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Columbia Business School Gives Back

Columbia Business School has announced its first large-scale, student-led volunteering initiative coming up on April 4th. The school’s inaugural Day of Impact includes ten service projects throughout New York City and will give students, faculty, …

Columbia Business School has announced its first large-scale, student-led volunteering initiative coming up on April 4th. The school’s inaugural Day of Impact includes ten service projects throughout New York City and will give students, faculty, and staff a chance to give back to the communities where they live and study.

Participants will partner with several different organizations, including the Citymeals-on-Wheels, Food Bank for New York City, The Humane Society of New York, and New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Projects will include:

  • Beautifying various city parks — Morningside Park, St. Mary’s Park, and Hamilton Grange National Park;
  • Delivering meals to the home ridden through meal providers Jan Hus Church, Leonard Covello Senior Center, and Goddard-WEME Mainstream Nutrition Program;
  • Preparing dinner for the Food Bank of New York; and
  • Caring for animals in need at the Humane Society of New York City.

“Making an impact on society — however large or small — is a huge part of who we are at Columbia Business School,” says Sheila Lalani ’14, vice president of community service for the School’s Graduate Business Association. “The idea behind Day of Impact is to demonstrate our community’s commitment to not only bettering the business world once we graduate, but also working to improve the community in which we live.”

Lalani presented the idea in 2013 to the school’s administration. Since then, it has been embraced by the entire Columbia Business School community.  Lalani’s hope and expectation is that the Day of Impact will become an annual event that grows in scope and impact each year.

Volunteers will be communicating with each other throughout the day using social media.  The student organizers have set up the hashtag #CBSDayOfImpact and asked volunteers to post photos, videos, and updates about the progress of their efforts.

Associate Dean Michael Malone, who will be volunteering as part of the Morningside Park beautification efforts, commends the School’s community for giving back to society. “We are so proud of our students for bringing this opportunity to life.  They are constantly looking for new ways to demonstrate the impact Columbia can have outside of the classroom,” Malone says.

“This initiative really reflects what we believe in most strongly at Columbia: leadership through action, community-wide collaboration, and rolling our sleeves up to make a difference.”

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Columbia Hosts Odyssey Management Competition

Columbia Business School will host the sixth annual ODYSSEY Global MBA Competition and Symposium, coming up on March 28 and March 29, 2014.  Held each spring, this student-organized event features a three-part business management competition …

Columbia Business School will host the sixth annual ODYSSEY Global MBA Competition and Symposium, coming up on March 28 and March 29, 2014.  Held each spring, this student-organized event features a three-part business management competition between teams from a select group of the world’s top business schools who have gathered to learn, network, and compete.

In addition to the competition, the event includes a symposium featuring industry leaders addressing this year’s theme—Disrupt or Be Disrupted—which focuses on the need for companies to be agile in the face of disruptive forces and to manage innovation in order to stay ahead of challenges confronted.

Each team will compete in three categories: an entrepreneurial pitch, a case study presentation, and negotiation skills.  Leading industry practitioners judge the event, awarding points based on strength of concept and solutions, negotiation skills, and presentations.

Who:

  • Frank Eliason, Director, Global Social Media, Citi
  • Neal Goldman ’96, Founder and CEO, Relationship Science; and Co-Founder and former CEO, Capital IQ
  • Bruce Greenwald, Robert Heilbrunn Professor of Finance and Asset Management, Columbia Business School
  • Craig Hatkoff ’78, Founder, Victor Capital Group; Co-founder, Tribeca Film Festival and the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards
  • David Kidder, Co-Founder and CEO, Bionic; Co-founder and former CEO, Clickable; and author on entrepreneurship

Participating schools include Chicago Booth School of Business, China Europe International Business School, Cambridge Judge Business School, HKUST Business School, INSEAD, London Business School, NYU Stern School of Business, University of Virginia Darden School of Business, and Yale School of Management.

For more information on Odyssey, the competition, and symposium agenda, visit: http://www.mbaodyssey.com.

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B-School Fundraising in 2013

It seems we’re sharing news of major donations to top business schools on a regular basis lately—a great sign of economic recovery as donors invest in their alma maters to help create state-of-the art campuses …

It seems we’re sharing news of major donations to top business schools on a regular basis lately—a great sign of economic recovery as donors invest in their alma maters to help create state-of-the art campuses and modernized learning environments.

