Responding to the challenge – Norwegian Armed Forces Study Center & BI Norwegian Business School

– SILVER WINNER OF THE 2017 EXCELLENCE IN PRACTICE AWARDS – The Norwegian Armed Forces and BI Norwegian Business School establish a three-year masters degree programme to combat national security challenges “The key challenges facing Euro-Atlantic security such as terrorism, hybrid warfare and organised crime are deeply interconnected and, with that, so are their solutions. No…

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Remote work update

A study by HWZ Zurich University gave a differentiated and encouraging picture of the opportunities of remote work, but also the challenges that must be overcome.

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Rising Model of “3I” Circles

Innovation and entrepreneurship are widely regarded as the important basis for sustainable competitive advantage by enhancing capabilities for business growth, creating employment opportunities, increasing productivity and promoting national economic development especially in a rapidly changing international business environment.

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Why management history matters…

The economic crisis has prompted many to call for a greater emphasis on studying the history of business and management. Morgen Witzel looks at the lessons that could be learned and why they are so important.

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What is ‘new’ about disruption?

With the Corona crisis hitting higher education institutions, there is a good deal of buzz and discussion about how this will “dramatically and inevitably” change the way universities work and teach. However… this may not be true for everyone, observes Bernhard Bachmann Let’s look at some of the hype. The supposed “disruption” caused by COVID-19…

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Building a sustainable online strategy post COVID-19?

Ginny Gibson, Stephanie Lambert and Anne Swanberg on EFMD’s invitation to a workshop in a hybrid format The impact of COVID-19 across the globe has been (and continues to be) catastrophic and unprecedented. Whilst we cannot escape the difficulty, sadness and uncertainty that define this pandemic, in many instances we have seen people and organisations…

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Examining business school leadership

Views from EFMD’s webinar on business school leadership, by Julie Davies, Ewan Ferlie, Heather McLaughlin and Howard Thomas Business school leaders are ‘squeezed’ by a range of internal metrics. These metrics focus on a micro-managed narrow range of key performance indicators (KPIs) to raise revenues, research, and rankings. This style of financial centralised control has,…

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Crisis as opportunity

During a global pandemic when business school leaders are preoccupied with virtual learning, budgets, and student bubbles, where do doctoral programmes feature on the list of priorities? Ask Julie Davies, Nicola Palmer, Elena Braccia, Karen Clegg and Mark Smith Far from being the Cinderella of business schools, we believe that doctoral researchers are key to…

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Unlocking human potential through learning English

Those of us in the anglophone business world often take for granted the ability to easily express ourselves and instantly understand everything around us at work. As English has become the undisputed language of commerce and academia, professionals across much of the planet must contend with language and communication obstacles daily on top of maintaining every other facet of their effectiveness at work.

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A journey from A to what can Be – The Future Factory Programme

Ireland is focused on keeping its connections with Europe and the rest of the world open for the flow of capital, business and, most importantly, people. Sometimes described as the “Singapore of Europe”, the country serves as a hub for many multinational organisations in the management of their European operations and is also home to many Irish companies who are “born global” with an extensive international footprint.

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Employer Views

Whatever tomorrow’s business school looks like, it will need to continue to help students advance their careers, whether that’s at the start of employment or as their careers progress. For students, investing in business education will still mean seeking a return that boosts their employability. Those from Africa and the Middle East are most likely to expect to start a business or work for themselves at some point in their life. Those from Central and South America are most likely to still expect to be working in their 70s; twice as likely as Europeans or North Americans, while those from South Asia are most likely to expect to move country to follow their preferred career.

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Student Views

Students responding to the See the Future study already knew the future would be different, that they would work longer than their parents and that they would need to reskill to stay in employment; they understood that a degree is no longer for life, that their future will not be like our past.

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North meets South: a call for inclusive global research

The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a health, economic and humanitarian crisis, it is laying bare some undeniable truths in societies worldwide. By Smaranda Boros, Anita Bosch and Yuliya Shymko The COVID-19 pandemic is emphasising the extent of inequalities, both between and within societies. In the dynamics between nations, these inequalities revolve around the reliance…

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What digitalisation means for universities

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Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger explains how one of Europe’s leading universities is surfing the rising tide of digitalisation.   The process of digitalisation has evolved rapidly. Early on, digitalisation was often limited to converting analogue data to digital media (from vinyl records to CDs, for example). Today, however, the discussion about digital transformation revolves around concepts such as…

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When the world is not enough

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Most business schools want to play in the global arena but are often poorly equipped to do so. International governance can often help, say Jean-Louis Mucchielli and Thomas Froehlicher.   All business schools have extensive international ambitions but very few of them have an effective international approach. Global governance plans are all about strategy but…

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Take control – seven steps for crisis communications in business schools

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Thomas Bieger and Ulrich Schmid outline a straightforward approach to dealing with the increasing challenge posed by print and online media Excessive travel expenses; professors with conflicts of interest between private consulting and research; misconduct of alumni in management positions; offenses against scientific integrity; students questioning the political correctness of professors in classroom discussions. These…

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Professional development in a changing world

Ivana Marinkovic, Associate Director, EFMD Global Network Central and Eastern Europe Eric Cornuel, CEO and Director General, EFMD.   Today management education and development is about fostering purpose-led organisations that are driven by innovative, agile and responsible leaders ready to face the challenges of an uncertain and ever-changing future. Shaping the leaders of tomorrow is…

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The Executive Academy

Steven A.Y. Poelmans, Professor of Neuroscience and Strategic Leadership, Antwerp Management School and EADA Business School & Jordi Diaz, Associate Dean of Programmes, EADA Business School.   The late Sumantra Goshal once pronounced the wise words: “You cannot manage third generation strategies with second generation organisations and first-generation managers”. First-generation organisations (1stG) that operate in a…

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Nurturing higher education leaders

Nadine Burquel, Director of Business School Services, EFMD & Ian Creagh, Strategy Consultant, HUMANE.   HUMANE, the Heads of University Management and Administration Network in Europe, is an international association whose aims are to build international networks, to foster innovation in higher education services and to advance professional excellence in higher education management. Since 1997 HUMANE…

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Stepping into the role of the dean

Rolf D. Cremer describes EFMD’s innovative Strategic Leadership Programme for Deans. Stepping into the role of the dean Hardly anybody embarks on the long, difficult and actually quite risky path of a career as a professor in order to become the dean of a business school. Few are prepared when it hits them. But it should…

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EFMD leadership programmes

Nadine Burquel provides a comprehensive guide to EFMD’s leading programmes for personal and professional development EFMD leadership programmes support business schools with organisational development and individual leaders and managers with personal and professional development. Of the programmes briefly covered in this article, three programmes specifically address professionals who are new to their jobs while three…

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