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McGill X-1 Accelerator: first week at a glance

Week 1 of the 10-week 2017 McGill X-1 Accelerator has come and gone. As participants readied their startups for the journey to investment and launch, they got to know the program and each other, as well as Bill Aulet’s seminal book, Disciplined Entrepreneurship, which will be their roadmap through the program.

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Published: 15 Jun 2017

The future of retail, according to a Desautels alumna

Jaclyn Ling (BCom’14) writes for Betakit.com that the future of retail looks entirely different, and you can glance at what’s happening in the chatbot space to see where we’re headed. She points to chat apps with added payment functionality, as well as the development of brand-specific shopping chatbots, for proof that the future of shopping is mobile.

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Published: 15 Jun 2017

Now retired, world-class Canadian triathlete headed to Desautels

Montreal’s urban triathlon boasts several events set against the backdrop of the Old Port, and is one of two Canadian courses on the ITU World Triathlon Series. As a major international event, big-name competitors are sure to be there and racing for gold.

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Published: 14 Jun 2017

2016 McGill Dobson Cup winners eye US expansion

From winning first place for Social Enterprise track in the 2016 McGill Dobson Cup to an upcoming US tour with an eye towards expansion, McGill alumni Chloe Chow (BSc’15) and Sarah Fennessy know they’re onto a good thing. As students, both had waited long to see a campus counsellor, so they started Vent Over Tea to help fill the gaps left by more traditional therapy solutions.

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Published: 14 Jun 2017

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Published: 13 Jun 2017

For recession-wary restaurateurs, specialised customer service is the key

In a recent piece for Food NewsFeed, Desautels alumnus Josh Ostrega (BCom'98) says that today’s slumping full-service restaurant scene needs to get its groove back. Pressured on one side by fast-casual eateries and on the other by home-delivery apps, the traditional sit-down restaurant is in an uncertain place.

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Published: 13 Jun 2017

Desautels alumna is new Concordia controller

The former senior project director for Finance and Administration at the McGill Faculty of Medicine, Gracie Pardillo (BCom'89, DPA'91) is the new controller at Concordia University, replacing outgoing interim controller Lyne Bouret as of August 7. She comes to the job with almost 30 years’ experience in management, including over a decade in post-secondary education. She is a chartered professional accountant and certified as a fraud examiner and internal auditor.

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Published: 13 Jun 2017

Female deans share advice for young women graduating from business schools

For convocation season, Poets & Quants asked several female deans of business schools what the current crop of new female grads should think about as they start out in the high-octane world of business, whether they’re entering the workforce or striking out on their own.

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Published: 9 Jun 2017

Desautels researchers link thrill-seeking CEOs to increased innovation

CEOs with a real taste for excitement can be a company’s best bet for upping its innovation cred, according to a paper co-authored by a Desautels professor Jingjing Zhang.

The paper studied 88 CEOs who were pilots, comparing them to 1,123 non-pilot chief executives over ten years. Pilot CEOs helped increase their companies’ patents by almost 67 per cent.

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Published: 9 Jun 2017

Boeing-Bombardier dispute heats up

Boeing’s petition against Bombardier for allegedly dumping the C Series jet in the American Market sparked off a possibly long and winding legal process. Boeing claims that government subsidies have allowed Bombardier to undercut Boeing, giving a Delta aircraft order as an example. As for Bombardier, the company states that any material injury related to its practises are speculative at best.

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Published: 9 Jun 2017

How employers must change to suit Generation Z

In a recent piece for Retail TouchPoints, WorkJam’s Joshua Ostrega (BCom’98) discusses the difference between millennials and Generation Z, and how employers should be prepared to mould their management style to suit this important and emerging workforce.

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Published: 8 Jun 2017

How to keep showrooming from killing your business

Salesfloor CEO and Desautels alumnus Oscar Sachs (BA’96, MBA’99) knows his stuff when it comes to showrooming and the retail overhaul. His company specializes in helping retailers transition into a new paradigm that merges e-commerce with a personalized on-site shopping experience.

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Published: 8 Jun 2017

Karl Moore calls LinkedIn the introvert’s secret weapon for networking

Desautels Professor Karl Moore writes for Thinkers50 that LinkedIn is the perfect networking tool for introverts, because it lets them communicate with others from the comfort of their own homes or offices, without the “working the room” aspect that extroverts thrive on.

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Published: 8 Jun 2017

Mintzberg on healthcare management and how to fix it

In his new book, Managing the Myths of Healthcare, Desautels professor Henry Mintzberg decries the current management culture being foisted on society by leadership programs, describing it as “detached, generic, technocratic,” before going on to claim that it can too easily lead to bullying and divisiveness.

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Published: 8 Jun 2017

Desautels professor on Bangladesh Government’s bank-deposits tax

In a recent piece for The Daily Star, Desautels professor Mo Chaudhury calls the tax on bank deposits in the Government of Bangladesh’s 2017-18 budget a bad call, and gives six examples that outline exactly why....

Published: 8 Jun 2017

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