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Moving away from sports analogies in business

A piece for Forbes.com argues that good management is not akin to a competitive sport, and that managing a company as if it were can yield disastrous results. The sports analogy often used in business promotes the extreme use of resources to create rapid growth, which seems to invariably lead to collapse.

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Published: 11 Oct 2017

Citron hits Shopify in short attack, Professor Lester weighs in

Shopify recently came out in defense of its business model following an attack on the company by short seller Andrew Left of Citron. According to Desautels professor Kenneth Lester, short sellers actually do an investigative service by exposing information about companies that might have otherwise been strategically concealed; though he remains wary of the insider trading sometimes tied to shorts.

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Published: 11 Oct 2017

EMBA alumnus on her journey to the top of the PR world

As the general manager at Edelman Montréal, Eve Laurier (EMBA'11) recently sat down to share some insights into building a successful career in the PR world. She credits her MBA studies with helping her to attain the focus needed to take her career further, and her father as a major source of motivation.

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Published: 11 Oct 2017

Desautels makes mark at Unleash 2017

In response to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) put forward by the United Nations, Unleash 2017 assembled youth from across all continents to Denmark for ten days of untethered ideation to help resolve some of the world’s most persistent issues.

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Published: 11 Oct 2017

In the midst of change comes reassurance for SFL

As with any major organisation, reassessing the services offered in relation to market demand and future directions is key to remaining competitive and relevant.

According to Michael Rogers (EMBA’17), Vice President Business Development, Insurance Solutions at Desjardins, this will be the scope of the proposed restructuring at SFL. He also maintains that SFL will not be absorbed under Desjardins as the restructuring evolves. 

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Published: 11 Oct 2017

The next frontier for the Business of Fashion? Podcasts.

Podcasts have become an integral part of people’s daily media browsing, and the Business of Fashion’s Founder and Editor-in Chief, Imran Amed (BCom'97), is set to expand into this influential platform.

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Published: 11 Oct 2017

McGill-Notman partnership takes McGill startups one step further

Established under the McGill Innovation Collective, the McGill-Notman partnership offers short-term residencies to startup cofounders affiliated with McGill either as students, alumni, or as staff or researchers.

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Published: 11 Oct 2017

Revered chef Antonio Park on his upbringing and unshakable work ethic

Montreal-based chef Antonio Park is behind some of the city’s most renowned restaurants, including Park, Lavandaria, and Jatoba. In a recent interview with Desautels professor Karl Moore, Park revealed that he always knew he wanted to be a chef and that his unique blend of flavours comes from a deep understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures.

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Published: 11 Oct 2017

UK business and the need for introverted leadership

Research has shown that organizations worldwide are recognizing the strengths that introverts can bring to leadership positions. Britain, on the other hand, continues to favour exclusively extroverted personalities in its C-Suite.

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Published: 6 Oct 2017

Karl Moore hosts McGill Provost as latest guest on CEO Series

Provost Christopher Manfredi of McGill University recently joined Desautels professor Karl Moore on his CEO Series radio show to talk about his responsibilities as provost, as well as the defining aspects and future directions of McGill.

Along the way, he shared insights on his career trajectory and how his interest in politics ignited a career in academia that he did not initially foresee.

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Published: 5 Oct 2017

Does Bombardier’s fate lie with Alstom-Siemens?

In an address to the French National Assembly, Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Economy and Finance, suggested that the Alstom-Siemens alliance is destined to expand to include eventually Bombardier.

Professor Karl Moore weighs in on these speculations, stating that there is reason to believe that the future of rail manufacturing will be reserved for the bigger players.

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Published: 5 Oct 2017

Peter High on strategy, adaptation and integrative thinking

In a piece for Forbes.com, Peter High, President of Metis Strategy, cites Professor Henry Mintzberg to assert that societal change has always been perceived as occurring at lightning speed, and that it is common tendency to believe that the present is different from the past, as it is unresolved by nature.

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Published: 5 Oct 2017

The Graduate Management Admission Council Welcomes Three New Business Schools to Its Global Membership

The Desautels Faculty of Management has been granted membership to the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a non-profit organization of leading graduate business schools worldwide.

As a member, Desautels is recognized as a leader in graduate management education with insights and best practices to share that will further the GMAC mission to inform, involve and convene the global business education community around issues of interest.

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Published: 5 Oct 2017

Well Told Health aims to shake-up supplements industry

Desautels alumna and Global Expert, Monica Ruffo (BCom’86), has launched Well Told Health to respond to an alarming gap in the market for organic supplements that are made without any synthetic ingredients.

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Published: 5 Oct 2017

Swimming up(bid)stream

Desautels Global Expert and Chief Executive Officer at Magnetic, James Green (BMus'86), explores the cause and effects of the rise of ad opportunities available for auction online, or bidstream.

He attributes the dramatic increase to header bidding, which lets publishers offer ad inventory to multiple buyers simultaneously.

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Published: 4 Oct 2017

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