B-School Profs Offer Strategies for the Networking-Averse

Everyone knows that a huge part of the b-school experience is creating a network that you’ll be tapping into for the rest of your career. But what if you’re naturally shy, or simply hate the …

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Everyone knows that a huge part of the b-school experience is creating a network that you’ll be tapping into for the rest of your career. But what if you’re naturally shy, or simply hate the idea of networking because it makes you feel phony, opportunistic, or just plain “dirty”?

The majority of international students at U.S. MBA programs come from Asia, where the cultural differences related to networking are stark. Even European students often find it awkward to send introductory emails or chat up strangers at networking events. Career centers in turn worry these cultural differences put international students at a disadvantage during their internship and job searches.

In the May issue of Harvard Business Review, professors Tiziana Casciaro of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Francesca Gino of Harvard Business School, and Marvam Kouchaki of Kellogg School of Management share strategies for making networking not only more bearable, but perhaps even enjoyable for the networking-averse among us.

The quickest way to flip the switch in your negative mindset about networking? Stop making it about you.

For example, at a networking event, take the focus off of yourself and instead focus on the other people at the event. The researchers discovered that when people focus on how they can help others — instead of how others can help them — the act of networking suddenly takes on a different tone.

“When you think more about what you can give to others than what you can get from them,” they write, “networking will seem less self-promotional and more selfless — and therefore more worthy of your time.”

The professors offer other strategies to help the reluctant among us recast networking in a more positive light, including how you can make the focus about learning, identify common interests, or assign a higher purpose to the practice. Take a look at the original article on Harvard Business Review and see if their tips alleviate some of the discomfort you’ve been feeling up til now.

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Harvard Business School Breaks Ground on Klarman Hall

Late last week, Harvard Business School officially broke ground for Klarman Hall, a new convening center to be constructed on the HBS campus. Expected to open in 2018, Klarman Hall will combine elements of a …

Klarman Hall at Harvard Business School

Late last week, Harvard Business School officially broke ground for Klarman Hall, a new convening center to be constructed on the HBS campus. Expected to open in 2018, Klarman Hall will combine elements of a large-scale conference center, a performance space, and an intimate community forum.

Harvard Business School hosts some 700 events a year in which tens of thousands of people from around the world participate in a wide variety of activities, from research conferences to symposia to cultural events. With the addition of Klarman Hall, HBS seeks to convene these key voices to discuss and address the critical issues facing our times.

The building was made possible by a donation from Seth and Beth Klarman. Seth Klarman is president and CEO of The Baupost Group, a Boston-based investment management firm. Beth Klarman is president of the Klarman Family Foundation. Both are members of the School’s Board of Dean’s Advisors.

Klarman Hall is being designed by the Boston-based firm of William Rawn and Associates as a vibrant space with an eye toward flexibility, adaptability, and accessibility

“When you bring together people with talent, vision, and ambition in a space designed specifically to facilitate connections, conversation, and debate, the potential for transformative ideas and action is limitless,” said Seth Klarman.

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Kelley School Fall 2017 MBA Application Deadlines

The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University has announced the MBA application deadlines for the 2016-17 admissions cycle. They are as follows: Early Round Deadline: October 15, 2016 Notification: by December 20, 2016 Priority …

Kelley School MBA deadlines

The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University has announced the MBA application deadlines for the 2016-17 admissions cycle. They are as follows:

Early Round

Deadline: October 15, 2016
Notification: by December 20, 2016

Priority Round

Deadline: January 5, 2017
Notification: by March 15, 2017

Third Round

Deadline: March 1, 2017
Notification: by April 30, 2017

Final Round

Deadline: April 15, 2017
Notification: by May 31, 2017

Early application is encouraged. The first two deadlines are priority deadlines for merit-based financial aid consideration. For additional information, please visit the Kelley MBA admissions website.

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Ross MBA Admissions Director Shares Her B-School Comparison Spreadsheet

Now is the time when many potential business school applicants are neck-deep in the school research phase of the MBA admissions process. With that in mind, we’d like to share this excellent video posted by …

Now is the time when many potential business school applicants are neck-deep in the school research phase of the MBA admissions process. With that in mind, we’d like to share this excellent video posted by Soojin Kwon, director of MBA admissions at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

Kwon, who always appears so down-to-earth and approachable in her videos, celebrates the “nerdiness” of applicants who create detailed spreadsheets to compare and contrast the various business schools they are considering…and she shares her very own that you can download and start using today!

As Kwon points out, by looking at the career opportunities, learning experiences specific to each program, and culture of each school, you’ll be several steps closer to making the right choice for you when deadlines hit this fall.

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HEC Paris Posts January 2017 MBA Application Deadlines

HEC Paris has posted the MBA application deadlines for the January 2017 intake. The admissions process at HEC Paris is conducted on a rolling basis throughout the year, and the dates listed below reflect the …

HEC paris application deadlines

HEC Paris has posted the MBA application deadlines for the January 2017 intake. The admissions process at HEC Paris is conducted on a rolling basis throughout the year, and the dates listed below reflect the possibilities for Full-Time and Part-Time applicants.

Application Deadline: May 1, 2016
Decision Date: June 3, 2016

Application Deadline: June 1, 2016
Decision Date: July 8, 2016

Application Deadline: July 1, 2016
Decision Date: July 29, 2016

Application Deadline: August 15, 2016
Decision Date: September 16, 2016

Application Deadline: September 15, 2016
Decision Date: October 21, 2016

Application Deadline: October 15, 2016
Decision Date: November 18, 2016

Application Deadline: November 15, 2016
Decision Date: December 16, 2016

For more information, please visit the HEC Paris admissions website.

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