MBA & Business Headlines
- What Is the Best Way to Prepare for an MBA Program?
Entering an MBA program after years away from the classroom can be a challenge. Here's some advice from b-school experts to help you prepare.
Jul 30, 2014
- How Important Is Undergraduate GPA When Applying to an MBA Program?
MBA admissions staff take a variety of factors into account when admitting new students, but just how important is GPA? Faculty from five business schools weigh in.
Jul 23, 2014
- Advice for Recent MBA Grads Re-Entering the Workforce
We asked faculty members from five prominent business schools what advice they have for MBA grads re-entering the workforce. Here's what they said.
Jul 16, 2014
- 6 Steps to Giving an Unforgettable Presentation
No one likes public speaking, especially in a professional setting. Learn how to give a powerful business presentation with these six tips from the experts.
Jul 15, 2014
- 6 Easy SEO Tips from the Experts
With the right SEO strategy, your website can climb the search ranks and rake in visitors. Get started with these six tips from experts in the field.
Jul 11, 2014
- 5 Things You Should Never Say to a Venture Capitalist
Ready to pitch your business to potential investors? Steer clear of these five phrases and your startup just might get the funding it needs.
Jul 3, 2014
- Show 'Em Who's Boss: 5 Small Business Delegation Mistakes to Avoid
Small business owners wear many hats, but some duties are best left to others. Here are five delegation mistakes every small business boss should avoid.
Jun 24, 2014
- 6 Social Media Mistakes Businesses Should Avoid
Experts weigh in on the six biggest mistakes business make with their social media presence, and how to avoid these blunders.
Jun 11, 2014
- Discussing the Future of MBA Programs with Alladi Venkatesh from UC Irvine
Alladi Venkatesh from UC Irvine's Paul Merage School of Business shares his thoughts on the MBA admissions process and the future of business education.
Jun 5, 2014
- Admissions and Beyond: An Interview with Kristin McAndrew of Notre Dame
Kristin McAndrew, Director of MBA/MSB Admissions at Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, offers some advice to prospective MBA students.
May 28, 2014
- Q&A: Meet Adam Pervez, the Happy Nomad
Pervez gave up his post-MBA dream job to travel the globe working with small businesses. His goal: to change the world, one village at a time
- Principals Go Back to School
A Darden program offers management training to school administrators
- B-School Applicants Getting Younger, Pickier
New research suggests that business school applicants are more likely to forsake the MBA for other graduate business programs
- Tyra Banks Talks About Attending Harvard Business School
The host of America's Next Top Model says she is using lessons learned at a Harvard Business School executive program in her own business
- An MBA Alternative: MIT Sloan's Master of Finance Program
For would-be MBAs with a desire to work in finance, Sloan's increasingly popular one-year MFin program may be a good fit, says MIT's Andrew Lo
- Music and shopping: Beware of Beethoven
EVER since Muzak started serenading patrons of hotels and restaurants in the 1930s, piped-in music has been part of the consumer experience. Without the throb of a synthesiser or a guitar’s twang, shoppers would sense something missing as they tried on jeans or filled up trolleys. Specialists like Mood Media, which bought Muzak in 2011, devise audio programmes to influence the feel of shops and cater to customers’ tastes. The idea is to entertain, and thereby prolong the time shoppers spend in stores, says Claude Nahon, the firm’s international chief. Music by famous artists works better than the generic stuff that people associate with Muzak. The embarrassing brand name was dropped in 2013.Online shopping is an under-explored area of merchandising musicology. A new study commissioned by eBay, a shopping website, aims to correct that. Some 1,900 participants were asked to simulate online shopping while listening to different sounds. Some results were unsurprising. The noise of roadworks and crying babies soured shoppers’ views of the products on offer. Chirruping birds encouraged sales of barbecues but not blenders or board games.Sounds associated with quality...
- Schumpeter: Replacing the board
CORPORATE boards are among the most important institutions in capitalism. Their job is to police the relationship between shareholders who own companies and managers who run them. This means keeping an eye out for managerial incompetence and fraud. It also means standing back and offering strategic advice on hiring new managers or buying competitors.Yet their record might politely be described as mixed. The first decade of the 21st century produced an embarrassment of dismal oversight, from the Enron and WorldCom scandals of 2001-02 to the financial crisis of 2007-08. “I actually don’t think risk management failed,” said Larry Fink, the boss of BlackRock, an investment firm. “I think corporate governance failed, because…the boards didn’t ask the right questions.”Problems have been widespread and deep-rooted. Chief executives have packed boards with cronies: Michael Eisner’s board at Disney once included the former headmistress of his children’s school and the man who designed his house. They have sidelined critics: when a member of the Bank of America’s board criticised the CEO’s compensation in 2000 she was dropped.The past decade has seen several attempts to...
- Travel websites: David vs two Goliaths
Service poor, view disappointing “BREAKFAST is nasty, the rooms are nasty.” So complained a reviewer of an Oregon guesthouse earlier this year. There is nothing unusual in that: all hotels must deal with the odd disgruntled guest. This critique, though, appeared on TripAdvisor, a travel-review website. When the correspondent went on to document drunken housekeepers and licentious receptionists, the owners sued him. It was more than a point of pride. What customers say on TripAdvisor can make or break hotels. Around 260m people visit the site each month to read some of the 125m reviews.The firm makes money by displaying prices from online travel-agents (OTAs) alongside its reviews, and then charging those agents each time a customer clicks through. It is such a good example of a network effect that it is the subject of a Harvard Business School (HBS) case study. The more users post reviews, the more useful the site is to those about to book a holiday. This makes it more important to hotels and travel agents, who offer better deals. This results in more traffic—and more reviews—closing the virtuous circle. Last year TripAdvisor...
- School widens its offerings as it takes up new digs
A business school in all but name, the Institute for Management and Innovation joins the Innovation Complex at U of T’s Mississauga campus next month
- Advice for incoming MBA students
A graduate shares some survival tips, from managing your own expectations to Lean Cuisine
- Rotman EMBA learns a new way of thinking
Program takes her from ‘basic concepts to true high-level integrative thinking’ – or as a prof put it, ‘from the alphabet to Shakespeare’
- New Schulich certificate adds to an undergrad’s ‘global mindset’
International trade program features first-hand experience with corporate giants in addition to deeper course work
- Taking an EMBA puts Chandra Crawford on a new trail
Cross-country ski Olympian hopes a degree from Haskayne will help with her second career