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What China really wants in Africa

While a cottage industry of "China-in-Africa" experts has emerged over the past five years, on balance their explanations of why a magnetic like pull exists between the two continents is unsatisfactory. Certainly no one denies an array of state-to-state economic and geopolitical incentives recognized by both sides. After all, the simplified resources-for-infrastructure win-win is rather obvious.

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Published on : 14 Jun 2012

Agility: the ingredient that will define next generation leadership

Today’s organizational leaders are facing accelerating rates of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, all of which are showing no signs of slowing down. Whether it is the continuing digital revolution or expanding global markets, our current environment requires a constant state of innovation.

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Published on : 12 Jun 2012

Hope and hustle at McGill University Dobson Cup competition

McGill University’s Dobson Cup Business Plan Competition has just wrapped up its 2012 edition. With more than 90 submissions, up from 58 last year, the competition’s fourth year was fierce, fun and fantastically diverse.

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Published on : 12 Jun 2012

Beyond Twitter and Facebook: Programs in Social Media

Over a billion Tweets are sent out every day, and there are more than 900 million active Facebook users. But is this really something that executives and managers need to care about? Beyond being efficient two-way systems for communicating with customers, social media can also help businesses with a huge range of services, including hiring, collaboration, and advertising.

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Published on : 08 Jun 2012

Sport and the fix of illegal bets

In light of New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie's unsurprising willingness to challenge the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which limits sports betting to four states ("unsurprising" since New Jersey like many other states and countries are in dire need of new revenues), a reminder of the profound misperceptions.

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Published on : 08 Jun 2012

McGill World Platform poised to make mark on global nutrition, health issues

Amid the sometimes-confusing debates surrounding the obesity problem, this much is clear: it is a complex phenomenon, and won’t be solved without bringing together key experts from a range of academic disciplines and decision-makers from many segments of society. That’s exactly what Desautels Faculty of Management Prof. Laurette Dubé has been doing for the past decade.

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Published on : 07 Jun 2012

McGill confers honorary degrees on Alzheimer’s researcher and Montreal business leaders

Albert D. Bensadoun, LLD – Doctor of Laws, honoris causa Paul Desmarais Jr., Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

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Published on : 06 Jun 2012

Redmen defenceman McKiernan merits Guy Lafleur Award

In the classroom, McKiernan completed nine courses and achieved 27 credits over the school year, achieving a grade-point average of 3.65 (the equivalent of 91.3 per cent) as an accounting major in the Desautels faculty of management. He was recently awarded with the Uldis Auders Memorial Trophy, presented annually to the top sophomore student-athlete at McGill.

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Published on : 06 Jun 2012

Bombardier paid arms dealer $35m to secure train contract

Karl Moore, a professor of business strategy at McGill University’s Desautels School of Management, said that the suggestion of corruption is unlikely. “It’s a blip,” Moore said. “I don’t recall anything like this happening before with Bombardier.”

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Published on : 01 Jun 2012

How nimble executives from Los Angeles to Raleigh put their clubs on solid ice

Thinking about traditional hockey-powerhouse cities bring to mind Montreal, Toronto, Chicago, New York, Detroit or Boston – the Original Six. But what would it take to add the likes of Los Angeles, Nashville and Miami to this list? These teams represent areas better known for golf and surfing than hockey, yet there were three warm-weather city champions in consecutive years.

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Published on : 01 Jun 2012

Eurozone needs a pre-nuptial

French President Francois Hollande has announced that he will be pushing for mutualizing European debt, which Germany, the Netherlands and Finland oppose. While there are historical precedents for mutualizing debts - Alexander Hamilton 1790 assumption of states' debts - there are significant differences between that situation and the one Europe is facing now.

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Published on : 01 Jun 2012

Professor Paola Perez-Aleman’s Article Chosen as Finalist for the 2011 Best Paper Award of the Industry Studies Association and INFORMS

Professor Paola Perez-Aleman’s article “Collective Learning in Global Diffusion: Spreading Quality Standards in a Developing Country Cluster” was chosen as a finalist for the 2011 Best Paper Award of the Industry Studies Association and INFORMS.

Published on : 31 May 2012

'Strategy Without Execution Is Hallucination!'

All too often when we teach strategy to MBAs, 95% of the time is spent on the theory of strategy, while at best 5% is spent on execution. While in the real world, for the majority of people it is the exact opposite. 5%, maybe 10%, is spent on strategy, while 95% is focused on executing our strategy. But stop for a moment and ask yourself: Which is more difficult?

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Published on : 31 May 2012

Talking Management with Karl Moore: How to chip away at a competitor's advantage

Karl Moore of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University, is in Calgary at WestJet’s gleaming new head office to talk to their new CEO Gregg Saretsky.

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Published on : 30 May 2012

Would you give up the family car for summer?

Desautels' prof. Karl Moore, his wife and two teens are going to do without a family car this summer. Could you? Listeners call on Radio Noon with lots of advice.

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Published on : 28 May 2012