Bloomberg Businessweek takes a look at which schools pulled in the highest donations in 2013, and two in particular had banner years. In May, Ronald Perelman pledged $100 million to Columbia Business School, which matches the school’s largest gift ever, and will support the development of Columbia’s Manhattanville Campus. Business school namesake and alumnus Stephen M. Ross announced a gift of $200 million to the University of Michigan in September that will transform the student experience at the business school.

The news magazine compiled a list of donations totaling $10 million or more, and indicates what the funds will be used for at each of the schools. Check out the original article to see if your dream school had a gifted year in 2013, and if so, what innovations you can expect to see as a result.

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Columbia Business School Launches New Branding Campaign

Columbia Business School has launched a new, comprehensive brand positioning campaign to better define and communicate the core elements that make it one of the best business schools in the world. To celebrate the new …

Columbia Business School has launched a new, comprehensive brand positioning campaign to better define and communicate the core elements that make it one of the best business schools in the world.

To celebrate the new tagline—At the Very Center of Business—and better tell Columbia Business School’s powerful story, the School unveiled a dynamic new two-minute video that will serve as the cornerstone of its narrative moving forward. The video, titled simply, “The Center,” takes viewers through the key characteristics and attributes that distinguish Columbia Business School as one of the world’s leaders in management education.

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“Columbia Business School is the only world-class business school that delivers a learning experience where leading-edge academics meets with real-time access to the pulse of global business,” says Glenn Hubbard, dean of Columbia Business School, in a statement announcing the news.

“Not only does our community enjoy countless benefits by being centered in the global hub of business, but the School’s regular impact on the daily practice of business and deep roots and connections in the city’s business and entrepreneurial communities make us a key player at the very center of business,” Hubbard adds.

The Four Pillars of the Branding Campaign

The campaign narrative is supported by four key attributes that collectively comprise Columbia Business School’s brand:

  • KNOWLEDGE: An Unrivaled Culture of Academic Excellence. Columbia Business School’s approach to thought leadership is constantly informed in real time by the global business environment. Groundbreaking research from the School’s faculty influences business practices in every sector while the transformative, 21st-century curriculum develops leaders who can create opportunity in any environment.
  • ACCESS: Unmatched Exposure to the Pulse of Business, Both Inside and Outside the Classroom. As the top Ivy League business school immersed in New York City, Columbia Business School provides its students with direct access to countless businesses and business leaders, both inside and outside the classroom, allowing them to take lessons learned in class and see them applied directly in the real world.
  • COMMUNITY: A Diverse, Engaged, and Entrepreneurial Community. High achievers are drawn to the School’s reputation and unique position at the global center of business, where a diverse, entrepreneurial-minded community of students, faculty members, staff, and alumni share an open exchange of ideas and perspectives. Combine this range of voices with an alumni network of more than 40,000 graduates and you have an expansive community that fosters creativity, invites entrepreneurial thinking, and opens doors to opportunity.
  • IMPACT: An Immediate and Lasting Impact on the Business World. The thought leadership of the School’s faculty and staff, combined with the accomplishments of its distinguished alumni and position in the center of global business, means that the School’s efforts have an immediate and measurable impact on the forces shaping business each and every day.

“These attributes have always been a part of our DNA—we simply have never communicated them in one story so clearly, completely, and efficiently,” says Dean Hubbard.  “Our powerful combination of leading-edge academics and real-time exposure to business give our students the knowledge, experience, and connections to be impactful in any endeavor they pursue.”

Sarah Shen ’14, offered her thoughts on the unparalleled access that Columbia Business School provides its students. “For a lot of schools, having a big speaker on campus is a big event,” said the MBA student. “For us, this happens practically every day. Over the past week alone students have met with the CEOs of Godiva, Saks Fifth Avenue, and J.Crew, and tomorrow morning the CEO of Morgan Stanley will be on campus to share his views on the role and responsibilities of financial institutions in the new economy. This regular access to business titans does not happen everywhere, and it is one of the amazing benefits Columbia Business School affords us as students.”

A Better Way to Tell Columbia Business School’s Story

The new campaign is the result of a rigorous and intensive process that solicited feedback from hundreds of stakeholders both inside and outside of the School. Through qualitative and quantitative measurement tools, the School set out to identify the key attributes and characteristics that were most commonly cited by stakeholders when describing their perceptions of Columbia Business School. These common elements serve as the basis of the story and positioning being launched today.

