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Business schools heed the call for more data-literate graduates

Deloitte Analytics and other companies have been pushing Canadian universities for years to produce more data-literate graduates to fill their talent needs. Their efforts appear to be paying off, with business schools ramping up their offerings in data analytics.

In the Desautels MBA with a concentration in analytics, students take a five-course concentration that involves three sides: descriptive, predictive and a prescriptive.

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Published: 6 Jan 2017

Whither MBAs? Rigour, relevance and results

An MBA has always been a sought-after qualification among managers. It has been hailed as a competency builder on one hand and hacked as a money spinner for mushrooming institutions.  I read with interest the constructively critical insights by Dr. Rakesh Khurana on elite Harvard MBA. It reminded me of Henry Mintzberg, the veteran management thinker who was also critical about the typical MBAs on offer.  

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Published: 6 Jan 2017

Mark Michaud Commended by the Quebec Government

Mark Michaud, MBA'14, Director of Administration, recently received a commendation letter from the Ministry of Education’s Director General of University Affairs, Jean-François Lehoux, thanking him for his outstanding contribution to the workgroup that spent over a year reviewing the academic classification system used by the Quebec Government....

Published: 6 Jan 2017

Winner Announced: Bloomberg Manulife Prize

McGill University, in association with Lawrence and Frances Bloomberg and Manulife, is pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas Robinson, a Stanford University professor of Pediatric Medicine and pioneer in using novel motivational techniques to combat childhood obesity, is the winner of the 2016 Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health.

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Published: 14 Dec 2016

50 GCPA Students Successfully Passed the CPA Common Final Exam

Desautels students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting (GCPA) program have written the CPA CFE (common final exam) and the results are in! We are pleased to announce that 50 students successfully passed the exam, while one among them, Marie-France Legault (BCom’15, GCPA'16), placed on the national honour roll. Congratulations to all! 

 

Published: 12 Dec 2016

Trump (or Asia) will make the Metropolitan Opera great again

Though Broadway musicals (including Andrew Lloyd Webber and even the late Pavarotti’s occasional Atlantic City solo) do not compare in many minds to opera, Las Vegas has been discovering the long-forgotten relationship between gambling and culture.

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Published: 12 Dec 2016

Hitting the Road for Warren Buffett

In 2006, Professor Karl Moore led 40 Desautels Faculty of Management students to Omaha, Nebraska to learn from legendary investment guru, Warren Buffett.

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Published: 9 Dec 2016

Heike Birlenbach appointed Vice President Sales Lufthansa Group for the EMEA sales region

Since 2014 Mrs. Heike Birlenbach holds the position of Vice President Sales Europe Lufthansa Group Airlines. As of next year, 2017, she will assume the role of Vice President Sales EMEA Lufthansa Group Airlines. In this position Birlenbach will not only be responsible for all sales and commercial activities in Europe but also in the Middle East and Africa....

Published: 7 Dec 2016

Canadian Schools Tumble In Bloomberg Businessweek International Ranking

In fact, every Canadian business school lost ground on the list, essentially suggesting a sample problem with the employer survey, especially when three MBA programs in Canada fell nine positions in a single year....

Published: 7 Dec 2016

Han hopes to challenge conventional thinking in coaching ranks

Jack Han can tell you the precise moment he decided he wanted to be a professional hockey coach.

A wise guy might suggest that since Han is now all of 27 years old, it shouldn't be too difficult for him to remember that, or anything else about his young life, but we digress.

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Published: 6 Dec 2016

Zoe Yujnovich: ‘I actually really value listening to others before I speak’

One of the reasons I love the industry that I work for is the opportunity to experience different parts of the world. There are many differences across cultures, some a bit obvious – like the food we eat and the things we do. But in essence, there is a really strong commonality. People all over the world want to come to work, be recognized for doing a great job, and contribute to something that energizes them. Everyone wants to make a real difference.

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Published: 6 Dec 2016

Why is the media on the left? Why the contempt for workers?

I spent the first fourteen years of my life under communism. When my parents got out in 1962, I realized to my utter astonishment that much of academia was on the left, praising communism, rationalizing increased centralization of powers under a variety of jargons. Even the US was not immune to these ideas, and that the left and academia despised workers who wanted routine lives, rather than revolutions.

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Published: 5 Dec 2016

McGill MBA Japan Program teaches timeless business principles

In today’s fast-changing corporate world, team-building, global leadership and how to build start-up companies are more important than ever. Those business principles are all taught at the McGill MBA Japan Program, one of the most well-known programs in Asia.

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Published: 5 Dec 2016

Trump’s election a reminder that ‘happy talk’ about diversity isn’t enough

The pollster-defying results of the recent presidential election in the United States have left many people around the world reeling in surprise, but don’t count Wendy Cukier and Suzanne Gagnon among them.

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Published: 5 Dec 2016

Air Miles rep: 'Options' may exist for panic redeemers

Air Miles Canada may have thought abandoning its unpopular expiration policy would calm the cardholder backlash from those who rushed to spend miles, but were frustrated by full flights, sold out merchandise, and long customer service delays. In fact, many fans of the popular loyalty rewards program are still fuming mad.

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Published: 5 Dec 2016

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