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Thursday, January 19 2017
Facing your mid-life career crisis head on
Anyone facing the mid-point of their working life also has to face some challenging questions about their career. Sinead Hasson, MD and founder of recruitment firm Hasson Associates gives her advice on steering the career course. Hopping from one role to another barely raises an eyebrow when you start out in your career. A healthy ascension through the junior ranks to a position of seniority is a challenging and rewarding...
Len Jones, AMBA Chairman
Wednesday, January 18 2017
A 2017 Business School Wish List
In response to changes in society and more emphasis on digitisation and talent management, it is becoming clear to me that the more 'traditional' subjects in the curriculum are becoming less important as businesses themselves evolve into new and different places to work. A lot of the 'grunt' work in administration has been taken out by the use of computers and digital data systems. No longer are double...
Monday, January 16 2017
Driving Sustainable Economic Growth in West Africa
As managing director of LADOL, Nigerian business leader, and MBA graduate, Amy Jadesimi is building a business model in a region where the private sector is viewed with suspicion. She talks to David Woods about Nigeria’s industrialisation and its impact on economic growth across West Africa. Will the success of African economic growth hinge on the success of Nigeria’s business sector? AMBITION’s interview...
Friday, January 13 2017
50 MBA stories. Part 2 - Marta Cunha
Marta Cunha works in Portugal’s largest retail company, Sonae Distribuição, as Customer Insights Director. In 2014, AMBA awarded her Student of the Year. Marta completed her executive MBA at Porto Business School. Why did you decide to do an MBA? It was a dream of mine when I was younger. I thought it would give me another perspective on management, but I must confess I was starting to think that...
Wednesday, January 11 2017
Why no business school can teach entrepreneurship
Now this might seem a rather strange title for my contribution to the AMBA blog site. Particularly as the association has been kind enough to ask me to be one of the judges of its MBA Entrepreneurial Venture award later this month. An award designed to showcase the important role business education can play in the development of successful companies. But then I am a PR professional by training and experience so I can’t...
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Friday, November 25 2016
AMBA Special Offer: Jim Collins - How do you transition from good to great?
Jim Collins, business strategist, leadership thinker, and best-selling author of Built to Last, Good to Great, How the Mighty Fall and Great by Choice will present a powerful half-day seminar on what it takes to build an enduring great company. In this session, Collins will bring together over 25 years of research which asks the simple question: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty and others do not? Collins...
Tuesday, November 8 2016
What Leaders Can Learn from Both Clinton and Trump
When connecting with an audience, Hillary Clinton leads with the head while Donald Trump comes from the heart: both hold lessons for today leaders. Watching Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during the U.S. presidential debates, it is striking to observe the difference in communication styles between the candidates; indeed they seem to use two diametrically opposing ways of connecting with their audience. The question...
Wednesday, November 2 2016
How Collective Learning Improves Innovation
App developers listen to their customers and competitors to learn how to succeed. Where “entrepreneurial ecosystems” exist, there are hotbeds of rapid entry and experimentation. These ecosystems consist of mostly small organisations that share a technological architecture and a set of norms. Take the Apple App Store, where app developers often rely on users who make concise suggestions on improvements, point...
Tuesday, October 18 2016
AMBA and Liaison International Launch Service to Centralize Business School Application Management
International MBA Authority Partners with US-Based Graduate Application Management Service Provider to Offer Value to Global Business Schools FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LONDON (TUESDAY 18 OCTOBER 2016) – The Association of MBAs (AMBA) has embarked on a collaboration with Liaison International in a move to gain more insight into evolving enrollment trends for global MBA programs. Liaison, a leading provider of higher...
Monday, October 17 2016
Workplace Excellence Can Be Contagious
Collective outcomes soar when top performers mingle with less adept colleagues. Big data is helping us learn much more about what drives sales in the digital environment. The traditional service sector, however, remains very much a “black box”. A physical sales environment, such as a clothing store or restaurant, is subject to even more intangible elements than e-commerce sites or apps – perhaps chief...
