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HEC Paris dean Peter Todd on his plans for the business school

When Peter Todd accepted the role of dean at HEC Paris, he was aware that he would have a difficult and unusual act to follow.

The 57-year-old Canadian, the first non-French head at HEC, took over in September last year from Bernard Ramanantsoa, who had ample time to shape a powerful legacy at the business school. Prof Ramanantsoa had been in the job for 20 years before retiring last summer, a lengthy tenure even for a business school dean.

Published: 18May2016

Top 10 countries for university education

With three universities in the top 50 world rankings, Canada makes it into the top five countries for higher education, according to QS. McGill University ranks in 24th, while the University of Toronto features in 34th and the University of British Columbia scrapes into the top 50. Canada can often prove a cheaper alternative to US study and involves a simpler application process. 

Read full article: The Telegraph, May 18. 2016 

Published: 18May2016

The importance of culture on leadership

Professor Karl Moore of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University with Talking Management for The Globe and Mail, talks with Neal Ashkanasy from the University of Queensland.

Read full transcript: The Globe and Mail, May 17, 2016 

Published: 18May2016

‘Reinvent things and push the boundaries’: Patrick Pichette, Google advisor and former CFO

Patrick Pichette, 53, is an adviser to Google Inc. and on the board of Bombardier Inc., and of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, a non-partisan charity. In addition, he’s on the advisory board of start-ups such as: Mountain View, California-based electric skateboard company Boosted Boards; Zambia-based Zoona, a mobile money platform; and Nairobi-based ecommerce business OkHi.

He spoke to Karl Moore, a professor of strategy and organization at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University.

Published: 18May2016

Arctic Art has Changed, Gallery Owners say

Mark London grew up in the Elca London Gallery, of which he has been director for the past 25 years.

“The gallery and I were conceived at the same time,” says London, son of Jonas London, an office manager and McGill University commerce graduate, and Elca London, who held a master’s degree in psychology from McGill and worked at psychiatric hospitals. His mother’s means of earning a living was about to take a creative turn when Mark was in utero.

Published: 18May2016

Dean’s Q&A: Peter Todd, HEC Paris

When Peter Todd joined the administration of HEC Paris last July, he made history as the first non-French dean of the top-ranked school. This past January, he helped the business school make history again when, as a result of a new French law, it became the first school in France to take on the new status of a consular higher education institution (or EESC) in the country, giving the school its first true whiff of independence in its more than 130-year history.

Published: 18May2016

A Study Just Shut Down the Argument That Audiences Don't Want Diverse Casts

The lack of diversity in Hollywood is obvious. But the more the issue is brought to light, the more those in charge continue to offer both blame and reasons why. Instead of looking to see what internal changes can be made to their casting lineups, studios consistently argue that the fault lies within the consumers who would rather see predominantly white casts. It’s certainly not a valid enough reason to excuse whitewashing, but is there any truth in that argument?

Published: 18May2016

Tuition Hikes Aren’t Stopping MBA Applicants

Lower tuition costs are a selling point for MBA programs outside the U.S. But some schools are starting to bring their fees more in line with U.S. schools, and they’re finding it doesn’t necessarily deter applicants.

This week Financial Times covered recent changes at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management in Canada and Vlerick Business School in Belgium. The report highlighted an interesting pattern: after dramatically increasing their tuition, these schools are attracting more applicants.

Published: 17May2016

Rising price of textbooks reaches a tipping point

Jochen Wirtz is pleased to describe himself as a best-selling writer. He has co-authored a textbook on services marketing that he not only uses as professor at the National University of Singapore Business School, but which has sold more than 700,000 copies.

Published: 17May2016

Hollywood Has No Business Case for Booking All-White Casts

Hollywood’s track record on showcasing minority talent and storylines is pretty awful, even considering some recent efforts to diversify programming. Some studios argue that the fault lies not with them, but with consumers, who—they claim—prefer predominantly white casts. But is there any truth to that?

Venkat Kuppuswamy and Peter Younkin, business-school professors at the University of North Carolina and McGill University, respectively, took a look at data on the film industry in order to measure how diverse casts went over at box offices.

Published: 17May2016

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