1.Your local business school could be a good bet. As well as traditional bastions such as the UK, Switzerland and Canada, MBA directors from schools as far afield as Lithuania, the Ukraine, Vietnam and Ecuador were out in force. Business schools in Scandinavia also made a strong showing. Course directors at these schools were there to pick up best practice from big cats like London Business School and IMD and take them home.
2.Check out the Chicago Bulls. John Sadowsky, leadership professor atGrenoble Graduate School of Business highlighted how legendary coach Phil Jackson transformed the basketball team. The culture at the top of the NBA in 1989, when Jackson took over at the Bulls, was one of competition between team mates. When a star player got the ball, the rest of the team would fall back. Jackson instilled a culture of unselfishness and teamwork at the Chicago Bulls, leading them to win six NBA titles between 1989 and 1998.
3.Canada is calling! This year Canada's top six business schools formed the Canadian MBA Alliance. Why? Because Canada is an insanely attractive destination for international students right now. Its public universities are great value for money: tuition for the 16-month MBA at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business, ranked 57th in the world by the FT, is a mere $55k Canadian dollars (about US$53k). Canada’s favourable work permit scheme gives graduates of two-year MBA programmes the right to stay in the country to look for work for up to three years. Canada is a country built by immigrants and the government and business community view talented international students as an asset, said Wendy Ma, Assistant Dean at Sauder. Other schools in the Alliance are Rotman, Ivery, Schulich, Desautels and Queen’s.
4.The Master in Management at London Business School is great value for money. Gareth Howells, Executive Director of the MBA and Master in Finance and all round decision-maker said the school has thrown considerable resource behind the MiM. It has a higher staff-student ratio than the MBA, seven dedicated careers advisors, and shares faculty with the MBA. Students on the MiM receive intensive career coaching and are allowed to join the MBA clubs at LBS. Howells pointed out that, far from being a cash cow for LBS, the MiM is actually less profitable than the MBA, and grads have a higher employment rate three months out (95 per cent)! Tuition is less than half that for the MBA,but you can’t apply if you have more than one year of professional experience!
5.The International MBA at Spain’s EADA is super innovative. It’s a hotbed of new thinking in professional development and you’ll gain skills that will last you longer than that post-graduation pay rise! The school emphasises learning by doing, with cases and projects that challenge students to reflect and to deal with change and ambiguity. The class has strong representation from Latin America, and turns out grads who aren’t afraid to try bold experiments. One recent grad set up a hockey tournament in her native India to bring people from different castes together. Programme Director Giulio Toscani, a fomer strategy consultant and chemical engineer, graduated from the EADA MBA ten years ago. He made so many suggestions to improve it that he was called back to run the programme, and the results are impressive! Oh, and the MBA kicks off with a treasure hunt around the stunning city of Barcelona.
6.Want to manage a $20 million P&L when you graduate? Check out Schindler Group. This Swiss firm “moves one billion people a day”, as a leading manufacturer of elevators and escalators. IMD alum Deepak Khandpur, head of Business Competitiveness, had some home truths for MBAs. Keep your expectations in check, he said: you won’t make the high level decisions you practiced at business school till about five years after you gradu...