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Last Updated Feb 9, 2017 by

Where McCombs MBAs Are Snagging Jobs

Many students pursue an MBA with one goal—to improve their career opportunities. Whether you’re leveraging an MBA to transition into a different industry or to move up within your current company, it’s important to get a return on your academic (and financial) investment. So, how do you know if a particular MBA program is going to advance your progress toward your career goals? Reviewing a school’s MBA employment report is one of the best ways to assess a school’s potential to get you where you want to go. Every year, MBA programs carefully track where their graduates head after earning their... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 8, 2017 by

UCLA Anderson and the Entertainment Industry: Two Peas in a Pod

Los Angeles is often called the “Creative Capital of the World” – fitting, with every six residents of the city working in a creative industry. In fact, there are more artists, writers, filmmakers, actors, dancers, and musicians living and working in L.A. than in any other city at any time in history. So it makes sense that the UCLA Anderson School of Management offers programs for students interested in working in entertainment. Mark E. Lee, FEMBA ’17 and vice president of special projects for the Anderson Entertainment Management Association (EMA), shared his perspective on his fit with Anderson’s program: “Being... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 2, 2017 by

The Global MBA Experience at London Business School

As business and the economy become increasingly global, one might feel as though the world is shrinking—but for business, it also means unprecedented opportunities for expansion and innovation. As it has become easier than ever to communicate and work together across vast distances, so too has it become more likely for organizations to grow their businesses. For that reason, many prospective business school students are interested in gaining a global perspective on business during their MBA programs. And indeed, there are a number of merits to global training: MBAs with global experience understand the impact of language, culture, local traditions, government,... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 31, 2017 by

Rotman Launches Canadian Graduate Women in Management Conference

Tomorrow, February 1st, female graduate business students and industry leaders from across Canada will have a chance to come together and discuss the most pressing matters facing the business community as part of the inaugural Canadian Graduate Women in Management Conference. Organized by the Rotman Women in Management Association (WIMA) and hosted by the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, the conference will focus around the theme of “Men as Allies and the Parity Proposition,” highlighting the role of gender inclusivity in expanding the discourse on gender equity. Scheduled speakers include Bruce Simpson, director and senior partner at... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 24, 2017 by

Cambridge Judge Professor Talks Ethics in the Workplace

The subject of ethics in business continues to be a hot-button topic. Recurring corporate scandals keeping the question of how to hire and train leaders who will do right in the face of ethically challenging situations top of mind at prominent organizations around the globe. David De Cremer, a professor of management studies at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School, recently penned an article for Harvard Business Review outlining six traits that he argues can predict ethical behavior in potential employees.  De Cremer, whose research focus includes corporate social responsibility, ethics, contemporary issues in leadership and trust as a business asset, teaches MBA,... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 18, 2017 by

Venture Capital Learning for Georgetown McDonough MBAs

Breaking into a career in venture capital, even with an MBA, isn’t necessarily easy. It’s something that many MBAs are interested in achieving, but that few MBAs have the support to make possible. And that’s why the MBA Venture Fellows Program at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is so interesting. The program is a collaboration between the MBA program and the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative, and it provides full-time students interested in a career in venture capital with a year-long position at a local VC firm. It replaces the summer internship component for a typical MBA to focus solely on... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 16, 2017 by

Babson College, Coca-Cola Partner to Unleash the Potential of Women Entrepreneurs

What does it take to unleash the power of women entrepreneurs? That’s exactly what Babson College set out to discover when it was chosen by the Coca-Cola Company to review the beverage giant’s 5by20 Initiative. Babson College is one of the top-ranked colleges in the world for entrepreneurship education, making it a natural partner for 5by20, the Coca-Cola Company’s global initiative aimed at empowering five million women entrepreneurs across the company’s global value chain by 2020. Babson’s report, Unleashing the Potential of Women Entrepreneurs, analyzed the program’s problems, strengths, progress and outlook to see how it was doing with regard to its goal... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 11, 2017 by

Discover How the Smith School Promotes Women in Business

What were more than 200 Girl Scouts doing at the University of Maryland R.H. Smith School of Business? They were attending Cookie College, of course! On December 10, 2016, more than 225 Brownies and Juniors from kindergarten to fifth grade headed to the UMD Smith School of Business to learn about the business of selling cookies. “The girls learned life skills like goal setting and money management that will help them in all aspects of life,” Sara Tyler, program specialist at the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, said in a news release. “It sets them up for life.”... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 9, 2017 by

Oxford Saïd MBAs Beat 1,300 Applicants to Win Creative Shock 2016

Imagine joining a competition against 1,300 applicants and 182 teams, and then taking home first place. That’s exactly what happened during Creative Shock 2016; four MBA students from the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School took home the grand prize—€1,500 and airfare from Turkish Airlines. Creative Shock is an annual international social business case competition that challenges MBA students to solve real-life business, marketing and public relations problems. The early stages of the competition welcomed 1,300 applicants from universities and business schools around the world. From there, 182 teams were whittled down through two rounds of competition until only eight teams remained... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 9, 2017 by

Foster School Professor Discusses Charitable Giving

There’s no doubt that the holiday season is one of the biggest times of the year for charitable giving. That’s why one University of Washington Foster School of Business professor, Ann Schlosser, decided to research why we give to charitable organizations and causes. According to Schlosser, people don’t give because they’re trying to “keep up with the Joneses”—they give depending on how they feel they’re doing compared to others. “We find that people feeling relatively better off are most likely to view giving as an expression of altruistic values such as giving back and being a better person,” said Schlosser... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 5, 2017 by

