Inclusivity matters!

inclusivity matters

Inclusivity is having an impact on how successful higher education is at preparing students for the society and work environment of today and tomorrow.

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Women courageous

Michael Page, Madeleine van der Steege and Diane Coetzer discuss the importance, and progress, of embedding gender equality into business education.

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Creating a transformative leadership culture


Established in 1863, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an independent, neutral organisation operating worldwide, helping people affected by conflict and armed violence and promoting the laws that protect victims of war.

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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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Motivations: Balancing the differing needs of students


Diversity is not just about gender and nationality it is also about the reasons that students study an MBA. Stuart Robinson explains.   The drive for diversity is a key issue for many business schools. Most business school professionals would agree that it is important to have a diversity of gender, nationality and socioeconomic background…

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The Case for Women


Lesley Symons has 10 years of research on gender representation in business case studies. The results are astounding.   In 2014, while studying at INSEAD in France, I noticed a lack of women leaders in the case papers I was reading. As a successful businesswoman with a history in senior leadership roles in global corporations,…

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Diversity, rhetoric and reality How HR can be a game changer


Viki Holton and Linda Holbeche explain how professional expertise can help make diversity initiatives successful.   Is diversity valued as it should be by business? How committed are companies in creating an inclusive workspace that truly welcomes and values every different diversity group? These are key questions in today’s business world. Diversity and inclusion have…

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Beyond misogyny: Our pathologically mean leaders

The #MeToo movement has unleashed a maelstrom of reports of inappropriate sexual behaviour. But, says Mark Lipton, what he calls the “Mean Men” syndrome has been responsible for equal, and sometimes even worse, wrongdoings.   With the arrest of Harvey Weinstein and monthly firings of so many organisational leaders, we are witnessing a day of…

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Why language matters

There is a gap between language-sensitive IB research and international management education. Philippe Lecomte calls for increased research and an interdisciplinary approach to the subject. In the past three decades there has been a growing recognition of the importance of language in international business and organisation and management studies. At the same time, however, language-sensitive…

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Moving towards internationality


Universities and business schools are international bodies by their nature. But, says Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger, in troubled times they need to make a stronger stand for ‘internationality’ and diversity. 

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Working women: a path to success

Women have undoubtedly begun to make progress in their struggle for equality in career progression. But there is still a long way to go say Fiona Dent and Viki Holton. Here they offer women a number of practical tools, ideas and suggestions that will contribute to the management of their career success The past 10 years illustrate just how…

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Refugees welcome

Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger describes how Vienna University of Economics and Business and other Austrian universities offer a wide range of activities and initiatives for refugees.

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Liberal Education Key to Business Success

A new form of business education that links business competences with a grounding in liberal arts and sciences is essential argues a new book. John Johnson reports. The business world is undergoing tectonic change. From tiny start-ups to megacorporations, businesses are rapidly evolving as globalisation and the information revolution continue to create massive and disruptive…

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How Women can Navigate to Become Global Leaders

Fiona Dent and Viki Holton detail how organisations can help more women to become business leaders. It is clear to us from our own and others’ research that organisations and senior teams within them increasingly recognise the importance of the role of women in business and, indeed, see it as a key business imperative. There…

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Pressures to Conform

Peter McKiernan and David Wilson argue that business schools should stop copying each other and start rediscovering their diversity. Over the last 40 years, variety in business schools has diminished considerably. Where once there stood a rich intellectual diversity, there now sits an intellectual conformity as a result of deans being seemingly content to achieve…

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Mind the Gap

Research shows that the gender gap in faculty in European business schools is not closing. Lynn Roseberry suggests some reasons why and what can be done to improve it To say there is a gender gap among faculty at European business schools is an understatement. The average proportion of all full-time female faculty – not…

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Equipping managers to help the world

Alexandra Santos and Mathabo le Roux explain how a UN initiative is encouraging business schools to prepare students for tackling poverty and other development challenges equipping managers to help the world.

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Diversity is Dead. Long Live Diversity!

An increasing number of pundits argue that the business school sector has entered a process of homogenisation – that diversity as we know it is dying a slow and inescapable death. Ulrich Hommel examines the evidence and analyses the possible impact it may have on accreditation systems. Respecting diversity is one of the core values…

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