education (i.e., mobility) has been made easy.
Recently, 10 Arab countries have been allowed access to the process, and started taking part in cooperation programmes with European universities and student mobility.
Several Jordanian students are now studying at European universities, and several European students are studying at Jordanian universities as a result of this involvement.
Arab involvement in the Bologna process is important for many reasons. One is that many specific benefits emanate from specific bilateral and multilateral cooperation projects. Another, more important, is that as Arabs are thinking of developing and modernising their higher education systems, they can learn lessons from the Bologna process.
Furthermore, as cooperation within the process allows several partners to meet, Arabs meet other Arabs within the context of European programmes.
Engagement with the Bologna process, for Arabs and for Europeans, is beneficial. But should not Arabs develop their own Bologna process?
Let’s not talk about Arab unity. Let’s not even talk about an Arab Union (though we should). Let’s talk about an inter-Arab, intra-Arab cooperation programme.
Should not there be an Arab “Bologna process”?"
Article of CNN Money, April 18, 2008
The hot social network is fine for kids, but skeptical adults need a reason to sign up. One turns out to be getting good stuff in your News Feed.
NEW YORK (Fortune) -- Facebook, the 71-million-member social network, has attracted lots of adults during the last year as it became a global technology cause celebre. But I'm hearing more and more of these grown-up newbies questioning whether the service is really worth their time. Some find it more annoying than useful, and can't really figure out any benefit.Even some tech cognoscenti, many of whom are active and engaged Facebook users, are souring on the service...
...I remain convinced there are significant benefits to be found in making Facebook a central part of one's online life - but appreciate that for many it will take time before those benefits become obvious.
Just one view of Facebook:
Top 5 European Business Schools.
Top 5 North American Business Schools.
|Source: QS TopMBA.com International Recruiter Survey 2007|
|Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management||USA||91%|
|Harvard Business School||USA||79%|
|The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania||USA||61%|
|IE Business School (Instituto de Empresa)||Spain||52%|
Media-Newswire.com) - HANOVER, N.H. May 1, 2008
Business school students from 13 schools around the world will descend on Hanover May 3-4 to battle it out at the 25th annual MBA World Cup soccer tournament hosted by the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. More than 300 players and fans are expected to attend the event, which will be held this weekend at the Sachem fields.
Article of the Daily News and Analysis, Mumbai, Wednesday, April 23, 2008.
Anjali Thomas in conversation with Michael S Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg:
1. What made you start Project Gutenberg in 1971, and what was the initial response?
2. How important is copyright today? Can we foresee a world in which books are available without copyright?
3. Do you think Project Gutenberg will do for the publishing industry what Apple's iTunes and even Napster did for the music industry?
4. Do you get writers approaching Project Gutenberg with their works directly?
5. What does the future hold for Project Gutenberg?
For the answers to the questions, see the article.
Sir Howard Stringer talks about the challenges he faces at Sony and how he has fared so far as the first Westerner to head this Japanese corporation.
Their list includes 10 colleges, universities, and websites that offer free business administration courses online. MIT's Sloan School of Management secured the top spot with more than 100 free courses.
"Some of the top colleges and universities in the world provide free
business administration courses online. Here is a list of the best
MIT's Sloan School of Management offers more than 100 free business administration courses online. The courses cover every management topic imaginable and include everything from lecture notes and assignments to case studies and quizzes. Audio, video and text make up the bulk of the courses.
The Kutztown University's Small Business Development Center offers one of the largest collections of business administration courses available for free online. Courses cover topics like accounting, finance, marketing and management. Most courses are made up of either slides or videos.
However, CIOs with MBAs earn about $25,000 more than CIOs who don't have one.
Research Central recently published the results of a CIO Role Survey (April 9, 2008). The survey found that only 31 percent of working CIOs have an MBA degree. The number is even lower--19 percent--among CIOs who work for companies that earn between $5 and $99 million in revenue.
For more statistics, as well as an analysis of whether or not CIO's need an MBA degree, check out the full article.