November 13, 2018

Women as managers

There was an interesting article about whether women manage differently from men in the Economist of 6 June 2015. The research reported suggests that there is no real difference and it brings to mind a short scenario called ‘The New CEO’ which I have presented to MBA students and executives for many years. Briefly, the […]

Who blinks first?

Game theory has been very much in the news the past few weeks in relation to the attempted renegotiation of Greece’s EU bailout deal, and its related austerity measures. It is, by now, a well known fact that Yanis Varoufakis (the Greek finance minister at the head of these negotiations) is a student of Game […]

Compromising positions

I am often reminded that people see negotiation in a very different light – probably based on some bad experiences. When faced with a negotiation, people often expect that dreadful “c word” – Compromise! I was reminded of this just yesterday when reading an article about an academic negotiation over exam content, the school board […]

University without walls!

20 November 2014 and it’s EBS graduation day again. Today we have four new DBA graduates bringing to 35 the number from the programme since its inception.  26 of the 35 have graduated in the past couple of years as the DBA has gathered pace. Today’s four graduates come from South Africa, Hong Kong, the […]

The Why Axis

You are probably well aware that controlled experiments are carried out in laboratories where one sample, say of microbes, is given a treatment and another is given no treatment (the control) and the results are compared. The idea is to hold constant all influences other than the one you wish to test. The same approach […]

Sailing to success

Have you heard that the Panama Canal is being  widened?   To most people that means little, but for Jamaicans it’s a big deal and has brought up all sorts of dreams in the minds of policymakers.   But can their lofty goals really be achieved, or are they fairy tales to rival Grimm?   Let’s see if […]

Business: an intellectual challenge

Many years ago I was a mainstream economics researcher immersed in econometrics and mathematics. Like many other academics I reckoned that the business disciplines were ‘Micky Mouse’ and of little interest to ‘real’ academics. But as I was drawn into management education through developing simulations of the economy and companies the realisation slowly dawned on […]

Is it worth doing an MBA?

 The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development  (CIPD), the UK body for professional Human Resource Managers, asks this question in the latest edition of their magazine People Management. In an article entitled ‘It’s just for geniuses  – and six other myths about MBAs’ they ask the pertinent question: is an MBA worth it  – especially […]