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Stacy Blackman’s Weekly Roundup of B-School Intelligence

We’ve got a lot of news from Yale School of Management (SOM) to share this week. Open Yale courses, offered to the public free of charge via the Internet, are a great way to keep tabs on what’s brewing at B-schools today. “Financial Markets” with professor Robert J. Shiller strives to illuminate the theory of finance and its relation to the history, strengths and imperfections of such institutions as banking, insurance, securities, futures, and other derivatives markets, and the future of these institutions over the next century. 

Also, Yale SOM has announced a new offering, the Pre-MBA Leadership Program for promising college undergraduates, as well as recent college graduates already in the workforce, who are interested in developing their leadership skills and exploring careers in business.

Meanwhile,  Joel M. Podolny made a surprise announcement this week that he will be stepping down as dean of Yale SOM on November 1 to join Apple as vice president and dean of Apple University. Sharon Oster, Yale SOM professor of management and entrepreneurship, will serve as interim dean while the school conducts a search for Podolny’s replacement.

John Hanke of Google Earth has been named Haas School executive fellow, Dean Rich Lyons announced. Hanke is the second business leader to serve in this position as an advisor to the dean, faculty, and staff. Students also gain exposure to these top thinkers and their trailblazing ideas as they participate in events and programs throughout the school year.

Business@Cornell launches with “Market Crisis Unraveled, From Wall Street to Main Street.” Watch a recording of the live webcast, held at 3:00 pm on October 23, to gain perspective from three faculty experts as they weigh in on issues of real estate finance, the market’s reactions to the bailout, and the effect on our economy.

UCLA Anderson School of Management announced that it will be offering the Business Technical Assistance Program (BTAP), an initiative designed to provide minority entrepreneurs with basic business training with an emphasis on new technology. Approximately 35 candidates will participate in the four-day program, to be held at UCLA Anderson School of Management on November 13-16.

To raise its international profile and help fulfill its ambition of becoming one of the top 10 ranked business schools in the world, HEC School of Management in Paris has launched a €100m ($134m) fund-raising campaign. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris ”“ HEC’s parent company ”“ is also investing a further €100m in the school’s infrastructure.

As an investment in the power and promise of human capital and the ideas that flow from bright and talented individuals, the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester is offering graduate business degrees with special scholarship support for U.S. citizens and permanent residents adversely affected by the current economic downturn. 

In other Simon GSB news, the school has teamed up with Deloitte to offer a new Business to Business (B2B) Pricing course. Starting in April 2009, the course will be offered to all Simon full-time, part-time and executive MBA students, alumni and outside pricing professionals through the newly created Center for Pricing at Simon.

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