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BOOK REVIEW: “The Halo Effect” by Phil Rosenzweig (2009)

Phil Rosenzweig IMDThe Halo Effect gives an excellent insight in to how we make judgments about people, organizations and strategy. It is a must read for any manager or strategy student.

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STUDY ABROAD / INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE : China, Guangzhou

Foucauld Watine, a graduate management student from Grenoble EM, talks about his experiences at Sun Yat-Sen Business School.

If you can seize the opportunity of an exchange program – do it! I experienced Guangzhou but I am not sure everybody enjoys this city. I am far from saying it’s beautiful, no, but it’s highly instructive. Guangdong Capital, located on the shores of the Pearl River delta, is the cradle of world´ manufacturing. Therefore this place grabs attention of anybody who wants to benefit from its infinite supply capacities.  The fascinatingly complex Chinese culture is mixed with Cantonese culture but it doesn’t get the things more difficult than anywhere else in China – it hardly can!

  
Photos and text by Foucauld Watine
  
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STUDY ABROAD / INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE : USA, Potsdam

Adeline Benoit, a graduate management student from Grenoble EM, talks about her experiences at Clarkson University.

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Being a student at the American University? An amazing experience! Living in the campus with roomates from other countries or seeing squirrels in the graveyards, taking courses of teachers who teach you to think and express yourself properly, you will simply live the experience of your life that makes you grow up.

  

Photos and text by Adeline Benoit

  
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STUDY ABROAD / INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE : United Kingdom, Birmingham

Fiona Devaux, a graduate management student from Grenoble EM, talks about her experience at University of Birmingham.

As the second city of England, Birmingham has come a long way from the industrial era! After numerous refurbishment investments, the city has become dynamic and young.

 
Photos and text by Fiona Devaux

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BOOK REVIEW: “Leading in Turbulent Times” by Peter Lorange (2010)

Jeff Immelt, CEO of General Electric, has said that anyone could have run the corporation in the 1990s. Conditions were so favorable that “a dog could have run GE” he claims. Not very flattering for his predecessor, Jack Welch!

Still, leadership is certainly easier when the economic outlook is good. The real test is during an economic downturn and given the difficult past 5 years books of this sort are more than welcome.

Peter Lorange has had one of the most illustrious careers in academia. Having begun his career teaching at MIT Sloan School of Management and Wharton, he then went on to become President of BI, Oslo and then IMD, Lausanne. He retired from this last position in 2009 but instead of dedicating his time to golf he bought the GSBA, Zurich and renamed it the Lorange Institute of Business. You might conclude that he has quite a bit to say on leadership and you would be right. This is an excellent book.

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STUDY ABROAD / INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE : Denmark, Copenhagen

Natacha Durand, a graduate management student from Grenoble EM, talks about her experiences at Copenhagen Business School.

  

What could I say to sum up the 6 months I have spent in Copenhagen? Maybe I should not because this experience needs to be entirely narrated. Even better, lived.

Discovering Copenhagen and the Danes were an everyday surprise. Even in the cold and short days of winter, I could find some warmth, around a Carlsberg with friends experiencing the Danish concept of “hygge”. The “hygge” could be described as well as coziness inside your place and as spending a good time with people you care about around a cup of coffee or a meal. In Copenhagen, the hygge is everywhere: at CBS’s cafeteria, in the dorms, in the metro, in the malls, in the cafés, in the night parties of the Kødbyen… Many of my best memories are made with the bike-arounds, getting lost, enjoying the many parks and waterfronts, discovering new places and adoring this amazing Nordic capital.

All of it make me say: “I hygge Denmark”!

  
Photos and text by Natacha Durand 

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STUDY ABROAD / INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE : USA, Gainesville

Sophie Ruscica, a graduate management student from Grenoble EM, talks about her experiences at University of Florida.

  
 

Located in Gainesville, the UF campus welcomes more than 50,000 students. The International Business program is very rich and colorful including teamwork, case studies, readings, etc.. It offers students the opportunity to develop in class and off class skills required to succeed in an international working environment.

  
Photos and text by Sophie Ruscica

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STUDY ABROAD / INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE : Australia, Brisbane

Charlène Daubenfeld, a graduate management student from Grenoble EM, talks about her experiences at Queensland University of Technology.

Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia, and the capital of Queensland. There is a very active cultural life in Brisbane, with a lot of festivals, museums and exhibitions, concerts, and a lot of possibilities to go out with friends. You can also enjoy the artificial beach in the city center along the Brisbane River, where you can have a swim or do a barbecue, after you went in the famous shopping mall in Queen Street.

  

Photos and text by Charlène Daubenfeld

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STUDY ABROAD / INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE : Singapore

Jessica Grenat, a graduate management student from Grenoble EM, talks about her experiences at Singapore Management University.

With a thriving environment, Singapore is an amazing experience to live, willing to preserve its traditions in an advanced society! Symbolizing the Asian golden coast by excellence, it is quite Americanized, focusing on shopping, but also impressively developed in terms of growing companies and infrastructures. And, at the same time, Singapore is alive keeping a deep Asian culture celebrating each tradition and religious event in the streets.

   

Photos and text by Jessica Grenat

  

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“A Year in Provence” or “A Year in the Merde”? It is up to you

Study abroad and learning about a new culture

This year four million lucky students will have an international experience in a foreign higher education institution. The success of this experience will depend on many things, but mostly on their ability to adapt to the new culture.

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