3 Rotman Grads Named Canada’s Most Powerful Women

If there’s one thing that everyone can agree on, it’s that women are necessary for business. In fact, companies with women on the board of directors, on average, have a 53 percent higher return on equity. The issue is that though women represent 47% percent of the workforce, they only represent 17 percent of boardrooms, and 4.8 percent of CEOs among the Fortune 500 companies, according to the Forté Foundation. That’s why University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has made it a priority to promote women in business. And their efforts have recently been rewarded with both a Rotman professor... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 5, 2017 by

Holiday Debt Hangover: The Dangers of Contactless Payment

The holidays may be over, but for many they are far from forgotten. For kids, the holiday joy continues with toys and games, but for adults, the holiday hangover might not be as pleasant. In fact, according to Niro Sivanathan, associate professor of organizational behavior at London Business School (LBS), the holiday hangover could mean an unprecedented amount of festive debt. The truth is that in 2016, more people than ever used touchless payment to make their holiday purchases, and that comes with some consequences: the holiday debt hangover. “Parting with cash is psychologically painful and, as a result, consumers are more... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 28, 2016 by

$2.1M Gift to Goizueta Promotes Study of Business and Government

The best business schools continually seek to improve what they can offer their students, whether that be by adding courses, hiring new professors or providing new opportunities. For the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, the latest improvement came in the form of a $2.1 million pledge from the Robson Foundation, set up by former Dean John E. Robson to establish the “John Robson Endowment for the Study of Business, Public Policy and Government.” The gift will allow the school to develop a program focused on the growing complexities of business and civics. To get a better idea of exactly what the endowment... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 22, 2016 by

LBS Alumni Spotlight: The Retail Industry & Holiday Trends

Unlike the consulting, finance and technology sectors, retail has always been regarded as a safe industry for employment. That’s because no matter how bad the economy gets, the retail industry will never cease to exist as long as people still make purchases. And that’s especially true around the holidays. According to a survey by the Centre for Retail Research about holiday shopping, U.K. households reported spending an average of £794.39 on gifts in 2015.  The most recent survey by Statista, meanwhile, reveals that U.S. consumers expect to personally spend an average of $752 on presents this Christmas season. That’s not... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 19, 2016 by

Professor to Know: UW Foster’s Bruce Avolio

Every once in a while, we come across a professor who stands out in the crowd. These professors demonstrate their exceptional accomplishments in ways that are impossible to ignore. In this case, Bruce J. Avolio, a professor of management at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, drew attention with his impeccable research. In fact, Clarivate Analytics recently named him to a select list of the world’s most frequently cited scientific researchers. The 2016 Clarivate list recognized the top one percent of researchers within the natural and social sciences realm—around 3,000 individuals. Avolio made it onto the list for... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 16, 2016 by

Georgetown McDonough MBA: The Intersection of Business and Policy

Sponsored Content An MBA experience that occurs in a vacuum is worthless. The best MBA programs accept candidates from around the world and create their experience using every tool available. In fact, that’s why so many of the top business schools reside in large cities and cultural hotspots such as Paris, Chicago, London, New York and Philadelphia. But if a realistic and well-rounded experience is your goal—something that revolves around the nexus of business, economics and public policy—one city rises above the rest: Washington, D.C., which is home to Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. “McDonough sits just blocks away... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 12, 2016 by

Inside the Career Treks at McCombs

An MBA program that spends all of its time and effort only in the classroom is one that may leave its students at a disadvantage. The truth is that it’s the hands-on and out-of-class experiences that often make the biggest impression on MBA students, and that’s exactly why McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin takes its MBA students on career treks every year. These treks, led by the Texas MBA Career and Management team, take MBAs to various cities and companies around the nation for a unique learning opportunity. During each trek, MBA students learn... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 7, 2016 by

Diversity and Inclusion at USC Marshall

There’s no doubt that interacting with classmates is one of the best parts about attending an MBA program. That’s because when you surround yourself with excellence, you can’t help but excel yourself. And that’s definitely true at the USC Marshall School of Business MBA program. Not only are all Marshall MBA candidates top-tier, but they also arrive with a diversity of ideas and opinions that truly enrich the entire experience. In fact, according to the most recent class profile, 32 percent of the MBA class is composed of women, 32 percent are from outside of the U.S. and 13 percent are... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 6, 2016 by

Inside Rice’s MBA Student Government Leadership Summit

Top-notch MBA programs aren’t just about coursework; they’re about the entire experience. Classroom learning can only take you so far. Employers want more than good grades and lecture attendance. They want practical experience, and that’s why the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University recently held an MBA Student Government Leadership Summit. The event, which took place the weekend of Nov. 17th and 18th, welcomed student government leaders from top MBA programs around the country. Its goal was to address leadership challenges and best practices through presentations, roundtable discussions, networking opportunities and nationally recognized speakers. Featured speakers at the... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 6, 2016 by

An MBA’s Career Journey at Indiana’s Kelley School of Business

Sponsored Content “Every MBA is running; they’re either running from their last job, or they’re running toward their next job.” – Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business For the vast majority of MBA candidates, they’re running from their last job, and they know why they quit—they didn’t like their boss, salary, upward trajectory, city, etc. Unfortunately, that knowledge of why they left doesn’t always easily translate into what they want. In fact, the two questions that most MBAs ask are, “Who am I?” and “Who do I want to be?” There is no easy answer. It takes a considerable amount... Read more »

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