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BCom Students' Strong Showing at Financial Open

The McGill delegation to the Financial Open Case Competition won a podium in four of the six disciplines, placing the school third overall.

Published: 25 Feb 2014

5 Ideas for Crafting a Manager

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. 

Published: 25 Feb 2014

Seeking Out the “Hot Cities”

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.

Published: 25 Feb 2014

More Powers to Montreal Key in 10-step Plan to Revitalize Economy: Study

One of Montreal’s largest financial institutions says it has a plan to give the city’s lagging economy a boost, and it’s a plan Mayor Denis Coderre calls “inspiring.”

... “Cities are becoming more important, so I think they are going in the right direction,” said Karl Moore, a professor at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. “There’s a lot of work to be done and a lot of it frankly is about Quebec City and its ability and desire to give power to Montreal.”

Published: 25 Feb 2014

Talking Management with Karl Moore: What Canada Can Learn from China’s New Green Focus

Professor Karl Moore of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University speaks to Chris Marquis, a professor from the Harvard Business School.

Read full transcript: The Globe and Mail, February 25, 2014 

Published: 25 Feb 2014

Why Bitcoins Lack Currency to be 'Money'

Milton Friedman, in his book Money Mischief, reported the well-known story of the monetary system of a small island in Micronesia. At the end of the 19th century, the inhabitants used stone wheels as a medium of exchange and as a store of wealth. The colonial government imposed "fees" on disobedient district chiefs by painting black crosses on these stone wheels, thus "confiscating" them. This induced the locals to change their ways and work harder, paving roads they were previously reluctant to pave, in order to have these marks erased and get their wealth back.

Published: 17 Feb 2014

Canus se redresse et se (re)lance aux États-Unis

C’est connu, les plans d’affaires se déroulent rarement comme prévu. Les entrepreneurs qui s’en sortent sont capables de se réinventer. Parlez-en à la direction de Canus qui, en 2004, avait un chiffre d’affaires de 19 millions de dollars. Dix ans plus tard, il est de… 15 M$. C’est ce qui est arrivé à André Beauregard (EMBA'14), qui compte maintenant doubler ses ventes chez les détaillants américains.

Published: 17 Feb 2014

Why We Need to Rescue Liberal Arts Education for Prosperity

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.

Published: 17 Feb 2014

Talking Management with Karl Moore: How Jennifer Heil Makes It a Perfect Day

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 

Published: 17 Feb 2014

Advances in Sustainable Agriculture: Solar-powered Irrigation Systems in Pakistan

Usman W. Chohan is a consultant with the World Bank Institute in the field of Social Accountability, and is pursuing an MBA at Desautels with a concentration in Strategy and Leadership. He was invited to the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council site at Fatehjang to analyze their sustainability initiatives, including their highly promising Solar-powered Irrigation Systems.

Published: 12 Feb 2014

Crunch Time for the Insect-Eating Entrepreneurs

The sight of bilios celebrities gagging on anything from witchetty grubs to cockroaches is a staple of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here. But could edible insects offer a solution to world hunger? That is the million dollar award-winning business idea of a team of MBAs. 

... Mohammed Ashour (26), Gabriel Mott (37), Jesse Pearlstein (29), Shobhita Soor (24), and Zev Thompson (31) are championing the consumption of insects such as grasshoppers as an affordable, safe and accessible food source. 

Published: 12 Feb 2014

The Business Case for Effective CSR in India

In April this year, mandatory CSR contributions will come into action as the Company Bill 2012 becomes law in India.

Published: 12 Feb 2014

McGill Dobson Cup Boot Camp

The McGill Dobson Cup (MDC) Start-UP Boot Camp is all about action, training, knowledge, and collaboration. You will learn from successful start-UP veterans, students, lawyers, as well as, through interactive activities with your peers. Keep your eyes open for potential business partners, they are all around you! 

Published: 12 Feb 2014

Male (Job) Insecurity

The long debate over whether America has gotten more economically unequal in the last few decades is over; all but the most recalcitrant acknowledge it. (As a recent New York Times story reported, sharp-eyed salesmen have acted on this reality, increasingly marketing to the top few percent.) The economic argument has now shifted to whether average Americans have nonetheless done alright even as the rich have become super-rich. Here one detects a subtle difference in vocabulary. Defenders of the broadening inequality insist that average family incomes have been nonetheless increasing.

Published: 12 Feb 2014

When Clever People do Silly Things with Money

Many years in investment banking taught McGill University Professor Gregory Vit that risky decisions ‘happened’ far more frequently than they were thoughtfully ‘made’.

We asked Professor Vit about this and his new book 'The Risk in Risk Management' in which he addresses risk management in financial organizations.

Published: 11 Feb 2014

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