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Interview with Bertrand Guillotin of the Fuqua School of Management, Duke University

 Fuqua School of Business Duke University
It was a great pleasure to welcome Bertrand Guillotin, International Programs Director at the Fuqua School of Management, Duke University to Grenoble EM in November. During his time at the school we were able to make a short video in which Bertrand talked about life at Duke. Having studied and worked in both France and the USA, he was also able to share his insights into and the differences between French and American styles of teaching and learning.

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London 2012: The Olympic Closing Cermony and understanding stereotypes

Every single stereotype of British culture was there; Black taxis, double decker buses, Tower Bridge and men in kilts playing bagpipes. Then came the pop culture with Madness, George Michael, David Bowie, The Spice Girls, Queen and The Beatles. You can’t get John Lennon and Freddie Mercury in person? Don’t worry, you can put them up on a giant screen.  Danny Boyle truly did provide an unashamed stereotype British life. Indeed, had the entire show been commissioned by the British Tourist Industry, no one would have been the slightest bit surprised. But this was just the point. The organisers had understood that their audience was the world, and the world wanted the cliché. Continue reading


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BOOK REVIEW: “What is Strategy – and does it matter?” by Richard Whittington (2000)

Key words
Strategy, brief history of strategy, corporate, international trade, IBM, technology, resource-based of the firm, knowledge-based view of the firm, Apple, Walkman, Intel, Andy Grove, leadership, Japan, France, USA, UK


Richard Whittington, who has published extensively on strategy, offers a fascinating discussion on some of the key issues in strategic management. The book requires some background knowledge of the subject (perhaps not the first book to read then if you are new to this discipline) and then invites you to develop a personal view.

This is quite a useful book then once you have mastered some of the key elements of strategy. The book states clearly that it is designed more for a graduate or advanced undergraduate level.

Some keys facts:
The word ‘seduction’ comes from the Latin word “ducere”, to lead.

Only a quarter of the Japanese companies described ‘good short-term profits’ as their objective

Pascale ( 1982) reports that the Japanese do not even have a phrase for ‘corporate strategy’

When, in 1982, it launched its first personal computers, IBM predicted a market of 300,000 worldwide; a decade later, the installed base was 110 million. (Tate, 1991) Continue reading


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BOOK REVIEW: “Borderless Economics” by Robert Guest (2011)

Key words
Immigration, international trade, migration, medical tourism, economics, China, USA, India, international exchange programmes.

Summary of book

If you are interested in international trade, you should read this book. If you would like to travel or to work abroad, you should read this book. If you think the solution to the current economic crisis is for countries to close their borders and stop trading with each other (it isn’t), you should read this book. If you sometimes get annoyed by people from other countries (we all do, sometimes) you should read this book. And if your job is to send students to study in a foreign country to study (!!) and you would like to understand the economic, rather than the philosophical, rationale behind what you are doing, you should read this book.

Carol Atkinson: “exchange students return home with a more positive view of the country in which they had studied and the people with whom they have interacted

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