This Reading Week, a group of students from the faculties of Management, Arts, Education, and Engineering will travel to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and Seoul, South Korea to experience business within rapidly emerging markets. Their journey, the sixth Hot Cities of the World Tour, will be led by Desautels Professor Karl Moore.
Professor Karl Moore of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University speaks to Canadian freestyle skier Jennifer Heil (BCom'13), one of Canada’s great Olympic athletes.
Read full transcript: The Globe and Mail, February 18, 2014
Lili Hall (IMPM'13) came across the International Masters Program in Practicing Management (IMPM) by chance. She had considered MBA programs before, but the standard options seemed too formulaic. “Every time I looked at the curriculum, I’d get sad,” she says. As the founder and CEO of KNOCK, inc., a creative agency, Hall had already enjoyed a lot of professional success. She wasn’t looking to switch industries or climb the corporate ladder. “For me, it was very personal,” she explains. “I wanted to be challenged personally, and obviously professionally.”
The recent economic downturn, Wall Street debacle and string of ethical and moral scandal surrounding a number of prominent business leaders has led some observers to question the value and focus of vocationally oriented, pragmatic education programs such as business education and, particularly the MBA. The importance of a Liberal Education is once again gaining some attention.
The concept of leadership is always a big one in the nonprofit sector, and the facts of a looming retirement binge, as well as changes in the landscape, make the development of top-notch managers more important.
In his book “Simply Managing” Henry Mintzberg writes about efforts to help in the development of management in a variety of setting. He offers a look at the ideas that lie behind these efforts.
When Facebook announced its astounding $19bn takeover of 55-employee WhatsApp, entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and other tech startup hubs around the world were shocked.
... For managers, there are three important takeaways. First, focus on surprises — large and small — for the information it can reveal about what we are doing. The great management scholar Henry Mintzberg once said that managers should only pay attention to the unexpected. Imagine how much free time would open up if we really followed that advice?
Don't go talking "real world" with Henry Mintzberg. It's a silly term that drives him mad, especially when management skills are at stake.
"The word 'real world' is a red flag for me," says Mintzberg, McGill University's John Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies. "Real world is out there. You don't simulate a real world. We don't play business in our classroom."
MBA programs are now a dime a dozen. B-schools are expanding at a dizzying rate and doubling their enrolments by packing their classrooms full of more and more students. This has prompted worries about a gradual dilution in the quality of the student body as well as meaningful networking opportunities. "An MBA is still valued, but a lot of people have it," says Jay Mintz, a second-year MBA student at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management in Montreal.
Along Highway 401 and over the Ontario border, Tyler Maxey and some of his MBA classmates at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management in Montreal are also learning by doing. Their modus operandi: investing other people's money. Since 2008, students have been running a registered fund management firm called Desautels Capital Management that has about $3 million in assets.