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Management and leadership panel features three McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA alumni

HEC Montreal Associate Professor Cyrille Sardais recently led a panel on leadership and management in today’s business world, specifically seen from a female perspective.

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Published: 24 May 2017

Essay calling for a complete revamp of executive education cites Henry Mintzberg

A recent essay in Chief Learning Officer calls for a massive rethink of how executive education is designed and delivered.

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Published: 24 May 2017

Men, women and the authority deficit

Desautels Professor Laura Doering recently appeared on CJAD 800 AM to talk gender and jobs. She is the co-author of a study that looked at a non-stereotypically gendered job (a loan manager) to compare how men and women were perceived in the role.

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Published: 24 May 2017

Company selected for this UbiMobility 2017 has McGill-HEC EMBA connection

UbiMobility is a program run by Bpifrance and Business France to give companies in the connected and autonomous car space a leg up in the United States. The program can boast several successes: Of the 16 startups from the 2015 and 2016 editions, 11 have opened US operations.

Among the 2017 startups, is CS Communications and Systems Canada, which is developing a software validation method for embedded systems that promises to reduce testing costs and speed up the process.

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Published: 24 May 2017

Toward a New Bretton Woods Agreement

Desautels Professor of Finance, Reuven Brenner, was recently published in American Affairs Journal, a quarterly journal of public policy and political thought.

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Published: 23 May 2017

Dobson Cup winners turn food waste into gourmet mushrooms

Myco-Rise is a Montreal-area startup that uses food waste and vermicomposting to grow gourmet mushrooms for local restaurants and individuals.

The company definitely marches to its own drum: while other startup founders might dream of geographical expansion right out of the gate, Myco-Rise is consolidating its position as a Montreal-specific mushroom supplier, planning instead to expand into modular production, medicinal mushrooms, and maybe even mushroom beer.

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Published: 23 May 2017

Management and the millennial challenge

A recent episode of Desautels Professor Karl Moore’s The CEO Series podcast takes a deep-dive into a subject at the top of many a manager’s mind: millennial workers, their needs, and the management styles they respond to best.

His guests were millennials Mariama Dupuis and Stefanie Kutteh, both of whom are Desautels MBA students who are simultaneously holding down careers.

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Published: 19 May 2017

How introverted managers can best interact with extroverted employees

In an article for Thinkers 50, Desautels Professor Karl Moore discusses how introverted managers can best direct extroverts.

A major part of it comes down to the way introverts listen: whereas extroverts tend to listen in an active way, interacting and gesturing as they do so, introverts are passive listeners, which can come across as rejection.

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Published: 19 May 2017

Connectivity is more than a smartphone and online access

A recent article in Graphic Arts makes the point that the word “connectivity” brings to mind images of smartphones and online transactions, but that according to Desautels Professor Henry Mintzberg, net-based communications do a poor job of building real interpersonal relationships.

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Published: 18 May 2017

AMT rejects Bombardier bid for new train cars, goes with Chinese firm

At one point, Bombardier would have been a shoo-in for the contract to build new commuter-train cars for Montreal’s Agence Métropolitaine de Transport, but not this time.

Instead, the contract is going to the China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation, which bid at $69 million, compared to Bombardier’s $103 million — and boasts a wait of six-months less for the new cars.

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Published: 18 May 2017

Brightly-lit Jacques-Cartier Bridge ideal for the Instagram age

A Montreal Gazette op-ed co-authored by Just For Laughs co-founder (and Desautels Global Expert) Andy Nulman (BCom'83) makes the case that the new lights on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, which were switched on for the first time on May 17th for Montreal’s 375th birthday, will help remake the bridge as a city landmark on par with the Eiffel Tower or the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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Published: 18 May 2017

Andrea Courey talks about granola, entrepreneurship and compassion

Andrea Courey (BCom’82) was newly divorced, with three kids to feed and no money in the bank when she started Grandma Emily’s Granola. She credits her BCom education with giving her the tools she needed to get through the early days of her business, but notes that real-world experience is a very different thing than classroom knowledge.

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Published: 17 May 2017

Gender bias hits male managers in female-stereotyped jobs

A new study co-authored by Desautels Professor Laura Doering looks at the role gender played in missed payments at a microfinance bank.

What the authors discovered was that clients who associated their bank manager’s job as a “female” role were more likely to miss payments. In a wider sense, male managers tend to enjoy less authority when filling a job that was previously done by a woman.

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Published: 17 May 2017

Worried about job automation? Not so fast…

Dire predictions about the impending robot-worker invasion abound. It seems like every day, academics and other thought-leaders trot out statistics about how many jobs are going to be vaporized by technology.

Well, new research from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation suggests otherwise. While not all jobs are safe, there are many tasks that robots just can’t do — and technology also creates jobs, though admittedly not as many as it eliminates.

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Published: 17 May 2017

2016-17 Desautels Teaching Awards

Congratulations to Professor Juan Serpa and Professor Sujata Madan who have been selected as the recipients of the 2016-17 Desautels Faculty Teaching Award for Undergraduate and Graduate teaching, respectively. 

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Published: 17 May 2017

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