Creating the resilient business school

Ulrich Hommel and Ben Woods argue that business schools should look beyond conventional risk management systems to the strategic build-up of organisational resilience Business schools (and their parent universities) have made significant strides in recent years towards establishing sound risk management systems. They are more proficient in defining their appetite and tolerance for risk and…

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Paradoxes of business schools

Marianne Lewis argues that deans need to adopt a ‘paradox’ approach towards the tensions involved in leading a business school Tensions pervade schools as they do industry, wider society and our personal lives. Consider a common priority list of a business school dean: Build an academic institution that creates knowledge, inspires learning and impacts practice…

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Lifelong learning

The most effective way to deal with change and profit from it, says Annabel Short, is to accept it and embrace the need for lifelong learning.

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Making international collaboration work

International collaboration presents both opportunity and challenge. Simon Mercado and Julie Perrin Halot show how it can be managed and add value to organisations and their stakeholders International Collaborative Provision (ICP) is an increasingly prominent feature within higher education. Linked to the international mobility of students and the expansion of “Transnational Education” (TNE), ICP presents both opportunity…

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Happy anniversary?

What’s the point of a business school anniversary? ‘Re-membering’ and re-energising for the next one according to Julie Davies and David Buisson Although universities represent some of the aworld’s oldest continually operating organisations (the University of Karueein was founded in 859 in Fez, Morocco), business schools are relative newcomers with more recent birthdays. (ESCP Europe claims to…

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Senior executives on the case

Case studies are hardly unusual in business education, but Andreas Biagosch argues that involving senior executives with students on real issues facing their company makes them far more effective.

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Maintaining the gold standard

Ulrich Hommel and Michael Osbaldeston celebrate two decades of EQUIS and look forward to another 20 years of opportunities The foundation of the system  Business schools have existed for over a century, originally as places of vocational training which were gradually recast as serious academic institutions. They are one of the major success stories in higher education of the last…

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Does education guarantee knowledge?

It cannot be assumed that education automatically confers learning, qualification and greater wisdom, says Mats Alvesson. In fact, if we look at higher education in a broader perspective, the picture is rather depressing It is commonly assumed that education almost automatically leads to a greater ability to think and act in working life and in society as…

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Developing collaborative leaders

Sriven Naidu describes a new type of collaborative leader required for the complex interdependent systems in a global economy and resource-constrained world “Human capital” can be thought of as a measure of the “ability to perform labour so as to produce economic value”. However, abilities that were previously human capital may be liabilities in a…

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Building a global presence

Julia Balogun describes how commitment and a successful partnership are helping a UK management school anchor and build its diverse online masters programmes The University of Liverpool and its partner US-based Laureate Online Education, have been delivering online programmes worldwide since 2001. Over the last decade international education has grown in size and stature at…

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