Desautels Faculty of Management

Shopify recently came out in defense of its business model following an attack on the company by short seller Andrew Left of Citron. According to Desautels professor Kenneth Lester, short sellers actually do an investigative service by exposing information about companies that might have otherwise been strategically concealed; though he remains wary of the insider trading sometimes tied to shorts.

Classified as: Kenneth Lester, finance
Published on: 11 Oct 2017

As the general manager at Edelman Montréal, Eve Laurier (EMBA'11) recently sat down to share some insights into building a successful career in the PR world. She credits her MBA studies with helping her to attain the focus needed to take her career further, and her father as a major source of motivation.

Over the years, Laurier has learnt to channel her extroverted energy toward inspiring a confident and capable team, and that nurturing a network is an important part of achieving success. 

Classified as: McGill-HEC Executive MBA (EMBA), McGill-HEC Montreal Executive MBA (EMBA), EMBA Alumni
Published on: 11 Oct 2017

In response to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) put forward by the United Nations, Unleash 2017 assembled youth from across all continents to Denmark for ten days of untethered ideation to help resolve some of the world’s most persistent issues.

Classified as: Richard Donovan, Information Systems, BCom Alumni, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
Published on: 11 Oct 2017

As with any major organisation, reassessing the services offered in relation to market demand and future directions is key to remaining competitive and relevant.

According to Michael Rogers (EMBA’17), Vice President Business Development, Insurance Solutions at Desjardins, this will be the scope of the proposed restructuring at SFL. He also maintains that SFL will not be absorbed under Desjardins as the restructuring evolves. 

Classified as: McGill-HEC Executive MBA (EMBA), McGill-HEC Montreal Executive MBA (EMBA), EMBA Alumni
Published on: 11 Oct 2017

Podcasts have become an integral part of people’s daily media browsing, and the Business of Fashion’s Founder and Editor-in Chief, Imran Amed (BCom'97), is set to expand into this influential platform.

The BoF podcasts will comprise new and archival conversations with a cast of designers, executives and other industry insiders whom Amed has spoken to since the blog’s inception in 2007. The six initial episodes are currently available for download, with new content to be featured weekly moving forward.

Classified as: imran amed, Desautels Global Experts, BCom Alumni, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
Published on: 11 Oct 2017

Established under the McGill Innovation Collective, the McGill-Notman partnership offers short-term residencies to startup cofounders affiliated with McGill either as students, alumni, or as staff or researchers.

During their residency, companies have access to resources such as office space, mentoring sessions and workshops dedicated to start-ups. To-date, Notman House has welcomed more than twenty startup companies, many of which have also benfitted from the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Classified as: McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship
Published on: 11 Oct 2017

Montreal-based chef Antonio Park is behind some of the city’s most renowned restaurants, including Park, Lavandaria, and Jatoba. In a recent interview with Desautels professor Karl Moore, Park revealed that he always knew he wanted to be a chef and that his unique blend of flavours comes from a deep understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures.

Classified as: Karl Moore, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 11 Oct 2017

Research has shown that organizations worldwide are recognizing the strengths that introverts can bring to leadership positions. Britain, on the other hand, continues to favour exclusively extroverted personalities in its C-Suite.

Desautels professor Karl Moore maintains that, as millennials enter the workforce in droves, an introverted approach to leadership, which uses active listening and analytical thinking for problem-solving, is most effective.

Classified as: Karl Moore, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 6 Oct 2017

Provost Christopher Manfredi of McGill University recently joined Desautels professor Karl Moore on his CEO Series radio show to talk about his responsibilities as provost, as well as the defining aspects and future directions of McGill.

Along the way, he shared insights on his career trajectory and how his interest in politics ignited a career in academia that he did not initially foresee.

Classified as: Karl Moore, Strategy & Organization, Christopher Manfredi
Published on: 5 Oct 2017

In an address to the French National Assembly, Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Economy and Finance, suggested that the Alstom-Siemens alliance is destined to expand to include eventually Bombardier.

Professor Karl Moore weighs in on these speculations, stating that there is reason to believe that the future of rail manufacturing will be reserved for the bigger players.

Classified as: Karl Moore, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 5 Oct 2017

In a piece for Forbes.com, Peter High, President of Metis Strategy, cites Professor Henry Mintzberg to assert that societal change has always been perceived as occurring at lightning speed, and that it is common tendency to believe that the present is different from the past, as it is unresolved by nature.

He then goes on to share that strategy, as a practice, has remained virtually unchanged, and how adaptation and integrative thinking are key to resolving challenges.  

Classified as: Henry Mintzberg, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 5 Oct 2017

The Desautels Faculty of Management has been granted membership to the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a non-profit organization of leading graduate business schools worldwide.

As a member, Desautels is recognized as a leader in graduate management education with insights and best practices to share that will further the GMAC mission to inform, involve and convene the global business education community around issues of interest.

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Classified as: Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)
Published on: 5 Oct 2017

Desautels alumna and Global Expert, Monica Ruffo (BCom’86), has launched Well Told Health to respond to an alarming gap in the market for organic supplements that are made without any synthetic ingredients.

After considerable market research, which included partnering with a researcher at McGill University, Ruffo has crafted supplements that are Non-GMO Project certified, vegan, and free of synthetics, fillers and isolates.

Classified as: Monica Ruffo, Desautels Global Experts, BCom Alumni, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
Published on: 5 Oct 2017

Desautels Global Expert and Chief Executive Officer at Magnetic, James Green (BMus'86), explores the cause and effects of the rise of ad opportunities available for auction online, or bidstream.

He attributes the dramatic increase to header bidding, which lets publishers offer ad inventory to multiple buyers simultaneously.

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Classified as: James Green, Desautels Global Experts
Published on: 4 Oct 2017

In the age of technology with growing emphasis on sustainable living, many in the fashion world, including Desautels Global Expert, Imran Amed (BCom'97), have questioned the continued prevalence of paper fashion show invitations.

It turns out that wastage permeates every facet of the fashion industry, from excessive fabric waste spurred by fast fashion, to unsustainable product packing.

Classified as: imran amed, Desautels Global Experts, BCom Alumni, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
Published on: 4 Oct 2017

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