Desautels Faculty of Management news
SNC-Lavalin CEO Neil Bruce sat down with Desautels Associate Professor Karl Moore to discuss what it takes to keep a major engineering firm with 40,000 workers humming — and crucially, to get his vision out across the whole organization. One of the biggest factors is straight-up communication. Keeping everyone abreast of the overall strategy, as well as the role that each person plays, helps everyone to stay on top of market trends and developments.
For the ninth McGill Hot Cities tour, Desautels Associate Professor Karl Moore brought 40 students to Hong Kong, then Palawan and Manila in the Philippines to observe some of Asia’s strongest growing economies.
The Desautels Faculty of Management was well represented at this year’s HEC Corporate Responsibility Challenge. Among the twelve competing teams, MBA students Taha Ataullah, Bernardo Prôa Bressane, Hardeep Singh, and Karen Vanthuyne secured second place, while Angela Hernandez Castillo, Matt Jones, Akshay Kohli, and Margarita Komarova placed fifth. The latter team was invited to present their case solution to the Board of Directors of ACEM Montreal Community Loan Fund in April.
The Desautels MBA case team composed of Catherine Du Pont, Jiawei Lin, Helena Rati, Karen Sidhu, Jessica Truong secured first place at the USC Marshall Global Case Competition, which was hosted at the Amazon Headquarters in Seattle, WA. Congratulations to all!
An undergraduate team from Desautels came home from a case competition in Portugal with an invite to go back for a month-long project aimed at making the city of Porto more attractive to startups. The prize is doubly sweet, as neither the team nor the officials saw it coming. Team member Aarushi Kumar says that “It was not something we were expecting and it was not something the organizers were expecting to do, either.”
On March 15, 2017 our #DesautelsFamily came together to raise money for both our Faculty and McGill University as a whole. A big thank-you to all those in our community who helped make this year’s #McGill24 a success! Did you know that Desautels graduates alone gave a remarkable $187,000 to McGill? Whether you are a student, a graduate, a parent, or you work at Desautels, you made a difference for our University. You set records, you inspired others to get involved, and you supported our community. Thank you so much!
A commitment to change: nonprofits, business sense and research in action
The McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship’s recent Startup Financials workshop gave attendees a solid basis from which to build out financial projections, which can be the weakest link in many business plans. Expert presenters included pros from White Star Capital, Appetite (Honorable Mention at the 2016 Dobson Cup), and of course, National Bank.
A recent post on Changeboard examines what leadership will mean for coming generations, seen through the lens of Brexit and Trump in the world today. The piece throws the question to leading business departments from around the world.
Consulting Magazine has released its 2017 Rising Stars of the Profession 35 Under 35 list, and number 34 on that list is KPMG’s Matthew O’Connell, who is named for Excellence in Financial Services. Mr. O’Connell works in the company’s Forensic Advisory Services Practice, where he deals in anti-corruption, regulatory compliance and conflict minerals. He has taken point on several big-ticket investigations in a multitude of nations.
On March 9, 2017, the Desautels Faculty of Management was delighted to welcome Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University Suzanne Fortier to one of Professor Elliot Lifson’s classes on Strategy in Context (MGPO 645). Strategy in Context explores strategy-making in a series of contemporary industry contexts and how different environments enable some competitive modes and maneuvers, while constraining others. Along the way, students learn to analyze:
A key method for highly-successful people A new study by Desautels Assistant Professor Nathan Yang explores how to attain short-and long-term goals, using the database of mobile weight-loss app Lose It! to track user information and success rates.
As Bombardier’s Swedish office is rocked by allegations of collusion, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that Canadian companies operating abroad must operate in good faith, but that the case shouldn’t affect Ottawa’s recent $372.5-million loan to the company to fund the CSeries and Global 7000 projects.
Porter Airlines CEO Robert Deluce knows a thing or two about airlines. His father was a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force, his parents started an airline in Ontario after World War II, and the whole family worked there at some point. Deluce himself got his pilot’s license while attending high school in Toronto.