Monthly Archives: March 2013

BOOK REVIEW: “Situated Learning: Legitimate Peripheral Participation” by Jean Lave & Etienne Wenger (1991)

CoverIn the past decade, there’s been a great deal of talk about how the education industry is going to be revolutionized, and that we can do away with classrooms and universities altogether.  There is nothing new about this.  However, the revolution that has been predicted some many times has never really come. People learn efficiently because they are together, because they can have a discussion about their ideas, because they are with a professor who can adapt to their learning style. This book gives some background ideas to this debate and to why the bricks and mortar university is not quite dead yet.  

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Study Abroad : Justine Lhoste talks about her double degree programme at the Laval University, Canada

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Laval University, situated in Quebec City, was quite a change for Justine Lhoste. As a GEM student, Justine is pursuing the double degree opportunity and wanted to experience a new culture, as she has already studied abroad in Ireland and Australia. From the start, she knew that she needed to be prepared to work a lot in her competitive Marketing MBA pursuit, and when she arrived in Canada, her expectations became reality.

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Co-teaching on Leadership & Management with Dr. Gregg Glover: the video…at last!

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Last year, I had the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Gregg Glover from Harvard University to co-teach a lesson co-teach in Leadership, Management, and Strategy to Master in Management students at my school. I wrote this up in a post in December and after a short artistic pause, the video has now been completed. Many thanks to all of those who were involved.  Continue reading

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Working globally with Stanford University

Working globally with Stanford University

A colleague of mine recently set up a fascinating course, entitled “Global Work,” which brings together students from Grenoble EM and Stanford University.  Working over a period of two months, Professor Grégoire Croidieu and his colleagues in California have brought a group of nearly forty students, half from each institution, to work together with the objective of understanding how global teams can work effectively at a distance.

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BOOK REVIEW: “From Higher Aims to Hired Hands” by Rakesh Khurana (2007)

coverThis book caused quite a stir when it was first published and perhaps not surprisingly since it is an “insider’s account” of why business schools have never gained the respectabilty they have searched for over the past century. Rakesh Khurana is a Harvard Business School professor whose book came at an end of a decade of a great deal of criticism of business schools that came mostly from within. That was just before the current financial crisis. Since the beginning of this crisis those criticisms have continued to grow.

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An American View of Studying in France: Anuja Parikh, a student from University of Florida talks about her international exchange at Grenoble EM

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Since my first year of high school, when I took my first French language class, I knew I had to study abroad in France. Having lived in Florida my whole life and only traveling within the United States, France seemed like a whole other world to me. Every year for the next five years, I told my parents that I was coming to France for college so they would get used to the idea. Choosing to come to Grenoble was as easy as decisions can get. My mentor at the University of Florida had come to Grenoble Ecole de Management to study a year before my arrival, and she had nothing but amazing things to say about the city and its people. Most students at my school chose more popular, tourist locations to study, especially Paris, but I knew that I would get a more balanced and true French environment in the city of Grenoble.

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Future of Business Schools: Scenarios and Strategies for 2020” by Thomas Durand & Stéphanie Dameron (2008)

CoverWritten and coordinated by two French professors, The Future of Business Schools for 2020, sets out some of the challenges and external pressures on business schools today and the impact that may have for the coming years. Many of the European countries are dealt with individually; there is also an essay on the U.S.A, a more general one on business education in Latin America, and another one on management education in Asia.

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