Monthly Archives: May 2013

BOOK REVIEW: “The Road to Academic Excellence” by Philip G. Altbach & Jamil Salmi (2012)

The Road to Academic ExcellenceThe financial crisis has led to a whole range of institutions and ideas being brought into question. One of them is the research university. In a 2011 Global Focus article, Kai Peters and Howard Thomas argued that the current model of universities is unsustainable. Effectively, universities spend too much to doing things that are not resource producing. At the recent AACSB ICAM Annual Conference 2013, Ted Synder, Dean at Yale University, reiterated this view. Western universities are effectively pricing themselves out of the market, he claimed. This book is a counter argument to such claims. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Asia, Book Review, Business Schools, China, Higher Education, India, Rankings, Research, South Korea, USA

“Very Friendly, Very Living, Very Moving” : Philippe Gradt, a GEM student talks about studying at Newcastle University.

logos

A student from GEM, Philippe Gradt, has been at Newcastle University since September, in Newcastle upon Tyne, a city he describes as one with rainy weather yes, but with its charm of always being “very friendly, very living, and very moving.”

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Business Schools, Countries, Education, Europe, France, Great Britain, Higher Education, Study Abroad, Travel

BOOK REVIEW: “Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea” by Mark Blyth (2013)

Austerity: The History of a Dangerous IdeaSuccess often depends on timing. Though Mr Blyth has been working on this book for two years, its launch seems to have come at a very appropriate moment. After several years of austerity measures, public opinion in countries across the world is becoming more critical on the cutbacks their governments have brought in to reduce their deficits. Adding to that is the discovery that Reinhart and Rogoff’s models, the theoretical underpinning of these policies, were erroneous. This is a well researched and well argued book and the title, “Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea”, will give you a clear indication of where the author stands. 

Continue reading

3 Comments

Filed under Book Review, Business, Economics, Europe, Finance, Management, Strategy, USA

BOOK REVIEW: “The Art of Choosing” by Sheena Iyengar (2010)

The Art of ChoosingIn a magazine interview, Catherine Zeta-Jones, the Welsh actress and wife of Michael Douglas, describes one of her daily chores, which involve making choices. 

It is,” she said, “deciding whether to buy that beautiful little dress she had found while shopping in California, knowing full well that the shoes you need to go with it were in one of your homes in the Caribbean or Europe.”  

Pity the rich and famous!

We have more choices today than we have ever had in history and yet making countless decisions each day may be a burden rather than a pleasure.  In this excellent book, which brings in scientific research and personal examples, Dr. Sheena Iyengar, Professor at Columbia University, describes just why some of these choices are so difficult. 

  Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Book Review, Consumer Behavior, Consumption, Economics, India, Psychology, USA

From No Snow to Chartreuse! : Mark Silberbauer, a student from the University of Cape Town talks about studying in Grenoble.

cape town cover

From No Snow to Chartreuse! : Mark Silberbauer, a student from the University of Cape Town talks about studying in Grenoble. Why did Mark select GEM for his exchange? He lists several reasons.  He says he was looking for a life experience out of his comfort zone, one that would incorporate a foreign language and culture.  He adds, “my decision was completely based on having a new, cool experience that was not an English one.”  Continue reading

2 Comments

Filed under Business Schools, Culture, Exchange study programs, France, Higher Education, International studies, Study Abroad

Professors (and other experts) getting it wrong : The Reinhart and Rogoff spreadsheet error

cover

So, two of the most prominent and respected professors of finance in the world got it wrong! There are several interesting aspects to the Reinhart and Rogoff spreadsheet error saga and many commentators have jumped in to criticise their work now that we know they omitted out five countries. Perhaps the one thing that has not been said is that they had the good grace, open mindedness  and humility to send their data to a graduate student that they had never met and wasn’t even a student at either of their universities. Professors do get it wrong, as do all human beings, but good ones are open to analysis and criticisms from others.

  Continue reading

2 Comments

Filed under Business, Business Schools, Finance, Higher Education, USA

BOOK REVIEW : “This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly” by Carmen M. Reinhart & Kenneth S. Rogoff (2011)

This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial FollyA few weeks ago this book would have been read quickly, given an A+ with a little gold star and a request from the teacher for a “Show and Tell” from two of her best pupils. Thomas Herdon, a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst has dented the myth though by identifying the errors in their calculation. This has coincided with increasing criticisms of the current policies even in academic circles. Mark Blyth at Brown University has just published “Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea.” In this context, “This Time is Different” is certainly worth another critical read.

Continue reading

2 Comments

Filed under Book Review, Business, Business Schools, Economics, Finance, USA