Desautels Faculty of Management

In a recent blog post, Cape Chamber of Commerce & Industry Executive Director Sid Peimer of South Africa asks just what a “strategic plan” is, pointing out that a strategy and a plan are two different things. Mr. Peimer contends that a strategy is what one needs in order to attain a goal, while a plan is the “how.”

He goes on to reflect on Desautels Professor Henry Mintzberg’s concept of a strategy as a five-part entity, with the plan being just the first phase.

Classified as: Henry Mintzberg, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 31 May 2017

Sustainable Canada Dialogues is a network of academics that was commissioned by Ottawa to come up with a green-energy transition plan for Canada.

The result is Re-energizing Canada: Pathways to a Low-Carbon Future. The report is product of efforts by 71 academics, including Desautels Professor Dror Etzion.

Classified as: Dror Etzion, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 30 May 2017

Marie-Lou Dorval (EMBA’15) has done almost everything: She’s been a filmmaker, she’s been the president of an agricultural business, and she’s run a restaurant.

Since graduating from the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program, Ms. Dorval has changed her course completely, becoming an investment advisor at Raymond James Ltd — and it’s a job she doesn’t see herself leaving any time soon!

Classified as: EMBA Alumni, McGill-HEC Executive MBA (EMBA), McGill-HEC Montreal Executive MBA (EMBA)
Published on: 30 May 2017

At the 7th Femmes Leaders conference on May 16th, women executives came together to discuss today’s constantly-changing business landscape and what it requires from them as leaders.

TD Investments Associate VP Francine Laurin (EMBA’11) says that 1970s-style managing has given way to a role more akin to a coach and mentor. Radio-Canada Director General, Communications Guylaine Bergeron (EMBA’13) adds that a more collective approach can help, giving the example that her team is about to abandon offices for more collaborative, open spaces.

Classified as: EMBA Alumni, McGill-HEC Executive MBA (EMBA), McGill-HEC Montreal Executive MBA (EMBA)
Published on: 30 May 2017

Richard Garneau has long been an advocate for Canada’s forestry industry, and now the Resolute CEO is being recognized for it with the John Dobson Medal for Free Enterprise.

In the words of Michel Kelly-Gagnon, CEO of the Montreal Economic Institute that awards the medal every year, “We look for individuals who are vocal in their defence of the free market,” and concludes that “This year’s winner is one hell of a fighter.”

The John Dobson Foundation supports efforts to spread education about free enterprise and entrepreneurial studies across Canada.

Classified as: McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship
Published on: 29 May 2017

In a recent piece for Forbes, Professor Karl Moore details three leadership lessons from the theatre world that entrepreneurs can take to heart.

He discusses Stanislavski’s internalization technique as a starting point for the concept that an introverted leader can draw on past experiences of feeling powerful to take on an extroverted stance. Actors also undergo training in understanding characters and emotional intelligence that can be helpful in negotiations.

Classified as: Karl Moore, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 29 May 2017

Desautels Professor Karl Moore recently appeared on Global News to talk about the difference between introverts, extroverts, and ambiverts.

He chalked it up to “How much stimulation do you take before you get tired,” and says that the three exist on a continuum, with the introvert taking the least amount of stimulation, while extroverts thrive on it — and the ambivert pulls strengths from both sides.

Classified as: Karl Moore, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 29 May 2017

Every year, the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program offers a $50,000 scholarship for aboriginal managers. The first recipient of the scholarship was Mi’kmaq urban councillor Manon Jeanotte in 2014. Her EMBA experience prompted her to make a successful run for chief of the Gespeng Mik’maq Nation in 2015.

Kativik School Board director Jason Annahatak will graduate from the EMBA next February, and calls the EMBA a good fit for aboriginal leaders because it gets them networking with a wide range of influencers.

Classified as: Alain Pinsonneault, EMBA Alumni, McGill-HEC Executive MBA (EMBA), McGill-HEC Montreal Executive MBA (EMBA)
Published on: 29 May 2017

When Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou started as Desautels Dean nearly two years ago, she immediately began work on a strategic plan and started to get to know the people who make up the faculty.

When Bajeux-Besnainou sat down with Poets & Quants, the Paris native said that McGill has proven to be the perfect match for her because it’s an English school in a French-speaking city.

Classified as: Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou, Bensadoun School of Retail Management
Published on: 26 May 2017

On May 23rd, the Malaysia Canada Business Council’s 25th anniversary Business Excellence Awards Gala took place at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Kuala Lumpur. This year’s awards recognized companies that have been transformative in the Malaysian market, and which have helped strengthen Malaysian-Canadian trade.

Classified as: BCom Alumni
Published on: 26 May 2017

The GCPA program raised a total of $1,515 through a raffle to support the Canadian Red Cross and victims of the West Island floods.

The winner was a second-year GCPA student, Steffi Nguonly, who announced that she too would be donating her winnings in support of the same cause.

Thank you to all members of the #DesautelsFamily who purchased raffle tickets and helped make the initiative a success!

Classified as: Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting (GCPA Program), Julia Scott, Amanda Abrams
Published on: 26 May 2017

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.

The panel was made up of McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA alumni Geneviève Comtois (EMBA'12), who is a director at Shell International, Guylaine Bergeron (EMBA'13), who is a director at the CBC, and TD Direct Investing Associate VP Francine Laurin (EMBA'11).

Classified as: EMBA Alumni, McGill-HEC Executive MBA (EMBA), McGill-HEC Montreal Executive MBA (EMBA)
Published on: 24 May 2017

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

It starts with the premise that executive education needs a major overhaul. As Desautels Professor Henry Mintzberg says, “The practice of management, as evidenced in a lot of big corporations and banks, is utterly dreadful. I don’t think business schools really get it, or care to get it.”

Classified as: Henry Mintzberg, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 24 May 2017

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.

The findings indicated that men enjoyed more authority, but in cases where a loan manager quit, males who filled in for female managers experienced an authority deficit compared to those who filled in for other men.

Classified as: Strategy & Organization, Laura Doering
Published on: 24 May 2017

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.

Classified as: EMBA Alumni, McGill-HEC Executive MBA (EMBA), McGill-HEC Montreal Executive MBA (EMBA)
Published on: 24 May 2017

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