“We sought to crystallize one powerful story that truly defines who we are, what we stand for, and how we are unique in a competitive marketplace,” says Iris Henries, associate dean of Marketing and Communications.  “By launching this campaign we are bringing these defining characteristics to the forefront of our identity and making it easier to share the School’s story.”

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Columbia Business School Redesigns Core Curriculum

Columbia Business School made headlines today when it announced it will institute a redesigned core curriculum for the class of 2015 beginning this fall.  The school also unveiled twelve new videos that explain and convey …

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Columbia Business School made headlines today when it announced it will institute a redesigned core curriculum for the class of 2015 beginning this fall.  The school also unveiled twelve new videos that explain and convey the importance of the new changes.

Among the most significant changes to the new core curriculum are:

  • The inclusion of the core’s credit-bearing leadership course during student orientation rather than in the first semester;
  • Increasing the number of electives that first year students may take, providing greater opportunity to tailor courses to align with career goals, and better prepare for summer internships;
  • Placing some technical components of course content online, allowing for more in-depth and robust classroom discussion between professors and students; and,
  • Revamping the Decision Models core course to emphasize big data, recognition of the importance big data is now playing in the business ecosystem.

In a statement announcing the news, Glenn Hubbard, dean of Columbia Business School, noted these changes come at a time of fast-paced changes in the business and global economic environment.

“The changes to our core curriculum are designed to respond to these shifting dynamics and ensure that the School maintains its preeminence as a leader in global business education.  Coupled with our many other cutting-edge innovations in management education, the redesigned core will provide students with fundamental skills and knowledge that will help them grow into leaders that can recognize opportunity and approach challenges with an entrepreneurial mindset throughout their careers.”

Additional changes highlighted in the announcement include refreshed content that further infuses entrepreneurial thinking into various courses, and expansion of the school’s integrated case study, a real-world problem-solving case that examines a corporation from a variety of perspectives across different courses.

This innovation provides students with the opportunity to see a real-world business challenge holistically, analyzing a single problem from multiple viewpoints and connecting the dots between different functional areas. Columbia Business School’s curriculum was last redesigned in 2009 in response to the changing business environment wrought by the financial collapse.

“We view the core curriculum as the nucleus of an MBA, and the new core curriculum retains the School’s commitment to an academically rigorous foundation for our students,” said Mark Broadie, Vice Dean for Curriculum and Instruction.  “We are constantly staying abreast of changes in the business world and adapting our core to respond to the needs of the business community.”

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Columbia Alumni Give $40M for Manhattanville Campus

Columbia Business School recently announced that two of its alumni have pledged a combined $40 million toward the construction of the school’s innovative new Manhattanville campus. Finance titans Arthur J.  Samberg and Mario J.  Gabelli, …

Columbia Business School recently announced that two of its alumni have pledged a combined $40 million toward the construction of the school’s innovative new Manhattanville campus. Finance titans Arthur J.  Samberg and Mario J.  Gabelli, both members of the school’s Board of Overseers, pledged $25 million and $15 million respectively.major donation to columbia business school

In explaining their donations, Samberg and Gabelli both highlighted their experiences at Columbia Business School as primary motivators.

“If there is one thing I have learned throughout my career it is that having good ideas are important, but the execution of good ideas is most crucial,” says Samberg. “Columbia Business School recognizes this distinction, and as such they are working to construct a world–class facility that will enhance their ability to equip students with the knowledge and know–how to make a powerful impact on the world. I am proud to be a small part of these efforts and look forward to supporting their mission however I can.”

“It is a fundamental tenet in our society that where you start in life on the ladder of opportunity should not dictate how high you can climb,” adds Gabelli. “My parents did not have a formal education. But they understood how important it was for me to attend Columbia Business School. I am extremely grateful for these opportunities and I want to do my part to give back to a dynamic school that has always empowered the aspirations of countless young entrepreneurs and business leaders.”

The two pledges come at a time of extraordinary momentum for Columbia Business School’s Manhattanville efforts. The school received a $100 million donation in May, tying the largest gift in the history of the school.

Glenn Hubbard, dean of Columbia Business School, expressed his gratitude for the gift, saying, “Thanks to their support, our new Manhattanville campus will feature classrooms of tomorrow and other cutting–edge innovations that will allow us to continue preparing the next generation of business leaders to confront the challenges of the 21st century economy.”

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