At the 1st EFMD Americas Conference in Sao Paulo, Howard Thomas began by praising the organisation of the conference and the quality of the speakers present. “At many conferences, you listen to things you have heard before, but not at this one.” He then outlined the challenges faced by business schools and how they should be addressed.
Business Schools fulfil a variety of roles like providing (executive) education, knowledge production or facilitating entrepreneurship. Are these roles changing and how do they look like in the future?
“From my earliest moments, my life was marked by deep joy interrupted regularly by searing physical pain.”
Born with hemophilia, Bob Massie’s story is literally stunning. I was fortunate enough to attend one of his talks recently and like some fifty odd colleagues I was spellbound for over an hour as he talked about the struggles he has had to overcome. He is not bitter or filled with regret. He final message is one of this hope and joy. “If I am lucky,” he says “I have another 10 000 days on this Earth and I intend to enjoy every single one of them.”
A Song in the Night sets out his life story. Read this book and if you ever get the chance, find out where Mr. Massie is speaking and go and listen to him. Continue reading
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Maria Jose Tonelli, Vice Director of FGV EAESP in Brazil and Joao Lins, a partner at PwC in Brazil both gave a lecture on the state of higher education and the business environment in Latin America at the EFMD 2013 Annual Conference.
In 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.