Wednesday, October 12 2016
Fear Can Stifle Collaboration, or Jumpstart It
During organisational change, play the radicals against the moderates to foster collaboration. Many firms that emerge or grow by making technological breakthroughs owe a lot – maybe everything – to their engineers, and in return give them benefits both formal (organisational power) and informal (status and gratitude). These days, however, innovations are metabolised quickly. As their technology’s wow...
Thursday, September 22 2016
The Leadership Odyssey: From Darkness to Light
Dr P Singh*, A Bhandarker** and S Rai*** Sage Response, November 2015 One of the biggest crises in contemporary societies is the crisis of leadership along with the environmental crisis and energy crisis, according to a study conducted by the authors on 157 management graduates from the millennial generation (2009). The leadership crisis is evident in all walks of life be it politics, academics or business. Institutions...
Tuesday, September 20 2016
Is Traditional College Education an Endangered Species?
MIT electrical engineering and computer science professor Anant Agarwal was a guest on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” a few years ago. He told host Stephen Colbert about his online learning site, edX, saying, “You can take these great courses from MIT, from Harvard … and it’s free.” The comedian quipped, “[If] I go to an elite university — let’s say...
Thursday, September 15 2016
PRESS RELEASE: UvA Faculty of Economics & Business Joins AMBA
The Faculty of Economics & Business at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) has officially received accreditation from The Association of MBAs (AMBA), one of the leading authorities on postgraduate business education. The Association of MBAs (AMBA) accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education and is earned only by the best post graduate management programmes. AMBA...
Wednesday, September 14 2016
Why Forcing Market Change Is Good Strategy
Apple is forcing change on the market again and that’s no bad thing. It’s happened again. Tech bloggers are mourning the loss of yet another technology that Apple has mercilessly thrown out of one of its devices. This time it’s the 3.5mm audio jack, a 138-year old technology that allows users to connect any type of wired headphones to their iPhone to listen to their music. The alternative will be the...
Wednesday, September 7 2016
PRESS RELEASE: Koç University joins world's elite MBA/EMBA providers with AMBA Accreditation
Koç University has officially received accreditation from The Association of MBAs (AMBA), one of the leading authorities on postgraduate business education. The Association of MBAs (AMBA) accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education and is earned only by the best post graduate management programmes. AMBA accredits the Master of Business Administration (MBA),...
Thursday, September 1 2016
Keystone Academic Solutions and AMBA commence new partnership
Keystone Academic Solutions and AMBA have announced a new partnership, comprising sponsorship of AMBA’s Global Conference for Deans and Directors and AMBA’s MBA Awards and Gala Dinner, as the Association celebrates its 50 th anniversary. Keystone Academic Solutions is the parent company of several lead generation brands including www.mbastudies.com . They are a Norwegian company based in Oslo, specialising...
Tuesday, August 23 2016
EUROut: LBS works to inspire LGBT MBA students reach their professional aspirations – while being themselves
By Alberto Padilla Rivera, co-chair of Out in Business at London Business School and an AMBA member While it’s true to sat that legislation on LGBT equality has made great strides over the past few years in more economically developed countries, research suggests that more than two thirds of openly LGBT students go back into the closet when they transition from graduate schools into the workplace. The Out in...
Wednesday, August 17 2016
The World’s Most Innovative Countries, 2016
Innovation is essential for sustainable growth. Countries should maintain their R&D investments and cooperate internationally to protect their innovation momentum in the face of low-growth scenarios. (Please visit the site to view this video) The Human Brain Project (HBP), a global, 10-year scientific research project aimed at advancing the understanding of neuroscience, brain-inspired computing and brain-related...
Thursday, August 11 2016
Best selling author Rachel Bridge on ambition, potential and entrepreneurship
Rachel Bridge is the best-selling author of six books, a journalist, and a public speaker specialising in personal development, smart thinking and entrepreneurship. The former enterprise editor of The Sunday Times , Bridge now writes for The Times and The Telegraph . She also holds an MA in economics from Cambridge University. In this 2 part series, Bridge discusses ambition, strategy, leadership and self sabotage....
