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“How Business Schools Inspire Innovation: Think Fast” (Roche & Thomas, 2014)

How business schools are influencing innovation
“In his book “What are universities for?” Stefan Collini (2012) claims that one of the prime objectives of higher education is to be a center for innovation and creative thinking. Despite this, many critics are quick highlight that some of the most famous entrepreneurs and innovators were dropouts from the university system. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Richard Branson are the frequently used examples. However, this gives an incomplete vision of the story. As this article will show, innovation is at the heart of the strategy of most business schools today and the work done can not only have a direct shor term impact on the business world, but also create a innovative mindset for young graduates which will stay with them throughout their career.”

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Children of the (Cultural) revolution: Chinese Higher Education 35 years after Mao’s death

Studying in China
This week China will quietly commemorate the anniversary of the death of Mao Zedong. On the 9th September 1976, the founder of the Chinese Communist Party died at the age of 82. During that time, Chinese universities have followed the modernization movement within the country in their goal to become world-class institutions. Continue reading

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On MBA programme pricing

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A guest post by Kai Peters, CEO, Ashridge Business School.

Poets and Quants is a blog run by John Byrne, the man who originally brought business school rankings to the world in 1988 in Businessweek. Since everyone likes a list, he continues to compile them.

Wharton MBA cost

$172 000 for an MBA at Wharton is “good value” according to Anjani Jain, Wharton’s vice dean.

A recent list that caught my eye is a list of the most expensive programmes in the world. In first place with a bullet is the EMBA programme at Wharton – coming in at $172,200. In the accompanying article, Anjani Jain, Wharton’s vice dean, MBA Program for Executives, comments that the programme is good value. I wonder if he said that with a straight face or with tongue firmly in cheek? Continue reading

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French Management Schools: Stop apologizing!

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Over the past 20 years, management schools in France have led the way in providing young internationally minded graduates fit to work in modern business. They should recognize this and stop apologizing for what they have achieved. 

“Do any French people actually work in your school, Mark?”

My international visitor was looking incredulously around in the vast entrance of my school. This school lies in a medium-sized French city at the bottom of the French Alps. I had just taken him for coffee with my Austrian colleague, had introduced to two programme directors (one Irish and one English), and had bumped into our Academic Director (Scottish) and one of our most senior professors in HRM (American).

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