Desautels Faculty of Management

McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship Associate Director Renjie Butalid appeared on the PNR podcast to talk about his development as an entrepreneur, and how it led to his current position.

When asked about the programs he is managing, Mr Butalid outlined how the McGill Lean Startup Program is where a brand-new team lays the groundwork for a hopefully-successful run at the McGill Dobson Cup, and how the X-1 Accelerator helps Dobson Cup winners to further develop their startups.

Classified as: McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, Renjie Butalid, mcgill dobson cup, McGill X-1 Accelerator
Published on: 7 Sep 2017

Terry Kocisko (BCom’87) has been appointed to the audit committee and Board of Directors of Quebec-based mining company Yorbeau Resources. He comes to the job with three decades-plus of experience under his belt, as well as a degree in Accounting and Finance from Desautels. Yorbeau is a gold mining company that operates in Quebec and is currently concentrating on its Rouyn Property, which is 4 km south of Rouyn-Noranda in the Abitibi region. The 12-km property boasts promising underground gold deposits.

Classified as: Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), BCom Alumni
Published on: 7 Sep 2017

Business insider has published a list of the cities with the world’s top-50 universities according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Included on the list are Montreal and McGill University, thanks to Montreal’s quality of life, the Underground City, the festivals, the Biodome, the botanical garden and various other niceties. As for McGill, the piece credits the school’s reputation as a leading research institution and its social sciences department as major factors.

Classified as: McGill Ranking, University Rankings
Published on: 7 Sep 2017

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings are out for this year, and McGill maintains its place as number 42 in the world. McGill is one of only three Canadian schools in the top 50 and six in the top 200. Phil Baty of Times Higher Education called the fact that Canadian schools were holding steady this year a real plus, saying that “You really have to run fast to stand still in this context of intense global competition.” In contrast, not only did top-ranked US school Caltech lose its number-2 spot this year, but American schools across the board slipped in the rankings.

Classified as: McGill Ranking, University Rankings
Published on: 7 Sep 2017

In a piece for Martech Today, Desautels Global Expert James Green (BMus'86) writes that, though the US advertising industry is growing, the fact is that Google and Facebook are raking in the numbers while smaller firms aren’t doing nearly as well. There is also a marked downward slope in TV advertising, while the numbers for digital are on the rise.

Classified as: James Green, Desautels Global Experts
Published on: 6 Sep 2017

Magnetic CEO and Desautels Global Expert James Green (BMus'86) has a remarkable resume by any measure, but his story is even more impressive: he worked at Disney for almost a decade before becoming a VP at Pixar, which is where he hit a snag.

Steve Jobs fired him, he was low on cash and his US visa was about to expire. Lots of people would have given in at that point, but they don’t become CEOs of multimillion-dollar companies.

Classified as: James Green, Desautels Global Experts
Published on: 6 Sep 2017

A recent piece in India’s Free Press Journal delves into wisdom and the six parameters listed in the ancient Sanskrit epic, Mahabharata. The parameters include listening intently and gaining a full understanding of something before jumping into action, being able to hold forth on seminal books, having a quick mind and so on. Loyalty is also listed as a big factor, as is openness to change.

Classified as: Henry Mintzberg, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 6 Sep 2017

Sumanto Chattopdhyay (MBA’90) recently sat down with Impact to discuss his new job as Chairman and CEO of Indian marketing powerhouse Soho Square. The former Ogilvy & Mather Creative Director has only been at the job for a month, but he has already taken steps to set the tone in terms of the corporate culture and the corporate vision.

Classified as: MBA Program, Masters in Business Administration (MBA), MBA Alumni
Published on: 5 Sep 2017

A piece at CNBM.net.cn quotes Desautels Professor Saibal Ray on how foreign workers in China can work smoothly with their Chinese counterparts. 

The piece looks at the major differences in management culture; how factors that would make western workers complain about privacy violations (impacting on family or private time, for instance) play into being a good, caring manager in Chinese business culture.

Classified as: Saibal Ray, operations management
Published on: 5 Sep 2017

Brianna Mendes (BCom’20) is no ordinary student. The Bermuda High School graduate comes to Desautels with the kind of academic background that most of us can only dream of: She received the Doris Trott Butterfield Scholarship, which awards those with the highest attainable GPA, as well as the Dudley and Deborah Butterfield Scholarship, which brings high-performing Bermudan students to study at McGill.

Classified as: Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
Published on: 5 Sep 2017

Desautels Professor Karl Moore writes in the Calgary Herald that Icelandic businessman Skúli Morgensen’s low-cost carrier Wow Air is only the latest company that he has founded since he started his first business while he was still a student.

Mr Morgensen credits a philosophy professor with giving him the impetus to flex his entrepreneurship muscle. When his first company took off, he dropped out of school to dedicate himself full-time to business.

Classified as: Karl Moore, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 5 Sep 2017

Quebec celebrity news site envedette.ca recently posted a list of stars who hold degrees that have nothing to do with show business.  Some of the stars are pure over-achievers (James Franco has BA in English from UCLA, a doctorate from Yale, and has done arts and writing studies at NYU and Columbia), while others are head-scratchers (Brad Pitt quit journalism school two weeks before graduation to become an actor).

Classified as: Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), BCom Alumni
Published on: 1 Sep 2017

According to a story in the Montreal Gazette, Bombardier has been frozen out of a bidding process to build up to 1,695 new subway cars for the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority due to cost overruns and late delivery on an earlier MTA contract. The beleaguered company’s early performance on a contract for Toronto’s new streetcars was similarly poor, though Bombardier says that it has been meeting deadlines for the past year.

Classified as: Karl Moore, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 1 Sep 2017

Ram Panda (MEng’71, MBA’77) is the new chair of the McGill University Board of Governors. He came to Canada from his native India in 1968 to study electrical engineering at McGill, and never left. In 1978, he co-founded metal-industry software maker Invera Inc., which rapidly became a major player in its market.

Classified as: MBA Alumni, MBA Program, Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
Published on: 1 Sep 2017

Desautels Professor Karl Moore recently appeared on BNN to discuss the hearings into the stranding of two Air Transat flights in Ottawa last month.

During the discussion, Prof. Moore brought up several points, but ultimately said that Air Transat needs to show that it has learned from the event.

Classified as: Karl Moore, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 1 Sep 2017

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