Wednesday, August 3 2016
AMBA at The 6th International Business School Shanghai Conference (IBSSC)
AMBA Chief Executive Andrew Main Wilson confirms attendance at The 6th International Business School Shanghai Conference (IBSSC) . Hosted by Antai College of Economics and Management (ACEM), Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the conference will focus on the theme of 'Technology and Management', and will examine the interaction between the development of technology and management education. More than 50 deans and...
Wednesday, August 3 2016
Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana joins World’s Elite MBA Providers With AMBA Accreditation
PRESS RELEASE: 26 th July 2016, Ljubljana, Slovenia The Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana (the FELU) has officially received accreditation from The Association of MBAs (AMBA), one of the leading authorities on postgraduate business education. The Association of MBAs (AMBA) accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education and is earned only by the best post...
Friday, July 29 2016
Employers Rank Organizational Fit Most Important in Evaluating Potential New Hires
Graduate Management Admission Council’s 2016 Corporate Recruiters Survey sheds light on what performance traits and abilities set candidates apart. In the 2016 Corporate Recruiters Survey , GMAC Research Services asked employers to identify the skills and traits they feel are most important to consider when evaluating recent business school graduates to hire. Among 12 traits that survey respondents were asked...
Wednesday, July 27 2016
AMBA and Scientia announce partnership focussed on improving Academic Scheduling at Business Schools Worldwide
Scientia and AMBA announce a landmark partnership that will help transform how Business Schools meet the scheduling needs of their stakeholders. Business Schools today face unprecedented challenges: competition from the global marketplace, the need to optimise space to cope with rapid growth, and the rising expectations of fee-paying students, to name a few. Scientia’s timetabling and resource scheduling solutions...
Wednesday, July 27 2016
Starting Your Career Far from Home
Young people seeking adventure, career enrichment and personal fulfilment should consider an overseas stint. At a time when there is increasing fear of “others” and “difference” – evidenced by Brexit and the success of Donald Trump – we wanted to take a closer look at the phenomenon of globalised talent. Firstly, what makes some leave the comforts of home, and secondly, how does that...
Monday, July 25 2016
Global Conference Recap - Peter Lacy
Peter Lacy, Global Managing Director, Strategy & Sustainability, Accenture talks about the disruptive business models and digital technology that drive advantage and sustainability – key points that are essential for the next generation of leaders. Exclusively filmed at our Global Conference for Deans and Directors in Venice, Italy. (Please visit the site to view this video)
Thursday, July 21 2016
Building the Entrepreneurial Base in Africa
J. Eric Wright was headed for Wall Street until he decided to take a year off in Africa. That short jaunt has stretched into nearly three decades on the continent — and led him to his life’s work. Today, Wright is chairman of Africa Venture Partners, a venture capital and private equity firm based in South Africa, and director at the Picasso Group, a private investment and project development firm in the U...
Monday, July 18 2016
The importance of harnessing your ambition
The desire to achieve something great is not selfish but the driver of progress in individuals, society, and the global economy, argues author and journalist Rachel Bridge. Author, journalist and comedian Rachel Bridge believes ambition is what will change the world for the better. Bridge is the best-selling author of six books, a journalist, and a public speaker specialising in personal development, smart thinking...
Wednesday, July 6 2016
Making Digital Marketing Strategy Work
Three fundamental principles are at the core of successful digital marketing campaigns. Adapting to the ongoing digitisation of the economy is arguably the most challenging transformation every business is currently facing. Digital tools and trends are invading the business environment faster than companies can react, provoking significant changes in the way we communicate, consume, work, buy and sell. The scale and...
Wednesday, July 6 2016
Embracing Uncertainty for Innovation
It has been said that the purpose of organisation is to eliminate uncertainty. Is this stifling the ability to innovate? I recently spoke with the innovation leaders at a major biopharmaceutical firm. They were lamenting the challenges of designing an innovation program that seemed overwhelming. No matter what they did, the organisation just kept focusing on execution and narrow thinking rather than innovation and big...
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