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Malaysian Airlines: message of condolences

McGill University wishes to express its deepest condolences to the relatives and friends of the passengers of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, who included McGill graduate Muktesh Mukherjee (MBA'98), 42, and his wife Xiaomo Bai, 37.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced today that according to data analysis, the plane crashed into the Southern Indian Ocean, killing all 239 passengers. The plane, which was heading from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, disappeared on March 8.

Published: 24 Mar 2014

BCom students place 1st at Canadian L’Oréal Brandstorm Competition

After competing against over 80 teams from universities across Canada, BCom students Sean Finnell, Jaylen Ghadia and Thanin Tabuteau have won the national L'Oreal Brandstorm competition. Sean, Jaylen and Thanin will head to Paris to represent Canada at the international Brandstorm competition this summer. 

Find out more about Brandstorm

Published: 21 Mar 2014

Desautels BCom team places 1st in Quant at 2014 Rotman International Trading Competition

Desautels BCom students Ethan Zhang, Jeremie Guay, Chris Lim, Yusu Zheng, Nikolas Sinnhuber and Sameer Rizvi, won 1st place in Quantitative Outcry at the 2014 Rotman International Trading Competition (RITC) held February 20 to 22. The RITC is an annual event hosted by the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. The competition utilizes simulated trading cases that closely mimic different aspects of real world markets and brings teams of students and faculty from universities worldwide to participate.

Published: 20 Mar 2014

Interview: Saurabh Mishra

Law firms that invest in corporate social responsibility can reduce their financial risk, Saurabh Mishra tells Manju Manglani.

There is a direct and measurable link between corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives and financial performance, according to Saurabh Mishra and Sachin Modi.

Read full article: Managing Partner

Published: 20 Mar 2014

Financial Innovation in China: Alibaba’s Leftover Treasure - 余额宝

Usman W. Chohan (楚浩云) is an MBA candidate at Desautels with a Concentration in Strategy and Leadership. He is currently on an MBA exchange in Beijing, at a joint program between Tsinghua School of Economics (SEM) and MIT. The following piece is based on his work on financial innovation in China, in collaboration with Professor Alexander White of the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management.

Published: 20 Mar 2014

Finding Ways to Inspire Confidence

Managing is easy. Getting people to do what you tell them that is hard.

... In his book “Simply Managing” Henry Mintzberg emphasizes the concept of “engaging management” in a way that utilizes a sense of respecting, trusting, caring, inspiring and listening to get the best of everyone in the organization.

Read full article: The Nonprofit Times, March 17, 2014

Published: 19 Mar 2014

Match of the Day

Demographic changes and increased mobility of people and ideas are posing significant challenges for global commerce, with even emerging economies struggling to match capital with talent. But, in spite of the glacial pace at which the West is adapting to the new realities, there may be cause for cautious optimism. 

-Article by Reuven Brenner

Read full article: Quantum, April 2014 

Published: 19 Mar 2014

Choose to Prevent “Decision Fatigue”

How do you like your morning coffee - black or double-double? How about an espresso or a vanilla latté, with or without an extra pump of vanilla and whipped cream? What shirt will you wear? How about your shoes? Will you drive to work or take the subway?

You haven't even started your day, but you already have been bombarded with decisions that must be made.

Published: 14 Mar 2014

Surveiller les habitudes alimentaires afin de promouvoir une alimentation plus saine

Des chercheurs utilisent les données enregistrées à la caisse de supermarchés de certains quartiers afin d’améliorer les habitudes alimentaires 

Published: 11 Mar 2014

Tracking Neighborhood Eating Habits to Promote Healthier Diets

Using checkout grocery data from Montreal neighborhoods as tool to combat unhealthy food choices 

Published: 11 Mar 2014

Brother-Sister Combination Strong on the Court – and in the Classroom

When it comes to combining both sport and academic achievement it is hard to top Simon and Hélène Bibeau, siblings who attend Montreal’s McGill University.

Simon Bibeau, 22, is the starting point guard for McGill’s men’s outfit, the two-time Quebec conference champion who will lead the sixth-ranked Redmen into the Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s basketball championship, beginning Friday in Ottawa.

Published: 7 Mar 2014

How Women Leaders Have Transformed Management

In a recent New York Times column, “How to Get a Job at Google,” Thomas Friedman interviews Laszlo Bock, the company’s senior vice president for people operations (which seems to be Google-speak for talent management). Bock notes that because constant innovation is increasingly a group endeavor, people who succeed in the company “tend to be those with a lot of soft skills: leadership, humility, collaboration, adaptability, and loving to learn and re-learn.”

Published: 7 Mar 2014

Le prof Mintzberg persiste et signe

Voilà 41 ans que le professeur Henry Mintzberg jette son regard critique sur les organisations, leurs stratégies et leurs leaders. Son 17e livre, sorti le 1er mars, est un fait un e-pamphlet, ou brochure électronique. Sous le titre Rebalancing Society, Mintzberg tourne cette fois son regard inquiet sur la société. Mais qu'est-ce qui trouble ainsi le sommeil du plus international des professeurs québécois de gestion ?

Published: 7 Mar 2014

The Strange Psychology of Expectations

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?

Published: 6 Mar 2014

Real Trouble

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."

Published: 5 Mar 2014

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